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June 29th, 2009
09:39 AM ET

Jackson's final moments – what his doctor told police

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ed Chernoff, attorney for Michael Jackson's doctor, speaks to CNN's Kiran Chetry."]

There are new questions today about the sudden death of Michael Jackson. What really happened in his final moments before 911 was called to his home? What exact medications was he taking at the time and who prescribed them?

Joe Jackson, Michael's father, spoke publicly on Sunday for the first time since losing his son. He was on the red carpet at the BET awards telling CNN he has a lot of concern and doesn't “like what happened.”

Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist, was there when Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest. Los Angeles police interviewed Murray for three hours on Saturday along with his lawyer Ed Chernoff. Chernoff spoke to Kiran Chetry on CNN’s “American Morning” Monday.

Kiran Chetry: What was discussed during the meeting with investigators and you and your client?

Ed Chernoff: Well, generally it was just about the circumstances leading up to the point in time where Michael Jackson stopped breathing. What happened the night before, what happened that day, his history, his relationship with Michael Jackson – that kind of thing.

Chetry: That was a three-hour long meeting. Are there any other meetings with police that they want to have with your client, who they’re saying is not a suspect and it’s not a criminal investigation. They just want to talk to him; maybe figure out exactly what went wrong.

Chernoff: There’s no meeting scheduled. We've let them know we're available to them any time they need us, any questions they have. We have told them that the medical examiner is free to call us. We'll be available to them. If they have any questions once toxicology comes out. I expect they will have some questions and we'll be ready to answer them.

Chetry: Now, was your client, Dr. Murray, aware of what prescriptions Michael Jackson was taking?

Chernoff: Well, yes. I mean, you know, Dr. Murray prescribed certain things to Michael Jackson, as a doctor. He had medical conditions, medical complaints. Now, there have been some questions about whether or not he was taking substances that Dr. Murray did not know about. But as far as we know, Dr. Murray knew what Michael Jackson was taking, knew what he was doing, and kept up with it all.

Chetry: Can you clarify some of the reporting that’s out there about whether or not Michael Jackson was taking narcotic painkillers like Demerol, like OxyContin. Did your client, Dr. Murray, prescribe or administer those narcotic painkillers to Michael Jackson?

Chernoff: Yeah I've heard those rumors. And one of the things we agreed with the LAPD was, although we are not allowed to discuss and we certainly wouldn't want to discuss, the substances Michael Jackson might or might not have been taking. We can say this with clarity – Dr. Murray never prescribed Demerol, never administered Demerol, never saw him, Michael Jackson, take Demerol. And that goes as well for OxyContin. So I think those are just rumors. When toxicology comes back, Kiran, that's going to be all cleared up.

Chetry: All right. And for people who don't know this, they are very, very powerful and addictive narcotic painkillers, both that you mentioned. You talked about how Dr. Murray knew about Michael Jackson's ailments. There are a lot of questions about how a 50-year-old man who seemed okay before, was planning on going on a worldwide tour, then dies, stops breathing and goes into cardiac arrest. Can you explain a little more about what were some of those ailments Michael Jackson had?

Chernoff: Well, it's not appropriate to go into a man's medical history, an embarrassing medical history perhaps, something that ought to be left to the family or to his doctors. But I can say this – there's nothing in his history, nothing that Dr. Murray knew, that would lead him to believe he would go into sudden cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. Nothing – there was no red flag that was available to Dr. Murray, which would have led him to believe he should have died the way he did. It's still a mystery, how he died, to Dr. Murray. It was Dr. Murray, Kiran, as you know, that requested that the family ask for an autopsy, because he needed to know as well, as his physician, what caused Michael Jackson to stop breathing.

Chetry: Speaking of that, the 911 call was released this weekend… One of the questions people have is why was Michael Jackson on his bed and not on a harder surface where CPR tends to be more successful...on a hard, flat surface like the floor?

Chernoff: Right, right. Yeah, he was performing CPR on the bed. When this all occurred it was an emergency situation and the doctor began performing CPR on the bed. He continued performing CPR for 25, 30 minutes. The bed was firm, but that's not how – that's not all – the only reason why the doctor would have performed CPR on the bed. The doctor, at the time he performed CPR, used one of his hands to brace under Michael Jackson's back to provide that support for the compression. Michael Jackson is a very frail man. He was very thin, very small. And the doctor compressed his chest with one hand, braced his back with the other hand. He checked to make sure there was blood flow. There was. He was getting blood. In fact, at the time that he was – that emergency personnel came – he still had a weak pulse.

Chetry: When that 911 call happened, you said he was performing CPR for 25 to 30 minutes. Was 911 called immediately upon discovering Michael Jackson with the shallow breathing or with the weak pulse?

Chernoff: No…not immediately. Dr. Murray is his personal physician. That would be something you would want is your doctor to be available if you were going into cardiac arrest. He was there – especially a cardiologist – he was there to try to revive Michael. When it became clear he could not revive him through CPR, then he sought to call 911. The problem, Kiran, is that in Michael Jackson's home, the phones don't work. There’s no outside line, at least in Michael Jackson's bedroom. So he had to yell for help, get security up and at some point then security called 911. That's the tape we hear.

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    Why did they wait so long to call 911. This is what killed Michael. If the
    paramedics were there right away and were called on that instint, he probly would have been alive today. I do blame the dr, his life was in his hands. Im mad, very mad, and very upset that he is gone. How can he perform the night before fantastically and die the next day? no apperant reason. my heart is broken completly. I am absolutly sick over his passing. Especially when he could have been revived. Look what his family is going through, his poor kids.
    heart broken in Ajax ontario canada.

    June 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm |


    June 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  3. Mrs. Clark

    To: Dan in Tuscan,AZ

    Dan obviously you care enough because you took the time to actually click on the link. Read about the story and post a blog. So have some respect. He has done more for some many people across the world. If he is a freak! Your an idiot and jealous that someone who is gifted and talented was still loved by everyone regardless of how he looks. That is love! I bet you are single man who has not accomplished nothing for himself. Who probably only graudated from high school and never left the state of Arizona. So sit on that.

