Monday 22 May 2017

Terrible moment Paris (11) saw Michael Jackson’s dead body

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris was 11-years-old when her father died. Photo: Getty Images
A video frame grab of a prosecution slide projected on the screen in the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial shows the body of Michael Jackson on a hospital gurney. Photo: Getty Images
Dr Conrad Murray appearing in court. Photo: Getty Images

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

MICHAEL Jackson's daughter Paris screamed out "Daddy!" as she saw her father lying lifeless in his bed, a court heard yesterday.

The singer's bodyguard described how Paris, who was 11 at the time, walked into Jackson's bedroom as his physician Dr Conrad Murray desperately tried to bring him round.

Jackson's head was turned towards the door so his daughter could see his face, with his eyes and mouth open. Her brother Prince, who was 12, also walked in at that point.

Bodyguard Alberto Alvarez also told how Dr Murray grabbed phials of drugs from near the bed and ordered him to put them in bags.

Mr Alvarez was also told to remove a saline bag, which contained a "milky white substance", from an IV stand.

Inside the saline bag was a 100ml bottle of propofol, a powerful anaesthetic, he said.

Mr Alvarez said that it was only after those items had been collected that Dr Murray told him to call 911.

The jury listened to the 911 call Mr Alvarez made. In it, he could be heard saying: "We have a guy here, he's not breathing. We are trying to jump him."

Witnesses inside the court said that Randy Jackson was visibly upset when the 911 call was played, putting his arm around his mother Katherine.

Dr Murray is accused of causing Michael Jackson's death by giving him propofol, which Jackson called his "milk", to help him sleep. The doctor denies a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Recalling the moment he walked into Jackson's room, Mr Alvarez said: "He was lying on his back in the bed with his hands extended out with the palms up.

"His eyes were slightly open and his mouth was open."

He said he saw Dr Murray giving chest compressions using only his left hand.

The frantic doctor told him: "Alberto, hurry, we have to get him to a hospital. We have to get an ambulance."

Mr Alvarez said: "When he said that, I was walking towards the bed reaching for my phone in my pocket. Prince and Paris came behind me. Paris screamed out, 'Daddy!'"

He said the singer's face was pointed towards Paris and she was crying. Dr Murray then told him: "Don't let them see their dad like this."

As he ushered the children out, Mr Alvarez told them: "Kids, don't worry, we'll take care of it. Everything is going to be OK."

He then went back to the foot of the bed, where he heard Dr Murray say: "He had a bad reaction."

Mr Alvarez said Jackson had clear plastic tubing on his nose and a condom catheter, used to collect urine, was attached to him.

He said there was a long clear plastic tube leading from Jackson's leg to the saline bag containing the "milky white substance".

Device

On the third day of Dr Murray's trial at Los Angeles Superior Court, he said there was also a device that looked like a "brown box" on the bed.

As he and the doctor moved Jackson from the bed to the floor, Dr Murray clipped the device on to Jackson's finger, the bodyguard said.

Mr Alvarez saw no heart monitor or blood pressure measuring equipment in the room.

On the far side of the bed there was an IV stand with a saline bag. Dr Murray was down on one knee collecting phials from a nightstand.

Mr Alvarez said: "While I was standing at the foot of the bed, Dr Murray reached out and grabbed a handful of phials and told me to put them in a bag."

Then Dr Murray told him to take the saline bag from the IV stand and put it in a blue bag.

Mr Alvarez said he obeyed because he thought Dr Murray had Jackson's "best intentions" at heart. "I thought we were packing getting ready to go to the hospital," he said.

As he detached the saline bag, he said he noticed a 100ml bottle of propofol inside and a "milky white substance" at the bottom of the bag.

According to Mr Alvarez, the doctor asked if he knew how to perform CPR.

He went to help with the compressions while Dr Murray performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

The doctor then told him: "This is the first time I've done mouth-to-mouth, but I have to, he's my friend."

The trial continues.

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