‘Dr Death’ steps in as Jacko is finally buried
Jack Kevorkian says the pop star’s physician should not be prosecuted because he gave Jackson what he wanted
As Michael Jackson's family gather today for his private funeral in Los Angeles, an unlikely figure has entered the debate over whether he personal physician should be prosecuted over his death, which has been ruled a homicide.
Dr Jack Kevorkian, the euthanasia advocate popularly known in America as 'Dr Death', said it would be wrong to prosecute Dr Conrad Murray for administering the anaesthetic propofol to help the pop star sleep. "The patient got what he wanted," Kevorkian (above left) told Fox News on Wednesday. "He is the one who said yes or no to take a drug."
Kevorkian, a former pathologist, spent eight years in jail for assisting 130 patients commit suicide. He says he is "done" helping the terminally ill end their lives since coming out of prison two years ago.
Murray (above right) has not been charged with any crime. But since the Los Angeles coroner decided that Jackson's death was homicide, many observers are expecting the cardiologist to be indicted after admitting that he gave Jackson propofol, valium and various other drugs to deal with his chronic insomnia.
"No, I don't think he was malicious," Kevorkian said of Murray. "Murder is defined by forethought... did the doctor have forethought? I doubt it."
Kevorkian, subject of an upcoming film starring Al Pacino, made his comments on the eve of the sunset service planned for Jackson at the Grand Mauseleum in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.
He will be laid to rest among a host of stars - including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Chico Marx - in the gold coffin last seen at his memorial service on July 7.
The singer's remains have had to be stored in a refrigeration unit for the past two months while various post-mortem examinations have been carried out. His body is now reported to have now been "restored" by a make-up artist and fitted with a wig of long black hair.