- Jury shown horrific new photo of star’s body
by David Gardner
Last updated at 7:15 PM on 12th October 2011
Michael Jackson ‘took hours to urinate’ and had such bad toenail fungus that doctors thought his flesh was rotting, a court heard today.
Jackson’s health problems were listed in minute detail as jurors were told that his heartbroken daughter lashed out at Dr Conrad Murray for failing to save her father’s life.
In an interview with detectives two days after the pop star’s death on June 25, 2009, Murray said that Jackson’s three children had ‘cried and cried and cried’.
On Tuesday a court in Los Angeles heard recordings of Conrad Murray saying Michael Jackson’s children sobbed when they learned their father died and saw a photo of the singer’s dead body
Hisdaughter, Paris, now 13, apparently told her father’s personal doctor: ‘I will wake up in the morning and I won’t be able to see my daddy.’
According to the 58-year-old cardiologist, she said: ‘Dr Murray, you said you save a lot of patients.You know, you save people with heart attacks, and you couldn’t save my dad.’
Murray said Jackson had been covered in injection scars and had been stick-thin because he did not eat or drink, the jury heard as they again saw a photo of the singer’s dead body.
His body had been so wasted that the ambulance crew had thought he was a hospice patient.
Murray, who has denied involuntary manslaughter, also revealed that Jackson used ‘excessive cologne’ and Benoquin, a cream that bleaches the skin.
A coroner’s photo of Jackson’s naked body, with his genitals blacked out, was shown to jurors as they heard he was relatively fit for his age, but had many puncture wounds on his arms and legs from injections
He made the revelations as detectives said they had found two empty cigarette packets in his room – raising the possibility that he had been a secret smoker.
Police had questioned Murray about two bags of rotten cannabis leaves they had found in a suitcase at Jackson’s rented Beverley Hills mansion.
The leaves had been so decomposed they had suspected it was heroin.
They also found empty bottles of sedative and anti-anxiety pills, some bearing the names Omar Arnold and Paul Farance – aliases Jackson used for his medication.
Murray said he suspected Jackson suffered from phlebitis, a condition associated with the formation of bloodclots, usually in the deep veins of the legs.
A close up of Jackson’s wrist shows his date of death, June 25, 2009, and Coroner Case Number 2009-04415
Heclaimed the star’s eyesight was so bad that he could have been ‘legally blind’ and said he removed calluses and a fungal infection on the entertainer’s feet that made it painful for him to dance.
Jackson had also been prescribed Flomax, which shrinks the prostate, to help him urinate more easily.
Prosecutors say Murray caused Jackson’s death by giving him a lethal dose of the powerful anaesthetic Propofol, which should only be used in a hospital setting.
Inthe interview, Murray admitted for the first time that he gave the starPropofol, telling police he had been administering the drug almost daily for the previous two months.
He said the singer had ‘loved’ the drug, but that he had been trying to wean him off it. Murray’s lawyers claim that Jackson administered the fatal dose himself.
Jackson’s mother Katherine left the courtroom before the image of his naked body was shown. The court also heard how daughter Paris, right, lashed out at Dr. Murray for not saving her father
Murrayclaimed he was out of Jackson’s bedroom for just two minutes to go to the toilet when he returned to find his patient had stopped breathing. He made no mention of the fact that he was on the phone to a girlfriend when he discovered Jackson dying in his bed.
Murrayinsisted the performer was begging him to help him rest after trying invain to get to sleep for more than eight hours the night before he died.
‘I’ve got to sleep, Dr Conrad,’ Murray said Jackson pleaded. ‘I have these rehearsals to perform. I must be ready for the show in England. Tomorrow, I will have to cancel my performance because you know I can’t function if I don’t get to sleep.’
Murray said he relented and gave Jackson some of his ‘milk’.
‘I did not want him to fail. I had no intentions of hurting him. And I was compassionate,’ Murray said in the recording.
But Dr Christopher Rogers, Los Angeles Deputy Medical Examiner, dismissed Murray’s claims and said the 5ft 9ins tall singer was comparatively fit when he died.
After they cried and cried and cried, then his daughter uttered a lot of words of unhappiness, you know, she will live alone without her dad and she didn’t want to be an orphan.- Dr Conrad Murray
He suggested it was too short a time for Jackson to be able to self-administer the drug and for it take sufficient effect to stop his breathing.
He said Murray had no equipment to help deliver the correct amount of Propofol to help Jackson sleep and added: ‘It would be easy for the doctor to estimate wrongly and give too much Propofol.’
‘He was healthier than the average person of his age,’ said Dr Rogers, who said there was no sign of any fat or cholesterol on the walls of Jackson’s heart.
He ruled the cause of death was homicide as a result of acute Propofol intoxication, the court heard.
The court saw a photograph of the painfully thin star taken before an autopsy was carried out on his body the day after his death. They had seen another picture on the opening day of the trial.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine, who flewback to LA from the weekend tribute to her son in Wales, left the courtroom before the disturbing image was shown on a screen.
Some fans in the LA courtroom sobbed quietly, while one walked out, overcome with emotion.
Rogers acknowledged the amount of propofol in Jackson’s blood was too high to have been caused by the relatively small infusion of 25ml that Murray told police he gave the pop star.
Murray said all three of Jackson’s children spent time with his dead body at the hospital and wept profusely. but father Joe Jackson did not come to the hospital after Michael’s death
Rogers admitted under questioning by the defence that Jackson, while lying in bed, could have reached an injection site just below the knee, where drugs were administered to himthrough an IV line.
Prosecutors have argued that Murray probably followed up his infusion of propofol with a continuous drip of the drug supplied through the IV line.
Rogers said: ‘The problem that mr. Jackson was having was that he couldn’t sleep, and it’s not appropriate to administer propofol in that situation. The risk outweighs the benefit.’
Witnesses and phone records have shown that Murray was on the phone or writing an email for more than 45 minutes before prosecutors believe he found Jackson’s lifeless body.
Murray could face up to four years in prison if convicted. He is not expected to testify at the trial at Los Angeles Superior Court, but the recording of his interview with detectives meant jurors got to hear his side of the story.
The last 45 minutes of the two-hour tape was played in the hushed courtroom yesterday.
Murray told police Jackson’s children’really were weeping, really weeping’ when they were told that doctors at UCLA Medical Centre in LA had been unable to revive their 50-year-old father.
‘I hugged them all, gave comfort to Paris, comfort to Prince, comfort to Blanket, which is the last little guy, because whenever they were sick, they would always ask for Dr Conrad,’ he said.
‘After they cried and cried and cried, then his daughter uttered a lot of words of unhappiness and, you know, she will live alone without her dad and she didn’t want to be an orphan.
Dr Murray, you said you save a lot of patients.You know, you save people with heart attacks, and you couldn’t save my dad.- Paris Jackson
‘I said, “I tried my best”. And she said, “I know that, Dr Murray. at least I know. I knowyou tried your best, but I’m really sad”.’
Murray said he arranged for the children to see their father’s body so they could ‘find closure’.
‘I asked them to prepare mr Jackson’s body to make it as presentable as possible so the children could visit their daddy,’ he added. ‘They spent a long time with their daddy. They cried.’
Earlier,he said he broke the news of the tragedy to the star’s mother, Katherine. ‘She broke down weeping,’ he said, adding that he stayed holding her hand.
Murray said he couldn’t explain Jackson’s death to other Jackson family members gathered at the hospital.
‘Do you know why he died?’ one of them asked, according to Murray.
‘My answer was no and that’s the reason why I was recommending to the family to have an autopsy, because I also wanted to know,’ he told the detectives in the meeting at the plush Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Ray, California.
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