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Jackson’s former doc playing mas with Tribe/Bliss
Deceased United States pop star Michael Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray, is in T&T to have a good time for Carnival. Murray arrived in Trinidad with his family, daughter Chanel, son Che and fiancee Nicole Alvarez, on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Miami on Saturday evening. He politely told the media that met him as he exited the airport departure lounge around 7:50 pm that he had no comment, as he and his family were here on holidays for two weeks to enjoy Carnival.
Murray did say he loved Carnival when asked how he felt to be back in Trinidad. “We’re here on Carnival holidays and to have a good time," he said. Murray said he will be playing with Tribe/Bliss on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, but not J’Ouvert as it would be "too much". He and his family were quickly whisked away by waiting friends. Murray was released from a Los Angeles prison on October 28, 2013, after serving two years of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson.
Murray, 61, a cardiologist, was hired by Jackson as his personal physician when the latter was preparing for his 2009 concert tour. Jackson died in June 2009 of a prescription drug overdose. Murray was charged after lethal levels of the anaesthetic propofol were found in Jackson’s system. Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan had said Murray, who operated in T&T years ago, could return and make an appeal to the medical council for a licence.
Murray was born in Grenada, where his parents met, but he is a T&T national as his mother was born here. At the age of seven he moved to Trinidad, where he lived with his mother. He completed high school, worked as a teacher, customs clerk and insurance underwriter before moving to the US to pursue his education and career in medicine. The former doctor's medical licences remain suspended or revoked in the US states.
Murray has already taken action to get his licence reinstated through his attorney Valarie Wass, saying he was prepared to fight in order to practise medicine again.