Jackson Weighed Just 112 Lbs. at Death: Report

Singer had faint pulse when found, but was not breathing

By Olsen Ebright
|  Monday, Jun 29, 2009  |  Updated 9:36 AM CDT
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Michael Jackson weighed just 112 pounds at death.

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Grim details of Michael Jackson's final physical state paint a picture of a frail, emaciated man with needle marks all over his body.

Autopsy details published in London's Sun newspaper said Jackson weighed just 112 pounds at death, while another report said the singer was warm to the touch and still had a pulse when his doctor found him dying in his bed. The Sun reported that an autopsy showed Jackson's hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds as a result of injections of painkillers.

The pop singer's stomach contained no food, just a handful of semi-digested pills. His face was terribly scarred as a result of 13 plastic surgeries and he had virtually no hair on his head. Jackson's body, the leaked coroner's report suggests, had four puncture wounds near his heart apparently from failed attempts to inject adrenaline straight into his pulmonary organ. He also had four broken ribs which could have been caused by the marathon session of CPR that began at his rented home and continued to the UCLA Medical Center, the paper said.

These details emerged shortly after a representative of Jackson's doctor detailed the last minutes of the star's life. The doctor said Jackson still had a faint pulse and his body was warm when he found him in bed and not breathing, a lawyer for the doctor told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Lawyer Edward Chernoff also said Dr. Conrad Murray never prescribed or gave Jackson the drugs Demerol or OxyContin. He denied reports suggesting Murray gave Jackson drugs that contributed to his death.

Chernoff told the AP that Murray was at the pop icon's rented mansion on Thursday afternoon when he discovered Jackson in bed and not breathing. The doctor immediately began administering CPR, Chernoff said.

"He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn't breathing," the lawyer said. "Mr. Jackson was still warm and had a pulse."

Chernoff said any drugs the doctor gave Jackson were prescribed in response to a specific complaint from the entertainer.

"Dr. Murray has never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson," Chernoff said. "Not ever. Not that day. ... Not OxyContin (either) for that matter."

A separate report, which appeared to contradict claims the singer was found in bed, said Jackson's eldest son saw his father collapse on the living room floor and continued to stare as if in "a trance" as Jackson's private doctor tried --and failed --to revive the pop star.

Stacy Brown, a biographer for the Jackson family, told the New York Post that relatives said 12-year-old "Prince" Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. thought his father was "clowning" at first.

"But it was real, and he watched as they worked on him," she said. "Prince was stunned -- in a trance -- just watching. There was no movement, just looking around and not really processing what was really happening." 

Murray was interviewed by investigators for three hours Saturday. His spokeswoman called Murray "a witness to this tragedy," not a suspect in the death, and police described the doctor as cooperative.

Murray, 51, a physician with a tangled financial and personal history who was hired to accompany Jackson on his planned summer concert tour, reportedly performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The pop star was declared dead later at UCLA Medical Center after arriving to the hospital in a deep coma.

The Sun reported that the autopsy showed Jackson's hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds as a result of injections of painkillers. The music icon was also virtually bald and had scars that were thought to be the result of at least 13 cosmetic operations.

Jackson's grieving family hired a pathologist who completed a second autopsy after the 50-year-old's sudden death -- and more people close to the star talked openly about The King of Pop's alleged abuse of pain medication. The second autopsy allows Jackson's family to learn information before results of the official autopsy are released, The Los Angeles Times reported. 

Los Angeles County medical examiners completed their autopsy Friday and said there was no indication of trauma or foul play. The AP, citing a confidential source, said Jackson apparently suffered a heart attack -- a claim that officials did not address. Officials did say Jackson had taken prescription medication.

An official cause of death could take weeks. 

Click here to listen to the 911 audio (MP3 format)

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