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He's been taken away from us

In the year that has passed since Michael Jackson’s death, the clamour surrounding him and his music reached levels that possibly outstripped even the peak of his fame in the mid-1980s. Certainly the people controlling Jackson’s estate have made a pretty penny out of the whole deal; it’s earned $1billion since he died, and is a long way to paying off the massive £330million debts he accrued. Just in the past 12 months Sony have sold 31million albums, raking in £250million in the process.

It’s all come at a cost, however. Neverland has been dismantled and turned into a corporate conference venue, against the wishes of his brother Jermaine, who wanted to turn it into a Graceland-style shrine to his life and music, and according to a family source who spoke to the Sun, they’re not too happy about what they perceive as having their kin taken away from them.

‘Business meetings are being held in his house, on the spot where he used to dance,’ the said. ‘His cinema, where he would watch Disney films, is now being used to screen promotional business videos. The family have no say. It is yet another thing that has been 'stolen' from their grasp.

‘In the final months of Michael's life everything he worked for was taken over by strangers. Then suddenly he died and the family cannot accept it. Now his memory is being managed by businessmen. His sister La Toya said to me, ‘I don't feel like he is my brother any more. I feel like my brother has been stolen from me’.

‘The family has been debilitated by grief and the only thing that can start to heal them is the truth. Michael was more valuable dead than alive to a lot of people - but not his family or his fans. And now these are the people suffering again.

‘The family want Neverland to be turned into somewhere to remember Michael, to keep his dream alive, but it is being used as a venue for seminars by the real estate company.’

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