The Mysterious Death of Michael Jackson – UNCOVERED


In a career spanning 4 decades, Michael Jackson
left behind a musical legacy of 13 number 1 singles, an estimated 750 million worldwide
record sales, and a lifetime worth of $2 billion. On June 25th 2009, while deep in preparation
for his highly anticipated comeback tour, ‘This Is It’, Michael overdosed on sleep
medication and died of heart failure, aged just 50 years old. Days before his death,
Michael mysteriously said, ‘They’re going to kill me’. Fans all over the world were in shock. But
for the Jackson family, Michael’s death came as no surprise – and it was no accident: An international superstar, days before his
sell-out comeback tour, inexplicably dies from sleeping medication. Was this the work of foul play? To answer
that, we must look at the clues from the time of Michael’s death. The 2 autopsies performed on Michael’s body
both concluded that he died of ‘acute propofol intoxication’. Propofol is a powerful sedative used to anesthetize
patients before surgery. Michael’s personal physician, Doctor Conrad
Murray, had prescribed propofol to treat his insomnia. But according to sleep expert Dr Nader Kamangar,
unmonitored use of surgical anasthetic is dangerous, and should never be prescribed
as a sleep remedy. In November 2011, Dr Murray was found guilty
of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson, for prescribing dangerous
amounts of propofol. But the story doesn’t end here. Dr Murray
may have killed through negligence. But Murray was hired by Michael Jackson’s entertainment
promoter, AEG Live. Was this an unfortunate medical mishap? Or
did music moguls AEG have something to do with Michael’s demise? Tensions between the pop star and his record
label, Sony, were apparent at least a decade previously, when Michael released this: His controversial 1995 hit, ‘They don’t
care about us’, is an explicit attack against power and inequality, which many have interpreted
as a direct critique on the music industry and its poor treatment of musical performers. In 2002, Michael echoed these views when he
called Sony Chairman Tommy Mottola ‘The Devil’, after the company tried to destroy
his comeback album, ‘Invincible’. Michael had publicly outed the power and injustice
of the music industry. And in June 2009, the story was the same. Under heavy pressure to
rehearse for his entertainment promoters, AEG live, Michael’s health began to deteriorate
rapidly. In 2013, Michael Jackson’s family filed
a lawsuit against AEG. The Jackson’s family lawyers argued that during the critical run
up to ‘This Is It’, AEG ignored Michael’s deteriorating health, and threatened Dr. Murray
into pumping Michael with heavy sedatives, so that he would be rested for rehearsals. AEG contend that Michael had full control
over his medication, and is responsible for his own death. But propofol works within 40 seconds of administration,
meaning that it would have been almost impossible for Michael to inject himself with a lethal
dose of the drug… ‘They’re going to kill me’. Speaking
in confidence to his son, Prince, Michael was referring to the CEO of AEG Live, Randy
Phillips. At Doctor Conrad’s trial in November 2011,
Prince testified that the night before his father’s death, Randy Phillips visited Michael’s
mansion while Michael was at rehearsal, and aggressively threatened Doctor Murray. The next day, Michael died. Doctor Murray, AEG, or the pop star himself
– we might never know who injected Michael with that fatal dose of propofol. Perhaps the only certainty we can draw from
Michael’s death, is that he dedicated his life to the entertainment of others, and that
ultimately, it was
the entertainment industry that killed him.

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