    June 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  4. Gwynne

    I have to agree with the CPR comments. Being an EMT, there are three things I can't agree with more from previous comments. You don't move a patient from a bed if they have a spinal injury, but otherwise you get them on that flat surface. Frail or not, you're likely going to break ribs no matter who this person is, it happens almost every time. Keeping them on the bed in order to treat them gently is ridiculous, especially if you're killing your patient.
    Secondly, you DON'T give CPR to someone with a PULSE. That is one of the basic things, you may as well be giving mouth to mouth for someone who is still breathing! I can't believe this is being used as a valid argument.
    And third – The only person who can give 20+ minutes of CPR, with one hand, on this planet, wears a red cape and can leap tall buildings in a single bound. The reason we swap out every few minutes is to keep the EMT's from falling over with sheer exhaustion.

    Pull the other leg, doc!

    June 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Bosschic

    First, I have to say my heart and prayers go out to Katherine Jackson. She loves all of her children but the bond she and Michael shared was beautiful!!! Now, as for the comment made by "JUDI" – u clearly are ignorant, have no respect for human LIFE in general and may even be a racist. Someone has lost a son, father, brother. If you have no respect for that alone then find something else to do with your time, like read a bible if you still have a soul. Michael was and will always be a Legend. NO One can take that FACT away!! Many haters will deny and smear continue to smear his name. The world put Michael on a pedestal and forgot he was one boy who grew into adulthood like all other boys who grow up. Bottom line: NO ONE IS ABOVE THE TRIAL AND TRIBULATIONS OF THIS WORLD. Michael will forever be missed and loved all over the world.

    June 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  6. Ikdman

    To our Creator we belong and to him we all shall return one day, and that day may be any second from right know. It is better for us to be ready by doing good and refraining from evil.

    June 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  7. Ms T

    My healthy, 38 year old brother died last year for no apparent reason. The autopsy revealed nothing, and the toxocology reports revealed even less. Our family was brought face to face with this: We are God's creation and as such are not in control of when we are born or when we die. When God says it's time, no matter who you are, then it's time. Michael Jackson chose to share his musical genuis with us. If he owed those who enjoyed his music anything at all, it was to produce the very best music to share with the world. He owed us nothing else. It is amazing how many people there are in the world who have never committed a sin at all – that would be those who have continuously found Mr. Jackson guilty of any and everything and continue to charge him past his transition from this earth to eternity. If you have ever lost a father, son, brother, uncle, or cousin then you know what kind of pain the Jackson family is in. Michael was the public artist – let them grieve in peace. Want to do something for them? PRAY FOR THEIR STRENGTH AND HEALING, AND LET THEM GRIEVE IN PEACE.

    June 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  8. Mark

    Michael's last hours were perhaps unfortunate. But the reality is that there was a long term trajectory of declining health. Simply look at how healthy he appeared in 1979 as a 21 year old. But even by 1982-83 when he did Thriller and related music videos, he was a little less healthy appearing thin guy. Thin doesn't necessarily mean less healthy, but in his case it was one indicator.

    Later, when the cosmetic surgery procedures really kicked into overdrive, they took a brutal toll. Other factors likely did too though.

    Simply looking at him during his public appearances, it was obvious just how frail he was in his final years.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  9. marsha

    You know I feel the dr is hiding something, growing up my daddy always tolded me, if you haven't done anything wrong, you don't run no matter what, if the doctor did nothing wrong, why run, no matter who the person is. I lost my brother the same way, he just went to sleep, and never woke again, please let the Jackson Family have their time in peace, and if you can't say anything good about people don't say anything. Rest in peace Micheal, we LOVE YOU!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  10. jojo

    Wow . . . must be unreal to be Dr, Conrad Murray and have a hundred million people hate you.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  11. m

    I find it comical that all these celebrities are saying how he was their idol or inspiration. Where were they when he was alive and everyone considered him an odd disturbed man? This man was beyond bizarre, most likely a sexual deviant and there are many others who died...enough with this freak show!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  12. Ronda

    My heart goes out to the Jackson family. Micheal was a wonderfully performer!! He will be missed! No one will ever come close to him.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  13. Rick

    All these experts out there could of saved him. Well folks people fall over dead everyday that are in alot better healh than M.J. With his history of drug use, depression, ect. all added up over the years. He hasnt looked healthy in 20 years. M.J. wasnt a God, hes dead. May he R.I.P...Let it go people.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  14. F Harmon

    I do think it was sad for Joe Jackson
    to use the awards to promote his new company. I think it was inapproprate for Janet to appear and indicate "we miss him so much" MJ's body is barely cold. If that were my brother or sister I would be far too distraught to appear on TV and she looked like a magizine cover.
    This gives me such a bad feeling
    about the folks who surrounded MJ

    June 29, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  15. sunny

    I this doctor cared for his patient why didn't he wait for 911, go with his patient to the hospital so that he can answer any questions they had? instead he abandoned Michael and left in such a hurry that he didn't even take his car. You do conduct yourself this way unless you have something to hide. A professional doctor with his patients best interest at heart will not act like this.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  16. Tom

    What I do not understand is the delay in calling 911. In a situation like this, CPR training includes calling for assistance at the moment you recognize an emergent need to resuscitate. It's just the standard of care. I cannot say that Dr. Murray did the wrong thing because I do not know every detail of what was going on that time. But, this could be messy if he did not adhere to the standard conduct of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  17. DW

    its amazing how some people comment and say how much of a waste of time it is to talk about MJ and about how awful of a person he was....My question is why are you navigating your way to articles about him and then taking the time to comment....No one cares what you think!!! If you dont have anything good to say about the man who passed, then dont say it at all. Its just more destruction than is necessary.

    Now about the doctor....hmm....I think there is a bit of irony as to why they couldnt find the Dr. for a few days...impounded his car...and then he pops up with an attorney at side....I mean, the order of events is a little questioning. Also, the Dr. CPR practices were by far way off. Ive never heard someone say it was okay to put a hand under a mans back while administering CPR....just malpractice all the way...and then not calling 911....Whether Michael required a cardiologist or not is not our business as far as Im concerned, it makes sense to me because he has been doing more strenuous activity now that he has been preparing for 50 big performances.

