Michael Jackson's Odd Life of Beet Juice, Phone Phobia and Urinary Catheters


Almond Milk and Beet Juice For Breakfast

Even matters as mundane as Jackson's daily diet, has been a part of the trial's testimony. Kai Chase, the personal chef for Jackson and his three children, said that the singer insisted that healthy food be served. He also wanted lunch served promptly at 12:30 p.m., Chase testified.

"Typically, his breakfast would consist sometimes of granola with almond milk...beet juice or carrot orange juice or sometimes he would have an omelette, spinach or something with a lot of vegetables in it," said Chase.

On the day Jackson died of a drug overdose, Chase had prepared granola and almond milk for the singer and had made some of his favorite juices. When she arrived to work that day, she'd noticed that a Tuscan white bean soup she'd made for him the night before to eat after he finished rehearsing for his grueling comeback tour, "This Is It," was still in the fridge uneaten.

In the months before he died, Jackson had begun coming down less frequently for breakfast. Murray increasingly took Jackson's breakfast to him, Chase told jurors.

Despite his emphasis on healthy food, Jackson's frame was so thin, paramedic Richard Senneff said he could see Jackson's ribs and his thin frame made him at first think the singer was suffering from a chronic illness.

Michael Jackson's Many Aliases

Jackson was called MJ and the king of pop by his fans. He was taunted in the press as Wacko Jacko and toyed publicly with the persona of being a modern day Peter Pan, famously calling his home Neverland.

In death, the world has learned that when it came to getting prescription drugs, Jackson went by several aliases.

Stephen Marx, a forensic computer examiner with the Drug Enforcement Agency, testified that emails from a Murray staffer included medical records for an "Omar Arnold" and a MRI for a patient called "Paul Farance." Prescriptions bottles found in Jackson's bedroom were also made for a "Mick Jackson."

Oxygen Tanks in the Bedroom

Other clues about Jackson's health revealed during the trial include his use of oxygen tanks.

Several witnesses have testified about the presence of oxygen tanks in Jackson's rented mansion. An empty oxygen tank was in Jackson's bedroom when he died.

Two members of Jackson's security team testified that Murray would roll empty tanks to the security trailer adjacent to the home and await the delivery of full tanks.

Alvarez told jurors that a sign on the tanks read, "please remember to take the oxygen tanks every Friday as soon as place opens."

Phone Phobia

Jackson had a cell phone, but few knew the number and there was no landline in the Jackson home. When people wanted to get in touch with the singer, they often went through Williams. Those who worked with Jackson often said they would meet with Jackson personally rather than call him.

Jackson was so private that his staff rarely ventured into his second floor living quarters. Even Michael Amir Williams, his personal assistant, only went upstairs if summoned.

"He liked his privacy and we respected that... I went upstairs when asked. He may ask me to help set something up," Williams said.

A security trailer was adjacent to the home where the pop icon's security guards stayed unless called into the house. His assistant often hung in the trailer too.

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