also how could he have covered up this type of drug abuse for this many years, let alone decades? why was he able to get all these scripts from pharmacies if there is a narcotics tracking law in place in pharmacies in the us ? not much about this makes sense to us.
These Stories are from the Australian Herald -since the us papers are not posting as much as quickly. for the record, we don't know if Michael was a Drug Addict; but if he was, then why did he pass the pre concert physical just a few months ago ?
especially the reports that he couldn't sing anylonger.. NO WAYYYY.
you sift through the few pieces we posted as there are loads out there on Michaels' tragic death; and now apparently very depressed life.
the most reports on negative issues seem to be originating from TMZ in the Michael Jackson Death; so for the time being we're just gonna see what more they do, as they seem to be stirring the pot quite a bit, and not with the best spoon.
If we could just all learn to accept that celebrities are people too; and that they deserve a life and privacy. they deserve to be free to deal with their problems and to resolve their issues without prejudice from fans; and especially the media.
God Rest His Soul, Finally
June 29, 2009 12:00am
THE brilliant showman and his tortured private life were there for all to see during Michael Jackson's final 12 hours.The night before he died, the King of Pop rolled back the years with a high-energy rehearsal for his 50-date London concert series.
Director Kenny Ortega said Jackson was "beaming with gladness".
"There were a couple of times when Michael stood at my side and we looked at the stage together and were just beaming with gladness," Ortega said.
Promoter Randy Phillips, who signed Jackson up for the concerts, chimed in: "It was fantastic, he was so great. I got goosebumps."
What everyone knew at his final rehearsal, but dared not say, was that the 50-year-old superstar was in an almost permanently medicated state.
When he returned to his rented $75,000-a-month house late on Wednesday evening, he complained of being ill.A little after 10am the following day, he stirred uneasily beneath the covers of his Louis XIV-style bed after another narcotic-induced attempt to sleep, sources told London's Daily Mirror.
The tormented superstar had barely been able to muster two consecutive hours' sleep in recent weeks - such was his terror of his comeback shows and his hopeless addiction to prescription drugs.
The singer felt woozy and disoriented - the cocktail of pills, vitamin jabs, uppers and downers to regulate his ailments and fragile mental state had taken an unbearable toll.
His weight was down to about 60kg, accentuating the frailness of his 1.8m frame and making those around him wonder how he could perform one show, let alone 50.
He was kept going by an increasingly dangerous mix of seven prescription drugs and vitamin shots, including anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Zoloft and painkiller Demerol.
Former nanny Grace Rwaramba says she regularly pumped Jackson's stomach clear of a cocktail of drugs.
Ms Rwaramba said in his final tormented years, Jackson was bingeing on up to eight drugs a day, including powerful painkillers.
"I had to pump his stomach many times. He always mixed so much of it," she said.
"There was one period that it was so bad that I didn't let the children see him. He always ate too little and mixed too much."
So concerned was she about the singer's drug use that she contacted his mother, Katherine, and sister, Janet, in an effort to help him.
She said Jackson cut her off when she confronted him about his drug use.
"We tried to do an intervention. It was me, Janet, his mother. I co-ordinated it. He was so angry with me.
"He screamed at me: 'You betrayed my trust.' He didn't want to listen."
Jacko had been punishing himself with six-hour intense rehearsals four times a week.
Comedian Ed Alonzo, who was at the final rehearsal, said: "He looked great and had great energy.
"He wasn't singing at full level, but it was as beautiful as ever. He went from one number to the other: 'Let's do that again'."
Sound engineer Johnny Caswell said Jackson was frail but approached the rehearsals with boundless energy.
Lighting director Patrick Woodroffe agreed: "He was frail, but when he arrived for rehearsal something extraordinary seemed to happen.
"He came on stage at 9pm and we all looked at each other and there was something that said that he really had it. He came on stage and was electric.
"It was like he had been holding back and suddenly he was performing as everyone remembered him at his peak."
A source insisted that Jackson had passed all insurance medicals required for the tour. But his former nanny hit out at plans for Jackson to perform 50 shows in London, believing he was unaware of the schedule.
