Friday, September 25, 2009


Pop star Michael Jackson's former friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, fears the hitmaker lost the will to live after realizing he couldn’t help the world’s children. The life coach and spiritual advisor was Jackson’s companion for many years until they had a falling out in 2002, and now he’s speaking out about his feelings for the pop superstar in his first television interview since his former friend died in June. Boteach, who called Jackson’s death "an American tragedy" in a statement released just after the star passed, insists his friend had "a death wish". In a Dateline television special, which will air tonight, the Rabbi airs taped conversations between him and Jackson for the first time and speaks candidly about his dead friend. He says, "I think he was just going through the motions of life towards the end, and medicating away almost any kind of human response."

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