Akon speaks about MJ

Akon became really good friends with Michael Jackson toward the end of the King of Pop's life, and saw first hand how dedicated he was to his craft. During the time spent with Jackson, the "Smack That" singer watched on as he would stay up for weeks at a time, gearing up for what turned out to be his final concert residency, This Is It. In a recent interview with The Sun, Akon alluded to Michael's dedication to his work being the reason why the pop star started taking pills in the first place.

Michael Jackson in London 2009- Tim Whitby/Getty Images

Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of anesthetic Propofol and benzodiazepines. The "Mr. Lonely" singer told the site, "He was so happy and excited that he was about to go to London and lock these 50 dates in and remind the world who he was and what his value was to pop music. He didn’t even sleep. That is why he was taking sleeping pills because he was too damn 


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