Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard claims the singer was wracked with stress when he died ten years ago.
Bill Whitifield, now 53, wasn’t with Jackson when he died but believes he couldn’t have saved him -even if he was right beside him.
He said the singer’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, gave Jackson an overdose of powerful anaesthetic drug propofol.
He was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but Whitfield said that Jackson’s final days were hours of great stress.
Whitfield revealed that the weight of child abuse allegations and various family feuds had become too much for the King of Pop and the stress ‘was implicit in Jackson passing away.
It has been 10 years since Jackson passed away and Whitfield said that business pressures were taking their toll as well as anxiety over a 50-date residency in London.
Whitfield said that Jackson was not in a great place the last time he saw him.
He told The Sun: “The last time I saw him was about two weeks before he passed away. He didn’t seem happy.”
Whitfield said that he was unaware of Jackson having any serious health issues and he claims that he never saw the singer taking any drugs and blamed the death on Murray who “f****** up” the dosage of the medication given to Jackson.
He summed up the situation at the time of Jackson’s death, saying it was down to “all forms of stress, whether it was coming from his family, his lawyers, his management, some fans, the negativity of being labelled a child abuser.”
Whitfield went on to say that it was all “absolutely taking its toll on him.”
Speaking about the financial predicament that Jackson had found himself in, he revealed: “We were going through a time where a lot of people were not getting paid because of the financial situation with Mr Jackson’s companies and management…
“Mr Jackson got quiet. He was more reserved and seemed down.”
Whitfield also took aim at Dan Reed, the filmmaker who produced the damning HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, that detailed the alleged grooming and sexual abuse of Wade Robson and James Safechuck.
He said: “Anyone who personally knew Mr Jackson knows he was not the individual they’re describing in any shape or form.
“Listening to these gentlemen speak on the Mr Jackson I knew tells me how much they are seeking to get money out of it.”
Whitfield believes that as a 10-year investigation by the FBI had drawn blanks, “then there’s nothing there to find.”