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Michael Jackson's Death Caused By Demerol Injection?

As speculation on the cause of Michael Jackson's sudden death grows, 'The Sun' reports that it was caused by an overdose of painkiller Demerol.

"An Emergency Room source at UCLA hospital said Jackson aides told medics he had collapsed after an injection of potent Demerol -- similar to morphine," says the British publication.

Demerol is also known as Diprivan and Propofol, but is much more dangerous than morphine.

"Shortly after taking the Demerol he started to experience slow shallow breathing," it quotes a source. "His breathing gradually got slower and slower until it stopped.

"His staff started mouth-to-mouth and an ambulance was called which got there in eight minutes but found he was in full respiratory arrest, no breathing and no pulse."

"They started full CPR and rushed him to hospital. When he arrived they started resuscitation, giving him heart shocks and inserted a breathing tube and other supportive measures to try and save his life."

"He never regained consciousness and the family was told that he had passed."

It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest. However, the exact cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy become available.

Los Angeles police are searching for Jackson's personal physician today to question him over the Demerol allegations and use of the drug.

Meanwhile, we're also learning that Michael Jackson rehearsed just a night earlier at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in preparation for his series of comeback concerts. He was set to headline 50 sold-out shows at London's O2 Arena beginning in July.

A commitment that may have been too much according to close friend Uri Geller: "I think it was a mistake to target 50 shows. 3, 4, 5 maybe 10 shows is enough. He was healthy, aerobically fit. I remember him here in my house, and he wouldn't touch junk food."

"So now, to confront this devastating reality that Michael is dead is just, I want to wake up tomorrow and think this is a dream and that he is not dead."

"He was a happy man when fans were around - he drank their love. He loved what he did, but somewhere in his deep dark corners of his heart, he was a confused man and a lonely person. The reason was because nobody could understand him. He is in heaven now, a better place than us. God rest his soul."

The concerts were seen as a bid to resurrect a career that peaked with the 1982 release of Thriller, widely regarded as the greatest pop record of all time.

Matt Blank, of the Michael Jackson World Network fanclub, says he is dumbfounded: "I find it hard to believe that Michael Jackson is no more. It's just unimaginable."

June 26, 2009 |

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