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July 9th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/09/09

We have new information on the investigation into Michael Jackson's death. Will it become a criminal investigation? Maybe even homicide? We also have stunning new details on Jackson's suspected drug addiction.

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  1. Calli watson

    It is sad and pathetic to run someone in the ground who is not even here to defend himself, he was someone, he was a legend and because he is not here it is jealousy that allows the fabricated stories from the tabloids mouth.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Cathie

    And no body would tell him NO....!!!...and thats a shame!! They were all to worried about getting PAID instead of this mans LIFE!!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  3. Tommy

    I think it is pathetic that none of these doctors would say know to michael just foor money! Horrible! It is sad we lost a great legend!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Vivieen

    Although I believe he had a drug dependency, the people coming out of the woodwork with their "horror stories" is typical.
    The same happened after Elvis died. Where were all these people when Michael so obviously needed help???

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Mandy

    If you're going to talk so much about Jackson's condition and alleged drug use at least be fair and mention the fact that he had Lupus which explains a lot of his behavior and can actually explain his death.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Kemi

    Why don't pharmacies ask for picture IDs before dispensing medication? And saddest part of all this are all the enablers around him. Fame and fortune really buys you great friends.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Krasi

    The only issue I am worried about is what impact these stories will have on MJ's kids. It is just one of those unfortunate celebrity stories. Like his brother said at the memorial, maybe now they will leave him alone. What about the kids though?

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    @Carmella good point. I believe that MJ had his own demons which haunted him, whatever they were, we may never know.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Cathie

    That "drug abuse" was back in 2004ish. He admitted he had a 'problem' and that he was getting help for it. That's not the REASON he's dead now tho. He's dead now because he had a Cardiologist do something that only an Anesthesiologist was suppose to do!! And I HOPE and PRAY the doctor is help responsible for that!!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. tanya

    I still wonder why it took Dr. M 30 min. to call 911. The notion that MJ wanted to have someone with him that night leads me to believe that he wanted to use the IV medication to sleep. They said that there was no landline phone in MJ's room and Dr. M did not know the address, I still can't believe it would take him so long to find help. There is definately something funny about this situation.

    I saw Blanket's profile on TV. He has the jackson family profile.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Lou

    What Dr. Gupta just said about having a national registry would violate HIPAA. What happened to patient confidentiality?

    July 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada

    M.J. Fell thru the cracks many many years ago. It was too late for anyone to save him!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Neil Kumar

    My heart aches because MJ has left us.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Devna AC360°

    @Calli – the 360 team is hard at work untangling the web of Michael Jackson. As you've seen in our reports over the last week, in order to address what initially drove Michael Jackson to these severe medications, you also have to establish who was involved.

    @Lori That is correct! Anderson's report from Ghana with President Obama on Monday night.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Sabrina In Las Vegas

    I have seen friends/family go through addiction and detox and withdrawal.

    It is all crazy.

    Doctor shopping occurs when you have a pain doctor, a therapist and you go to the ER....3 different scrips....that is how my friend was doing it.

    We told her to stop.

    She is now 1 yr sober.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Minou, New York City

    I'm glad that the public is made to pay attention to this prescription drug abuse. It's so sad that someone first has to die in order for the problem to make the news, though.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Carmella

    I think there is a need to understand the root cause of the addiction. It's pretty obvious outside of the physcial pain, Michael had some psychological pains that contributed to his addiction.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    So Jackson was carrying on this drug addiction with the children in the house. The average person would have had their children taken away.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  19. eleanor coombs, ga

    My goodness it sounds like MJ was walking and dancing dead for years.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Maria Isabel

    It is sad to know about the drug abuse and to know that he can't be helped to change his life

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Bob Suvak

    Last night Dr. Klein said that Michael Jackson suffered from Lupus. If so, that could explain both the Xanax and Opiods. Lupus can cause anxiety disorder and also joint pain (that might need to be treated with long-term opiod use).

    Lupus would also explain the use of umbrellas since Lupus can cause oversensitivity to light.

