While the autopsy report of Michael Jackson is still awaited, people close to him have claimed that his dependency on prescription drugs, encouraged by "enablers", led to his sudden death.
Brian Oxman, attorney and spokesman of the late singer, told 'CNN' that there were "enablers" in the star's entourage, who pressurized the singer to perform and pushed him towards prescription drugs.
"I believe (his manager) Frank DiLeo was with him at the time (of his heart attack), that is what I have been told. This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael Jackson," said Oxman.
"The people who have surrounded him have been enabling him. If you think the case of Anna Nicole Smith was an abuse, that is nothing compared to what has taken place in the life of Michael Jackson," Oxman added hinting at the role of the coterie that surrounded Jackson during his last days. Jackson, 50, christened 'Wacko Jacko' for his bizarre lifestyle, sex scandals and numerous plastic surgeries, died last night after collapsing at his Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles.
The singer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA medical centre here by the fire department paramedics after they failed to revive him.
Lieutenant Fred Corral, of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, said Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm (0256 IST) local time.
"It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home, however, the cause of his death is unknown until the autopsy results are known. i respecting the great artist"