The world stopped turning when news broke of pop legend Michael Jackson’s death in late June of 2009.
The 50-year-old “Thriller” vocalist was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by the anesthetic propofol — a drug reportedly routinely administered by Jackson’s physician, Conrad Murray.
The death was ruled a homicide, and Murray took all the blame. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison, serving just under two behind bars.
But Murray endured the brunt of public hatred even though Jackson — who would have turned 64 on Monday — was abusing drugs throughout much of his life in alarming doses and was allegedly easily enabled to do so by an array of other doctors — ones who never saw a day in jail after the King of Pop’s death, according to a new documentary “TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson” due out on Fox next month.
“I became increasingly more dependent on the painkillers to get me through the days of my tour,” Jackson says in archived audio, explaining why he canceled the latter part of his 1993 “Dangerous” world tour and announced that he was going into treatment.
All that time on the road was misery for the star act. In archived footage, Jackson confesses: “I don’t like it … I go through hell touring.”
Things had only gotten worse in the years to follow as Jackson fostered a relationship with famed Hollywood dermatologist Arnold Klein, who died at age 70 of natural causes in 2015. Klein admitted to dishing out the opioid Demerol along with more substances to the superstar.
Jackson had created 19 false aliases to collect different drugs, and Klein had kept a special book noting which prescriptions went to each fake identity, according to Winter.
“The way that Michael went about getting all these drugs was doctor shopping. He had multiple, different doctors that he was involved with and 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,” Jackson’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Harry Glassman, claims. “Michael is responsible, to a great extent, for his own demise, but he certainly had a lot of help from the medical community.”
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