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July 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/02/09

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We have information that might shed new light on perhaps the central unanswered question in Michael Jackson's death. Was the "King of Pop" using powerful, potentially deadly, surgical anesthetics to get to sleep? Don't miss our exclusive 360° investigation.

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  1. Kari

    Debbie Rowe does not deserve custody of Michael's children. She said the children are Michael's. She received a large sum for Michael to have full custoday. Seems she is once again money hungry just like those that falsely accused Michael of improper behavior. Very sad!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Antoinette

    I feel Deb Rowe will ONLY come into play for money. If she cared for her kids, she wouldn't have sold them in the first place. Those kids must be missing their dadddy terribly, they don't even know who this woman is, and she wants to walk into the life NOW?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  3. carol

    debbie says she would do a dna test to pove those kids are heres..my question is how does anyone know that those are 100% michaels kids? shouldnt a dna tests be done to make sure.maybe she had those kids for michael thats why she was paid so much money and she wants them back now.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What are the odds that the children with Debbie Rowe were a business deal all along? That may be why she willingly gave them up without a fight.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Barbara Anne, Texas

    I think the video is remarkable. amazing.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Shannon

    I do not think Debbie Rowe should be involved at all, if she goes for custody she will show she is after nothing but the money.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. ericacnn

    almost the weekend, bloggers. i have a feeling many of you may already be on vaca. as you can tell, no rest here at cnn – still plenty of mj news, not to mention an update from afghanistan, and the latest on AF 447.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Tina

    I don't understand why he would think that anasthesia would help him. I have had surgery about 20 times, and do not find anesthesia restful. You feel, I think more tired, not more rested sfterward.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The court always gives the biological parent the benefit of the doubt no matter what agreements have been signed. There is always a way around them.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  10. Dawn Leone

    As far as IV's, I work with some professional athletes who have a slight build like Michael Jackson. When they compete and exert a lot of energy, they get dehydrated, taking IV's for nutritional value. Of course, right now we do not know for sure if Michael's IV's had nutrition / hydration in them or anesthetics.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Larry

    Even hospital staff with access to restricted medications are not immune to the enticement of $$ for favors.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Robbie

    Hello everyone

    Jackson doesn't look as good as I was hopeing

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Vickie_AR

    Didn't Debbie Rowe sign her parental rights away, two or three times, for money? How can she get custody now?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Krasi

    I don't think that Debbie Rowe is a good choice at all.

    Gosh, that video of his rehearsal is amazing and makes me so sad!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great you've continued in LA. I'm looking forward to your interview. I think the concert video looks like a typical rehearsal. It seems Michael Jackson was aging normally. He looks fine in the video–he doesn't seem to be suffering from fatigue, disoriented, or even frail as he has appeared on some occasions. It's sad that he looks so well only a few days before his death.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Maureen T, Canada

    Too much speculation about Debbie Rowe!! Let's wait and see. What do we really know??

    July 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! So it seems that MJ was 'put under' to get to SLEEP?? Sad that he needed to be so sedated to get rest and seemingly illegal on the doctors part.....Greed probably contributed to his willingness to do this for MJ.Again,another example of the corruption that money can lead to.Tsk,tsk,tsk. : (

    July 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Debbie Rowe will have a problem, because if she have to think about fighting for her children. What is she waiting for a amont of money she might get?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. George

    Michael wanted sleep, not unconsciousness. Anaesthetics bring unconsciousness. Didn't the doctors know the difference? Their actions only made his insomnia worse.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Minou, New York City

    Debbie Rowe seems so cold and unattached to her children. I don't know her, and judging her is therefore unfair, but she never tried to be in those kids' lives, so why would she want to be in their lives now?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Krasi

    So what if he took this drug for insomnia? At least he had a doctor monitor him then. It was unfortunate that this had to happen – but this is often the story with people addicted to drugs. Especially a monumental person such as MJ who was under so much stress and pressure. I just wish it was different. Anyway, how he died is probably irrelevant; he is dead and why can't we just let him go in peace?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello Everybody!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    These "incubator" moms never want to let go, especially when there is money involved.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Nancy

