July 9th, 2009
07:01 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Jackson Drug Use Secrets Revealed

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we have new details on Michael Jackson's suspected drug use over the years. Randi Kaye has been breaking new information all week and does it again tonight. We're talking about allegations that several doctors in several states helped the singer get powerful prescription drugs. Don't miss Randi's report.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Nancy1977

    I agree with the above in that Miko Brando appears to be a shady character in this. He claims to be very close to Michael but does not seem to have any answers to the questions that would make sense of so many things in MJs life and death. He did not even appear to know if MJ had vitiligo or not! I mean a close friend should know that. And how is it that he NEVER saw any pills or drug paraphernalia when he seems to have spent a lot of time in his home with him, What was Miko's true role in Michael's life. I have a horrible feeling that he is on of the so called enablers, especially since whenever the drug topic is brought up, he gets defensive stating, "Michael is not here ot defend himself". He offers no useful information. I hope you all are not paying him to come on the show. It seems that now that Michael is not around to pay Miko, he is looking for any means to make some money. Just look at the guy-he looks like a crook...and remember, he is a Brando.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  2. Leigh

    Michael Jackson was a true performer and now that he is gone, maybe someone will stand up and hold these doctors accountable for their actions. Money and power can buy anything and I understand that, but the people who kept supplying him drugs should be held accountable for his death!!R.I.P.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  3. carol kesling

    i love sanjay gupda, he is a true PROFESSIONAL hands down.... he is classy and very bright....the bottom line is we lost a talented entertainer one that will never be equaled ever .....maybe if this investigation finds out the facts this doctors will stop writing scripts that are killing people, all people. this has become an epidemic all over the u.s. love you michael and god bless his children and his entire family !!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  4. Anne Robinson

    Every Dr. who wrote a perscription for Michael Jackson needs to come under investigation. You can't tell me that those Dr.s didn't know who he was. Every one of them are responsible for his death.
    It is a dirty shame that such a thing has happened. The world has lost a beautiful jewel. I pray that Michael is at last at peace. He sure didn't have much of it here on earth. Let him rest now.

    I won't say goodbye Michael. Only see you later.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  5. jason

    addictions is driven by the sick part of the soul thats called selfishness and its more less ripped out of the soul at a time in the individuals life were they have no boundries or identity and thats the sad truth , this was sprayed painted about about michael s upbringing as far back as we can remember , so its no suprise and its sad that this man was enslaved by a wounded part of his sould and brian . were not born sick .

    July 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  6. Lisa, McAllen,TX

    I understand he was taking medications for pain. But my question is this "what was it that was causing him so much pain that led him to taking this medication?" I still haven't found or read an anwer as to what kind of pain he was experiencing.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm |
  7. marci

    I have since heard that michael jackson has been on so many different drugs. How would all these drugs affect his sperm count if any which makes you wonder if he really fathered these children.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  8. Nina

    What confuses me is if the police had testimony to suspiscious drug use and supply then, why didn't they start an investigation? Could've saved a life.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  9. jessica

    blanket looks like michael

    July 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  10. Serano

    Hey Ladies-

    Love you both, however if you think it is hard to imagine 30-40 Xanax a night....It probably is...I was on them for anxiety for 2 yrs. built up a tolerance as well. Believe me, 1mg. is huge, the most I took was 2-3mg. per day.

    Vicoden on the other hand (pain from surgery) I took up at one point 120mg. in 24hrs.

    There is no waaaaaaaay MJ could possiblly take this much. Why are you reporting "here say" from body guards?? I would hoep for better from CNN.
    Say hello to Soledad, miss her in SF!!

    July 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  11. Brenda

    Who is really surprised about the alleged drug use of Michael Jackson? Michael was a recluse and tried to entertain himself with animals at Neverland, children who were young stars or talented and the less fortunate. He battled vitaligo, and a severe burn on his head. Michael was a genius and could not express himself in any normal, healthy way since childhood.

    Being just one year younger than Michael Jackson, I can remember watching him just mezmorized on Ed Sullivan. My father could not stand me wanting to watch a black person on TV. Wow, what Michael did for society and humanity should make him a true Hero, not just an icon. How can we forget his being in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest contributor to charity. His courage was enormous and his talent immense. But he could know no real love. How many of us could cope with that? Why can't we understand and be compassionate and let him rest in peace. I hope he is finally feeling the love in heaven he couldn't get on earth. His Spirit permiated the souls of the World. A true Hero. No matter how he died.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  12. Melissa

    The King of Pop is continuing to "Heal the World." Maybe we will all learn to look into this problem of "doctor-hopping" and legal drug abuse. Jackson's death, regardless of the results of its cause, certainly has opened eyes to this legal drug problem among our universal family members. Let's start with the "Man (Woman) In the Mirror!"

    July 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  13. Mrs. O

    Why are all these 'insiders' talking now? Too late to help our MJ.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  14. sharenda williams

    Its astounding but at the same time not so far fetch. And I believe the dotors who prescribed xanix or any othe highly addictive drug is responsible for the fall of mj. He wasn't corrected in this behavior and something should have been don especially by the md.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  15. Shunda

    M.J. had no friends and if the King Of Pop had no friends, then we need to go into seclusion.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:12 pm |
  16. denise

    Why is it that there is no information given on the years he spent in Bahrain? Micheal Jackson also supposedly became a Muslim there and made some arabic songs. Were doctor's enablng Micheal Jackson in that country? Everything has been reported on him, but no information has been has been provided about his year overseas? Can someone elaborate?

    July 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  17. Kristie

    Question? With the current federal and state HIPPA laws, I want to know if Michael Jackson's drs. and nurses have releases signed to enable them to be dicussing his medical history on public tv? If not, the jackson family could sue each of them per statement. this would ensure the children are taken care of financially for years.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  18. Joy Dillman

    Sadly, for Michael Jackson, on top of possible addiction & Body Dysmorphic Disorder, There has been a question of an eating disorder. Cardiac arrest can be brought on by this issue alone. Remember Karen Carpenter?

    July 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm |
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