Posted in Cherilyn Lee, Dick Gregory, Dr. John Dombrowski, Dr. John Myers, James Zacny, Joe Jackson, Just In, Katherine Jackson, King of Pop, Londell McMillan, Lou Ferrigno, Marla Gibbs, Michael Jackson, Reynaldo Rey, Stevie Wonder

Just In: Jackson begged for drug Jackson was so distraught over persistent insomnia in recent months that he pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be harmful, says a nutritionist who was working with the singer as he prepared his comeback bid.

Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, said Tuesday that she repeatedly rejected his demands for the drug, Diprivan, which is given intravenously.

But a frantic phone call she received from Jackson four days before his death made her fear that he somehow obtained Diprivan or another drug to induce sleep, Lee said.

While in Florida on June 21, Lee was contacted by a member of Jackson‘s staff.

“He called and was very frantic and said, `Michael needs to see you right away.’ I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I could hear Michael in the background …, ‘One side of my body is hot, it’s hot, and one side of my body is cold. It’s very cold,'” Lee said.

“I said, `Tell him he needs to go the hospital. I don’t know what’s going on, but he needs to go to the hospital … right away.”

“At that point, I knew that somebody had given him something that hit the central nervous system,” she said, adding, “He was in trouble Sunday and he was crying out.”

Jackson did not go to the hospital. He died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest, his family said. Autopsies have been conducted, but an official cause of death is not expected for several weeks.

“I don’t know what happened there. The only thing I can say is he was adamant about this drug,” Lee said.

Following Jackson‘s death, allegations emerged that the 50-year-old King of Pop had been consuming painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants. But Lee said she encountered a man tortured by sleep deprivation and one who expressed opposition to recreational drug use.

“He wasn’t looking to get high or feel good and sedated from drugs,” she said. “This was a person who was not on drugs. This was a person who was seeking help, desperately, to get some sleep, to get some rest.”

Jackson was rehearsing hard for what would have been his big comeback — his “This Is It” tour, a series of performances that would have strained his aging dancer’s body. Also, pain had been a part of his life since 1984, when his scalp was severely burned during a Pepsi commercial shoot.

“The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno, who’s been working out with Jackson for the past several months, said Jackson was focused on health.

“When he was with me, he wasn’t different. He wasn’t stoned. He wasn’t high. He wasn’t being aloof or speedy. Never talked about drugs,” Ferrigno said. “I’ve never seen him take drugs. He was always talking about nutrition.”

Several months ago, Jackson had begun badgering Lee about Diprivan, also known as Propofol, Lee said. It is an intravenous anesthetic drug widely used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness. It is generally given through an IV needle in the hand.

Patients given Propofol take less time to regain consciousness than those administered certain other drugs, and they report waking up more clear-headed and refreshed, said University of Chicago psychopharmacologist James Zacny.

It has also been implicated in drug abuse, with people using it to “chill out” or to commit suicide, Zacny said. Accidental deaths linked to abuse have been reported. The powerful drug has a very narrow therapeutic window, meaning it doesn’t take doses much larger than the medically recommended amount to stop a person’s breathing.

An overdose that stops breathing can result in a buildup of carbon dioxide, causing the heart to beat erratically and leading to cardiac arrest, said Dr. John Dombrowski, a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Because it is given intravenously and is not the kind of prescription drug typically available from pharmacists, abuse cases have involved anesthesiologists, nurses and other hospital staffers with easy access to the drug, Zacny said.

In recent months, Lee said, Jackson waved away her warnings about it.

“I had an IV and when it hit my vein, I was sleeping. That’s what I want,” Lee said Jackson told her.

“I said, ‘Michael, the only problem with you taking this medication’ — and I had a chill in my body and tears in my eyes three months ago — ‘the only problem is you’re going to take it and you’re not going to wake up,” she recalled.

According to Lee, Jackson said it had been given to him before but he didn’t want to discuss the circumstances or identify the doctor involved.

