Jackson was upbeat ahead of tour

July 6, 2009 10:39:37 AM PDT
Friends and colleagues say the thought of hitting the stage again appeared to have given new life to Michael Jackson in the days before he collapsed and died. [HEAR IT: The 911 call from Michael Jackson's home]
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After years of seclusion following a child sex scandal, the pop icon was heavily involved in all aspects of the concert rehearsals. He had hired a personal trainer and was practicing with backup dancers and choreographers several hours a day.

Friends say the King of Pop seemed driven and upbeat in the weeks, even hours, before his death as he rehearsed rigorously for a series of 50 concerts in London that were to begin a late-career comeback.

Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of Grammy Awards, says Jackson met with him and invited him to a rehearsal. He says he saw the old Michael Jackson moving across the stage, just 24 hours before he died.

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