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Michael Jackson died of 'acute propofol intoxication,' coroner says [Updated]

The Los Angeles County coroner's office officially ruled the death of Michael Jackson a homicide and said he died of "acute propofol intoxication."

According to a statement from the coroner: The "manner of death has been ruled homicide. Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol and lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine. The final coroner’s report includes a complete toxicology report that will remain on security hold at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office."

Homicide refers to a death at the hand of another person, but does not necessarily translate to criminal charges. In court papers, the Los Angeles Police Department has identified Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician at the time of his death, as the target of a manslaughter investigation.

Sources familiar with the multiagency investigation have stressed that a manslaughter prosecution is not inevitable, given Jackson’s history of drug use, health problems and other challenges in the case.

According to an affidavit unsealed in Houston last week, Murray told police that Jackson spent his last hours pleading for a dose of a powerful anesthetic.

Murray said he resisted -- fearful that the pop star had developed a dangerous addiction to propofol. Instead, Murray administered the sedatives Valium, lorazepam and midazolam -- five times over six hours. But none put Jackson to sleep and he continued to demand his "milk," the word the doctor said the pop star used for propofol.

Murray said he finally relented and at 10:40 a.m. added the drug to Jackson's intravenous drip, according to the records. That dose -- mixed with the cocktail of other sedatives in the pop star's system -- was enough to kill him, the coroner's office concluded in a preliminary toxicology report, according to the court records.

Authorities have sought records from at least five physicians who treated Jackson as well as pharmacies in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, but Murray is the only doctor named in court documents as the target of the manslaughter investigation.

Jackson had specifically asked concert promoter AEG Live to hire Murray as his $150,000-a-month physician to travel with him to London, where he was scheduled to perform 50 concerts.

[Corrected at 5:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that the L.A. County coroner’s office concluded that a dose of the drug propofol administered to Jackson by Dr. Conrad Murray contributed to his death. An affidavit filed by the Los Angeles Police Department stated that Murray gave Jackson propofol shortly before he died. But the coroner’s report said only that Jackson died of "lethal levels" of propofol and did not specify who gave him the dose.]

-- Richard Winton at the Los Angeles County coroner's office, Harriet Ryan and Andrew Blankstein


 

 
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I like to give a small comment regarding Michael Jackson death. My family and I were big fans of his. I am sad to see him go, but at the same time feel like he will always be alive in our hearts. My 7 year old son is now a big fan of his. Michael Jackson was a great man and he will be miss. I like to tell his family how sorry we are and hope all this with his death will be solve and the Jackson family will soon have closer.

Thank You,
The Lujan Family.

This is so sad to read. I'm just imagining this man who has withered away as the result of the ravaging affects of addiction and neglect, begging for sleep. Little did he know what he guilted his physician into (assuming you believe that the doctor resisted, which I do)...his final dose. Such a sad end to what was a wonderful and conflicted life. RIP MJ.

SUPRISED NO! some of us knew this all along michael is not the only black musical star to die mysteriously, some of us as blacks know in this society that this happens all the time. Jimmie Hemdryk, Sam Cooke, Lee Morgan, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, i was in a conversation just the other day, when one person said all black artist who has a cross over following will not live in in this society.

Am very saddened by this discovery; my heart goes out to his family again,,his children,,,and my god have mercy on Dr.Murry if it was not his intentions to kill MJ,,,

I hope they arrest Conrad Murray and bring him to trial. This sort of thing has gotten totally out of hand in the entertainment industry. Too many doctors stuffing their pockets at the expense of people's lives. The courts need to let doctors know that this sort of behavior will not be tolerated anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Jackson suffered from Addiction Disease. His "problems" sleeping were but a symptom of a major problem. He went as far as his money took him. Buying medications and health care profesionals willing to take his payments. Elvis Praysley could have give him a couple of hints. And he tried trough his daughter. But no addict is willing to take the hint. An less they hit rock bottom. Or they die. Sad.

IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU ARE FREE TO BE AS STUPID AS YOU WANT TO BE UNLESS IT CAN HURT SOMEONE ELSE....IN THIS CASE, THE DOCTOR HURT SOMEONE ELSE.....I THINK WE NEED TO ADMINISTER A COCKTAIL TO DR. MURRAY , STATE SPONSORED.....

I GUESS THEY WOULD PROBABLY NOT WANT ME ON THE JURY....MIKE

what make you deserve this monthly paying? Doc. Murrey?
We really have to accept pain. Not to hide it. Not to feel ashame. Michael, I love you.. which I could understand you better ;-)

It's starting to sound more like the Howard Hughes story.
The sad reality is the public wants closure.
The poor doctor will have to be the fall guy.
Now the sharks smell blood.
First, criminal, jail time civil with give us your money.
My advice is take a deal right off the top. Don't spend your money like O.J.,
The guy could have served five years and keep all his money.
No one cares if Micheal Jackson, in my perspective the best in his profession was for a better word a junkie, in addition, the adverage person without the will of god could not refuse a personality equally as great a consistent request for a drug as common as the drug that killed him.

Nobody forced Michael Jackson to take all the drugs found in his system. Quite the opposite, he sought out drugs by paying doctors ( up to $150,000 a month !!!) who would adhere to his wishes. Yes, it is terribly sad people could not say no to Mr. Jackson. I suspect many people close to Mr. Jackson knew what was occuring, but no one made an intervention. How tragic that fame and money can cause such pain.

Ok, yes - the doctor needs to be held responsible for his part in the death of MJ, but he did not inject anything of his own volition. MJ himself was responsible in part. No one forced him to be on any kind of drugs. Keep in mind his own family called police because they thought MJ was an addict, and they reported drugs in the rented home where he died. Whether MJ was a talented musician, or aided charities has no bearing whatsoever on his death.

What a shame that such an inspiring person could not have been cured from a prescription medication addiction.

The world was his stage and the world did nothing to help him.

jackson was a drug addict...let's all admit it. he was juiced just like anyone who is dependent on drugs...he needed to detox and get clean. instead the pushers around him...AEG especially did nothing to stop his drug abuse. then this guy who calls himself a doctor...what a joke...he should be put in prison as the "pusher man" who is nothing but an enabler of the drug addict jackson...i won't buy or even listen to anything this drug addict has done...i say ban his drug addicted music from the airwaves and put the enablers in jail...let the mexican mafia make him their boytoy for life!!!

I do not believe a word Dr. Murray says about dosages or time of administration. They have no proof of Michael's "drug use" either. They better prosecute or they will have some serious explaining to do about why they let someone get away with killing Michael Jackson.

Blaming the victim is not a defense nor will it prevent the prosecution from charging this quack with a crime. Involuntary manslaughter is what he needs to be charged with and that is what the evidence would support. The problem is, most of these GD prosecutors, hungry for the media attention, tend to over charge in these high profile crimes. Murray did not committ murder. He committed involuntary manslaughter - he accidently killed Jackson without intending to do him harm. It's the same as accidntly running over a pedestrian or engaging in some negligenct conduct that leads to the death of another. Dr. Murray killed Jackson with negligence and incompetence and he should pay.

MJ had apparently formed an addiction, and no matter who the "fall guy" may or may not be, the fact of the matter is Murray was the Physician, and had a medical responsiblity for patient care. He should have been knowledgeable of what drugs were in MJ's system, what could be administered and what were non-lethal amounts. You mix certain medications together, even small amounts, and it could turn fetal. That's why we have DOCTORs prescribing medications, not street vendors.


MICHAEL JACKSON exceeds “pop culture.”
I appreciate him soooooooooo much and I will love him forever and ever and ever and ever.
Thank you MR. MICHAEL JACKSON.

There has been a conspiracy against Michael Jackson and as a result he has been murdered via covert action. Justice will not be done…History is repeated…

Michael Jackson was the director of his own story! He called the shots....he took the shots...and in the end he is responsible for his own demise.

Yes, ALL the people who supplied him should be revealed and prosecuted. Dr. Murray isn't the only one involved in this fiasco... Who was the first one to give him the propofol?

Maybe..just maybe this will be a wake up call to those that give these celebrities anything they want. Doubt it..I thought that when Elvis passed...30+ years later..nothing has changed.

Also expose those that stood around him and let the status quo continue...you should be ashamed. I guess the gravy train / golden goose was more important than the person.

The "Pepsi fire" changed Michael's life, hence his addiction to pain medication.
Dr. Murray should have known better as a physician that the menu of drugs that he gave to Michael was over the top. He murdered MJ and he will have to pay.

MJ was a junkie, but just for legal prescription drugs. The doctor knew that he would have to let MJ abuse these drugs if he took the job. He saw the $150,000/month and took it. The doctor should be convicted of negligent manslaughter but not serve jail time.

Everyone knew that after the fire incident in 1984 and the 1993 turbulence in his life, Michael Jackson had pain killer and other drug addiction problems. Here the doctors were pumping loads of drugs inside his system. Okay, let's accept Michael asked for it. Yes he asked for it as he was in pain that he couldn't endure. The doctor was supposed to help him, but not give into his drug demand.

Jackson wanted to live, he wanted to perform, entertain, show his kids his shows. He asked for drugs because he couldn't bear with his insomnia and all that physical and mental pain he had.
No one loved him enough to care for him. It's easy to say that one couldn't say No to Jackson. But the docs and everyone else wanted to pinch money off of him. It's so clear. Sad that a talent got lost as a victim of mass greed.

Whether or not Michael was addicted, Murray fired the Propfol bullet that killed him. Period. I think it would be a lovely posthumous birthday gift to Michael if Conrad Murray were arrested tomorrow.

Not only did the world lose an amazing talent and humanitarian, 3 innocent kids lost their daddy due to this clown's lack of moral character. Incidentally, I ran across a site where you can send messages of support to Paris Jackson: http://dearparisjackson.com. Those kids are really going through a tough time, all courtesy of Conrad Murray. How does he look at himself in the mirror or sleep at night?

 
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