The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that Michael's death was a homicide involving a combination of drugs, such as propofol and lorazepam.
Various other drugs detected were: midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine.
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 atmosphere.
This is where Michael let himself down and also us, his fans.
Rajendra K Aneja
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|Date:||Sep 10, 2009|
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