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Michael Jackson's doctor: 'I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail'

August 18, 2009 | 11:19 am

Michael Jackson’s personal physician, the target of a police manslaughter investigation, released a video today thanking his patients and friends for their support.

Las Vegas cardiologist Conrad Murray’s remarks in the one-minute video posted on YouTube are his first public comments since the pop icon’s June 25 death.

In the video, a somber-looking Murray briefly refers to interviews he gave Los Angeles police detectives, saying, “I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail.”

Law enforcement sources told The Times last week that on the morning the pop singer died, Murray left the performer alone and under the influence of a powerful anesthetic to make telephone calls, according to three people familiar with the investigation. By the time the doctor returned, Jackson had stopped breathing, the sources said. 

Murray has been identified in court records as a suspect in a police manslaughter investigation. He legally acquired the operating room drug propofol from a Las Vegas pharmacy and gave it to Jackson as a treatment for insomnia, the sources said.

The full text of Murray's video remarks: “I want to thank all of my patients and friends who have sent such kind e-mails, letters and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family. Because of all that is going on, I am afraid to return calls or use my e-mail. Therefore, I recorded this video to let all of you know that I have been receiving your messages. I have not been able to thank you personally, which as you know is not normal for me. Your messages give me strength and courage and keep me going. They mean the world to me. Please don’t worry. As long as I keep God in my heart and you in my life, I will be fine. I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail. God bless you and thank you.”

-- Harriet Ryan