"There was no one there just to step up and say he needed to rest," Whitfield said.
Murray served two years of a four-year jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter, while a jury in the civil wrongful death trial of concert promoter AEG Live decided he was competent to treat the singer.
The Jackson family
The world's first unshielded look at Michael Jackson's three children came at the televised memorial service on July 7, 2009. We saw Blanket, then 7, holding a doll of his father. Prince, 12, stood silently while Paris, 11, insisted on speaking about his father.
"Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine," Paris said, triggering a cascade of tears on faces around the world.
Paris, now 16, is living away from her two brothers at an undisclosed school, a move made after she cut her wrists in a suicide attempt a year ago.
Prince, a 17-year-old honors student at a private school in Los Angeles, and Blanket, a home-schooled 12-year-old, live with their grandmother Katherine Jackson, in a gated luxury neighborhood in Calabasas, California.
The family's relationship with the men named in Jackson's will as executors of his estate was rocky from the start, with both of the singer's parents challenging them for control in the first months after his death.
That turbulence is gone five years later, evidenced by a message posted on patriarch Joe Jackson's website last week: "I would like to thank the Estate of Michael Jackson for taking care of my wife Katherine and my grandchildren Prince, Paris and blanket."
The peace between Joe Jackson, 85, and the executors coincidentally -- or not -- came just as the estate purchased the home they had previously been renting for the family. Joe Jackson does not live there and is not a direct beneficiary of the estate.
Katherine Jackson, 84, remains active. She attended most days of the criminal trial of Conrad Murray and the civil trial of her lawsuit against the concert promoter AEG Live.
She is assisted in overseeing Michael Jackson's children by her grandson T.J. Jackson, who was appointed as a co-guardian after she went missing for several days during a bizarre family power struggle in July 2012.
Four of Michael's brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon -- reunited onstage in recent years. The Jackson brothers recently completed a residency in Las Vegas and are touring the world, singing their Jackson 5 hits and some of the music Michael made without them.
Sister La Toya Jackson has built a reality TV career since her brother's death, appearing on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" and her own "Life With La Toya."
Janet Jackson, one of the world's top selling recording artists, continues to work on music projects after her marriage to a Qatari billionaire announced last year.
Michael Jackson's music did not stop with his death.
Columbia's Epic, Jackson's label for three decades, released two posthumous albums under a longterm contract with the singer's estate to mine the large archive of music left behind. The first LP released in December 2010 -- titled "Michael" -- was met with some negative reaction from fans and Jackson family members who complained some of the vocals were not Michael's voice
The second album -- "Xscape" -- was a global hit and more accepted by fans. The album, produced from nearly-completed Jackson tracks that current producers "contemporized," sold over 2.3 million copies in the first three weeks of its release in May. It remained in the top 10 on album charts in United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom a month later.
The single "Love Never Felt So Good," which included tracks added by Justin Timberlake, was certified gold and a top 10 single in the United States the week leading up to the fifth anniversary of Jackson's death. That makes Michael Jackson the only artist to chart in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 in five different decades. Michael did it in six decades when you count his Jackson 5 singles.
The highlight of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was a Michael Jackson "hologram" performance of one of his new songs -- although technically it was not a "hologram" nor Jackson, but a video illusion created to appear as a live performance.
Another telling measure of Jackson's popularity today is measured by social media. The 75 million "likes" to his Facebook fan page is more than Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.
Jackson is 35th and rising this week on Billboard's "Social 50" chart -- which is becoming a more important ranking for artists in the music industry as album sales fall. Timberlake is one position below at 36. The chart is based mostly on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram followers and conversations.
Cirque du Soleil's "Immortal World Tour," built around Jackson's music and choreography, is ranked as the ninth top grossing tour of all time. The live show has grossed $360 million since its premiere in October 2011. At least 3 million people in 135 cities in 27 countries over four continents have seen it.
Cirque du Soleil is also regularly selling out it's Las Vegas residency show "Michael Jackson ONE," which premiered last summer.