Jackson foresaw his demise, Presley writes

If you believe Lisa Marie Presley, Michael Jackson foresaw his own demise years ago.

"He knew," wrote Presley, Jackson's wife from 1994 to 1996, in a revealing post on her MySpace blog Friday morning.

The daughter of the late Elvis Presley, she has become a tragic link between two great music legends, whose untimely deaths shocked the world as much as their lives had captivated it.

Jackson saw the parallel, Presley wrote, and spoke about it during a conversation the two once had about her father.

"At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, 'I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did,' " Presley, 41, recalled in her MySpace post.

When she tried to dissuade Jackson from his grim prediction, she wrote, he just shrugged. "He knew what he knew and that was kind of that."

Presley wrote fondly of Jackson, saying their marriage was not a "sham," as the media had labeled it, but rather "an unusual relationship . . . where two unusual people who did not live or know a 'normal life' found a connection."

Presley could not be reached, but her publicist, Cindy Guagenti, said Presley had done all her blogging on her MySpace page and that "we have had very positive reaction to the blog."

Guagenti said she did not know if Presley's post had attracted any reaction from Jackson's family.

But the reaction from fans was clear: By the end of the day, the post had generated nearly 1,000 comments, many of them sympathetic.

Activity on Jackson's MySpace page, now a kind of musical memorial, was even more intense. The singer's friend count was increasing by nearly 100 every minute and was on track to record the largest one-day increase in site history, according to the company.

With a huge number of Jackson songs available through the page, MySpace said nearly 100,000 songs were being played every 10 minutes.

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david.sarno@latimes.com

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