The nanny who cared for Michael Jackson's three children is providing new insight into the King of Pop's battle with prescription drugs.
In an interview with The Times of London, Grace Rwaramba – who worked for Jackson for more than a decade – reveals that she had to pump Jackson's stomach "many times" after he'd taken a dangerous combination of drugs.
Distraught over Jackson's drug use, she once proposed an intervention, contacting his mother Katherine and sister Janet for help, only to find herself fired by the King of Pop. "He didn't want to listen; that was one of the times he let me go," says Rwaramba, who started out as an office assistant.
Rwaramba, who was last fired in December, also sheds light on Jackson's debt (he was reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt at the time of his death). Last April, when she visited Jackson's children — Prince, now 12; Paris, 11; and Blanket, 7 — she had to buy balloons for Paris' birthday because the singer was so broke.
On Friday, the day after Jackson died, Rwaramba says the singer's mother Katherine called her from Michael's rented L.A. house and asked where he kept his money. "She said, 'Grace, the children are crying. They are asking about you. They can't believe that their father died. Grace, you remember Michael used to hide cash at the house. I am here. Where can it be?'"
She told Katherine to look "at the garbage bags and under the carpets," Rwaramba recalls. "She said, 'Grace, where are you? Come. I will pick you up from the airport.' She sounded so strong. So strong!"
Rwaramba is now meeting with Los Angeles detective investigating Jackson's death.
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