    He is a LEGEND AND WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS!! He is the greatest performer of all time!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  18. wiessej

    To Lisa Kroen –

    CANCER??? How does a guy who knows he is suffering from cancer – which Michael Jackson almost certainly was not – schedule a European tour to begin later in July??? COME ON! The guy was a strange bird surrounded by yes-men and enablers. He wasted away, a victim of his own eccentricities. He was NOT a normal person, and his death is a "broken record" repeat of deaths that occur to people who live reclusive lives and basically lose touch with reality. My bet is that this guy was frail, sickly, and had been treated in the past with so many medications over a prolonged period of time that his body just wore out on him. No real smoking gun...just a sad occurrence to a very talented person.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  19. Ivan

    This "cardiologist" is a "has been", possibly harming Michael, by botching up CPR. He needs to take a course in CPR to get it right, for the next person he tries it on. And he's been getting paid over $300K for his bogus CPR?

    IF someone has a pulse, you breathe for them, not compress their chest on a silly bed, with one hand underneath! The heart is working to give a pulse, the brain is lacking oxygen when there's no breathing. He should have been giving Michael oxygen by breathing and expanding Michael's lungs, to correct the lack of breathing.

    Takes no time to call security, get real professionals to take over by ambulance transfer to a Real CPR trained doctor , and put patient on a hard surface, as every REAL doctor is trained.

    I hope no one tries what this doctor did, in a similar circumstance. Every adult should learn CPR, the correct way, not some cockamamie way this bozo dreamed up.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  20. linda

    rm and dan in az. you both are so flip with your comments, I wonder what your reaction will be when one of your own family members dies? Will it matter, or will you both just be moving on??!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  21. Annette

    Michael Jackson had lupus. Look it up. You'll find the symptoms and ultimate results are what we'll soon learn that he died from. RIP MJ

    June 29, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  22. Dan

    It is not strange that the doctor hired an attorney. Even if you are innocent these days, having a lawyer is a reasonable precaution especially in a high profile case such as this. Even the slightest mistake when speaking can cause a huge mess and ruin a career.

    I have to admit that there are a lot of questions that need answering. We may never know the entire story either. Michael was private about a lot of his medical issues. He put every ouce of energy into his performances and after 40+ years, the physical stress and aches/pains added up.

    Michael also wanted his performances to be flawless. The mental stress of having to go out and put on a great show all the time had to cause problems as well. Even as a kid, he was under extreme stress thanks to his father. As far as I am concerned, he is partly to blame.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  23. didgens

    Lots of people dont hook up land lines anymore ,, they just rely on cell ,, if the doctors cell phone was in another room and he didnt want to leave to get it while preforming CPR that might cause a delay .. but anyone who has taken CPR classes knows you check the victum,, give 2 rescue breaths .. then call 911 and start cpr ,, this guy was a doctor .. so did he think he could just revive him himself ?? stupid doctors .. geeze

    June 29, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  24. TRB

    as a cardiologist, one should know that "reviving" someone with strictly CPR is virtually impossible. 911 is the top priority in this scenario and CPR is administered as a life support while waiting for medical help.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  25. pmiller

    MJ was an icon. some loved to hate him , others hated to love him. he was a strange and unusual person. He was a 12 year old boy, who had hundreds of millions of dollars, and was unsupervised by those who lived him and manipulated by those who did not. What would amaze me is when you would see an interview with MJ or his sister Janet, you would see a super soft spoken and timid person, but on stage they were unrecognizable (spunky snarly and sexy) . Like the super quiet person who plays a super hyperactive person on tv. Like two pieces of a puzzle that you finally fit together but using a hammer to do it.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  26. Lucy

    I just can't believe MJ died like that.

    I guess I'm confused on why the doctor would go to MJ's bedroom first before the maid or his personal assistant.....No one realized that MJ was not up??? The whole thing is suspicious.

    They messed up by not calling 911 right at the beginning while MJ could have been saved. They lost those precious moments.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  27. Kate

    I have other questions besides that Demerol questions...I don't know why the focus isn't on this...
    -Why was the doctor in Michaels room, how was it that he came to find him not breathing?
    -Did the doctor have a cell phone to call 911? Why did he say there was no phone.
    -If the doctor didn't call 911, then who DID he call during that half hour.
    -A half hour is a very long time when someone is not breathing...there is no cardiologist in the world that would let a man lay there for a half hour who is in cardiac arrest.
    -This doctor's story is very very suspicious.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  28. Willy

    This is the craziest account of saving a person's life that I have ever heard of. I pray that the family requests more information and gets to the bottom of it!! If a person does have a weak pulse you HAVE TO PERFORM CPR!! just because there is a pulse does not mean the heart is pumping correctly. Usually the rule of thumb is less than 60 and you look for other signs as well. Any medical DR would know that you can not perform CPR in that manner. IT is IMPOSSIBLE!!!! You have to compress at least 1/3 to 1/2 to the depth of the chest and one hand is for children not adults. Even if his hand was behind him the entire bed would have been going up and down Even if he is frail. This is the KING of POP!! They should have called and shouted he is dying and we need help!! CPR has not been working!! We need a defibrillator. If he had received drugs the Doctor should have given him something to try and reverse the narcotics..
    I pray the family gets answers they need!! If a cardiologist is not educated pass basic CPR like advanced life saving techniques, then we are really in trouble!! After 25-30 minutes what was plan then? Was Mike going to just sit up and say hello? HE compromised everything and all efforts to save him. HE would have needed help and should have given 100%. I agree with that face that something Just was not right for him to have a CARDIOLOGIST AND NOT A GENERAL PHYSICIAN~

    June 29, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  29. kim

    This has to be the most ridiculous situation I have ever heard. First you have a cardiologist with you when you go into cardiac ARREST, and he does not even understand that you call 911 before starting RESCUE BREATHING which is what he should have been doing if he had a weak pulse. Not to mention he is pumping his chest on the bed, the 911 operator had to tell him to lower him to the floor. What... because he is a cardiologist he somehow thinks he is a human defiberlator. Take his license, throw him in jail, he stole the most talented entertainer in the world from us.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  30. Joan

    As someone who needs to keep CPR certification for her job I can tell you the first thing is to asses the situation and help the victim if it's safe for you to.

