Jackson's Addictions Aided By Liz Taylor?

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Even though the world has said goodbye to Michael Jackson, the lingering suspicion is now linking his longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor to his alleged prescription-drug overdose. Sources told The Daily Beast that Taylor influenced Jackson to take multiple prescription drugs introducing him to doctor Arnold Klein -- the same doctor whom she's since revealed prescribed her multiple medications including Dilaudid and Ativan, the first a powerful opiate that street users dub "the Bentley of heroin" and the latter a tranquilizer.
According to a source familiar with Taylor's medical history, she sought help from at least two doctors to counter her growing drug dependence, the online blog reported. At one point, another former doctor demanded she come clean on her entire prescription history and found out Taylor was using multiple prescriptions, many of which were prescribed by Klein.
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Michael Jackson Memorial Photos

    Usher performs beside the casket of Michael Jackson during the memorial service.

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    The Jackson family is seen in the front row as they honor their late brother.

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    NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson tears up while telling a heartfelt story about his time with Michael Jackson.

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    Singers Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz perform the hit song Jackson 5 song 'I'll Be There' during the memorial service.

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Medical insiders told The Daily Beast that Jackson began using some of the same pain and sleeping pills as Taylor shortly after Dr. Klein started treating Jackson for for vitiligo (which causes depigmentation and patchiness in the skin.) Klein served as a cosmetic dermatologist and later introduced Jackson to one of his nurses, Debbie Rowe. Rowe later married Jackson and was the surrogate mother for his first two children.
On Wednesday, Klein appeared on ABC's 'Good Morning America' and said he had sedated the pop star in the past for painful medical procedures but had never given him dangerous sedatives like Propofol to use.
"I was not one of the doctors who participated in giving him overdoses of drugs or too much of anything. In fact, I was the one who limited everything, who stopped everything," Klein said.
Klein acknowledged that he was concerned about Jackson because he knew whatever he wanted, he could always find someone to give it to him.
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    A motorcade carrying Michael Jackson's family arrives at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park for a private funeral for the late King of Pop on Tuesday.

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    Joe Jackson, the family patriarch, is seen here en route to his son's funeral.

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    An aerial shot of the Staples Center shows throngs of fans and a motorcade waiting outside of the Michael Jackson memorial.

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    A motorcade of Michael Jackson's family is seen here lining up in front of the Jackson family home in Encino on Tuesday.

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    Fans lucky enough to get wristbands to the Jackson memorial are seen lined up outside of the Staples Center.


    Security around the Staples Center is as tight as possible, with police barricades set up on surrounding blocks to keep traffic away.

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    Fans patiently waiting to be allowed inside the Staples Center hold up their wristbands.

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    The Staples Center is seen here being prepped for Tuesday's massive memorial service for Michael Jackson. Nearly 17,000 fans who won tickets into the memorial service via an online lottery will pack the Staples Center along with roughly 5,000 other invitees. More Prep pics at RadarOnline


    A crush of fans lined up around the Staples Center awaits being allowed to enter the venue where the Jackson memorial will be.

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    Vendors are using the memorial service to set up shop near the Staples Center to sell memorabilia.

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The shared relationship between Jackson, Taylor and Klein continued all the way to the days before Jackson's death. Klein said he saw Jackson three days before he died on June 25 said he saw nothing to make him worry. "He danced in my office," he said. "He danced for my patients."
The founder of The National Photo Group revealed to The Daily Beast that he assigned a photographer to follow Jackson for the past few years and that Jackson was constantly spotted making two to three trips a week to Klein's Beverly Hills building, staying for anywhere from 30 minutes to five hours.
A Los Angeles Police spokesman refused to confirm or deny whether Dr. Klein was one of the five physicians reportedly the subject of their Jackson investigation. Neither Dr. Klein nor his attorney would comment.
Michael Jackson's official death certificate lists the singer's cause of death as "deffered", while results of toxicology tests are still pending.
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