    You might look into this angle.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    What a selfish choice. MJ chose drugs over his family. Now his children get to suffer for his choice.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I heard that drug addicts need stronger and stronger medication in order to sleep. That might explain the Diprivan.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Sharon Hastings

    Hi Erica, team, bloggers. Having worked in the fields of addiction and psychiatry for many years, this is so very typically a tragic addiction story. It is complicated by the fact that a very wealthy person had such huge access to these drugs. The average person would never have this kind of access. Thank you for bringing light to this serious problem.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  25. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    What was that line in We Are The World? It's the choice we're making, we're saving our own lives?
    MJ sure didn't do that, sadly.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Devna AC360°

    Great insight from Dr. Gupta – stay tuned, we're covering stories all over the world and will have more information on the Jackson family later in the show.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Jules

    Makes me wonder if MJ's kids saw or questioned his behavior.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  28. Lori from IL

    Hello Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Good to see Erica in the anchor seat. Sounds like a good show tonight - Michael Ware and news out of Mexico!

    @Devna - welcome to the blog - will Anderson be anchoring his interview Monday night? Really looking forward to his following President Obama in Ghana.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  29. Steve - southern Illinois

    This stuff about "down from 30 to 40 pills a night" sounds like quite a stretch to be being put forth as news.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  30. Beck

    Why not leave the Jackson family alone.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Minou, New York City

    Hi Erica, great to see you anchoring! 🙂

    July 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Renee

    @ Erica: It is always good to see a highly qualified and respected Mom in charge!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  33. Calli watson

    Will the king of pop ever be able to rest in peace? we need to focus on who drove this man to drugs rather than oh my god he had an addiction todrugs Obviously it was someones fault to let him fall into this unfortunate death.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Devna AC360°

    @Erica – Aw, you're making me blush! Don't worry, special present for you in store at the end of the show...

    @Maria Isabel – Yes I was, and thank you! Great to be here.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Cody

    I'm missing AC but Erica, you are equally talented and beautiful at that.

    Have a great show!.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Victor El Paso TX

    Michael Jackson can now be mentioned with even better company

    Jimi Hendrix
    Janis Joplin

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  37. Krasi

    Listening to Randi's story, it is surprising he lasted so long. Such a sad story. So much pressure and unfortunately, the outcome is tragic.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Lot's of new info on what happened to Michael Jackson....All of this just makes me so sad..

    July 9, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  39. Maria Isabel

    @ Devna AC360°

    You were in the liveblog during the Memorial of Michael, right?
    Welcome! 🙂

    July 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Erica, Devna, and bloggers!

    Such sad news regarding the drug abuse. I had certainly feared as much.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers. How nice to see Erica anchoring tonight.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening. And great to have Erica in the anchor chair tonight sitting in for Anderson.

    A criminal probe into Michael's death? So many twists and turns as this story progresses. It makes me more sad each and every day.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  43. starr formerly known as vincent

    Hello Erica (nice to see you in "the seat" & Team 360.

    Hello fellow bloggers.

    Amazing news on MJ tonight!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. eleanor coombs, ga

    hello Erica and fellow bloggers

    July 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Maria Isabel

    Evening, Erica!
    Glad to have you again anchoring the show!

    Evening, 360 team, David (Indiana) and friends!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. BettyAnn,Nacogdoches,TX

    @Erica You are as good as AC! Let's get cooking girlfriend!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. An

    Hi Anderson.

    Hi bloggers.

    Hi Anderson, I wish you have a good time off, and wish to see you again soon and have a good night. Wish see again soon but safe, yes always!

    An.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. ericacnn

    Yay! Devna's on the blog. One of the newest members of the AC360 staff and we are so lucky to have her!

    July 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  49. ericacnn

    evening, bloggers. randi has some very interesting new information for us tonight... great exclusive from the incomparable michael ware... and a fascinating and somewhat frightening story out of mexico tonight, courtesy of gary tuchman.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  50. Devna AC360°

    Hello, everyone! Thank you for joining us tonight. Erica Hill anchors from New York tonight. Don't forget to tune in on Monday as Anderson sits down with President Barack Obama in Ghana!

    July 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
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