    If you are alone with a victim, you are not advised to stop assisting them and call 911. You are trained to call out for help when you come upon someone alone and in need of assistance but you are never to leave the person and seek a phone, you call out for help.

    Once you start CPR you don't stop until you are either completely exhausted; someone comes and tells you they are qualified to perform CPR and can assist you or, someone comes and can and will call 911 upon your instruction. You continue until a paramedic tells you to stop and that only occurs after they have completely taken over performing CPR or, the patient is breathing and has a pulse.

    There are many people who don't have land-line phone service in their homes, they use cell phones only and have wireless computer networks if that at all. So not having a phone in his bedroom is not unusual, sometimes people only have phones in common areas of their home, I've seen that.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  31. Pam

    I don't beleive we will ever get the true facts on this case. I know he was very popular but opinions are not going to matter and things should not be guessed at but rather the facts presented.... oh yeah in case anyone cares....Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, and she should not be shoved under the rug because of MJ she was a legend in her own right!!!!!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  32. frank

    i feel really bad about micheal jackson's death . i reconize that he was the best and there would be nobody like him.
    but people everything has an end. stop blaming the dr, the phone lines,the paramedics,security, it 's enough mike has rested in peace.
    a heart attack that sounds like an overdose of some drug that he took cuase of stress for his debt..........................

    June 29, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  33. marilyn

    Why wasn't this quack a board certified cardiologist? Certainly Michael could have afforded a good doctor trained in his field. If you're not board certified, it means you never took the test to allow you the best credentials and knowledge in your specialty , or he flunked the test! Most people do not think of these things or even know how to differentiate doctors on this level, and it is very important, if not critical. Maybe if this doctor knew what he was doing, Michael would still be alive.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  34. Tina

    "Michael Jackson is a very frail man. He was very thin, very small. "

    I can only think he had a cardiac arrest simply because he was so
    underweight. Anorectic persons often have heart problems.
    I am so sorry his life had to end in such a tragic way.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  35. Mike

    Often imitated never duplicated.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  36. Mrs. Clark

    Mary~ The first statment was a note taken from what the person said. If you read what I wrote correctly you would seen I citated the person who made that comment. The second paragraph is "MY" response to what he said. So "YES have heard of cell phones. Why don't you learn how to read right before you try to address me. It's okay not everyone can read well.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  37. AnnieinPortland

    Stress is a bigger killer then any known narcotic.
    The man has been known to be very focused and a perfectionist when he is doing any dance routine.

    Considering he had been in rehearsals and preparing for a 50 concert event, could create the contributiing factors.

    He is not as healthy as he was before, nor as young.
    He has undergone some additional stresses over the years.
    All of these issues must be factored into the equation.

    My father died at 43. From cardiac failure. He was a Air Force Pilot.
    The contributing factor was stress on the heart form pulling G Forces.
    Stress Kills. Is not a mystery. Its a fact.

    My best guess is the added stress of being a perfectionist during rehearsals , preparing for a live concert tour created a ticking time bomb.

    And, it is unfortunate.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  38. Lisa

    Great comment Alison.

    There is an enormous entirely misguided tendency to dissect these high profile (medical) incidents, confabulate motive or malintent, and systematically indict/critique the actions of every involved party. This phenomenon provides an easy answer to the earlier question of WHY ON EARTH a physician with no wrongdoing would seek representation.
    Doctors, for the most part, do not want to kill their patients. They actually do not want their patients to die either. In a great majority of instances, they want to help their patients. In the event that someone is dying in front of you, be they a famous singer or an elderly housewife, performing CPR/running a code away from the hospital is scary and adrenaline charged and the one thing you want is for the crashing patient to live...
    This form of patient care is concluded largely during residency training. I would be less enthusiastic about a private practice cardiology attending running my resuscitation. Think of it like this... Your body is a 1957 chevrolet... with the keys locked inside. You have the option of calling two people, and you better choose quickly. Do you want a locksmith to jimmy the door, or do you want a guy who worked on the assembly line building the '57 chevrolet and knows the lock mechanism inside-out?

    Hint: Assembly line doods don't get too much consult work that I am aware of.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  39. Nita

    Can someone clear up something for me. I might be wrong. Didn't the media state something about Marlo Brandon's son being over at this house the night before with Micheal Jackson? I am curious to see what was going on in the house the night before as well.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  40. Roscot

    Bill me out on directing CNN to move on...puleeze!!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  41. Brenda Curtright

    I will forever regret not attending a MJ concert. Michael was the greatest musical entertainer I believe the world has ever had, yet he was a talented, kind, sad and tortured man and I am surprised he lived to become 50. No man is greater than GOD and we are here on earth for a reason and a season. His suffering is now over and may his soul rest in peace.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  42. ana

    FYI: Whitney, a defibrillator is not used if there is cardiac arrest. It does not "jump start the heart". If there is an uncontrolled 'shockable' pattern, such as v-fib, it can disrupt this fatal arrhythmia and allow the heart's automaticity to restore a normal beat after it has been shocked flat.
    Kelley–you never do compressions on a beating heart. Respiratory arrest should be dealt with through rescue breathing, oxygen.
    in any case, it should obviously be dealt with in an emergency room ASAP, not half an hour later.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  43. Roscot

    Jeezus...I can't believe the rampant palaver that these people write here. They have to get a life, it would seem! To go on endlessly about some frail, jaundiced poor little black boy with albino skin!!! This picture of America tells anyone why this country is now berserk with pussywhimpedness, cowardness, other bulemic and anorexic, bipolar, OCD and all other madness combined. Someone lack North Korea that can think lucidly ought to just throw a net over the whole United States rather than think about wasting 4th of july fireworks and nukes on this country...LOL I am laughing at my own jokes and madness on this onw!!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  44. Andra Kelly

