The IV drip that Michael Jackson “had in his arm when he died” is going up for auction, in one of the more macabre moves surrounding the controversial pop star. The item is being sold by the late singer’s cousin Marsha Stewart, who believes the fluid bag could have been the one that delivered the final dose of drug propofol, which killed Jackson, according to The Sun.
The King of Pop died in 2009 from a fatal overdose of propofol administered by Doctor Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Shortly after Jackson’s death, Stewart and Jackson’s father, Joe, visited his house, which is where they found the IV drip.
“I was able to go in and go to the bedroom. When I went in the bedroom there was a bed there with some juice, it looked like a sandwich … and I noticed this,” Stewart said, holding up the bag in a video to publicize the auction, which will include other items from Joe’s estate,
“This was over by the stand and what I did was took it and put it in my purse. This actually belonged to Michael Jackson and it had some white like milk fluid inside of it, which later on dissolved, but this is actually Michael’s DNA on it — that’s what made me grab it, the blood,” Stewart continued. “This was one of the IVs — the last actually — he had in his arm when he died.”
Joe and Stewart hung on to the item until Joe passed away in June 2018. Now Memorabilia Expert is putting it up for auction.
“For me I feel that with Michael Jackson we have to embrace all of him, that’s his iconic pop status as well as the troubles that he had with addictions and not being able to sleep, pushing himself to perform for his fans and his artistry,” the company’s founder, simply known as Kieta, said.
“The IV bag — although maybe morbid to some — I don’t see it as that I embrace it as part of Michael Jackson. Addiction is close to many families — it knows no age, race, gender.”
Kieta added: “The IV bag is significant to Michael Jackson and how he ended up dying. It is a controversial piece but it’s still part of Michael.”
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