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Michael Jackson

Drug Addict On Trial

4/2/2013 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jackson's intense and decades-long addiction to powerful prescription drugs will be front and center in his family's wrongful death trial ... which kicks off today.

Katherine Jackson and Michael's 3 kids are suing AEG Live, claiming the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray ... who killed MJ with a massive overdose of Propofol.

TMZ broke numerous stories after MJ's death ... revealing how Jackson had at least 19 aliases to score Rx drugs from various doctors.  It was well known in L.A. and Beverly Hills medical circles that MJ would doctor shop to find professionals who would open their surgery centers to give him Propofol.  The doctors -- and dentists -- would justify the drug by saying they needed to put him under for minor procedures, such as acne removal.

We reported in one case ... a famed doctor used a gynecologist's office -- run by a doc who specialized in vaginal rejuvenation -- to perform a minor acne treatment under full anesthesia.

The Jackson family will argue AEG Live had a duty to monitor Murray.  The problem is ... Jackson's the one who found Murray in the first place and that Murray administered Propofol long before the doc signed on to the "This Is It" tour.

AEG has a slew of doctors on its witness list ... to make the case that Jackson's addiction was in full bloom long before it entered the picture.

Katherine and the kids are asking for more than $40 BILLION in damages.

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76.

wacko was a loser    

Wow, it's obvious the rabid fan can't comprehend much, especially an autopsy report. How embarassing. Read and weep troll: http://cnninsession.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/autopsyreportofjackson1.pdf

479 days ago
77.

iguane    

That old bat is so greedy and, apparently, still in denial. Kind of explains the greed of the sibblings, are so lazy and money-hungry... They all share mom and dads genes. Pathetic worthless family!

479 days ago
78.

Bell    

I cannot believe the seething cruelty in a lot of these comments. I suppose it comes from the the cloak on anonymity surrounding the sources. I feel strongly that if a lot of these comments were made in a social setting the speaker would be avoided like the plague. Regardless, they are a sad examples of the darkest side of the human spirit.

479 days ago
79.

wacko was a loser    

How come there are no fans outside the court house? Where are those nutbags who hide their fugly faces that used to protest from team michael? the houe of pedo worship is going silent.

479 days ago
80.

Jamey Hunter    

To Katherine and MJ's pseudo children, prepare to receive $0. A blind and deaf man could tell MJ was an addict. It's such a shame these children will turn out to be as greedy as their pseudo grandmother and other assorted pseudo family members.

479 days ago
81.

