July 10, 2009

Portrait of Jackson's pill usage emerges – took 10 Xanax a night

Posted: 07:47 AM ET

Singer Michael Jackson took more than 10 Xanax pills a night, asking his employees to get the prescription sleep medicine under their names and also personally traveling to doctor's offices in other states to obtain them, said a confidential document from 2004 that CNN obtained Thursday.

The document from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department contains confidential interviews conducted with two of Jackson's former security guards as officials prepared for Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005.

The singer was acquitted after the 14-week trial. But the information about the sleeping pills, and the lengths Jackson went to get them, adds to a growing mountain of claims tying the insomniac singer to drugs in recent days.

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said Thursday detectives have spoken to a number of doctors who have treated Jackson over the years, and are looking into the singer's prescription drug history.

Doctors who did not cooperate with investigators were issued subpoenas, a source told CNN Thursday. If needed, authorities will issue more, the source said.

Jackson died on June 25. Authorities are awaiting toxicology reports from the coroner's office to determine the exact cause of death.

"And based on those, we will have an idea of what it is we are dealing (with): are we dealing with a homicide or are we dealing with an accidental overdose?" Bratton said.

The speculation that prescription drugs, particularly sedatives, could have played a role in Jackson's death keeps coming up with each new nugget of information - and there have been many.

The Jackson family knows that the probe into his death can turn into a criminal case, a source close to the family told CNN on Thursday.

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Mary Anne   July 10th, 2009 8:19 am ET

Larry King and Co please leave MJ's kids alone. They have suffered enough for the past couple of weeks, It is important to remember that they loved Michael and Michael loved them. Do you worry about the biological roots of Brad and Angelina, and Madonna's adopted kids? Reprimand the people that allowed him to overdose and thus enabled him to cut short his life.

farheen   July 10th, 2009 8:46 am ET

he was great entertainer and human beings of all the times.RIP MJ

CarolAnn   July 10th, 2009 9:08 am ET

Let the man rest in peace...are we going to rake Michael over the coals in death as we did in life? Lets wait for the toxicology reports; if Michael died of an overdose, lets all learn how we can prevent this from happening to any more loved ones in the future. Can we not focus, for now, on his work, especially the "This is It' tour, his humanitarian work, and all the good he brought to the world? Thats how I will remember him, with love.

seng   July 10th, 2009 9:10 am ET

Michael Jackson is God's unique gift to the entertainment world. Only when this GIFT was lost did the world realize how precious it is. He can now perform in heaven!

Jessy   July 10th, 2009 9:42 am ET

Let's stick to the real issue..was Michael"s condition for sleep disorders and pain mismanaged. Did the doctors really help him the way they should have ..It's easy to get addicted to narcotic pain killers..The real culprits are the ones who started him on those drugs when he was younger.. really sad to think that when he turned to the doctors for help ..they in turn did this to him.. Go all out to get these licensed drug pushers...Please leave his kids alone.. Don't kill their childhood too..

Akinom   July 10th, 2009 9:54 am ET

I am stil shocked about what happend to MJ, I feel so sorry for him ! I want to ask you, if the video where you can see the ghost of MJ is real. Is it only an illusion or is it real ? I write from Romania and we are very confused about his ghost-appearance......if it is real, how come nobody talks about this on every website and every frontpage of a newspaper.....I really want to believe that his spirit is now in Neverland where he was once so happy. Please tell us the truth, was his ghost really seen there or was it only an illusion ? Please, I really have to know or else I never find my peace. Thank you in advance Larry.

Michael, you were the most kind person I have ever known and the world only treated you bad and didn`t appreciate you at all ! I often think, that God sent you to heal the world, I really do believe that you were sent on earth to unite us.
I miss you very much ! RIP MJ

Linda from New York   July 10th, 2009 9:59 am ET


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Georgeann   July 10th, 2009 10:01 am ET

As a person who has taken Xanax off and on since the late 80s, I can tell you that the amount he was supposedly taking was unbelievable. I take one .25 mg pill and I'm woozy from it. If that Dr. Klein prescribed Xanax for him, I wonder why? The guy is a dermatologist, not a shrink. And I also wonder why MJ wasn't under the care of a psychiatrist (maybe he was but nothing's been said about it) A psychiatrist originally prescribed the xanax for me. Back in the 80s when that stuff came out, it was touted as NOT being addictive. Prior to xanax, Valium was the drug of choice for anxiety and bad nerves. Xanax was said to be much milder with less side effects... it was only years later, that it was discovered to be highly addictive But people with panic disorders are who generally take it. Now a days, people take the SSRIs, like zoloft, paxil, etc. Also, supposedly not addictive.

I think Klein is shifty-eyed and not to be trusted.

samiul   July 10th, 2009 10:13 am ET

The man was the greatest. he had given all he had. Cant we stop saying bad things about him yet. Even after it killed him?

judy   July 10th, 2009 10:15 am ET

After watching all the latest news, It looks to me that the last doctor in the house should be the one responsible for michael jacksons death. I really don't think this was an intentional overdose.

