Cherilynn Lee, who is a registered nurse, has come forward to say that just days before Michael Jackson's death, she rejected his requests for the drug Diprivan. That drug is administered intravenously, and induces sleep.
Lee and other unnamed sources say Michael was an insomniac, and the added pressure from his long rehearsals was definitely getting to him.
Lee says one of Jackson’s staffers called her four days before his death. She says, "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.'"
"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. He was in trouble Sunday and he was crying out."
Despite Lee’s orders, Michael never went to the hospital that night. He died four days later from cardiac arrest. Could he have overdone it on the Diprivan? Lee seems to think so. She tells the AP, "I don't know what happened there. The only thing I can say is he was adamant about this drug."
Now that the DEA is on board with the investigation, we assume we’ll have an answer soon about whether or not drugs played a part in his death.