    I don't think that you are all getting it. While the doctor is ultimately responsible for his patient, which I don't think he did the best job with, there were many other factors at play. There were many interests - including Michael's own family - that wanted to keep things QUIET and NOT have 911 called. Immediate emergency response and intubation at the bedside and additional lifesaving steps that could not be performed by an individual doctor but by a whole responding medical team is what he needed.
    Perhaps what really happened was that the doctor DID want to call 911 but the family and others around DID NOT? And this will all be covered up? And the family and producers are going through a big act with the second autopsy, etc., and blaming the doctor, when it was really themselves? If I were the doctor I would be pissed at the family. This is the Jackson family, none the less. They always exploited him and lived off his fame and money, and I wouldn't expect anything different now.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  45. Ivan

    I've just got my Level III First Aid Certificate in Canada. After 10 days of extensive training on CPR and assisted breathing techniques, I can assure you that there is NO way you can effectively apply CPR of 30 minutes. It is a very heavy and demanding procedure. In addition, it is clear that had MJ had a pulse after 30 min, it means his problem was not circulatory but Respiratory and CPR has limited benefit. Breathing assistance is the most important situation you need to control (I am not Doctor but I am pretty sure my isntructors, Trained Paramedics got it right).

    June 29, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  46. Joan

    I would advise anyone and I mean anyone. If you ever have to go into any police station/facility to speak with an officer or detective about your knowledge of any situation if you are smart, you'd better have any attorney with you or, have him on retainer service.

    Interviewing with a police official about a case is no joke. You don't know what someone else may have said to implicate you in a case. You may go in there innocently wanting to help and find yourself accused, charged and or confined.

    Dr. Murray is correct to appear with representation because of the notoriety of Mr. Jackson. We don't know what medical conditions Mr. Jackson may have had. We don't know what conversations the doctor had with Mr. Jackson and we certainly don't know what other physicians Mr. Jackson may have had on his payroll. Dr. Murray is absolutely correct in getting legal representation. His life and career can be ruined by a lie or an unsubstantiated comment.

    What I find really interesting about Attorney Chernoff's comment is the statement "embarrasing medical history perhaps, something that ought to be left the family or his doctors". To me he is letting us know that Michael Jackson suffered from publicly unknown medical conditions, what they could be we'll never know unless the family shares that with us or gives his physicians permission to reveal his private medical info. to the public. In my opinion neither is likely to happen unless it would increase public sympathy for Michael.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  47. Chris

    As a nurse a few questions come to mind...if he stopped breathing first it's respiratory arrest not cardiac arrest. Taught in nursing school if administering narcotics check the respiratory rate first since narcotics suppress the respirations.
    If the MD administered CPR on a bed without a hard wooden board behind MJ's back for 30 minutes, he's negligent- the line that he had one hand behind his back, etc. makes even less sense. How the heck could he perform CPR with one hand behind MJ's back- that would be negligent as well. Taught in advanced life support classes you use one hand over the other for chest compressions- even for a 8 year old- he couldn't have been that fragile. If he were a cancer patient in a hospital we still would use 2 hand for compressions on a HARD surface. This doctor is not Board Certified...wouldn't be taking care of me. 911 should also be called right away- another rule in CPR classes. Is the MD CPR certified? Awful conduct.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  48. Ginger

    The physician supposedly found him in his bed unresponsive...but yesterday they were saying that he collapsed in front of his son and his son thought he was just joking around. Until he didn't get up. I don't think we'll ever know what really happened.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  49. Peter Ungvarski

    Consider the following:
    1. The so called "cardiologist" is not board certified in cardiology. He isn't even certified in internal medicine.

    2. The so called "cardiologist" according to the 911 call was performing CPR on the bed. First thing you learn when training to perform CPR is place the victim on a hard surface (e.g. floor).

    June 29, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  50. RR

    What's with the "embarrassing medical history"? Did he have a voluntary castration to keep his voice from changing? We know he was anorexic, bleached his skin, & had countless plastic surgeries on his face. How much can the body tolerate when you add 25 years of drug abuse? Michael Jackson was no idol. He was a freak show that belonged in a carnival.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  51. Marco

    I heard of arm-chair athletes, now we seem to have arm-chair doctors. You are reading what you want to so that you can make a stupid point. Nobody said they waited 25-30 minutes to call 911. Nobody said that MJ had a slight pulse for the entire 25-30 minutes...he had a slight pulse when EMS arrived.

    Yes MJ was a great entertainer. Yes he was a strange man. Yes he probably did some discusting things in his life. On the balance, it is about time to let this story go. There is more important news in the world.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  52. Megan

    I'm a paramedic and I have NEVER seen CPR done effectively with a hand BEHIND someone's back to "provide support'. You cannot get enough leverage to create adequate compressions. To tell you the truth, I would expect this behavior out of nursing home LPNs.

    NOT a cardiologist who knows better.

    And a cardiologist decided to make the call AFTER CPR wasn't working? That makes NO sense medically. Nor does leaving a patient on a bed. It takes seconds to drag a patient to the floor. He stated that Michael Jackson was quite thin, so there would have been minimal effort to get him there.

    It also makes no sense that the telephones were not working within the house. An ailing person with no outside communication? I don't think so.

    Something about this scenario stinks.

    I think the cardiologist should definately be looked into.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  53. Roscot

    it is about time this issue was laid to rest. There is life after Michael Jackson, everyone SHOULD KNOW!!! But it seems as though CNN is having its usual chronic case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder over this madness!!!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  54. Dan

    Hey Mrs. Clark, you said, "**If the phones did not work. How come they were in the bedroom with Micheal Jackson when they called 911. It is not like they stepped outside of the house. So that last comment is just crap, because they obviously had reception than. Sounds like an excuse for the delay in calling 911."

    The article states, "in Michael Jackson’s home, the phones don’t work. There’s no outside line, at least in Michael Jackson’s bedroom." Ever heard of a cordless phone or a cell phone that can be walked into a bedroom.

