The world was shocked when the king of pop unexpectedly died on the 25th of June 2009. That’s right we are talking about Michael Jackson. Jackson died of a myocardial infarction, and a heart attack, due to a deadly concoction of sedatives and other medications prescribed by his doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray. Following an investigation, the King of Pop’s death was a homicide, and Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter two years later.
At the time of his death, Jackson was incredibly underweight and apparently only ate one small meal a day alongside his medication. He is thought to have been anorexic. In the days leading up to his death, Michael Jackson was busy with the rehearsals for his final ‘This is it’ comeback tour. The day before his death, those at rehearsals recall him to have been in great spirits and seemed well. However, once he arrived back at his home in Bel-air he began complaining of fatigue and insomnia, which he allegedly suffered for years and regularly took medication for.
In the early hours of the 25th, Murray administered drugs to help Jackson to sleep. Murray claimed to have left the room for two minutes and returned and Jackson was found to be unresponsive and no longer breathing. Murray claimed that he still had a weak pulse. Revival and CPR were attempted, and paramedics were called but to no effect. Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm at the hospital. Jackson was only 50 at the time of his death with his death being treated as unknown an autopsy was performed. The toxicology report found large quantities of propofol in his system. This is the main medication used by anaesthesiologists when putting patients under general anaesthetic. This is also typically associated with cardiac arrests.
Lidocaine, ephedrine, and lorazepam were also found in his system.
Statements from the trial discovered that Murray did not perform CPR correctly even though he was a qualified doctor. Murray controversially did not call 911, claiming that he was hindered because there was no landline telephone in the house and because he did not know the house's exact address. It was later discovered that Murray had made several private calls on his phone in the hour after discovering Jackson which he did not inform the police about.
A security guard eventually called 911 at 12:21 pm, nearly an hour and a half after Jackson was found not breathing. Following his death, police searched his home and found many drugs with labels made out to be false names and others unlabelled. Where did this medication come from?
What was also discovered during the King of pop’s autopsy was the terrible condition his feet were in. Jackson was famous for his iconic dance moves, his feet were covered in callouses, and had a severe fungal infection which surely caused him a serious amount of pain as he was constantly dancing whilst on tour.
Murray did not keep sufficient records on Jackson’s case even though he was his private physician and was extremely negligent in giving Michael Jackson medication and drugs unnecessarily. Murray served a prison sentence of just under two years for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson and had his medical license revoked. If Michael Jackson had a different doctor, could he still be touring as the King of Pop today?
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