Londell McMillan, attorney for Katherine and Joe Jackson, talked about Lee‘s disclosures Tuesday on CNN.

“It’s a hearsay comment. It would be inadmissible anywhere in a court of law,” he said. “I also wonder why anyone would make a comment about something that they don’t have much knowledge about. They didn’t see the drug administered. It’s again because of the Michael Jackson factor.”

Lee said the singer drew his own distinctions when it came to drugs versus prescription medicine.

“He said, `I don’t like drugs. I don’t want any drugs. My doctor told me this is a safe medicine,'” Lee said. The next day, she said she brought a copy of the Physician’s Desk Reference to show him the section on Diprivan.

“He said, ‘No, my doctor said it’s safe. It works quick and it’s safe as long as somebody’s here to monitor me and wake me up. It’s going be OK,'” Lee said. She said he did not give the doctor’s name.

Lee said at one point, she spent the night with Jackson to monitor him while he slept. She said she gave him herbal remedies and stayed in a corner chair in his vast bedroom.

After he settled in bed, Lee told Jackson to turn down the lights and music — he had classical music playing in the house. “He also had a computer on the bed because he loved Walt Disney,” she said. “He was watching Donald Duck and it was ongoing. I said, `Maybe if we put on softer music,’ and he said, `No, this is how I go to sleep.'”

Three and a half hours later, Jackson jumped up and looked at Lee, eyes wide open, according to Lee. “This is what happens to me,” she quoted him as saying. “All I want is to be able to sleep. I want to be able to sleep eight hours. I know I’ll feel better the next day.”

Lee, 56, is licensed as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in California, according to the state Board of Registered Nursing’s Web site. She attended Los Angeles Southwest College and the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences in Los Angeles.

Comedian Dick Gregory, who knows Lee and her work, said he believes Jackson‘s insomnia had its roots in the pop star’s 2005 trial on child molestation charges. Jackson‘s health had deteriorated so much that his parents called Gregory, a natural foods proponent, for help.

Gregory said Jackson wasn’t eating or drinking at the time and, after he was persuaded by Gregory to undergo testing, ended up hospitalized for severe dehydration.

But Jackson obviously was healthy enough to withstand the level of medical scrutiny needed to insure him for the upcoming high-stakes London concerts, Gregory said. “That you don’t trick,” he said of the exams.

Lee, who has also worked with Stevie Wonder, Marla Gibbs, Reynaldo Rey and other celebrities, said she was introduced to Jackson by the mother of one of his staff members. Jackson‘s three children had minor cold symptoms and their pediatrician was out of town.

Lee said she went to the house in January, the first of about 10 visits there through April, and treated the children with vitamins. Michael, intrigued, asked what else she did and took her up on her claim she could boost his energy.

After running blood tests, she devised protein shakes for him and gave him an intravenous vitamin and mineral mixture — known as a “Myers cocktail,” after Dr. John Myers — which Lee said she uses routinely in her practice.

“It wasn’t that he felt sick,” she said. “He just wanted more energy.”

Lee said she decided to speak out to protect Jackson‘s reputation from what she considers unfounded allegations of drug abuse or shortcomings as a parent.

“I think it’s so wrong for people to say these things about him,” she said. “He was a wonderful, loving father who wanted the best for his children.”

Source: AP

Posted in Breaking News, Evan Chandler, Jordan Chandler, Michael Jackson

Breaking News: Jordan Chandler Confesses: “Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me”

Confession: Jordan Chandler Admits “He Lied About Michael Jackson”… famous singer Michael Jackson was charged by a kid named Jordan Chandler for indecency and led the famous singer. But after the death of Michael Jackson the Evan Chandler who is the father of boy, tells the truth.

Evan Chandler was essentially blamed the most famous singer Michael Jackson in one of the most major criminal cases.

