マイケル・ジャクソン、死の直前の様子が明らかに! プロモーターのメール記録が語る真実

2009年、カムバックツアー『This Is It』を目前に急死したマイケル・ジャクソン。そのツアーのプロモーター会社であった "Anschutz Entertainment Group(AEG)" の幹部たちによる、250ページに及ぶメールの記録文書を入手した<Los Angeles Times>紙によって、マイケルは死の間際、体調不良と自信喪失によって心身ともにとても不安定な状態であったことが明らかになった。

<AP>によると、イベンター上層部は当時のマイケルが不安定であったことを理由に、50公演に及ぶ予定だったロンドン、O2アリーナでのスタジアム・ライブが敢行されるか懸念していたようだ。もしマイケルが健康/精神状態を悪化させ、ショ―自体をキャンセルしてしまった場合、その損害は甚大だからである。

ロンドンに宿泊していたマイケルに同行していたAEGのフィリップス氏は、同社の社長に「マイケルは酔っ払ってうなだれている状態で、今彼を正気に戻そうとしているところです」とメールを送っており、フィリップス氏とマネージャーが2人がかりでマイケルに服を着せなければならなかった場面もあったようだ。また、1通のメールの中でフィリップス氏は、マイケルが「死ぬほど不安がっていた」ことも記している。

これらメールの記録は、来年予定している裁判のために用意されるだろうとのこと。保険会社がAEGに対し、当時マイケルの病状を把握していたにもかかわらずライブ計画を無理矢理進めさせたとして、一度支払った保険金1,750万ドルが無効であると主張しているものだ。



これに対してAEG弁護側は「<Los Angeles Times>は社のネガティヴな側面をクローズアップさせるため、わざと極端なメールだけを取り上げている」「メールは不完全だし、必要以上にカットされている」「フィリップスは大げさな文面を書いている」などと、これらのメールの記録が適切な証拠にはならないことを主張している。

さらに、保険会社 "Lloyd's" がマイケルに対し、4時間に及ぶ健康診断(3人もの専門医による念入りな心臓や血液の検査)を要求していたにも関わらず、実際に検査が行われた記録がないことも明らかになった。AEG側はコンラッド・マレー医師がマイケルの健康状態を口頭で説明すると返答していたが、Lloyd's側はこれを拒否していた。同じく、マイケルの毎日のプログラムに組み込まれていたフィットネスの記録も提出するよう要求されたが、マレー医師はこれにも応じなかったようだ。

また、Lloyd'sは過去5年間のマイケルの健康記録を開示するよう要求していたことが、今回のメールのやり取りから明らかになったが、これも開示されていない。マレー氏がようやくLloyd'sに返信したメールは、「健康記録の開示を要求されているとマイケルに話したが、本人に断られてしまった」という文面だった。そしてマイケルが亡くなったのはそのメールが送られたわずか30分後だったという...。

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The Rolling Stones guitarist was discovered unconscious in his pool in 1969
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In 1971, the Doors singer was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment and was buried without an autopsy. His longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson, said that he died of a heroin overdose while in the tub, though she gave several contradictory statements. In 2007, a "friend" of Morrison's said the singer actually overdosed in the bathroom of a nearby club and was carried back to the apartment by drug dealers to avoid police attention. And, of course, there are those who believe that Morrison is still alive.

Kurt Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from claiming it was a murder. The proponents of this theory -- who often place blame on the grunge icon's wife, Courtney Love -- claim that Cobain's suicide note was finished by someone else, that he had too much heroin in his system to commit the act, that Cobain was going to cut Love out of his will, and so on. The theory seems to have died in popularity in recent years but still persists, with Cobain's grandfather even admitting he believes Kurt was murdered.

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INXS singer Michael Hutchence's body was discovered in a Sydney hotel by a maid in November 1997. The initial ruling was suicide, as he was found naked, hanging from a doorway in the room, which was reportedly filled with alcohol and prescription drugs. The 37-year-old had been involved in a custody battle over his daughter, Tiger Lily, with girlfriend Paula Yates, which led the coroner to determine that Hutchence was distraught at the time of his death. Yates, for her part, later claimed that Hutchence died while practicing autoerotic asphyxiation, the self-deprivation of oxygen to increase sexual pleasure. Yates died in 2000 of a heroin overdose.

What is known about the soul legend's death is that he died after being shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of Los Angeles' Hacienda Motel. Cooke allegedly burst into Franklin's office wearing only a sport jacket and underwear then attacked her. The events leading up to the shooting are even murkier: Cooke was at the motel with Elisa Boyer, who claimed that the singer tried to rape her. She fled, taking some of Cooke's clothes with her, leading to Cooke to chase her and run into Franklin's office. Boyer was later arrested for prostitution, and Cooke's thousands in cash were never recovered, lending credence to the theory that he was the victim of robbery. Either way, Franklin was exonerated in the shooting and Boyer was never charged.

British rocker Richey Edwards disappeared on Feb. 1, 1995, the day he was due to fly to the U.S. for a press tour. The Manic Street Preachers guitarist's car was found abandoned a couple weeks later, and there were plenty of purported sightings during that period. To this day, Edwards has never been found, and many speculate he committed suicide after years of battling depression. Even though fans still claim to have seen him, Edwards was declared "presumed dead" in 2008.

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