The Los Angeles Police Department spent three hours interviewing Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was at home with Michael Jackson when the star went into cardiac arrest, yesterday. A source tells the Los Angeles Times the doctor's conversations with the cops raised "no red flag" and provided "no smoking gun" as to the cause of Jackson's death. An initial autopsy completed Friday revealed little as to why the star suddenly died at age 50, just weeks before he was due to start a 50-date comeback-concert run at London's O2 arena. The L.A. coroner's office indicated it would be four to six weeks before toxicology-test results would establish cause of death. The Jackson family requested a second autopsy by a private pathologist, which has been completed, according to the paper.
Jackson hired Murray, a Texas and Las Vegas-based cardiologist, as his personal doctor for his O2 run, according to the L.A. Times, and asked concert promoter AEG to foot the bill with money from the show's production budget. Murray had been treating Jackson since 2006. According to the 911 call placed from Jackson's home, Murray was the only person present when Jackson fell unconscious. A statement from Murray's attorneys describes the physician as a "witness to this tragedy," reports the New York Times. The statement says Murray attempted to clear up "some inconsistencies" for the cops, and that he "answered every and all questions."
According to TMZ, the LAPD released a statement reading, "Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was with Michael Jackson at the time of his collapse, voluntarily contacted the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives assigned to Robbery-Homicide Division met with Dr. Murray and conducted an extensive interview. Dr. Murray was cooperative and provided information which will aid the investigation." In the hours after Jackson was pronounced dead Thursday, the police were unable to reach Murray, whose car was towed away as evidence from the Jackson home.
The Jackson family has issued their own official statement, and also communicated via the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who told the New York Times yesterday that they found some of Murray's behavior after the 911 call "bizarre." "You cannot heal the wound until you take the glass out," Jesse Jackson told the paper, "and the question of what the doctor did or did not do is the glass in the wound." Jesse Jackson also indicated the family told him Michael was "outdancing" far younger dancers as he prepared for his "This Is It!" concerts, training for two to three hours a day "almost like a boxer."
The Jackson family statement reads,
"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. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times.
We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you - who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever.
In addition, Joseph Jackson wishes to personally convey: "My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson."
Joseph Jackson & Family"