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Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Face Charges Tomorrow – UPDATE

It appears now that Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, with offices in Texas and Las Vegas, will most likely formally face involuntary manslaughter charges tomorrow in Los Angeles, California. 

UPDATE:  Dr. Murray WAS indeed going to face charges today, Feb. 5.  And, in fact, was in Los Angeles waiting – begging – to turn himself in, but Los Angeles authorities refused to act on his pleading, saying they will on Mon.,  Feb. 8.  We apologize for any inconvenience this caused in your day. 

Dr. Murray has been investigated for the past seven months since the pop icon’s untimely death. 

The charge results from improperly administering Michael Jackson the propofyl sleep inducing drug that ultimately ended his life. 

The charge, many feel, is a mere legal wrist slap, probably being a 4-year prison term, if that, if deemed guilty.

Yesterday, Dr. Murray was supposed to appear in a $130,000 civil suit in Las Vegas, but decided not to appear, losing the case. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access has covered the entire Michael Jackson case, with numerous articles posted.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Appears Before Judge Today in Las Vegas Court

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician at the heart of Michael Jackson’s ongoing death investigation, appeared in Clark County Family Court today in Las Vegas because of his delinquent child support payments. 

In a surprise move, the child’s mother agreed to not force him to pay the $14,000 in back child support payments. Going forth, however, Murray will be required to pay $1,003 a month. 

Murray appeared to explain why he’s fallen behind in the support payments to a California woman and her son. 

Murray’s attorney, Christopher Aaron, argued that his client is unable to get work because of Michael Jackson’s death publicity. 

Dr. Murray admits giving proponyl to Jackson just before his death.

When the hearing was over, city marshals also made a rare move, blocking the media from leaving the courtroom. They let Murray get to his car and leave before they allowed media out of the courtroom. 

“They were making a decision that they needed to protect the safety of others in the building. They wanted to maintain a level of decorum throughout the building,” said court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer. 

Aaron says Murray had to close his medical practice and move due to personal threats following Jackson’s death June 25.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Can’t Afford to Pay Child Support in Las Vegas

The doctor being investigated in Michael Jackson’s death told a court he can’t afford to pay $13,000 in child support and other debts because he was forced to close his medical practice in Las Vegas after physical threats against him and his staff. 

A family court in Las Vegas set a Nov. 16 hearing to consider a recommendation that Dr. Conrad Murray be arrested for not appearing in court this month to explain the unpaid support. 

A ruling on the recommendation had been expected last week, but Murray’s lawyer Chris Aaron objected, saying in court documents the 56-year-old doctor supposedly didn’t receive notice of the hearing. 

It was not immediately clear whether Clark County District Attorney David Roger would fight the objection over the arrest recommendation. His office said he planned to file a response by today. 

Roger previously said he planned to ask the state medical board to suspend Murray’s license. Nevada laws allow prosecutors to go after professional licenses belonging to those behind on child support. 

Murray had serious financial problems when he signed on in May at $150,000 a month to serve as Jackson’s personnel physician through a series of comeback shows planned in London, according to court records. 

The cardiologist owed at least $780,000 for settlements against his business, outstanding mortgage payments on his house, delinquent student loans, child support and credit cards. 

An ongoing homicide investigation by Los Angeles police continues to be focused squarely on Murray, who told investigators he administered a powerful anesthetic to Jackson shortly before he died June 25. No charges have been filed as of yet.

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Michael Jackson Celebrations ‘Round the World

Pop music icon Michael Jackson died on June 25 from a potent cocktail of sleep and pain sedatives, although the Los Angeles coroner’s office is holding firm, not releasing the complete autopsy and toxicology reports pending completion of the homicide investigation currently in progress.   And, of course,  Dr. Conrad Murray, the central figure in the investigation, is mum on commenting further, save his recent YouTube video of self-exoneration. 

Despite the lack of closure, Saturday celebrations for Michael Jackson were heard around the world for the King of Pop.    

Saturday, Aug. 29 would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday. 

 Although the true era of Michael Jackson was mostly over decades before the singer died, a curious and strange eerie aura pervaded the celebrations– it was like he never died. 

With Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman declaring Aug, 29, “Michael Jackson Day,” almost 20 Las Vegas entertainment acts responded in kind by performing a “Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson” concert at the Pearl Theatre in the Palms Casino & Hotel, spearheaded by Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen, as a tribute to Jackson and his music before a sell-out crowd of 2,600, while raising more $100,000 for music education programs throughout Clark County, Nevada.   

