Coroner: No Evidence Of Foul Play in Michael Jackson's Death; Cause Of Death "Deferred"

  • Police released the 911 call made when Michael Jackson stopped breathing. Jackson's personal doctor witnessed the incident and performed CPR before going missing. In addition, officials at a press conference right now report there's no indication of foul play. [TMZ]
  • Michael's father has spoken to People about the initial autopsy results, saying "[The cause of death] is what we're trying to find out right now." [People]
  • In the 911 tape, when the operator asks if anyone saw the incident, the caller said, "No, just the doctor, sir, the doctor was the only one there." [AP]
  • When EMTs arrived at Michael Jackson's home, they wanted to pronounce him dead on the scene, but his live-in doctor refused to let them call it. It was clear someone had been performing CPR for "quite some time" and evidence of Lidocaine, a drug used to treat disturbances in the heart's rhythm. The doctor demanded that Michael be taken to the hospital even though he had flatlined and he personally continued to administer CPR at the hospital even though it was clear he was gone. [TMZ]
  • Police towed a silver BMW that belonged to the doctor because they believe it "may contain medication or evidence that could assist the coroner in determining the cause of death." The police haven't't officially announced the doctor's name, but the car was registered to Susan Mary Rush, sister of Dr. Conrad Robert Murray. [ABC News]
  • There are photos of Janet Jackson arriving at the Van Nuys airport this morning, and Dr. Conrad Robert Murray is said to be in Los Angeles preparing to speak to law enforcement. [ONTD]
  • According to police, Michael Jackson was "heavily addicted" to Oxycontin and received "daily doses of the pain killer Demerol. Police were told he received an injection of Demerol one hour before his death. [ABC News]
  • A source close to the Jackson family says they were concerned about Michael Jackson's drug use as far back as 2006. "The family believes Michael is addicted," said the family insider. "There was an intervention in Las Vegas. Janet was on the phone, but Randy, Jackie and Rebbie were there in person... Michael got pissed off. He said he wasn't on drugs. But they didn't believe him." Another source said one of Jackson's aides was supplying him with drugs and that Jackson drank alcohol and took, "straight morphine, Demerol and opiates like Oxycontin. He also takes Valium and Xanax." The source continued, "Michael is a clinically functioning addict and these are the most dangerous. They stop and start. These are the ones that OD ... It could happen any minute." [People]
  • According to unnamed members of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson was given a "heavy dose of morphine" before his death. Family members felt his drug problem was too severe for him to perform this summer and Joe Jackson wanted to put Michael in rehab. [TMZ]
  • A Beverly Hills pharmacy sued Michael Jackson in 2007 for allegedly not paying $101,926.66 pharmacy bill for prescription medications. The case was dismissed in a month, which usually means there was a settlement. [TMZ]
  • Jackson family lawyer Brian Oxman says he was at the hospital with Michael's mother Katherine, brothers Randy and Jermaine, and sister La Toya. "They were silent, they were crying, they weren't really able to say anything," he says. "They just were stunned by this whole experience... I know that they are now all together." [Us]
  • Brian Oxman says Michael Jackson's children "are doing fine" and are in the care of a nanny and staying with their grandmother. "Ms. Jackson will care for them and I'm sure there will be all kinds of discussions that will take place about the kids," he says. [Us]
  • This article says Debbie Rowe gave up her parental rights and the kids are currently staying with their nanny in Los Angeles. Brian Oxman says the kids could wind up with Michael's mom. "Probably Mrs. Jackson will take care of them, she loves them dearly. Everyone is crying and it's very sad," he said. [The Daily Express]
  • Though Debbie Rowe tried to give up her parental rights to her two children with Michael Jackson, her rights were never officially terminated. The only way Rowe could be denied custody is if a court determines it would be detrimental to the children. Supposedly Rowe will seek custody and "a huge amount of child support from Jackson's estate." [TMZ]
  • Debbie Rowe's former attorney Iris Finsilver says she is still their legal parent and can gain custody of them if she chooses. Finsilver said she spoke to Rowe on Thursday but she doesn't know what she's planning to do because, "She was inconsolable." [People]
  • Michael Jackson's former publicist Michel Levine released a statement saying, "As someone who served as Michael Jackson's publicist during the first child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today's tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.'' [TMZ]
  • Lisa Marie Presley wrote on her MySpace blog, "Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general. He stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, 'I am afraid that I am going to end up like [Elvis Presley], the way he did.' I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that." She writes that their marriage was "unusual" but, "I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much... I became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him." [People]
  • "My heart … my mind are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so. He will live in my heart forever but it's not enough. My life feels so empty. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known. Oh God! I'm going to miss him. I can't yet imagine life with out him. But I guess with God's help... I'll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, 'To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever.' And, I will love HIM forever." — Elizabeth Taylor [Us]
  • "When the autopsy comes, all hell's going to break loose, so thank God we're celebrating him now." — Liza Minnelli [The Mirror]
  • "I can't stop crying, this is too sudden and shocking. I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family." — Diana Ross [TMZ]
  • "It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones. I send my deepest sympathy to his mother and the whole family and to his countless fans all around the world." — Paul McCartney [Mirror]
  • Emmanuel Lewis's rep says Michael Jackson's "very personal and very emotional" to him and he is "sincerely devastated at this time." [Celebuzz]
  • "Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer. I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He's the greatest...the best ever. No one will ever be better." — Chris Brown [E!]
  • "It was impossible to look away from him - not when he was a dimpled child singer crowned with a pillowy Afro, not when he became a pop demigod uniformed in rhinestones and epaulets to command what were always referred to as his armies of fans, and not when his surgical transformations mirrored back to the culture the blurring of boundaries demarcating adulthood, sex and even race." — from the N.Y. Times tribute [N.Y. Times]
  • Brett Ratner became friends with Michael Jackson after asking if he could use Chris Tucker's impression of Michael in Rush Hour. They spent a lot of time together and would film each other. He says, "I have hours of footage of us, sitting around in our pajamas, with me asking him about what kind of music he loved as a kid, what kind of books he had on the wall as a kid. When you were with him, you really felt like God was within him. He was an amazing, superhuman kind of person, but he always treated you as an equal. He would be your friend and he never asked for anything in return." [The L.A. Times]
  • Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed says a Michael Jackson memorial statue will be put up in the London department store. He says Harrod's was "one of his favourite places" and Michael once asked to have his own statue in the store next to Fayed's. [The Telegraph]
  • Michael Jackson will be honored at the BET Awards on Sunday night. [Yahoo]
  • While performing at Glastonbury, Lily Allen wore a single long white glove as a tribute to Michael Jackson. [The Telegraph]
  • "He was a great guy, a complete icon, words can't express my shock and horror. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. It's just a terrible, terrible, terrible thing." — Serena Williams [The Daily Express]
  • Jackson's other long-term physician Dr. Tohme Tohme says he's not the doctor the police are looking for. "It's not me. I wasn't there at the house when this took place," he said. "I am his manager and I feel lost. I loved Michael and I was his friend. I was handling all his affairs." [The Daily Mail]
  • Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he and President Obama talked about Michael Jackson's death this morning. "He said to me that obviously Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer and a music icon and I think everybody remembers hearing his songs and watching him moonwalk on television during Motown's 25th anniversary," Gibbs said. "But the president also said, look, he had aspects of his life that were sad and tragic." [ABC News]
  • The House of Representatives paused for a moment of silence to remember Michael Jackson. [AP]
  • In response to Michael Jackson's death the DEA is warning that more people die from drug abuse than shootings and that it is the second highest cause of death after car accidents. [Breitbart]
  • In 1984 after Michael Jackson visited the White House, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who was an associate White House counsel at the time, nixed several pleasant letters that President Reagan would have signed and sent to Michael. In memos Roberts rants about why Jackson was undeserving of special attention from the White House, especially since "some youngsters were turning away from Mr. Jackson in favor of a newcomer who goes by the name 'Prince.'" [N.Y. Times]
  • Farrah Fawcett's doctor says she had been hospitalized for the past three weeks, and during that time it was discovered that her cancer had spread to her lungs. Dr. Lawrence Piro says, "We did what she wanted to do, which was to fight until it was over," Piro says. "It wasn't until the last days when the organ function was not retrievable that we knew, and she knew, that comfort measures were the main things to be done. The resolve in her remained until a few hours before she made her transition....Ryan [O'Neal] is very broken up about this. He has good moments and bad moments... The good moments come when he realizes that he was able to stand by her side and help her through this transition. The bad moments come when he realizes that he doesn't know how to face a life without her." [People]
  • Farrah Fawcett's funeral will take place at 4 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 30. The private ceremony will be invitation only. [People]
  • Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed that Katie Holmes will appear on So You Think You Can Dance. but said, "Katie is a small part of what is going on. It's more than Katie." [People]
  • Not only is Jeff Goldblum alive and well, but at 56 he's dating former Lost actress Tania Raymonde, who is 21. [The Daily Express]
  • Kate Winslet surprised students at her former acting school in England. She answered questions from the students and took part in a drama workshop. [BBC]
  • Cameron Diaz made her costars guacamole and chili cheese fries and fajitas on the set of My Sister's Keeper. "She's an incredible cook," said Sofia Vassilieva. "Everything was very organic. Very healthy. She's totally cool to hang out with. She's so nurturing and took care of us." [People]
  • Molly Ringwald says being a mother makes it easier to play a mom on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She says, "Well, I think that once you're a mother, you understand; not to say that people who aren't mothers can't play mothers. I think I played mothers before I was actually a mother in my real life, but I think once you experience that, there are just certain things that you just know. There are certain things that you feel comfortable with, a way of touching your child's head or a way of like wiping dirt off their face. There's just a way that you have, I think, that you don't quite– It's not in your bones, I think, until you actually are a mother. It's obviously a little bit different for me because I'm playing the mother of a teenager and in real life, I'm the mother of a five-year-old. So, it's a little bit different. It's kind of like looking into a crystal ball into the future. But, I think once you're a mother, you kind of always see your kids as a baby anyway no matter how old they get." [Eclipse Magazine]