Concern over star's reliance on painkillers

Concerns were raised today about Michael Jackson’s use of painkillers in the years before his death.

Concerns were raised today about Michael Jackson’s use of painkillers in the years before his death.

Brian Oxman, who has acted as the Jackson family’s lawyer, said the singer had taken medication over a long period and had used it after falling off stage.

He said Jackson had sustained a back injury and he had also broken his leg.

Mr Oxman told 'GMTV' that Jackson also took medication after his hair caught fire while taking part in a Pepsi commercial in 1984.

The entertainer was singing his hit 'Billie Jean' in Los Angeles when the special effects went wrong.

Mr Oxman said: “They have been used to treat actual physical pains and aches that he’s had.”

But he went on to say that he had become concerned about Jackson’s use of the medication, which he said he had been “very, very critical” of.

Mr Oxman said the family had been concerned about “stress” and Jackson’s ability to perform at his forthcoming concerts.

But he added: “The issue of pain medication was always being talked about as the A number one thing that was getting in the way of him being able to attend the rehearsals.”

Mr Oxman said that he did not know the cause of the singer’s death, adding: “Sometimes these things just happen.”

But he said he had warned in the past that if Jackson died: “I will not be silent.”

He added: “I haven’t stopped crying.”

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