July 31st, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Will truth about Jackson's death come out?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It might be a long time - if ever - before the public finds out what really happened to Michael Jackson. The Los Angeles coroner's office has now indefinitely delayed releasing the results of Jackson's autopsy.

After meeting with police, they say further investigation is necessary. Initially - the coroner said they might release results next week.

This is nonsense. Jackson died June 25 - more than a month ago - and officials still can't say what killed him. Investigators are trying to find out what substances he had in his body and if a powerful anesthetic - that's only supposed to be administered in hospitals - played a role.

Meanwhile search warrants filed in a Nevada court suggest that Jackson was a drug addict. Investigators believe searches of Dr. Conrad Murray's home and office will turn up evidence of excessive prescribing, prescribing to an addict, unprofessional conduct and finally, manslaughter.

A source tells CNN that Dr. Murray allegedly gave Jackson the anesthetic Propofol in the 24-hours before he died. Murray continues to deny that he prescribed or administered anything that could have killed the pop star.

It seems like the events surrounding Jackson's death will drag on forever - as those close to him play the blame game; and probably more than a few of them hope to get their hands on Jackson's estate, estimated to be worth at least $200 million.

Here’s my question to you: Will the truth about Michael Jackson’s death ever come out?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karen from California writes:
They want to time the release of the autopsy to coincide with the announcement of charges against Murray. They don't want his attorneys to get their hands on the autopsy report before the prosecutor has his case lined up. Jackson being an obvious addict doesn't absolve Murray from charges of recklessness in a voluntary manslaughter case.

Frank writes:
Relax, Jack, this type of story gives the fringes of society like the birthers and the people throwing tea parties fodder for more irrational rantings and ravings. It won't be long before some of these wackos start declaring that Michael is still alive.

Ken from Pinon Hills, California writes:
Jack, My name is Ken and I'm an alcoholic who has been sober for 30 years. If I didn't stop drinking, I wouldn't be 80 years old. There are millions of dead drunks and users, and Jackson has joined them. The only truth is he did it to himself.

Gregory from Miami Beach, Florida writes:
No one person will ever know the "truth" of his death because so many people played a role in it by enabling his vices. Nor will we ever learn the truth of his life for some of the very same reasons. Between the complexities and the secrecy of his life, the idea of ever learning the truth about Jackson is a myth.

Michelle writes:
The truth about Jackson's death is coming out even now, and all will be revealed. Excellent reporting on several networks, and from newspaper journalists are rooting out the facts. I watch new developments on CNN every night. His death is exposing abuse of prescription medications, and corruption on the part of physicians in prescribing dangerously high dosages to make money.

David from San Diego writes:
Finally, an important question.

Filed under: News Media
soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Whatever was the cause was tragic. Is it everyone's business, NO!

    July 31, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Michael C

    I believe that it will be in death as it wais in life...We the public will never truly know what happened to take this great musician from us far too soon...Just as we never truly understood his personal life when he was alive...Then again does it really matter to the world...We should celebrate his career in music not dwell on how he died...But we are human and seem to find pleasure more in the sordid details rather than the joy/musical talent he offered the world....

    July 31, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  3. No school in Canada

    This icon live a life of secretcy and died secret,So,what else.Kiss and say good bye to M.J and life move on.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  4. S, Michigan

    Jack, do I really need to know what killed him? Enough already with the MJ coverage, media!! Why don't you talk more about what is really happening in Darfur or parts of New Orleans years after Katrina?

    July 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  5. Adrian Gillem from the Virgin Islands

    Unfortunately, the truth will come out. However, I wish those who choose to know the truth will have the common courtesy to simply wait like everyone else. Otherwise, knowing the truth does not matter when the path that got it was filled with deceit.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  6. KarenB, centralFlorida

    Something else to be beat to death (especially on slow news
    days).. Even if/when the public "knows the truth", it will only be
    the truth we're "allowed to know."
    All those hangers on (and we know he must have had many)
    have to fight for air time–they've lost their cash cow– everyone will
    have a "story" and want to be paid for it - so even when we think
    we have the truth, another truth will surface. ad nauseum.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Jack Carlson

    Yes, he died of Diprivan and no moral Dr in the USA should of helped him take the dangerous product at his home. I suspect alot of this is going on in Hollywood. I always wonder why such rich people are so stupid.
    Jack C

    July 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  8. andyzag Lynn, MA

    I think that as much as I hate the thought of using this method, I believe this is an optimum moment for the use of waterboarding to get to the truth.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  9. Conor in Chicago

    Nobody ever finds out the truth when the Elites have drama.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  10. Lou from Fayetteville, NC

    No, and that is as it should be. Just enjoy what we KNEW of him and let the rest go. He is gone but gave us some great moments.

