As details emerge about exactly what happened to Michael Jackson, I can’t help but notice—doesn’t this sound an awful lot like Elvis? After the jump, a side-by-side comparison of the superstars’ deaths. Long live the King and the King of Pop.
|Elvis Presley||Michael Jackson|
|Nickname||The King||The King of Pop|
|Relation To Lisa Marie||Her father||Her husband. Well, at least from May 1994 to January 1996.|
|Albums Sold||More the one billion||More than 750 million|
|The Comeback Tour That Never Happened||With rumors of drug addictions swirling, Elvis’ shows in early 1977 were a disaster. But a friend described a June 26 concert in Indianapolis as, “the best show he had given in a long time.” Things were looking up, and he was scheduled to begin another tour on August 17. Except that he was found dead on his bathroom floor on August 16th. [Wikipedia]||After years of increasingly bizarre behavior, Michael Jackson was scheduled to kick off a string 50 shows at London’s 02 Arena on July 13. He sold 750,000 tickets in a matter of hours. People said rehearsals were going well and that he was sounding and dancing better than he had in years. Except that he was found unconscious in his house on June 25th, and died after being rushed to the hospital. [NY Times]|
|Cause of Death||Initial reports said sudden cardiac arrhythmia, which the coroner confirmed before the autopsy was over. But rumors claimed that the true cause of death was drug use—those close to Elvis said he had a serious addiction to prescription meds, specifically Demerol. It was later confirmed that 14 drugs were in Elvis’ system at the time of death. [Wikipedia]||Initial reports say cardiac arrest. But already rumors are swirling that drug use is the real culprit. Those close to Jackson are saying he was addicted to prescription meds, primarily morphine, and that they’d urged him to go to rehab. TMZ is reporting that Jackson may have ODed on Demerol. [TMZ]|
|Fishy Doctor||Elvis’ personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulous, wrote him more than 10,000 prescriptions for sedatives, amphetamines, and other narcotics. His license to practice medicine was suspended after Elvis’ death.||An unnamed doctor’s car was towed from Jackson’s house yesterday, and police say they will be searching it for evidence. They are currently searching for the missing doctor for questioning. [CNN]|
|Controversial Last Photo||Elvis’ cousin, Bobby Mann, was paid $18K to snap a photo of the King’s body at the funeral. The photo ran on the cover of the National Enquirer and it was the best-selling issue of all time.||A paparazzi snapped a close-up of paramedics trying to revive Jackson as they wheeled him on a stretcher to the ambulance. “Entertainment Tonight” shamelessly bought the pic and has been flashing it all over the place.|
So what do you think? Coincidence?