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May 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Texas El Paso basketball star Hernell (Jeep) Jackson used cocaine hours before he collapsed and died during a benefit game, a medical examiner said Thursday. A cocaine byproduct, identified as benzoylecgnonine, was found in urine samples from the body of the UTEP senior, according to a statement by Dr. Juan Contin, El Paso County medical examiner.
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March 22, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
A security guard for Michael Jackson told Los Angeles police investigators that Dr. Conrad Murray collected vials of medication from the singer's bedroom before the guard called authorities the day Jackson died, a source familiar with the case told The Times on Monday. The guard's statements mark the latest allegations involving the final moments of Jackson's life and the actions of Murray, his personal physician, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
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September 12, 2009 | Chris Lee
A star-studded Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled to take place at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on Sept. 26 has been canceled, organizers told reporters Friday, citing scheduling problems. Instead, event promoter George Kindel said the concert will take place at London's Wembley Stadium next year, marking the first anniversary of Jackson's death. Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine had announced at a news conference this week a heavyweight talent roster they said would include Akon, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's former personal physician hired a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney this week to help his existing legal team combat a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon's fatal overdose last summer. Dr. Conrad Murray retained Glendale attorney J. Michael Flanagan on Tuesday, the physician's lead lawyer, Ed Chernoff, confirmed. Flanagan previously won a manslaughter acquittal for a nurse tried in what is believed to be the only other L.A. criminal case involving a death from propofol, the powerful anesthetic blamed in Jackson's June 25 death.
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June 28, 2009 | Amy Littlefield; Joe Flint; Lisa Boone; Shari Roan
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2009 | Chris Lee and Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's death stunned the Los Angeles-based concert promoter shepherding his most recent comeback, but what first seemed a devastating financial blow could turn into an unexpected boon. AEG Live had shelled out between $25 million and $30 million in preparation for 50 sold-out London performances, and many speculated that the company would suffer severe losses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
A security guard for Michael Jackson told Los Angeles police investigators that Dr. Conrad Murray collected vials of medication from the singer's bedroom before the guard called authorities the day Jackson died, a source familiar with the case told The Times on Monday. The guard's statements mark the latest allegations involving the final moments of Jackson's life and the actions of Murray, his personal physician, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2009 | Scott Collins
Just as Michael Jackson set records during his lifetime, so he continues after death. Tuesday's memorial service was one of the most-watched and most-discussed live news events in recent history, with some analysts even calling it a milestone for media integration as fans gathered around TV sets, computers and smart phones and traded information on Facebook and other social-media services. An average of 31.1 million TV viewers watched the memorial service, according to the Nielsen Co. The ceremony, which featured performances and tributes from Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields and other celebrities, was carried live from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 19 networks, including the major broadcast and cable-news outlets.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2009 | By Greg Braxton
"Lopez Tonight" is only a few weeks old, but host George Lopez and bandleader Michael Bearden already have their opening ritual down pat. As the Ese Vatos house band jams on War's "Low Rider," Lopez prowls the stage and struts through a frenzied studio audience, gradually working his way to Bearden for a celebratory fist pump. For Bearden, who spends the show planted behind a bank of keyboards, working on the TBS late-night talk show is more than a great gig. It has also served as an unexpected lifeline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
If Michael Jackson died from lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol, then he must have been injected with much more of the drug than his personal physician reportedly told police he gave the pop star, medical experts said. According to court records unsealed in Houston on Monday, Dr. Conrad Murray told police that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol each night over a six-week period. In a three-hour interview with police two days after Jackson's death, Murray said he had been trying to wean the singer off the powerful anesthetic and, on the night of his death, gave him a combination of other sedatives before succumbing to Jackson's repeated demands for propofol.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2009 | By Greg Braxton
