Before his passing, Michael Jackson showed no signs of slowing down. He had signed up for a record-breaking residency at London’s O2 Arena, which would have seen him play for months. He was in the midst of rehearsals and had already performed a number of times before his untimely death shocked the world.
At the time of his passing, there were contradictory reports as to what Michael Jackson’s last words were.
Michael made two comments at the end of his life, according to his psychiatrist, Conrad Murray, who was later charged with involuntary manslaughter for his part in Michael’s death.
Michael died as a result of acute propofol and benzodiazepine overdose, which Conrad had been administering to him prior to his death.
According to Conrad, propofol was called “milk” by the singer, and several accounts reported his final words were a plea for milk.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Conrad said the singer asked, “I’d like some milk.” Please, please, please give me some milk so I can sleep, because I know this is the only thing that works for me.”
Propofol is a form of anaesthetic that gets its name from its opaque, milky appearance.
Conrad was worried about this, according to the statement, due to Michael’s busy rehearsal schedule.
“Just put me to sleep,” Michael replied. It makes no difference what time I get up…
“If I don’t get enough sleep, I won’t be able to function.” It would have to be cancelled.
“And though I don’t want them to cancel it, they will have to.”
These were the singer’s last words, according to the doctor who was the last person to see him before he was rushed to the hospital.
Conrad was found guilty by a jury in 2011 and sentenced to four years in jail, but he was released after two years on October 28, 2013, due to good behavior.
His license to practice medicine and prescribe heavy sedatives was suspended during the trial and has remained revoked to this day.
Lisa Marie Presley, Michael’s ex wife, revealed what his last words to her were, revealing his unstable mental state at the time.
The year after Michael’s death, she said to Oprah Winfrey: “It had been a long talk. I was so far away, but he could hear and sense it…
“He was trying to get a read on me and throwing out a line to see if I would bite.
He wanted me to know that I was right about a lot of the people in his life.
“That it turned out to be just what he and I had discussed years before.
“I told him I was indifferent when he asked if I really loved him. And he cried because he didn’t like that expression.