Michael Jackson would most likely have loved it, expressing before his death the desire to perform a thank-you concert to Palms owner George Maloof for enabling him to use the venue earlier for his recording sessions and a secluded family R&R retreat.

 Family patriarch and dad Joe Jackson said he was unable to attend Saturday’s memorial concert in Las Vegas for his son because of a prior commitment, but a friend said it was more a case of the event being too emotional.  He was on hand, however, on Saturday night for a celebrity star dedication at the Brendan Theatres at the Palms. 

Some of the biggest ovations at the Pearl Theatre performance went to:  11-year-old Elijah Johnson of “The Lion King,” performing “Dancing;” the cast members from “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and “Jersey Boys” combining on “Theme from Free Willie,” the Australian groups Human Nature (“I Want You Back”) and Signature (“Billy Jean”) and the Las Vegas Mass Choir, decked out in black pants, white shirts, black fedoras and, of course, the glove on the right hand, singing “Man in the Mirror.” 

Other Las Vegas tribute performances included the American Superstars at the Stratosphere, Hawaiian Tropic Zone, and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. 

But Las Vegas was just the tip of the iceberg for worldwide Jackson tributes on Saturday.  A group of Michael Jackson fans in Leicester, England attempted a world record for the most number of people dancing to the singer’s ‘Thriller’ in one place on his 51st birthday. Some 475 people dressed as zombies packed into Orton Square participate in the event. 

Not to be topped, a Michael Jackson impersonator named Hector Jackson (not related) really kicked the competition into overdrive and led what is purportedly the largest gathering of people dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Mexico City, with reportedly 12,937 people dancing and wearing red and gold sequined jackets.   

The current record for a group “Thriller” was performed in May by 242 students of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Guinness Book of World Records will determine if the Mexico City performance breaks that record. 

Although the bulk of birthday celebration tributes are largely completed, speculation continues to swirl on what’s next in the after-life career of Jackson. 

Talks reportedly continue on moving parts of Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California to Las Vegas.  Other plans call for Jackson-themed show, with the Hilton being considered.   Some even say a Jackson-themed Las Vegas casino would be appropriate.   The great news is that any of these ideas have the potential impact of reviving a sputtering Las Vegas economy. 

But, whoa there, partner, let’s not get the cart before the horse- Jackson hasn’t even been buried yet!  He will be finally laid to rest after two months of patiently waiting this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Los Angeles, California at 7 p.m. in a private service. 

R.I.P, Michael.

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Breaking: Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled a Homicide

News is just breaking on this story, but L.A. County coroner’s officials earlier found lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol after examining Michael Jackson’s body.  Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, told detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks. He had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous line, according to the court records.

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Michael Jackson’s Las Vegas Doctor Courted Stripper Girlfriend

Dr. Conrad Murray took his longtime stripper girlfriend to meet Michael Jackson in Las Vegas two years ago.  The woman, Nicole Alvarez, bore Murray’s seventh child earlier this year, their first, according to a former Las Vegas resident who said Alvarez worked at two Las Vegas strip clubs. 

Aspiring actor and author Ben Harris Jr., who said he attended Las Vegas Academy for three years, said Murray met Alvarez at the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas in December 2005. 

Harris said Alvarez had been fired at Spearmint Rhino strip club in Las Vegas, where she had paired up with another stripper to form a tandem act called “Fire and Ice.” After Alvarez was fired over a dispute, he drove her to Las Vegas the week she met Murray. 

“I was with her that night. She showed me a $3,500 check that was written out to her,” Harris said. “She said, ‘I hit the jackpot.’ She thought this was going to be her big break.” 

Despite owing many people lots of past due owed money, Murray reportedly set up Alvarez in suites at the Luxor and Mandalay Bay while she was working weekends in Las Vegas. 

Murray, who had a medical practice in Las Vegas before joining Jackson as his personal physician in June, is currently under investigation in connection with Jackson’s June 25 death. 

Harris, who enrolled at Las Vegas Academy in 1998, said he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and met Alvarez in the spring of 2004 on the set of a commercial.

 Harris, 26, said he has telephone records that would prove his relationship with Alvarez, 27, a native of Puerto Rico. “We talked for hours at a time,” he said, adding the last time he saw her was last year. 

A book he has been working on includes their “weird friendship,” he said. Harris finished the manuscript several months before Jackson died. His e-mail address is benharrisjr@yahoo.com

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Suffocating Evidence Mounts Against Michael Jackson’s Doctor

It doesn’t look good for Dr. Conrad Murray.  As the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson continues, the evidence that his personal physician, Dr. Murray may have supplied the pop icon with the powerful anesthetic propofol (also known as Diprivan) continues to mount.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that Murray kept a supply of the drug hidden in a closet in Jackson’s rented Los Angeles home. The site claimed that Murray may have also either “stored propofol elsewhere or had a steady stream of FedEx deliveries” of the drug to the home, since the amount found was reportedly only enough for one night. The site claimed that unnamed law enforcement sources said they found three large bottles of the drug and five smaller vials at Jackson’s home in a closet attached to Murray’s bedroom. According to reports, Jackson was found in Murray’s bedroom on the morning he died.

Jackson reportedly used the drug — which is meant to be used ONLY in a hospital clinical setting to render patients unconscious before surgery — to combat chronic insomnia, and experts told TMZ that the bottles and vials found by police would have only been enough to keep Jackson asleep for eight hours.

 According to the search warrant (now posted on TMZ) for the Las Vegas pharmacy raided on Tuesday, authorities were looking for credit card receipts and other documents related to drugs purchased by Murray on May 12, specifically mentioning a type of propofol that was found in Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills home. 

A law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press that officials removed evidence this Tuesday that proved Murray bought the propofol from Las Vegas’ Applied Pharmacy Services and that he also administered the drugs from that purchase to Jackson in the hours before his death. 

Although Murray has not yet been charged with any crime and his lawyer has said he did not administer anything to Jackson that “should have” caused his death, Murray  reportedly told investigators that he gave Jackson propofol, along with several other sedatives, in the hours before Jackson died. 

New reports surfaced on Thursday that investigators believe the doctor curiously left the room where Jackson was sleeping to make personal phone calls and call his office and returned to find that the singer was no longer breathing. 

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Police Department and local jurisdictions have previously served search warrants on Murray’s Las Vegas home and medical offices and on his Houston medical offices and a storage locker. 

The results of an autopsy on Jackson have been completed, but the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office said this week that it is keeping the information under a security hold until police complete their investigation. 

Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, told the Los Angeles Times this Wednesday that after agreeing to serve as Jackson’s personal physician for $150,000 a month in the lead-up to the singer’s attempted 50-show comeback residency at the O2 Arena in London, the doctor “realized that Michael Jackson had some very unusual problems.” 

“When he accepted the job, he was not aware of any specific requirements regarding medications that Michael Jackson was taking or any addictions that he was suffering from,” Chernoff said. The lawyer criticized what he called a string of leaks by investigators that he said were part of a rush to portray his client as guilty and propofol as the cause of Jackson’s death. 

“From the beginning, they leaked that propofol killed him,” Chernoff said. “It has appeared the investigation was designed to support a conclusion they already made with regard to Dr. Murray.” 

At least five other doctors have been investigated by the LAPD and DEA in connection with the Jackson case, though Murray is the only one to be publicly identified as a strong person of interest in the case, the Times said. 

Chernoff added that it was clear to him from the searches of Murray’s properties in Las Vegas and Houston that investigators thought drugs other than propofol played a role in Jackson’s death and that officials were looking for evidence that Murray prescribed Jackson other medications. “I have no doubt they came up completely empty in that regard,” he said. Chernoff has refused to comment on whether Murray administered propofol to Jackson, but has strongly denied that the doctor supplied any painkillers to the pop star. 

A spokesperson for Chernoff also told CNN that Dr. Murray did not conduct any prior drug tests on Jackson and thus had no way of knowing, other than what the singer told him, whether Jackson was taking other drugs.

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Michael Jackson Used Drugs like Alarm Clock, Las Vegas Doc Offices Raided

A large and ever growing crowd of media has gathered this morning outside the Las Vegas office and home of Dr. Conrad Murray.  Multiple officers from the DEA and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have entered his offices and his home at approximately 9 a.m. (PT) – and few officers have come out.  Dr. Murray appears to be cooperating with the officers. 

Though final toxicology and autopsy reports are pending later this week, the case is ramping up against Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal doctor of Michael Jackson who gave the King of Pop a powerful drug on the day he died on June 25 at his rented Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles. 

On Monday, The Associated Press reported that Dr. Murray, administered a dose of the powerful anesthetic Diprivan, the drug authorities believe killed the singer. 

Dr. Murray, who has since closed his Las Vegas medical practice, has received numerous death threats and reportedly remains cloistered in his sprawling Red Rock Country Club estate in Las Vegas. 

Found inside Jackson’s rented mansion upon his death was a bedroom outfitted with many oxygen tanks and an IV drip.  Another of his bedrooms was left in shambles, with clothes and other items strewn about and handwritten notes on the walls.  One read: “children are sweet and innocent.”   In a security guard’s shack, 15 oxygen tanks were found. 

