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Michael Jackson planned to find a way to live forever, Jane Fonda revealed.
The actress discussed her relationship with the late singer and how he felt about death during an interview with Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan Tonight, which aired on CNN on Dec. 8.
“He talked about how he would get into an oxygen tank and he thought that was going to keep him, you know, alive forever,” Fonda said.
According to CNN, Jackson visited Fonda for a week at her California ranch while she filmed the critically acclaimed On Golden Pond.
While giving Jackson a tour, Fonda pointed out the place where she planned to be buried. The idea revolted Jackson, who feared death, according to Contact Music.
Jackson reacted so strongly that Fonda thought he would have a “meltdown.”
“The notion that I could countenance the fact that I was going to die was anathema to him,” she said. “He just – he screamed.”
He insisted he would find a way to live forever, she said.
Whether or not Jackson could have succeeded with his fantastical plan, Fonda didn’t believe it would have been possible for him to live a long life.
“I think growing old would have been very, very, very difficult for Michael. There were a lot of demons chasing that kid,” Contact Music quoted Fonda telling Piers Morgan.
“It’s hard to imagine that someone that was as tormented as he was, you know, could have lived a long, and peaceful, and natural life.”
Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50 after receiving a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the singer’s death, and sentenced to four years in prison.