Jordan Chandler gave a full description of Jackson’s genitals. In 1993, Chandler told police and psychiatrist that he and Jackson had engaged in sexual acts that included oral sex, masturbation and act of kissing. The case was settled out of court for a reported $22 million, But Jackson was very hurt and he starts taking painkillers.

But after the death of Michael Jackson, Jordan Chandler admit that he lied about him. He said “Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me, and I never destined to lie and destroy Michael Jackson but my father made me to tell only lies.”

Michael Jackson and Jordan Chandler became friends but Jordan’s father (Evan Chandler) did not like his son friendship with Michael Jackson. That’s why, the father spoke lies about Michael Jackson by his son.

Source via blogfalls

Posted in Barry Siegel, Debbie Rowe, Diana Ross, John Branca, John McClain, Just In, Katherine Jackson, King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Family Trust, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.

Just In: Michael Jackson’s Will Filed!!

Michael Jackson’s Will Filed In Court…. nominated Diana Ross to serve as children’s guardian if his own mother is unable.

Michael Jackson‘s will was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (July 1), revealing the late singer’s wishes for his estate and the three children he left behind.

In the will, which was drafted in 2002, Jackson called for family attorney John Branca, accountant Barry Siegel and music executive and long-time friend John McClain, to serve as co-executors of the Michael Jackson Family Trust, an estate established to manage all of the King of Pop’s assets. According to The Associated Press, Jackson estimated his worth at more than $500 million at the time he completed his will. Documents obtained by the AP reveal Jackson‘s estate consisted of “non-cash, non-liquid assets, including primarily an interest in a catalogue of music royalty rights which is currently being administered by Sony ATV, and the interests of various entities.”

The original documents were prepared for Jackson to sign on March 22, 2002, but the pop star — who died unexpectedly last Thursday after suffering from cardiac arrest — didn’t complete the paperwork until July 7, 2002.

In the will, Jackson nominated his mother, Katherine Jackson, to serve as guardian of his three children. On Monday, a judge granted Katherine temporary custody of the children, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7. In the event Jackson‘s mother was unable or unwilling to care for the children, the singer then called for Diana Ross, an early mentor to Jackson, to be the guardian of his kids.

Debbie Rowe, Jackson‘s ex-wife and the surrogate mother of his first two children, was specifically omitted from the will. The mother of Jackson‘s third child remains unknown.

“I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife, Deborah Jean Rowe Jackson,” the will states.

As co-executors of the Michael Jackson Family Trust, Branca, McClain and Siegel have the right to sell or mortgage any property Jackson owns and to invest state funds as necessary. They will probably have their hands full with the host of lawsuits and debt Jackson left behind.

Branca and McClain issued a joint statement to the press earlier today, reiterating Jackson‘s desires for his children to be placed under his mother’s care.

“The most important element of Michael’s will is his unwavering desire that his mother, Katherine, become the legal guardian for his three children,” the statement said. “As we work to carry out Michael’s instructions to safeguard both the future of his children, as well as the remarkable legacy he left us as an artist we ask that all matters involving his estate be handled with the dignity and the respect that Michael and his family deserve.”

According to TMZ, Siegel resigned from his role as executor in 2003.

The will states that if one of the men refuses to serve as co-executor, a replacement does not need to be named. Should all three men decline, together they could nominate a new executor.

There is no mention by Jackson in the will of where or how he wished to be buried.

Source: via MTV

Posted in Just In, Michael Jackson

Just In: Michael Jackson Requested Dangerous Sedative Diprivan For Insomnia

Michael Jackson in 2005

According to MTV, Michael Jackson‘s, nurse says she repeatedly denied Jackson‘s requests for drug also known as Propofol. Michael Jackson suffered from crippling bouts of insomnia and pleaded for the powerful sedative Diprivan, despite warnings that it could be harmful to his health, according to a nurse who was working with Jackson for his scheduled 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena.

Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse and nutritional counselor, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jackson repeatedly asked her for the drug — also known as Propofol — but she denied his requests.

“He wasn’t looking to get high or feel good and sedated from drugs,” she told the AP. “This was a person who was not on drugs. This was a person who was seeking help, desperately, to get some sleep, to get some rest.”

Lee said that though she refused to give Jackson the drug, which is given intravenously and is widely used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness, she became worried that the singer had somehow obtained it from someone else. She said she received a “frantic” phone call from a member of Jackson‘s staff four days before the King of Pop‘s death.

“He called and was very frantic and said, ‘Michael needs to see you right away,’ ” Lee told the AP. “I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I could hear Michael in the background [saying], ‘One side of my body is hot, it’s hot, and one side of my body is cold, it’s very cold.’

“At that point, I knew that somebody had given him something that hit the central nervous system,” she continued. “He was in trouble Sunday and he was crying out.”

Jackson died on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, his family said. Autopsies have been conducted, but an official cause of death is not expected for several weeks.

TMZ reported that Propofol was found at Jackson‘s house, along with the drug Lidocaine, which is used to reduce the pain associated with injecting Propofol. The Web site also quotes an unnamed source as saying that the drug is “so inappropriate and reckless for home use, if a doctor facilitated it for Jackson and it caused his death, he or she could be prosecuted for manslaughter.”

A University of Chicago psychopharmacologist told the AP that Propofol has been implicated in drug abuse and even suicide. It has a “very narrow therapeutic window,” meaning that it doesn’t take doses much larger than the medically recommended amount to stop a person’s breathing.

Source: Via MTV

Posted in Jackson5, Michael Jackson, Music News

Music News: Michael Jackson Tops Billboard Charts

Michael Jackson Shatters Billboard Records…
Jackson‘s music dominates the Top Pop Catalog, Digital Albums, Digital Songs and Top Comprehensive Albums charts.

Given the news all week of his posthumous sales surge, it comes as no surprise that Michael Jackson is officially the King of Pop charts again.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Michael Jackson albums and Jackson-related compilations hold the top nine positions on Billboard‘s Top Pop Catalog chart, all posting remarkable jumps in sales in the days following the singer’s death. (SoundScan tracks sales through the close of business on Sunday.)

Jackson himself holds a record eight of the top 10 spots, while a Jackson 5 compilation also landed in the upper tier of the chart. His Number Ones greatest hits package leads the pack at #1, selling more than 108,000 copies, a staggering 2,340 percent sales increase. The Essential Michael Jackson and Thriller follow at #2 and #3, selling more than 102,000 and 101,000 copies, respectively.

His breakthrough Off the Wall album is at #4, selling more than 33,000 copies nearly 30 years after it was initially released. The Jackson 5’s Ultimate Collection is next at #5, with sales of more than 18,000 copies. His 1987 Bad album returns at #6 (17,000 sold); Dangerous is at #7 (14,000); HIStory — Volume 1 is at #8 (12,000); and the 2004 Jackson box set, The Ultimate Collection, lands at #9 (11,000).

The lone non-Jackson album in the top 10 is a reissue of the “Woodstock” movie soundtrack, which sold 8,000 copies to snag the #10 spot.

All in all, Jackson’s solo albums sold more than 415,000 copies this past week, according to SoundScan, an amazing number, considering his titles sold a combined 10,000 copies in the week prior to his death. The one-week total is also nearly 40 percent more than what his catalog had sold in all of 2009.

Of the 415,000 albums sold, 58 percent were digital downloads, which means Jackson has set another record: He’s the first artist to hold six of the top 10 slots on the Digital Albums chart, including the top four spots. He also holds a staggering 25 songs on Billboard‘s Hot Digital Songs chart, smashing a record set by David Cook last year.

Early SoundScan reports have the Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. claiming the top spot on next week’s Billboard‘s Top 200, with sales of more than 88,000 copies. If that figure holds true, this week marks the first time that a catalog album has sold more copies than the album that sits at #1 on the Top 200.

