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Will Michael Jackson Ever Rest In Peace?
Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers to ever live. He had the astonishing ability to touch people with his music, dance moves, and larger than life music videos. The man was an once in a lifetime talent. For the last 25 years of his life, I would imagine he was the most famous PERSON on the planet. On June 25, 2009, we lost Michael to an accidental drug overdose. Nearly four years later, he has not found the peace, he so longed for while he was alive.
This will not be a MJ pity party. While I'm a fan, I'm not rabid or fanatic like others. Let's be honest, Michael Jackson bears plenty of responsibility for the way his life was and how it ended. He chose to make bad decisions with his finances and with the people he entrusted to handle his affairs. I understand he was exhausted with his family constantly requesting loans. From the age of 10, he was an living and breathing ATM machine. As much as he detested that, he still loved being Michael Jackson. Known for inordinate spending and lavish shopping sprees, he relished in the prestige of being the King of Pop.
As I hub away, I realize the way he lived, peace and any sense of normalcy more than not would be denied. I don't know when the weirdness started, but his drastic appearance changes did not help his cause. I became slightly sympathetic, when it was revealed during his autopsy, that he actually had the the skin disorder vitiligo, after all. Due to his accident while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984, he was rendered bald after severe burns to his scalp. What I don't understand was the need to butcher his nose to just nostrils. Was he ashamed of his African American features? Did he really want to erase any resemblance to his father? Always a topic of conversation, speculation and opinion no true answer was ever discovered.
The lack of childhood, skin changes, surgeries, and other eccentricities paled in comparison to the child molestation accusations that haunted Jackson the rest of his life. The first case was in 1993 and Jackson reached an out of court settlement for upwards of $20 million. He was never the same and neither was his career or reputation. In an attempt to quelch the heat from the scandal he married Lisa Marie Presley. It appeared to be an publicity stunt and they divorced about 18 months later. After being warned to stop having children sleep in his bed, forever stubborn, he didn't listen and of course another charge was filed. He was acquitted in 2005 of all charges. Seeking any kind of solace, he spent time in the Middle East and vowed to never return to NeverLand, which was his ranch/amusement park. After a few years of rumors of new albums and pending tours, it was announced in March 2009 that Jackson would embark on tour in London, England. The tour was titled "This Is It." After nearly a quarter century on the road he developed insomnia. Capitalizing on who he was, he was able to get medications delivered to his home that were strictly for use in hospitals with qualified personnel administering.
Michael Jackson had become an addict and was using several painkillers and he used Propofol, an powerful anesthesia. On June 25, 2009, he overdosed and passed away from the drug. Being who he was the announcement of his death crashed the Internet! His death was as messy as his life was. After a long summer of several autopsies,the over exposure of Joseph & Jermaine Jackson, lawsuits, and other hysteria, he was FINALLY laid to rest September 3, 2009.
In the years since, MJ is still in the news. Dr. Murray was convicted and sentenced to prison. There's been infighting among the siblings over money and who should have custody of the children. His mother Mrs. Katherine Jackson, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the promotion company of the "This is It" tour. The trial is going on now, with more details of his addiction and frail condition being publicized. Last but not least, another accuser has come out of the wild blue yonder, saying he was molested by Michael Jackson. You don't have to be a genius to figure out his motive is money. So the sad, bizarre, and chaotic after life of Michael Jackson continues. Rest in Peace, Mike.