- You getting sleepy, quack?
I'm really not that obsessed with Michael Jackson's death (honestly!) but an Associated Press story
yesterday about the pop star was just odd -- even for a man once rumored to be in the market for the bones of Elephant Man
The AP interviewed Jackson's personal nurse and nutritionist, Cherilyn Lee, who told of the entertainer's chronic insomnia
and bizarre sleep rituals. Lee says that Jackson wanted her to supply him with the powerful, intravenous sedative Diprivan
. Lee refused to supply the drug, but believes he got it anyway.
That's because four days before his June 25 death, Lee says she received a frantic call from Jackson's handlers and could hear Jackson in the background complaining:
"One side of my body is hot, it's hot, and one side of my body is cold. It's very cold."
Lee suggested that Jackson be taken immediately to a hospital, but he was not. An overdose of Diprivan, according to doctors, can lead to cardiac
The nurse also tells of a night she spent with the
singer to observe his sleep patterns. After giving Jackson some herbal
sleep aides, Lee took a seat in the corner of the bedroom. She says the
singer then got ready for bed in his customary habit by dimming the
lights and playing classical music.
"He also had a computer on the bed because he loved
- "Hey, Michael, would you give me a spot on the bench press?" "Sure, Lou! I thought you'd never ask!"