Michael Jackson Dead at the Age of 50 … The World Awaits the Autopsy Report … Pain Killers & Enablers
What killed the King of Pop? Should we say WHO?
The self proclaimed King of Pop, Michael Jackson is dead at the age of 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest. The sad news made head lines all over the world as at one time Michael Jackson was probably one of the most recognized entertainers in the world.
When the news broke yesterday I was saddened, but not surprised. Honestly, who could not see this coming with the many cries for help along the years that Michael Jackson put forth? Does anyone think that such behavior is normal, even from Michael? Sadly, with all the abuse to his body and the drugs, no one was able to step in and intervene to help this poor lost soul. Those around him did not help, they appeared to have made matters worse. In the end, another generation has a talented entertainer that defined the late 70’s and 80’s die too young.
Instead, there were those that enabled him. Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman blamed the enablers and prescription drugs for Jackson’s sudden death.
“I have warned of the use of prescription medication and people who have enabled the use of those medications,” Brian Oxman, the family attorney, told CBS News anchor Harry Smith (see video below). “I do not know how much he has taken, I don’t know what his current situation is in the last couple of weeks. Over the last several years I have said to family members that he is overmedicated.
We saw this same scenario play out with Anna Nicole Smith when she died too young. Those around her knew she was an accident waiting to happen and they furnished her with drugs any how. One wonders whether the Jackson case will take the same route?
His troubles and allegations of child abuse aside, Michael Jackson was one of the most talented singers and dancers ever. Although his mega-albums “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” were probably part of his undoing. How does one ever do better than those two multi-million selling records?
As celebrities, people in the music industry and people who knew Michael Jackson remembered him … the world awaits the autopsy reports to find out what caused Jackson’s death? We know that Michael suffered from an addiction to pain killers and his frail body was the sad poster child for anorexia. Then there was the stress of his comeback tour. Some are reporting that he collapsed after an injection of demerol.
Sadly there were no signs that Jackson was able to conquer his dependencies, believed to be to over the counter prescription opiates such as Dialudid. And one consequence of an incautious overdose of these drugs is cardiac arrest. We will know more once there has been an autopsy, but the family had been gravely concerned about Michael’s dependency on these drugs which had been a serious issue since at least 2005 when he went on trial for child abuse.
A preliminary autopsy is scheduled to determine what was the cause of Jackson’s sudden death yesterday.
Authorities hope find out what caused the sudden death of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is set to conduct an autopsy Friday morning. The final cause of death, however, will not be conclusive until they receive the results of toxicology and tissue studies.
The Los Angeles Department of Coroner tells ET that an autopsy on Michael Jackson will be conducted Friday, and should be completed by noon.
Also reported by TMZ, a law enforcement source claims that the doctor gave Michael and injection last night before he died.
UPDATE II: Coroner’s report:
Cause of death has been deferred until the toxicology reports are back. There was no evidence of external trauma or foul play. Very little information will be released until the toxicology results are in and they expect then to have the cause of death and will close the case.
On a side note, TMZ has been inaccessable for the last couple hours, a testiment to Michael Jackson’s popularity.