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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Investigator's Suprised At Jackson's Health,
Family Seeking Second Autopsy,
Foul Play Ruled Out

Thursday's untimely death of global superstar Michael Jackson remains the focus and attention of the news. And rightly so. He was the King of Pop. I can't think of anyone except Elvis who had such global name recognition. I'm excluding The Beatles because they were a group, not a solo act.

Fox News reports that investigator's were surprised at how strong he was:

    ...investigators conducting the autopsy were also surprised at how healthy Jackson was.

    While he wasn't necessarily normal, he appeared to be stronger than they expected. Investigators were surprised to see significant scarring on his face, this being the first time they had seen Jackson without make-up.

    He had bruises on his chest consistent with someone trying to revive him, but there were no obvious signs of a heart attack, which leads investigators to believe some sort of drug or drug combination caused either the heart to stop beating or the lungs to stop breathing.
Access Hollywood reports that the Jackson family is seeking a second autopsy:

    The Jackson family wants an independent autopsy done on the body of Michael Jackson, Los Angeles County Coroner’s Investigator Brian Elias said on Saturday, according to CNS.

    The family reportedly told his office before the star’s remains were released that they wanted to have the second autopsy done, following deferred results from the first autopsy on Friday afternoon.

No indication of foul play; the Montreal Gazette:

    The search for what killed Michael Jackson began in earnest Friday, as investigators examined whether medications at the pop idol's home had played a role in his death.

    The Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday afternoon that an autopsy had been completed, but that a cause of the star's death would not be confirmed before additional tests that would take four to six weeks.

The Australian has an interesting story, that Jackson's weakness was exploited by charlatan doctors:

    MICHAEL Jackson died "because he was taking all sorts of medicines" prescribed by "charlatan" doctors who exploited his hypochondria, the pop star's friend and former producer Tarak Ben Ammar said last night.

    "It's clear that the criminals in this affair are the doctors who treated him throughout his career, who destroyed his face, who gave him medicine to ease his pain," the Tunisian producer told France's Europe 1 radio.

    "He was a hypochondriac and one never really knew if he was sick because he had become surrounded by charlatan doctors who were billing him for thousands and thousands of dollars worth of drugs, vitamins."

    He said Jackson regularly took sleeping pills, adding he had never seen him take illegal drugs. "He ate badly, he didn't have a very healthy life, he couldn't do sport," he said.

Not surprisingly,
sales of his music have increased dramatically. One independent record/CD shop in the Twin Cities sold out of their entire Jackson stock on Friday. If this is happening where you live, please leave a comment letting us know and letting us know your geographical location.

Tributes to Michael Jackson continue all over the world. He was THE POP ICON for an entire generation of people and his ability to transcend generations and age groups was phenomenal. The television coverage that I've seen of his worldwide fans includes all ages. Every color. Every ethnicity.

If you haven't seen the video of the CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines check it out. They really did quite a good job. The video was done well over two years ago, but after hearing of Jackson's death, the inmates staged a new tribute. The Sac Bee:

    The Filipino inmates who shot to global fame with a YouTube video of their "Thriller" dance swayed and stomped again Saturday in a behind-bars tribute to their idol, Michael Jackson.

    After being told of Jackson's death Thursday in Los Angeles, the 1,500 inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center hit the exercise yard, practicing for nine hours Friday night - and into the wee hours of Saturday morning - for the show. They took breaks only to eat or when it rained[.]

A giant - a GIANT - in the music industry died; a GIANT that had millions, if not billions, of fans around the planet. I don't understand how some people can't grasp or understand this or how they are so dismissive of the coverage.


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