    July 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  11. Paul Austin, Texas

    Much truth has come out already. This so called Doctor gave Jackson the anesthetic that either alone or in combination with other drugs he was taking killed him. If it is not it sure should be a crime what Dr. Murray did. Jackson's death is still sad with or without all the details and we will know most of the truth.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Tina Texas

    It should be a private matter. Do we get to see what killed our local John Q. Public? No. What should matter is who gave Michael that fatal dose of narcotics and prosecute them and not worry about how he died and inform our kids the toll what drugs will do on them if they go down the wrong path.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  13. Ken in Mt

    yes it will come out but wether or not it is beleived or not is another thing. In a soceity so obsessed with conspiricies nothing is generally accepted save for maby gravity

    July 31, 2009 at 2:13 pm |

    Did it come out about elvis? That should tell you that the only truth is what you want to believe. Just look at all the truth about the press.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Harold , ANCHORAGE, AK

    I think it is useless to speculate before the coroner's reprt is finished.
    The media hype over his death without that info is yellow dog journalism at its most macabre. It is goulish

    July 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    There are drug addicts that die every day in our country and some alcoholics die of their illness but the death certificates always say something like, heart failure or suicide. Maybe if the news media spent as much time on these peoples plight then maybe our society would take some real action to stop the drugs being flooded into our country.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    I'm sure additional facts will surface about his death.......but we will never really know the "truth" about his life or his death.......he walked in a different world than the rest of us.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  18. Ed

    Yes Jack, and when it does, I'm sure the media will interrupt their coverage of the end of the world to bring us the Breaking News.


    July 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  19. Jenna

    Will the truth about Michael Jackson’s death ever come out?

    I didn't know that there was a problem. His rent a doc gave MJ and accidental overdose and didn't take care of him. Very simple. No malace, doctor just error.

    Roseville CA

    July 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  20. Darren

    Looks like the doc who was giving him the IV has a lot of questions to answer and I somehow doubt Michael Jackson went gently into that good night do to natural causes.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas
    It already has.
    In bit & pieces we have discovered the factors that resulted in his death.

    An excentric man, surrounded by self serving individuals who enabled his most dangerous habits.

    Now, they are trying to determine who to hang,

    July 31, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  22. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, but will it be published in terms average person can understand. Who really wants to know. I am not one of those people.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  23. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    The media and the public will demand that they know what actually happened to Michael Jackson. Sadly, Mr. Jackson will get all he can from his publicity.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Jayne

    I imagine someday we will know what killed Michael Jackson, but will we every know what killed 17 year old Natalie Sarkisyan? Was it the leukemia or the insurance company that denied her the liver transplant recommended by her doctor? To be fair, after public protests the insurance company reversed their position, but it was too late for Natalie and she died.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  25. Jim/NC

    Unlike journalists and politicians, investigators must get to the facts before publishing them. Tracking prescriptions assigned to a reported nineteen aliases can be very difficult. Yes, it will take some time, but the truth will be made available in due time.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Even if the truth ever comes out will we even recognize it amongst all the other sensational possibilities surrounding this case? You know what I heard, I heard his head is now frozen in a cryo-tank in Arizona and they're going to bury the rest of Michael Jackson under the turf at Giant Stadium.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  27. Frederick Keenan

    Sure.. the truth always comes out.. and if not we have a way of making up something that appears to be true anyway....

    July 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  28. Julie from CA.

    We'll no most of it, but not all the facts.

    Why? Because of unbelievable police incompetence. It is INCONCEIVABLE that they had a famous person die under strange circumstances and did not secure the home as a possible crime scene.

    Everyone in America surely knows that should have been the protocol of the LAPD. It is shocking that they were so incompetent and let so many people remove things–lots of things–from that house before they went back to investigate.

    Incompetence like that at this date? It's mind-boggling.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  29. Max Fairview, Texas

    I think your right Jack, we may never know the truth. I also think there is more at stake here then his Estate. There is also the mater of a very hefty life insurance policy that was taken out to cover his tour costs should he fail to make and complete it. If the cause of death is suicide because he over dosed the insurance won't pay. If the cause of death is homicide that is a whole other can of worms. Only time will tell and Michael Jackson isn't going anywhere.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  30. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    You what the truth I can tell you the truth now. Jackson was an addict and he paid doctors and employees to get the drugs that he wanted. These people who should have been taking care of him especially the doctors, acted like prostitutes and only was interested in the money he could give them. Whether they will find the evidence to prosecute the doctors and all the people who went and got prescriptions for him remains to be seen. Look how long it took for the truth for Elvis Presley drug addiction and the extent of it to be known.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  31. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    The ONLY good that could come out of this issue is the crack down of On Call Doctors who give their famous clients anything they want. Basically they become high priced Drug Dealers.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  32. Terry from North Carolina

    This kid should be buried and this story should end, there is nothing to be gained by keeping this going. There are three children involved here let them get on with their lives.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  33. Jay in Texas

    Like everyone else, I was sure hoping and expecting that the cause of Michael Jackson's death would have been released this week. I can see no reason why coroner's office can't release what they have now to the public. Maybe they are withholding it until someone is arrested and tried for murder, manslaughter or whatever. If that is the case, we will just have to wait for the trial.
    Brownwood, Texas

    July 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  34. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Jack, much more than we ever want it to.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  35. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    Ultimately it will. Unfortunatly it won't until the estate gets carved up by the vultures to the detriment of his children who are the real victims of this circus.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  36. Mike from Denver

    Sure, but how will we ever be able to distinguish truth from fiction?

