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Michael Jackson's doctor struggled with financial woes, support for six children

February 8, 2010 |  7:37 am

Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray, who may be charged today in the death of Michael Jackson, first met the pop star four years ago when he treated the singer in Las Vegas.

When Jackson later asked Murray, 56, to become his personal doctor, it was a lifeline for a man struggling financially, according to an investigation by The Times' Harriet Ryan.

Courts in Las Vegas, where he lived with his physician wife, 19-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, had ordered him or his business to pay $435,000 to creditors, including a student loan.

His home near the 18th hole of a country club was in jeopardy. Property records showed he had refinanced the mortgage at least three times in five years and owed close to $1.7 million on a property now assessed at $1.08 million. By the time the Jackson job came along, it had been months since Murray had paid the mortgage, and foreclosure proceedings loomed, according to court records.

He had also fallen behind on child support payments. Birth certificates and other public records indicate that in addition to the two children he had with his wife, Murray had fathered at least four children with three other women.

Files from Las Vegas family court proceedings show he owed thousands of dollars to a California woman with whom he had a son, now 11. He also was helping to support two daughters, ages 16 and 8, who lived with their mother in Las Vegas, according to the records. And last March, an actress from Santa Monica gave birth to Murray's son, according to a California birth certificate.

Read the full profile of of Murray here.