June 26th, 2009
08:50 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jackson's Death, Seeking Answers

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

As family, friends and fans mourn the death of Michael Jackson, a clearer picture is emerging of what happened just hours before his death. We'll have the latest development for you tonight on AC360°.

We also know about the tense moments inside Jackson's home as his personal physician tried with out success to save his life with CPR. The 911 call was released today.  We'll play part of it for you.  That doctor has been identified as Conrad Murray, a cardiologist who works in Las Vegas and Houston, and who is licensed to practice medicine in California. Last night, police towed the car he was driving away from Jackson's rented mansion. Officials say the car may contain "medications pertinent to the investigation."

Did drugs contribute to Jackson's death? We'll talk over the possibility with 360 M.D. Sanjay Gupta and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.

We'll also look at what the future might be for Jackson's three children. Who will get custody of them?

There's also the role that Jackson played as a racial trailblazer. He was the first African-American star on MTV.

Did Jackson influence your life? Share your memories below.

And, join us at 10pm ET for all this and more on the life and death of Michael Jackson. See you then!

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  1. Tracey

    What Michael Jackson achieved in music was God given it was his destiny. This was the platform God gave him to do many great things on the earth. There will never be another like him because he was one of a kind like Martin Luther King Jr. and many other great people who made a difference in so many people life. It may have been a lyric in one of his songs that gave someone courage or insight like his song Black & White, We Are The World. I believe that the negative things that happen in our lives causes us to loose focus on our purpose. I believe Michael's assignment on the earth wasn't finish he left us to soon. My heart is sorrowful, we will all miss him. My prayer goes out to his children, mother, father and family.

    June 28, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  2. kara marie ruedisueli

    I can believe he really gone,my heart is still hurts,he is first singer I be came a fan of.he had the voice of an ANGEL to me.I can only hope he is one now.

    June 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  3. basit

    i want to say that it was the way that his death was written we shall never speak against it. we shall pray for michael jackson soul , may he live in peace and harmony in heaven, and allah forgive him.
    what allah knows we don't know, may be it was in the best interest of m.j.

    June 28, 2009 at 1:52 am |
  4. Gordon

    Why is no one talking about a cardiologist trying to do CPR on a bed ? Anyone who has taken the most basic of CPR course knows you need a firm surface under the patient. I heard on the 911 call the first thing the operator told him was to get him off the bed and onto the floor. Where was this doctors head at?
    The other comment i have is why were the paramedics on scene for 42 minutes? They had an unresponsive non breathing patient. This alone puts the patient in the rapid transport catagory. Paramedics are trained about the golden hour. This means you have ideally one hour from the time the incident occurs till the patient is in the operating room. Taking 42 minutes before transporting is totally unacceptable. The patient should have been assessed and on his way in under ten minutes. This would have given the ucla team a lot better chance at reviving the patient

    June 28, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  5. Cheryl

    As I watched a program this evening, I saw that Michael Jackson's nose was the same as the character Peter Pan. His decision to change his nose to how it looked recently made much more sense and his appearance doesn't seem so bizarre.

    Please don't continue to show the recent transporting of the body from the helicopter to the ambulance and the picture of Michael in the coma. being brought to the hospital.

    June 28, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  6. leona vega

    I am still sadded by tyhe death of michael jackson.i'm a49 yr old female who grew up with michael.one of my sons who just turned 22 this week,adored michael so much to the fact that he even names his alias after him,has every cd and video that michael ever made and dances just like him.
    tonight he dedicated his birthday party to michael's legacy.refusing to play any music other that those of michael jackson in tribute.
    r.i.p. michael we all loved you but GOD loved you best

    June 28, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  7. Gary Smith

    I was in Tenth grade in NY City when the Jackson5 were first out. I have loved Michael ever since. The World is different without him, I am truly going through a depression over hearing he is gone. He lives, forever, however. One thing I ask, whatever Memorial we give in his honor, please do not let Rev Al Sharpton be a major part. Michael's life was dedicated to bringing people together.. Sharptons live has always been about dividing us.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm |
  8. melissa

    just wondering why there is so much hype about michael jackson, but nobody is remembering that ed mcman and farrah fawcett also died. they were just as much celeberties as he was. guess cause there was more hype around him and his "troubles" than the other two. they werent in headlines all the time so i guess they dont matter

    June 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  9. Cyn

    We are getting a lot of feedback from other nations re: MJ's death. Any reports from Africa?

