Yesterday, the Los Angeles County coroner finished their three-hour autopsy of Michael Jackson and found no signs of trauma or foul play leading to his death on Thursday. Spokesman Craig Harvey said a cause of death might not be known for four to six weeks, pending results from toxicology, pulmonary and neuropathology tests.
With the wait anticipated, that’s especially why investigatars want to find and question a Las Vegas physician who supposedly has been treating Jackson for the past three years and was at Jackson’s mansion when the iconic signer stopped breathing, desperately trying CPR to revive.
The doctor at the heart of the investigation is Conrad F. Murray, a cardiologist with offices in Las Vegas and Houston.
Murray was hired by AEG Live to accompany the pop star to London for his “This is It” tour of 50 concerts planned in London, said AEG Live President and Chief Executive Randy Phillips.
“As a company, we would have preferred not having a physician on staff full-time because it would have been cheaper without the hotels and travel, but Michael was insistent that he be hired,” Phillips told The Associated Press. “Michael said he had a rapport with him.”
“We do not consider him to be uncooperative at this time,” said police Los Angeles Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, noting that detectives spoke with the doctor after Jackson’s death. “We think that he will assist us in coming to the truth of the facts in this case.”
Beck, however, declined to answer questions about how long the doctor had been with Jackson before paramedics were summoned, or if any drugs had been administered to the singer.
Phillips said AEG Live advanced Jackson money to pay for Murray’s services as part of the production costs. Phillips said he asked Jackson why he wanted Murray with him full-time.
“He just said, `Look, this whole business revolves around me. I’m a machine and we have to keep the machine well-oiled,’ and you don’t argue with the King of Pop,” Phillips said.
Phillips attended Jackson’s rehearsal at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday night, when the entertainer was on stage for about three hours before leaving at 12:30 a.m.
“He was dancing as well or better than the 20-year-old dancers we surrounded him with,” the promoter said. “He was riveting. I thought we were home free. I thought this was going to be the greatest live show ever produced. He looked great.”
“This wasn’t as strenuous as a tour. There was no travel,” Phillips said. “He and the kids were going to be living in this beautiful home outside London and shows were spread out over six months. For him, it seemed like the perfect way to come back.”
Phillips added AEG Live held multiple insurance policies covering cancellation of the shows.
“We had pretty good coverage, but a lot of it is going to depend on the toxicology results,” he said. “We need to know what the cause of death was.”
Murray has spent a decade living and practicing in Las Vegas. Though he has not been subject of disciplinary action by the Nevada medical or pharmarcy boards, the same can’t be said for his legal and financial health.
Murray, who currently lives in a 5,268-square foot home with four bedrooms and a pool near the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin, opened in 2000 his Global Cardiovascular Associates medical practice on East Flamingo Road near Eastern Avenue. Two years later his legal problems started.
In February 2002, the Clark County district attorney’s office filed a lien against Murray because of unpaid child support owed to Nenita Malibiran in California. That case followed him throughout the decade.
In 2006 he was hit with another lien for nearly $3,100 in unpaid child support, and as recently as June 10, the district attorney’s office filed to collect $10,893 in back child support owed to Malibiran in Santa Clara County in California, according to county records.
Murray had trouble paying other personal debts, as well.
Captial One Bank sued Murray in October and won a default judgement for $960 plus $408 in interest and legal fees. Then, in March, HICA Education Loan Corp. won a $71,332 civil judgement against Murray, who failed to repay his student loans from his medical school days 20 years ago at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., according to court records.
Murray and his company have also faced a litany of lawsuits in the past three years for unpaid bills and business obligations.
Lawsuits from Citicorp Vendor Finance and Popular Leasing U.S.A. ended with judgements against Murray totaling $363,722, and two pending lawsuits from Digirad Imaging Solutions and Siemens Financial Services are seeking judgements totaling $366,541.
Murray has been registered to vote in Clark County since 2004 but does not have a Nevada driver’s license, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
On Friday, his office in Las Vegas was locked and dark with a closed sign hanging from the door. Supposedly, according to TMZ.com, Murray notified employees in a note that he was leaving “temporarily,” adding “in my absence, I will continue to manage the practice, and be involved as much as possible but from a distance.”