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Michael Jackson spent the last months of his life frightened and on edge, convinced that he would be killed by people wanting to get access to his valuable music catalog, according to his sister, La Toya Jackson.

Jackson makes the claims in her new book, "Starting Over," which also chronicles her own troubles, including an abusive marriage to her late ex-manager/husband, Jack Gordon.

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death at age 50. Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter, accused of giving him an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. He has pleaded not guilty; the trial is set for September.

However, Jackson's sister called Murray "the fall guy." She said there were other people who needed to be investigated and described Jackson's death as part of a wide conspiracy.

"This is definitely something that was premeditated, that they had planned to do, and they planned to take my brother out, and my brother knew it, and that's why my brother told me repeatedly, repeatedly and repeatedly, that this was going to happen to him," she said in an interview Wednesday. "He explained to me, 'It's because of my catalog.' "


Illness cancels show ...

Jerry Lewis canceled a show in Sydney, Australia, Friday due to poor health, according to officials with the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia.

The actor and comedian was hospitalized in Australia, but administrative assistant Violet Ostrowski at Lewis' film company in Las Vegas said the company had not received any updates on his condition.

The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia said the comedian's show was sold out.

Foundation CEO David Jack apologized in a statement, saying the 85-year-old was "not well enough to take the stage." It didn't give details.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Musician Mick Jones of The Clash is 56. Singer Chris Isaak is 55. Country singer Gretchen Wilson is 37.

Monday: Writer-director J.J. Abrams is 45. Actor Tobey Maguire is 36. Actor Drake Bell is 25.

Tuesday: Comedian-director Mel Brooks is 85. Actress Kathy Bates is 63. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 45. Actor John Cusack is 45.

Wednesday: Actor Gary Busey is 67. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 49. Singer Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls is 33.

Thursday: Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 52. Actress Monica Potter is 40. Singer and "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino is 27.

Friday: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 95. Dancer Twyla Tharp is 70. Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie is 66. Singer Fred Schneider of The B-52's is 60.

Next Saturday: Actress Polly Holliday ("Alice") is 74. Model-actress Jerry Hall is 55. Actress Lindsay Lohan is 25.

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