Michael Jackson’s sister “firmly believes” she will see him again in the next life.
The iconic singer passed away in June 2009. His family are still struggling to come to terms with his death.
Older sister Rebbie admits one of the things which helps her through the hard times is her belief that she will see Michael again in the future.
“It’s true that he’s gone but I am firm about believing in the fact that one day I’ll see him again and that’s what I’m looking forward to,” she said.
Michael died of acute Propofol intoxication. The anaesthetic is usually used to put surgery patients to sleep, but the star was using it to overcome his insomnia. His personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray is currently on trial for his involuntary manslaughter.
Rebbie, 61, is finding the legal proceedings hard.
“It is difficult. It’s something that is not done quite [so] often I guess you could say because your life is being played out in the public,” she told UK TV show Lorraine. “Going through something like a tragedy such as this it’s not just you dealing with it, family wise. The thing you have to also remember and take in the fact that the public is involved as well and that makes it very difficult.”
Rebbie hopes her brother – who was 50 when he died – will be remembered as a kind person who cared about others.
She knows many people think they knew the King of Pop, but believes only his family really did. Michael and Rebbie grew up with their eight other siblings, including singers Janet, Jermaine and La Toya. She thinks it’s only those who spent prolonged periods with the superstar who really understand what he was like.
“What I always like to really share with people is that I guess the world and people in general look at him differently than we as a family do because he was a brother first and then of course an entertainer,” she explained. “So when I think in terms of what’s happened with him I think of him as my brother, more than anything else. I’m doing this right now because I feel it’s something I should do for myself as well as for him and his kids. I just feel it’s a good thing and I should be involved.”
Rebbie was on the programme promoting new DVD Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon, which features those close to the singer discussing his legacy.
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