    July 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm |

    Yes, but no one will be sent to jail for it for the simple reason that they are proving Michael to be a pill popping druggie. Dr. Conrad Murray did just what Michael asked him to do and this time, there was a complication, he did not wake back up. When ever I have surgery, I sign papers to the fact that complications may happen including death and this is one of those cases where death happened. If you got money, you can get what every your heart desires, or not.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  38. Michelle Johnson

    The truth about Jackson's death is coming out even now, and all will be revealed. Excellent reporting on several networks, and from newspaper journalists are rooting out the facts. I watch new developments on CNN every night. His death is exposing abuse of prescription medications, and corruption on the part of physicians in prescribing dangerously high dosages to make money.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  39. dylan

    Please don't call him a drug addict. Try "dependent on prescription drugs" –or something, think of something! Just try to be a little more sensitive to those of us who love this man. (We are many) We are still convinced that the media's savage attacks all these years played a huge part in his early demise. Because of this, I am now very selective about which media outlet to patronize.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  40. LDR in Central Texas

    No. And since Jackson and a thing called truth weren't exactly big compadres when he was alive, why does lack of truth in his death surprise us?

    July 31, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  41. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    The truth will come out only if investigators find enough evidence to prosecute someone. Otherwise, the speculation will continue endlessly. Enough already! Report about it only when there is REAL news to report.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Sure, but will the court really make a concierge doctor do time?

    July 31, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  43. j/NJ

    Will the truth about Michael Jacksons death ever come out?

    Who knows perhaps the news media will obscure it...on the other hand has it occured to anyone at CNN that the truth of this matter could be that Jackson himself was directly and unequivocally responsible for his untimely demise?...probably not since there is no money, interest, or television news in that unfortunate possibility...

    July 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  44. Donald in CA

    Jack, the truth is already out. The doctor gave him a cocktail that killed him. End of story.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  45. Joe in Missouri

    No, Jack. Secret explanations and conspiracy theories always thrive. Years from now, they will still be writing books about whether Michael Jackson's birth certificate is the real thing.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  46. Karen Mickleson, CA

    They want to time the release of the autopsy to cooincide with the announcement of charges against Murray. They don't want his attorneys to get their hands on the autopsy report before the prosecutor has his case lined up. Jackson being an obvious addict, that doesn't absolve Murray from charges of recklessness in a voluntary manslaughter case.

    Meanwhile, everyone knows he died from a cocktail of drugs with Diprovan the likely dominating culprit. I'm sure some kind of stimulant or upper will have been detected too. The issue now is a legal one.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  47. Lucy

    Yes, the truth always comes out; not necessarily in the end, but eventually, when it just doesn't hurt as much. Will people believe it's the truth? Some, but others still enjoy their conspiracy theories.
    SF, CA

    July 31, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  48. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    The truth usually comes out, and in this case, it's about time! Michael Jackson was a spectacular entertainer, but enough is enough. I don't think he's even been buried and they're treating him like he was a real king! They need to disclose the autopsy findings, arrest whomever, and get on with life. Unfortunately, the persona of Mr. Jackson will be more pleasing than the reality of his drug abuse, and his fans deserve to know the truth.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    Look behind the grassy knoll. Oh how the web grows.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  50. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Only if the LAPD thinks they can score a slam dunk when they do it. It's pretty obvious that they're looking to make a big arrest at the time the results are released. As they've done before, the department is trying to make a case that may or may not be there. I don't know if we'll ever know–or if we need to. There's enough evidence out there to give any thinking person a pretty good idea of what happened.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  51. Chryssa

    It already has. He was a drug addict who overdosed. End of story.

    Boise, ID

    July 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  52. Dee in sunny Florida

    Nothing will bring him back, and unless it was something that leads to charges against someone (which will then become public record) I do not see why everyone in the world NEEDS to know.

    Howeve, I think the results of the autopsy will eventually be released, and then the conspiracy theorists will get on their bandwagon, and the topic will NEVER go away!

    How trivial have we become?

