Rob Kahane managed the pop-superstar early in his career, and told Billboard that "He was obsessed with saying, 'I know I'm going to die young.'"
"He’d say, ‘It’s OK. I’ve had a great life.
"When he lost Anselmo, I thought he was going to do something bad to himself," Kahane said about Michael's partner who died after suffering a brain haemorrhage as a complication of AIDS.
There was no cause for concern, however, when Kahane spoke to Michael before he was found dead on Christmas Day at his UK home.
"I called him, and he said, ‘I’m good.’ He sounded fine,” adding that a comeback album was in the works.
"The songs weren’t depressing,” Kahane said. “That’s why I thought everything was OK with him.”