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Monday
Aug272012

Pink Reveals She Overdosed in 1995

VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pink’s been a star since the year 2000, but if things had gone a bit differently, she may not have even lived to see the turn of the millennium.

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, Pink is asked why she wanted to play a sex addict in the upcoming movie Thanks for Sharing.  She replies, “Because I understand addiction.  I was a hardcore partyer from 12 to 15.”

She goes on to say how she was “on all the club drugs,” and “selling Ecstasy and crystal meth and Special K.”

Finally, though, she got a major wake-up call that made her change her life.

“I overdosed in ’95,” she tells EW.  “And then I never took drugs again, ever.”

Now Pink says she sticks to safer addictions, like shoes, and buying clothes for her daughter, Willow. 

“I’m in so much trouble with [my husband] Carey for the s**t I buy for her,” she tells EW.  “Because a one-year-old shouldn’t have Diesel jeans.  But it tends to slip my mind when I see them because they’re so cute.”

Pink says she’ll stop buying Willow designer clothes when “she’s old enough to know they’re Diesel jeans.”  But until then, she laughs, “She’s going to look f**kin’ awesome.”

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Michael Jackson Death Trial: Prosecutors Show Death Photo

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A photo of Michael Jackson lying dead in a hospital bed was shown in a courtroom Tuesday and jurors heard an audio tape of a drugged Jackson slurring his words so badly that he was barely understandable.

The photo and the audio were part of the opening statement prosecutors made at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the self-crowned King of Pop.

Attorney David Walgren showed a photo of Jackson dancing at the Staples Center the night before he overdosed on propofol and put the picture side by side with a picture of Jackson lying lifeless in a hospital bed wearing a hospital gown.

"What happened between that time and approximate 12 hours later when Michael Jackson is dead on June 25, 2009?" Walgren asked. "What you will learn through the evidence is that what happened during that time frame is that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, directly led to his premature death at the age of 50."

[LISTEN TO MICHAEL JACKSON'S DRUGGED VOICE RECORDING]

Murray, 58, could face four years in prison and lose his medical license. Throughout the opening statement, prosecutors attacked Murray's medical skills, saying he showed gross negligence in his treatment of Jackson.

Prosecutors played a recording of a drugged Jackson. The recording had been made on Murray's iPhone on May 10, 2009, a little more than a month before Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

Jackson's voice is nearly unrecognizable as he stumbles and talks slowly about the impact he hopes his "This Is It" Tour will have. Jackson was preparing for the 50-night grueling comeback tour at the time of his death.

"We have to be phenomenal...when people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life.' Go. Go. 'I've never seen nothing like this.' Go. 'It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world,'" he mumbles.

"I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital the biggest in the world. Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital," Jackson says in the recording.

The prosecutor also said that the upcoming tour was important to Jackson because it would be the first time that his children would see him perform.

The courtroom was packed with the Jackson family members including father Joe Jackson, mother Kathryn Jackson, and siblings including Janet Jackson.

Murray, in a gray pin striped suit, looked stunned at the evidence compiled against him, witnesses say. Some of that evidence included Murray's own recorded conversation with detectives just two days after Jackson's death.

During that conversation, he claimed he gave Jackson a small dose of propofol on the day he died and that he only left him for 15 minutes to go to the bathroom.

"Then I came back to his bedside and was shocked because he wasn't breathing," he says in the audio recorded June 27, 2009.

Prosecutors contend that phone records show that Jackson was left unattended for far longer and that 911 was not called right away.

"It will be clear that Conrad Murray abandoned Michael when he needed help. It was Conrad Murray's gross negligence, it was Conrad Murray's unskilled hands and his desire to obtain this lucrative contract of $150,000 a month that led Dr. Murray to not only abandon his patient, but to abandon all principles of medical care," said Walgren.

Jackson died over two years ago at age 50 after overdosing on the powerful anesthetic, propofol. The defense will contend that it was Jackson who self-administered the last dose of the anesthesia that ultimately killed him. Defense attorneys Edward Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian are expected to argue that Jackson gave himself the dose after Murray left Jackson's bedroom.

Propofol is typically administered in an operating room and was commonly referred to as "his milk" by Jackson, who used it habitually to sleep. Murray's defense attorneys claim that their client was trying to wean Jackson off the drug.

One thing prosecutors won't do is call any of Jackson's three kids to the witness stand. However, legal experts said that it doesn't mean the kids might not testify on behalf of defense lawyers.  

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep292010

Celebrity Roast Comedian Greg Giraldo Dies at 44

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- TMZ.com reported Wednesday that comedian Greg Giraldo, 44, died after being hospitalized for five days due to an overdose of prescription pills.  Giraldo, best known for celebrity roast appearances, passed away with his family by his side, a source told TMZ.com.  Sources say plans are being made for a public memorial service.

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