[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/02/walker.jackson/art.james.walker.jpg caption="James L. Walker Jr. says the evidence shows Michael Jackson was addicted to drugs."]
James L. Walker Jr.
Special to CNN
Michael Jackson died of an overdose, according to the preliminary finding of the Los Angeles coroner described in court documents. The King of Pop apparently was given a variety of drugs that included the powerful sedative propofol, according to authorities.
The news came as a shock to some. But the reality it pointed to was this: Michael Jackson was an addict.
A drug addict is a person who has become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance or drug.
I operate a halfway house and we deal with this struggle regularly with our men, who have become addicts, and they continually tell me how hard it is to overcome. They also tell me that people are vulnerable to addiction whether white or black, rich or poor: Drugs don't discriminate.
I am also an entertainment lawyer who understands the pressures of working in the music industry and the experience of insomnia that Jackson apparently complained about over the years.
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