It’s going to be talked about a whole lot and everyone will have their assumption. Until those toxically reports are released, no one will know exactly. But the key word here is toxically. If it were any other cause it would been known from the first autopsy.
The coroner says it will be weeks before the cause of Michael Jackson’s death can be determined, and speculation ranges from the physical – prescription-painkiller abuse, anorexia – to the metaphysical – childhood emotional abuse, fame.
- “We put drug pushers in jail but give licences to doctors to do the same thing. It is impossible to go after them legally in most cases, and that makes them totally indiscriminate. I know personally that they write multiple prescriptions and they even use false names. And they know which pharmacists won’t check identifications… This cult of drug-pushing doctors, with their co-dependent relationships with addicted celebrities, must be stopped. Let’s hope Michael’s unnecessary death is the call for action.” (Physician and self-help guru Deepak Chopra, a friend of the singer who tried to get him to deal with his prescription-drug addiction, speaking to Gerald Posner, thedailybeast.com)
- “His childhood played out in public like the lives of kids on reality-TV shows, before the concept of reality TV was even fully formed. As a result, his childhood was ruined, and he never got over it. Yet, despite such cautionary tales, parents continue to push their kids in front of the cameras long before the age of consent. Just look at the children of Jon & Kate. Or rather, don’t look. Please don’t look, and let’s starve such shows of their ratings and thereby spare their young stars a similar fate.” (Sara Mosle, doublex.com)
- “Did you know that Michael Jackson was the victim of a rare autoimmune disease called lupus? As it turns out, lupus sufferers frequently die in their 40s and 50s from sudden heart attacks, caused by atherosclerosis. Let me explain.
Lupus causes inflammation in many of the body’s organs, including the arteries of the heart. The inflamed arteries then cause cholesterol to deposit on their walls. These deposits cause scarring, and the whole process primes lupus victims to have massive heart attacks, which are often asymptomatic beforehand. Here’s another key fact: African-Americans are four times more likely to be lupus victims than Caucasians.” (Bonnie Fuller, huffingtonpost.com)
- “I blame the king of pop’s abusive father … Oh, don’t get me wrong; I also blame Michael Jackson himself, being that he was 50 and had even expressed fear of dying in the way Elvis Presley did to then-wife Lisa Marie (Presley). Though Michael Jackson died … a long time after being subjected to father Joe’s physical and emotional abuse, any psychologist and psychiatrist will tell you that abusive childhood experiences will leave a permanent mark …
According to Wikipedia, Michael Jackson’s father once held him upside down by one foot and repeatedly socked his butt and back. If he didn’t get dance moves `right’ during rehearsals, he’d get whippings…
No matter how famous and successful a person can be as an entertainer, they can suffer intense mental pain when not on stage or in the recording studio – a mental anguish that’s the result of childhood abuse, an anguish that the entertainer learns to snuff out with prescription painkillers – not necessarily to numb physical pain, but to numb mental pain.” (Jillita Horton, associatedcontent.com)
- “For years, the surgical alterations in Michael Jackson’s face have presented such a haunting spectacle that another aspect of his physical transformation – his drastic weight loss – went relatively unnoticed.
I’m going to make a prediction: Part of the contributing factor not only will be substance abuse … but it will also be anorexia.” (Diane Dimond, who wrote a book about Jackson’s molestation trial, on CNN Thursday. She went on to recall that, when she was reporting on the trial in 2005, Jackson was so emaciated she wondered how he could stand up.)
- “So Michael Jackson, spiritual sister to Mary-Kate?
Maybe. There are several unknowns here, so it’s a little early to add Jacko to the list of celebrity anorexics, with Portia de Rossi and the singer Karen Carpenter, who died of heart failure in 1983, collapsing at her parents’ home at the age of 32.
Still, it’s hard not to wonder if Jackson’s wraith-like frame in recent years was another result of his obsession with physical self-manipulation. Some consider Jackson’s repeated plastic surgeries – the autopsy report suggests he had 13 – to have been a deliberate exploration of identity, but it’s just as easy to see them as the expression of a tortured self-image…
If it were determined that anorexia contributed to Jackson’s death, it would change the popular image of the illness forever. Many Americans had never heard of anorexia before Karen Carpenter died. Now the disease is well known, but it’s mostly associated in people’s minds with young, white women, not middle-aged, black (or formerly black) men.”
(Kate Taylor at doublex.com)