Catalog albums — defined by Billboard as being albums that are more than 18 months old and have fallen below position 100 on the Billboard Top 200 chart — are ineligible to appear on the Top 200 albums chart. They can chart on the all-encompassing Top Comprehensive Albums list, where, once again, Jackson is on top, holding the top three positions on the chart, followed by The E.N.D. at #4.

Source: via MTV

Posted in Celebrity News, Divorce, Music News, Tameka Foster, Usher

Music News: Tameka Foster Cheated on Usher?

Did Tameka Foster Cheat On Usher?…

Usher and Tameka Foster’s divorce is about to get nasty. With $80 million up in the air Usher will apparently tell the court that Tameka has been cheating and he is not the father of 6-month-old son, Naviyd. A friend of the star told The National Enquirer :

“The first thing Usher said was, ‘How did that happen?’ — because he was gone a lot, and their sex life was very, very limited.” “He’s determined to get truthful answers.”

When Naviyd was born last December, Usher and Tameka were already separated.


Posted in Boyz II Men, Chris Brown, Diddy, Game, Mario Winans, Michael Jackson, Music, Music News, Polow Da Don, The Game, Usher, Youtube

Music News: Michael Jackson Tribute Song

Michael Jackson Tribute Song

Michael Jackson Tribute Song called “Better on the Other Side” has surfaced. The Game teamed up with Usher, Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, and Boyz II Men for Michael Jackson.

You can listen to Michael Jackson Tribute Song “Better on the Other Side” below. Enjoy!


I think the song is amazing! Good job to you all.

Posted in Breaking News, Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton

Breaking News: Joe Jackson Speaks Out!

Joe Jackson Press Conference…

Joe Jackson Press Conference

Joe Jackson’s press conference took place outside of the Jackson family home in Encino, CA, on Jun 29, 2009, where Reverend Al Sharpton said:

“The entire Jackson family have really been expressing how gratified they are about the outpouring support from around the world for the love of Michael and love of his family.”

Joe Jackson gave the following infos:

“There will be second autopsy and Michael’s body will not be buried at the Neverland ranch.”


More on this as the story develops.

Posted in Breaking News, Celebrity News, Deaths, King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Music News

Breaking News: Michael Jackson Has Died!!

Michael Jackson Breaking News:

Michael Jackson Dead – As you may have heard Jackson died on Thursday afternoon. He was 50. Michael Jackson’s former publicist, Michael Levine, has just released a statement blasting the singer.

“As someone who served as Michael Jackson’s publicist during the 1st child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.”

Michael Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center today after having a heart attack at his rented home in Holmby Hills neighborhood, Los Angeles. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

An autopsy was planned the following day, though results were not likely to be final until toxicology tests could be completed, a process that could take several days and sometimes weeks. However, if a cause can be determined by the autopsy, they will announce the results. [Via: AP]


Sorry for the late post, I’m actually posting this blog while being away on vacation. I didn’t have any internet connection where I’m staying. I just got it installed on Monday.  This news has been so shocking to me. I heard the news while I was eating lunch with my family. They had called me and told me the breaking news of this sudden death, and I must say that I was stunned. I always dreamed of seeing him in concert or being able to interview him. I’m very saddend at the fact that I will no longer be able to fulfill my dream. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. May God Bless the King of Pop. We will always love and miss you Michael Jackson. R.I.P.

Posted in Eminem, Just In, Quincy Jones, Vibe Magazine

Just In: Vibe Magazine No More!

Vibe Magazine Closing

Vibe Magazine Closing

It is now official Vibe magazine is over. The urban-music magazine was founded by producer Quincy Jones in 1993 with Eminem on the last cover (June/July 2009 issue.) Chief financial officer Angela Zucconi said:

“We will be making a statement by the end of the day. That’s all I can say at this point.”


To be continued as we get further news updates.