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Michael Jackson's Oldest Child Takes the Stand in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Image courtesy of Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Michael Jackson 's oldest child, 16-year-old Prince Michael I , took the stand Wednesday in his family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live.

Prince testified in a Los Angeles court that prior to his father's death, Michael would return home from rehearsals for his planned This Is Tour, organized by AEG, and would "cry" -- upset with AEG's CEO, Randy Phillips , and his former manager, Dr. Tohme Tohme .

Prince recalled, "He would say, 'They're going to kill me. They're going to kill me.'"

Prince said that at the time, his dad appeared skinny and malnourished. He also noted that he witnessed Michael's doctor, Conrad Murray , give his dad injections, and that Murray treated all three of the singer's kids "for colds." Prince said Michael believed the doctor was underpaid by AEG, so he would sometimes give Prince hundreds of dollars to give Murray.

Prince testified that after his father passed away, Murray initially told him that Michael died of a heart attack. Murray was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving the King of Pop an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Prince also spoke of his upbringing, explaining that his father encouraged his kids to give back to the community. As for the surgical masks the children wore in public when they were younger, Prince said Jackson was simply helping them protect their privacy.

Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson , is suing AEG for 40 billion dollars, claiming it contributed to her son's death by hiring Murray.

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