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breaking news tonight, the just obtained as we go to air, previously kept private video of michael jackson just hours before his death in full dress rehearsal. michael jackson seemingly performing from beyond the grave, but tonight why is it released? ♪ >> oh!
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>> this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. ♪ ♪ some things in life they just don't wanna be ♪ ♪ but if martin luther was livin' he wouldn't let this be ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪
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>> hold for applause. hold for applause. slow, umbrella, fade out. good evening. i'm nancy grace. i want to thank you for being with us. michael jackson seemingly performing from beyond the grave. we have just obtained the private video of jackson's full dress rehearsal just hours before he collapses and pronounced dead. ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ the first videotape we have seen from that -- that final full dress rehearsal that michael jackson had on tuesday night.
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those who loved michael jackson, they'll say it's michael jackson in his top form. >> he was very energetic. he was happy. he was more playful than he normally was at rehearsal. >> others might say that he looked thin. and we don't see many dance moves. >> the nation's top drug cops are now joining the investigation. dea agents looking specifically at the role that prescription drugs could have played in michael jackson's death. >> he was so adamant about, i will pay any amount of money for someone to help me to sleep. i looked at him and that was the first time i got this chill through my body. i said, michael, if you take that medicine, you might not wake up. >> michael jackson's will continuing to create a lot of buzz, especially the section about who he wanted to care for his kids. >> katherine jackson nominated as guardian of his three kids. diana ross, the backup. debra rowe birth mother of the two oldest kids, specifically excluded. >> will she put up a fight for jackson's kids?
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rowe's attorney says she has not decided yet. ♪ some things in life they just don't wanna see ♪ ♪ but if martin luther was livin' ♪ >> straight out to paul vercammen. he is standing by there at the staples center. paul, we understand that there is going to be some type of memorial at the staples center, but first, let me ask you, where did this video come from? this is michael jackson in full dress rehearsal pushing himself to make it through that rehearsal just hours before he collapses in his own home in front of his son and dies. >> well, nancy, quite a surreal scene here at the staples center earlier this morning. what happened was, aeg, who has been promoting michael jackson all along, which owns the staples center, decided it would roll out this tape and allow some interviews. what happened was, about 12 of us were allowed to go into a room inside the maze, which is
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the staples center. there was heavy security all day long. we were wearing plastic wristbands as if we were hospital patients. then the people with aeg said, before we -- we want to release this tape and show to everybody because we're sick and tired of this talk that michael jackson was somehow absolutely sick and on his death bed. then they then played the tape. aeg who very much wanted to get in front and show the world that michael jackson wasn't on the precipice of death and that he was, indeed, rehearsing and practicing and up there with the other dancers and all of that, nancy. >> paul vercammen, explain to us again who or what is aeg that released this video, this videotape just hours before michael jackson collapsed dead. >> reporter: what a great question, because aeg basically in a sense question because aeg very much in a sense had very much taken over michael jackson's life from this standpoint of this.
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they are the company that owns staples and other concert promotions. they were going to put on the london shows, all 50 of them. aeg put up the bill, so to speak, to put michael jackson in what they were hoping would be a very insulated environment, inside the holmby hills estate. where they thought michael jackson would be resting, preparing and gearing up for the concert. after all, this is aeg putting up a huge amount of cash to pull this off. aeg also, somewhere in the making of the contract, said michael jackson should be watched over by the physician of his choice. so that's the role that aeg was playing. and they thought that they had taken the proper steps to ensure that they would get basically a return on their investment and their investment in this case was very much everything that is michael jackson. >> joining me outside the staples center is paul vercammen. and apparently there is going to be some type of memorial there at the staples center and you're going to get charged $25 apiece to pay your respects to michael jackson. i'm going to go out to mary margaret, senior news editor with radaronline. mary margaret, it seems as if the vultures are surrounding him
