LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson’s jailed doctor Conrad Murray has sent a consoling message to the late pop icon’s daughter Paris after she tried to commit suicide, saying he loved her like a “precious father.”
“You are not alone,” the medic — convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 over Jackson’s death — says in the nearly four-minute message posted by celebrity news website TMZ, citing the title one of Jackson’s songs.
“This is a letter to you. I don’t know what you’re going through, but I’m sure that whatever it is, it must be difficult,” he said.
The 15-year-old, whose father died in 2009, was rushed to hospital early Wednesday after trying to cut one of her wrists, a family source told AFP. TMZ said she had also taken 20 Motrin (ibuprofen) pills.
She remained in hospital near her family’s home in Calabasas, northwest of Los Angeles, reportedly under a 72-hour psychiatric hold.
“I can tell you’re not doing well, and I don’t know if there’s anything I can do to solve your pain, or help you with your problem. But I wanted you to know that I am here for you,” said Murray, serving four years behind bars.
“I always will be available to listen to you, answer your questions or to share with you a plethora of beautiful and favored untold stories of your father, as well as his venerable thoughts of you that he shared with me.”
And Murray, found guilty of giving Jackson an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep, added: When you feel all alone or when your heart feels heavy… just know that you’re not alone.
“Your daddy loved you beyond any explanation,” he told the teenager, adding: “Paris, I too love you as a precious father loves his own child, and I always will.”
Paris Jackson has suffered from depression before and is understood to have been treated at least once previously after saying she felt like killing herself.
The family source played down media reports that she was angry because she could not go to a concert by goth rocker Marilyn Manson in Los Angeles on Thursday — although admitted that may have been a factor.
“It wasn’t because of that. It was just because of her depression. Probably the last straw she was told that she couldn’t go… It’s like a teenager, ‘I want what I want, I want to do what I want,'” she said.
Manson — real name Brian Hugh Warner — also sent a message to the teenager, via TMZ.
“I hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want,” he said, hours before his Thursday night show.