July 2nd, 2009
05:22 PM ET
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Audrey Papke

    What Dr. Ratner did was not only unethical – but illegal, or should be, without a doubt.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  2. Audrey Papke

    I have a question:

    This Dr. Ratner . . .

    When a person is subject to going to sleep – on a nightly and constant basis – via an anesthetic – IS the person's ability to sleep normally forever changed? Is the person's brain patterns forever altered?

    July 3, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  3. jose del valle

    i love michael jackson. no speaka engles.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Enough already on MJ... for gods sake wait for the facts and stop speculating and pontificating daily and interminably.
    Sanjay Gupta you are a disgrace to your profession. You ask a fellow medical doctor to comment publicly on the treatment of his patient. Ever heard of doctor patient confidentiality, same applies to the gossipy nurse. The doctor stood by his ethical responsibilty in the interview...How could you in all conscience conduct that interview?
    There is only one answer money paid by CNN. Prove me wrong if you can!! More likely this will be so called moderated out!!
    Despite the family squabbles over paternity of children etc., we all know already it comes down to money!
    His star quality remains and is his legacy to society as whole. Your concentration on cause of death and inheritance demeans the man you try to praise as a an international star... Please stop.. by the way I was never a "fan" but still, please,please stop this awful unending unnecceary coverage!!
    It is completely beyond the pale and has little "fact" and "reality" at present.

    July 3, 2009 at 4:47 am |
  5. Scott Badeker

    I went to school with Michael way back when, and followed him throughout the years. He was one of those artist's you just had to have every album, CD & action video.
    All during his trial, I hope fist that he was innocent and second, that he would be cleared. One could not help but to feel sorry for him al through his appearance changes and his inability to understand personal space between adults and children. You knew he wanted to be close to those kids for all the right reasons in his mind, yet other including myself always felt it was very wrong...

    Michael had control issues. It got even worse over the years, always trying to stay at the top of his profession while fighting his loneliness.

    I believe he or his doctors administered meds to keep him up or on for whatever was on tap each day. Like with cocaine, you need more to get up after the first and then when it was bed time, he needed something to knock him out. His mind raced, yes, but it was also fed by something continuously to match his tasks. We try to control our days with chores we need to get done, where as Michael was controlling every moment of his life. Imagine living like this… Way too much control!

    July 3, 2009 at 2:09 am |
  6. D Turner

    Do you really believe him? He is an enabler whose financially involved. Why didn't he provide you with a copy complete of the Dr's report. It will only appear in court.

    July 3, 2009 at 1:56 am |
  7. Unique

    I wish the media let that men rest in peace he is in a butter place your music will live on and i will never for get you and i will always love you

    July 3, 2009 at 1:55 am |
  8. Unique

    I wish the media let that men rest in peace he is in a butter place your music will live on and i will never for get you

    July 3, 2009 at 1:53 am |
  9. T. Ayres

    Dear CNN, I am disappointed by the endless Michael Jackson Media Circus. It is ridiculous!

    PLEASE RETURN TO BALANCED REPORTING. Remember World News? Remember the American economy? The unemployment rate? Heathcare reform? Investigative reporting?

    July 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  10. Gideyup

    of course he passed the physical ... AEG had to get him insured. AEG also paid the live-in/MIA Dr. $150,000 per month! .......... there's liability with AEG, they knew exactly what they were getting in bed with ... don't be stupid. 5'11", 112 lbs ...
    Hopefully, all the hogs will get slaughtered and we'll all witness ENFORCEMENT and accountability .......... it's about time.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  11. Larry

    When folk have had enough of Al Sharpton Superstar then CNN will move on to real world news.

    I'd like to see the confrontation between Helen Thomas and Propaganda Minister Robert Gibbs.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  12. Susan Miller

    I guess I don't understand how the fact (?) that Michael Jackson asked someone for a drug a few months ago, then days ago is important. Reporting this is irresponsible as it leads to speculation and rumors. Michael Jackson was a genius entertainer, his private personal life was his however strange we may find it. The criminal case was another story, who knows?

    July 2, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  13. Sian

    Michael Jackson's untimely death is tragic..but your coverage is wayyyyyyyyy too much. Is there anything else happening in the world?

    July 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  14. anthony guerrero

    r.ip. in peace micheal we all loved you an your music is micheal really dead

    July 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  15. Mary Jane

    We never know when our time is coming. I was never really a fan but what I have seen on TV and the many interviews I have listen to I can't believe what I am hearing about the drug problem..This man was so soft spoken and appeared to be a gentle soul I can only hope and pray that all tests will come back with no drugs involved. Michael may you rest in peace....

    July 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  16. Guadalupe

    I love how they reported there are lots of tourists in the area. The only reason there are so many is because Anime Expo is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is a 40K people event happening this weekend directly next door. I don't know if anyone at CNN will see this, but I hope that they will report about it soon, as the big crowds ARE not for Michael right now.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  17. Darlene Barnard

    Question: Does Michael Jackson's two oldest children has any say so on where they can live since thier age is 11yr. and 12yr?

    Personally I feel that the children should be able to voice thier oppinion on which relative they want to live with.
    Darlene Barnard
    Dalton, Ga.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  18. Donna A. Girod

    More important than how he died, is whether or not the King of Pop knew the Prince of Peace.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  19. Cindy

    It doesn't really matter if they tested him for drugs or not. If they aren't looking at his prescription drug levels then they wouldn't catch on to him being hooked on them or not. Mainly they just look for illicit drugs.

    Besides that Sanjay himself said that the diprivin that he wanted to get and supposedly got before won't showup in your blood afterwards. So what good would a regular drug test do?

    The fact is he is dead. Does it really matter what drug killed him? Why not just look at what he did for people and stop trying to get the salacious stuff to boost your ratings. When it's your time to go it's your time to go no matter what you are or aren't doing.


    July 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    This means that the missing in action doctor who was with him before he died is in BIG trouble. WHy hasn't he spoken publicly yet? what is the matter with him? he is the only one missing. Even if he is under investigation he can make a limited statement and release it so its not so strange! ahh thats because there is something very strange about this doctor who is so selfish he will not speak with the family!

    July 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  21. Constance Novek

    It is ENOUGH already with Michael Jackson. I have stopped watching your show all week. Cannot stand all the hype about this person.

    Get on with your normal wonderful broadcasts. You cannot tell me there is nothing else of interest all this time.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  22. Larry

    Depends on what they're testing for.

    July 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  23. Kara

    Why can't people just accept that Michael was called home by his Maker as we all will be one day. Someone may have given him med's; however, that too was all in the Plan of our Maker. Please STOP trying to make it seem as if Michael was addicted to med's. The entire 50 years that Michael shared his life here with us was incredible. He was an incredible performer and the world saw that with there own eyes; therefore, no one can deny that. Let's pray for his soul in Heaven now. And, yes, I said Heaven. Because a soul such as his can't possibly go any other place than paridise. I love you Michael. Rest in peace.

    July 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    All this speculation over what caused Michael's death is sure going to feed a lot of conspiracy theories for a lot of years. We all want to know what happened but right now no one is going to know for sure until the toxicology reports come back in 6 weeks or so. Let's be patient and wait for those then ask the questions of the experts.

    July 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm |