Presley: ‘Maybe I Could Have Saved Jackson’

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October 20, 2010 | 8:55pm EST

Lisa Marie Presley is haunted by the death of her ex-husband Michael Jackson – because she believes she could have helped him turn his life around if she had known the King of Pop was so ill.
In her first in-depth interview since Jackson lost his life last summer, Presley, who was married to the pop superstar from 1994 to 1996, tells Oprah Winfrey in a TV special to air on Thursday she feels she could have done more for the Thriller singer in the final months of his life.

She says, “I know that it’s naive to think that I could have (saved him) but I wanted to. Had I made a call, had I stopped being so shut off from him, had I just said, ‘How are you?’ I really regret that I didn’t.”

But Presley fears that even if she had reached out to help Jackson, he would have refused her aid – and she knew the superstar was charting a course to destruction while she was married to him.

She adds, “I think that was a train headed in a certain direction that I don’t know if anyone could have stopped and I’ve had to really get my head around that in order to stop the pain.”

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