    Everything's a conspiracy with everyone nowadays.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  55. Kevin

    Well this is not a matter of national security and I just believe that all who were a fan of Michaels would like to know what/why and how this happened so suddenly without the cover-up/secret nature that some want. If he had other issues/problems it won't change the fact that he's now gone nor will it change his status in the world of music...he will be as those before him always a legend....Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, etc., in closing the world has a right to know!

    June 29, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  56. Paul, CA

    When all the dust settles, unfortunately, MJ will be remember as much for his absurd, far out, medicated lifestyle and values as for his music. After listening to and seeing many interviews and documentaries over the past few days of MJ, one cannot help but look at this man as somewhat mental. This, unfortunately, may be his legacy. I doubt even the most enamored fan can deny this. May God rest this troubled soul.

    June 29, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  57. Yaw

    Why should the doctor spend 25 -30min !!! performing CPR. I don't care whatever doctor you are the sensible thing you do first is call emergency let them know you are a doctor helping the patient and let them bring an emergency truck immediately. The best place to threat an emergency is the hospital not the bedroom. There are many medical equipments for emergency you don't get in the bedroom. 25 – 30 mins?

    June 29, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  58. Cooper

    Agree about the CPR comments. If there is a pulse, you don't do compressions! And if he had one hand behind his back, and the other hand doing compressions, then how does he know that he "was getting blood"? Did he check his pulse with his third hand while he was doing

    The most shocking thing about this interview is learning that he did not call 911 immediately. For how long, I wonder?

    Isn't the definition of "cardiac arrest" when there is no blood flow due to the heart not contracting? So if he had a weak pulse, then he wasn't really in cardiac arrest, no?

    June 29, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  59. Ann

    On the 911 phone you here the dispatcher asking what number they are calling from and give the house address. This means they were calling from a cell phone. If they were calling from a land line, the dispatcher would have had this information already.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  60. Mike

    Well, I was a SF Medic in the Army and a Paramedic on the civilian side for some time. This doctor's actions were ABSURD. Number one, CPR is only one tool to use to try and "revive" somebody. Defibrilation and medications are the other two. If Michael Jackson had a "faint pulse", doing chest compressions would have been useless and actually could have killed helped kill Jackson. Rescue breathing was in order. The FIRST step this doctor should have taken was to get other help immediately. As a cardiologist, he espcecialy should know that a defibrilater may have been the only way to save Jackson, not CPR. And if this doctor was doing CPR on this bed for 25-30 minutes before deciding to call 911, he should lose his license to practice. Nobody wants to work a code alone, without tools and meds. Thyis doctors goal should have been to call 911, assist with rescue breathing until medics arrived and get him to a hospital as soon as possible. is clear negligence if they waited to call 911. Frankly, I am angry after reading the load of crock accounts from the attorney. There is clearly something out of place here. RIP Michael.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  61. Christian

    If Michael Jackson was 112 lbs., had broken ribs, his hair had fallen out, he was eating nothing, but injesting pills and getting regular injections of strong, addictive drugs, what then is the logical outcome of this scenario if not cardiac arrest? The doctor "found him in his bed"? Where was he expecting him to be - on the tennis court? And what is up with no outside telephone lines? And presumably no cell phone either?

    June 29, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  62. MillardF

    I agree, let this overwhelmed family grieve in peace.

    On the other hand, if they aren't up to grieving just now, let them toddle off to the BET awards, do a bit of champagne and schmooze with fellow entertainment types.

    Well Micheal, for perhaps the first time in your life, you're not alone anymore!

    June 29, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  63. joyce

    Michael you will be dearly missed. We do love you so.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  64. Ng-in-the-house

    I am sorry for MJ...I loved him and his music. What I feel bitter about is that his doctor is BLACK, and he failed him. I still wonder what a cardiologist was doing living with MJ round-the-clock. Seemed like being on-call 24/7...and for what? The money? And basic life support was even gurranteede poor Michael.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  65. RAN

    I am reading the excerts from the doctor's meeting with the police. I can't believe it. This man seems clueless. There are so many questions and concerns that need to addressed/ There is something to this doctor. 911 should of been called immediately, that is the number one rule of performing CPR. Having emergency help on the way immediately would of saved a lot of time and maybe even Micahel's life. This whole story is bizarre and there is a lot that will come out eventually in the end.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  66. Carol Anderson

    Maybe he was anorexic...that makes you loose hair and damages the heart. I don't get this statement...if you are a medical professional, what is embarrassing medical history?"

    "Well, it’s not appropriate to go into a man’s medical history, an embarrassing medical history perhaps, something that ought to be left to the family or to his doctors"

    June 29, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  67. dhardway

    This doctor was a "quack" and served the purpose of supplying the meds that were "desired" based on the following:

    1. Why wasn't 911 called immediately when MJ was found with a "dull pulse"?
    2. Why wait 20-30 minutes to call 911 "after" CPR failed and cardiac arrest assessed?
    3. Why was there a cardiologist instead of a general physician?
    4. If the physician was to provide "round-the-clock" care; why did he "find" MJ in this condition "after entering" the residence?
    5. Why did he insist on performing CPR for such a long time?
    6. Why didn't he sign the death certificate as the attending physician?

    Without a doubt his actions were meant to CYA and clearly indicate knowledge of wrongdoing - only the extent of the wrong doing is in question.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  68. mark

    as a physician, there are several inaccuracies in these statements.
    1. CPR is never performed if there is a pulse and the lawyer said he had a weak pulse the whole time. MJ should have been intubated, which would have, possibly, saved his life.
    2. respiratory arrest is directly related to narcotic abuse. if he had a pulse, he went into respiratory arrest, not cardiac arrest. cardiac arrest will follow respiratory arrest and will ultimately cause death. 50 year old completely healthy people , do not go into cardiac or respiratory arrest unless something was introduced into their body.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  69. kelly's just amazing to me how people read into things and want to argue about anything. Let the detectives do that.
    He had a pulse but was not BREATHING, so yes, CPR was necessary. And as far as the phone issue goes, security probably had mobile phones that they brought in and were using in the bedroom at the time.
    I can already see people wanting to blame this doctor, who was obviously trying to save him and is most certainly grief stricken himself. Given the circumstances of celebrity and all the pointing of fingers before the tests come back, it was very wise of him to get an attorney.
    Joe Jackson uses the BET 3 days after his son's death to plug his own record company......THAT is what people should be angry about. What a scumbag.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  70. dan in Tucson AZ

