With the federal Drug Enforcement Administration now joining the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, Jermaine Jackson says he would be “hurt” if toxicology reports show that his younger brother abused prescription drugs.
“In this business, the pressures and things that you go through, you never know what one turns to,” Jermaine Jackson said in an interview broadcast Thursday on NBC television.
Asked if he would be shocked or surprised if Michael’s drug use was proven, Jermaine said, “I would be hurt.” He said he had heard about prescription drug use in the 1980s when his brother was hurt in an accident filming a commercial but did not know if drug use was a possibility more recently.
“I don’t know about these things, because I hate anything with drugs,” he said, adding that it hurts the family for people to say things about drug use “because we don’t know.”
The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson’s death last week have become a federal issue, with the Drug Enforcement Administration asked to help police take a look at the pop star’s doctors and possible drug use. Allegations have emerged that the 50-year-old entertainer had been consuming painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants.
Medium Uri Geller, a former Jackson confidant, said Thursday he tried to keep Jackson from abusing painkillers and other prescription drugs, but others in the singer’s circle kept him supplied.
“When Michael asked for something, he got it. This was the great tragedy,” Geller said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from his suburban London home.
The Los Angeles Police Department asked the DEA to help in the probe, a law enforcement official in Washington told the AP on condition of anonymity because of the investigation’s sensitivity.
Jermaine Jackson, in an interview at his brother’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, that aired on NBC, said he would like the estate to be Michael’s final resting place.
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