A concert promoter says Michael Jackson insisted that the company hire the cardiologist who reportedly was in his Los Angeles mansion when the entertainer collapsed.
AEG LivePresident and CEO Randy Phillips told The Associated Press on Friday that Dr. Conrad Murray had been Jackson's physician for three years.
Phillips says Jackson wanted Murray to accompany him to London for his comeback series of concerts, so AEG Live advanced Jackson money to pay for Murray's services as part of the production costs.
A police official says detectives spoke to Jackson's physician immediately after the death Thursday and were in contact by telephone Friday. Police expect him to do a more in-depth interview.
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