March 29th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Lawyer: Michael Jackson's heart beat at hospital

Medical records showed Michael Jackson's heart beat briefly at a hospital emergency room, but he was "long gone" by  then, a lawyer for Jackson's father said.

Joe Jackson's lawyer mailed a notice over the weekend to Dr. Conrad Murray that the elder Jackson would file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in 90 days, attorney Brian Oxman said.

"The bottom line is had they (paramedics) gotten there earlier and had they been called right away, chances are he could have been revived," Oxman said.

Oxman said records showed Jackson was "long gone, 20 to 40 minutes before the paramedics got there."

Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center two hours after he arrived there by ambulance from his Hombly Hills, California home. The Los Angeles coroner concluded Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication."

Murray, the pop star's personal physician, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

California law requires medical wrongful death lawsuits to be filed within a year of the death, Oxman said. Since a doctor must be given 90 days notice, Saturday's mailing was timed to meet the deadline, he said.

A prosecution report leaked to the media last week included a statement from a witness who said Murray stopped resuscitation efforts on Jackson so he could collect drug vials.

Oxman said the lawsuit will really put "this whole blasted thing together from top to bottom, from top to bottom. It identifies what happened by time, by date and by place."

"There was cardiac activity, electrical impulses and he did have a cardiac rhythm which they got going through their resuscitation," Oxman said of Michael Jackson. "But he could not sustain it on his own."

A spokeswoman for Murray's criminal defense lawyer said they have not yet received the notice from Oxman.

"It's like a bucket of water thrown on a man drowning in the ocean," said Miranda Sevcik, a spokeswoman for defense lawyer Ed Chernoff.'

The California state medical board will ask a judge to prevent Murray from practicing medicine in California while he is being prosecuted in Jackson's death, according to documents filed last week by California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Brown, who is also running for governor, said in his filing that Murray, who was the pop star's personal physician, "administered a lethal dose of  propofol, as well as other drugs, to Michael Jackson."

"We will argue in court that Murray was reckless in giving Jackson such a dangerous drug and has demonstrated a serious lack of judgment that should prohibit him from practicing medicine," Brown said.

Los Angeles County Judge Keith Schwartz refused a prosecution request to suspend Murray's California medical license as a term of his bond last month, but he did order him not to use any anesthesia on patients.

"I don't want you sedating people," Schwartz told Murray.

Chernoff said nothing has changed since then. Murray has no office or patients in California, he said. Murray resumed his medical practice in Texas and Nevada last fall.

The next hearing date for the criminal case is April 5.

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  1. What

    What!!! Michael Jackson DIED? Oh why oh why didn't CNN and other media outlets cover this for months and months so people would know? I cannot believe we are just finding out about this...oh the horror the horror.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kostandinos p....

    to give is not many people love's mickael.because he touth hurts........
    and some of them thei'r all lifes..
    i hope ;want to beleave ;that love will win.............

    March 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |

    20 to 40 minutes before the paramedics arrived? He had hours death. He showed livor mortis, that is why paramedics didn't want to perform anymore revival procedures. Michael had his pupils fixed and dilatated. But the livor mortis speaks for itself in reason of time, and hour of death. Murray delay that call to 911 HOURS!!! NOT MINUTES

    March 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Javier Gil

    He should pay for his stupidity,a lot of doctors act like they treat animals instead of people.
    Miss you MJ

    April 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Ali

    there is no doubt that Michael Jackson is the best ever pop music artist of the Centruy~;`

    May 3, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. d

    @randyjackson8: Oxman was fired in the Santa Maria Trial for using crucial evidence to promote himself. He's doing it again without authorization.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. DeaconKnowGood

    Question: Who's sleazier, Joe Jackson or his lawyer?

    June 25, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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