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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. CAROLYN J

    ANDERSON, micheal is dead now he was married to the mother of the children under ca. law he is the father . only he could bring into
    court a paternity challenge....... he is dead they are legally his children.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  2. Oana

    Why does it matter who the biological donors of the children are? I cringed when CNN asked "Who is the daddy?" Donors have no custody rights, Michael Jackson was the legal father. Leave this family alone.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I am glad also Katherine Jackson custody her grandchildren today. They are so close each other.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Renee

    Good for Debbie Rowe! Why does the media or anyone need to know who about the eggs and the sperms? My God there are children, real people, here! I hope Mama Jackson has the TV off right now.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Tammy, Houma, LA

    MIchael Jackson raised those kids and loved them. It is disgusting that the leeches will come out to use them for their money. Regardless of DNA, family are the people who love and care for you.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    I feel sorry for MJ kids, they don't need this kind of news. Have some respect for their feelings!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  7. Sandy, MI

    Donna & Sandy: I am on the same page with both of you! The two of you said it all. I'm suspicious of the Doc as well. Someone said this is like a soap or mystery – indeed it is. With more saga's to come as well.

    Has anyone seen Neverland lately? From what I've heard it's trashed, and that is where MJ will be on Friday....awwe so sad..

    June 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  8. Sonia from Texas

    The registered nurse just wants her 15 minutes of fame now. If this story is true, she being in the medical profession should have contacted the authorities right after Michael died. No, she should have contacted someone the night she said someone called her saying that Michael Jackson needed her after three months of no contact!! I'm not sure I believe any of this story!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Isabel, Brazil

    Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pit and other artists have no more children who are not biological!
    Father and mother's who create, care, love!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Kathy, Chicago

    Randi" s story was so creepy. I feel so bad for the children and the battles to follow.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Lori Ballard

    Has the question been asked; "Why (with a private physician and medical staff with Michael Jackson) was there not an AED immediately available"?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. starr formerly known as vincent

    And NOW he's not the biological father? I am starting to go into Overload on the constant flow of bizzare information.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Di

    If Michael disliked his father so much==why doesn't MOM make him quit being a spokesperson during these difficult times. Joe Jackson is the reason Michael had so many problems!!! I'm sure Michael & other siblings wonder why "Mom" stayed by this idiot!!!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  14. Patty Spain

    Anderson, although there are some pics of Michael Jackson's kids dressed comparatively normally – he did live an eccentric life. The kids should have friends outside of family, be able to play, and be able to go outside without being masked or costumed. I know his mother wants custody, but Debbie Rowe is younger. His mother's age should be a factor. Who is best to integrate them into a "normal" childhood?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  15. Sabrina In Las Vegas

    wow...children are not Pawns, they are people!!!!

    That is messed up....like the Orphan Anne thing.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Just got back in... Knew those kids weren't his biological kin, especially given the suspect circumstances of their conception. I hope this doesn't get messy for his kids' and family's sake.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Krystal O

    Anyone else think it's obvious the two kids aren't his own? Even if they aren't his biological children, he still loved them just the same.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. sharon, sydney, ns

    I'm glad Katherine got custody. At least the kids will have some semblance of normalcy in the hard days to come without their dad.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  19. Luissa

    Thank you Anderson for such a wonderful piece on Michael Jackson's mother. Among all this chaos it is nice to hear of the special relationship Michael had with her.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  20. Kathy, Chicago

    If Michael's Mom has been given custody of the children, I hope she has a much younger staff to help her.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  21. LisaL - Canada

    there certainly is something very calming and comforting about unconditional companionship - i do hope the children have this kind of support, because this has got to be so difficult for them

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  22. andy

    I agree, I think that the attorney is looking to keep the future earnings potential alive. The reason all these facts are important is that someone has directly and/or indirectly led him to his death. I was not a big fan.. but I am so sad by this.. he was a gentle soul.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  23. jacqueline

    i would like to know if joe knew of the will? And if so... could him not agreeing or liking what was on it be the reason why he acted the way he did at the BET awards with puttin out his "Label"?

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Rose

    we feel the lost and we should respect the jackson's and give them there space out of respect for the family.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. lois w

    Miss Cheriln Lee needs to be quite, the world's been harassing him since his career stared he gone and we well all miss him the world did this to him and he still can't have rest lov you MJ god bless

    June 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Isabel, Brazil

    Who is the father of Jackson's kids?

    No matter! These children must be preserved!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  27. Vickie

    Please leave the kids alone! Didn't you hear the lawyer say that "bottom line", as far as the law is concerned, Michael is the father. What else do you need to know?

    Don't you think the kids are in enough pain. Who knows what they have been told about their biology, if anything.

