A Plethora of Pills

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Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. Two figures of entertainment who couldn’t be more different. Yet, in death, they share some eerie commonalities:  both demises are possibly attributed to would-be prescription drug enablers; both of their offspring are unsure who their legal guardians should be; and, both are mired in morass-like estate battles that would make any probate lawyer’s head spin. To expound a bit on the drugs, MJ’s situation is a doozy.  With the intention of establishing the most complete medical history possible including pre-existing conditions, previous medical procedures and his drug-use history, Los Angeles County, Coroner’s Office subpoenaed a dozen of MJ’s doctors who administered  services since the early 1990s.  A toxicology report is forthcoming, but that may be only a clue into what led to his death.  By comparison, a Florida medical examiner’s office took six weeks to investigate the cause of Anna Nicole’s death. Additionally, investigators from the DEA, three state agencies and the L.A. County District Attorney’s office pored over evidence related to her death for two years before prosecutors charged HKS and two physicians with conspiracy to illegally furnish Anna Nicole (who purportedly used the disturbing pseudonym “Wilma Flinstone”) with sleeping pills, painkillers and Read More …

Flight 447, Air France update…

Air France pilots are pressing crash investigators for past performance problems of its aircrafts’ speed sensors (pitot tubes). The tube’s failure purportedly was key in last month’s deadly crash of Flight 447 which claimed the lives of all 228 who were aboard. As of now, no information has been revealed. Union officials are stating that modifications to existing aircraft could’ve been made had this information been available. Extensive searches for flight data and cockpit voice recorders have thus far proven fruitless. We originally reported on this story on June 9th in the article “Air France: Unsensored!”