Dr Conrad Murray's failed attempt to resuscitate with adrenalin shot
Jun 28, 2009, 12:04 GMT
Although an autopsy has ruled out foul play in Jackson\'s death, Dr Murray was last night (27.06.09) being questioned by police over his actions following the star\'s passing, and the pop king\'s family has turned against him. EPA/ADAM DAVIS
Michael Jackson's personal doctor tried to save his life with a shot of adrenaline.
Dr Conrad Murray plunged a syringe into the pop star's chest in a bid to revive him following ingesting a lethal cocktail of prescription drugs on Thursday (25.06.09).
The doctor - Jackson's recently hired personal cardiologist - had hoped the shot would re-start his heart, but the star reportedly went into cardiac arrest before slipping into a coma, ad was later pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital.
Although an autopsy has ruled out foul play in Jackson's death, Dr Murray was last night (27.06.09) being questioned by police over his actions following the star's passing, and the pop king's family has turned against him.
Although Dr Murray is not a suspect in the singer's death - and police have made clear their investigation is not a criminal matter - Jackson's family are demanding answers as to why the doctor "left" shortly after Jackson's death.
Family friend Reverend Jesse Jackson said to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "Something happened to the doctor. He left. The police impounded his car. His absence raises questions of substance that will not go away until they are answered.
"Any other doctor would say, 'Here's what happened in the last hours of your child's life.' But he can't answer the police questions - he left the scene and left his car. Who picked him up? Why did the police investigators impound his car?
"He owes it to the family and the public to say, 'Here are the last hours of Michael's life.'"
The Jackson family has also demanded a second autopsy on the singer, which is believed to have taken place last night at a secret location.
The exact cause of Jackson's death is still unkown, as further toxicology tests on the singer's blood are needed to determine it, which could take up the eight weeks.
At the time of his death Jackson was taking a deadly mix of drugs, which included Vicodin, Dialudid, Xanax, Soma, Prilosec, Paxil, Demerol and Zoloft - a mix of painkillers, anti-anxiety tablets, anti-depressants and muscle relaxants. He is believed to have been administered an injection of painkiller Demerol an hour before his death.
Jackson had a number of personal doctors at the time of his death and it is unclear as to who prescribed him or administered his daily doses of drugs. Reports say the star's family wanted to forcibly admit him into a rehabilitation clinic two weeks ago, but this was abandoned after the star himself put up great resistance.