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Drug found as LA plans for Jackson memorial

THE powerful sedative Diprivan was found in Michael Jackson's home, a law enforcement official said, as Los Angeles planned for a massive crowd at the singer's memorial service.

Diprivan is an anesthetic widely used in operating rooms to induce unconsciousness. Also known as Propofol, it's given intravenously and is very unusual to have in a private home.

The law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the matter.

A Los Angeles Police spokesman, Lieutenant John Romero, declined to discuss the case. "It's an ongoing investigation," he said on Friday.

The cause of Jackson's death has not been determined. Autopsy results are not expected for several weeks.

At the downtown Staples Center, where Jackson's memorial will be held on Tuesday morning, Assistant Police Chief Earl Paysinger said anywhere from 250,000 to 700,000 people could try to reach the arena, even though only 17,500 tickets will be available.

City Councilwoman Jan Perry urged people to watch the memorial on TV.

Tickets to Jackson's memorial service will be free. They can be obtained by registering at There will be 11,000 tickets for seats inside Staples Center and 6,500 for seats in the adjacent Nokia Theatre, where fans can watch a simulcast. Late last night, 8,750 names were to be randomly selected to receive two tickets each.

No details about the memorial service were released.

Jackson was known to have suffered from severe insomnia and had trouble sleeping as far back as 1989, said his former publicist Rob Goldstone.

In the weeks before his death, Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse who was working with the singer, said Jackson pleaded for Diprivan amid the stress of preparing for a series of concerts.

Lee said she repeatedly rejected his demands because the drug was unsafe.

Told on Friday that Diprivan had been found at Jackson's house, she said, "I did everything I could to warn him against it."

Diprivan, which has a milky appearance, is sometimes nicknamed "milk of amnesia." Last fall, doctors from the Mayo Clinic warned at a conference that in rare cases Diprivan can trigger an irreversible chain of events leading to heart dysfunction and death.


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