These images were taken of a pale and gaunt Michael Jackson on June 23, 2009 at the Staples Center during rehearsals for his upcoming 50-date concert engagement at the 02 Arena in London.

The concerts were set to begin on July 13 and last through the beginning of March 2010.

But Jackson’s friends doubt he would have lasted that long. They say Jackson hired a personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray of Las Vegas, just two weeks before he was to leave for London to provide him with prescription drugs — and eventually, an excuse to bail out on the concerts series early.

Jackson was in no physical shape for such a grueling contractual commitment. The 50-year-old 5′-10″ superstar weighed approximately 125 pounds when he suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away last week.

The ideal weight for a 5′-10″ man with a small frame is 144-154 lbs.

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Sneek peek into the first episode of Tiny & Toya Show, which airs on BET tomorrow night (June 30) at 10 pm. Tiny introduces us to her wonderful parents Diane Cottle and Charles Pope of College Park, Georgia. Mr. Pope is the founder and last original member of The Tams. Diane and Charles have been married for over 28 years and have two other children, Redd, who is a member of the Tams, and Michelle.

If you are waiting for me to post my summary of the BET Awards that aired last night, you should know that I only watch awards shows on rare occasions. Last night was not one of those rare occasions.

For me, awards shows jumped the shark a long time ago. I can’t bare to watch the buffoonery any more. There was a time when awards shows were actually entertaining. But this was when the music industry was still a profession instead of a sideshow, and stars were actually people with talent.

Anyway, loyal reader Krysi J has a brief summary of last night’s events. I hope this helps if you missed the show last night:

Krysi J Says: We gon start it off wit Jamie [Foxx]… :clap: he was a damn jerk the whole time and I LOVED IT.. Especially when he tried to put that big man booty in those tight Mike outfits…LOL! The jokes were pretty good too, and tasteful.

Keri [Hilson] did her thing before the end where she almost messed up… But I can’t take away from her for the running out of breathe struggle cuz shyt almost errbody struggled tonight except for B….. which leads me my next performance summary…

I’d like to start by first saying…. what the hell was B talking/singing about….and WHY?

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There is no disputing that pop icon Michael Jackson, who passed away on June 25, had a strange sexual obsession with young boys. In the midst of their shock and grief, Michael’s fans were able to put aside the past to pay tribute to the fallen star.

But one fan who knew Michael more intimately than most will never forget the past. Terry George was only 13 when Michael Jackson befriended him. The young British fan couldn’t believe his luck when Michael asked him for his number so he could call him from the United States.

The calls began a week later, and at first they seemed normal enough. But after 5 months of small talk, Jackson’s tone and demeanor changed almost overnight.

“He’d ring at 9pm on the dot three times a week and we became like best friends,” Terry recalled. “But on this night he sounded different. The line went quiet and I asked if he was still there.

“Then, suddenly out of nowhere, he asked me if I masturbated and that if I did, did I use cream? I was puzzled

and said no. I said I didn’t know what he meant.

“When I paused he said, ‘Would you believe that I am doing it right now?’ and I could hear down the line he was making strange noises. It made me feel confused and uncomfortable.” READ MORE…

Evidence shows that Jackson was not an aggressive pedophile. He was cautious, preferring to court his young subjects for months before making his move. And even then, Jackson seemed to be more obsessed with the boys’ masturbation techniques than he was with actually molesting them.

Terry, now a 42-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur, said: “Michael was a musical legend and genius. But what he did when I was a teenager was wrong.”

There are rumors that Jackson’s 2nd victim, Jordy Chandler — the one who settled out of court for $22 million, has come forward to admit he lied. But that story may prove to be a hoax. The fact remains that Jackson was driven to Jordy’s home on numerous occasions where he spent night with the youngster in his bed.

To be sure, that is bizarre behavior for any grown man, much less a superstar who lived under a microscope.

We should stop making excuses and blaming Michael’s pathology on his lost childhood. Michael was not a solo star as a child. He was a member of the Jackson 5. If Michael lost his childhood then so did his brother Marlon who was only a year older than he.

The two boys were inseparable and therefore shared the same childhood experiences. Yet Marlon grew up to be a stable productive member of society. For that matter, so did Janet and Randy.

Actors Shirley Temple and McCauley Culkin were both mega child stars, on a larger scale than Michael was as a kid. And, as a result they were both under tremendous pressure. But both Culkin and Temple grew up normally.

When I think of the Jackson family, the word normalcy doesn’t come to mind. The Jacksons aren’t like you and me: most of us wouldn’t be able to function if our family member passed away under suspicious circumstances.

Here’s what the Jackson family did over the weekend while the body of their son and brother lay in a morgue:

Mama Katherine Jackson went shopping at target (doesn’t she have staff to do that?) It appears she stocked up on sleeping bags — most likely for Jackson’s adopted children who might be moving in with her permanently.

Papa Joe Jackson laughed it up with Jesse Jackson and friends outside the Encino, CA mansion where Michael and his siblings grew up.

And both Janet Jackson and Joe attended the BET Awards, where Joe made sure to promote his new record label while walking the red carpet (!)

Photo sources: Getty Images, X17online,

Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist at the center of a police investigation into the sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson, has hired a Houston attorney to represent him, according to MyFox Houston.

L.A. police are focusing their investigation on Murray who was with Jackson when he went into respiratory and cardiac arrest Thursday.

Police spoke briefly with Murray at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where the singer was pronounced dead at 2:26pm pst Thursday. But police want to conduct a second, more extensive interview with Murray who vanished from the hospital after Jackson was pronounced.

Emergency room personnel described a chaotic scene in the ER after Jackson arrived. Sources say Murray yelled, “We’ve got to save him!” and insisted upon continuing resuscitation efforts for more than an hour after Jackson had already died.

There are reports that Murray performed CPR on Jackson for a full 45 minutes before paramedics were called to Jackson’s rented mansion in Holmby Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. According to a spokesman for the L.A. Fire Dept., Jackson was in full cardiac arrest (no heart rhythm) and was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Jackson family members told that Murray gave Jackson an injection of Demerol, a narcotic painkiller, at 11:30 am — an hour before paramedics were called. Family members believe a potent cocktail of narcotic painkillers, including Demerol and OxyContin, caused his death.

Demerol, an opioid similar to morphine and heroin, is normally administered to post-op patients. One side effect of Demerol is suppression of breathing to the point where respirations are no longer adequate to sustain life.

According to transcripts of a 911 call placed from the residence, Murray performed CPR on Jackson while the stricken star lay in bed, as opposed to moving him to the floor which provides a more stable surface for chest compressions. Murray apparently didn’t give Jackson an opioid antagonist, such as Narcan, that would have reversed the effects of a Demerol overdose.

Chances are Jackson would be alive today if he had received a dose of Narcan immediately upon the onset of symptoms such as respiratory distress, dangerously low blood pressure and sedation.

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