[artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] still had a pulse when his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, found him on Thursday, Murray's lawyer told The Associated Press.
Early Sunday (June 28), Chernoff spoke on behalf of Murray, and said that when the doctor found Jackson unconscious on Thursday, his body was still warm and he still had a shallow pulse. Chernoff also dismissed the idea that the doctor had prescribed Jackson some of the drugs that have been rumored to be present at the time of the singer's death.
"Dr. Murray has never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson," Chernoff said. "Not ever. Not Oxycontin [either]."
Though police had trouble reaching Dr. Murray following Jackson's passing on Thursday afternoon, they said that he is not a suspect in any sort of crime, and that the doctor himself was cooperative during the three-hour interview on Saturday.
The lawyer's statements also provided details about Thursday afternoon's timeline of events.
According to Chernoff, Murray arrived at Jackson's rented mansion on Thursday afternoon to find the singer lying down in bed. He was not breathing, so Murray began to administer CPR. As Murray tried to revive Jackson, paramedics had already been summoned to the house. When they arrived, they spent another 45 minutes trying to get Jackson to breathe before rushing him to UCLA Medical Center. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Though the Los Angeles County Coroner's office conducted an autopsy on Friday, Jackson's cause of death has been deferred to allow for further testing (though sources close to the case have said that the Jackson family has hired a private pathologist to conduct an independent second autopsy). Various relatives and people close to Jackson have expressed their concern over his use of prescription painkillers.
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