    July 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  53. Bob G in AZ

    It is really sad that he was taken from this world which ever way it comes out. I would think that his dad had as much to do with his death as anyone. Living above and over achieving even his Fathers dreams he sought the frustration that he endured as a young boy just wishing he could be like other kids. What changed? I think when we find out the finger pointing will never be directed back to the source. He was a special person with a great heart it is unfortunate that it was his Heart that gave out on him. It would be a shame for them to witchhunt just the doctor. There were many others around who could have taken the right decision and intervened, if they really cared about him. TOO many hangers on I guess, wonder how many have filed for California's unemployment benefits since his death.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  54. Ken in Pinon Hillsm California

    My name is Ken and I'm an alcholic who has been sober for thirty years.
    If I didn't stop drinking I wouldn't be eighty years old. There are millions of dead drunks and users, and Jackson has joined them. The only truth is he did it to himself, and we who chose sobriety did it to ourselves, the difference being life and death.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  55. Moki

    The truth will eventually come out, but it may be a very long time.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Mobie

    Yes, the truth will certainly come out! It can be delayed, but not denied. We already know Dr. Murray is complicit. According to some reports he Murray failed to call the EMTs until more than 30 minutes; he allegedly performed CPR with MJ still on the bed; MJ was dead by the time the EMTs got there, and yet Murray refused to call it or let them call it, insisting MJ be taken to the ER. He was simply a Parasite! The truth must prevail.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  57. Terry in Virginia

    Michael Jackson was a great entertainer but a troubled man who will continue to be hounded by the media regardless what the public wants. The autopsy reports may show a certain drug or combination of drugs killed him, but the only one who knew the whole truth was Mr. Jackson himself. Let the poor man rest in peace. Let his children move on through their grief without the ghoulish tabloid headlines hitting them everywhere they go.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  58. Charles from Roswell, Georgia

    The pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know how dangerous these drugs are. So the truth will never come out.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  59. Nancy, CA

    Yes, I believe it will, it's just a matter of time. My hunch is the officials who are working on this case don't want another rushed and botched situation on their hands, similar to the O. J. Simpson saga. I'm willing to bet that on the same day the coroner releases the results of the autopsy, the police department will also announce that they have arrested one or more people for the roles they played in enabling Michael Jackson's addiction to drugs, and thus his tragic and untimely death.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  60. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    Probably never the whole truth. We can never feel his pain, feel the holes in his heart, or understand why so many gifted people are lonely in a crowd.

    Perhaps a minister friend a couple of days ago (at someone else's Memorial) said it best:

    "Gifted people are fathers, mothers, children, and relatives. But they are born with their gifts to share them with millions of others, as well. Rarely can someone who is here to enhance a tremendous population of humanity ever be what their family wants or needs them to be, because they are driven to complete their tasks, and there's less personal time for those closest to them. (The cobbler's children have no shoes...") We must not judge them... we must be grateful for the time we could share with them, and know that the world is better because they contributed to it."

    July 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  61. rlandschoot

    There's no difference between Presley's death and Jacksons. They, by their money, could pay people to break the law, obtaining controlled substances quite beyond need. Pharmacists run into this daily, and thank God insurance data often prevents overuse. Abuse comes in various forms, from enablers to crooks

    r.landschoot pine city, ny

    July 31, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  62. John in Santa Barbara

    The truth is–that kind of life often leads to death. Look at the history of rock-and-roll. Elvis, Henricks, Joplin, this is the reality of the life of a pop star.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  63. Jane in Washington DC

    I suppose eventually the truth will out. If nothing else, I would hope the tragedy of MJ's death will be the catalyst for Americans to finally take steps to address the growing problem of prescription drug addiction. I bet cutting down the abuse of prescription drugs and doctor shopping would help quite a bit in controlling spiraling health care costs. Now that's real healthcare reform!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  64. Ken in NC

    YES, maybe, or maybe not. It all depends on how much money changes hands.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  65. JIM S

    I don't think the real truth will come out. There will be a cover up of some sort. I personally believe the Doctor gave him an overdose of propofolknowing full well that Michael Jackson was addicted to prescription drugs..

    July 31, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  66. Jim Donald (Ontario)

    I think the truth has come out . It is about a broken man and a broken health system that allows people to shop around until they can find a doctor who can give them their fix as long as they have the money. It is sad that doctors think they can cheat a system by providing and prescribing to the rich and famous. THere were to weak people her 1 was an addict Micheal Jackson, and the worse of the 2 a doctor with the ability and lack of conscience to tekk them no. Istead he got paid 100K a month to give Micheal his fix. Being an alcoholic i understand the failings of an addict, but i would expect more of doctors not to tie an anchor around my neck and throw me overboard. Case is Solved. Dr Murray did in in the conservatory with a prescription pad. The only difference between this and a pusher is that in this case the dealer is legally administering the drugs.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  67. Abbie in VA

    We already know – they just want to make sure they can prove it. It's smart detective work.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  68. Derek

    The truth will come out, but only if we really really care about him anymore.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  69. Christine from Ocean City, MD

    Am I the only one who feels that none of this is surprising? Who decreed that we must all cover this? What happened with the China summit?

