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June 30th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/30/09

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Tonight on 360°, Michael Jackson's former nurse is speaking out. Hear why she says Jackson "desperately" wanted a heavy sedative to help him sleep. She says just four days before Jackson died, one of his aides placed a desperate call to her, indicating Jackson was extremely ill. She's sharing her side of the story tonight on 360°.

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  1. Denise

    I think they (MJs "associates") should just go ahead and tell the truth about whatever MJ had going on – the hounds are not going to stop sniffing and the stories will be waaaaay more sensationalized than the truth would probably bare. And don't forget about opportunist trying to cash in on "exclusive" information.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Mac

    If she is telling the truth about these pleads for this dangerous my question is at wouldn't she tell someone of this knowledge and why wait so long after he is has returned to his father God does she say these things?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Bernie B

    Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger. It is upsetting that with the fame, money and prestige, these stars cannot find a quiet peace so that they can sleep. Resorting to drugs and compromising their health, both men died trying to rest.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Are the people doing the death investigation talking to Cherlyn Lee?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I thought as long as you have a biological connection to a child you never completely lose rights to that child. Doesn't the court always give a lot of weight to biology no matter what?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  6. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    you can get anything from a doctor if you have the money. I know some "legal" drug addicts. Pathetic

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Shag

    Anderson,
    Don't let Al Sharpton, Mike's atty. you had on, or anyone else, try to steer you away from seeking the truth. The irony is that, if the Jacksons are seeking the truth, why would they attempt to muzzle the media.
    If this icon died because of abuse of medicine, just as in the case of Anna Nicole Smith, they need to be brought to justice. The media needs to shine a bright light on this mess.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Rhonda

    How is it that all the people coming forward knew of Michael's alleged abuse of drugs, actually naming the drug (s), knew of the danger but yet did nothing? There's is something called intervention!

    Sounds like to me the people coming "out of the woodwork" are seeking their 15 minutes of fame. They all have a story to tell.....

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Ms Throwback

    The statement the nurse from FL gave is somewhat compelling. If you were in need of meds (dire need as in addiction) and ran out of current sources, you would try any one you knew. Her call on last Sunday should be able to be confirmed by telephone. In the ER you should have a log in telecommunications. By cell, there will always be a company record and landline is easily traceable through the local sub-station of the phone company. The biggest question for her is "why now?"; she should have come forward prior to now.
    In regards to a previous comment by Roe; the story was shortened since the Larry King interview and the book is the PDR (PRN is as needed).

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. Karen Butterworth MD

    I am an anesthesiologist at Cedars- Sinai Hospital.I administer this drug everyday in th OR. Diprivan causes intense euphoria and is a common drug of abuse for that reason.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Michael

    The lawyer is posturing and seemingly trying to prevent the truth from coming to light to ensure that the future earning potential is preserved for the Jackson family.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brazil

    @ David, Indiana
    Not always in the patient info explanations are understandable to all. Or people give to the work of reading them.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Ursula Harris

    Michael's death if caused by a drug overdose will force some kind of law to be written to prohibit doctor's hired by the wealthy or people who can afford it to get these drugs easily. As we know, if these drugs are used without caution then they can be lethal.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  14. Mavis

    I wish that Michael could just rest in peace without having all his private business strewn all over the television. He is dead and we should celebrate the life he lived and not trash his memory with speculation he had that enough when he was alive...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  15. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Drugs sometimes play a part in people lives legally and sometime illegally.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  16. John Yetimoore, NY

    Aplouse to Jackson family Lawyer.
    He is correct when he said you are a reputable journalist and shouldn't get into this rumors.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  17. Janet

    As a cardiac ICU nurse, I am shocked that any healthcare professional would ever consider giving diprivan to MJ under any circumstances. This is a drug I have only given under ICU conditions with the pt. on the vent. IF this is true, the person that convinced him it was safe for him to have and/or would have administered this to him is completely responsible for his death has to be dealt with and prosecuted to the full extent of the law !!!!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Shaunte

    Good evening everyone. Its sad that everyone wants to come and speak out now, now that they have thought about getting their 15 minutes of fame. If they really cared, they would have come forward the second he passed to offer their help. SMH!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  19. JoAnn in NY

    I'm getting dizzy from all these things people are saying about MIchael Jackson. This sweet, kind, gentle man is gone. Rumors swirled around him his entire life. It would be nice if he could be respected in death. So many people are going to come out now and say things that may or may not be true just to get their face on tv...sad for them. I feel for his children, it was obvious that he loved them very much. Their well-being should be the only thing that matters right now and sending off an incredible human being with love and respect should be the order of the day. Rest in peace, MIchael. You will be missed.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Felicia Harrell

    IF the nurse's story is true. Then they called her becasue they expected her to give them drugs because she has done it before for someone he knows. Last I check nurse's can't prescribe drugs legally!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  21. Jasmine from LA

    The medication is spelled diprivan and it can be addictive, infact reports of people who have self adminisetered this drug and overdosed and in some cases have died

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  22. Jean Clemenz

    thanks to all of you health care professionals for your insight.. hard to know WHAT to believe...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  23. Carol Ghesquiere

    The nurse who claims Michael begged her for sleeping medication. Doesn't she know about the HIPA laws that prevent her from talking about private medical information about her patients? Also, why hasn't she contacted police, Michael's family, attorney's, etc., but instead contacts a TV show? Also, she claims Michael was in serious shape 5 days before his death, yet there are claims that he was alert and healthy during reherals. Her claims are very suspicious.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. saman

    how did the doctor know that micheal was not breathing????
    did he just happend to go 2 his room?? for no reason??

    im sure if the doctor had done everything that he was suppose 2 then micheal would be alive today....giving CPR to someone when they are still in bed???

    how are his kids? when was the last time micheal spoke with them and what was his last words to them??