Bell    

AP Exclusive: Michael Jackson's autopsy report shows he was a fairly healthy 50-year-old THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer 12:22 p.m. CDT, October 1, 2009 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press. In fact, the Los Angeles County coroner's report shows Jackson was a fairly healthy 50-year-old before he died of an overdose. His 136 pounds were in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. And his kidneys and most other major organs were normal. Still, Jackson had health issues: arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath. However, according to the do***ent, the lung condition was not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death. "His overall health was fine," said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine, who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report for the AP. "The results are within normal limits." Kain was not involved in the autopsy. The full autopsy report has not been released publicly, but the AP obtained a copy. Jackson died at his rented Los Angeles mansion June 25 after his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered the anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, court do***ents state. Propofol, normally a surgical anesthetic used in operating rooms, acts as a respiratory depressant and requires constant monitoring, Murray told police he left the room to use the bathroom and phone records show he also made calls for 47 minutes around the time Jackson encountered problems. When Murray realized Jackson was unresponsive, he began frantic efforts to revive him, but Jackson never regained consciousness and was declared dead at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. The coroner's office announced last month that Jackson's death was a homicide caused by "acute propofol intoxication," with the other sedatives listed as a contributing factor. They said the standard of care for administering propofol was not met and the recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation was missing. Murray is the target of what Los Angeles police term a manslaughter investigation. The decision on criminal charges will come from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Murray has been interviewed twice by police. Except for a brief video posted to YouTube, Murray has not spoken publicly since Jackson's death. In the video, he said: "I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail." Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff, previously has said nothing Murray gave Jackson "should have" killed him. Jackson was declared dead a little more than two hours after paramedics were called. Evidence of the desperate struggle to save the star were evident on his body. He had chest bruising and cracked ribs from CPR, and a mechanical device known as a balloon pump was inserted into his heart to try to restart it, according to the autopsy report. Jackson's body was taken by helicopter to the coroner's office where the following morning Chief Medical Examiner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran and Dr. Christopher Rogers carried out an extensive review and ordered a toxicology screening to look for drugs in his system. Aside from propofol and the sedatives, the only substances found in his system were the local anesthetic, Lidocaine, sometimes used to numb injection sites and ephedrine, a commonly used resuscitation stimulant. No other drugs — legal or otherwise — were detected, nor was any alcohol. Kain said he was surprised that three other sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, were present with propofol. Anesthesiologists sometimes mix one "benzo" with propofol to help put a patient under, but using three increases the danger for the patient. "People don't mix the benzodiazepines together because they interact with each other and increase the risk of respiratory arrest," Kain said, adding it was likely Jackson first stopped breathing and then suffered cardiac arrest. The autopsy findings cut off a potential defense for Murray — that Jackson hid serious pre-existing conditions that increased the risk of death from the drugs he willingly took. Even if he did hide a condition such as his weakened lungs, a prosecutor could argue Murray should have detected the condition before administering drugs, said Michael Brennan, a clinical law professor at the University of Southern California who specializes in criminal defense. "A doctor has some obligation to know what his patient's physical condition is," Brennan said. "The doctor is going to try to substantiate whatever the patient told him ... and not simply rely on a patient's descriptions of his physical condition." At the time of his death Jackson was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London. Rehearsals were rigorous and there were questions about whether Jackson would be physically able to hold up. But aside from his lungs, the autopsy report did not identify any serious physical problems that might have limited Jackson's ability to perform. It also provided details about his physical state from head to toes. He had a ¾-inch scar behind his left ear and another apparent scar behind his right ear. He had a scar beside each of his nostrils and another, 4-inch scar on his right shoulder. He had a pair of additional scars about 3-inches long at the base of his neck and smaller scars on his arms and wrist. He also had a small scar near his navel and a 2-inch scar on the right-hand side of his abdomen. Kain said most of the scars appeared to be from plastic surgery though others, like a scar on the knee, could have been from a medical procedure. The medical examiner found numerous punctures on both arms and on a knee and ankle. The leg punctures could have been from intravenous therapies not described in the autopsy report, Kain said. Jackson had several tattoos, all them cosmetic, including dark tattoos in the areas of both eyebrows and under his eyes, and a pink tattoo around his lips. He was going bald at the front of his head, with his remaining hair described as short and tightly curled. The bald part of his scalp was darkened with what appeared to be a tattoo stretching across the top of his head from ear to ear. The coroner found depigmentation of his skin around his chest, abdomen, face and arms. The coroner also found Jackson was actively producing sperm. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-ap...,1047748.story

479 days ago
82.

yellowfinns    

You would think that greedy family would settle for what they have from MJ. The trial will be UGLY and what for? Let him rest in peace and be happy for the money NONE of them earned.

479 days ago
83.

tamara    

It must be Michael's siblings that came up with this amount of money and are using Katherine to file the suit in her name.
Paris, Prince and Blanket have enough money. It's MJ's siblings doing this because they're broke.

479 days ago
84.

Best Mom    

This is going to be a real tough battle for the Jacksons to win. There are so many guilty people involved with Michael's death....Michael included. I feel for MJ3....they're so young to be faced with yet another painful experience.

479 days ago
85.

Mrugowsky    

Only in their wildest dreams is M.J. worth 40 billion dollars. That's getting close to Bill Gates, who contributed a little bit more to the world.

479 days ago
86.

jj    

Long before his death, he was a drug addict, pedophile, with a destroyed singing voice.

479 days ago
87.

Bell    

The truth is all in the coroners report and FBI files. The e-mails AEG wrote its all there. I go by facts and facts only. No little name calling fool is going to make me bow down to his/her idiotic comments. This isn't the school yard honey. Things like that don't go to well in the real world.

479 days ago
89.

dan    

What about the Demerol he WAS addicted to. Was Murray persribing that too?

479 days ago
90.

Dawn    

GREEDY.....So greedy it's sinful....

479 days ago
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