    I felt sad about Michael Jackson's personal problems before his death, before Martin Bashir's documentary, back when I heard that MJ was sleeping in an oxygen tent. I hope he is in a better place now, free and at peace.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  70. Ron Knightwalter

    NO, we will never know the whole truth.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  71. Ian Campo

    The TRUTH is already out. I may not yet be confirmed. But we already know the TRUTH.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

    No, not all of it will be revealed. This is going to be as mysterious as his life was. He would be so imbarassed if he knew all of this is going on, as he was so private. He is gone, so let it rest.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  73. Alexandros

    Jack, as of now, the truth does not matter. Michael Jackson has died, and the people who haven't let his death go need to. There was no question that he was a phenomenal performer, and a great philanthropist, and that is what he should be remembered for. If we knew how he died, it wouldn't bring him back, would it?

    July 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  74. amna

    no, it looks like his death will remain a mystery...jackson's death was a very sad moment in entertainment history...but the circumstances surrounding his death have become even more sad...the only motive anyone has to try to find out the truth, including so-called friends and family , is so they can get their hands on his wealth.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  75. Uncle Booze

    I believe not. I do not think the family want the world to know what happened to Michael. More importantly, the age old question regarding his skin complexion would be answered, which would inadvertently cause devastation to the world. I think it is better this way.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  76. Chris

    Detailed post-mortem toxicologic reports can take weeks, if not months. For you to say that they've been complete for weeks is probably misleading.

    That said, suggesting that the public "deserves" to know every detail is sort of ridiculous, too. If there was a crime committed, let that follow the course that law enforcement chooses to take. If not, it's really not our business.

    He's dead. He was a talented performer, an odd individual, and likely a very troubled human being. Maybe it's time we got over him, just a little.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  77. Angie J- Santa Monica, California

    Yes it will. It's a strategic move by the DA and the coroners office.The report will come out as the same time as the arrest warrent for Dr. Murry. They want to make sure the case against Dr. Murry is airtight .

    July 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  78. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Probably not. Genuine authoritative medical information is private under Federal law, so no licensed provider will reveal anything at all without a court order. The LA County Coroner will issue a formal report – the rest will be speculation, and will remain so forever.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  79. Nancy, Tennessee

    The public may never hear the real truth about Michael's toxicology report unless someone goes on trial for his murder. Then it will come out in bits and pieces about what drugs where in his tissues. Michael's death needs to be a lesson to those who take drugs irresponsibly and to those who enable them. If you mess with drugs, you can die and if you enable those who use drugs, you could go to jail. Too many people are abusing drugs by taking or prescribing them.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  80. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    The only people who know exactly what happened is Michael and his personal physician. The truth might or might not come out about the circumstances involving the death of Michael Jackson, but let's stop reminding the Jackson family about it, because it adds more and more anguish if you keep telling them that. they have been through so much pain and suffering and they definitely do not need anymore of it!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  81. Dwight Garcia- Brooklyn, NY


    You want the truth? The truth is we are all to blame in some sort of way. His family, friends, and the public all played a role in his life ending tragically. His fame made him public property but along the way we drove him to be mysterious and secluded and ultimately caused his death.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  82. Ricky Austin,Texas

    Jack, the truth will come out once folks stop taking advantage of Jackson's death by making all sorts of assumptions and giving so much attention to the matter. It feels like this information is being delayed because we like sticking to one topic for a long time. The news should give us information without trying to entertain us. Leave the worries about his estate to legal processes.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  83. Georgene

    Yesterday during the interview Larry King had with Michael Jackson's chef..... she stated that Jackson said "they are killing me" when talking about preparing for the tour. It was more than he was capable of doing. The promoters hired the Doctor which was stated in one of the news stories.....he was paid $150,000 per month and in charge of monitoring Jacksons physical condition.

    The concert promoters and the Doctor are to blame for his death...the promoters through greed and the Doctor through malpractice.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  84. Jim Peabody

    Yes the truth will come out but it will take a long time. The coroner must balance the public's desire to know what happened with the rights of the potential defendents in a criminal case. Anything that the coroner commits to will be leaked to the press before the ink on his signature is dry. The press performs a valuable function in our democracy but it is not always right to publish all you hear just to build ratings.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  85. Valarie

    Eventually, it will. And I have a feeling it will reveal the worst. I think it will also implicate Dr. Murray in MJ's death. When I first saw this on CNN, I KNEW he was going to jail over all this. Hell, after the prosecutors drop all of those charges on him, he may be going under the jail! If Murray somehow wiggles his way out of this one, the Jackson Family will fille a wrongful death suit. And because the burden of proof is much lower, they are going to win it hands down.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  86. Aaron

    The truth will surely come out, may only take time. Let the investigators do their job. If they want the real truth then nobody needs to be in a rush because rushing may lead to the opposite of truth. When the truth finally comes out, let justice take its course. I predict no serious wrong doing on anybody's part.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  87. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    I think the LA police are doing a thorough job so they don't botch it up like they did with the OJ case. Personally, I think it should be ruled "SUICIDE" not manslaughter or murder. Jackson knew what he was taking, he demanded it from a nurse practicioner who showed him all the consequences of the drug from her PDR. I don't think he was as "whimpy" as he looked. He intimidated the people he hired into enabling his addiction.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  88. Brian Smith PhD

    This is easy. The heck with the doctor, the FBI, the police, or any criminal proceedings. This is all about someone wanting to discredit Jackson sufficiently so they can contest his "being of sound mind", and therefore grab up his estate. Someone is deliberately holding things up until such time they can build a case to discredit Jackson's will. This is a grab for it all. Yes there will be an end. That will be when who ever it is gets into court with their case and make their bid.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  89. Ray King

    Jack: There are two factors being overlooked in this question.
    First, the words "truth" and "justice" rarely enter into anything that happens in CA.

