What caused Michael Jackson’s death?
Fifty years is not a long time, not anymore. With more and more people living well into their 70s and 80s, the death at the age of just fifty is always a shocker.
The shock is greater when the deceased is a much loved entertainer, a figure that’s lived in your living room for decades.
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson fainted or collapsed at his rented home in Holmby Hills, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. According to reports, his personal physician was in attendance at the time of his death, and the physician’s attempt to resuscitate Jackson were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call from Jackson’s physician around 12:20 pm Pacific time, and arrived in nine minute at Jackson’s location. Paramedics have reported that Jackson was not breathing and CPR was being performed. Resuscitation efforts continued on the way to UCLA Medical Center, and another round of attempts was made as long as an hour after arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 pm. Attending paramedics suspect Jackson was already in a state of cardiac arrest by the time they got to his house. Jackson was officially pronounced dead at about 2:26 pm local time. Television news and other media outlets were generally very cautious about the initial reports of his death after some embarassment last year when the death of comedian Bernie Mac was reported before he was deceased.
There are also allegations being made about Jackson’s doctor — incidentally the man who called 911. It is unclear if proper care was administered as Jackson was dying. Also, after Jackson’s family told police they were worried about Jackson’s Demerol addiction, police sought the doctor for questioning. Blame is spreading far and wide.
There’s much more to this story than the death of a celebrity; Jackson has been as polarizing and difficult a character as any. This is a man who is the butt of standups everywhere, who everyone thinks is an active pedophile, a man who is criticized and yet loved around the world. When Jackson appeared in court on charges of child abuse, the crowds standing in his support always dwarfed any protestors. Famously, Jackson leapt on top of his van in May of 2005 to celebrate his acquittal, surrounded by screaming fans. To his fans, Jackson was a rock star who just beat a tough rap, not a man who was accused of seven counts of child abuse and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.
At the time of his death, Jackson was scheduled to perform a slew of concerts to over a million people in London from July 13, 2009, to March 6, 2010. During the press conferences leading up to the concert, Jackson often talked of retiring. Jackson stood to make tens of millions of dollar from his concert series, which could help to alleviate his allegedly high debts.