Speak Out: What is your reaction to Michael Jackson’s death being ruled a homicide?

Michael Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide, so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought and should the doctor be charged. Here’s what you said.

“I don’t think it should matter how his death was caused. We should just focus on his life and the inspiration that it brought to the world through his music and humanitarianism. In regard to the law of man, I think the doctor should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In regards to God’s law, let the chips fall where they may.”
Michelle Coker


“I think that it is a homicide. The media has already portrayed Michael as an addict. They take away the emphasis of it being a homicide. AEG had more to gain from him being dead. He was supposed to do 50 concerts and as long as he died from unnatural causes, they would still get paid. I think the doctor will have to face the consequences. 
Renee Wilson
West End

“I am shocked. This causes me to research the life of Michael Jackson more than ever. Being one of my favorites, this really makes me want to look at his life more. The doctor needs to be in jail.”
Jacquea Mae
East Liberty
Public Ally

“I think it was a very tragic situation that the doctor put himself into by administering those drugs. It’s interesting to see a person when he’s trying to get money by giving a person drugs. It was very unprofessional. I think the doctor should be penalized. To privately give drugs to a person because he asked for them, he should be punished.”
Bernard Scott
East Side

“I think it’s a tragedy, his death being ruled a homicide.  He was on his way back to do his tour but he never got a chance. I think the doctor should be charged.”
Daniel Griffin
Highland Park

“I’m not surprised that his death was ruled a homicide. Hopefully, good will come out of it and people will see that drugs are not the answer. The doctor caused this; he should have been wiser than prescribing medicines to him. There should be more of an investigation and I don’t think this should go on without Dr. Murray having to answer.”
Gerald Woods


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