The Last Concert: Michael Jackson’s “This is It” Trailer

Well, I got my ticket tonight. Better get your own, unless you love standing in line n the cold.

I’m sure most of you heard that Michael was not emaciated when he died. His weight was “acceptable,” although the coroner’s report did show that he had arthritis in his lower spine, and in his fingers. I would have felt more comfortable had he ten pounds more meat on his bones, though.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s report shows Jackson’s weight of 136 pounds was in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. His kidneys and most other major organs were normal.

The singer did have health issues, however, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was the condition of his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.

But the lung condition was not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death, according to the document.

“His overall health was fine,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine, who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report for the AP. “The results are within normal limits.”

Kain, who was not involved in the autopsy, said most of the scars appeared to be from plastic surgery though others, like a scar on the knee, could have been from a medical procedure.

I’ll leave it to you to read the rest of the article above. The discovery of the respiratory disease, possibly from a genetic deficiency, merely confirms the earlier information I gathered from the British Daily Mail just after his death. They were on to something. And I’m not going to discuss the This is It theme song, which has been found to be not a new song, but a song created with Paul Anka in the Eighties. So what? I’m not going to nitpick Michael at this point. He had the right to use any material, unreleased or not, in his archives.

So, except for the fact that he couldn’t sleep and had pain ambulating, necessitating the occasional use of a wheelchair, and daily painkillers, he was relatively healthy. There were no other drugs in his system other than the ones that killed him, and Lidocaine for the propofol, and ephedrine, which is used in resuscitation efforts.

I cannot get over the fact that he looked almost cadaverous in London when he made his announcement about the 50 concerts. It was scary. I always thought that with all of his plastic surgery, he would end up resembling The Picture of Dorian Gray the older he became.

Well, we don’t have to worry about Michael any more. But as a consummate showman, he did worry about presenting himself as the same Michael of more than twenty-five years ago when Off the Wall and then Thriller became number one hits. He was a perfectionist through and through. This film will give us a much broader idea about his process, and also whether he was okay that final night of his life.

So, Michael, you don’t have to worry any more, either.

Rest in peace, and see you on the big screen.

~ by blksista on October 16, 2009.

One Response to “The Last Concert: Michael Jackson’s “This is It” Trailer”

  1. I’m so excited about the concert film coming out, and the upcoming film album debut. The “This Is It” song is so sentimental.

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