Birthday: February 19, 1953
Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Conrad Robert Murray
Born in: Saint Andrew Parish
Famous as: Cardiologist
Spouse/Ex-: Yvette Bolick Murray, Zufan Tesfai (m. 1984–1988)
father: Rawle Andrews
mother: Milta Murray
children: Che Giovanni Murray
Partner: Nicole Alverez
education: Meharry Medical College, Texas Southern University
Conrad Murray is a former cardiologist from Grenada, who made news due to his association with musical genius Michael Jackson. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the pop sensation’s death. Jackson died due to a massive overdose of anaesthetics and other powerful sedatives, prescribed to him by Murray, who was his personal physician at the time. He was found guilty by the ‘Los Angeles County Superior Court’ and sentenced to 4 years in prison. However, he was released from the ‘Los Angeles County Jail’ half-way through his sentence, due to good behavior. Two other factors that contributed to his early release were overcrowded Californian prisons and a change in the California law. This was not the first time the cardiologist had had a run-in with the law. He had pending cases against him, for non-payment of child maintenance, bills for medical equipment, and student loans. According to the information available, Murray’s licenses remain suspended in the three states he used to practice in, rendering him handicapped in terms of medical practice. Overall, the contrasts in Conrad Murray’s life are intriguing and confusing.
Childhood & Early Life
Conrad Robert Murray was born on February 19, 1953, at ‘Saint Andrew Parish,’ Grenada, located in the Caribbean. Murray was raised by his maternal grandparents, who were farmers, until he joined his mother, Milta, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He was 7 years old at the time. Murray did not meet his father till he was 25. Murray’s father, Rawle Andrew, was a physician who had devoted his life to the poor, providing them medical service. Andrew died in 2001.
Murray grew up amidst poverty. After finishing high school, he volunteered as an elementary school teacher in Trinidad. He later took up a job as a customs clerk and an insurance underwriter to save money for higher studies in the US.
In 1980, Murray joined his father in Texas to attend ‘Texas Southern University.’ In 1983, he graduated “Magna cum laude,” with a degree in pre-med and biological sciences.
He enrolled at ‘Meharry Medical College,’ Nashville, Tennessee. His father was an alumnus of the same college. Murray began his residency at the ‘Mayo Clinic’ in Rochester, Minnesota, but later transferred to the ‘Loma Linda University Medical Center’ in California. He completed his cardiology fellowship from the ‘University of Arizona.’
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Murray started his career as an associate director of the ‘Cardiology Fellowship Training Program’ at the ‘Sharp Memorial Hospital’ in San Diego after getting his license in 1991.
He began his private practice in 1999 and founded ‘Global Cardiovascular Associates’ in 2000 in Las Vegas. In 2006, he expanded his private practice to Houston, and founded the ‘Acres Homes Heart and Vascular Institute.’ Following in his father’s footsteps, he helped the poor, providing them with excellent medical facilities, irrespective of their financial capabilities.
He met renowned musician Michael Jackson in 2006, when he treated Jackson’s daughter, Paris. This was the start of this controversial association. At the time, Murray’s liabilities in terms of judgements and liens were close to $435, 000. His inability to pay child support to the children he fathered outside marriage put him at risk of losing his California medical license.
On Jackson’s insistence, his 2009 show promoters, ‘AEG Live,’ hired Murray as his personal physician for the duration of the tour, for a monthly compensation of $150,000. However, ‘AEG’ later claimed that no contract was signed between them and Murray.
In 2018, Murray released his book, ‘This is it!,’ in which detailed his experience as the star singer’s physician.
Family & Personal Life
Conrad Murray married Zufan Tesfai, his first wife, on October 17, 1984, in Harris County, Texas. Murray had an affair with Patricia Mitchell and had a daughter with her while being married to Zufan. He divorced Zufan on August 26, 1988.
As of May 2009, Murray had fathered seven children from six different women. At the time of Jackson’s death, Murray was married to Dr. Blanche Y Bonnick, his medical-school classmate at the ‘Meharry Medical College.’ Blanche and Murray got married in 1989 and had two children.
In 1999, Conrad lost a child support case to Nenita Malibiran, a Hispanic–American nurse he had met when they were peers at ‘Sharp Memorial Hospital’ in San Diego.
Murray maintained an illicit relationship with actor Nicole Alvarez while being in a conjugal relationship with Blanche. They had met at a strip club in 2005. It is reported that the actor had started dating Murray in 2006, about the same time he was recruited as Jackson’s physician.
During the trial, prosecutors referred to Murray’s personal life as complicated, owing to his numerous and expensive affairs.
By 2008, he had accumulated over $600,000 in court judgements against him for medical equipment and unpaid rent for his practices in Texas and Nevada.
On June 25, 2009, only weeks after hiring Murray, Michael Jackson died due to a lethal dose of propofol administered by Murray.
During the 6-week trial, he maintained his innocence, stating that he was not present in the room when Jackson self-administered the dose. He also revealed that the artist was insomniac and often preferred propofol over any other sedative for its effectiveness.
He had reportedly bought a 5,268 sq. ft. property worth $1.1 million, in 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada.