According to testimony from a Dr. Charles Czeisler, a Harvard Medical School sleep expert who testified at concert promoter AEG LIve's wrongful death suit Friday, Michael Jackson was sleep deprived in the weeks before his death.
"The symptoms Mr. Jackson was exhibiting were consistent with what someone might expect to see of someone suffering from total sleep deprivation over a chronic period," Harvard Medical School sleep expert, Dr. Charles Czeisler, testified Friday. "I believe that constellation of symptoms was more probably than not induced by total sleep deprivation over a chronic period."
Michael Jackson: No REM sleep up to 2 months
Symptoms for Mr. Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, two months shy of his 51st birthday, included forgetting lyrics to songs he'd known a long time, forgetting dance moves during rehearsals for his planned tour that he might normally not have forgotten, losing weight, talking to himself and paranoia. Much of the information was culled from emails sent amongst those who worked for and with him at the time.
Dr. Czeisler said from what he gathered information-wise and symptom-wise, Mr. Jackson may have gone without REM sleep for up to two months, something he had never heard a human doing before. The man treating the entertainer, Dr. Conrad Murray, was giving him the drug Propofol, which would have left him feeling refreshed upon awakening but which prevents necessary REM sleep, Dr. Czeisler.
Dr. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death in November of 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison. This current trial was brought on by Mr. Jackson's mother and his 3 children.
Jackson family accuses AEG LLC
Katherine Jackson and her son's children, Michael Joseph 'Prince' Jackson Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson, are suing the concert promoter, AEG Live LLC, for whom the singer was in rehearsal for at the time of his death. They contend the promoter is in part responsible for his death for hiring Dr. Murray and failing to address warning signs that Mr. Jackson was having serious health issues.
AEG Live counters that they did not hire Dr. Murray and that he was hired by Mr. Jackson. They also say they had no way of knowing about health issues that may have been ongoing and did not know, and had no way of knowing, of the administration of Propofol.
Along the way in the trial, there has been glowing testimony concerning Michael Jackson, the father. His chef, Kai Chase, told court a story of a surprise, private performance from members of a performance circus for Paris' 11th birthday. The performance was held in the backyard of their mansion and Chase watched from the kitchen, calling it "the most beautiful expression of love I've ever seen."
The trial of the concert promoter continues.