Rose   July 10th, 2009 10:43 am ET

I wish people would stop with the bad stuff about MJ! What do you think his poor kids are hearing????

darlene   July 10th, 2009 10:47 am ET

Larry king and cnn associates could you please have a heart and stop dragging mjs children in the mud concerning who's the parents are. These are really fragile children right now and to hear the media pounce on them and their father is not right! Would any of you like to have your childrens DNA questioned for the world to hear and see. Michael heart was big enough to want these children and provide for them- LET IT GO PLEASE!

Lynn Neff   July 10th, 2009 10:50 am ET

To Michael's family ,
My heart breaks and hurts along with yours and millions of others. I still can't believe that he is really gone. I grew up with Michael , watching all the changes his music took along the way, and being amazed at the talent this one man had. I will NEVER, NEVER believe for one minute he ever hurt a child in any way. I pray he finds the peace he was never given here on earth. I also pray that the children be raised with all the positives that their father was. This negativity towards Michael makes me ill. May God bless you all and be with you . I will never forget Michael and I will be watching his beautiful grow. Love you Michael...............

Rozie   July 10th, 2009 11:03 am ET

Some insight to Xanax – I just read a testimonial from someone who was on Xanax for their anxiety and who highly discouraged its use. With the influence of his doctor, a lead professor in the School of Medicine, Psychology Department at a renowned hospital in Washington, this individual had himself weaned off of the drug Xanax. His attempt to discontinue the medication on his own put him at risk of having a serious seizure – this is a medication that one cannot stop cold turkey. His quotes: “The withdrawals are horrible, and you must wean yourself off Xanax! Because I was only on it for 6 months I went from 4mg/day to 2mg/day for 1 week, 1mg/day for 1 week, then .5mg/day for the last week and still I had serious withdrawals. My doctor said patients who are on Xanax for longer periods of time, 2 years+, it can take them up to a year to get off it! And you can't rebound or relapse; you'll do nothing but hurt yourself even more! Even if you do take it to get rid of anxiety, it will get worse because your body becomes quickly dependant and immune to it, requiring higher dosages.” (Published April 30, 2008 on RxList)

Anahita   July 10th, 2009 11:04 am ET

You keep on talking about the drug uses and doctors who prescribe them, we should focus on why people are taking them in the first place and why are they doctor shopping. It is to fill the void. Dear MJ gave his life and soul to the public, but no one was really there to fill his void, or understand his soul and the hunger in his heart. It is very very sad, I know why he liked Chaplin's "SMILE", no one wants to know your pain, you have to always smile, even when you are bleeding inside.
Dear Dr. Gupta, thank you for all the data you always provide, but it is all a badaid, on a very deep pain with deep roots, which can not be cured by only medicine, it just shows the emotional and spiritual state of our society, that so many are driven to those numbing and scaping drugs to forget thier pains of lonliness, and MJ was the biggest symbol of this.
They should build a MIchael Jackson rehab and spiritual center.

Michael C. McHugh   July 10th, 2009 11:57 am ET

Sounds like the real verdict in his death should be suicide–only in slow motion.

Evidently all the money, fame, fortune and success did not make for much happiness in this case, or many others like his.

CarolAnn   July 10th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

I like Anahita's comment of a rehab and spiritual center. This is extremely personal, but I feel compelled to share, over the last 10 years I have taken Prozac for depression, Lunesta/Ambien for insomnia and Xanax for anxiety. Once I started on drugs, over time, it just seems I needed more (although my dosages were in a normal range). Realizing this was not good, and not feeling good, I sought the help of a Traditional Native American Healer. He put me on a regimen of increased vitamin supplement intake, native herbs, and suggested I do a native form of confession, for my violations, as well as violations done against me by others. During this time I was to wean myself off these drugs. Wean is the operative word. Trying to go too fast, I did feel horrible. I'm happy to report, after only six months, I am totally off Prozac and Lunesta, with just occasional Xanax use, and I'm cutting the pill in half. I'm feeling better than I have in years. For me a nutritional and spiritual approach – holistic has worked. I hope this helps anyone interested in this issue and would be happy to forward any additional info. that may be of help. My heart goes out to Michael's family and loved ones, they are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.

pam   July 10th, 2009 12:04 pm ET

i don't understand you reporters. you dig and dig up info. on michael to where his doctor tells you the truth about his skin condition. then you damn him for telling personall info about michael. make up your damn minds .you reporters are making me sick with all this b.s. why don't you wait till the tox. reports come back at least, before you slander michael anymore than you already far as his children are concerned he is their father. he has been for the last 12 years. LET IT GO......and if you ask me blanket looks just like michael did now and paris and prince look like him in some of his other pictures. and if you want to see part of michael's other side and what kind of person he was on the inside look at his video EARTH SONG with lyrics so you can see what he means. beautiful song.

Brenda Gonzalez   July 10th, 2009 1:41 pm ET

The memorial was just view on July 7th and it was beautiful. I cried thru the entire ceremony. He was a beautfiul person and deserves so much more. I felt like I lost a famly member. You gave him those hours of positive conversation about the ceremony but the moment the clock struck 12:00 you all were right back to your evil selves. It's like you never heard anything said at the ceremony. You all just thrived on feeding black blood to folks never on the good stuff. What about all the good he did can you talk about that! That's why it wasn't disclosed to you all were he was going to be buried. You don't deserve to know. The family is hurting and you continue to keep sticking the knife in whether it's true or don't even know it's all speculation. Let the children remember their father the way he was to them...The best father ever. And, heck NO they should not go to Debbie Rowe, she may have gave birth to them but that does not make her a mother. If she wants them now it's only because of the $$ that she thinks she's going to get if they are in her custody. The Jackson is a loving family and have shown them nothing but love and they know and love their grandmother, Aunts, Uncles and cousins so wouldn't that be the better place for them. I'm jus tired of CNN and ENews and everyone else, I haven't even watch you since the Memorial for that reason. PLEASE LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

Jerri Brissette   July 10th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

If this "confidential document" contains "confidential statements" by MJ's bodyguards, what is CNN doing with it!!

