August 25, 2009
Posted: 11:18 AM ET
MJ to close friend: "Don't leave me, they're trying to kill me."
The word hangs in the air. Somebody killed him. By accident or on purpose. Somebody killed Michael Jackson.
On Monday, the Los Angeles coroner's office reportedly ruled that the 50-year-old "King of Pop" was killed at the hands of another, and a search warrant said that Jackson had "lethal" doses of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his body when he died.
His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been the focus of a possible criminal investigation, but no charges have been filed. Murray could face criminal allegations of involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide, as well as civil charges of medical malpractice or wrongful death. Police have searched his offices in Houston as well as several storage facilities around the country. Still, many people close to Jackson wonder if the doctor should be the only target of inquiry.
Was it the reckless administration of a potent cocktail of deadly medicines that killed Jackson? Or was it a grueling schedule, relentless expectations and a zeal for perfection that led to his death? (Friends said Michael thought he had originally agreed only to a couple dozen concert dates, not the 50 that had been scheduled by promoter AEG at London's O2 Arena.) Or was it the artist's own penchant to get whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, without boundaries or limits? Could anyone say "no" to the King of Pop?
In the days after Jackson's June 25 death, I was inundated with questions and concerns from many who were close to the superstar throughout his life and career. They killed him, they would say to me. They finally did it.
What did they mean? Who were "they?" And who would stand to gain at the death of a legend?
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