Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson`s doctor denies final painkiller injection


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LOS ANGELES, June 29 (RIA Novosti) - A lawyer for Michael Jackson`s personal doctor denied claims on Monday that the cardiologist had injected the pop legend with a powerful painkiller prior to his death.
"There was no Demerol. No OxyContin," Edward Chernoff told The Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Conrad Murray reportedly disappeared several hours after Jackson`s death at the age of 50 on Thursday, and failed to sign a death certificate.
The doctor, who had been treating the pop star for 11 weeks, was later interviewed by police who said he was "cooperative and provided information which will aid the investigation."
Chernoff said Jackson "wasn`t breathing" when the doctor "fortuitously" entered the bedroom in his Holmby Hills mansion.
"He checked for a pulse. There was a weak pulse in his femoral artery. He started administering CPR," the lawyer said.
The doctor said he "didn`t understand why Michael Jackson had died."
Meanwhile, the Jacksons have insisted on a second independent autopsy after the first examination found no conclusive cause of death.
The family believes the doctor had overmedicated Michael and will conduct their own investigation, examiner.com said.
The autopsy found four needle marks in his chest where the doctor is believed to have injected Jackson with adrenalin during resuscitation.
The autopsy results also said that there was no food apart from some pills found in the pop legend`s stomach as Jackson was reported to be fasting before his 50-day farewell tour which was to begin July 13.
The proceeds from the concerts were expected to reach $450 million. Fans who bought the tickets have been promised a full refund.
Following his death, the superstar`s albums and singles topped music charts around the world, with online music store Amazon reporting his albums taking the top 15 places in their charts.
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