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Tour manager Paul Gongaware warned Michael Jackson's 1993 tour doctor, "Don't be a Dr. Nick" - a reference to Elvis Presley's last physician - according to a deposition for the upcoming wrongful death trial, reported CNN. "Dr. Nick was the doctor whose overprescription of drugs to Elvis had led to Elvis' death," according to a court filing by lawyers for the Jackson family.
Presley collapsed in the bathroom of his Memphis, Tennessee, mansion - Graceland - on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42. While his death was ruled the result of an irregular heartbeat, the autopsy report was sealed amid accusations that abuse of prescription drugs caused the problem. "Dr. Nick" - Dr. George Nichopoulos - said later he was treating Presley for insomnia. He was charged with over-prescribing drugs to Presley, but he was acquitted. He later lost his medical license in another case. Presley's death came days before he was to begin a new tour organized by the concert promoter Concerts West.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50. The coroner ruled his death was caused by a fatal combination of sedatives and the surgical anesthetic propofol. His personal physician - Dr. Conrad Murray - told investigators he gave Jackson nightly infusions of propofol to treat his insomnia. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to four years in prison and stripped of his medical license. Jackson's death came two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London. AEG got into the concert promotion business when it purchased Concerts West, a young company that had taken the name of Elvis' last promoter.
Jackson's mother and three children are suing AEG Live, claiming the concert promoter is liable for the singer's death because it hired, retained or supervised Dr. Murray.
Elvis' name could loom in the wrongful death trial which is starting this month in a Los Angeles courtroom, especially if his daughter takes the stand. Lisa Marie Presley, who was married to Jackson from May 1994 until January 1996, is on the witness list.
Meanwhile, it turned out that Michael Jackson had a secret medical implant to help him battle addiction to prescription drugs. The Beat It hitmaker – who died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by his doctor, Conrad Murray – was allegedly fitted with the device in 2003 to stop him getting enjoyment from opiates.
The implant – which effectively makes drug taking pointless by blocking pleasure receptors in the brain by giving the patient doses of Narcan (Naloxone), usually prescribed for heroin or morphine addicts - was discovered in the singer's body after he passed away.
However, the implant only came to light in court papers revealing evidence from one of his former doctors, David Fournier, according to The Sun.
The papers state: 'Fournier believed Jackson had deceived him by not telling him about a "Narcan implant" Jackson had inserted before a surgical procedure Fournier was helping with.'
Fournier's testimony is expected to be vital in Michael's mother Katherine Jackson's $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.