Michael Jackson Was Awake For “Weeks At A Time” Preparing For Upcoming Tour Prior To Death & Loaded Up On Sleeping Pills To Help Him Rest, According to Akon
Singer Akon is opening up about the days leading up the tragic death of his close friend Michael Jackson.
According to the “Locked Up” artist, the King Of Pop was suffering from insomnia due to being overly excited about his coming London residency, forcing him to rely on sleeping aids to get rest. Akon, 49, spoke on the matter during a recent interview, days before the release of the documentary TMZ Investigates: Who Really Killed Michael Jackson.
Speaking in detail about witnessing the dedication and drive of Jackson while developing the 50 date show, Akon stated:
“He was so happy and excited that he was about to go to London and lock these 50 dates in and remind the world who he was and what his value was to pop music.”
“He didn’t even sleep….That is why he was taking sleeping pills because he was too d**n excited….He would be up for weeks at a time thinking about how he wanted everybody to have the most amazing experience, he wanted to create something that was going to be talked about for centuries,”
“When you have that energy you don’t sleep.”
Jackson, who passed at the age of 50 due to an overdose of propofol and benzodiazepines, went into cardiac arrest at his home in L.A back in 2009. Many felt the “Thriller” artists’ primary physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was to blame for the musician’s demise for administering the fatal dose prompting heart failure. Murray was tried and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011, and served two years in prison before being released.
However according to the recently released documentary, there may have been several parties at fault for being accomplices to the singers overdose. Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe – the surrogate of his three children – appears in the doc, tearfully apologetic for her role in the singer’s death. Rowe stated she worked for Jackson’s dermatologist Arnold Klein – who’s also accused of aiding Jackson’s pill addiction – for 27 years. Klein reportedly provided Jackson with a significant amount of opioid painkiller Demerol while treating him for acne spots.
During the documentary, Rowe full of tears stated:
“I was basically as bad as him [Klein). I regret that. I will regret it. And I am so sorry that I participated in it.”
Still, professionals in the doc say it would be wrong not to hold Jackson accountable for his actions along with his many accomplices. However Akon, who collaborated with the singing icon on his award sweeping Thriller album. shed light on how exactly Jackson’s unbelievable work ethic led him down a wayward path. He explained:
“You are going to need help to get sleep because your mind is constantly moving and your energy and your flow [are] electric to the point where you cannot turn it off….He always pushed himself to the limit. He never compromised the best.”
“He never believed there was something he could not accomplish or could not do….Even though his age prevented him from doing a lot of the moves that he did when he was younger, his mind told him ‘No, you can do this.”
“I don’t care what you have got to do, you are going to show everyone, and show yourself and just do it.”
“You are not going to complain. You are going to find a way to make it work. If you have to work out 25 hours a day to do it [and] when that day comes you are going to make it happen.”
“He was that kind of person. So he pushed himself to the limit and if he wasn’t satisfied he was going to stay there until he was satisfied.”
“It is kind of a gift and a curse.”
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