Michael Jackson took 10 Xanax a night; his body is being stored in a L.A. crypt for now
Now that the flurry of gushing aggrandizement is over and done, we can get back to being realistic about poor ol' Michael Jackson. First up: his alleged drug use. It seems that MJ had a tendency to down 10 Xanax pills a night, CNN says. Why, whatever could be bothering him?
The network discovered the apparent habit using a 2004 report from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, in which authorities interviewed two of Jackson's former security guards. They were asked questions in preparation for the singer's 2005 trial for molesting a child.
One subject told deputies he told one MJ staffer he was worried about that many pills, to which the person replied, "Jackson was doing better because he was down from 30 to 40 Xanax pills a night."
One guard said he and three other employees would all get prescriptions under their names for Jackson to use, a story corroborated by the other guard, who said he had picked up drugs under other people's names for MJ's use. Their characterization of Jackson: He would often appear "out of it and sedated."
The guard who talked the most told authorities he wasn't comfortable with the drug situation and quit after the King of Pop "fell on his face" and hurt himself in a hotel room. Investigators haven't ruled out homicide in the singer's death, considering how many doctors may have been fueling his alleged drug binges.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports it has discovered where Michael's brainless body ended up: A marble crypt owned by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. But that's not his final resting place, if the family has anything to say.
While his family argues over his eventual tomb, his corpse rests among the likes of Liberace, Bette Davis, Sandra Dee and Freddie Prinze, who are all interred nearby.
Brother Jermaine and abusive dad Joe want to take the body to Neverland Ranch and open a Graceland-style museum, the Post says, while mom Katherine and most of the other siblings don't want the body there, out of respect for MJ's wishes following his 2005 acquittal.
At least most of them agree that they should take part in a new documentary about the family. Because they would make a reported $20 million from it, the Post says. Ah, family values.
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