What can we learn from Michael Jackson’s demise?

Posted June 29, 2009, at 5:35 p.m.

The self-proclaimed King of Pop died last week, the possible victim of drug-induced heart failure. What can his fans, and those who were not his fans but who were aware of his rise and fall, learn from his death? Was he a victim of an abusive father, as he and

other family members claimed, or was Mr. Jackson a victim of his own personality and ego? If riches and fame come early in life, is it especially difficult to remain grounded? Should friends and family have intervened? Was Mr. Jackson a figure to be pitied?