Ms Rwaramba said: "I told him: 'Fifty performances! What are you doing?' He said 'I only signed for 10'.
"He didn't know what he was signing. He never did."
UPDATE 10.25pm: MICHAEL Jackson was so unwell he could no longer sing, even though he was due to play dozens of comeback concerts, according a press report.According to a report in Britain's Daily Mail, Jackson would have been unable to sing at any of his 50 concerts scheduled in London over coming months.
The tabloid quoted an aide to the star as saying that Jackson was able to stand after recent medical treatment, and would even be able to dance "once he gets in better shape".
"He just can’t sing," said the aide, adding that Jackson would have to lip-synch to get through the show.
"Nobody will care, as long as he shows up and moonwalks."
The report also said that Jackson had been offered well over $120 million to play Las Vegas for six months.
"He said no, but his people are trying to force it on him. He’s that close to losing everything,’ said the source.
Earlier, it was revealed that Jackson was virtually bald, riddled with needle wounds and weighed just 51kg when he died, according to a leaked autopsy report.
The Sun said Jackson’s stomach held only pills and his body was scarred by at least 13 cosmetic surgery operations.
The needle holes were a legacy of Jackson’s addiction to painkillers, injected three times a day “for years” The Sun, which has obtained the details from a leaked autopsy, said.
Pathologists said Jackson was wearing a wig which covered just “peach fuzz” on his head and that several of his ribs were broken as a result of frantic attempts to revive him after he suffered a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Friday.
“Michael’s family and fans will be horrified when they realise the appalling state he was in,” a source told The Sun.
Experts also expressed their amazement at the way Jackson was treated on his death bed, with one of four attempts to inject adrenaline into his heart missing its target and noticeable damage caused by oxygen masks and tubing inserted during resuscitation attempts.
The star’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray is also under fire for attempting to resuscitate Jackson on his bed, rather than face-up on a hard surface as per basic CPR guidelines, a mistake which could have cost doctors “vital minutes”.
Despite Jackson’s condition, the preliminary examination also found he was recovering well from a skin cancer operation.
The New York Post reports that a rehearsal for his scheduled London shows was filmed the day before his death and will be released as part of a tribute DVD.
Meanwhile, the mother of two of his children has claimed Jackson is not actually their father, saying "I was his thoroughbred".
In an interview with the News of the World, Ms Rowe, the mother of Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, said the children were conceived by artificial insemination from an anonymous donor.
Ms Rowe was a receptionist at a Beverly Hills dermatology clinic when Jackson told the world he was expecting his first child with her in 1996.
"Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him, 'I will have your babies'," Ms Rowe said.
"I offered him my womb - it was a gift. It was something I did to keep him happy.
Ms Rowe said she was "impregnated" like one of the mares she now keeps on her property, saying: "I was just the vessel. It wasn't Michael's sperm."
“It's just like I impregnate my mares for breeding. It was very technical,” she said.
"Just like I stick the sperm up my horse, this is what they did to me. I was his thoroughbred."
Ms Rowe said she was never a good mother and did not want custody of the children.
"I got paid for it, and I've moved on. I know I will never see my children again."
The couple married at the Sheraton Hotel in Sydney in November 1996 while Rowe was pregnant with Prince.
Ms Rowe, now 50, said she never had sex with Jackson throughout their marriage and parenthood and that their entire relationship was a sham.
She also told the NOTW that Jackson wanted nothing more to do with her after the painful second birth left her unable to have any more children.
She said it was at that stage the Jackson ended their relationship and paid her $9 million over nine years in exchange for custody of the children.
Speculation is now mounting over who would take care of Jackson’s children, with the most likely candidates now his 80-year-old mother Katherine and the children's nanny, 42-year-old Grace Rwaramba.
A lawyer for the late singer's family today said that grandmother Katherine wanted to be the children's guardian.
"She will seek custody of the children. She loves them dearly," Londell McMillan said on the sidelines of the Black Entertainment Television awards in Los Angeles.