    MJ has been abusing his body for over 20 years, and we are supposed to be surprised that this freak show died? Give me a break. He sang a few good songs, so what.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  71. Barb

    Any good doctor would call 911 right away – if someone needs CPR, they need to be in the emergency room.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  72. ANgel

    Ed Chernoff and the doctor are hiding information and also lying. This whole story sounds ridiculous. The lawyer sounds stupid b/c the information given to him is stupid and many lawyers have no conscious when defending someone they know is guilty. It's ridiculous. if the man had a weak pulse, why on God's green earth would you perform CPR? You would administer oxygen to him. My father has been on hospice care for years now and I know THAT! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. And for Michael to be on the bed vs. the floor, that's suspicious to me. Lastly, if you listen to the 911 call again, PLEASE LISTEN... When the 911 operator asked the man on the phone to ask the doctor, what happened (to MJ) before he stopped breathing, the doctor gets REALLY impatient and yells something in the background which leads the caller to get flustered and just say "hurry up". It's a cover up and I hope his behind rots in jail. The doctor was already in financial and lawsuit troubles years prior to this. I hope Karma finds him and all the other leeches and vampires around him with a nice spiked bat!

    June 29, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  73. Jason

    Some people are making a big deal about why MJ had a personal DR. Well this might be hard for average folks to understand but many rich and well of people have personal DR. Quite frankly if I had a few million $$'s i would too. Its convenient, why would you want to go to a DR office and wast your time when you are so rich. Have one on your payroll just like the President (OBAMA).
    Not to mention when you go to a DR office//hospital when you are famous as MJ it becomes a spectacle, media circus and not to mention the media rumor mill. You might have gone to get your foot checked due to a simple sprain and next thing you know media is reporting you are suffering from Cancer, Aids or some thing on those lines !

    June 29, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  74. RicharC

    Yes, it is sad, but even if we knew all the facts and the "truth" comes out; what changes? Michael Jackson is still dead. Absolutely nothing changes.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  75. Fizzle

    I'm not buying his story at all. Something fishy goin on.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  76. PAUL


    June 29, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  77. RM

    New Flash!!!

    Michael Jackson dies and some people could care less! Move on!

    June 29, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  78. Thor Klebs

    I think that it is obvious that the doctor - and probably Michael's family as well - tried to keep the cardiac arrest a secret, and handle it themselves, because they were worried about negative publicity which would affect the tour, and they would stand to lose millions.

    It is unfortunate for the doctor to hide behind lawyers, but you get the feeling that it isn't really his fault, his family knew EXACTLY what was going on, as well as his manager, and even though the death was a shock, it wasn't unexpected, to anyone on the inside, and the family is trying to blame the doctor. That is even more pathetic.

    Who knows, but you have to get the feeling that if they called 911 immediately, that Michael would have had a better chance. 911 wasn't called because of money reasons. Or even before it got to this, that he would have had better medical care all along. Michael lost control of his life and was a slave to his debt, and his family who lived off of him - of course partly for his own fault. In the end, they let him die without getting the proper medical care that he needed as they would have thought that would have lost millions if the insurance company and producers realized that he couldn't do the tour and future deals.

    This is not the 1930s; I don't care if you have a person physician, modern medicine requires multiple sophisticated tests and diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, not just a physcian at the bedside. It is pathetic and everyone continues to exploit him even after his death. His family has always explioted him, and they have been doing so over the past few months and even the time of his death and now even after. Now of course Michael has himself to blame partly for creating this mess that led to his death, but it is really hard as a celebrity to not be taken advantage of...

    June 29, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  79. brenda

    that dr. is a liar, the police should be smarter then that they should know better and that dr has a professional and legal responsiblity to the patient, i do think he gave something why was he there in the first place. did they or didn't they find drugs in his car, what did he do or not do to michael, don't let just walk away like that. what did come prepared to do.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  80. Talia

    Why is it that death suddenly seems to erase the bad things a person has done? Yes, MJ was a very good musical artist, but now that he's dead, everyone is avoiding the fact that he was also very likely a child molester. Funny that people will say ill about the living, but when someone dies and it can't hurt them anymore, nobody speaks the truth.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  81. Whitney

    I agree with Charlie, you do not do CPR on someone who has a pulse, you do rescue breathing..I have been waiting for someone in the media to point this out and it has not happened. Also I was tought in my CPR class that it does not revive someone whose heart has stopped beating it just keeps the blood flowing until you can get to a defibrilator so why was he waiting on him to be revived before calling 911 he should know better.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  82. missy

    Why is this country so full of conspiracy theories these days???? Maybe he just died because he didn't take good care of himself... things happen....

    June 29, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  83. JUDI

    There is more to this than we will ever know. One doesn't have a heart dr unless you have a heart problem. Dr is covering up for his own botched CPR thing or something he did. You don't wait 25 minutes to call 911 if soemone is in CA. Why did he wait that long? Dr is obvious guilty of bad medicine. Hope his patients don't trust him to save them if they die in his office. MJ was a loser anyway. Why waste all of our time on him? Who cares anyway? He was a freak and a danger to kids, glad he is gone, and who cares how or why as long as he is gone.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  84. ana

    charlie, i see you already noted the insanity of this whole account from a medical perspective. Someone with basic 1st aid/CPR, much less a physician, would never proceed as this 'cardiologist" did. And I agree that it is dangerous to spread ignorant and inaccurate descriptions of CPR situations.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  85. mary

    Mrs. Clark, have you heard of cell phones or remote phones? No? He got an attorney because he knew that anyone in that situation should get an attorney. He did a smart thing. What is sad is all the speculation about this or that. We won't ever really know what happened, and maybe we shouldn't. If he had something like lupus that he didn't want anyone to know about, then it should be left that way, let him RIP

    June 29, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  86. Joey Bacees

    Why is his family so concerned now? He has been doing drugs for at least 20 years and they know it why didn't they try to help him when he was alive instead of sweeping it under the rug. As long as the checks cleared the bank who cares.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  87. Georgeanna

    Michael was a sad figure who just never grew up and I really feel he feared aging. He was a musical genious and left many good memories of his musiic.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  88. Badfish

    it's all very sad but the circumstances seem very sketchy. I doubt we'll ever know

    June 29, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  89. Falyn

    My first cousin died of Cardiac Arrest while running track at the age of 15. He was in perfect health, the day was in the late fall, the weather was perfect, not to hot, or to cold. He had only taken his second lap around the track, and he just dropped dead of cardiac arrest which is much different than heart attack. His death baffled doctors, they did toxicology tests which came negeative for any substances, and the autopsy did not provide a single clue. To this day it is still a mystery as to why his hear just stopped working.