TMZ reported that during an interview with police two days after Jackson’s death, Murray himself told Los Angeles Police Department detectives that he had given the intravenously administered drug to his client just hours before his passing. Citing unnamed multiple law enforcement sources, the site claims that Murray allegedly hooked Jackson up to an IV drip of the drug — typically used for sedation during medical procedures in doctor’s offices or hospitals — and apparently either wasn’t paying attention, fell asleep or left the room when the singer’s heart stopped beating. 

TMZ also reported that there was no EKG machine or pulse oximeter found in Jackson’s home, though those machines are always used in a hospital setting to monitor the pulse of a patient being administered Propofol (also known as Diprivan). 

Last week officials carted away evidence from the doctor’s Houston office and a nearby storage locker in connection with their manslaughter probe. 

In the days after Jackson’s death, his nurse/nutritionist Cherilyn Lee also said Jackson was desperately seeking Diprivan in the weeks before his death, despite the dangers of the drug. Lee was also subpoenaed to hand over medical documents regarding Jackson, however she is not a suspect in Jackson’s death. 

Meanwhile, the offices of dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein — Jackson’s friend and the rumored biological father of Jackson’s two eldest children — was also asked to hand over medical records. 

The investigation has been made more complex by the fact that Jackson often used aliases when procuring prescriptions. 

Dr. Zeev Kain, who heads the anesthesiology department of the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, said he has never encountered a situation in which propofol was given in a home to help someone sleep, adding that such a situation would constitute malpractice. 

Should the Jackson investigation officially turn into a manslaughter case — no charges have been filed to date — prosecutors would have to provide clear evidence that his doctor, or other health care providers, acted in a reckless or negligent manner, thereby causing the singer’s death. 

Dr. Murray, who has already been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation, confessed he likes “being in the limelight, meeting all the celebrities,” and also has left a trail of legal and financial troubles amounting to a liability of about $450,000 during his 10 years in Las Vegas.  Two other pending lawsuits seek additional judgments totaling more than $366,000. 

Reportedly, Dr. Murray was charging $150,000 a month for being the personal physician concierge to Jackson.

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Michael Jackson Breaking News

Feverishly following up on leads, eight Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) vehicles arrived this morning looking for Michael Jackson medical records at the offices Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston, one of the clinics used by Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who performed CPR on the pop star just before he died.  Two LAPD detectives also arrived on scene along with uniformed members of the Houston Police Department and 10 members of the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Team. There were another dozen or so DEA agents on hand. 

The law enforcement agents, armed with a search warrant, entered the property and began going through the property.

The LAPD asked the DEA for help in serving the warrant on the Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston. The warrant is sealed. 

Murray, who has a medical practice in Las Vegas, since closed, is also licensed to practice in California, and is one of the central figures in a widening dragnet of physicians and personnel at medical facilities, based on results being uncovered from Jackson’s autopsy. 

With results from Michael Jackson’s second autopsy now in, the findings are no different from what the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office found, E! News reports. Both procedures revealed needle marks and traces of a potentially lethal amount of Propofol, an anesthetic administered via IV that leaves people in a largely comatose state, in the self-proclaimed King of Pop’s system. 

The private autopsy was performed June 27, two days after Jackson died and the day following the coroner’s examination of the body. 

Meanwhile, it has been learned that Jackson could have a secret fourth child according to reports. It has been alleged that Norwegian dancer Omer Bhatti is seeking a DNA test to see if he is in fact the son of the legendry King of Pop. 

The Sun newspaper has reported that Jackson told friends that Bhatti, looking strikingly similar to Jackson, was born after a one night stand in 1984 and the 25 year old is now said to be seeking whether Jackson is indeed his biological father. 

Katherine Jackson has formally filed a petition with the court to be appointed as administrator of her son Michael Jackson’s estate. She is petitioning under the Independent Administrations Estate Act. 

Court papers surfaced Wednesday and were filed in the matter by both Katherine and Joe Jackson, but only Katherine is requesting to be placed in charge of Michael Jackson’s estate. 

A hearing is set for August 3rd, to determine who will be executor of Jackson’s estate. 

Sony Pictures is also in the midst of finalizing a deal to acquire rehearsal footage from Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert run, with hopes of releasing it in theaters just in time for Halloween, according to Variety magazine. 

Sony is reportedly paying close to $60 million for the 80 hours of rehearsal footage shot at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The footage is currently owned by AEG Entertainment, who were promoting Jackson’s run of 50 shows at London’s O2 Arena. 

