Today, the world is recovering from the shock of hearing about the death of the “King of Pop”Michael Jackson. Autopsy says cause of death has been deferred= additional testing for toxicology etc. 4-6 weeks to complete…in an Anna Nicole kinda way. There was no indication of trauma or foul play according to the spokesman.
“I need an ambulance as soon as possible, sir,” the caller said urgently but politely. “We have a gentlemen here that needs help and he’s not breathing yet. He’s not breathing and we need to — we’re trying to pump him, but he’s not, he’s not.”
The caller reported that Jackson was on a bed and the emergency operator began to instruct him to do CPR, but stopped when the caller said that the personal physician was there.
“Oh, OK. We’re on our way there. If your guy is doing CPR and you’re instructed by a doctor, he’s a higher authority than me. And he’s on the scene,” the 911 operator said.
The operator asked if anyone witnessed what happened.
“No, just the doctor, sir, the doctor was the only one there,” the caller said.
“Did he see what happened?” the operator asked.
“Doctor, did you see what happened, sir?” the caller asked someone in the room. Only an urgent mumbling can be heard on the recording.
“We’re on our way. It’s less than a mile away from Cedars,” the operator said, referring to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Paramedics, however, took Jackson to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The car may contain “medications pertinent to the investigation” into Jackson’s death, said detective Agustin Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police did not release the doctors name. Authorities are saying that the cause of Michael Jackson’s death will not be determined officially for weeks.
Remember when in 1984, Jackson was burned while singing for a Pepsi-Cola commercial in Los Angeles. The special effects smoke bomb misfired. He had to have major surgery on his scalp, and said that because of the intense pain he developed an addiction to painkillers.
In the 1980s Jackson was reported to have a form of lupus which was later said to have gone into remission.
In 1993, Jackson was diagnosed with had a rare skin disease called vitiligo. Vitiligo causes a person to lose melanin, the pigment that determines the color of skin, hair and eyes, in patches or all over the body. The condition affects 1 percent to 2 percent of the population, and no one knows what causes it. I have a relative with it.
In December 1995, Jackson collapsed onstage from apparent dehydration and low blood pressure and was hospitalized.
In December 2008 there were rumors that Jackson was ill and in need of a lung transplant because o fa rare genetic condition.
And there were the money issues…
AP is reporting that after selling more than 61 million albums in the U.S. and having a decade-long attraction open at Disney theme parks, the “King of Pop” died reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt.
He bought the sprawling Neverland ranch in 1988 for $14.6 million.
In 2003, Jackson was arrested on charges that he molested another 13-year-old boy. The 2005 trial, which ultimately ended in an acquittal, brought to light more details of Jackson’s strained finances.
One forensic accountant testified that the singer had an “ongoing cash crisis” and was spending $20 million to $30 million more per year than he earned.
In March of last year, the singer faced foreclosure on Neverland. He also repeatedly failed to make mortgage payments on a house in Los Angeles that had been used for years by his family.
In addition, Jackson was forced to defend himself against a slew of lawsuits in recent years, including a $7 million claim from Sheik Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the second son of the king of Bahrain.
In March Jackson announced he would do 50 shows in London’s O2 arena. Tickets sold out, and the first show of the “This is It” tour was set for July 8. The opening date was later postponed to July 13 and some shows moved back to March 2010. Some say for health reasons.
Jackson is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.