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Michael Jackson's mother describes learning her son was dead

November 8, 2010 | 12:24 pm


Katherine Jackson, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, described the moment she learned her son Michael Jackson had died.

Jackson died in June 2009 at a Holmby Hills mansion. According to a transcript of the show on E! Online, Katherine Jackson said she arrived at the hospital and received the news from her son's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, according to E!.

"He came out, and he was talking and it took him so long." Finally, Katherine asked, "Did he make it?" "He said, 'No, he's gone.' That's all I remember," she said, tearing up. "I'm sorry."

Murray has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death. The cardiologist, who was hired to care for Jackson during the pop star's ambitious comeback attempt last year, is accused of giving the singer a lethal amount of the operating-room anesthetic propofol.

Prosecutors allege that Murray's actions at the Holmby Hills mansion were grossly negligent and directly caused Jackson's June 25 death. Murray has pleaded not guilty, and told investigators that Jackson was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on propofol to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court.

In the Oprah interview, Katherine Jackson was asked about Murray.

She responded: "Why didn't he take care of my child? Why did he give that [propofol] to him? It's very dangerous, why did he do it? "I can't accuse him of murder, I don't know if it was accidentally done or it was intentionally done. I don't want to get into that, but I have my thoughts...I don't think I'll ever, ever be healed...it hurts."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Katherine Jackson before a memorial last year for her son. Al Seib / L.A. Times