Jackson Almost Died From Dehydration In 2005
MICHAEL JACKSON came close to dying of dehydration during his child molestation trial in 2005 - because he was so scared he would be poisoned, he refused to eat or drink anything.
The pop superstar was acquitted of all charges in 2005, but the long and embarrassing trial drove Jackson to paranoia and starvation.
Friend DICk Gregory recalls, "The last week of the trial, I got a call from (Jackson's father) Joe and a message from his mother saying I needed to come out and take a look at him because they were worried about his demeanour.
"When (we went) to Neverland and he asked me to come upstairs and he grabbed me and started crying and said, 'Please don't leave me, they're trying to kill me'. I said, 'When was the last time you ate?' and he said, 'No, they'll poison me'. Then I said, 'When was the last time you drank water?' and so one thing led to another."
Gregory advised the Thriller hitmaker to undergo a series of tests to determine what was wrong: "The only thing it pointed out was he was extremely dehydrated, nothing wrong with his heart, nothing wrong with his lungs. So the next day we get out of court and I said, 'I need to take you to a hospital,' and he said, 'No, no, they'll kill me!'"
Gregory finally managed to convince Jackson to check into a hospital and spend the night receiving the treatment he desperately needed.
The pal adds, "So we went to a hospital in San Francisco and they start examining him. At about 6pm, they start intravenously putting liquid in him, and, at about 6am they were still putting liquid in him. The doctor said to me, had he waited 12 more hours he would have been dead."
Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest on 25 June (09). Reports suggest the King of Pop was emaciated when paramedics arrived at his rented Los Angeles home following an emergency call.