Coping with fame

MichaelAmid the the media tsunami, THIS is worth the extremely brief bit of time it takes to read. It’s written by a thoughtful, considerate, and caring man — my friend, Tom Davis.

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“A lot will be said about Michael Jackson as we learn more about this story,” Brian Williams said on the “NBC Nightly News.”

“He was incredibly talented, a child star who was an adult with deep troubles and physical and mental health issues.”

Those were the words that needed to be said a long time ago. Michael Jackson was mentally ill. And now he’s dead.TD

But his personal demons brought him down more than the paparazzi ever did. His obsessions impacted him more than being spoiled, and his quirky behavior brought more shame than fame.

The spoiling, the media – those were merely the triggers. The public? They merely watched this spectacle of a life deteriorate from impossible levels of stardom to disgrace. Continue→

Tom is an award-winning journalist who received a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship in 2004, with which he produced work that stands among the best.

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