Michael Jackson was an iconic musician; some might even say he was the greatest musician ever to walk the Earth. He started performing with his siblings when he was only six years old and had a solo career that shattered records at a young age.
At the time of his death, he had been nominated for 38 Grammy Awards, 13 of which he won. Even to this day, many fans stream and listen to his music. The tragic news of the passing of the music legend broke many hearts in 2009.
The cause of Jackson’s death was from a fatal dose of lethal drugs administered by Dr. Conrad Murray, his physician. It wasn’t clear if the drugs were administered on purpose, even though Dr. Murray denied it.
He was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison. So where is Dr. Murray now, more than a decade after Jackson’s death? Here is all we know about what happened to him after his conviction and release.
Murray Administered A Lethal Dose Of Drugs To Jackson
According to a post by BBC, Jackson’s record company, AEG Live, hired Murray to be the personal physician to Jackson ahead of “This Is It, In London,” the 50-date concert residency he was scheduled for. He was promised a salary of $150,000 per month to keep Jackson healthy for the tour.
Sadly, Jackson never made it to the tour. On June 25, 2009, the 50-year-old died in his house in Los Angeles. Upon investigation, his death was ruled as a homicide. It was discovered that Dr. Murray had administered a lethal dose of a combination of the anesthetics propofol, sedatives, and pain killers.
The drugs caused Jackson to go into a cardiac arrest that he unfortunately never came out of. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
Murray Was Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
In February 2010, Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was later released after he made bail of $75,000. The BBC Show obtained court records that showed that Murray failed to perform CPR on Jackson and didn’t inform the paramedics that he had administered an anesthetic.
The court trial also revealed that Murray had purchased five doctors of Propofol shortly after accepting the job from AEG Live. Despite all the claims and evidence by the prosecution, Murray insisted that he was innocent.
The prosecution also brought several witnesses to show that Murray was repeatedly negligent. Dr. Steven Shafer was one of such witnesses, and he claimed that Murray made more than 15 flagrant violations when he administered the drug combo to Jackson.
In November 2011, Murray was found guilty of his charges and sentenced to four years in prison.
Where Is Dr. Murray Now?
Murray was released early after serving only two years out of his sentencing. Many of Jackson’s fans and his family expressed anger at his release. According to the BBC report, Jackson’s mother said, “We hope he can never practice medicine again and will not violate his Hippocratic oath and hurt another patient.”
However, a report by Inside Edition in 2016 revealed that despite losing his license, Murray was still visiting patients and practicing medicine. He claimed he hadn’t broken the law when asked about it as he only offered consultations and never prescribed medication.
Murray also revealed that he was living quietly in a one-bedroom apartment in Florida and spent a lot of time with Sebastian. According to CelebrityNetWorth, his net worth is an estimated negative $500,000.
What Happened To His Medical License
After Murray was convicted and sentenced, his medical license was revoked in Texas. He was also suspended in California and Nevada. When a medical license is suspended in California for professional misconduct, the suspended doctor must wait for a minimum of three years before he can petition to be reinstated.
According to The Sun, Dr. Murray is currently practicing medicine in the Caribbean and has plans to petition for his medical license in the US to be reinstated. He also reportedly plans to build a center for cardiovascular patients in Bimini.
The convicted doctor also said that his home was foreclosed, and his kids were forced out onto the streets when he was convicted. He said, “I lost four practices and I’ve had to knock on so many doors to restart my life and find some kind of reasonable occupation.”