When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, all eyes immediately turned to the legendary singer’s doctor, Conrad Murray. On the five-year anniversary of Michael’s death, Conrad won’t visit the superstar’s grave — and a source reveals why to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his friend and patient Michael Jackson after giving the singer a fatal dose of surgical anesthetic propofol — and he served his time for the crime. Conrad misses Michael deeply, but won’t visit his grave “out of respect,” our source spills.
Michael Jackson Death Anniversary: Why Conrad Murray Can’t Visit His Grave
Conrad was sentenced to four years in jail after Michael’s death — and now that he’s out, he would LOVE to visit the pop singer’s grave — but he won’t. “It’s been a long time since the doctor last saw his friend and he’d love to pay him a visit where he’s resting,” a source reveals to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “But out of respect for his family, he cannot. It’s eating him up inside. He and Michael were close and the doctor to this day maintains he was not to blame for Michael’s death.”
While many people around the world — and especially Michael’s family — might see Conrad as the person responsible for Michael’s 2009 death, the former doctor believes his friend has forgiven him. “The world wanted someone to blame and the doc was sacrificed. All right, no problem, he knows Michael forgives him,” our source says.
Conrad Murray: Not Visiting Grave ‘Out Of Respect For Katherine’
Conrad’s main reason for not visiting the grave is to respect the Jackson family, including Michael’s mom, Katherine Jackson, who has been raising Michael’s children Prince, Paris, and Blanket. “He’s served his time and only wants to have a word with and some quiet time with his dear friend. But unfortunately, it would be taken the wrong way. Out of respect for Katherine and the family, he will grieve, just like they are, but from a distance,” our source says. “He loved Michael — and he too can’t believe his dear friend is gone.”
What do YOU think about Conrad not visiting Michael’s grave, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’s doing the right thing and being respectful — or should he be able to go visit his friend’s final resting place? Let us know what you think!
— Written by Megan Ross, Reporting by Eric Ray