Llyane Stanfield   July 10th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Unless it i to reveal anything that we should learn from (i.e. "don't play with fire"), why in the world are we still bombarded with gossip instead of making public the books that Michael Jackson wrote and what an inspiration he is for humanity?

It is unbelievable that we are listening to people who crave celebrity, instead of listening to the man's words! He is not here to defend himself and ALL the press is maltreating his children instead of protecting them.

CNN used to be journalism not scandal...

Single4ever   July 10th, 2009 2:49 pm ET

A good question of concern? What if Michael was given an overdose of his medication by someone thinking it wouldnt be evident bcos of his history? Michael was not a drug abuser. Although He overcame his prescription drug addiction., it was still needed for his illnesses. WHY DON'T THE MEDIA COVER THIS POSSIBILITY? Let his soul rest in peace, and cover all facets of strategic questioning by the Media & press. I'm with you Michael! Rest In Peace.

Pren   July 10th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

Please, please leave Michael's children alone! They do not need all of this. His children's paternity does not concern anybody even CNN. Please be a little more professional in handling this story.

pam   July 10th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

why don't you reporters all get together and come up with everything good that michael has done for the chikdren and the world. you would find alot of information on that if you would just look into it. he has done so much good and we are not hearing any of it. let him rest in peace and stop all the slander on him and the lies. all you hear are our sources said, your so called sources are wrong and as far as the people that worked for him are concerned well they will say anything now because they were left nothing in his will. and they are mad about it. this is the way they pay him back and you people are falling for it. LEAVE HIM ALONE unless you have positive things to say about him. and there are many.....

Laughton A. Parchment   July 10th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

Some say there has been too much said about Michael Jackson and we should look to more important things. They didn't say what things, but what is more important than the celebration of life? The life of a man who gave so much of himself to the world?
He did not ask for the celebration and never would, but he has earned it and is entitled to it. It wasn't being given, it was something he earned, as will all of us when we die.
In my case it won't be much, and so it should be. Who the hell am I, what have I done, or given back to the world for the for a good life and the joys it's given me?
If you have lived anywhere in the western world for the past twenty years and can honestly ask, who is Michael jackson? Then you're not truly alive and is about as dead as the man himself...

mm   July 10th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

I am not sure if CNN is a scandal. They have really been outstanding in their coverage especially Larry King in their coverage of this whole Micheal Jackson invetigation. Trust me, you would want a channel like CNN to cover something like the Micheal Jackson investigation.

myrna   July 10th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

A great entertainer, and humanitarian is gone. All the probing into his death will not bring him back, just like the probing into the deaths of Elvis, Heath, Anna Nicole...they are still gone...but will never be forgotten. MJ's children do not need to hear or read what the vultures in the media have to say or write. It was best said at his memorial services..."maybe, they'll leave you alone now". Perhaps this is sound advice.

shadesofblue09   July 10th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

He left Neverland for a reason. I believe that reason needs to be respected. Even by his family members who chooses to disrepect his wishes.

judy   July 10th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I think investigators should look at MIKO Brando. It seems awfully strange that so many people who knew and were close to Michael Jackson were aware of his drug addiction but as soon as they would bring this up to MJ, MJ would be unavailable to them.
What I found surprising was when Miko was on LKL when Jim Morey hosted Thurs. night, Miko was very aggitated especially when they talked about the drug addiction. He didn't want them talking about it and when Miko was asked if he was aware of Michael;s addiction, he stated that he was not...........He supposedly was as close to Michael as wallpaper on a wall so what does that say?????

lucci   July 10th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I take XANAX if I am traveling by plane. I only take one because two would knock me out. If MJ took as many XANAX as they say he did, he would have died a long time ago. Please, stop the non-sense and allow MJ to rest in peace.

judy   July 10th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I think Miko Brando was aware of Michael'addiction and possibly he helped Michael obtain some of the be continued.....

Tammy Morgan   July 10th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

The sacrifices and lonliness that he must have endured in his life is evident and he should be praised for all the goodness that he gave as a humanitarian and entertainer. Let him R.I.P.

Edwin   July 10th, 2009 9:31 pm ET


Tammy Morgan   July 10th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

In discussing the "drugs" he has taken, there are those doctors out there that are prescribing medication to people that turn and sell them for their own personal financial gain and don't care who takes them nor the quantity that one is taking. Their is a serious problem where prescriptions are being filled just for the doctor's financial gain. You can pretty much pay the doctor $100.00 and get any presciption you want, just a little pay off!

Abiodun   July 10th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Its a tragic end to a life spent working so hard.he obviously had issues but folks around him made things worse.

