Michael Jackson's personal assistant has recalled the "frantic" phone call he received from a desperate DR. Conrad Murray on the day the King of Pop died as part of his testimony in the medic's involuntary manslaughter trial.
Michael Amir Williams took the stand at Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (28Sep11) and described the panicked voicemail message that had been left for him by Murray on 25 June, 2009 - the day the doctor is accused of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol that cost Jackson his life.
Williams claimed he had seen the pop star in rehearsals for his This Is It tour the night before his death (24Jun09), and insisted Jackson had been in good spirits and that his performance had been "amazing".
But just hours later, Williams received a desperate voicemail from Murray asking him to "call me right away". The message was played in court for jurors to hear.
When the assistant contacted Murray, the medic claimed Jackson had suffered a "bad reaction" and demanded to "get somebody here immediately". Williams told the court that he was not asked to call 911.
Describing the scene at Jackson's rented California home when he arrived, Williams said, "It was real frantic. I got there when the gurney was coming down (the stairs, shortly after Jackson was pronounced dead)."
The trial continues.