Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, why so many drugs for Michael Jackson?
Jun 27, 2009, 23:00 GMT
Why does the doctor get away with overmedicating Michael? - Michael Jackson\'s family remained unable to contact his private doctor to learn about the singer\'s final hours Saturday, two days after the death of the pop star. © Solarpix / PR Photos
Los Angeles - Moving vans arrived Saturday at the rented mansion where Michael Jackson died two days earlier, as questions continued to swirl about the cause of his death, his final days and the future of his children and sizeable estate.
The arrival of the huge trucks may have provided a potent symbol of closure around the death of the world-famous pop icon. But there remain far more questions than answers.
According to civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson, a friend of the family, Michael Jackson's relatives remained unable Saturday to contact his private doctor to learn about the singer's final hours, after the pop star's death on Thursday.
Jesse Jackson told broadcaster CNN on Saturday that relatives are growing increasingly upset because they remain unable to contact Conrad Robert Murray, Jackson's private doctor. He said that the family wanted to conduct a second autopsy and has numerous questions of their own for the doctor.
'When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did they inject him, if so, with what?' he asked.
The civil-rights leader claimed that Murray had gone missing in the hours immediately following the singer's death, which raised 'questions of substance that will not go away until they are answered.'
'He owes it to the family and to the public to say: 'These were the last hours of Michael's life and here's what happened,'' Jesse Jackson said.
The cardiologist was scheduled to meet a second time with police investigators later Saturday but has not been accessible to the family since leaving Michael Jackson's home after the singer's death. Murray regularly accompanied Jackson, whom he tried to resuscitate after the singer collapsed Thursday in his Los Angeles home.
An official autopsy Friday showed no foul play suspected in Jackson's death, and police say Murray is not a suspect. Murray's car was taken as evidence after Jackson's death.
Jackson, 50, died of cardiac arrest.
Citing the Los Angeles coroner's office, CNN reported Saturday that Jackson's remains had been moved to an undisclosed location that will remain secret at the request of the singer's family.
'We ask that you respect the family wishes,' deputy coroner Ed Winter told reporters. 'They are all grieving in their different ways.'
Murray was reportedly employed by the concert firm organizing Jackson's massive comeback tour. The company has said that Jackson had recently undergone thorough medical tests and was in good health.
The focus on Jackson's doctor and the medications that the pop idol was taking was sharpened by reports that just the night before his death, Michael had been energetic, focused and in high spirits.
Jackson was working at one of the last rehearsals in Los Angeles before his planned departure for London. MSNBC reported that pop stars led by Madonna had been contacted about performing a massive tribute concert to the late star.
'There were a couple of times when Michael stood at my side and we looked at the stage together and were just beaming with gladness that we had arrived at this place,' the show's director, Kenny Ortega, told the Los Angeles Times Saturday.
'And he was happy. We all felt that and shared that. We were four or five days from finishing in Los Angeles and heading to London and feeling in really good shape. He was dancing, training, working every day. He was enthusiastically involved in every creative aspect of this production.'
A reduced stream of fans, meanwhile, flocked past Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, even as sales of his records and CD's dominated online and high-street music stores.
'I am just here to pay my respects,' said Fisseah, from Los Angeles. 'I am very sad and have no other words.'