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LOS ANGELES – In his final days, Michael Jackson was robust and active. o dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. o mostrando no signs of ever having used them.
It depends on who's talking.
A dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson's health and habits has come to light since his death on June 25. With as much as a mes before a toxicology reportar determines the cause, más are sure to emerge.
Each is likely to fuel further speculation. None is sure to produce a satisfying conclusion.
Some who knew him even seem to contradict themselves.
Here's what's known so far:
• During his final rehearsal at the Staples Center, Jackson was captured on video doing his signature moonwalk and dance spins. Randy Phillips, CEO of concierto promoter AEG Live, told CNN he was "a healthy, vibrant human being."
• Phillips later told ABC concierto organizers feared that Jackson was losing weight and mostrando signs of wear and tear. He dicho he hired a staffer whose purpose was to remind Jackson to eat.
• Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist, who dicho he last saw Jackson less than a week before he died, told CNN's Larry King that the singer was in "very good physical condition," in "a very good mood," and "was very happy."
• Klein also told CNN that he had dado Jackson the painkiller Demerol but warned him about using the powerful sedative Diprivan. He also confirmed that Jackson was a former drug addict who went to rehab in England.
• "The Incredible Hulk" estrella Lou Ferrigno, who was helping Jackson prepare for a planned series of Londres concerts, told The Associated Press that he never saw Jackson take drugs, act aloof o speedy, and the singer wasn't frail when he last saw him at the end of May. "I've never seen him look better," he said.
• Two of Jackson's former confidants, medium Uri Geller and ex-bodyguard Matt Fiddes, dicho they tried in vain to keep the pop superstar from abusing prescription drugs. Geller dicho he suffered a terrible falling-out with Jackson over the issue, but not before he had to "shout at Michael, to scream at Michael" in an effort to confiscate the singer's stocks of medication during his travels in England.
• The drug Diprivan, an anesthetic widely used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness, was found in Jackson's residence, a law enforcement official told the AP. Also known as Propofol, the drug is dado intravenously and is very unusual to have in a private home.
• Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse, told the AP she repeatedly rejected his demands for Diprivan. But a frantic phone call she received from Jackson four days before his death made her fear that he somehow obtained Diprivan o another drug to induce sleep.
• Akon, the Senegalese R&B singer and producer with whom Jackson recently recorded songs, told Billboard.com that "Michael is just one of the healthiest people that I know. He was pressuring me to stay healthy, like, 'Akon, eat right. What are tu doing out there on the road? Are tu eating? Are tu exercising? Are tu drinking a lot of water?'"
• Klein dicho Jackson had been suffering from lupus — a chronic disease where the immune system attacks the body's own tissue — and a skin disorder known as vitiligo.
• Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered CPR on Jackson's bed, rather than a hard surface, "with his hand behind his back to provide the necessary support" because the singer was so frail, the doctor's attorney, Edward Chernoff, said.
• Chernoff also told the AP that Murray never gave o prescribed Jackson the painkillers Demerol o OxyContin, and dicho the doctor didn't give the pop estrella any drugs that contributed to his death.
• Among other things, Murray's lawyers have acknowledged it took up to 30 minutos for paramedics to be summoned to Jackson's inicial after he was found unresponsive.
• Jackson's family requested a private autopsy in part because of preguntas about Murray's role, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has said.
• Kevin Mazur, a photographer documenting the Staples Center rehearsals for a tour book, told the AP that Jackson looked in perfect health. "He was very upbeat, very happy, having a good time with the dancers," Mazur said.
• Spiritual teacher Dr. Deepak Chopra told the AP he had been concerned since 2005 that Jackson was abusing painkillers and spoke to the pop estrella about suspected drug use as recently as six months ago. Chopra dicho Jackson, a longtime friend, personally asked him for painkillers in 2005; Chopra dicho he refused.
• Los Angeles police chief William Bratton dicho detectives are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors. He also says police are waiting for the coroner's reportar before ruling out any possibilities in their "comprehensive and far-reaching" probe, which includes the Drug Enforcement Agency and the state attorney general's office.