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Michael's downfall.

Finally, Michael Jackson has been laid to rest. Derided by a few, this mega-talented star was admired by millions across the world.

The Los Angeles County coroner The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner was created in its present form on December 7, 1990 by an ordinance approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, though it has existed in some form since the late 19th century.  has ruled that Michael's death was a homicide involving a combination of drugs, such as propofol and lorazepam lorazepam /lor·a·ze·pam/ (lor-az´e-pam) a benzodiazepine used as an antianxiety agent, sedative-hypnotic, preanesthetic medication, and anticonvulsant.

lor·az·e·pam
n.
.

Various other drugs detected were: midazolam, diazepam diazepam /di·az·e·pam/ (di-az´e-pam) a benzodiazepine used as an antianxiety agent, sedative, antipanic agent, antitremor agent, skeletal muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, and in the management of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. , lidocaine lidocaine /li·do·caine/ (li´do-kan) an anesthetic with sedative, analgesic, and cardiac depressant properties, applied topically in the form of the base or hydrochloride salt as a local anesthetic; also used in the latter form as a  and ephedrine ephedrine (ĭfĕd`rĭn, ĕf`ĭdrēn'), drug derived from plants of the genus Ephedra (see Pinophyta), most commonly used to prevent mild or moderate attacks of bronchial asthma. .

It is believed that he died from "acute propofol intoxication."

It is indeed tragic, that Michael who had towering levels of talent, had to resort to this assortment of drugs, merely to get some sleep.

It is indeed horrendous to rehearse vigorously for 10-12 hours per day and then not be able to sleep.

The doctors attending to him, could have persuaded him about the value of basic exercises like jogging in his massive lawns, plain old yoga, or simple deep-breathing exercises.

The stress of doing 50 shows, within a few months, at the age of 50, would obviously take a toll on Michael's health.

But then, why give in to 50 shows?

Why not just five to 10, over a year?

Michael's life serves as a lesson for artists and those who look up to him.

It is not merely enough to be renowned and successful, one must also learn to manage success and fame, without letting them take control of our lives.

Artists too, have a right to life, to live well and they must learn to pace themselves.

One may strive to conquer the Mount Everest of talent and challenge, but one must also learn how to survive and stay there, in the rarefied rar·e·fied also rar·i·fied  
adj.
1. Belonging to or reserved for a small select group; esoteric.

2. Elevated in character or style; lofty.


rarefied
Adjective

1.
 atmosphere.

This is where Michael let himself down and also us, his fans.

Rajendra K Aneja

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