Obviously the autopsy report isn’t in yet, but many reports are coming out about Michael Jackson’s serious drug addiction. And like all senseless and premature deaths, maybe it could have been prevented.
People is reporting that the Jackson family staged an intervention with Michael in Las Vegas. Three of his eight siblings were present and Janet was on the phone. They pleaded for him to get help. Jackson became angry and denied his dependency, which is a common reaction for a confronted addict.
Obviously, you can’t help someone who won’t help themselves and the family cannot be blamed for Michael Jackson’s choices. It’s starting to sound like he was surrounded by a lot of enablers. A story source claimed that Jackson drank alcohol and that an aide provided him with a regimen of “straight morphine, Demerol and opiates like Oxycontin,” as well as Xanax and Valium.
To families of addicts: Intervene, often — relentlessly. Never give up.
Personally, Michael Jackson obviously struggled with a lot of demons, but he was also a revolutionary genius in pop music. A great talent is lost.