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Michael Jackson’s Reckless Death Is Pinned On Conrad Murray: Who’s Really Bad?

by | 9th, November 2011

SO, Michael Jackson’s personal ‘feelgood doctor’, Conrad Murray, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter. This apparently provides closure for those who have tried to make sense of the pop icon’s death in June 2009. Because for many, the idea that Jackson died a tragic, accidental death as a troubled star who was under a lot of pressure, that he was simply an afflicted man who finally dug too deep into the medicine cabinet, apparently just won’t do.

The six-week trial didn’t only lay bare intimate details of MJ’s life and death, beginning with the distribution of gruesome images of his body in a hospital gurney and a photo of his naked body at the autopsy it also revealed that, today, the idea that tragedy sometimes strikes, for little explicable reason, has limited traction.

Image: Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson leaves the Criminal Justice Center, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, in Los Angeles, after it was announced that Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician when the pop star died in 2009, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Among the throng of MJ fans gathered outside the Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, there was little doubt that Jackson was killed at the hands of a careless doc. ‘Guilty!’, ‘Justice 4 MJ’, ‘Dr Murder’ read some of their t-shirts and placards. They cheered loudly when the guilty verdict was read out. Murray was accused of causing the King of Pop’s death by administering a fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol and by failing to supervise his patient properly.

Yet, with the media spotlight shining mercilessly on Dr Murray, one, apparently hard-to-accept, contributory factor in Jackson’s death was overlooked: Jackson’s own recklessness.

Yes, there was a coterie of people surrounding Jackson who helped, rather than prevented, him from accessing the drugs he took in order to keep getting up on stage as a shadow of his former moonwalking, crotch-grabbing self. And yes, it seems Murray’s judgement was lacking. For instance, during the trial, one expert on propofol reportedly said it is almost unheard of to prescribe propofol for insomnia, as Murray did for Jackson. Instead, the powerful drug is normally used before surgery.

However, no matter how childlike and strange Jackson’s world was, he was an adult who surely must have understood that combining propofol (or ‘milk’ as he nicknamed it) with a battery of other sedatives, muscle relaxants and appetite suppressants was not a brilliant way to get through life.

Yet it seems

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