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Michael Jackson's body had dozens of injection sites on his body, according to reports.

As we reported yesterday, Propofol, a powerful anesthesia, was found in his house after he died. Medical experts say there no medical justification for Jackson having this drug at home - it is used to knock people out before surgery via IV.

It is increasingly looking like Propofol (also known as its brand name, Diprivan) may have caused Jackson to go into cardiac arrest and die. The first Michael Jackson autopsy concluded no definitive cause of death, but evidence is piling up.

Experts say it's reckless for any doctor to supply Michael Jackson with Propofol period, let alone administer it at the singer's home. This raises concerns.

That Michael Jackson had dozens of injection sites on his body, if it turns out he did, should have made it clear to any doctor that he had a drug problem.

Criminal manslaughter is defined as the reckless disregard for human life. Do not be surprised to see charges brought against one or more doctors who gave drugs to Jackson, as we saw in the eerily similar Anna Nicole Smith case.

As for who gave Michael Jackson what drugs, when and how?


The LAPD has reportedly asked the DEA to assist them in its investigation into multiple doctors who treated and prescribed medications for Michael Jackson.

The DEA will help the LAPD hunt down the source of medications.

Jackson used a slew of aliases to get prescription meds, including the names Omar Arnold and Jack London. Those aliases were used by MJ to obtain Demerol.

The King of Pop also used the name of one of his bodyguards, as well as the name of the office manager for one of his doctors, to secure prescription drugs.

Sources say his prescription abuse was so egregious, one doctor would call a pharmacy and say Jackson was coming down to get Demerol. The pharmacy would then fill the prescription, leaving the patient's name completely blank.

While Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is not charged with any crime, suspicion of him is likely to increase if Jackson's abuse was this bad.

The DEA will be hunting down these aliases and others in an attempt to find out who allowed the likely addicted star to obtain the medications that may have ultimately resulted in his tragic death. More details as the story develops ...

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A photo of a dying Michael Jackson lying on a stretcher is the cover image on the latest edition of OK! Magazine, and is certain to elicit strong, mixed reactions.

The race is on to break the latest news on what may be the biggest celebrity gossip story ever, but do we really need to see "the last photos" of the pop icon?

OK! allegedly paid $500,000 for the cover picture you see below.

While covering Jackson's tragic death is unavoidable, would a tribute such as the commemorative covers released by Entertainment Weekly be more appropriate?

On the flip side, do you want to see all the details because you are interested in the story, even if the images of the dying Jackson happen to be upsetting?

What do you think of the picture on OK's "tribute" issue below? Is it disrespectful to Michael Jackson or are they just reporting the news? Tell us in our poll:

Michael Jackson OK! Cover

Did the magazine go too far with this Michael Jackson cover?

 

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Michael Jackson's family has released a statement regarding the rumors about potential services for the star at his Neverland Ranch, near Santa Barbara, Calif.

The family rep says:

Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe, Prince Michael, Paris

“Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private memorial at Neverland. Plans are underway regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly.”

Clearly, there's plenty of confusion and mixed signals surrounding this. As for what is known about Michael Jackson's funeral, here's what we have gathered:

  • It won't be until next week
  • It will not be at Neverland
  • It will be in the Los Angeles area, and the Staples Center (where the L.A. Lakers play) is being rumored as option but this has not been decided.

As for Michael Jackson's will (written in 2002) and what it contains, no specific instructions regarding the singer's burial were given to our knowledge.

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One of the foremost entertainment and celebrity news magazines will honor the late Michael Jackson with four commemorative covers of the King of Pop this week.

Entertainment Weekly's covers feature Michael Jackson:

  • Singing at home in 1972
  • On the set of his revolutionary “Thriller” music video in 1983 
  • In a portrait taken in 1983
  • Performing in New York City on September 10, 2001

They're pretty cool. Click to enlarge each below ...

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
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The basic details of Michael Jackson's will had already been leaked before the document was officially filed, but the full version contains some interesting info.

The five-page, seven-year-old document, signed July 7, 2002, was filed this morning. In it, the King of Pop gives custody of his children to his mother, Katherine.

In the will, Michael Jackson names Diana Ross as his choice for alternate guardian of his kids in the event his now 80-year-old mother was unable to raise them.

On that subject, Michael Jackson's will reads:

"If any of my children are minors at the time of my death, I nominate my mother, Katherine Jackson as guardian of the persons and estates of such minor children.

"If Katherine Jackson fails to survive me, or is unable or unwilling to act as guardian, I nominate Diana Ross as guardian of the persons and estates of such minor children."

It's unclear if the choice is as much news to Ross as it is to us.

