More reasons not to buy Frank Cascio's book...talks in detail about Michael's supposed "drug use"
New Michael Jackson book details drug use
By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
Another book about Michael Jackson comes out next week with fresh details about the late King of Pop's use of the drug that just got his former doctor convicted on involuntary manslaughter charges.
Frank Cascio, a former personal assistant and manager to Jackson, writes in My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man, that Jackson took propofol as early as 1999, according to The Associated Press, which bought an advance copy of the book to be published Tuesday by William Morrow.
Propofol is what killed Jackson at age 50 in June 2009. On Monday, Jackson's personal doctor at the time, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for using the drug, a powerful anesthetic that is supposed to be used only in operating rooms, to treat Jackson for his longstanding insomnia.
Cascio, who became friends with Jackson at age 5, writes in the book that Jackson first began using the drug Demerol as early as 1984, after he was burned while making a soda commercial. Later, Cascio says, he noticed Jackson using Demorol for his "Dangerous" tour in 1993, and that he used it to treat the skin disease he suffered from.
Cascio says Jackson took propofol in 1999 in Munich after the singer was injured in a fall. Eventually, he realized Jackson's drug use was escalating. He says he sometimes paid Jackson's doctors in cash and put his own name on prescriptions to hide the singer's medical problems and their cost.
Cascio sought help from three of Jackson's siblings before his 2001 anniversary shows, but the singer "simply pushed them away." He writes that Jackson started the first of two anniversary shows an hour late because he was drugged in his dressing room.
Murray's defense included arguments that Jackson had long used dangerous drugs supplied by other doctors. But the Los Angeles jury at his trial decided he was responsible for the dose that killed Jackson in his bedroom of a rented Los Angeles mansion. Murray is in jail awaiting sentencing.
ALL MICHAEL WANTED WAS FRIENDSHIP FROM FRANK & HIS FAMILY. NOW THAT FRIENDSHIP HAS BEEN BETRAYED.