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even now in death, trying to make a buck off him, even selling t-shirts at the memorial? >> right, of course. michael jackson is one of the biggest stars in the world. and obviously his tragic passing is a big opportunity for a lot of those people who feel like this is their moment to capitalize. >> back to paul vercammen. standing by at the staples center, the location of a tuesday memorial where you've got to pay money to pay your respects and you can buy a t-shirt. paul, what type of aliases was he using? >> reporter: well, from what we understand, some of it was made-up names. some of it might have been people who were his bodyguards. this is all alleged, of course, so anything that would allow him to get ahold of prescription drugs that he didn't think that he could get enough of allegedly in abundance. >> to dr. marty mccarry, physician and professor of public health at johns hopkins. dr. mccarry, thank you for being with us. >> sure. >> look, i know it's going to be tough for you to turn on your own, but when are doctors
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responsible? these pharmacists, yeah, maybe they're kind of responsible. but they're following orders. they are following orders of a prescription written by a doctor. >> i've got to be honest with you, nancy. we as a profession admittedly acknowledge we don't do a great job of policing ourselves. when you put a doctor in a position where his patient is also his employer, that idea of a private celebrity doctor, oftentimes there's a conflict of interest and they get rotten care. >> so what's to become of -- i mean, what's going to happen? we're going to have somebody like you speaking out against this practice on air, but what is to become of these doctors that allegedly wrote all of these prescriptions to michael jackson under false names? >> my guess is that the california state medical board is going to revoke all of their licenses and there may be jail time involved. but remember -- >> put mccarry up on the screen. because i want to see him say
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that with a straight face. do you remember octomom and there was the doctor that put all of these kids in her tummy for her to give birth to all of these children, way past the standard of care for in vitro. nothing's happening, okay? why do you believe anything is going to happen to these doctors? nothing ever happens to the doctors. >> doctors oftentimes -- we are a self-regulated profession, different from other professions. so i'll give it to you, that's difficult to prosecute doctors. but, remember, the doctors may not have been involved in writing the prescription. they could have been falsified or the doctors could have been involved in writing them, in which case the california state medical board can say, enough medicine for you guys. you now no longer have a license for the rest of your careers. >> speaking of the government of california, back to paul vercammen, standing by at the
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staples center, paul, i understand that even arnold schwarzenegger tried -- the governor of california tried to intervene on behalf of the jackson family to have jackson buried at neverland. why? i mean, you don't just bury a body out in the backyard. and, number two, why didn't it work? when you've got the governor trying to make it happen, even he couldn't make it happen? >> well, there's a lot of things at play here, not the least of which is they're trying to do this in santa barbara county, which is arguably one of the most difficult places on the planet to jump through hoops in any kind of planning commission or zoning commission. now, let's go back to where neverland is. it's in ranch land. michael jackson's neighbors are viable ranchers. that's called agriculture preserve. so when you get into this, even the governor may not be able to super cede county laws which say this is what you can do there. for example, michael jackson's ranch right now, they couldn't sell it and make it into condo world. those parcels, as i was told by a county planner, can only be divided into three separate pieces. so that's what they're fighting. >> got it. paul vercammen joining us from the staples center.
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tuesday, set to go down, quite the spectacle as the vultures circle around michael jackson's dead body. they're trying to make money off his memorial. you are seeing just-released video, private video of michael jackson in full dress rehearsal just hours before he collapses in front of his young son and dies. ♪ >> this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of our nation. ♪
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>> this will go down as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. ♪ every day we enjoy history ♪ some things in life they just don't wanna be ♪ ♪ but if martin luther was livin' ♪ ♪ he wouldn't let this be ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ i'm here to remind you
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♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ [ horn honking ] we are showing you video that we have just obtained, video released by aeg. they wanted to prove to the world that michael jackson was fit as a fiddle just hours before he collapses dead. paul vercammen, explain again who is aeg? >> aeg is the company that owns staples center and a lot of other interests. they are basically in the business of promotion and they are the people who had taken over michael jackson's career in a sense, not only putting on the 50 concerts in london and putted him up in the rented mansion in holmby hills, and also making sure that he had medical attention 24 hours a day. they said they would assign a doctor to him, the doctor of his choice, nancy.