    So even a healthy young man of much younger age can die like MJ. It is not common but this type of thing does happen to people of all ages from all walks of life. Being a celebrity does not make one indestructable or immortal in the being alive department.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  90. Nancy

    Sounds strange to me.....anyone who has taken a CPR course knows the 1st thing you do is move the person to a hard surface.....if Michael was so thin and frail as the doctor said then he should have been easy to move to the floor?? instead he puts his hand behind his back for support?? doesn't make sense ....a cardiologist should know this is not how to perform why not get help asap and perform CPR...??

    Not adding up in my book

    June 29, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  91. Alison

    I recall hearing on the news during the period while the official news was breaking on his death, that he had taken his morning injection of Demerol, I am not sure who made this comment, but I believe it was someone in the family. If this is true, and something does come back in toxicology, then there will of course be the question about who was getting him the drugs. I believe it was said that he had the injections due to pain from a previous injury that had never healed correctly. In any case, I just feel that there is more to the story, but I don't think the whole world necessarily needs to know the whole story. Let the man pass on in peace, and let his family have the time that they need to mourn without the entire world slinging accusations. He had a troubled, traumatic life, and hopefully in death, we can let him rest and have peace.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  92. Gene

    Michael was one of my earliest heroes. As a child, he and his brothers were some of the few Blacks who were in a position to present a positive role model for other young Blacks in the late 60s and early 70s. I followed his career and elated in his triumphs and was severely saddened by his missteps. He was probably the greatest entertainer that has ever lived and probably one of the most tortured souls also. His talent will certainly be missed and I hope that certain people do not use his death to advance their own careers as it seems his father is prepared to do as per his comments yesterday. Rest in peace Michael you will be missed......

    June 29, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  93. Dedric Thomas

    I don't necessarily think, I would want my doctor to perform CPR on me for 25 to 30 minutes before calling EMS. I understand the pertinence in him being a cardiologist, but if I'm having cardiac arrest, I think, (1) man with (1) hand on his back, and (1) on his chest performing CPR! I believe the doctor should of calle 911 at the time he found him in full cardiac arrest, moved him to the floor (frail or not) follow what you need to do. As far as other medications, I'm not a brain scientst, but normally when someone goes into cardiac arrest, 911 should have been called immediately. God's will is God's will, may the Jackson's Family continue to be in God's Loving and Caring Arms.

    God Bless

    June 29, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  94. ana

    That is the most absurd and impossible CPR scenario imaginable. In fact, the whole account is ridiculous. No legitimate doctor without the benefit of a hospital setting would wait to get definitive care while a patient showed increasing cardiopulmonary compromise. And I don't care how many reps you've done on the butterfly couldn't do effective compressions for 3 minutes (much less 25 or 30) in that position. And why perform compressions if there is a pulse in the first place?

    June 29, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  95. Chrystal Frierson

    I think that its alot more than the Dr. is telling, why did he get an attorney if he did nothing wrong. This is such a bad situation for all parties involved. Yes people will say that Michael Jackson was a grown man and in control of things, but I disagree if a person has any type of addiction they are not in control. Why didnt he get the help needed, I guest the world will be left wondering that as well.

    Just, pleaes if the world and press could allow his poor family to mourn and bury Michael Jackson, would be the most humane thing to be done, some how I just don't see that happening.


    June 29, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  96. charlie

    If Michael Jackson had A PULSE of any kind you would not perform CPR!!!!!! You would assist his breathing. If this doctor had any knowledge of basic life support; if you have a pulse you DO NOT perform CPR!!!!!!!!!!!!! You get the man oxygen, which I am sure is avalible in Jacksons house, call 911 and get him to a hospital. The press needs to speak to a physician and have them teach the press basics of CPR I also heard this question answered the same way on NBC Date line last nigth . why not trap the personal physician and show him how he completely miss handeled the treat ment of MJ.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  97. colleen dalmer

    I'm curious – if there was nothing in Michael Jackson's history that would lead the dr. to believe he would go into sudden cardiac arrest, then why was there a CARDIOLOGIST there at his home that night? Cardiologists take care of heart problems – Michael could have had his very own private medical dr. there, an internist, etc. – but he had a cardiologist there. Interesting – there must have been a reason for that.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  98. elizabeth moore

    why weren't telephones working in Michael 's home.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  99. Mrs. Clark

    "The problem, Kiran, is that in Michael Jackson’s home, the phones don’t work. There’s no outside line, at least in Michael Jackson’s bedroom. So he had to yell for help, get security up and at some point then security called 911. That’s the tape we hear. "~ Chernoff

    **If the phones did not work. How come they were in the bedroom with Micheal Jackson when they called 911. It is not like they stepped outside of the house. So that last comment is just crap, because they obviously had reception than. Sounds like an excuse for the delay in calling 911.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  100. Lisa Kroen

    You have to wonder if Michael suffering from cancer which might explain his weight loss and hair loss. Maybe he was very sick and did not want any further comments made about him.
    Why would he have needed a live -in physician if he was not ill?
    God bless him, suffering in the public eye was one thing but to have to suffer alone is even harder to fathom.
    This man was very family based and had somuch love to give. The world has lost an angel God has gained one.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:10 am |
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