Linda-Port Huron   July 10th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

If Michael's death is a Murder where in the world are they giong to get anyone for a jury

Paul Radkowski   July 10th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Michael Jackson- Addicted to Fame?

Michael Jackson, the "Man in the Mirror." Yet who was the man in the mirror? Is it possible that Michael's negative perception of himself resulted in what appears to be an addiction to plastic surgery along with a need to "use to soothe" through excessive shopping and prescription drugs with alleged use of Oxycontin and Demerol? Did the pressure of fame result in extreme anxiety resulting in odd extreme and questionable behaviour, disordered eating and a need to withdraw from those around him?

Michael Jackson, a talent globally admired, yet a man profoundly troubled, with a deep internal struggle that he never figured out how to address in a healthy way. Even some of the most famous icons struggle with self esteem, trauma, destructive core beliefs of "not being good enough". Often as a result of these beliefs, some of the so called "most beautiful", talented, wealthy and most successful icons become addicted to fame and will go to desperate measures to remain in the limelight. These issues often lead to other addictions.

Beauty, talent, fame and one's net worth have nothing to do with self-worth. Remember, your self-worth is not up for grabs!

Our past impacts us, but it doesn't have to define us. We all have a choice. There is hope.

Sharon Moore   July 10th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

2004 was 5 years ago! All of this, all of it, is rank speculation. He has no chance to defend himself nor has any official word of anything been released about what was in his system or not in his system.

It is irresponsible for CNN to be recycling old as yet unconfirmed allegations.

The only thing we do know is that he passed a 5 hour health physical in order to get insurance to go on tour. Surely they would have taken blood and a urine sample. And surely they would have been looking for reasons NOT to have to cover him. But they didn't find any.

If gigantic amounts of meds in his system it would have shown up in some way on something.

All of this stuff is yet to be proven and people are acting like they're irrefutable facts.

A. Jackson   July 10th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thanks Larry for presenting a fact-based panel on Michael Jackson's
possible cause of death. You are the last responsible news show left. HLN's Velez is sick! Here is a news flash for her.... Michael's children did not grow up in a 2 bedroom house, they did nothave to witness their dad using anything! His bedroom suite is larger than her pea brain obviously.

Derek   July 10th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

MJ was the best Ever!!!

carolina   July 10th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Michael Jackson is death, media, reporters, doctors should leave him go in peace. Whatever he did, its in the past. Let God judge him and stop doing that. No human being has the right to question some people action, fisrt look at yours!!

danielle   July 10th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

didnt no pills kill micheal jackson it was just his time to go and be with god to rest in peace just let him rest in peace please

danielle   July 10th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I love you micheal jackson

Chyreese   July 10th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

These" pharmaceutical pimps" (doctors) should be required to register with the American Medical Association, documenting their personal physician status. Nobody I'd talking about the liver damage or liver failure MJ would have experienced had he taken the amount of presciption drugs reported. The side effects would have also manifested in many skin disorders-not vitiligo. Gerald Levert (so of. Eddie Levert O'jay"s fame)died of a lethal combo of Xanax, vicodin,percocet, darvocet etc.his younger brother Sean Levert died of complications of Xanax withdrawal- suppressed CNS

A. Jackson   July 10th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Michael's kids need protection from the negative press! It is no wonser he shielded them and thank God he did from the thoughless coverage I am tired of seeing. The family should file civil suits and shut down speculative reporting and comments. Once again Black vs. White factors in the rules. Cover the doctors, the real criminals. MORE COVERAGE ON MICHAELS CHARITABLE DONATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

peter   July 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

maybe he's buried already, it's their own private not like Dr Klein ..

Gary Randall   July 10th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

It may have been drugs that killed him, but it was HATE that destroyed him, it has been shown that people go after people with money and celebrity status. Why did Donald Trump, Brooke Shields and his Dermatologist who all knew him personally support him as well as the jury that cleared him of the charges against him, but the religious right just would not leave him alone? Hate destroys GOD forgave us of our sins but for right wing Christan's there seems to be not forgiveness!

Michael McCoy   July 10th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

I know from experience that you cannot take 30 to 40 Xanax a night or in a day and especially be a good funtioning parent and as for a Doctor saying that he injected himself with whatever drug there saying he was on prior to his death is just to minimize there involvement. That way if anyone is to blame they can say he did it ti himself (untrue I believe). I myself take Xanax and I have been taking the same dosage for 21 year's and I also take pain medication from 3 seperate back surgery's and yes you do build a tolerance to pain medication very fast. I believe that someone should be held accountable for the loss of such a great artist and from what his daughter said a great father as well

sherry   July 10th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

All those people making all these allegations about Michael Jackson should stop for a minute and realize that there`s a greater being and he is the ONLY one that can and will Judge MJ. You hear all kinds of Garbage from people that have not a clue what they are talking about and to all those people i wonder if they are human beings, because from their claims and accusations, most of them seem like a bunch of uneducated and illiterate objects. Go figure before all the finger pointing and the judging.

Gary Randall   July 10th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Thank GOD the people who really knew Michael Jackson have come out in his defense, I can not possibly imagine all the personal pain he must have had to have gone through with his skin disorder and all the media coverage of it he had to be terribly tormented and had to shield his kids from it as well let alone the comments about his nose then the pedophile charges, he was such a peaceful person but all he ever encountered was HATE. Thank the people who have come out in his defense and told of all the really good works he did, too bad we had to loose such a talented artist!