    June 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm |
  10. Vera

    for years he is crying for help.. all this guy needed was a little tlc.. and altough you dont need to be a psychiatrist to understand all the pressure he was under(concerts, getting ol and still need to dance like at 25, financial pressure, a lots of people around wanting money only, new pop singers competition and losing his ranch) shame on his mother .. shame on his brothers... shame on his friends!!! that should lead us to the conclusion.. how many like him? with no moral support.. and i am not talking about doctors and institutions..

    June 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  11. Zenawit Birhanu

    Besides his wicked song beats, astonishing performance, quirky sense of humor and childlike behavior, what really drew me to Michael was the message of his music. Through songs such as: “We’re the World”, “Man in the mirror”, “Heal the world”, and so forth, Michael advocated for social awareness and justice in the world. His endless and selfless efforts, commitment and determination to assume social responsibility and use his stardom as well as resources to ease some of the worlds pain is the primary reason why I’ve always had such immense respect, admiration and love for him. He might have been a huge paradigm shifter in world culture and thus influential to many people, but to me he was the prime inspiration in my life (since I was like 7yrs old) who motivated me to wanting to help others in need and to give back to society. I will always remember him for the true humanitarian he was. I dearly love Michael & will miss him deeply, however I do hope he finally found the peace he never got in life.

    For all the haters... Michael is gone, please let him and his fans be, let the man for once and all rest in peace!

    June 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  12. Nick Tarasco

    I have two questions , 1.If the Dr that was with Michael Jackson was a heart specialist "why was he trying CPR" on the bed ? Also 2. Would a heart specialist not know you wouldn't be giving someone with chest pains a shot of Demerol ?

    Oh and why wouldn't he have ordered an ambulance the night before when he started having chest pains ?

    Thank you ,

    Ontario , Canada

    June 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  13. kim

    I hope this brings awareness that addiction is a serious problem crossing all social boundaries. I'm sure what would make the King of Pop the happiest would be that somebody somewhere finds the courage to 'change their ways'

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  14. brandon thomas

    when i was 10 yrs my school had a talent show ,and i did a skid dress like mj wearing the same jacket he wore in beat it the one glove i got from my morther and dance to billie jean .Now my kids get to know his music and his talent . I knew about MJ from my morther because she was a fan of the jackson 5 when she was a teenager .Thats 3 generations listen and enjoy michael music R.I.P

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  15. kristie

    i have fond memories of michael jackson as a kid. back then we had "jam boxes" and i used to ride my bike with the jam box on my shoulder listening to his music. i am 32 now and i am deeply saddened. may god give his family the strength and faith to keep themselves strong. my heart is with them all.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  16. Margaret N Chime'

    I truly cannot embrace the fact that the King of Pop is gone. He was a childhood dream man, my Prince in Leather. i wish that he could have know how much I Margaret Ann Chime truly love him, and my life is forever changed because of the words he sang in his songs. His song "You Are Not Alone" help heal my wounds of loosing my mother when I was sixteen. I will always Love The Man Who made Bad look so Good.
    My prayers are sent to the family and the billions of fans..

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  17. vicky

    is so sad,,,,,,im sure he is up in heaven ,,,,,,,,,

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  18. Angela Ward

    I grew up with Michael Jacksons music filling the stereo everyday. My mother was a huge fan and through her i became a fan. I thing we have suffered a tremendous loss and his children and family are in my prayers. Michael will forever be missed..but he will live on throughout his music!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  19. Pilar Carreon

    It sadden me to know the sudden death of Michael.He was one the Great Talents of the World.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
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