    I've had insomnia ever since about 6th grade, and it is the pits. I can understand taking just about anything to get some sleep.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Tammy, Houma, LA

    Hi everyone,

    This new medical info is a bit scary if indeed true. As for Debbie Rowe, would she want them if they didn't stand to inherit anything?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening all. That footage of Michael Jackson dancing is great!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Why Michael Jackson wanted 2 doctors with him??? I don't understand 2 doctors helped him before he died.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I heard that MJ did this kind of stuff in 1995, not surprised again. And why didn't the nurse that claims she knew something was wrong. Why she didn't say anything to somebody like his family?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Jasmine

    So creepy because the tape was dated on my birthday..... 0_o

    July 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Minou, New York City

    hi all...just downloaded "thriller" video..so great!

    MJ looks so good in the last video. His tour would have been amazing.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Anderson, Erica & Team 360.
    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    I don't blame the Dr. for not speaking out right now. Even though his medical license has been taken, he could have retro active legal charges against him.

    We will be heart broken if MJ died from the mis-use of IV medications.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  32. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Maybe the nurse is telling the truth.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    Anesthesiologist on duty? Circus of horror this is.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Cynthia, NC

    Greetings, everyone.

    Wow, Dr. Gupta's story is quite shocking.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Louise W.

    Good evening, Anderson, Dr. Gupta, CNN staff and fellow bloggers! 🙂

    This entire Michael Jackson thing is so shocking. The story keeps getting stranger and stranger by the day.

    From drugs to the children's biological history to Debbie Roe possibly going after custody of the two older children. Unbelievable.

    Thanks so much Anderson and CNN for the great reporting! You people certainly know how to do your homework! 🙂

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Janine from PA.

    Good Evening to Mr. Cooper, Ms. Hill and the beat 360 team.
    I'm wondering why the doctor needed a lawyer to speak for him, and did he try to get rid of the IV before he called for help? I hope the whole story gets put together and then all the rumors and innuendo can be put to rest and Mr. Jackson can be at rest ay last.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Vickie_AR

    The Dr. doesn't have to talk about it? All he has to say is yes or no. ?????

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Sharon Hastings

    Hi Anderson, 360 team, all bloggers. To be so desperate to sleep. That would be truly terrible. But it's all so over the top and unbelievable. I've never heard of anything like it in all my medical career.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Jasmine

    The doctor is right, we should just wait until the man is buried...all of this "probing" is getting a little ridiculous...

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Jacqueline, NY

    Agreed, Dr, Radner

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. CAROLYN J

    hi anderson and erica,

    carrie gati no one could have said that better...........why is there honor amongst thugs,crooks, crooked cops.......but not friends.................hum.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and bloggers. Interesting and sad news regarding Michael Jackson's medical history. If only people understood the dangerous implications of such abuse. Any doctor who did this for Michael should be ashamed.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Rose from Muscoy, Calif,
    Yeah, I hear Debbie Rowe tried get custody of her children instead Diana Ross. I don't think Debbie Rowe get custody her kids.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Larry

    If Katherine Jackson could not prevent her husband Joe from wailing away on Michael, then how can she stop him from doing the same to Michael's kids?

    July 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Dr. Rat-ner not surprised!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Sherry

    Why not have the service for Michael at the Fontana Speedway (Nascar Track) because it would hold approximately 200,000 people. Someone should suggest this!!!!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Carrie Gati

    RIP MICHAEL JACKSON "The King of Pop" The only true friends that Michael Jackson had was those he never got the chance to met. True friends and those that claim they were his friend would have never sat by and watched this tradegy unfold. He would be here

    July 2, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    Hi Anderson

    This is like a "True Story" on E instead of CNN. I be very surprised if Debbie Rowe try to get custody of her children from Keatherine Jackson without a fight in the courts. I think she have her nerves.

    July 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Happy Thursday night!!!!!!!! What night for me!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Jasmine

    Hello bloggers, as the week winds down Independence Day is right upon us! 😀

    Hope your day was swell!

    July 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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