32yrs AsAnMJFan   July 10th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Surely CNN should be more careful making a report from Tom Sneddon's old haunts the center of some claim MJ took 40 Xanax Pills a day. IS THAT REALLY BELEIVABLE??? If it is, why not find the so called guards have them repeat their statements on the air? Or perhaps that would not qualify as "News" whereas reading some unsubstantiated police report from 2004 does. You probably cannot get the guards to do so since the Jackson family would skewer them in a libel suit.

Why all the chatter? The toxicology report will soon be out with a definitive answer. In the meantime, all this speculation on prime time TV hours is near slander. And by the time the report is out most people would have moved on and will miss what it says (unless of course it confirms MJ OD'ed!)

Larry you are absolutely right. Regardless of how much talk there is about MJ, the headline does not change

He is still dead....

And we all secretly think the stress of those O2 concerts is what killed him. No fault of AEG's, it is a pity that MJ did not manage his finances better and put himself in a difficult situation – which forced him to take on these concerts under other than his terms. A great pity because he was one for this lifetime. There will be another talent as big but I doubt I will see it.

sherry   July 10th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

to Larry King and co . Why is it that when someone with a great and kind heart and not to mention talented person like MIchael Jackson has done in this world, that you people just get in there and start slamming all kinds of Negative things about that persons life, not remembering the good. It seems to me that those who are so quick to Judge Michael Jackson are really inhumane. I mean the man just has a memorial a week ago. Come on. It`s like the devil is after those news people, the media to just start saying all kinds oof Garbage about MJ. If you have nothing to say and you are going to talk Garbage well don`t say anything at all. IGNORANCE is a deadly disease in the white commmunity and it has always been and it will always be, no matter what anyone says. Check your own life and see how you can chaNGE SOMEONE LIFE AND MAKE SOMEONES DAY. enough ALREADY YOU GUYS.

Michael   July 10th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

In regard as to whether or not Michael Jackson, fathered Paris and Prince Michael Jr, I say who cares, as long as he was good parent, loved and took good care of the both of them.

Michael of Florence, WI   July 10th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

I think it's good that Michael might be buried at Neverland, seeing as it's always been his home, for 20 yrs.

Wema   July 10th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

This is a good issue. We need to focus on how doctors handles their patients well. Not all doctors are good doctors. Some are really idiots when it comes to curing their patients. Instead of managing Michael Jackson anxiety they just gave him those toxic pills. I pity Michael nobody really cares for him. Western doctors or their drugs have tremendous side effects. I am a Medical Technologist I know these things. I'd rather recommend the Oriental form of medicine like acupuncture and their herbal medicines. Michael should also try YOGA. And of course a lot of prayers!

Brenda   July 11th, 2009 12:13 am ET

I find it interesting that reports are surfacing from security guards stating that Michael Jackson was taking so many pills per night.
That's doubtful, addicts hide their pills and take them in secrecy not in front of someone they hired.
Let's assume this were true, why wouldn't they seek help for him? I would never turn my back. I would have contacted his mother for an intervention. I could not live with myself knowing that I turned my back on someone that needed help.

Clay   July 11th, 2009 12:59 am ET

Addiction is a horrible's sad we lost MJ.

Cher Kautz   July 11th, 2009 1:25 am ET

Think about it – alot of talk about Michael Jackson being an addict – What caused him to be an addict? His father, Joe, created an unrelenting situation to make Michael a Star. The effect of Joe Jackson on his son Michael was devastating because of the emotional TURMOIL & physical abuse. A young child cannot come out of something like that without Emotional Pain which can also effect the Physical body. Michael Jackson hurt emotionaly which was hard to live with. MJ wanted to escape that pain.
Also MD's at fault aiding & enabling Michael to move into that realm of NO RETURN.
I feel compassion is in order for Michael Jackson.

Shirley   July 11th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Don't you think it's time to leave the Jackson family, especially the children, ALONE! Let them grieve. All the reports from all these so called contacts need to be stopped. We all know that 90% of these facts are false. Why spread all these lies?
The test taken will give the truth. It isn't anyones business who the father is but the childrens WHEN and IF they have questions. I don't think that will happen because it appears Michael was an exceptional Dad. They love their Dad. Leave it alone.

pam   July 11th, 2009 2:01 am ET

you can see why he covered his children and kept them away from the media. all you reporters finally got pictures of the children at the memorial. and look what you have done with them. plastered them all over the tv and i'm sure in magazines. you all should be ashamed. you have no respect for michael. all you care about is your b.s. news. you each try to outdo the other for ratings. and you are not taking anybody not even the children in to consideration while you do it. you are slandering their father very bad. i just pray to god that the jackson family don't let them see any of this crap. someday they will see it and actually find out what kind of world we really do live in. then they will know why their father tried to shelter them from all of it.

Wema   July 11th, 2009 4:11 am ET

Dr. Conrad Murray must review his Basic Life Support or CPR training. He should not do the CPR on the bed. CPR must always be conducted on the flat floor so that when you give breaths to patient the air can go to their airways correctly. They shouldn't hesitate first to call 911. If they saw Michael Jackson not breathing and still have that weak pulse CPR must applied immediately, accurately and faster. If they can't do CPR its better to rush them immediately in a hospital. How important it is the that time lapsed not correctly reviving the patient?