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. jennell

    This is sounding very weird. Y did they called that nurse after 3 months

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  26. Sandy

    Maybe this nurse's story is the reason Michael Jackson asked Dr. Murray to spend the night at his house-because he wanted it to sleep, and wanted Murray to monitor him. The whole Dr's story about the aftermath of his death doesn't add up – this family lawyer that is talking on your show doesn't seem to care about what happened and the fact that Michael Jackson was at least the victim of negligence on behalf of his personal physician. It is ridiculous that this is not being handled as a criminal investigation. Anderson-stick with it! Don't be intimidated into letting this go.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Sounds like this guy wants Anderson to cover up any negative things about Michael and the Jackson family.

    Is he reprimanding Anderson? It sounds he is trying to instruct Anderson on what he does and doesn't want him to report.

    Who does he think he is?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  28. grey

    seems like everyone is striving for their 5 minutes of fame instead of just telling what really happened...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  29. Jasmine

    sadly it is not surprising to see such a talented person of tormented lives...Look at musicians like Mozart. when he died he didn't even have a marked grave... such a sad thing...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  30. First-time blogger

    This is like a real live soap opera. Like "who shot JR?" You'll probably see Jackson withdrawals. Unbelievable. I would like to see the human side. Michael-the father...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  31. Teresa

    All of Michael Jackson's privacy is being riped away in death. All day long you hear all these very private aspects of his life. We should just let him rest in peace.

    His family and children deserve to have their memories and not have his whole life dissected for media consumption.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Dianne

    I am so glad that Michael Jackson did not leave anything to Joe Jackson.I feel that Michael would have been a different man if his father was not involved in his life. Now let the man have some dignity in death that he had when he was alive.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  33. Bernie B

    Jackson's lawyer is correct. You cannot just give a microphone over to a woman who's story does not line up. We can do better than that.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  34. Fred

    Is there a reason this nurse was allowed to make her comments with no fact checking. I'm not an MJ fan but her comments feed the rumor mill.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  35. Tiffany

    We need to focus on celebrating MJ's life. He is gone...let it go...let it go...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  36. Corrina

    This is so sad . . . i still can't get over the fact that he's gone!!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  37. JoAnne

    I'm with some of the others & their comments about HIPPA. Isn't this nurse violating the privacty act?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Mistala

    MJ was a grown man. If he wanted to get drugs, he could. We can't wish anyone off drugs, they have to want to be off really bad. Sounds like he depended on them too much to wake up, to sleep, to feel good, to not hurt...

    June 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Elsa

    Someone please, remember the mother who lost her son and the kids who lost the best father that ever lived. This is not the time to be speculating about a he-said she-said drug addiction that may or may not have been present.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Dulcie - Denver

    Holy geez, MJ had more doctors and nurses than Mayo Clinic.

    I do kind of wonder how many of them really have any knowledge. They might have been associated with MJ at some point, but it very well might not be germain now.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Donna Manning

    Would the medicine the nurse talked about tonight that is used in hospitals show up in Michael's system in the autopsy? Listening to the 911 call the morning of MIchael's death and the guy said Michael was in bed getting CPR, instead of on a hard surface, maybe this doctor that was with MIchael gave him the lethal med in bed, which would be maybe why he was still in bed trying to revive him.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Roxanne Layne

    No one knows what happened to Michael Joseph Jackson but him and God. I am a firm believer that our body is a Temple of Christ. When we "choose" our "own" way of living, we will have to deal with the consequences. I am devasted. I grew up with his music in Guyana.

    I pray and ask God's continuous guildance on Michael and his family. May God's light shine on them in this time of sorrow.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Julie

    I wouldn't give any more air time to people until their stories can be verified! Everyone wants their 5 minutes of fame.....

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    That Nurse interview was alarming. Not sure why MJ's people would be contacting a nurse to administer a drug. Wouldn't they need a doctor to issue an order first?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Tim

    I don't think anyone forgets the legacy MJ has left. The media coverage is important to people, who have been tragically affected. Thank you Anderson for sharing our needs for coverage on the surrounding matters.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. gloria martinez

    I think that nurse Cherilyn Lee is lying. She has not seen or spoken to Michael in three months, and out of the blue she gets a call from michael asking for her help. Her story just does not add up. I think she is seeking fame at Michael's expense

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. chaoticangel

    Do you think that Michael's father knew he was not in the Will and that's why he hurried to get his record label name which he couldnt even remember or pronounce out to the public. Maybe he thought he could get some of Michael's music on it before people realized he wasnt in the will. He seems like he is on something, never mind poor MIchael. That Dad is terrible, ruthless. Rest in peace Michael.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Bob

    I think that MJ died from Serotonin Syndrome, just like Anna Nichol Smith and her son. I bet that his toxicolgy report will state that he had Zoloft, Ambien, and Demerol in his blood system at the time of his death.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  49. jay schlecht

    i think that the stories i been hearing about michael jackson are completey un true or fake but who knows are some might be real but i thonk that nurse is telling the truth about michael jackson and i think the press should let the man rest in peace and leave this whole drug thing alone really and focus on the good not the bad in michael jackson from jay

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  50. James

    Who is this nurse and why didn't she come out before now, if what she say's is true, she is right about one thing and that is, Micheal was a loving person.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
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