Coroner report: MJ was killed by drugs given by Dr Conrad Murray

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Coroner report: MJ was killed by drugs given by Dr Conrad Murray
DR WHO?
JUST who is this man who police say made three phone calls totalling 90 minutes after he found pop star Michael Jackson not breathing and then called the paramedics?
27 August 2009

JUST who is this man who police say made three phone calls totalling 90 minutes after he found pop star Michael Jackson not breathing and then called the paramedics?

Just who is Dr Conrad Murray, who for six hours, resisted giving Jackson the powerful sleeping drug propofol, fearing that the singer had developed an addiction, and then relented and gave it to him?

That dose – mixed with a cocktail of other sedatives in Jakcson’s system – was enough to kill him, concluded the Los Angeles County Coroner in a preliminary toxicology report revealed yesterday.

And Dr Murray failed to tell paramedics or emergency room doctors that he had administered the propofol, an omission that calls into question his treatment and could bolster pursuit of an involuntary manslaughter charge, authorities were reported by the Los Angeles Times as saying.

A lawyer for Dr Murray said police have twisted his client’s account of the singer’s last hours, reported AP.

Dr Murray never told detectives he left Jackson and returned to find he had stopped breathing at 11am on 25 Jun, attorney Edward Chernoff said in a statement yesterday.

Mr Chernoff called much of what’s in the affidavit, which police filed to search Dr Murray’s Texas clinic last month, ‘police theory’.

In the wake of the investigation more information about Dr Murray has emerged.

Dr Murray didn’t set out to be a doctor to the stars. He was born on the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1953.

He was raised by his mother in neighbouring Trinidad. She never married his father, Dr Rawle Andrews, a renowned physician in Houston, Texas.

Dr Murray was a customs clerk, a teacher and an insurance agent before beginning his studies at Texas Southern University at age 27.

After graduating among the top of his class, he went on to medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

He then did his residency at Loma Linda University, in California, before eventually opening a practice in Houston, serving the largely poor African-American community.

In the last three years, Dr Murray has faced lawsuits for unpaid business bills totalling over US$700,000 ($1 million), including rent on his medical offices, reported ABC News.

He also owed more than US$13,000 in child support and US$70,000 to a business partner with whom he launched an energy drink called Pitbull.

Dr Murray was also charged with domestic violence in February 1994 while undergoing a cardiology fellowship at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

He stood trial in July that year and was ultimately acquitted.

How he met Jackson

Dr Murray had known Jackson since late 2006 when the singer rented a mansion near offices Dr Murray opened in Las Vegas and called on the doctor to treat one of his children for a minor illness.

He made such an impression on Jackson that the pop star offered the doctor US$150,000 a month to be his personal physician during his London comeback series of concerts.

Dr Murray, who disappeared soon after giving the police his statement, released a video defence of his actions on YouTube earlier this month.

In it, he said: ‘I want to thank all of my patients and friends who have sent such kind e-mails, letters and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family.

‘Because of all that is going on, I am afraid to return calls or use my e-mail. Therefore, I recorded this video to let all of you know that I have been receiving your messages.’

In the video, he insisted he told the truth.

‘I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail. God bless you and thank you.’

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