Wema   July 11th, 2009 4:20 am ET

Diprivan is not Michael Jackson caused of death. Diprivan only stays in a body in short time. Not even those Demerol, Xanax pills cannot be the real cause.. These drugs stays on the body for a certain time. If Michael Jackson have abused these prescription drugs he'd probably wont do the rehearsals anymore. The real cause of his death was chronic stress that led to his heart failure and cardiac arrest. The pressure that happened to his life all throughout these years were so tremendous and it only takes for one human being to have that physical and emotional strength. So it is safe to say media, the people who abused his kindness and his own success killed him. I am praying for his soul to rest in peace. Leave him alone the good man is now dead.

Trisha S. Punsalan   July 11th, 2009 5:16 am ET

I have a question: If MJ was sick or if he was constantly medicated, wouldnt that have showed in the insurance medical examination? Wouldnt he have completely "failed" the mediacl exam- but his concert tour was in fact insured? This doesnt add up.

helen   July 11th, 2009 5:38 am ET

please get Joe Jackson off the screen he only sees dollar signs ever since his sson died

Karin   July 11th, 2009 5:53 am ET

Let's all focus on what Michael Jackson achieved during his life time, rather than about all the speculations about drug abuse or child molestian (which I do NOT believe! If you're a famous pop star everyone wants a piece of you). He was the greatest entertainer of all time and I doubt we'll ever see anyone else that can achieve what Michael Jackson achieved! I believe he was a good loving person and one of the most generous people that lived. Let the man rest in peace. If we all did just a bit more to care about one another and this world, it would be a better place to live in. We will miss you, Michael!! May you have peace now.

Denise   July 11th, 2009 6:30 am ET

So many rumors but no one really knows the truth yet of what really killed Michael Jackson. I wonder will we ever learn the truth?

Cherie   July 11th, 2009 8:23 am ET

Lets separate the entertainer from the man. There is no question that MJ was multi talented but there also is no question that MJ was a very sick pathetic lonely human being open to manipulation and a expert at manipulation himself. He was the catalyst for his own demise enabled by the very same people who now mourn his death. I believe that many mourn the loss of their golden goose more than they mourn the death of the man himself. Those that supplied and turned a blind eye to the means to MJs death are now mourning him when they in fact are in partially responsible for his death. If their love for this man was genuine they would have helped him with the demons that were part of his life since childhood beginning with the abuse from his father who now walks on stage as if he was a star. He is not a star he is a child abuser and completely unfit to be a father. How can he say he loved MJ when he abused him. Love does not hurt.. No matter what those close to MJ report or try to deny it is apparent that MJ was an addict and used his fame and fortune to feed his habit as many of those who professed to love him watched. They are not defending MJ with their denials but themselves.. I do not call that love It is greed It is sad that love for another human being in the world of entertainment in so many cases is based on lies greed and the complete disregard for the well being and happiness of the person themselves. Money can buy a lot of things and it is truly sad that it can buy a persons death..

Asma   July 11th, 2009 10:18 am ET

Good Job Larry!!!!!! leave no stone unturned and find what the truth is
because we have lost someone whom we dearly loved

mark thomas   July 11th, 2009 11:24 am ET

I liked watching cnn and larry King live... All the information and Michael jacksons back ground was really intresting. But now it is getting old really fast. Instead of only reporting the truth and actual facts, it seems all your broad casts are of he said and she said but nothing real. Leave the talk and drugs alone till it is fact. lets get back tow hats inportant.

jov   July 11th, 2009 12:28 pm ET

I do not agree that he was an addict,that is a very grave word. He was on a constant medication because he needed it that much. Like his nutritionist said,he's not taking those meds to be high like addicts wanted,instead he's taking them because he wants to have rest and sleep badly. If he really took like dozens of xanax every night,then he would have been gone long before. I read on a paper that a drug called diprivan might have caused it. It's a drug only to be used in hospitals and not for public consumption. Only doctors have access to it. So how was he able to get hold of it? He wouldn't without the help of a doctor. In his conversation with his nutritionist,he told her that his doctor told him that it's safe and works fast and effective as long as there's someone to look after him. The nutritionist was clearly against it,but it's obvious that the doctor/s is somewhat responsible for being able to get hold of diprivan. The doctors should have alerted his family, his friends. They didn't do anything to stop him.

And another,I saw his rehearsal video;I clearly didn't see any sign that he was weak or in the brink of poor health. And,I read that the doctor did a CPR on him on a bed,what on the bed?How can he revive him when he did CPR on the bed?! Don't tell me he panicked,your a doctor it's your duty to do everything you could to save a life. Panic is part of your job,you don't let it get in the way of your duty. And why are they questioning if he was the real father of Paris and Prince? Come on,they're just making things up to generate more profits I guess. If he wasn't the father,this issue should be out in the open when he was still alive,when the kids were born but it's not. They're only doing now because he's gone. These people,can't they do anything other than be shallow and silly?! Stop it now. He's wasn't a addict and he was Paris,Prince and Blanket's good father. And he will always be the greatest performer of all time.

