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July 1st, 2009
11:07 AM ET

Nutritionist: Jackson begged for sedatives for insomnia

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Michael Jackson suffered from severe bouts of insomnia and pleaded for a powerful sedative despite knowing its harmful effects, a nutritionist who worked with the singer said Tuesday.

Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse and nurse practitioner who first met Jackson in January to treat his children for a common cold, said she rejected his requests for Diprivan and informed him of the side effects.

"I told him this medication is not safe," Lee said. "He said, 'I just want to get some sleep. You don't understand. I just want to be able to be knocked out and go to sleep.'"

"I told him - and it is so painful that I actually felt it in my whole spirit - 'If you take this you might not wake up.'"

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, nurse practitioners "provide high-quality health care services similar to those of a doctor." They can also prescribe medications, according to the academy's Web site.

CNN could not independently verify whether Lee worked with Jackson.

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  1. nigel

    im wondering about the prescription drugs ,and everyone i see is saying ,micheal got drugs in LA ,but i was wondering about why he loved london so much and maybe thats why he lived abraod .the laws there about obtaining these drugs,did he import them from europe ????

    July 2, 2009 at 7:22 am |
  2. Larry

    This isn't a surprise. Jackson's drug abuse is well known. It wouldn't surprise me when the tox report comes back if they don't find a wide variety of drugs in his system.

    July 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  3. Gerard

    Yes, I believe this is probably the case, that Mr.MJ desperately wanted to be knocked out of circulation for a good night's sleep. I'm also an insomniac and resorted to sleeping pills in the end but I later learned that meditation is the way to go. Not easy though. R.I.P Mr M.J

    On a more positive point, we still have Weird Al Yankovich so don't despair fans. Micheal will re-possess Weird Al very soon surely?

    CNN, when will we get a reaction on the cable news from Weird Al on MJ passing?

    Yours, wide awake!
    Gerard in Tokyo

    July 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  4. lets get real

    jackson a child molestor media hipes him up what is the world coming too.we are not allowed to say we do not believe in gay marriage .whats hollywood and tv all about not honesty thats for sure. there are no rules the rich get richer the poor get poorer and we feed junk from the tv to our children even the news you can not believe anymore .shame on you theres no one we can believe anymore.zonnie ...maiden nc

    July 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm |