Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” died suddenly on Thursday, June 25, and the world wants to know, what killed the 50-year-old pop icon?
Jackson went into “cardiac arrest” but what caused his heart to stop?
From the AP:
An autopsy was planned for Friday, though results were not likely to be final until toxicology tests could be completed, a process that could take several days and maybe weeks. However, if a cause can be determined by the autopsy, the results will be announced, said Los Angeles County Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben.
Police said they were investigating, standard procedure in high-profile cases.
Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.
“It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known,” his brother Jermaine said.
Cardiac arrest is an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from pumping blood to the body. It can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems.
TMZ is reporting that Jackson family members feared Michael may have died from a morphine injection:
Members of Michael Jackson’s family told us the singer was given a “heavy dose of morphine” prior to his death, and family members were alarmed.
We’re told Joe Jackson recently wanted to put Michael in a rehab facility in Palmdale, California for what he considered an “addiction” to morphine and prescription drugs.
Family members say they felt he was unable to perform for his upcoming concerts because of his drug use.
I’m sure Jackson’s family want answers because the not knowing is really difficult. At least if they have answers, they can begin their grieving process and have some measure of peace.
Michael’s three children are currently with his mom Katherine.