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>> i mean, let's unleash the lawyers. everybody, we're taking your calls live. gloria allred. you all know gloria allred, family law attorney, victims rights advocate out of l.a. alexis martin neely, state attorney out of l.a. mickey sherman, renowned attorney out of new york. and daniel horowitz, famed attorney out of the san francisco jurisdiction. gloria allred, they're trying to prove so hard how healthy he was, but yet they were assuring he had a doctor round the clock. something doesn't ring true to me. and how do i know he's healthy? to me he looks extremely thin, extremely pale. how do i know he wasn't on some kind of drug to boost his performance and that's why he needed all of these drugs so he could come down and go to sleep? >> well, nancy, exactly right. the old expression, something is rotten in denmark. and, yes, it's interesting, by the way, that the "national inquirer" -- and you can think what you want to think about them, but they had a headline
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six months ago that michael jackson was unlikely to live six months, because of basically the cocktail of different drugs that they alleged that he was taking. it's possible for him to be there at the rehearsal concert but not necessarily be able to do the big tour that he was planning to do and there were certainly bookies in london taking bets about whether or not he would actually be able to do the tour. a lot of people betting that he wouldn't be up to it because of his health and because of the allegations of drug use. >> to mickey sherman, it seems to me like it's a case of cya, cover your assets, by aeg, trying to make sure that they are cleared of any wrongdoing, pushing michael jackson to perform. i mean, come on, how can you say he's healthy as a horse and we've got a round-the-clock doctor for him? >> they're protecting their investment. that's what they're doing. it's about money. it's about merchandising. it's just such an odd epilogue that they're going to make money merchandising at his funeral or wake or whatever they call it at
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the staples center. i agree with -- i disagree with your other guests. no doctors are going to jail here. if it wasn't those doctors, it would have been other doctors. this was a slow-moving train wreck. aeg was trying to protect their asset, get him ready for the tour and make money. they didn't care about michael jackson. >> speaking of making money, to daniel horowitz out of san francisco, daniel, who was going to make the money of charging people that come to his memorial, $25 a ticket, and you can buy a t-shirt? >> well, nancy, i would assume that aeg owns the rights to most of michael jackson's performances and -- and so on going forward. i also think they'll end up selling the video that you're showing parts of. so, in a sense, we're advertising the video for them today. >> and to alexis martin neely, apparently this video is going to be made into some type of a movie. where is that money going? and since you are the estate's
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attorney expert, let me ask you this. in his will, he leaves 40% to his mom, 40% to his children, 20% to charity. but at the death of his mother, all that money goes to his three natural children. would she be allowed to disburse or give away the money during her lifetime to other family members? >> well, if that money is going to her -- we don't actually know that. what we know is that the will says that the money is going into the michael jackson family trust. we haven't seen the trust. we don't know what the terms of it are. that's going to be dictated completely by the trust if she can give it away or not. ♪ life just don't want to be ♪ but if martin luther was livin' ♪ ♪ he wouldn't let this be ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they really care about us ♪ ♪ i'm here to remind you ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪
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♪ all i wanna say is they don't really care about ♪
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♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ >> this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of our nation.
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♪ every day we enjoy history ♪ some things in life they just don't wanna be ♪ ♪ but if martin luther was livin' ♪ ♪ he wouldn't let this be ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ joining me right now is a very special guest, you ari geller.
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thank you for joining us, sir. you have been a long-time friend of michael jackson's. on many occasions, i understand that you tried to stop him from taking drugs. >> all i can tell you is i've seen michael in situations where i was extremely concerned for his health and hi life. >> i think i was the only individual that dared to scream at him, and i simply screamed, michael, you will die if you continue this, this will kill you. i was living in england, he traveled the world. and he lacked a person next to him, somebody who really cared for michael.
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>> with us is you ari geller from london, england, a longtime friend of mr. jackson. mr. geller, where would he get the prescription drugs? >> nancy, i agree with you. i wish we knew where he was getting them. some of the people around him never said no to michael. what michael wanted, he got. >> i remember on a few occasions i had to sleep next to his bed on the floor. i slept in sitting rooms next to his bedroom, to make sure that he will wake up coherent the next day, that we could go out to the places we wanted to go. but i must add something else,
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this is very important, please let me finish. you know, nancy, the great tragedy of his life, of michael's life is that michael was not permitted to be the simple, humble man that at heart he was, he always was. instead, he was driven to stardom at the age of 5, we all know that, by an ambitious father. he was dogged by controversy all his life. i believe, nancy, and you might be quite disappointed to hear this. because you belong to the media, but i believe that the media must take much of the blame for his slow destruction and eventual death with his sanity buffeted and his health lacked by the global bullying. that's what it was. it was global bullying. it is incredible to me that michael stayed as normal as he was.
