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Jacko defense: Suicide?

December 30, 2010

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The defense for the doctor facing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death will suggest the singer actually killed himself, a prosecutor said during a hearing yesterday. “I do think it’s clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself,’’ Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said during a hearing. “They don’t want to say it, but that’s the direction in which they are going.’’ Dr. Conrad Murray’s attorney, J. Michael Flanagan declined to comment on any theories of defense outside court and said lawyers were still investigating the case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday, after which a judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to hold Murray for trial. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of what was later found to be acute Propofol intoxication, with other sedatives found to have been a contributing factor. (AP)

Tierney out of ICU

The father of a stunt actor who fell 30 feet while playing Spider-Man on Broadway said his son is out of the hospital’s intensive care unit and has begun inpatient rehabilitation. Christopher Tierney suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae in the Dec. 20 fall. Tim Tierney said his son was able to walk with the help of a full-torso brace Tuesday before being discharged from the hospital and transferred to a New York City rehab facility. Christopher Tierney fell during a performance of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’’ plunging from a ledge into a stage pit despite a safety harness that should have prevented the spill. (AP)

Anorexic model dies

Isabelle Caro, a French actress and model whose emaciated image appeared in a shock Italian ad campaign and whose anorexia and career were followed by others suffering from eating disorders, has died at the age of 28. Her longtime acting instructor, Daniele Dubreuil-Prevot, said yesterday that Caro died Nov. 17. Dubreuil-Prevot said she did not know the cause of death but that Caro “had been sick for a long time,’’ referring to her anorexia. (AP)

Writer’s death probed

Police in Hawaii are investigating the death of a Los Angeles writer and producer who was found in a room at an unnamed Waikoloa resort. According to a statement from police on the Big Island, 50-year-old Aron Abrams was found dead Christmas morning after police and emergency personnel were summoned. An autopsy is set for tomorrow. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that Abrams was a writer and co-executive producer of “Everybody Hates Chris,’’ starring Chris Rock. Abrams also was a supervising producer of “Grounded for Life,’’ and a co-producer of “3rd Rock From the Sun.’’ (AP)