Release of Michael Jackson autopsy results postponed indefinitely

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office indefinitely delayed the release of Michael Jackson’s autopsy results Thursday amid signs that police investigators were trying to determine the interplay between the pop star’s personal physician and other medical professionals who treated Jackson in the months leading up to his death.

Word of the delay followed a meeting between officials from the L.A. County district attorney’s office, the Los Angeles Police Department and the coroner’s office to discuss progress in the case. Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner’s office said he could not say when the cause of death would be announced.

“I have no idea,” Winter said.


Frank Dileo talks about Michael and the TII tour


FRANKLY SPEAKING An exclusive HITS interview with Frank DiLeo

Industry vet Frank DiLeo, who was the manager of Michael Jackson from 1984 through 1989, returned to the fold to help guide the superstar through his “This Is It” concerts and presumably beyond, but it was not to be. Here, the industry veteran shares his thoughts with HITS’ own ambulance-chasing Roy Trakin.

Q. This is like Godfather III… Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. How did you get involved with Michael again?
Michael first called me a couple of years ago, after he came back from Bahrain, then was in Ireland and Vegas for a while. We chitchatted, he called again and we started communicating about film projects. There were a couple of scripts we wanted to develop and produce. Then he got involved in this concert deal.

He called me in March and said, “Frank, I need someone with a little bit of experience. Would you like to manage me again and take care of all this stuff?” And I said, “Yeah, sure.” By the time I came in, everything was signed. Dr. Thome Thome—who is someone I don’t want to talk about in this interview—had miscalculated the scheduling on the dates, which is something I had to take care of, because Michael didn’t want to perform more than twice a week.

Q. Was Michael aware that he was signing for up to 50 individual shows?
Absolutely. I read the contract. I know what the minimum amount of dates were, as well as the maximum number of dates. That contract was read to Michael by three different lawyers, as well as Dr. Thome. He wanted to beat Prince’s record and be in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was the one who picked the number 50. There were enough ticket sales to do 85 shows, but he was zeroed in on 50. That’s what he wanted and that’s what happened. Dr. Thome had him doing three or four shows a week, though. I was adjusting and moving dates to try to make it more palatable for Michael to do.


CNN: Feds Zero in on Conrad Murray UPDATE #2

CNN’s Randy Kaye reported on Anderson 360 that sources say Conrad Murray is the only doctor they are currently focusing in on in the manslaughter investigation around Michael Jackson’s death.

This is despite many unverified reports that up to 20 doctors were allegedly being looked at.

There is speculation that a mysterious number of unnamed doctors were being probed. But either the police have ruled them out in the death of Jackson, or the cause of death had nothing to do with anything those doctors may or may not have given Jackson years or months ago.



Lee: ‘Jackson Did Not Present Himself As A Drug Addict’


When Michael Jackson died, all eyes turned to Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray immediately made it clear he did not give Michael the two drugs most people were talking about – Demerol and Oxycontin. But now, according to a law enforcement official, Murray has admitted that he did inject Jackson with Diprivan on the morning he died.

Today, in a new interview, nurse Cherilyn Lee says she turned down Jackson’s request for the powerful drug, and revealed to Access Hollywood how sleep became something the pop star desperately wanted.

“Mr. Jackson did not present himself as a drug addict and from January to April, I didn’t see that in him,” Lee told Access. “Even when it came to the Diprivan, he was looking for something that was going to help him sleep.”

Lee said Jackson was not addicted to drugs. He only wanted to sleep. So at Jackson’s request, Lee sat in his bedroom with him and watched him as he tried to sleep.


AP: Cook talks about Jackson Doc’s Behavior the Day Jackson Died


On the day Michael Jackson died, his personal chef says her first hint of something amiss was when his doctor didn’t come downstairs to get the juices and granola he routinely brought the King of Pop for breakfast each morning.

Kai Chase, a professionally trained chef hired by Jackson to maintain a healthy food regimen, recalled the singer’s final days in an interview with The Associated Press. She also spoke about the role of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is now the focus of a manslaughter investigation.

Chase said Tuesday that she had gotten used to seeing Murray coming and going from the mansion. The doctor usually arrived about 9 or 9:30 p.m. and would go upstairs to Jackson’s room, and she said she would not see him again before she left — sometimes late in the evening — but understood he was staying the night.

In the morning, when she arrived for work, Chase said she would see the doctor coming down the steps carrying oxygen tanks. When Murray didn’t come downstairs the morning of June 25, “I thought maybe Mr. Jackson is sleeping late,” Chase said.


Police raid Conra Murray’s Las Vegas residence


Update: Police have had Dr. Conrad Murray’s Las Vegas residence under surveillance for 48 hours and now marked police cars are now openly showing themselves in front of the residence.

Dr. Conrad Murray has been under covert 24/7 surveillance by police for two days, has learned exclusively.

Los Angeles police and Las Vegas police have been outside Murray’s Las Vegas residence, watching it night and day.

A source familiar with the investigation told exclusively that Murray has been under surveillance for at least 48 hours.

Murray administered propofol to Michael Jackson, the Associated Press reported last night. Propofol is a powerful anesthetic that is always administered with oxygen. Autopsy reports have not been released.


Sheriff probing whether coroner’s employees sold Michael Jackson information

6:27 PM | July 24, 2009

Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators launched an inquiry Friday into whether county coroner’s employees illegally leaked or sold private information from Michael Jackson’s death investigation.

“They just want to make sure that nothing criminal has occurred,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Whitmore said sheriff’s investigators contacted coroner’s staff Friday and planned to handle the inquiry with the district attorney’s office. He said they were asked to investigate by county supervisors.

Supervisors have also called for a county audit of the coroner’s office, said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. There’s “enough concern about what’s going on in the coroner’s office” to merit the investigations, he said.


LA coroner seeks records from Jackson nutritionist

Michael Jackson’s former nutritionist is the latest person authorities are tapping as they piece together the star’s medical history.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials are at the Inglewood office of Cherilyn Lee, serving a subpoena for records related to her treatment of Jackson, Lee’s spokeswoman says.