Michael Jackson Death Update
Doctor claims no painkillers; Michael not biological father of his children?
After a sad weekend underscored by marathon spins of Billie Jean, Thriller and I Want You Back, we have much to report on Michael Jackson’s shocking death.
A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor says that Dr. Conrad Murray did not inject Michael Jackson with Demerol or OxyContin or prescribe him any painkillers before his death, as has been suggested.
The lawyer says Michael was already unconscious when Dr. Murray, Michael’s personal physician and a cardiologist, “fortuitously” entered the pop star’s bedroom, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Edward Chernoff, a Houston-based lawyer, says Michael still had a pulse when Dr. Murray discovered him. “[Michael] wasn’t breathing. He checked for a pulse. There was a weak pulse in his femoral artery. He started administering CPR,” Chernoff tells the Times.
Hmmm, is it just me, or does something sound extremely fishy here? This doctor just happened to mosey intoMichael’s bedroom as he slipped into cardiac arrest? And why exactly would someone who was purportedly “healthy” need a personal physician on the dole? (The promoter of Michael’s upcoming world tour, AEG, had agreed to pay Dr. Murray $300,000 to shutter his Texas office and become a full-time doc to the King of Pop.)
More disturbing – according to 911 tapes, Dr. Murray administered CPR on the bed, until the emergency dispatcher insists he move Michael to the floor, a much more stable surface for artificial resuscitation.
And worse still, Dr. Murray went MIA after Michael’s death, failing to speak with Jackson’s family and triggering the police to impound his car for possible evidence.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who met with the Jackson family this weekend, said the Jacksons found Dr. Murray’s behavior “bizarre.”
“You cannot heal the wound until you take the glass out,” Rev. Jackson told the New York Times, “and the question of what the doctor did or did not do is the glass in the wound.”
Still, the LAPD insists Dr. Murray is a witness, not a suspect. A detective told the Los Angeles Times they found no “smoking gun” after a three-hour interview with him Saturday.
The Mysterious Dr. Murray
And yet. I can’t help but have my suspicions. Here’s what else we know about this mystery medicine man:
-Michael met Dr. Murray in Las Vegas in 2006, when he treated MJ’s kids for an infection.
-Dr. Murray had practices in Las Vegas and Houston, and was also licensed to practice medicine in California.
-According to Gawker, the doctor has some major money problems. He faced tax liens in California and Arizona, faced child support liens and defaulted on at least one multimillion-dollar mortgage in Las Vegas.
In other words, not exactly an upstanding physician. But perhaps a physician in enough financial muck to agree to being the yes man to a charismatic icon in need of a personal prescription pad? I’m just saying …
The Jackson family ordered a second autopsy on Michael in an attempt to determine the cause of his death. According to the Los Angeles Times, this second autopsy was performed Saturday night. The official L.A. County coroner’s autopsy, performed Friday, found “no indication of external trauma or foul play,” according to CNN.
Toxicology tests could take between four and six weeks, although a spokesman for the coroner’s office that Michael was taking prescription medications at the time of his death.
Not a Real Father?
The rumor mills are, of course, having a field day with Michael’s death. The News of the World is reporting that Debbie Rowe, the mother of Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, says Michael is not the father of those children.
According to the World, Debbie says she was artificially inseminated by an anonymous donor and never had sex with Michael during their “sham” marriage.
“Michael was divorced, lonely and wanted children. I was the one who said to him, ‘I will have your babies,” Debbie allegedly told the World.
“I offered him my womb – it was a gift. It was something I did to keep him happy,” adding, “I was just the vessel. It wasn’t Michael’s sperm.”
More plausible, in my humble opinion, is Debbie Rowe’s official statement, offered by her attorney on Friday. In the statement, Debbie was described as an “inconsolable” ex-wife who “will always love” Michael and thought of him as a “dear friend.”
Finally, wild rumors about the existence of footage from Michael’s recent tour rehearsals appear to be just that – rumors.
While The Examiner claimed that Dateline NBC reported these rehearsal recordings were “great,” with enough footage for a show, NBC itself offered no such reports.
And Johnny Caswell, a principal at Michael’s rehearsal space in Burbank, insisted no such footage exists, because Michael feared it would be leaked to the media.
“He wanted it all to be a surprise,” Caswell told Bloomberg. “The goal here, the agenda, was to arrive at a production that would have surpassed and dwarfed anything previously produced.”
In a heartbreaking way, Michael Jackson‘s wish has indeed come true.