Bill Bray, security guy. 20th Annual American Music Awards
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.
Bill began working for the Jackson’s in the 70’s and retired in the mid-late 1990s. Though apparently he was still on Michael’s payroll right until he died aged 80 in 2005.
‘Bill Bray, a former Los Angeles police officer who served as Michael Jackson’s longtime security chief and became a father figure to the onetime child star, has died at the age of 80.
Raymone Bain, told Reuters: “Michael is very, very, very saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Bray, who was a longtime friend and mentor to him and very trusted adviser to him,” Bain said.
She said Jackson, who has been living in Bahrain since winning an acquittal on child molestation charges in June, had spoken to members of Bray’s family by telephone.
Michael Jackson releases the following statement regarding the passing of his longtime friend, Mr. Bill Bray:
“ I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear and longtime friend, Mr. Bill Bray.”
“ As I traveled throughout the world, Mr. Bray was there by my side. Bill Bray will forever have a special place in my heart.”
“ I send my love and heartfelt sympathy to the Bray family.”
Some reports say they hadn’t seen each other for quite some years prior to Bill’s death and as Bill had been sick before he died, MJ felt really guilty about it. If thats true I don’t know