Prescription drugs may have caused Michael Jackson’s death

Brian Oxman, who was the Jackson family’s attorney for 20 years, says he was afraid the pop star would die from misuse of prescription drugs. He told reporters outside of UCLA Medical Center last night: “I have warned that one day Michael Jackson would wake up dead, and that I would not be silent if that was the case, because of the misuse of medications.” He later told CBS: “I do not know how much he has taken, I don’t know what his current situation is in the last couple of weeks. Over the last several years I have said to family members that he is overmedicated.” During his 2005 trial for child sex abuse, the singer showed signs of stress and frailty, and became addicted to Demerol and morphine. Jackson was also under stress due to a 50-concert show in London that he and his brothers were scheduled to commence on July 13. People around him were unsure that his health would stand up to the pressure, as he’d become increasingly unwell. Hear Oxman’s interview with MSNBC below.

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  1. STEVE-O • June 26, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

    Half man. Half Mannequin. All Party.

  2. gypsy • June 26, 2009 @ 11:26 AM

    MR. OXYMAN FRIEND OR FOE COULDNT TELL BY YOUR INTERVIEW.WHY IS IT THAT YOU PEOPLE COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK AFTER A TRAGEDY WHEN SAID PERSON IS NO LONGER AROUND TO REFUTE YOUR ALLEGATIONS.SHAME ON YOU…

  3. blaise • June 26, 2009 @ 11:50 AM

    I have warned that one day Michael Jackson would wake up dead, and that I would not be silent if that was the case, because of the misuse of medications.

    So instead of saying something to the public when it mattered you waited till he was dead? Sounds like this assholes trying to get some free publicity for himself.

  4. Mary • June 26, 2009 @ 2:46 PM

    Here we go again everybody has something to say all based on heresay. The autopsy hasn’t even been done yet and already the rumors have started. Everbody knows something based on nothing! If he was having problems with prescription DRUGS why didn’t somebody help him before this happened?

  5. Nancy • June 26, 2009 @ 4:44 PM

    They have to WANT help to be helped! Like he said, he warned them…and I take his words to mean that they told him to be quiet about it but he said if Michael died he would not be silent. Now, I just heard that the cops impounded his Dr.’s car looking for evidence.

  6. Anon • June 26, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

    I read a comment on cbc that pretty much said it all….

    “The Prince of Pop, became a misguided faltering being searching for who he was but only finding who he was not.
    Constantly changing but unable to find comfort in who he was. The only constant was he did not like who he was over and over again
    As a child Michael was as young black child to whom I wished the most for; his aura striking.
    His innocence was overshadowed eventually by his shear talent. His talent stole his youth; never to be captured again no matter how hard he tried. ”

    His death has really affected me. I grew up bee bopping to his tunes and later dancing to them in the “discos”. In my opinion, he was the last of the great music kings.

  7. Anon • June 26, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

    I read a comment on cbc that pretty much said it all….

    “The Prince of Pop, became a misguided faltering being searching for who he was but only finding who he was not.
    Constantly changing but unable to find comfort in who he was. The only constant was he did not like who he was over and over again
    As a child Michael was as young black child to whom I wished the most for; his aura striking.
    His innocence was overshadowed eventually by his shear talent. His talent stole his youth; never to be captured again no matter how hard he tried. ”

    His death has really affected me. I grew up bee bopping to his tunes and later dancing in to them in the “discos”. In my opinion, he was the last of the great music kings.

  8. Anon • June 26, 2009 @ 5:22 PM

    oooops lol

  9. Carol • June 26, 2009 @ 5:31 PM

    Well, it certainly has been a sad week for Hollywood, Ed MacMahon, Farah Fawcett, and then MJ. We were talking at work today, and it is sad that for all the great things he’s accomplished, he did so much unusual and some alledgedly wrong things and it is those things he will be remembered for by a lot of people.
    What now for his kids. The mother of the first two signed over all parental rights. Will his mother take them in, and if so, how old is she. I know they’ll have nannies and stuff, but still, she’s up there and how much can these kids take?