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>> mr. geller, i appreciate your opinion that the media, including myself, is at fault here, but, sir, i do not believe the media is responsible for him taking illegally obtained drugs. i would like to ask you, however, why didn't his family or friends intervene? why did they allow him to deteriorate in this manner, leaving behind three children without a mother or a father? >> nancy, i ask this same question. look, there is no doubt in my mind that his mother and his father and his brothers and his sisters were worried. believe me, they probably tried to stop it. but he was a grown-up man, almost a child in a body of a 50-year-old man. and he was traveling the world.
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you know, he -- he was free to do whatever he wanted. it's the people that surrounded him. that's the big question mark. who supplied these things to him? and this is what angers me. i mean, there were so many other things that, you know, i saw michael do. there was -- one day here in london where i promised the london zoo that michael would go and see them. he wanted to see gorillas. and i couldn't wake him up, nancy. i stood there by his bed with his bodyguard and we -- we shook him. michael, michael, wake up. are you okay? and when he finally kind of opened his eyes, i said, what did you take? what did you do? he said, i'm jet-lagged.
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so, you know, i couldn't be there all the time, nancy. >> with me is uri geller joining us from london. everyone, we are taking your calls live. but headline, there is joy in the world tonight. at your request, the photos of the twins. i'll put them on the web tonight. here they are. i was gone last week to the jersey shore. they're out early in the morning in their pajamas and sweaters. that was the road trip. there goes lucy in her pjs. there they are looking at the water. they didn't know not to go in the water with their clothes, and they ran in with their pajamas and crocs. lucy was ready for sun, but it never happened. there they are straight into the water. oh, they went to their very first arcade, fantasy island there at the beach. there's john david, kicked back.
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there's daddy with lucy. at the arcade, riding a miniature hummer. john david building a little sand pile. we had so much fun. on the front porch. there we are at the beach. what a shot. this is from meredith mascola, who took these photos for us. john david tore off his sunglasses at the last moment. they get along great. they don't even fight that much over their toys. oh, man, what a day.
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>> oh! >> this will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
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♪ some things in life they just don't wanna be ♪ ♪ but if martin luther was livin' he wouldn't let this be ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ i'm here to remind you ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about ♪ ♪ all i wanna say is that they don't really care about us ♪
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you are seeing the last known video just released, private video of michael jackson just hours before he collapsed and died in front of his young son. aeg releases this just hours ago to prove they're not at fault, to show michael jackson, as they say hail and hardy just hours before his death. there's no doubt about it. this man was a true talent, regardless of what you think about the child molestation charges, as you all know. he and i were on different sides of the fence on that, at odds. this talent dead, leaving questions swirling around his death and three children without a guardian. to brian oxfam, longtime jackson family confidant, lawyer for the family, host at klla. brian, today debbie rowe pipes up that she hasn't decided what to do about the custody of the children. listen, according to our sources, she stated at a court hearing back around 2002, she
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didn't want the children. she didn't even want to send them a greeting card. and now she's popping up saying that she had a deal with jackson that she would take custody if he died? i don't buy it. >> you're going to hear all kinds of inconsistent statements, and i think what the problem with debbie rowe is that she is being agitated by a whole series of people around her to the point that debbie doesn't know what to do. so you hear all these inconsistent claims, all these inconsistent allegations from one moment to the next. >> you know what, mr. oxman, you can just stop right there. doesn't know what to do? how about, do what's right is it if there was a time in her history that she didn't want the children, she tried to sever her parental rights and the only reason, apparently, they weren't officially severed is because
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department of family and children's services never did their investigation to make it official, so you really think a court is going to hand these kids over to her, a mom that tried her best to take the money and run? >> i'm going to agree with you, nancy. i think she faces a terrible uphill battle and that courts will not look kindly upon her. and the point i'm making is she really doesn't know what is up or up or down. she is, i think, basically being ratcheted by too many advisers, too many people telling her what to do. she doesn't know what's right. i think you have hit it right on the head. >> let's go back to the lawyers. gloria allred, alexis martin neely, mickey sherman, daniel horowitz. to you, daniel horowitz. she tried to sever her parental rights. she tried her best. she told the judge, according to our sources, i don't even want to send them a christmas card, a greeting card. i care that little.
