In the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, Lou Ferrigno, Jackson’s friend and fitness coach, said the pop superstar looked fine to him just two weeks before his death.
The defense team for Dr. Conrad Murray are understandably trying to prove that Michael Jackson was in fragile health for a long time leading up to his death in June 2009. Lou Ferrigno, who had been Michael Jackson’s friend and fitness guru for many years, refutes that.
He says Michael showed no signs of physical distress during workouts, as recently as two weeks before the singer died. That differs massively from what the defense team said in court: that Michael Jackson was in serious physical decline and had been for some time prior to his death.
Lou trained Michael Jackson at his home, as usual, for an hour, a couple of weeks before he died. The singer did cardio on the treadmill, used the exercise ball, worked with some light weights, completed a core exercises and did a lot of stretching, he said. Michael Jackson was, at that point, apparently full of energy.
However, he seemed stressed out to his old friend and complained of insomnia.
What seems a little strange then in Lou Ferrigno’s story is that he had been training Michael two to three times a week for his London comeback tour, but it is not explained why he did not see him the following week as usual.
Lou says that as he left Michael’s house for the last time two weeks prior to Michael Jackson’s death Jackson said, “Take care of yourself.” Lou said, “I’m going to see you next week.” Michael just repeated, “Take care of yourself.”
Lou now says he feels Michael knew something bad was about to happen. Creepy! But it’s still up in the air as to why he did not see the singer for his scheduled session the next week, so perhaps that makes his evidence less credible.
AEG Live’s Co-CEO Paul Gongaware appeared to strengthen the defense case further. He says Michael Jackson himself was the one who demanded 21 extra shows when the first 10 shows sold out nearly instantaneously. He wanted to beat Prince’s record of 21 shows at the O2 arena. The number of planned concerts was eventually raised further, to 50, but still around 250,000 people we left wanting tickets.