Lyndia   July 11th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

In reference to Michael Jackson's "Drug Useage and the "Gophers"
(employees" that used their own names to obtain prescriptions for
him ,they all should be incarcerated ! I do not see the significance
in tattle-tales now, especially when they all were hiding the fact that he
had a severe drug addiction. and was housing illegal drugs An ounce
of prevention, probably could have prevented his early demise..

Evelyn   July 11th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

I live and breathe within the realm of the music industry ... with a husband who is a multi-instrumentalist, concert promotor, sound engineer, record producer. I know what goes on "behind" the scenes and the reasons for "Why .........." which vary as much as there are songs, people and colors. For some, ... because it's the "in thing" or what everybody else is doing around them. For others ... because it's an excape from the nightmares of what happened to them at some point in life. Some stemming as far back as childhood. Nightmares that you can't excape. Nightmares which still bear physical scars for some, emotional and spiritual scars for others. The drug and alcohol abuse is nothing more than a bandaid. Something to make the tormented "video" stop playing in their heads .... over and over and over and over, again and again. I know ... been there, done that: the alienation of friends and family, the "disappearing act" (leaving without telling anyone where you're going or when you'll be back ... and then be gone for days, weeks or months), the drug and alcohol abuse, constantly re-living the tormented "videos" that never stop playing (except while asleep and sometimes, not even then), the extravagant shopping sprees that make you feel good while you're shopping ... I know, I understand. I stopped using "bandaids" (drugs and/or alcohol) when I chose to have a baby (using a donors sperm). The baby was for me ... finally havin someone who would be able to truly love me ... for me. Accepting of who I was, who I am and whomever I choose to become. And for those pointing fingers at Michael Jackson ... perhaps taking a look in your own mirror would do you some good. How many of you with children have shared YOUR bed with your child or had your children jump in bed with you for fun and had their sleep-overs follow suit with their friend? Innocently ... to find the comfort of companionship with Mom & Dad ... or just Mom ... or just Dad (a single parent or not) . Innocently ... out of fear, illness, loneliness, for comfort or even "just 'cause". I know almost every household with children have allowed their children to join them in bed at one time or another. So ... why hunt down and attack a famous public figure for doing the same ... except to gain the all-powerful "Headline" NEWS or personal financial gain.

Beverly   July 11th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Let the Jackson have Peace with Michael. Also let Michael Jackson Rest In Peace. Take Michael Jackson off the news so his children don't have to here all that gossip.
Thank You
Beverly Stanzione
San Clemente, Calif.

hopedawn   July 11th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

we can not begin to imagine the immense pressure michael was under. be it pressure to be this way or that way; it took its toll on the man. very early on, he learned about image presentation and body image; where he had to say this or that, speak this way or that way. that was the business of show business; give the public what it wanted. he had to resort to some sort of an escape. unfortunately, it was the drugs. he was after all human. the tendency to become an addict is in all of us. there are various types of addictions. WE, the fans, media, etc, build him up and tore him down limb by limb and piece by piece until his death. sadly we have doctors and employees whose judgement was clouded by dollar signs. no matter what is said, michael will remain tops.

for those who don't know, when ems is called and someone is unresponsive, they have to try to start an intravenous line or iv. they may have a difficult time and they will try several times. hence, multiple track marks. we should interview the ems personnell who were there.

Mariaelena   July 11th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

I feel it is very sad what has occurred with Michael! I have been listening to various media channel what is being said on an Artist who gave more then many artist who are popular today! Nancy Grace, and the people she had on her show today. I’m referring to the “Family Lawyer” who spoke like she knew everything! “How Michael exposed his children’s to this drug abuse and did not care about the children during this time” and “Why did no one take the children’s away!” First of all, in my opinion, you can not believe everything you hear today, especially “assumptions” Unless you were there and physically witnessed the children being present during his drug use! In reality, this “Family Lawyer” was not there and neither are those who keep saying this on television! I’m sure after listening to “Paris” speak at the memorial—these children’s were not exposed to Michael using drugs in front of them. Stop, saying the kids were exposed to Michael drug abuse! I don’t believe it and I’m sure no one who loved Michael will believe it either! To end my comment, all those who made the medication possible for Michael to use—not just the doctors-all—there is no excuse for contributing to his addiction— they did not care about Michael Jackson at all or his children’s! They should all be charged for his death! Scared to lose your job—is not a reason to say “NO” to Michael if you even cared for him! Plus it is “against the law for anyone to share Medication prescribe to others! I would think an hope the law and justice will go in affect to this crime—if it does not-then does the law only apply to some? Does law enforcement only apply the law how they chose to? When it should apply to all and not just a few! All those “Everyone” who contribute to his death should be charge! It was good to receive the money Michael paid—because-in my opinion-none of those who contribute to his addiction did it for free! If there was no money involved, I’m sure not many would have contribute the drugs so easy available to him! It’s a shame-Shame on all those who contribute and did not step up to the plate to help him! May be if they cared just a little today those three children’s would still have their father! Its sad Michael let this happen to himself. God bless the family especially the children.