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>> true, nancy, but -- >> why now? remember, she got paid between $500,000 and $12 million when she finally tried to sever her parental rights. does she sense a bigger pay day if she gets the children? or if she tries to get the children, she might be paid off to just go away? >> i don't know, nancy. two years after she gave up those rights, she fought to get them back and the court of appeals ruled in her favor, i believe, in 2006. and i posted that on my website. so she fought for her kids before michael died. i think she's a mother -- >> put him on the screen, please. horowitz, if she fought so hard for her children, why didn't she ever enforce visitation? >> initially she did not. then she fought to get some sort of basic rights. >> really? she fought? what? >> yes, she did. i read the court of appeals opinion. >> then why didn't she get visitation? why didn't she have it enforced and see those children?
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>> well, nancy, that i can't answer. because brian oxman would know better than i. but she did fight legally for it. she's got the leg up right now. gloria will agree. unless somebody can -- >> just speak for yourself, okay? don't drag allred into this. >> help me, gloria. >> sherman, i want to hear from you. >> she is so full of baloney. not to decide is to decide. how do you not be able to decide if you want your kids? that statement alone throws her out of the box as far as i'm concerned. >> you know, i want to go to gloria, the only other one -- gloria, you have intimate knowledge of this case. i'm speaking now as a mom. and i -- that's my main job description now. as mother of the twins, and to think that she could go into court and try to sever her parental rights, and all this b.s. about how she fought for her kids that horowitz is saying, she never even tried to see them. she never fought for visitation.
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>> well, i think, nancy, that she would disagree. and we don't know all of the facts because so much of it has been kept confidential. she did -- >> she gave a 90-minute interview. hello? in the last 24 hours, what's confidential, gloria? >> okay. well, but, in terms of her visitation. i'm saying apparently there was some visitation, minimal at best, i would agree. but what i'm saying is at this point, daniel is right that the court found that she had not properly relinquished her parental rights. therefore, she retains them. therefore, if she decides to enter a custody battle or -- in which katherine jackson -- >> wait a minute. wait, wait. >> she will have the advantage simply because she is a parent. >> bethany marshall, if she'd been turned away from the front door and told, you know, we're kicking you off neverland, you can't see your children, we would have heard about that. 90-minute interview in the last 48 hours.
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she never mentioned anything about not getting to see her kids. now that money -- it's like a the woodwork to try to hang over his dead body and get money. >> this is really appalling. because debbie rowe is a mother who clearly did not want to mother. she said i am not the mother of those children. michael jackson is. the children have the cognizance at this age to say to the court where they do want to go and where they should go is to somebody who has loving, maternal feelings toward them. most likely the grandmother. maybe it would be the nanny. i don't know.
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straight out to michael, former nypd president of squad security in new york. michael, the dea saying this is routine. okay. that's b.s., too. what does the dea get involved in a heart attack? >> well, i don't think they usually get involved in a heart attacks. but i think the nypd and lapd are confident law enforcement agencies. i think as we know the fed sometimes have a little better leeway than the state authorities do. i think this is a good time. they can maybe pull some strings and maybe get some information, and might not come as readily available to the state. i think it's a good move. and it's not -- it's not common. i think it's a good move. >> well, you can say that again. i have seen plenty of heart attack patients.
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and the dea wasn't involved in the investigation. michael with squad security. there's a lot of finger pointing after, everybody laying blame. what do you think? >> i think this is a sad and familiar story of the drug addict doctor shopping, getting prescriptions at one place and then another but i think what's really important to know is that long-term substance abusers will often binge as they're about to enter a time which will demand sobriety for them. they'll go out and party it up so i think what aeg failed to take into account is that no amount of monitoring was going to undo this this substance
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abuse or tend to freak out at the possibility he wouldn't be able to use for some period of time and the reaction to that. that's possibly best to account what happened to him. >> to mary margaret, who are the trustees? >> in terms of the will that was filed in 2002, it's a multianswering question. there's executors of the will, his long time lawyer and music producers as well. in terms of the trustees all of the assets are in the trust. the will states he'll take care of his mother and his children and as well as certain things going to different organizations but in terms of who actually controls his trust, that is up for debate at the moment. >> mary margaret joining us from
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radar online. let's stop and remember army sergeant shawn duncan, 21, south carolina, killed iraq, second tour a warded the bronze star, purple heart, army commendation medal. received a medal of heroism rescuing five girls from drowning. loved magic strikz, snowboarding, dreamed of a military career, starting his own family. leaving behind grieving parents, one brother, two sisters, grandmother and widow ashley. shawn dunkin, american hero. thanks to our guests but especially to you for being with us. see you tomorrow night, 8:00 sharp eastern and until then, good night, friend. 
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