A new interview with a close business associate of Michael Jackson's paints quite the revealing picture of the fallen pop star.
Jack Wishna, a Las Vegas-based businessman who worked closely with Michael in 2006 and 2007, described the singer as "depressed and debilitated" during the last years of his life.
Jack, who was trying to get Michael to do a set of comeback tours a bunch of years ago, put MJ up in a 16,000-square-foot palace in Las Vegas in December 2006. When he went to check out what the entertainer did with the place, the concert promoter found an interesting setup.
"I'm looking around the house for him and I go into the master bedroom and there's no mattress on the bed. I go into another bedroom, there's no mattresses on the bed. I finally open up a room that was kind of like an empty room and all the mattresses are on the floor lined up so Michael can sleep there with the three kids," Jack said.
But, he says, he never got the feeling that anything creepy was going on at all -- it was all about fun.
"They can play. They can jump up and down. That's Michael," he added. "He was very comfortable in that Romper Room-type environment."
"He was a wonderful father. He loved them more than anybody in his family or anybody in the world," Jack said. "On the other side, he was tremendously childlike."
And much like a kid -- he wasn't fond of cleaning up after himself.
"The day he moved out, the Christmas trees were still up [seven months later]. It was totally a mess."
Jack also said, while Michael was doing his best to be a good dad, he was keeping his own father, Joe Jackson, far away from his family. He said the Jackson patriarch once waited outside Michael's house for over nine hours to see him, but Michael never came out.
"[Joe] left without seeing him...I believe Michael was tormented tremendously from his early childhood," he said.
When he heard the news of Michael's death, Jack says all he could think was that Michael was finally "at peace."
I think Michael was more of a tortured soul than anyone of us knows.