    Second, We must keep in mind this is the state that now wants to support itself by legalizing Pot. WHOOPEE ! !

    We should long-ago have excised this cancer from the rest of the continent.

    Lord save us all from "La-La Land"!

    Ray King

    July 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  90. A. Vega

    As a healthcare professional, I know for a fact that propofol is only to be use by an anesthesiologist with ACLS equipment and personal available at all times, if I will give propofol to someone out-side a hospital or a clinic I will be in jail, especially if that person died, I mean are you kidding me? What kind of investigation the DEA is going? Are they sleeping?

    July 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  91. ace capshaw

    I don't think that the powers that be behind Micheal Jackson are as organized or as smart as say those behind J.F.K's death. So my short answer is no! There will be a leak and sooner than later.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  92. Georgene

    Jackson told his chef "they are killing me" when talking about the rehersals for the tour. The promoters hired the Doctor to manage Jacksons health. To me the promoters and the Doctor are responsible for Jackson's death.

    The promoters through greed and the Doctor through malpractice.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  93. evelyn dunlap

    i think they already know what killed micheal jackson but the family is not allowing it to come out yet , as far as his money is concerned who do you u think is supposed to get it ? thats jackson money and it should stay in the jackson family and whom ever he owes. whats so wrong about the jacksons keeping jackson money in the family? the media acts like there trying to strip the family down to nothing financially, like there poor beginings in indiana. thats not right.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  94. Matt Jones

    I think that Jackson had serious problems that most people in the public don't even realize. It doesn't usually cross people's minds what an addict has to do to maintain their habit. He probably had dozens of different sources for his medication and some bought on the street.

    If there's extra details not released yet, its because there's probably sometime there were very strong other medications found in his system.

    Personally I think Michael was trying to put him self into a coma to quickly withdraw from opiates and sedatives for his tour. I know many addicts just wish they could go into a coma and wake up cured.

    Some details won't come out ever, but we will get some of the medications eventually. When they can try to track down all the sources of other medications found...perhaps?

    July 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  95. lynnej

    As much as a Michael Jackson fan that I am, I want this to go away.
    The truth will never come out. He's gone and not here to defend himself or his actions. Information available are coming from vultures who want to get their hooks in his estate or their 15 minutes of fame or both. And right now, they're all pointing the finger at him, like he didn't have help.

    The only people that need to know this information is his family. This is a private matter. If there is some foul play that is up to the family and the police to proceed. This is so not our business.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Bonnie from Pennsylvania

    No. I think officials will find a cocktail of drugs in his system and it will be difficult to determine exactly what caused his death. It might also be difficult to determine what doctor prescribed each drug they may find since there were many doctors involved and several aliases.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  97. William

    As a man in recovery I know one thing. An active addict will do anything and everything possible to get a drug. I believe the truth is clear, somebody gave Jackson the drugs that he killed himself with. Only a guess of course, but I'd bet on that. The real question is whether Jackson was smart enough to trick his doctor, rich enough to bribe him, or the doctor (which I find often the case) was not properly trained in dealing with addicts. I've watch many times as uneducated and careless doctors allow addicts access to drugs and it is high time our medical system re-examined how these doctors are trained. Hopefully this case will shead light on a very serious problem in our society, the over prescribing of drugs and careless management of the patient /doctor relationship. Aren't we doing a health care bill right now? hmmmm.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  98. Junetta Harrell Taylor

    Michael Jackson's death has touched many people, but in different ways. The toxicology report will tell all about how we lost such a "young" man because of what, who knows. But, it is fair to those who loved Michael to know how he left 3 wonderful kids who loved him dearly and raised them until it was time for his departure here on earth. It is only fair to let those know who have followed this investigation.

    Junetta Harrell Taylor,
    Laurinburg, NC

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  99. Jon from Chicago

    Jack: The truth is evident: MIchael Jackson was a drug addict. Those close to him – including his family members – who knew about his addiction are all responsible for his death. No one interviened and we lost an American icon.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  100. Judie Williams EL Lago

    What am I missing? It has already been reported MJ was an addict, and the money kept the enablers closed mouth.

    Ah, what a tangled web was woven by all parties, and there will be more to come.

    The TRUTH is and has been out......period !