"Lopez Tonight" is only a few weeks old, but host George Lopez and bandleader Michael Bearden already have their opening ritual down pat. As the Ese Vatos house band jams on War's "Low Rider," Lopez prowls the stage and struts through a frenzied studio audience, gradually working his way to Bearden for a celebratory fist pump. For Bearden, who spends the show planted behind a bank of keyboards, working on the TBS late-night talk show is more than a great gig. It has also served as an unexpected lifeline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist and friend filed suit Monday accusing another physician with a decades-long relationship with the pop icon of slandering him in a British tabloid report about Jackson's death. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, lawyers for Dr. Arnold Klein alleged that cosmetic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin made statements to the newspaper that he knew were false in an attempt to wreck a rival's reputation and hurt his celebrity-studded Beverly Hills practice.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2009 | Chris Lee
A star-studded Michael Jackson tribute concert scheduled to take place at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on Sept. 26 has been canceled, organizers told reporters Friday, citing scheduling problems. Instead, event promoter George Kindel said the concert will take place at London's Wembley Stadium next year, marking the first anniversary of Jackson's death. Kindel and Jackson's brother Jermaine had announced at a news conference this week a heavyweight talent roster they said would include Akon, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2009 | Richard Winton and Harriet Ryan
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Friday that it had officially ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide and determined that a surgical anesthetic combined with other medication killed him. In a one-page statement, officials listed the cause of Jackson's June 25 death as "acute propofol intoxication" with the additional factor of "benzodiazepine effect." Three different sedatives that fall into the benzodiazepine drug class were in Jackson's system, but only the anti-anxiety medication lorazepam, often known by the brand name Ativan, was cited alongside propofol as "the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson's death."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
If Michael Jackson died from lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol, then he must have been injected with much more of the drug than his personal physician reportedly told police he gave the pop star, medical experts said. According to court records unsealed in Houston on Monday, Dr. Conrad Murray told police that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol each night over a six-week period. In a three-hour interview with police two days after Jackson's death, Murray said he had been trying to wean the singer off the powerful anesthetic and, on the night of his death, gave him a combination of other sedatives before succumbing to Jackson's repeated demands for propofol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2009 | Harriet Ryan, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Michael Jackson's personal physician left the performer alone and under the influence of a powerful anesthetic to make telephone calls the morning the pop singer died, according to three people familiar with the investigation. By the time the doctor had returned, Jackson had stopped breathing, the sources said. Dr. Conrad Murray, identified in court records as a suspect in a police manslaughter investigation, legally acquired the operating room drug propofol from a Las Vegas pharmacy and gave it to Jackson as a treatment for insomnia, said the sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation was ongoing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's former personal physician hired a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney this week to help his existing legal team combat a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon's fatal overdose last summer. Dr. Conrad Murray retained Glendale attorney J. Michael Flanagan on Tuesday, the physician's lead lawyer, Ed Chernoff, confirmed. Flanagan previously won a manslaughter acquittal for a nurse tried in what is believed to be the only other L.A. criminal case involving a death from propofol, the powerful anesthetic blamed in Jackson's June 25 death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist and friend filed suit Monday accusing another physician with a decades-long relationship with the pop icon of slandering him in a British tabloid report about Jackson's death. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, lawyers for Dr. Arnold Klein alleged that cosmetic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin made statements to the newspaper that he knew were false in an attempt to wreck a rival's reputation and hurt his celebrity-studded Beverly Hills practice.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2009 | Scott Collins
Just as Michael Jackson set records during his lifetime, so he continues after death. Tuesday's memorial service was one of the most-watched and most-discussed live news events in recent history, with some analysts even calling it a milestone for media integration as fans gathered around TV sets, computers and smart phones and traded information on Facebook and other social-media services. An average of 31.1 million TV viewers watched the memorial service, according to the Nielsen Co. The ceremony, which featured performances and tributes from Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields and other celebrities, was carried live from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 19 networks, including the major broadcast and cable-news outlets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2009 | Chris Lee and Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's death stunned the Los Angeles-based concert promoter shepherding his most recent comeback, but what first seemed a devastating financial blow could turn into an unexpected boon. AEG Live had shelled out between $25 million and $30 million in preparation for 50 sold-out London performances, and many speculated that the company would suffer severe losses.
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