By Lisa Hodga
Michael Jackson’s family lawyer has blamed the pressure of his 50-night stint at London’s O2 Arena for killing him.
Brian Oxman, who was with the Jacksons in Los Angeles overnight, revealed the 50-year-old singer had been taking drugs for months in his battle to be fit for the string of concerts next month and sensationally blamed his inner circle pushing him too hard in the run up to a series of comeback gigs in Britain.
He suffered a massive heart attack and stopped breathing last night. His personal doctor, thought to be Dr Tohme Tohme, was with him but could not resuscitate him.
There is growing speculation today that the catastrophic cardiac arrest was triggered by an injection of the painkiller Demerol after rehearsals in his home town.
Paramedics were told he was ‘not breathing at all’ and rushed him to UCLA hospital where a team tried to revive him for more than an hour but he never came round.
An autopsy will be held in Los Angeles today but those close to the star believe it is an addiction to prescription drugs as he prepared for the gigs in London that killed him.