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    Post  EMPATHY on Mon May 31, 2010 8:45 am

    La Toya Tells Barbara Walters: Michael Laid to Rest in 'Full Makeup,'
    With Iconic White Glove in Casket


    In her first in-depth interview since the death of her brother Michael
    Jackson, La Toya Jackson opened up exclusively to Barbara Walters about
    the family's grief.
    "I don't think we'll find a person as talented, a person who thought the
    way he thought. A person with the heart that Michael had," La Toya, 53,
    told Walters. "People aren't that way anymore. He was special. He
    wasn't God, but he was certainly God-like. He was the closest thing to a
    god that I knew."
    La Toya, one of Michael's closest siblings, was one of the first one to
    appear at her brother's bedside the day he died. Since then, the solo
    artist and model signed her brother's death certificate, became the
    legal guardian of his body and with the entire Jackson family, planned
    the funeral and memorial service in Los Angeles.

    Michael was laid to rest in a private ceremony last week, nearly two
    months after his death, at the iconic Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale,
    Calif. La Toya told Walters that her brother looked "absolutely
    "He was dressed in all white pearl beads going across, draped across. A
    beautiful big gold belt. Like ... Like a belt that you win being a
    boxer," she said. "Full makeup. ... His hair was done beautifully, his
    makeup was done beautifully."
    According to La Toya, in addition to the stones Paris placed on his
    chest, the family put sunglasses, an iconic white glove and a few other
    items in the casket with him.

    La Toya: Dr. Conrad Murray Summoned Michael's Oldest Son to Death Bed

    According to the autopsy, the late King of Pop died of a fatal
    combination of drugs, including the powerful anesthetic propofol. Dr.
    Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician has admitted
    administering propofol, but has denied giving Michael anything that
    "should have killed him."
    Murray told investigators that he had been trying to wean the singer off
    propofol by administering a series of other prescription sedatives.
    When asked by Walters if Murray murdered her brother, La Toya said,
    "Something went wrong. Something went wrong."
    La Toya also addressed reports that Michael's oldest son, Prince, was
    summoned by Murray the night of his father's death to help resuscitate
    his father.
    "He called Prince ... Prince ... watched him do this, Barbara. And you
    don't do that to a child. You don't do that to a child, especially when
    you knew prior to asking that child to come up, that Michael was no
    longer alive," she said.
    La Toya stressed that she believes Michael was dead long before Murray
    even called for Prince -- but called the 13-year-old in, to "show that
    [he] had nothing to do with this."

    Since Michael's death, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled the
    manner of death a homicide. The Los Angeles Police Department is
    continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.
    Murray, as well as other doctors known to have prescribed narcotics to
    Michael, have been questioned.
    "I blame any and everybody who was instrumental in Michael's life
    providing him with drugs because it was wrong. It was terribly wrong,"
    said La Toya. "They're doctors! This is going against their license,
    Barbara. You don't do things like that."

    La Toya: Blanket 'Looks Hispanic'

    From the day each of Michael Jackson's three children was born, the
    identity of their biological father has been questioned.
    "It doesn't really matter, those are Michael's kids. He raised those
    kids," La Toya said. "They were in his arms when they were born; the
    minute that they were they were right there with him. They only know
    Michael as their father."

    Michael married the mother of his two oldest children, Debbie Rowe, but
    she has had almost no contact with the children for nearly a decade.
    "They know who Debbie Rowe is. Whether or not they know she's their
    mother, I'm not so sure," La Toya said. "They haven't seen her since
    he's passed. But they're more than welcome."
    Blanket, Michael's youngest child, was born to an unnamed surrogate
    after Jackson and Rowe divorced. La Toya said that Michael had told her
    that Blanket is Hispanic.
    "I said to Michael, I said, 'He looks Hispanic.' And Michael said, 'He
    is,'" La Toya told Walters.

    Future for the Jackson Children

    In his will, Michael named his mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, as their
    sole guardian, and in July 2009, she was granted full, permanent custody
    of the three children. La Toya said that they will continue to be
    home-schooled, "just the way they were with their dad."
    La Toya also talked to Walters about how the kids are coping with the
    Silencing rumors that Michael did not want the children around his
    father, Joe Jackson, La Toya said Michael had made amends with his
    father and that the kids had a good relationship with their grandfather.
    "They love their grandfather," she said. "They ... like the fact that
    he's very outspoken. And they say that, 'Grandpa, he tells you like it
    Despite the past, she believes Michael would have wanted Joe to be
    involved in their lives.

    Will Diana Ross Raise Michael's Children?

    Michael never revealed why, but his will states that if his 79-year-old
    mother ever becomes unable to care for the children, he wants them to be
    raised by Diana Ross, 65.

    "I know of course that Diana Ross is second in line for the children of
    course, and mother has spoken to her about things of that nature, but I
    don't wish to go into detail," La Toya told Walters.
    La Toya said that the children don't have a relationship with Ross, or
    know that she might possibly be the woman raising them. When asked if
    Ross wants to raise Michael's three children, La Toya responded: "I
    think my mother knows the answer to that."
    Why Michael preferred Diana Ross over his own eight siblings to care for
    his children was not explained in the will; sister Reebie, who has
    three children of her own, and has been married for 41 years, could be a
    candidate to raise the children in the event that their mother is
    "There's a possibility. There's a possibility," La Toya said, "She's
    done a wonderful job with her children."
    La Toya asked ABC News to make it known that she was not paid for this
    Watch Barbara Walters's exclusive interview with La Toya on "20/20"
    Friday at 10 p.m. ET

    "You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back,
    whenever you need me, I,ll be there".


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