Michael Jackson died one year ago yesterday (and we even remember where we were when we first heard about it), but the financial issues and questions surrounding the singer’s death haven’t ceased. Yesterday, on the anniversary of his son’s death, Joe Jackson filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s former physician.
In the suit, Joe Jackson claims that, the day of Michael Jackson’s death, Murray “delayed calling paramedics … gave doctors false information about the drugs Jackson had been given … and hindered efforts to revive Jackson in the ambulance,” according to CNN. Ultimately the L.A. County coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was caused by an overdose of Propofol, and Jackson’s suit alleges that Murray “said nothing to emergency room doctors about the propofol … he had given Michael Jackson earlier in the day.” Murray’s lawyers are telling a different story: “There is no way that Dr. Murray pumped Jackson full of propofol sufficient for major surgery [as alleged in Jackson’s suit],” Murray’s attorney Ed Chernoff said. “No way. I would stake anything that I own on this fact.” On top of this suit, Murray is still facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Meanwhile, a story in the Mirror last week examined how Jackson’s kids have handled the past year:
“His daughter Paris, 12, has turned her bedroom into a shrine to her ‘daddy,’ where she is surrounded by his photographs … [Jackson’s] boys Prince, 13, and eight-year-old Blanket bravely talk about wanting to make [their father] proud … and then lapse into silent moments.”
The kids now live with their grandmother, Katherine. Paris, Katherine says, “has that lovely way, just like [Michael], and I see his talent in her. She plays the piano and she wants to be an actress.” Prince, on the other hand, is “serious about a lot of things. He wants to be a camera-man or produce movies.” One year after her son’s death, Katherine concludes: “Michael was so misunderstood.”
’Michael Jackson’s dad files wrongful death suit’ [CNN]
’Michael Jackson’s mum remembers her son and reveals what life is like for his children’ [Mirror UK]