BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson Died From Lethal Levels Of Propofol

This makes no sense.

Dr. Murray reportedly told cops 10 minutes after administering Propofol … he “left Jackson’s side to go to the restroom and relieve himself. Murray stated he was out of the room for about 2 minutes maximum. Upon his return, Murray noticed that Jackson was no longer breathing.”

Dr. Murray says he began CPR and at some point ran downstairs and asked the chef to send up Prince Jackson, the eldest son, to continue CPR.

Dr. Murray says he noticed that Jackson wasn’t breathing at around 11 AM. He was then on the cell phone for 47 minutes with 3 separate calls, from 11:18 to 12:05. The 911 call came in at 12:21 PM …. a much longer delay than originally reported.

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Video: Michael Jackson’s Daughter Tearful Goodbye

This says it all.

Michael Jackson’s Body To Be At Memorial Service, Major Spectacle In L.A. History

This is going to be an event to remember.

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Michael Jackson will create even more pandemonium in death than he did in life — his body will take center stage at Tuesday’s public memorial at the Staples Center in downtown L.A.

The family will hold a private memorial early in the morning at Forest Lawn — where the body is now. The coffin will then be transported to Staples for what promises to be one of the biggest spectacles in L.A. history.

Video: Dolly Parton Extends Heartfelt Words “Treat Every Day As Our Last”

Dolly Parton is on my “A” list, and more proof of why that is the case is here in a quick video.

No More Franks, Elvises, Or Beatles

I have stated it before on this blog, but reading the following line in Newsweek tonight hit hard.

True, for a while he (Michael Jackson) was the king of pop—a term apparently originated by his friend Elizabeth Taylor—and he’s the last we’re ever likely to have. Before Michael Jackson came Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles; after him has come absolutely no one, however brilliant or however popular, who couldn’t be ignored by vast segments of an ever-more -fragmented audience.

Rather sad, I think.

Our National Commonalities Continue To Slide

One of the themes that gets lamented about on this blog is the continual diminution of our national commonalities.  Those things that unite us as a nation because we all participate in them, and therefore are bonded to some degree as a result, or at least all start more or less with the same reference point.  Be it the splintering of how we educate our kids, the lack of a national newscast (such as Walter Cronkite and the CBS Evening News), and the loss of newspapers.  In the last few days more and more has been written about this trend also impacting the entertainment world.  (See below)

I think it important for the fabric of a nation to have certain foundation points that we all start from with somewhat the same basic understandings and framework.  A truly fragmented and disconnected nation is not a healthy one.   Being unique and having specialized individual interests is fine,and is to be applauded.  But there is a larger need for things that bind the generations one to another, regions of the nation one to another.   It just seems more and more there are less and less of the latter, and more of the former.  That concerns me. 

When will another pop culture figure mean so much to so many that people are moved to assemble, hug and dance?

This is a tribute, of course, to Mr. Jackson’s singular gifts — his voice, songwriting talent, physical grace, and the list goes on and on. But there is the related matter of historical timing. Fame on the level that Mr. Jackson achieved is all but impossible for pop culture heroes today, and quite likely it will never be possible again.

On the most basic level, this is matter of business and math. Michael Jackson has sold an estimated 100 million copies worldwide of the 1982 album “Thriller,” which spent more than 31 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.

It’s one of those high-water marks that nobody will touch, because record stores are vanishing, and along with them, megahitalbums are vanishing, too. A big week on the Billboard charts is a quarter-million units sold, which is about the number of units the Jonas Brothers moved last week with their latest release, which opened at No. 1. And it’s rare for an album to last even three weeks at the top.

People who buy music tend these days to buy — or steal it — online, a song at time.

But even if nobody achieves album sales on a Jacksonian scale, couldn’t he or she be an artist every bit as popular, every bit as loved, every bit as listened to?

Probably not. The pop-idol field — like every field that can lead to super-fame — is more crowded than it has ever been, and the variety of routes to stardom keep growing. When the Beatles were on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, more than 70 million people watched, that is, more than one-third of the entire population of the United States. Yes, the Beatles were that good. But at the time, there were three networks and the radio. No Facebook, Twitter, video games, movie multiplexes, Sirius radio, malls or a dozen other potential drains on an audience.

Second Autopsy Requested On Michael Jackson

This is the start of the legal/medical fight that will dwarf anything we have seen before when it comes to a high profile entertainer who passes away, and leave a trail of intrigue.

Relatives of Michael Jackson will seek a second autopsy on the star because they still have unanswered questions about his death, family friends say.

Veteran politician Rev Jesse Jackson, who has been counselling the family, said they were upset the official cause of death might not be known for weeks.

He said the family wanted answers from the star’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who was with him when he died.

Coroners ruled out foul play after an initial autopsy on the 50-year-old.

But they gave no cause of death, saying the results of toxicology tests could take weeks to come back.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators had briefly spoken to Dr Murray, but they wanted to speak to him again.

A lawyer for Dr Murray said the physician had agreed to answer questions from detectives.

“Contrary to what has been out there, Dr Murray has been co-operating with authorities from the outset and will continue to do so,” Bill Stradley told Reuters news agency.

Jesse Jackson said the family had a flurry of questions of their own for the doctor.

“When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did they inject him, if so with what,” he said.

The rights leader claimed Dr Murray had gone missing in the hours immediately following the singer’s death, which raised “questions of substance that will not go away until they are answered”.

“He owes it to the family and to the public to say: ‘These were the last hours of Michael’s life and here’s what happened.'”

Jackson, who had a history of health problems, collapsed at his Los Angeles home at about midday on Thursday.

A recording of the telephone call made to emergency services from his home was released on Friday.

The caller is heard to say Jackson is unconscious and has stopped breathing, and that a doctor is trying to revive him.

The singer was pronounced dead at the UCLA medical centre two hours after the call was made.

Jackson’s brother, Jermaine, said he believed the star had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The Los Angeles County coroner returned Jackson’s body to his family earlier, and they are now reportedly making funeral arrangements.

Coroner’s investigator Brian Elias revealed on Saturday that Jackson’s family had told his office on the previous day that they wanted a second autopsy carried out.