As for the (alleged) mother of his eldest two kids, Debbie Rowe, Jackson left her out on purpose, writing: "I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife."

The fact that Jackson is rumored not to be the father, biologically, of any of the children (Arnold Klein may have done the honors) is not expected to have any bearing on what happens to his children, but there are no guarantees.

The pop music legend also stipulates that all his estate and assets - which, according to sources, hovered at an estimated $567 million in 2007, with a net worth of $236.6 million - be placed in the private Michael Jackson Family Trust.

According to the will, the music icon's estate "consists of non-cash, non-liquid assets, including primarily an interest in a catalog of music royalty rights which is currently being administered by Sony-ATV, and interests in various entities."

The document was written up by the late star's longtime lawyer John Branca and veteran music exec and family friend John McClain, both of whom were named as executors of both the will and the estate of Michael Jackson.

Branca and McClain said in a joint statement:

"The most important element of Michael's will is his unwavering desire that his mother, Katherine, become the legal guardian for his three children."

"As we work to carry out Michael's instructions to safeguard both the future of his three children and remarkable legacy he left us we ask that all matters involving his estate be handled with the dignity and the respect that Michael and his family deserve."

Click to enlarge a few pages of Michael Jackson's will below ...

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On this season's Michael Jackson night on American Idol, Kris Allen wowed viewers with an acoustic version of "Remember the Time."

In reaction, Paula Abdul said: "Kris, I truly believe no one knows Michael's catalog better than you."

Now, in an interview with Newsweek, the Idol chamopn - who started his run on the series with a rendition of "Man in the Mirror" - talks about the influence the late King of Pop had on his career.

On the first time he heard Jackson sing: I was probably 7 or 8 years old. The Dangerous album came out, and I bought it. It was a tape. It kind of stayed in my tape player forever.

On the appeal of Jackson: Every time you listen to this music you get this feeling and you always feel good. And as a kid, that's a captivating thing. His music was so easy to get lost into. I remember being 8 years old and dancing in my room to his music. Trying to dance like him, as well. It was ugly, but it was fun.

On hearing about Jackson's death: We were at rehearsal for the tour. Actually, [Adam Lambert] was on stage. He was almost done, and I was about to go up. We heard the news and we stopped everything and we canceled the rehearsal.

On his favorite Jackson song: I really, really like "Leave Me Alone." It's always been one of my favorites. But I don't know if you pick just one favorite Michael song.

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While we won't know Michael Jackson's official cause of death for several weeks, but the King of Pop's nutritionist, Cherilyn Lee, says she warned the pop icon about certain drugs just five days before he died from cardiac arrest.

In an interview with ABC News, Lee, who is also a registered nurse, said Jackson was suffering terribly from insomnia and practically begged her for Diprivan - the brand name for Propofol, an anesthetic normally administered in hospitals.

"He said, 'Find me an anesthesiologist - I don't care how much money they want - find me an anesthesiologist to be with me here overnight and give me this IV.'"

Cherilyn Lee said the 50-year-old singer complained his body felt cold on one side and hot on the other, and that she told him of the potentially lethal side effects, including cardiac arrest if combined with other prescription drugs.

"I said, 'This is not a safe medicine, please don't take this. I've been around you long enough now, Michael, I love you as family. I would not give this to anyone.'"

A practitioner of holistic medicine, Cherilyn Lee said she has worked with many celebrities. She met MJ in January and mainly treated his children for colds.

While Jackson seemed to be adamant about getting his hands on Diprivan, Lee admitted she never actually saw him take the drug. When she asked him what doctor may have prescribed him the sleeping agent in the past, he wouldn't say.

Investigators for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have confirmed to E! News that they confiscated drugs from Jackson's rented Holmby Hills house where he passed away, but refused to identify which substances were found.

Media speculation has focused on Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, who discovered the superstar unconscious in bed and administered CPR.

Edward Chertoff, an attorney for Murray, said over the weekend denying that his client did not Jackson certain painkillers, specifically Demerol and OxyContin. He made no mention of Diprivan or Lidocaine, also reportedly found at the house.

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An extremely dangerous, potent drug used for surgical anesthesia was found at Michael Jackson's residence after he died ... and may well what killed him.

According to TMZ, Propofol was confiscated at his home. A source said, "There is no conceivable way this drug can be properly prescribed for home use."

Michael, Prince and Paris Jackson

Some facts about this dangerous drug:

  • Propofol can only be administered with an IV.
  • The drug is used to put people under anesthesia before surgery.
  • It is extremely powerful, and only available to medical personnel.
  • Propofol burns and the drug Lidocaine is used to reduce the pain associated with the Propofol injection. Lidocaine was found near Jackson's body.
  • One of the major side-effects of Propofol can be cardiac arrest if it's taken in combination with narcotic painkillers. However, some sources suggest that Propofol is so powerful it can stop someone's heart on its own.

