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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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46.

Chillax    

Hey, if Michael died of an overdose we will find out soon enough. Meanwhile there are young people all over the country dying the same death although not in huge mansions with a doctor present...last weekend it was a 21yo boy in Kansas City whose father found him the day before Father's Day dead from an overdose of hydrocodone...last year it was the 30 year old father of a 2 year old found dead after a drunken party. It's all so sad; their pain is so unbearable in life they must numb it any way they can.

1843 days ago
47.

ABAG    

C'mon letz leave speculating - wait for the news from the 'horses mouth' so to speak, the family have enough to deal with without adding media speculation

1843 days ago
48.

me so horny    

Johnny B, I had your mom and sister in the bed and they lookalike, but i knew the difference because your mom swallows!

1843 days ago
49.

snoppy    

If these reports are true and I feel they are it would be just like elvis death. fame kills. Its a sad world we live in....

1843 days ago
50.

opi    

Jackson settled after owing a Beverly Hills pharmacy $100,000 for prescription meds:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/20045.html

1843 days ago
51.

Mrs Albritton    

This is truely a tragedy. We loose three magnificent people in a period of 2 days. Let us remember them all in all of their glory. If he did overdose or his death was due to prescrition drugs, I think that somewhere along the line that the doctors should be help responsible for his death. If he was not given access to these drugs, he may have never died or lived longer. This is sad. The world will be missing one of the greatest muscisions there ever was. I send my prayers as well as my thoughts to his family and friends, but most of all to his children. I could not imagine the triumphs they will have to go threw until this is resloved. I do think the news needs to cut down a bit though because its hard for the family and the people who love him to grieve....they are human! REST IN PEACE MICHAEL you will be missed, Farrah and Ed as well. Love Peace and Happieness. Love ASHLEIGH

1843 days ago
52.

Blake    

So, is the family going to have MJ stuffed and put on display in a glass case, like he did with the elephant man's bones? I liked some of his music, but my gosh, he was a freak!

1843 days ago
53.

eden    

do u really have to do this? let him rest!! shame on u tmz, shame on u!

1843 days ago
54.

donald    

oh come on they said tht a first bout elvis cant we just remember michael jackson for his music and not his supposed dubious past which was never proved so rest in peace king of pop and may god be with your family at this very sad time

1843 days ago
55.

Victoria    

My heart aches...for his MOTHER and his children.

I'm a grandmother and I can still remember going to the Hot Wheels skating rink in Shreveport, Louisiana and skating to the Jackson 5 music. It feels like part of my youth has died too.

1843 days ago
56.

Manwara    

Michael you will be greatly missed by the whole world. I grew up listening to you as have my children & can not get to terms with how sudden you were taken from us. May you be at peace now & in a better place than the circus you were surrounded by. My thoughts go to your family & children & hope they will find the strength together to come to terms with such a sad loss. A true legend in the music industry who influenced a lot of artists over the years. I'm so sad that I never got to see you perform but the legacy you left will live on forever. R.I.P.Michael you will be missed xxx

1843 days ago
57.

Rebecca    

I don't believe MJ was an addict. He was given prescribed drugs by a qualified doctor. I have had morphine in the past for major surgery and you are encouraged to stop using it after just a few days, otherwise can be addictive. If MJ had a succession of painkillers within a 24 hour period, then it is likely that the addition of more drugs could have led to an accidental overdose. I'm lucky to be in the UK and recently saw the show Thriller Live in the West End in London. The show will become a lasting tribute to the King of Pop. RIP Michael. You are loved.

1843 days ago
58.

Susan    

All this speculation and rumour is not helpful to the family or anyone else. Think about the effect on the lives of his children! Michael has not been dead for 24 hours - let him have this one day of peace, at least ,before the circus turn into a frenzy- and it will

1843 days ago
59.

gnbnt    

Enough! Man, I don't care. Get on to something else already.

1843 days ago
60.

jord    

well they been right about every thing else so they properly right to be hounest

1843 days ago
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