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Jackson Family Feared Morphine OD

6/26/2009 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson Morphine ODMembers of Michael Jackson's family told us the singer was given a "heavy dose of morphine" prior to his death, and family members were alarmed.

We're told Joe Jackson recently wanted to put Michael in a rehab facility in Palmdale, California for what he considered an "addiction" to morphine and prescription drugs.

Family members say they felt he was unable to perform for his upcoming concerts because of his drug use.

Members of the upcoming tour tell TMZ Jackson was generally lethargic and very late for rehearsals.

There are reports Jackson OD'd yesterday on Demerol, a drug similar to morphine.

Interestingly, Jackson wrote a song called "Morphine" in 1997. One of the lyrics -- "Demerol. Demerol. Oh God he's taking Demerol."


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sonny chiba    

didnt the doc give the demerol???mayby he wasnt an ware of all the morphine in his system??anyways what a shame,rest in piece mike,it was like the president was shot in the streets of brooklyn yesterday,everyone was saying did you hear,did you hear,he was loved by all

1756 days ago
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JohhnyB    

Doesnt anyone else find it weird that La Toya and Micheal look a little too similar? (They have the exact same plastic surgery, including the same mistakes) They also share the same facial structure.

I've never seen the two in the same room before .....


Think about it .....

1756 days ago
18.

MICHELLE    

Just give him a break for once. If its drugs its drugs haf of the united states is addicted to something. Maybe if paparazzi let him live his life without being in his face for every little thing maybe he wouldnt have to go into a drug induced state. He probably wanted to forget everything thats been going on. RIP Michael you are truly a king

1756 days ago
19.

LOVIE    

I HAD THE PRIVLEDGE OF MEETING THE JACKSON 5 WHEN I WAS 6 YRS OLD, MY GRANDMOTHER WORKED FOR MARVIN GAYE AND GLADYS KNIGHT AND SHE TOOK MY SISTER AND I TO LAS VEGAS FOR A SHOW THEY WERE DOING . WE WERE AT CIRCUS CIRCUS HOTEL IN A VIP SUITE AND PLAYED WITH GLADYS KNIGHTS CHILDREN , WE WERE IN THE POOL AND I MET MICHAEL JACKSON WITH HIS BROTHERS AND JANET AT THE POOL . I’M 42 YRS NOW AND THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE I CAN TELL MY GRAND CHILDREN ABOUT . I’M TRULY SORRY FOR HIS CHILDREN ,FAMILY AND FANS. MY FAMILY AND GRANDMOTHER ARE TRULY SAD AND GREATFUL FOR THE MEMORIES. LOVIE HARLEM , NY GOD BLESS

1756 days ago
20.

Ned    

Duh. He was an addict and died just like addicts do on skid row.

1756 days ago
21.

Shellz    

Johhny B. IS THIS THE TIME FOR THIS. How old are you. 8 1/2. Go to hell and let the rest of us mourne without you.

1756 days ago
22.

Franck    

in the song he says Deborah not demorol you stupid bastards !

1756 days ago
23.

Whitney    

I'm still in shocl, even if this was an overdose, it's still sad. RIP Mj.

1756 days ago
24.

tom    

TMZ is NOT guessing, if you read it again they was saying that they was TOLD that by Members of Michael Jackson's family.

Please stop guessing TMZ!

RIP MJ!!!

Posted at 9:29AM on Jun 26th 2009 by JANE DOE

1756 days ago
25.

QUI-SHAAWN SMITH    

WE ARE ALL DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE SUDDEN LOSS OF A GREAT ENTERTAINER, A FANTASTIC HUMAN-BEING, WONDERFUL FATHER, SON ,BROTHER, FRIEND AND ULTIMATELY PERSON!!!!! LET US REMEMBER ALL OF HIS GOOD FOR THEIR HAS BEEN SO MUCH OF IT..... LET US NOT DWELL UPON THE LIES HURT AND UGLYNESS OF THE PAST YEARS. THIS MAN HAS SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY HE HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TOO, FINANCIALLY, MUSICALLY AND AMONG SO MANY OTHERS..... HE FINALLY HAS PEACE SO LET HIM REST HE'S FINALLY AMONG THE PURE............. LOVE ALWAYS Q.

1756 days ago
26.

Toune    

I hate to say this, because Michael's passing is traggic however there was another LEGEND that died yesterday TMZ....would be nice to see a Tribute to Farah's life instead of pages after pages of the same information on Michael.

RESPECT TO FARAH AND MICHAEL - Their Legend will live on for years to come.

1756 days ago
27.

Enrico Dc    

You have a banner saying R.I.P. Michael but your article is seems contrary on that banner. Jackson's family told you that because you do not stop asking question on them. Please show some respect & make that issue private.

1756 days ago
28.

shawn    

I THINK ITS BAD THAT YOU GUYS WOULD TRY TO TARNISH HIS IMAGE JUST A LIL MORE LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE FOR GOD SAKE !!

1756 days ago
29.

michael b    

Regarding Jocuri's post about the pharmacology of Morphine. All Praises due to Michael, RIP.

This is a rumor at this point, but I do want to point out to the milliions that will read posts from this site.........Morphine, if not medically calculated by the gram for any persons body weight, will kill, as it will absolutely slow down the Respiratory system enough to result in a heart attack.

Any patient who has ever been in a hospital using a 'push-button' hand pump with Morphine to kill pain. The families are absolutely warned against pushing the 'button' for more morphine to enter the patients system, as it will do exactly as I said if any persons body get too much morphine in it to metabollize correctly and safely..........otherwise death.

Were this rumor to be true, there is a strong possiblility that the person who gave Michael the morphine could be held legally accountable as an accessory to manslaughter, unless they were a licensed practitioner.

Perhaps more pain for the Jackson family.

Just postulating on the rumor mill, were it proven to be true, with no disrespect whatsoever to Michael. As I said RIP.

1756 days ago
30.

Donna    

Meanwhile, Farrah Fawcett also died yesterday. A real hero.

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