Michael Jackson's death: Police seek to question Las Vegas doctor
Police investigating Michael Jackson’s death are seeking to further question a Las Vegas cardiologist who was present at the performer’s home when he went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing, according to police and other sources familiar with the probe.
Dr. Conrad Murray, 51, who is licensed in Texas, Nevada and California, was administering CPR to the performer Thursday when paramedics arrived at his rented Holmby Hills home. Murray accompanied Jackson, 50, to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where the singer was pronounced dead.
Sources said investigators briefly spoke to Murray but had additional questions for the doctor. The Los Angeles Police Department impounded Murray’s luxury sedan, which was parked at Jackson’s home, a police source familiar with the investigation said.
Detectives with LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide division are still trying to determine what treatment, if any, Murray gave Jackson in the hours before his death, the source said. According to published reports, Jackson had received a shot of the painkiller Demerol before going into cardiac arrest.
The singer struggled for years with addiction to painkillers. An advisor to Jackson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, who had rejoined the singer’s team last week, said he never saw pills or other medication at the rented home.
“I’m not aware of him taking anything,” Tohme said.
At a Monday rehearsal at Staples Center, he said, Jackson was happy and performed the challenging routines for his scheduled London concert series without any problem.
“He was in the best of health. He performed unbelievably,” said Tohme, who is trained as an orthopedic surgeon but not currently practicing.
A message left at Murray's Las Vegas office, Global Cardiovascular Assn., was not returned. A receptionist at Murray’s Houston office said the physician was not in Texas, but declined to elaborate on his whereabouts.
-- Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein