Accounts of Michael Jackson's drug use fueled speculation Wednesday about the cause of his death, including one from his former nurse who said he opposed recreational drugs but sought a powerful drug to overcome insomnia.
The accounts emerged as a will Jackson wrote in 2002 was submitted to a Los Angeles court.
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Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, told The Associated Press that Jackson was plagued by insomnia and pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be dangerous.
Like so many things in Michael Jackson's life, the questions about his estate and custody of his children have become complicated and mysterious — and no one, not even his family, knows what to believe.
As his parents sought control of his estate, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Jackson's most recent will, written in 2002, divided his estate between his mother, three children and charities, apparently cutting out Joseph Jackson, the father with whom he had a strained and tumultuous relationship.
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The report came amid news reports saying not only that Jackson might not be the biological father of his children, but that the woman who gave birth to them might not be their biological mother.
TMZ reported that Jackson was not the biological father of any of his three children, while Us Weekly claimed the father of his two older children was Los Angeles dermatologist Arnold Klein. The site also said police sought to speak with Klein about any drugs he may have prescribed to Jackson, but a police spokeswoman declined to comment on the report to TVGuide.com.
A judge awarded Michael Jackson's mother temporary custody of his children Monday as Jackson's private physician described his final moments — and the possibility emerged of a live album, recorded on the eve of the superstar's death.
In another court action Monday, Katherine Jackson also sought control of her son's estate, court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp told TVGuide.com. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
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Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff scheduled a hearing for Monday on temporary custody of the children and an Aug. 3 hearing on Katherine Jackson's request to be their permanent guardian.
An emotional Janet Jackson took the stage at Sunday's BET Awards to thank the fans for their support in the difficult days following her brother Michael's shocking death.
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Host Jamie Foxx escorted her to the microphone, where she said she was going to be brief. "To you, Michael is an icon; to us, Michael is family," she said, holding back tears. "He will forever live in our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all your love and support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much."
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Police have questioned Michael Jackson's personal physician and have found there to be "no red flag" in his account of the events leading to the singer's death, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
The LAPD has stated that Dr. Conrad Murray — a Las Vegas cardiologist who was scheduled to accompany Jackson on his upcoming U.K. tour dates — sat with police for three hours Saturday night. Police have said that he is not suspected of any wrongdoing and is cooperating with their investigation. Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff, issued at statement after the meeting, saying that his client "is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy."
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So You Think You Can Dance
Asuka Kondoh and Jonathan Platero were the latest hopefuls to head home in So You Think You Can Dance's third week of competition, but the results show wasn't only about the dancers' departures.
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With Michael Jackson's autopsy complete but a cause of death deferred pending further testing, the pop icon's body has been released to a mortuary.
The body was moved to an undisclosed location around 9:30 pm/PT Friday, Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN. Jackson's family have gathered, but no funeral arrangements have been made public.
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The coroner's office revealed Friday that it could take up to six weeks for toxicology tests to provide a clear cause of death, but the autopsy showed "no indication of any external trauma or any foul play." Meanwhile, there have been anecdotal reports of Jackson's prescription drug use, including a firsthand account from Dr. Deepak Chopra.
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Birth: Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, said when he was born in 1958 that he had "a funny-looking head, big brown eyes, and long hands," biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli writes in Michael Jackson: The Magic & The Madness. Jackson retained his...
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·Questions remain about the cause of Jackon's death. See what the coroner had to say, and when we'll find out more.
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Michael Jackson, "Thriller"
Michael Jackson produced a slew of impressive music videos, but TVGuide.com readers have spoken, and "Thriller" is their favorite.
A whopping 67 percent of voters in our poll say "Thriller" is their favorite music video in the King of Pop's catalog. "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were in a dead heat for the runner-up spot, earning 13 and 12 percent of the vote, respectively.
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With so many choices, naturally readers cried foul when we narrowed the field to only our Top 5. Other fan favorites included ...