    July 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  101. Annie, Atlanta

    Probably not. This is very sad. How can a man have a live in doctor who passes out drugs like candy instead of getting him help? I guess just like Wall Street can rip us blind and then have us bail them out, huh?

    July 31, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  102. Gerri

    Hi Jack,

    The doctor is running scared and Michael's children certainly should not be placed in the position of being questioned about his death by anyone. But I am curious about it. He's gone now and is obviously being missed by all of us. So no..........we'll never really know the real truth because only Michael does and he took it with him. Gerri- Georgia

    July 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  103. Danielle, NC

    Why do we really need or even want to know "the truth" about Michael Jackson's death? He was an icon. He was the greatest entertainer. But he was also a man who has children, parents, siblings and friends. I want them to know the truth in hopes that they may be able to find some peace. I want any doctors who acted illegally or unethically to be punished for their crimes. But otherwise, just leave the man alone. He doesn't owe us anything, and he never did. He gave everything, and even in death we keep trying to take. He admitted numerous times to being addicted to painkillers. Does that change anything? The standards to which we hold entertainers are simply mind-boggling. We control their public personae and actions (through our whims and purchasing power). Why do we feel the need to know their private lives, too?

    Our celebrity-obsessed culture is hurting us. It's all escapism. I would venture to guess that more people have sought more details on Jackson's death than have sought information on things that really are our business, that will affect our own lives, like Obama's health care plan, for instance. We spend so much time engrossed in the lives of other people. We build people up to break them down, and take pleasure in it. The media these days seems little different from the Coliseum of Rome. Same game, different players.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  104. donna

    no. I do not think we will ever know the truth about how Michael jackson died, not unless there were surveillance cameras in his room. In hindsight it would have been a good idea.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  105. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    I’m sure there toxicology report will show what was in his system, was that why he died? Hard to prove.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  106. Sid in Bakersfield

    Who cares how he died? Is there not more important news that needs to be reported? Is every talented musician's death henceforth to be scrutinized to the extent Michael Jackson's death has been? I would hope that this story ceases to be among the CNN's TOP 10 and you guys focus on matters that weigh more strongly on the average American's life.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  107. Robert

    I don’t think we will ever find out what happened to Michael Jackson. He lived in a world of speculation and died in world of speculation. I’m sure if the corner could emphatically state the cause of death – we would have heard it by now!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  108. Renee

    We want hear the truth from Dr Murry...and why did Dr Murray disappear for two or three days? oh yeah, he went to Texas and hired a CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY for the state and federal courts! Imagine, why would you go get a criminal defense attorney if you have done nothing wrong???

    July 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  109. Jaimey Perham

    The real factual truth about MJ's death will eventually come to the surface, real factual truth is never silenced, but the real question is what version of the truth will the media, American people, fans, friends, and family willing to finally accept concerning MJ's death?

    Jaimey Perham
    Bridgeport, CT

    July 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  110. Burt from Los Angeles

    The answer is simple "NO." Think about it. Is Michael worth more dead then alive? I can even figure this one out, PEACE...

    July 31, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  111. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Since Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have been in the news regarding Michael Jackson's death, I wonder how race will play a part since Dr. Murray is also an African-American?

    July 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  112. U E Bush

    Jeez... Give them time Jack.
    Jean Harlow died on June 7, 1937, in Los Angeles, CA.
    and they are still working on that one. It takes time.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  113. Karen

    This one will go to a jury. One thing is clear, though. Anybody is capable of becoming a drug addict, and there will aways be unscupulous "professionals" around to give added assistance to the wealthy.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  114. Jack - Lancaster, OH

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Yes, it will be when the last dime is made from the tragic mystery by witholding the truth and adding to the theatrical effect.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  115. Carla - Wyoming

    No, I don't think the public will ever know all the facts or the truth. All I want to know, is if the poor guy has ever been buried?!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  116. Martha L

    I don't know if we'll ever know the truth......maybe only Michael, the doctor and God know. I do know that doctors take an oath to first do no harm, and being a drug dealer to the rich is not part of their job. Any ethical doctor would have refused to administer propofol at a patient's home, and counseled this patient on the dangers of doing so. They would have also referred the patient to a sleep disorders clinic, or to a neurologist, or even to a psychiatrist, if needed, but to administer a drug such as propofol to someone at their home without cardiac and 02 saturation monitors is a ticking time bomb. Maybe the need to classify all anesthetics as controlled drugs will be realized by the FDA now!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  117. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    It should and must, especially seeing how much "influence" Michael Jackson had on so many people. It shows his "true colors" (not racially either) about who and what he was and did. A drug addict is a drug addict even if it was prescription drugs. All the medical people involved should also be held accountable.

    July 31, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  118. lw

    This whole thing is a HOAX!!! What happened to INVESTIGATIVE journalism? It's hard to believe that so many reporters, news shows, are not looking into these things more deeply. That none of them see the ridiculous info they are being fed, and so easily reporting. I know it's all about the ratings etc. But come on!

