Michael Jackson’s father will file a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star’s death, Joe Jackson’s lawyer said.
The suit alleges that Murray gave paramedics and doctors false information about the “polypharmacy” of drugs Michael Jackson had been given and hindered efforts to revive him in an ambulance and at UCLA Medical Center, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNN.
The suit said “other parties responsible for Michael Jackson’s death” would be added, but that the plaintiff “has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility.”
A complaint filed by Joe Jackson with the California medical board this month also named AEG, the company that was producing his son’s comeback concerts.
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson’s death was caused by an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia that Murray has acknowledged the pop star used to help him sleep.
Joe Jackson attorney Brian Oxman obtained a court order earlier this year giving him medical records from UCLA Medical Center, where Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
When the ambulance carrying Michael Jackson from his home arrived at the emergency room at 1:13 p.m., he was identified as “Soule Shaun,” the suit said. He had “no pulse, blood pressure, spontaneous respiration or heartbeat,” it said.
Murray, who had taken over control of resuscitation efforts from paramedics, said nothing to emergency room doctors about the propofol or “other drugs” he had given Michael Jackson earlier in the day, it said.
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It quoted a report written the next day by one of those doctors, who wrote that Murray told them “the patient had been working long hours but had not been ill.”
“The only reported medications reported for the patient were valium and Flomax,” Dr. Richelle Cooper wrote. “There is no history of drug use by the patient as reported by Dr. Murray.”
A police report said Murray told investigators two days later that “he was afraid Michael Jackson was addicted to propofol.”
“He had a history of addiction, and the defendant was trying to wean him off the drugs, yet he told Dr. Cooper two days earlier that Michael Jackson had no drug use history,” the suit said.
The toxicology results included in the autopsy report said the propofol level found in Michael Jackson’s body was equal to what would be used to sedate a patient for major surgery.
Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, did not give him that much of the anesthesia, his defense lawyer told CNN recently.
“There is no way that Dr. Murray pumped Michael Jackson full of propofol sufficient for major surgery,” attorney Ed Chernoff said. “No way. I would stake anything that I own on this fact.”