Finally, Las Vegas is being mentioned as an option as opposition grows to having Jackson’s Neverland Ranch turned into a Graceland-like memorial.  Bob Field, former Santa Ynez Valley Planning Advisory Committee chairman, is proposing that Neverland Ranch be dismantled and moved to Las Vegas.

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Hunt on for Michael Jackson’s ‘Doctor Death’

Doctors for hire which “freely” write prescriptions for the right price- willing pawns in an almost daily celebrity drama that is orchestrated expressly by and for entertainers and other high profile clientele for getting that legal high, which, many believe, contributed to Michael Jackson’s ultimate demise.  

Many doctors were apparently sucked into the scheme of coming when beckoned to numerous Jackson residences, supposedly to help the entertainer with this or that urgent personal malady, only to eventually find out the entertainer illnesses were largely feigned and dramatically orchestrated to merely try to get prescription drugs to make life and living more palatable. 

If one doctor didn’t play the game, it wasn’t a problem:  Michael Jackson’s handlers, it is alleged, merely went “doctor-shopping” anew, quickly filling the drug need vacuum. 

Drug and law enforcement detectives are now working day and night reviewing Michael Jackson’s prescription drug history and are feverishly on the hunt for his many former doctors throughout the world, especially in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

Dr. Conrad Murray from Las Vegas, with offices also in Texas and California, who regularly makes house calls to many high-profile clients, including those in Washingon and New York, is the doctor at the heart of controversy and who was admittedly administering care to Jackson in his Holmby Hills residence.   A lawyer for the physician said Dr. Murray did not administer Demerol or other life-threatening, powerful drugs and those reports were “absolutely false.” 

“There was no Demerol. No OxyContin,” Edward Chernoff, the attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, told The Times. Murray had not “furnished or prescribed” Jackson with Demerol, the lawyer said. 

At least that’s the proper thing to say, since, according to federal drug regulations, Dr. Murray couldn’t legally prescribe even a powerful cough medicine for the King of Pop in California, and he couldn’t go to the pharmacy to get drugs for him, either. 

Federal authorities recently told FOXNews.com that Dr. Conrad Murray is not licensed to administer certain levels of controlled medications in the state, and that if he gave Demerol or Oxycontin to Jackson, as has been reported, it would have been illegal. 

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office removed two bags filled with prescription medications from Jackson’s Holmby Hills home. Among the drugs recovered were bottles of Diprivan, at least some of which were found without labels indicating where they came from, law enforcement sources told FOXNews.com. 

At least two of Jackson’s doctors – Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Conrad Murray – who were cooperative with authorities in the beginning are now hindering the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, sources tell TMZ. 

They have turned over some of Jackson’s medical records but not his entire file, as sought by the L.A. County Coroner’s office. 

As the investigation unfolds, Michael’s drug usage is appearing increasingly grim. 

One of Michael’s drivers reportedly told Coroner’s office officials that the singer was visiting Dr. Klein more than once in a week, spending as many as 3-4 hours in his office and appearing disoriented while leaving. 

During Michael’s child molestation case investigation a bodyguard had similarly told the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies in 2004 that Michael appeared disoriented when leaving doctors’ offices, including those of Klien. 

Records of that investigation reveal that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a large quantity of drugs from Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, including IV stands and oxygen tanks, consistent with the use of Diprivan. 

Amongst the documents recovered was a letter dated July 21, 2002 from a Dr. Alex Farshchian recommending that Michael use the drug Buprenex instead of Demerol because Buprenex was less addictive. 

A preliminary toxicology report submitted to the Coroner’s office says Michael Jackson had lethal levels of painkiller Demerol and heroin substitute methadone in his body at the time of his death, reports UK’s The Sun. 

It is likely that the investigation into the death of the singer on June 25 will ultimately result in manslaughter or homicide charges.

Michael also had very high levels of the OTC anxiety drug Xanax, high levels of Dilaud, a painkiller to numb post surgery pains and lower levels of other drugs such as the potent pain killer Fentanyl, Vicodin, Valium and Ambien.

Traces of Propofol, an anesthetic administered only in hospitals, were also found. The drug is rapidly absorbed by the body and is practically undetectable within 20 minutes of a single dose.

The drug levels found in his body could have killed any normal person instantly, but Michael was probably still walking around because he had developed some immunity following years of abuse.

Adding fuel to the speculative fire, Jackson’s’ outspoken father, Joe Jackson, recently told ABC New in an interview that he believed “foul play” was involved in his son’s death, but did not elaborate in the interview aired Friday on “Good Morning America.”

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