Michael Jackson had a faint pulse when his personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, discovered him in bed and not breathing at the singer's rented L.A. home last Thursday, the doctor's lawyer tells The Associated Press.
"He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn't breathing," said attorney Edward Chernoff. "Mr. Jackson was still warm and had a pulse."
The doctor then immediately began administering CPR, Chernoff said. He later accompanied the singer in an ambulance to the UCLA Medical Center, where the King of Pop was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PST Thursday. Denying various media reports, Chernoff also said Dr. Conrad never prescribed or gave Jackson the drugs Demerol or OxyContin that may have contributed to the singer's death.
Any drugs the doctor gave Jackson were prescribed in response to a specific complaint from singer, Chernoff said. "Dr. Murray has never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson," Chernoff told the AP. "Not ever. Not that day. … Not Oxycontin (either), for that matter." Chernoff tells the Los Angeles Times the doctor was stunned by Jackson's passing. "He was the one who suggested the autopsy to the family while they were still in the hospital. He didn't understand why Michael Jackson had died,â€ he said.
Dr. Murray met with Los Angeles detectives Saturday. A Los Angeles police spokesperson tells Usmagazine.com: "Dr. Murray was cooperative and provided information which will aid the investigation."
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