The world of music and entertainment was in mourning today after singer Michael Jackson collapsed and died at his Los Angeles home.
Jackson, 50, suffered a massive heart attack and stopped breathing last night, although the exact circumstances of his death are not yet known.
His personal doctor was with him at home when he collapsed but could not revive him. Unconfirmed reports claim the catastrophic heart attack could have been triggered by a painkiller injection.
Sources close to the Jackson family had recently told the Daily Mail how the singer was addicted to painkillers and that they had taken over his life. One side effect of their abuse is cardiac arrest.
An autopsy will be held in Los Angeles today but those close to the star believe it is an addiction to prescription drugs, as he battled to get fit for his comeback in London next month, that killed him
The Jacksons family lawyer Brian Oxman said he had been taking the drugs to cope with previous injuries, including a broken vertebrae in his back.
‘This was something which I feared and something which I warned about. This is a case of abuse of medication unless there is another cause that I don’t know about,’ he said. ‘Where there is smoke there is fire.’
Promoters of the shows in London, which were due to start on July 13, said in March that Jackson had passed a four and half hour medical with independent doctors.
Mr Oxman was with Jackson’s sister La Toya and brothers Jermaine and Randy at UCLA hospital in LA soon after the singer fell into a coma at his rented home nearby.
‘You’ve got to save him,’ aides screamed as the unconscious singer was wheeled into an emergency room on a stretcher.
Doctors fought for more than an hour to bring him back to life but he was eventually pronounced dead at 2.26pm local time.
So sudden: Hours later Michael Jackson’s body is taken away to the Coroner’s office
His mother, brothers, including Jermaine, Tito and Randy and sisters Janet and LaToya, had raced to be at his bedside. Read the rest of this entry »