Cops to Question Michael Jackson's Doctor, Conrad Robert Murray
Law Enforcement Sources Identify Doctor at Jackson's Side When He Died
By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
June 26, 2009
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Police are looking to interview someone they believe could provide a critical clue in determining what killed Michael Jackson -- the doctor who was at home with the singer on the day of his death.
This July 7, 2006 file photo, shows Dr. Conrad Murray posing for a photo as he opens the Acres Homes Cardiovascular Center at the Tidwell Professional Building, in Houston. A woman who answered the phone Friday, June 26, 2009, at Dr. Conrad C. Murray's clinic in Houston confirmed to The Associated Press that Murray was Michael Jackson's cardiologist. Los Angeles police say they want to speak to the doctor but stressed he was not under criminal investigation. (Houston Chronicle/AP Photo)
Los Angeles police are looking for Jackson's doctor, who they hope can shed light on how the pop singer died.
Cops towed a silver BMW from outside Jackson's Los Angeles home, which police confirmed belonged to Jackson's "personal physician" and which they believed contains evidence crucial to the investigation. The doctor's name has not been officially released by authorities.
Law enforcement sources, however, confirmed to ABC News, that the car towed from Jackson's home is registered to one Susan Mary Rush. Rush is the sister of Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, who was the doctor with Jackson Thursday.
Police interviewed Murray Thursday night, but have not been able to reach him since then.
"The car was impounded," said Amanda Betat, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. "One reason it was impounded was because it may contain medication or evidence that could assist the coroner in determining the cause of death."
The British Newspaper the Sun has reported that Jackson was given a lethal dose of the painkiller Demerol before his death.
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Law enforcement sources told ABC newsJackson was addicted to Oxycontin and received it and Demerol in daily doses.
Police said that a death certificate has yet to be signed for Jackson, a task that is ordinarily performed by the physician of the deceased. Coroners began the autopsy this morning.
Police said interviewing the attending physician was a standard part of the investigation.
"A doctor has yet to sign to the Jackson death certificate," said LAPD spokesman Richard French. "Part of the investigation involves interviewing the attending physician."
Jackson's brother Jermaine said Thursday night at a press conference that the singer's doctor had tried to resuscitate him.
"His personal physician, who was with him at the time, attempted to resuscitate my brother, as did the paramedics who transported him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center," Jermaine Jackson said in the announcement that confirmed Michael Jackson, 50, had died.
Before authorities confirmed to ABC News that Murray was being sought for an interview, speculation swirled as to who might be the "personal physician" who was with Jackson at the time of his death.
Murray personally has been taken to civil court in Clark County twice in the past year by Capital One Bank for unpaid bills of around $2,000 in total.
The LAPD said it knew Jackson had several doctors.
For years, Jackson has been treated by Dr. Arnie Klein, a dermatologist. It was in Klein's office that Jackson met Debbie Rowe, the mother of his first two children. A housekeeper at Klein's homes said the doctor was "out of town."
The Web site TMZ.com reported the doctor lived at home with Jackson, but police could not confirm that.
Police Thursday towed the car of Michael Jackson's "personal physician." The doctor's car, they said, might contain drugs or other evidence. (ABC News)
Paramedics were called to Jackson's rental home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. The singer was taken to UCLA, where according to his brother, doctors attempted to resuscitate him for over an hour.