    Have a heart!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  28. Donna

    I don't understand Anderson. Pictures were taken of Michael Jackson dancing with no apparent problem. now, Cherilyn Lee is saying that Michael Jackson had problem with "one side of body hot and the other side cold." Her story just don't make sense Anderson.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  29. Rose From Muscoy, Calif

    Remember when a person is abuse as a child they have mental problems when they grow-up, if not taking care of. Counseling and anti-depression pills can help them to live a so call normal life.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Chad

    Good idea to quickly appoint a special administrator for Michael's estate – the appointment of an executor could take some time and be an interesting process depending on the terms of the Will that will be submitted to Probate.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It's nothing like a wonderful mom.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Shaunte

    Katherine would do a wonderful job! as far as her age, i do believe they have a nanny and a ton of relatives that can help. despite dna MJ raised those kids which is a lot more than some men do with the ones they are genetically connected to.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My gosh, That is terrible news, my heart goes to teenagers, that's not safe to bus stop, that is very danger, never shot at teenagers at all! Not idea! hope they will be found green van.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  34. Barb Larson

    Do you not think that Mrs Jackson is too old to be the gardian of 3 young children. I think is is wonderful that she has stepped up to take care of them, but not on a full time basis. They need a younger set of parents to guide them thur their lives. Maybe one of Michael's siblings would be a better choice, not Debbie Rowe. That is not fair to Michaels mother to put that burden on her in her sunset years.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  35. Felicia

    Good evening everyone from the O.C.!

    Amen to Anderson Cooper.
    Finally someone had the heart to ask how Momma Jackson
    was doing during all of this!!

    Keep up the Awesome work Anderson.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Tina

    I think it is so sad that Michael had these things going on with him and people within his inner circle knowing these things but yet they just turned a blind eye and choosing not to seek help. We love you Michael !

    June 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  37. sharon

    I agree with the Jackson family lawyer. Credible journalists shouldn't be chasing down crazy stories such as this nurse's tale about diprovan.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  38. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think Michael's death witl probably be attributed to a drug overdose and neglect by those he trusted.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  39. Angela

    How sad this is for the kids! Even if they don't hear these stories directly, they'll eventually hear them from their cousins and school mates. There's a line of common decency that's being crossed here.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  40. Krystal O

    I'm glad to know the family is allowing a public viewing of Michael. His fans loved him so much and need that closure. Their love is also the reason for all the questions being asked surrounding his death.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  41. Lenn

    The children of my Michael Jackson is mourning, shock, sad and miss their dad very much and here are all this reports about Michael saying he is not their biological dad...people it is already hard for the children as it is and here you are adding more heartbreaking reports about them and their dad. Leave the children alone.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  42. Lisa

    You know, this nurse story is just crazy and not credible at all. Why in the world would CNN giver her the time of day? This just frustrates me to know end that now all these people want to be gooders and get their story out. Where were they when MJ really needed help! When it mattered!!!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  43. Grant Fleming

    All of these lawyers looking out for the "kids". I hope there is something left for the kids after their outrageous fees are paid!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  44. James Derwin

    LYME DISEASE....TICK BORNE DISEASE is what I think JACKSON had...trust me its a "hidden disease" makes you have extreme pain fatigue...can cause a heart attack....and causes extreme sleeplessness at night mostly.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  45. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, Yes, combination of prescription drugs can be dangerous, so that is a central question. But I think the point others are making about the HIPPA, I think it stands for Healt Information Patient Privacy Act? is important. That info from the nurse shld be part of the medical investigation and I do feel like Michael Jackson's lawyer has a point, reporting on information that is not verified is a problem.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  46. @JGbraineruption

    This nurse is most definately lying. Everyone comes out now with their "stories" Anything for a book deal right? She had not seen or spoke to him in 3 months then out of the blue MJ's camp calls and seeks for her? Really? I'm sure there were plenty of Doctors around who could have given him it.

    These jigsaw peices don't merge. This is Ridiculous LIES. Anything for money.

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

    The lawyers representing the family are very tactful and show great respect of privacy in not allowing all information to be privy to the public at this time. I wish them much success in there pursuit for all parties in their respective inclination of the law. May God bless and keep all who are invovled in this most arduous time.

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

    It is sad, but consistent with everything that we always hear about the patriarch of the Jacksons.

    He seems more interested in talking about his record company than the death of the his son.

    Or the guy is very relax or very cynical, because he's with an image of happiness that doesn't combine with the loss of a child. But whatever!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  49. Dan

    The doctor also said that Michael wanted him to watch him while he slept the night he died...same as the nurse just mentioned. So it appears that when Michael was using major drugs to sleep he wanted to be monitored by a doctor. So why did the doctor leave the bedroom while Michael was sleeping when he should have been monitoring Michael and why didn't he call 911 the minute he discovered Michael was not breathing?!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  50. Wendy Ontario, Canada

    How can Katherine Jackson get custody ? She has been married for 60 years, you can't just leave Joe's name off of things? If he isn't fit to be named as guardian she shouldn't have the kids either.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
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