Michael Jackson’s death was the cause of a decades-long battle with insomnia and an increasingly dangerous regime of trying any and every trick in the book to get some sleep, a California court has heard. Prior to resorting to the drugs that would eventually kill the pop superstar, he even had his personal doctor read bedtime stories to him to try and help the singer doze off.
On June 25th 2009, Michael Jackson would eventually turn to propofol administered by Dr Conrad Murray and never wake up.
After endless testimony that has taken most of the summer months to highlight, AEG will this week rest its defense case having been accused of causing the death of Michael Jackson through negligence.
On Friday, one of Jackson’s previous doctors spoke of being asked for propofol by the star as far back as 2003, which he flat-out rejected. According to Dr Van Valin, he would ultimately end up being “put to sleep like a dog” six years later at the hands of another physician, Dr Murray.
The suit was filed by Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson, who claims that because Dr Conrad Murray was hired by AEG, the concert promoter is directly responsible for the star’s death. Murray is currently behind bars having been convicted of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson – a charge he has denied strongly from the start.
According to legal parties representing AEG, it was Jackson himself that chose Conrad Murray as his personal physician and therefore the responsibility does not fall with the promoter. They argue that they had no way of knowing what Murray was doing at any given time behind closed doors and the only person with any control was Jackson himself.
Prosecutors on the other hand argue that AEG continually ignored Michael Jackson’s clear health problems and the way in which he was visibly deteriorating by the day. Rather than opting for a new medical professional to nurse the singer back to health, Michael’s mother contends that AEG deliberately kept Murray on as they knew he’d do anything and everything to ensure Jackson kept his commitments to the group.