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Michael Jackson's Doc -- Ex-Employee Dies

12/30/2009 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Dr. Arnold Klein, who treated Michael Jackson for decades, had an office employee who just died ... an employee who had a history of drug abuse, even while working for Dr. Klein.

Bruce Ayers, who worked for three years as Dr. Klein's research assistant and confidant, was found dead on a sidewalk on December 18 in Los Angeles.

Dr. Klein tells TMZ he fired the 44-year-old Ayers in February, after learning Ayers was allegedly stealing drugs and money from Klein's office.

We're told Dr. Klein stored certain drugs at a pharmacy he used to fill prescriptions for patients. When the drugs would expire, there was a protocol for destroying them. But Klein says Ayers would go to the pharmacy and get expired Demerol for his own use -- and the pharmacy gave it to him. Klein says the pharmacy violated protocol.

We're told Dr. Klein knew Ayers was a drug addict when he hired him but at the time Ayers was on the wagon. Klein says it became painfully obvious at the beginning of 2009 that Ayers' drug problem had resurfaced. Several members of Klein's staff told the Dr. they would quit unless he fired Ayers.

And, we're told, after Ayers was fired, Klein's staff realized 100 Percocet pills were missing.

We've learned Ayers, who met Michael Jackson many times while working for Klein, had a history of abusing pain meds.

When Ayers' body was discovered, authorities found hospital records showing that he had been admitted to three different hospitals since August, in each case for pain issues -- and in each case he was discharged with various meds.

The L.A. County Coroner has deferred Ayers' cause of death, pending toxicology tests.

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evej41    

liars he was about to expose and name names about the murder of michael jackson so they off'ed him ....... if he was such a drug addict why it didnt show in his pre screening drug test before he was hired all health care workers have to have one ....... MURDERERS KILLERS

1524 days ago
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Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1575 days ago
3.

Simone    

It's a complicated and sad situation...

1575 days ago
4.

Linda Lovelest    

Who cares.

Where's Michael Jackson?!

1575 days ago
5.

London not England    

UH HUH....ANN WE KNOW WHY!!!!

YA'LL THINK WE PLAYIN...Dat docta Murray and dis man is up ta tricks!

Me an my Sista is on da run from da Po Po.......and Dat docta Murray ain't aid US YET!

We WISH we could buy some drugs wit what we wuv livin on!!!!

We luvs all ya'll dat supported us!

L&L

1575 days ago
6.

Melissa    

OMG -- WHO CARES!!!

1575 days ago
7.

Simone    

The abuse of prescription drugs is a very serious issue, but, sometimes people drowned in it without notice...


Or, maybe, it can be a burn of living file... Who knows?????

1575 days ago
8.

JONS MOMMA    

SO? THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NOTHING..

1575 days ago
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funkymunky3273    

Does that mean he's hiring?

1575 days ago
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shuffler    


This makes it on TMZ but MJ's accuser's dad dying doesn't (and is totally ignored despite repeated comments)?

The mind boggles.

1575 days ago
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shuffler    

Posted at 12:58PM on Dec 30th 2009 by LaQuisha & LaQuanda
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Love you, L&L. Stay strong.

1575 days ago
12.

Random Angel    

I read this quickly while at work and thought it said Arnold Klein was dead. LOL. Well, not LOL if he was dead, but the fact that I misread it!

1575 days ago
13.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

THE SANDMAN WALKS IN AND OUT OF THE FOG ,that PUPPET MASTER keeps warning you the inner circle will have more to come.

1575 days ago
14.

mia    

Klein had a "research assistant"??? What "research" was Klein involved in????

1575 days ago
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ez    

Dr. Klein is a shady shady man, and had as much to do w/ MJ's death as Dr. Murray--feeding drugs to someone they knew was an addict.
Love you and miss you so much MJ!!!!

1575 days ago
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