September 14, 2009
Posted: 02:13 AM ET
Deepak Chopra’s voice – usually upbeat, velvety and soothing as he shares the spiritual insights that have made him a world-renowned, best-selling self-help guru – suddenly turns cold and hard when the subject switches to the death of his friend, Michael Jackson.
“It was caused not by the drugs he had been taking for years,” says Chopra, 63, who had known the troubled singer for 20 years. “He was a very controlled addict. But by him being given a particular drug that is so powerful that I have never heard of it being used anywhere but in an operating theatre with breathing tubes and a ventilator,” he adds angrily.
Normally emollient, the man often labelled "the spiritualist to the stars" is unabashed about highlighting what he sees as the bigger medical scandal exposed by the pop star’s demise.
“There is a plethora of designer doctors who will give patients anything they want as along as they are paid,” he says. “That’s why I’d like to see a criminal investigation. That way some good would come out of Michael’s death. But no one seems to be prepared to do anything about it – even when the drugs these doctors are prescribing are killing people.”
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