Washington, (ANI): Actress Jamie Lee Curtis thinks that early exposure to fame is the reason behind Michael Jackson''s death, insisting she almost suffered the same fate.
The actress does not agree with the explanation that Jackson's addiction to pain medication started with the burns he sustained from the 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot. Instead she believes he took them to escape his life in the spotlight, reports Contactmusic.
In a blog on the HuffingtonPost website, she states: “The explanation is that this moment (the Pepsi ad accident) was the drug start point that eventually took over his life. I don"t believe it. The pain he suffered was from his birth, from his being and becoming the commodity that then made him the omnipotent King of the Pop-Goes-The-Weasel-Jacko-In-The-Neverland-Box that destroyed him," she added.
Like the late King of Pop, Curtis was pushed into the world of show business at a young age, as the child star daughter of screen icon Tony Curtis - and she blames the early exposure to fame for her addiction to painkillers.
The actress states: “Few children, put into the intense focus of their precious youth being marketed for other"s pleasure, come out unscathed and with any sense of mental balance. Rarely are the parents really held accountable for the fragile, destroyed youths as many of the young people get the f**k away as fast as their agents and lawyers get them… but the imprint is there, it cannot be undone without a painful process of self discovery and as we know… pain needs to be killed… not tolerated and examined."
Jackson's death reminded Curtis that she had a lucky escape. "I can relate. I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted, the morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality. I was a lucky one. I was able to see that the pain had started long ago and far away and that the finding the narcotic was merely a matter of time. The pain needed numbing," she said.
“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work - hard, painful work - but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide," she added.