Katherine Jackson has been looking after the children since the sudden death of their superstar.
"(Michael's) children are in great care with Mrs Jackson," Mr McMillan said.
"They're in a loving environment. She's a great grandma.
"I couldn't think of anyone better for these children than a grandma like Miss Katherine Jackson and the loving support of family of the Jacksons."
Mr McMillan said the Jacksons had not yet seen the late superstar's will and was unable to confirm if one even exists.
He said if Jackson had not left a will, his assets would go to his next of kin under California law.
The mother of Jackson’s third child, Prince II, has always remained a mystery.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for the doctor who was with Jackson when he died said the singer collapsed in front of his eldest son, who thought his father was joking around - but soon stood "in a trance" watching frantic efforts to revive him
MICHAEL Jackson's children asked to see their father's body after they were told he was dead, it was revealed.Edward Chernoff - lawyer to Dr Conrad Murray who was at Jackson's home when the star collapsed - said he consulted a psychologist when the children asked to see the body.
Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, 12, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7, were placed in the temporary care of their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, by a Los Angeles judge.
A 2002 will by Michael Jackson divides his estate between his mother, three children and one or more charities, the Wall Street Journal reported last night.
But his father, Joseph Jackson, apparently does not feature, the story said.
THE mystery over Michael Jackson's death took a dramatic turn after police began tracing the drugs believed to have killed him.
Prescriptions appear to have been written in several names - including members of his entourage.This raises the prospect the 50-year-old singer set up an illegal supply chain to satisfy a dependency on painkillers his doctor would not prescribe.
Inquiries are focusing on a bodyguard who was at the Los Angeles mansion where the star collapsed on Thursday.
It is now known his doctor claims not to have been able to make an emergency 911 call because he couldn't remember the address.
The inquiry was being conducted against a backdrop of increasing anger from Jackson's family as they struggle to arrange his funeral, launch a legal battle over his money, music and children, and try to unravel what took place in the 12 hours before his death.
The bodyguard, in his 20s, was one of up to 15 individuals often staying at Jackson's mansion. He shared it with a circle of aides, friends and Nation of Islam minders.If it can be proved drugs were obtained for Jackson in someone else's name it would become a serious criminal matter. It could also go some way to answering questions about what happened.
The TMZ celebrity news website reported that a "drug overdose" was the most likely cause of death.
A funeral date has yet to be set. The family is waiting to hear details of a second, private autopsy.
Dr Conrad Murray denied giving Jackson the drugs believed to have caused a cardiac arrest, insisting he never prescribed or gave Jackson either Demerol or Oxycontin.
Dr Murray said that when he found Jackson in bed, he still had a pulse. He tried to revive him but struggled to find anyone at the mansion to help him call 911, his lawyer Edward Chernoff said.
Once he realised cardiopulmonary resuscitation was not working, he dialled 911 on his mobile phone.
But Dr Murray, who moved into the house weeks ago as Jackson's personal physician, says he did not know the exact address. None of the house phones worked "for privacy reasons", so he ran round looking for help.
A security man, Mr Chernoff said, eventually dialled 911.
CPR, he said, was done for 25 to 30 minutes before emergency teams arrived. Their efforts also failed.
house after he died.
We're told the drug Propofol was discovered at the residence. The drug is used to put people under anesthesia before surgery. It is an extremely powerful drug that is only available to medical personnel. As one source said, "There is no conceivable way this drug can be properly prescribed for home use."
The drug can only be administered with an IV. Interestingly, Propofol burns and the drug Lidocaine is used to reduce the pain associated with the Propofol injection. As we first reported, Lidocaine was found near Jackson's body.
One of the major side-effects of Propofol is cardiac arrest if it's taken in combination with narcotic painkillers, however, Propofol is so powerful it can stop someone's heart on its own.
A registered nurse has come out and said Jackson begged her for the drug Diprivan -- the brand name for Propofol. She says he needed it for insomnia but she declined to supply it.
Sources say the drug is so inappropriate and reckless for home use, if a doctor facilitated it for Jackson, he or she could be prosecuted for manslaughter.