Los Angeles police investigating the death of Michael Jackson have carried out an "extensive interview" with his doctor, Conrad Murray.
Dr Murray - who was with the singer when he collapsed last Thursday- had provided information that "will aid the investigation", the police said. A spokeswoman for Dr Murray however insisted he was not a suspect in the case.
Michael Jackson's family are said to be seeking a second autopsy because they still have questions about his death. Michael Jackson's family has its suspicions about Dr. Conrad Murray and what went down on the day Jackson died. A source close to the family tells TMZ, an entertainment website, they feel Dr. Murray should not be cleared of any wrongdoing just yet. The family requested a second autopsy to find out what the last drug Jackson took was. “We're told the family feels once those results are known, a criminal investigation will take place”.
The family is questioning Dr. Murray's abilities as a doctor. In the 911 call, Dr. Murray was performing CPR on Jackson on a bed; CPR is routinely performed on a hard surface. A source put it, "If you're a doctor, how can you not know how to do CPR?" Dr. Conrad Murray, a physician with a tangled financial and personal history, who was hired to accompany Jackson on his planned summer concert tour, reportedly performed CPR until paramedics arrived at Jackson's rented home. The pop star was declared dead later at UCLA Medical Center at 9.30pm local Ghana time.
In his interview with police, the doctor "helped identify the circumstances surrounding the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies," Murray's spokeswoman, Miranda Sevcik said in a statement Saturday. "Investigators say the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy." The statement said Murray has been in Los Angeles since Jackson's death, and plans to stay there until his cooperation is no longer needed.
Police confirmed that they interviewed Murray, adding that he was cooperative and "provided information which will aid the investigation." Born in 1958, Michael Jackson’s biggest hits included ‘I Want You Back’, ‘Don't Stop Til You Get Enough’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Bad’, ‘Black or White’, ‘Earth Song’, and ‘Thriller’. He sold over 750 million albums and earned an estimated $700 million.
When his death was announced last Thursday all major internet networks crashed with people seeking information about his death. Last Friday The Los Angeles County Coroner's office announced there was no evidence of foul play after an autopsy on Friday, but gave no cause of death. It said the results of toxicology tests could take weeks to come back.
A spokesman for the coroner's office said Jackson had taken "some prescription medication", without specifying which. Unconfirmed reports suggest the 50-year-old singer had been taking a daily dose of Demerol, a painkiller also widely known as pethidine.
A Rwandan woman who worked for Jackson for 17 years - 12 of those as nanny to his children - is quoted as saying he took combinations of drugs. "I had to pump his stomach many times. He always mixed so much of it," Grace Rwaramba, 42, said in remarks reported by the Sunday Times. "There was one period that it was so bad that I didn't let the children see him." Jackson's body was released to the family on Friday night.
'No way a suspect' A spokeswoman for Dr Murray said he had been interviewed for three hours by police on Saturday. Miranda Sevcik said the doctor had "helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies". "Investigators said the doctor is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy," she said. She told the BBC Dr Murray "feels so deeply about his relationship with Michael Jackson that anything he can do to help this investigation, he is doing".
She said Dr Murray had travelled in the ambulance with Jackson after he collapsed last Thursday, had stayed for hours at the hospital comforting the family and would stay in Los Angeles to help with the police inquiry. Dr Murray had been hired by Jackson in May to accompany him as he prepared to embark on a gruelling series of 50 concerts in London in July. The 51-year-old doctor is said to have tried to resuscitate Jackson until the paramedics arrived.
Earlier, veteran politician Rev Jesse Jackson, who has been counselling the family, said they had a flurry of questions of their own for Dr Murray. "When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did they inject him, if so with what?" he said. The civil rights leader claimed Dr Murray had gone missing in the hours following the singer's death, which raised "questions of substance that will not go away until they are answered". "He owes it to the family and to the public to say: 'These were the last hours of Michael's life and here's what happened."
He said the family were "clearly not satisfied" with the results of the autopsy so far, "that's why there's been the concern about an independent autopsy... which anybody would recommend in these circumstances". Michael Jackson's father, Joseph, described his son's death as "one of the darkest moments of our lives". "It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times," he said in a statement.
There has been a huge outpouring of grief from fans, and tributes have been paid around the world since news of his death broke. Sunday's Black Entertainment Awards show has been turned into a tribute show for Jackson with stars such as Beyonce re-working their performances in honour of the singer. There was no word from the Jackson family on funeral plans. Many of Jackson's relatives have gathered at the family's Encino compound, caring there for Jackson's three children.
It remains unclear who Jackson designated as potential guardians for his children. Those details- likely contained in the 50-year-old singer's will- have not been released. An attorney for Deborah Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two oldest children, issued a statement Saturday asking that the Jackson family "be able to say goodbye to their loved one in peace". Sisters Janet and La Toya arrived Saturday at the mansion Jackson had been renting and left without addressing reporters. Moving vans also showed up at the Jackson home, leaving about an hour later.
There was no indication what they might have taken away. The Jackson family issued a statement Saturday expressing its grief over the death and thanking his supporters. "In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter," said the statement made through People magazine. "We miss Michael endlessly." There was no immediate word on whether the second autopsy was being performed right away. Jesse Jackson described the family as grief-stricken. "They're hurt because they lost a son. But the wound is now being kept open by the mystery and unanswered questions of the cause of death," he said.
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