The untimely death of Michael Jackson is still the top headline of the day. Everything else has pretty much come to a halt in terms of celebrity news. Now what is starting to come out are the concerns about his self destructive lifestyle and that perhaps his death was caused by an accidental drug overdose. Although nothing official has come yet from the autopsy people who loved him and respected him have spoken up about their concerns for him and his health over the years. Lisa Marie Presley was very candid on her MySpace blog today as she reflected on the death of Michael Jackson and the time she spent with him. She recalls a very eerie conversation with him when they talked about Elvis’s death. She writes, “At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ’I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did’. Lisa Marie goes on to talk about how during their relationship together, which she insists was not a “sham”, that she really tried to “save him from the inevitable, which is what just happened. His family and his loved ones also wanted to save him from this as well but didn’t know how and this was 14 years ago. We all worried that this would be the outcome.” Lisa Marie also says that she “became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him. I was in over my head trying. The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tired to stop or reverse it somehow.”
Another dear friend of Michaels, Elizabeth Taylor twittered that, “My heart…my mind…are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. It can’t be so. He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew home much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I’ve ever known. Oh God! I’m going to miss him. I can’t yet imagine life without him. But I guess with God’s help…I’ll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says,’ To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever’. And I will love HIM forever”.
The big question on everyone’s minds is Michael’s three children and who will care for them. For the moment it seems like Katherine Jackson, the children’s grandmother will be the one to be their guardian. Katherine, is the matriarch of the family, and has had all her grandkids around her over the years, but she is 79 years old. The nanny will also continue to care for the children and she has been like a mother to them. Recently the children have finally been seen without their veils and masks and they are beautiful children. The oldest is Prince Michael and he is 12 followed by sister Paris Michael who is 11 and are both from the same mother, Debbie Rowe, who was married to Michael for a short time. The third child, 7 year old Blanket is from a surrogate. Michael was the only parent to those children, so it is devastating to think about what they must be going through right now.
The only thing to say is that it is just sad sad sad and a terrible loss of someone at such a young age. For so many of us he was just a part of us and our culture. He is part of the memories so many of us have of growing up and he will be missed.