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You know it's a sad day when you're asked to relive an even sadder one…
The tour director of the tragic This Is It production with Michael Jackson, Joey Ortega, burst into tears as he read from an email he sent out to AEG Live Chief Executive, Randy Philips, a mere five days before Jackson's untimely death.
“My concern is, now that we’ve brought the doctor in to the fold and have played the tough love, now or never card, is that the artist may be unable to rise to the occasion due to the real emotional stuff. He appeared quite weak and fatigued this evening. He had a terrible case of the chills, was trembling, ranting and obsessing.
Everything in me says he should be psychologically evaluated. If we have any chance at all to get him back in the light, it’s going to take a strong therapist to help him through this as well as immediate physical nurturing…Finally, it’s important for everyone to know, I believe that he really wants this. It would shatter him, break his heart if we pulled the plug.
He’s terribly frightened it’s all going to go away. He asked me repeatedly tonight if I was going to leave him. He was practically begging for my confidence. It broke my heart. He was like a lost boy. There still may be a chance he can rise to the occasion if we get him the help he needs.”
Understandably, Joey had to take a 10 minute recess to compose himself, after reading aloud the email simply became too much for him. We don't blame ya Joey.
Joey wrote this email as a result of MJ's deterioration mentally and physically. The pop icon went from showing up to rehearsal randomly, to stopping to come for several days in a row. What really alarmed Joey was when MJ showed up to a costume fitting noticeably emaciated.
Members of the Jackson family are suing AEG Live for negligently employing and trying to control Conrad Murray, the doctor who inevitably gave the Thriller star a deadly dose of propofol.
Wow. Reading that email brings us back to that fateful day just over 4 years ago…
[Image via WENN.]