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83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson Paperback – 10 Sep 2015
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About the Author
Matt Richards is an award-winning film director, television producer and screenwriter who has written and directed numerous documentaries and series in the UK and the U.S. In 2012 he was awarded the Spirit of Tiger Award for Outstanding Documentary Coverage of World War Two . He directed and co-wrote the feature film" To Say Goodbye," which was screened in competition at the 2012 San Sebastian International Film Festival. Mark Langthorne is CEO of Roland Mouret and has previously worked in the music industry and managed such stars as Kanye West and Annie Lennox."
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At the time of his death, it is no exaggeration to say that Michael Jackson was literally drowning in debt. Holed up in a house rented for him by the company who had signed him up to do a series of concerts in London’s O2 Arena, you cannot help but feel terribly sad about the unfolding tragedy, which you could almost feel coming even as a spectator. Beset by lawsuits, a constant target for the press and badly advised, he was so desperate to make money that he ended up agreeing to perform concerts he was obviously not mentally, or physically, well enough to cope with.
When the London concerts were delayed, his promoters tried ‘tough love,’ (or ‘threats’) to try to force him into coming to rehearsals. Meanwhile, his personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray was also under pressure to get Jackson to perform. It was a dangerous combination of a financially beleaguered Michael Jackson feeling under pressure – having signed to do ten shows, he never noticed that the company could increase this to further shows, and, when tickets started selling, they did so, causing Jackson to panic – and a doctor who was also financially embarrassed and reliant on the money he could make by going on tour with the singer to avoid ruin.
So desperate was everyone in this scenario, that really nobody seemed to consider Jackson’s obviously bizarre and unstable behaviour and his damaging reliance on surgery and medicine. Some raised concerns, such as his make-up artist, who felt she was not listened to when she told his management about how cold he felt, how he shook and shivered and failed to eat properly; losing weight and yet about to embark on a gruelling series of shows. The drug which, eventually killed Jackson, Propofol, is usually administered by an anaesthetist in hospital. Murray was a cardiologist who failed to give Jackson considered advice, failed to protect him and gave in to his demands for drugs which he should not have received because it was in his interests that Jackson did what the promoters were demanding.
This takes you through the details of Michael Jackson’s final days, the hours leading up to his death and the court case against Conrad Murray. The room Jackson died in was so full of medical paraphernalia, and he was so underweight, that paramedics thought he was a hospice patient when they first saw him. The whole book is shocking, saddening and tragic. At times difficult to read but, like all of Michael Jackson’s life, riveting.
I enjoyed your book though, I recomend it to fans to get a truthful account of his final days. Rest in peace Michael they can’t hurt you anymore XXXXX
The authors have lead me though MJ life and sad death leaving no stone unturned. It is sympathetic and revealing of all the forces conspiring around him and the final conclusions are both sad and very disturbing. I would recommend this book to anyone.
It was worth every penny,very interesting and easy to read
So sad to read just how many people used Michael Jackson for money,or to profit from him
Please read this book,very interesting but like I said very sad x
Brilliantly researched and well written using all the facts surrounding this case would definitely recommend to anyone.