Jackson collapsed at his home on 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles during the late morning or early afternoon of June 25 PDT. He had received an injection of Demerol at 11:30 a.m., though his physician has said he neither furnished nor prescribed Jackson with Demerol. Murray was not present at the time of the collapse. He said he fortuitously went to see Jackson on the second floor of Jackson’s home, and found he had collapsed. There was a weak pulse in his femoral artery, the doctor said. He began to administer CPR.
The New York Post reported that Jackson’s 12-year-old son, Prince Michael, was present when Jackson collapsed and during attempts to revive him. Emergency services were contacted only after Jackson’s father was told by a security guard that Jackson was ill.
J. Randy Taraborrelli, who knew him for forty years, said he had become "very frail, totally, totally underweight," and that his family had been worried about him. He seaid Jackosn was addicted to painkillers for many years.
Grace Rwaramba, a former nanny who looked after Jackson’s children, told writer Daphne Barak that Jackson’s health was seriously compromised. She said he was a drug addict, that she had had to pump his stomach more than once, and that he had stopped looking after himself, becoming dirty and unkempt. Other associates of Jackson told journalist Ian Halperin that he may have been suffering from anorexia or bulimia, as well as a lung disease known as Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, for which he was receiving injections of Alpha 1-antitrypsin. The condition meant that on some days he was unable to sing or even speak. He is also believed to have suffered from vitiligo and lupus. In addition to injections of the painkiller Demerol, he is said to have used another painkiller, Oxycodone (OxyContin), as well as Xanax, an anxiolytic, and Zoloft, an anti-depressant.The media has reported that he also used Prilosec, Vicodin, Paxil, Soma, and Dilaudid.
His staff said he was worried about the London concerts. "He wasn’t eating, he wasn’t sleeping and, when he did sleep, he had nightmares that he was going to be murdered," one of them told Halperin. He even said something that made me briefly think he was suicidal. He said he thought he’d die before doing the London concerts. He said he was worried that he was going to end up like Elvis. He was always comparing himself to Elvis, but there was something in his tone that made me think that he wanted to die, he was tired of life. He gave up. His voice and dance moves weren’t there any more. I think maybe he wanted to die rather than embarrass himself on stage." Elvis also died because of drugs - and Demerol was one of them.
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