Michael Jackson’s Death: The Moonwalker Meets the White Rabbit

Oct 5, 2009 - by Don Fulsom

Updated May 8, 2013

Micheal Jackson

Micheal Jackson

The King of Pop could not fall asleep and then he could not wake up. For his role in Michael Jackson's death, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on November 7, 2011. On November 29, 2011 he was sentenced to four years in prison.

by Don Fulsom

Two days before Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists warned hospitals to restrict access to Propofol because some doctors and nurses were addicted to the substance.  Mainlining Propofol for recreational reasons is known as “dancing with the white rabbit.”

That phrase derives from the potent liquid’s milky color and its comparison to the hallucinogenic drugs of the 1960s, according to the Wall Street Journal—which says Propofol brings on “a brief but captivating high as the sedation wears off.”  In 1967, Jefferson Airplane recorded a psychedelic Grace Slick song called "White Rabbit,” with references to a character in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as metaphors for drug-induced experiences.

Propofol, also known as Diprivan, is a heavy-duty general anesthetic.  It can reportedly make a 10-minute nap feel like you’ve slept a full night.  It is readily available in hospitals, which makes it appealing to certain medical professionals who want to catch 40 winks quickly and effectively during a long shift. That’s called “pronapping.”

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