According to Cherilyn Lee, she repeatedly rejected Michael Jackson's requests for Diprivan, which is given intravenously. He reportedly sought the drug to aid in treating his persistent insomnia.
Since Michael Jackson's death on June 25th, persistent rumors have circulated about his use of prescription drugs, including a possible injection of Demerol just prior to his cardiac arrest. Cherilyn Lee, however, says that Jackson was opposed to recreational drug use, but desperate help in sleeping (thus the Diprivan).
Cherilyn Lee told the AP:
"He wasn't looking to get high or feel good and sedated from drugs. This was a person who was not on drugs. This was a person who was seeking help, desperately, to get some sleep, to get some rest."Originally developed as propofol, Diprivan was re-launched in 1986 by AstraZeneca as an emulsion that only has 1% propofol. An overdose of Diprivan can cause an erratic heartbeat leading to cardiac arrest.
Whether or not Jackson obtained his Diprivan, Cherilyn Lee speaks of a strange phone call she received when in Florida on June 21st from a member of Michael Jackson's staff.
"He called and was very frantic and said, `Michael needs to see you right away.' I said, 'What's wrong?' And I could hear Michael in the background ..., 'One side of my body is hot, it's hot, and one side of my body is cold. It's very cold.'Once again, for the real truth, it seems we will have to wait weeks for toxicology results. Meanwhile, the world grieves and prepares for might be the biggest funeral, ever.
"I said, `Tell him he needs to go the hospital. I don't know what's going on, but he needs to go to the hospital ... right away."
"At that point, I knew that somebody had given him something that hit the central nervous system. He was in trouble Sunday and he was crying out."