    July 31, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  119. Allen-Minnesota

    Why is it when a addict pop star or celeb dies they go looking for someone to blame. Yet nine thousand people die each year from same problem and improper drug cross referencing and its lucky if they even can get a good lawyer to sue.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  120. Debbie M

    Murray was in debt and lived well beyond his means. As long Michael handed over the money the doctor gave him what he wanted. He is a greedy unprofessional doctor. Dr. Murray's diry hands are all over this. I don't know if we'll ever know the whole truth but it's obvous what went on. Michael RIP.


    July 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  121. Yeshiembet Gemaneh

    Yes, the truth always will come out. Truth never remains hidden. Truth has a magic power to revel and no matter what the whole truth will never remain secret, it is only a matter of time.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  122. scott

    Hi Jack, the only 2 reasons i see it taking so long for an answer to M.J.'s death is #1 it's M.J.; #2 so much surrounding his Dr's involvement! Look how long it took all the speculation surrounding Princess Di's death. Any way i can't wait till this whole thing is over with.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  123. Yehya

    The truth about Jackson's death will never come out. That's because Jackson isn't dead, he is alive. Yes, and in my all concoiusness i'm saying that he's alive, alive in our hearts.
    I think that Jackson died because God wanted to, and it's not our job to investigate about his death.
    But, on the other hand, you may say, that maybe he died at a very early age....
    I think that maybe it's a result of his exhaustion at work and other nervous hard moments that he passed in.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  124. B Edwards

    I suspect the truth is known by now but not released because prosecuters have decided to pursue criminal activity and have put the brakes on releasing any information that might make their investigation more difficult. Jackson was a tremendous talent with a very strange personal life. His doctor is likely guilty of facilitating his drug habit but if this doctor didn't give the addict what he wanted he would have found another doctor or else found people to get him what he wanted on the street. Short of committing Jackson to rehab there was not ever going to be a good outcome. What a waste of a talented life of priviledge.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  125. mare meyer

    I think the L.A. Coroner's Office and the D.A. is playing cover their tracks because they did not secure the crime scenes quickly enough.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  126. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    He's worth more dead than alive, so as long as the mystery and myths can continue to flourish there will always be money to be made. The cause of his death, and what killed him, are two different things.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  127. Thinker

    You know Cafferty, we know they will. We also know for a fact that this doctor was bad news for Michael. What we do not know is, was this an accident or deliberate killing of another human being? The time line does not add up. If this doctor always gets breakfast for Michael at 10 am or so, and he did not show up at that time then what happened from that time till the time Michael was pronounced dead? If he tried to wake him up after administering the illegal drug and couldn't, even a layman would call 911 right away. From 10 am till the time Michael was taken to the hospital seem to be approximately 3 hours. If the so call Chef knew that Michael usually have his breakfast at 10 am and did not see the doctor came down to get his breakfast, why didn't she or someone made an effort to see if everything was alright with Michael? They said it was a loving atmosphere at the house where Michael treats everyone like family, right? We now know that the doctor have financial problems, and we also know that money was missing from Michael’s home. We also know that someone, through the generosity of their heart returned 5.5Million to Michael’s estate. Now, anyone with brains will think, was this an act of generosity or guilt? If someone deliberately returned 5.5 million to someone, then he or she must have already pocketed ten times as much. Another thing, why did this doctor ran away for so many days? Now let’s focus on the servants and nanny. Where was she and the rest of the servants? I heard she was good with the children. If so, why was Michael’s son forced to see his father’s death? Wouldn’t she interfere and prevent that from happening? There are so many holes in the Chef's account, that is, if she was really the Chef and there are so many holes in this account according to the doctor and everyone else. It seems so well rehearsed and collaborated. The timeline does not seem right and everyone knows now that SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY AMISS. WE WILL FIND OUT SOONER OR LATER. WOULDN’T WE? AS THEY SAY, “YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CANNOT HIDE.” AND “WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND” SOONER OR LATER.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  128. Ace capshaw- Casper, Wy.

    There is enough conflct in the backgroung that the powers that be, behind the scenes, won't be able to keep the truth from surfacing unless the doctor is truely guilty. My gut feeling is that Micheals drug use is multifacited and the guilt in the end will ultimately be spread so thin that no one, or know one's story will hold water....

    July 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  129. D.R. Texas

    No I don't think it will~~

    July 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  130. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, The truth would stop the money machine. Michael Jackson will generate more money than Elvis as long as "mystery" is thrown out there.

    July 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  131. charles from PA

    the LA coroner's office already knows what killed Mr. Jackson – they (and the LAPD) have a long tradition of being closed-mouth when it comes to celebrities. The sad last years of Mr. Jackson's life (apparently self-imposed) will spawn endless books and movies and lawsuits. Keeping mum is what they should do. All this froth and frenzy about the poor guy is pointless. Its just sad that he wound up this way - surrounded by the economic equivalent of vampires squeezing money out of him.

    July 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm |