Horrified Michael Jackson children saw father motionless

Wed Jan 5, 2011 9:37pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- Two of Michael Jackson's children watched horrified as the pop star lay motionless on his bed the day he died, a bodyguard for the pop star said in emotional testimony on Wednesday.

"Paris (Jackson) screamed 'Daddy' and she started crying, and Dr. Murray said, 'Get them out, don't let them see their father like this,'" Alberto Alvarez told a Los Angeles court.

Alvarez was testifying on the second day of a preliminary hearing that will decide if Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal doctor, should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

The court also heard that Jackson appeared dead when paramedics arrived, and that Murray made no mention to first responders that the singer had used the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Alvarez said he was alerted by phone on June 25, 2009, that something was wrong with Jackson He entered the pop star's room and saw Murray at the bedside. The doctor told him they needed to get an ambulance, Alvarez said.

The security guard said he was reaching for his cell phone, when he saw that Jackson's eldest two children, Prince and Paris, who were then 12 and 11, had walked into the room.

"I turned to the children and I told them, 'Don't worry children, we'll take care of it, please go outside.' And I escorted them out of the bedroom," Alvarez said.

Alvarez said Murray told him Jackson had "a bad reaction," and ordered him to bag up medical vials and an intravenous pouch before calling paramedics.   Continued...

<p>Conrad Murray, the late Michael Jackson's personal physician, sits in court during his arraignment at the Los Angeles Superior Court Airport Branch Courthouse February 8, 2010 on one count of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. REUTERS/Mark Boster/Pool</p>