In the wake of Michael Jackson's death, a registered nurse has come out and said the star begged her for the drug Diprivan - the brand name for Propofol.

She says he needed it for insomnia but she declined to supply it.

Sources say that Propofol is so inappropriate and reckless for home use, if a doctor facilitated it for Michael Jackson and it caused his death, he or she could even be prosecuted for manslaughter under certain circumstances.

This is not to say the icon's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered this drug or anything else, only what TMZ's sources say about Propofol.

While a drug overdose has been widely speculated, Michael Jackson's autopsy results list the official cause of death as unknown pending further toxicology testing, which should shed more light on his tragic demise in 4-6 weeks.

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A lawyer for Debbie Rowe is denying reports that she is not the biological mother of Michael Jackson's two older children, Michael Jr., 12, and Paris, 11.

"We refuse to be drawn into addressing the various rumors and speculation swirling in the media," said Debbie Rowe's attorney Marta Almli.

"The vast majority of what is out there is untrue. Particularly hurtful and insidious is the most recent rumor which is entirely false concerning the maternity of the children. Ms. Rowe is the biological mother of the two oldest children."

The new issue of Us Weekly reveals that the children's biological father is Arnold Klein, Jackson's L.A.-based dermatologist and Rowe's former boss.

A different report on TMZ also stated that Jackson was not the father of the two kids, but added that Debbie Rowe was not the biological mother.

Jackson's youngest son, Prince Michael II (a.k.a. Blanket), 7, was born to an unnamed surrogate. That woman's name has never been revealed.

Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe were briefly married in the late '90s. Many questions about their union - including if the marriage was ever consummated - linger.

As for where the children end up from here, that's also anyone's guess.

On Monday - four days after Michael Jackson's June 25 death - his mother, Katherine Jackson, was awarded temporary legal guardianship of all three children, even though Rowe is still the legal parent of Michael Jr. and Paris.

Katherine Jackson's 22-page petition claims the kids "have no relationship with their biological mother." A hearing on the petition is scheduled for August 3.

The birth certificates for both children list Jackson as the father and Rowe as the mother. This likely means little from a biological standpoint, for any adopted child or child born via surrogate would still list the adoptive parents' names.

The place of birth for Michael Jr. is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. The place of birth for Paris is listed as Spaulding Pain Medical Center in Beverly Hills.

Interestingly, Michael Jackson Jr. is often referred to as Prince Michael I (and Blanket as Prince Michael II) though this is not his name. Also, Paris' name is technically Paris-Michael, and Rowe signed Paris' certificate as Debbie Rowe-Jackson.

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  • Michael Jackson Jr. Birth Certificate
  • Paris Jackson Birth Certificate
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While lawyers for Michael Jackson's family claim no will exists for the late singer, a seven-year-old draft for a final testament surfaced yesterday.

The 2002 Michael Jackson will, believed to be his most current, reportedly left his estate to his mother, Katherine Jackson, along with his three children - Michael Jr., 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 - and at least one charity.

Michael Joseph Jackson Picture

Whether Arnold Klein allegedly being the biological father of the elder two and Jackson never formally adopting them becomes an issue is uncertain.

Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, wasn't listed as an heir.

Whether Joe's omission was deliberate is unclear, however, Michael has stated Joe was mentally and physically abusive of him during his upbringing.

The document, which surfaced yesterday, names his attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain as executors of the estate. Branca was on retainer for Jackson from 1980-2006 and was rehired shortly before the singer's death.

Michael Jackson and his parents, Katherine and Joseph, in a 2005 photo.

While Michael Jackson reportedly died with $400-500 million in debt, the value of his vast assets likely outweigh that by $200 million or more.

The 2002 will could be submitted to court as early as Thursday. John Branca has said he will file it within 30 days of the singer's tragic death.

Meanwhile, fans of Michael Jackson - those who choose to live, anyway - will get a chance to take part in laying him to rest when the singer's family organizes a public viewing of his body at Jackson's Neverland ranch near Santa Barbara.

Citing the Santa Barbara's Sherriff Department, E! Online says plans are underway to accommodate large crowds at the estate for a Friday viewing.

"Our guys are meeting as we speak with the California Highway Patrol to discuss the security issues," says Lt. Butch Arnoldi, a department spokesman.

Earlier in the week, Michael Jackson's brothers Jermaine and Tito visited the property and a delivery truck was spotted dropping off boxes, E! reports.

CNN reports a public viewing of the late music icon will held on Friday at Neverland, with a private service for the family to follow on Sunday. 

Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez, California.

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