  10. tributegirl • June 26, 2009 @ 5:46 PM

    Gina, I like what you said there, except I don’t think it was his talent that stole his youth, I believe it was his father. I remember him talking once about his childhood and how he wasn’t allowed to play with other children, just his siblings. Once he saw some kids playing baseball and he desperately wanted to join in, but his father herded them into the studio for more practice, practice, practice. His childhood was stolen from him, and I believe that’s why he was so odd.

    Carol, yes it has been a sad week in Hollywood. MJ will definitely be remembered for all the strangeness and allegations, but I hope he is also remembered for his musical career, esp his Thriller album.
    I’ve also been wondering what is going to happen to his children now.

  11. Anon • June 26, 2009 @ 10:38 PM

    tributegirl on June 26, 2009 5:46 PM

    You are right there. I think I recall reading about how abusive the father was as well. Many parents destroy their kids with their own agendas and needs, for a lack of better word. Success in any area is great, but you need to have balance to become a “whole” person, he was only pieces of the whole. Poor guy, all that fame, money and glory could never substitute for loneliness and lack of love.

  12. tributegirl • June 28, 2009 @ 2:54 PM

    Totally agreed, unfortunately I think Michael was never a “whole” person, and as much success as he had in his career, I don’t think there was ever much success in his personal life. Your last sentence says it all.
    I help run a minor baseball league in my area, and am involved in a number of other minor sports, and I totally get what you are saying about parents having their own agenda, I’ve seen kids who seem absolutely miserable on the ball field, or on the ice, etc, and the parents are nagging and yelling at them, the parents end up taking all the fun out of it and making it work. I think they are trying to relive their own childhood through their children.

  13. Anon • June 29, 2009 @ 12:39 AM

    tributegirl on June 28, 2009 2:54 PM

    Well there are all kinds out there….I’ve come across some real nut jobs for parents through organized sports when my kids were younger and even recently in regards to school. There are quite a few that just don’t get that maybe their kid is not an academic level kid. Instead of just accepting this and encouraging them to take applied (college level) courses, they keep beating them into the ground for the low grades, why they arent trying hard enough, forcing them into courses they think are in their best interest etc etc etc. Again, success is great and theres nothing better than an encouraging and supportive parent, but your own agendas should never cloud your outlook and expectations of your kids.

    I feel sorry for the way MJs life turned out. But, having said that, there really isnt a person that I know that doesnt bear some sort of cross in life. And those that are exceptionally gifted in one aspect, usually have a completely opposite and negative aspect … either intellectually, emotionally or other area.

  14. lily • June 29, 2009 @ 6:26 AM

    tg and anon, your thoughtful and compassionate comments speak to the kind of caring parents you both must be. As much as I am uncomfortable with the adult MJ became, I am so saddened by the child he was never allowed to be.

  15. tributegirl • June 29, 2009 @ 7:37 AM

    Exactly, I do believe that as an adult, we all need to accept responsibility and consequences for our own actions, however I also think that the kind of person we become as adults is directly related to our childhood.
    And yes, Gina, I’ve seen it in the school as well, there is one girl I’ve known since she was just very little, she just graduated high school, and I don’t think there is anything left of the person she would have been, her mother has pushed her to be perfect in everything. She smiles, but her smile does not reach her eyes. From what I’ve heard, Joe Jackson was one of the worst for demanding his children be perfect, even resulting in physical and mental abuse believing it was “good for them”.

  16. Jo-Anne • June 29, 2009 @ 8:24 AM

    really good comments, blaise and mary…big of this doc to come up with this now, when MJ’s gone…too many people wait until it’s too late when intervention could have made a life or death difference…

  17. moondog • June 29, 2009 @ 7:19 PM

    really REALLY good comments, Anon lily tributegirl and Carol….

  18. lily • June 29, 2009 @ 7:32 PM

    moondog, seriously, you are a laugh-out-loud treat! thanks!

  19. moondog • June 29, 2009 @ 7:41 PM

    stick with me kid its a laugh aminute

  20. tributegirl • June 30, 2009 @ 10:03 AM

    hahaha, thanks moondog! I try!

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