Investigators discovered the powerful sedative Diprivan inside Michael Jackson’s home, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Diprivan, anesthetic widely used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness, is highly unusual to have in a private home.
Sources said that Michael Jackson Jackson suffered from such a severe case of insomnia he traveled with a private anesthesiologist in the mid-1990s. Dr. Neil Ratner regularly helped “take down” and “bring him back up” during the pop icon’s HIStory tour, sources told CNN. Ratner confirmed that Jackson suffered from a massive sleep disorder, but refused to comment on any of the other allegations. “It’s really something I don’t want to talk about right now,” he said outside his Woodstock, New York, home on Thursday. The revelation adds further evidence to the theory that prescription drugs played a role in the pop star’s death.
California nurse, Cherilyn Lee, came forward saying Jackson begged her for Propofol for months. Lee, a registered nurse who was working with the singer, said Jackson pleaded for Diprivan amid the stress of preparing for a massive series of comeback concerts. Lee said she repeatedly rejected his demands because the drug was unsafe. Told Friday that Diprivan had been found at Jackson’s house, she said, “I did everything I could to warn him against it.”
Edward Chernoff, an attorney for Jackson’s doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, said Friday through a spokeswoman that he had agreed with investigators not to comment until information is released through official channels. Murray was in Jackson’s rented mansion when the singer went into cardiac arrest in his bedroom on June 25. Murray has spoken to police and authorities say he is not a suspect. In an earlier interview, Chernoff said Murray never gave or prescribed Jackson the painkillers Demerol or OxyContin, and denied reports suggesting that the doctor gave the pop star drugs that contributed to his death. Chernoff would not discuss what drugs the doctor administered to Jackson, but said they would have been prescribed in response to a specific complaint.