kahealani   July 12th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Michael had a very hard life he was thrown in to the entertainment business @ a very early age, then he had to live up to certain expectations, he couldn't be himself he had become very secluded because of the media, and the fans that woud just go gaga over him which he adored his fans, he never said anything negative to the public he never snapped like Debbie Rowe did, imagine with all that he had indured like the accusations,the leaches,the media,the loving fans, oh and lets not forget the haters come on now i would want to take drugs too!! I believe he was a very strong person to take all that drama and still be a loving, kind and positive person, He probably wanted to settle down with his family and live a normal life with out any drama, far far away in neverland........I am very distraught over this, and it will take me a while to heal from this. He will always remain in my heart and i am so greatful for having the chance to live in the same lifetime as he did. Through all the changes that he has gone through he always had that beautiful smile and glowing aura about him.

mm   July 12th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

I don't think Micheal had too many male friends especially friends who were the same age as him. So when he invited the fourteen year old boys at his house he assumed that it was okay to talk with them about adult things because when he was fourteen that's how he was treated. I don't think he really knew that some of the things that he would do or say would be offensive for a fourteen year old boy. When the child molestation charges came along I think that Micheal was so hurt because in his mind he did not believe that talking to the boys about adult things was wrong. I don't think that Micheal saw a age difference because he liked to do a lot of the things that fourteen year old boys do.

Lauro Silva - Brazil   July 12th, 2009 2:12 pm ET

The doctors who prescribed him and other people strong drugs have to be brought to justice to clarify their evil procedures, by the way.
The same and many other doctors may be taking care of many other similar victims.

stepl   July 12th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

the love he gave and the magic he made will never fade. i love u m.j.

Chach Castillo   July 12th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

There is nobody like Michael Jackson. He is the best there is, the best there was and the best that will ever be. God rest his soul.

Joanie   July 12th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Michael is a wonderful memory from my teenage years. I too am 50 years old and grew up listening and watching The Jackson Five and followed Michael through the years. I always believed in him through the good and the bad times. I never had the pleasure of seeing him live in concert but he will forever live on in my heart and with very fond memories of my youth. Let us not forget that he was a son,grandson, brother, uncle,nephew and and most importantly a father. He and his family deserve privacy and respect during this most difficult time. He was truly a gift to this world and I for one am very grateful for having the privelige to have witnessed this wonderful human being doing exactly what he was meant to do, entertain us and make us smile. We shall meet again...

charlene   July 13th, 2009 1:52 am ET

hi all,
i just wanted to tell you that i never knew anything about michael jackson since i was a small child......i knew that he was a famous singer and i heard about the child abbuse that accused him for. when i heard the news saying that michael jackson was death i felt sadness in my heart..........i really dont know what happened to me after the 25th june........after that i heard the news i came home and i was overwhelmt with couriosity about michael jackson..........i searched on the internet about michael jackson's life, about michael jackson's songs (which they where not my type of music), i never heard about neverland and when i read on it i was left is amazing the things that he had done for the children, i also left without words when i saw that he opened 39charities to help the children.........well, i can say that from what i've searched on the internet i can say that he was a great man with a great big heart and i think that the child abbuse where not, i am feeling sorry for not letting michael jackson's songs into my heart and in my house. i can say that he was the most generous person i ever read about. no one cares as much as he was. after that i read almost everything on his life, i can say that i felt in love with this man and now i can understand his fans why they loved him so much. when i saw his video clips of his songs i felt in love with him with the way he dance and the way he tilted the hat. no one can replace michael jackson's steps and the way he moved and danced.......he was amazing, spectacular. i saw the videos that are on utube (Living with Michael jackson) he was a really nice and sweet guy. from the day that i read about his life i listened to some of his music and i can say that i cannot bear that moment when i try to listen to his music without crying (especially heal the world and you are not alone). michael jackson said that you need to smile though your heart is aching but i cannot smile knowing that he will no longer be with us and give us some nice music and entertainment. in one of his song he said that you are not alone though you are far away and to never say goodbye as he will always will be with us in the morning,afternoon and evening and we will always be in his heart forever since we will not forget him. i watched the memorial last tuesday and it was such a wonderful memorial to be remembered by everyone. i couldn't stop crying when paris spoke...........i am very sorry for him and for his family and may he rest in peace.

hopedawn   July 13th, 2009 12:43 pm ET


you can buy all the album and keep them as treasures and gifts that michael shared with us. i still can't stop crying. some people can't understand why, but his music has gotten me through a lot of hard times in life. im a 34 years old and always knew of michael jackson. i ask myself, how can i mourn for someone i never met? sometimes i wish i did not know of him just so my heart would not hurt so much. especially knowing about the vitiligo and the lupus he had to deal with. people did not quite believe him when he told them that he has a skin condition. they thought he wa making it up. all the people that spoke and are speaking ill of michael, will one day experience what they put him through. and for the greedy people that were leeching off of him, they suffer greatly. that is how i feel.

stepl   July 14th, 2009 10:49 am ET

Michael Jackson is not weird. He's one of a kind. His music , his magic , his energy, his love – they were all one of a kind. I learned how to speak english just by listening to his music. When I found out that he was once married to Lisa Marie Presley, I started listening to her music as well. When I found out that his son Prince, had blond hair, I started to like boys with blond hair. He is the one and only KING OF POP. ALWAYS HAS ALWAYS WILL.

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