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Michael Jackson days before death: ‘God keeps talking to me’

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Producer testifies she begged AEG Live to put Jackson in a hospital

"I kept saying that 'Michael is dying,'" producer testifies

Show director Kenny Ortega "collapsed in our arms," when told Jackson died

"Michael's imagination was endless," dancer testifies

Los Angeles CNN —  

Michael Jackson told his tour director days before he died he was hearing God’s voice, a producer testified Wednesday.

“God keeps talking to me,”Jackson said.

Those words spoken to Kenny Ortega and Jackson’s frail appearance were so disturbing that it caused Ortega and associate producer Alif Sankey to burst into tears at a rehearsal, Sankey said Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother and three children.

Jackson, who was being fitted for his costumes, appeared “extremely thin” and “was not speaking normally” at the June 19, 2009, rehearsal, Sankey told jurors in a trial to determine if concert promoter AEG Live should be held liable in the pop icon’s death.

Jurors saw a photo of Jackson at the costume fitting that showed an obviously thin and gaunt man.