Though the world has a bad tendency of losing superstars too soon, the passing of Michael Jackson was maybe the saddest. We all know the fact, that the King of Pop hardly needs an introduction because his contributions to the music industry alone have given him a historical status that few people could ever hope to achieve.
His eclectic collection of well-known songs, albums, and music videos, including “Bad,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” and “Billie Jean,” would aid in the artist’s ascent to international recognition; his album “Thriller” is still among the most commercially successful albums of all time (via CNBC). Jackson would have turned 64 on August 29, thus many people are taking this opportunity to commemorate and honour Jackson’s various musical achievements. Some people might not be aware that Jackson would venture outside of music to other forms of entertainment.
When word of the passing of music icon Michael Jackson in late June 2009 spread, the globe came to a complete stop. The 50-year-old “Thriller” singer was discovered unconscious in his Los Angeles home after going into cardiac arrest as a result of the anaesthetic propofol, which Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray is said to have prescribed frequently.
Murray accepted full responsibility for the homicide verdict and the tragedy. After being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, he received a four-year prison term, of which he served slightly under two.
Jackson, who would have turned 64 on Monday, allegedly had a wide range of other doctors make it easy for him to abuse drugs for much of his life; these doctors never spent a day in jail following the King of Pop’s demise, according to a new documentary titled “TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson,” which will air on Fox next month.
Orlando Martinez, the LAPD investigator tasked with investigating Jackson’s death, states in the documentary that “it’s a lot more complicated than just: Dr Murray was at his bedside when he died.”
Martinez contends that Michael was given free rein to set his own conditions and receive the medications he desired, when and when he desired, and that this allowed him to determine the circumstances that eventually led to his death. “They’re all to blame for his passing today,”
Ed Winter, the assistant chief coroner for LA County, stated that Jackson had been ingesting propofol in “Gatorade”-sized bottles at the time of his demise. Murray asserts that propofol “was the only way he could get to sleep, especially while he was preparing ready for a tour” and that the medical establishment “in many ways encouraged his infatuation with the medication.”
Medication was not a big deal because he had been using it for years and had received it from international doctors. … they occasionally permitted him to inject the medication,” recalls Murray, who often gave Jackson his medication. He was able to administer the propofol himself, and the doctors approved of that.
Jackson was reportedly addicted to various drugs during his career in addition to the DIY sleep aid, which addiction specialist Dr Drew Pinsky specifically states is neither a pharmaceutical that should be used to treat insomnia nor one that is routinely maintained outside of medical facilities.
He was injured in a pyrotechnic mishap while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984, suffering second and third-degree burns to his scalp. He was given medicines to help him recover.
Jackson claimed that during the years that followed, drugs had completely taken over his life.
Jackson explains why he cancelled the final leg of his 1993 “Dangerous” world tour and announced that he was entering treatment in an audio recording from the past: “I got increasingly more dependent on the opioids to get me through the days of my tour.”
For the star act, the entire time on the road was miserable. Jackson admits in an archival video, “I don’t like it… While touring, it’s agony for me.
In the years that followed, things had only become worse as Jackson developed a friendship with renowned Hollywood dermatologist Arnold Klein, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 70 from natural causes. Klein acknowledged giving the celebrity Demerol, an opioid, as well as other drugs.
According to TMZ Executive Producer Harvey Levin, who Klein admitted to in a November 2009 interview, it was “normal” for MJ to visit Klein’s office and take Demerol “for hours at a time.”
As per Levin, “Dr Klein was more than pleased to comply and he justified with minor operations.” And he continued to act in this manner repeatedly.
According to Pinsky, Jackson was ingesting 300 mg of Demerol at a time. Even the pop artist makes reference to the drug in his 1997 song “Morphine.”
Debbie Rowe, Jackson’s former spouse and longtime Klein aide, avoided mentioning her late ex-husband in favour of the physician. She claims that Klein was well-known for acting unethically in his office to court the Hollywood elite.
According to Rowe in the movie, “there were times he would give prescriptions for stuff that had little to do with what we were treating them for.” He would issue prescriptions that were inconsistent with what a dermatologist would typically prescribe.
Klein was “a person you want to hang out with because you’re going to be able to get something in return,” she continued.
Additionally, it was found that Klein reportedly maintained false records on Jackson as their relationship shifted from one of a doctor and patient to one more akin to a friendship.
According to Winter, Klein kept a unique journal detailing which prescriptions went to each of the 19 fictitious identities that Jackson had fabricated in order to amass various medicines.
“Doctor shopping was how Michael acquired all of these medications. Jackson saw several different doctors, and according to Dr Harry Glassman, Jackson’s plastic surgeon, “He would go to ‘Doctor A’ and ask for a sedative, and then he would go to ‘Doctor B’ and may ask for the same one. Michael received a lot of assistance from the medical establishment, yet he is largely to blame for his own demise.
Murray, who acknowledges having had a strong bond with Jackson, claims that none of that information was ever disclosed to him.
He gave the impression that I was his only doctor. There would have been a two-step dance if I had known that Michael was regularly being shot up or drip-up with opioids while visiting a dermatologist’s office or any other doctor. He has a problem, first of all. Secondly, I’ll take you to be treated, and if you don’t, I’m out, says Murray.
As Jackson prepared for his “This Is It” tour in 2009, his behaviour started to worry director Kenny Ortega, and things eventually came to a head.
“Paranoia, anxiety, and obsessive-like behaviour are clearly present. The best course of action, in my opinion, is to immediately bring in a renowned psychiatrist to assess him. Nobody is taking accountability. In a worrying email sent before dress rehearsals, Ortega stated that she was “daily caring for him.”
He said, “I was feeding him today, covering him in blankets, and calling his doctor.”
Another element in Jackson’s tragedy was that he continued to practise for the tour that had sapped him so much until the day before his death on June 25.
“Michael Jackson was a drug addict and he was a master at manipulation because I was manipulated by Michael,” Murray says. “I did not enable him at any time in his addiction.”
Even Martinez acknowledges that Murray has been treated unfairly as a result of events that were not entirely his fault.
According to Martinez, “We knew that several doctors had carried out what Dr Murray had done over the course of years.” “We made the decision to focus on that night because of the criminal aspect of it. The history with the other doctors was thus rendered irrelevant.
There are numerous people responsible for his death who have never faced justice.