It goes without saying at this point, but Michael Jackson did not go out on a high note in 2009. Stress, desperation and medication were all taking their toll.
The star was so worried he couldn't perform his 50 London concerts, he worried out loud that promoter AEG would cut him loose and he'd have nothing left.
To illustrate just how stressed out he was, he would wonder aloud if he, one of the richest entertainers in history, would end up working at McDonald's.
NOT OKAY: Michael Jackson was exhibiting all the warning signs.
Karen Faye, Michael's hairstylist for a quarter century, was interviewed by LAPD detectives days after MJ died, and described some of his innermost fears.
Faye told cops, "He was scared to death because AEG was funding everything. He said he would have to work at McDonalds if he didn't do these shows."
Faye also said she felt Michael was "self-sabotaging" with drugs because Jackson couldn't do all 50 shows and was in dire need of psychological help.
Others have speculated he was too weak to perform for years.He was losing so much weight, his close friend said, "I thought he was under the influence of something." She points to his personal doctor as a source.
Not Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician on AEG's payroll who stands trial for involuntary manslaughter. She's talking about MJ's old friend, Dr. Arnold Klein.
Faye says Michael's assistant told her he was seeing Dr. Arnold Klein 3-4 times a week and was exhibiting signs of drug use. That's hardly a big stretch.
Days before Michael died, when Jackson seemed to be more lucid, she asked Michael's manager if he knew why Michael had taken a turn for the better.
His response, according to Faye: "'Cause Klein is out of town."
Klein does not face any charges for his treatment of Michael.
Murray, whose defense is likely to argue that MJ was already in a fragile state and did himself in (possibly by chugging Propofol), will be tried in March.