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Dr. Murray Dodged Wrongful Death Lawsuit in 2007

2/16/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson wasn't the first patient to die while in Dr. Murray's care -- in fact, TMZ has learned MJ investigators spoke with the son of a former Murray patient who BLAMES the doc for killing his dad in a botched surgery. 

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Months after MJ's death, LAPD detectives spoke with Gerard White -- whose father died 6 days after Dr. Murray operated on his heart in Las Vegas back in 2007. 

White told investigators Murray not only botched the surgery and ripped a hole in his dad's heart -- but he failed to recognize obvious, tell-tale signs that his patient was fatally wounded.

Gerard told investigators he and his family contacted a lawyer to go after Dr. Murray -- but they couldn't find an attorney who would take the case because there wasn't enough money to be made.

Gerard also said that after his father died, Murray did "exactly what he's doing in the Jackson case" ... because he never attempted to speak with his family members about the situation. 

Murray's rep tell TMZ Gerard's story is "hearsay and totally unsubstantiated."

The rep adds, "Murray has medical insurance for lawsuits. If an attorney thought Gerard White had a case he surely could have been paid.  The fact that White couldn’t find a lawyer to take the case tells me White's claims most likely had no merit."


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61.

Kaz    

Plus he has a (gag) caring nature. Many elderly are all alone and I am sure his fake caring personality goes over very well with those patients.

I wonder if he has ever been investigated for Medicare fraud?

Posted at 6:58 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by MiMi


Hi MiMi,

Your reference to Murray's "caring nature" (gag is right) to his elderly patients - together with his love of money - reminds me of Britain's biggest serial killer Dr Harold Shipman.

In January 2000 Shipman was found guilty of 15 specimen counts of murder of his patients, as well as forging the will of one of those patients (to exclude her family and leave all her money to him)...

It is thought he murdered over 200 of his patients.

A lot of these elderly people also thought Shipman was a wonderful and caring doctor!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman

1346 days ago
62.

Pegasus    

I'm surprised that TMZ has not posted anything regarding Murray at the courthouse yesterday. It was all over HLN news! Where are TMZ's spies at? Ummmm

1346 days ago
63.

Deb    

Hopefully, society begins to realize all the NUTS out there with MD licenses (or nurse practitioners/physician assistants).

Posted at 3:26 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by smb

I believe for every wackjob doctor, nurse or physician assistant there are 20 more who are competent, caring, and completely sane. It is unfair to paint the entire medical community with the same brush because of Dr. Murray.

1346 days ago
64.

dd    

So He's Killed Before..cold hearted bastard, he maintains his coolness because he's done it before, he might like killing.

1346 days ago
65.

dd    

@61 J, that little fact wouldn't stop him, he is also not an anesthesiologist that was another minor inconvenient fact that did't stop him!

1346 days ago
66.

Ulja    

I don't know, maybe no one feels that it is important - just so long as they get their money.

Posted at 8:18 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by Pegasus

+++++ At least during cross-examination they would take an interest. A pier, how much you earn?... As long as one won't be interested in such things there will be no justice. All the bad is because of thirst of money.

1346 days ago
67.

LC4Michael    

I believe for every wackjob doctor, nurse or physician assistant there are 20 more who are competent, caring, and completely sane. It is unfair to paint the entire medical community with the same brush because of Dr. Murray.

Posted at 8:41 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by Deb

Yes I agree with you on this. There are many great doctors out there that really care about their patients and don't do it just for the money.

Just wish Murray had cared about his patient in that way:(

1346 days ago
68.

sue    

well murray isnt the only incompetent dr around, what about the dr who just injected silicone into the 20yr old butt and she died the next day from silicone traveling to her lungs!!!! you have to lay blame where it is due and murray should have been doing mj right and never have left his side for a second so for that he is to blame...ONLY MURRAY NO ONE ELSE DID IT FOR HIM....sue from tampa

1346 days ago
69.

dd    

Sue that wasn't a doctor she met the person in a hotel room and the procedure was done there.

1346 days ago
70.

sue    

dd-when i saw it on the news HLN they called her a doctor and that she was on the run...and that she would be charged with a felony murder...sue from tampa

1346 days ago
71.

dd    

Damn it is pathetic when a doctor feels the need to do side jobs, just live within ur means it is better then what the average person make, and Sue what's with butt injections, just plain weird to me.

1346 days ago
72.

sue    

i guess when you go through life with feeling insecure, you tend to forget what living in the real world is all about!!!!people always trying to be something there not...its very sad really!!!!sue from tampa

1346 days ago
73.

Ulja    

No, you can certainly earn some money on the side, if one wishes and has free time. But this work must be done perfectly!

1346 days ago
74.

Susan    

Just because somebody dies after surgery, doesn't necessarily mean there was malpractice committed. We're only hearing one side of the story from a family who lost a loved one. Chances are, if the family could not find an attorney to take the case, there were a lot of underlying issues that the family is not disclosing.

1346 days ago
75.

nan    

Hi. :-)

I bet Murray claims that during this ill fated surgery, he had to go take a leak, and when he came back, the patient had poked a hole in his heart himself. Murray-style. And not a word for the family - just like in Michael´s case. This man is despicable.
His licences to practice medicine in Nevada and Texas need to be revoked NOW - REALLY!!!

Posted at 4:30 AM on Feb 16, 2011 by Siggisis


siggisis..in all fairness to murray , we really dont know what he might have done to make amends for recklessly losing that patient..
.he may have tried to compensate the mans widow in some way...

perhaps by stuffing a dollar bill in her underwear like he does with all the other women who enter his life....

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