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AP: Michael Jackson's arms covered with punctures, autopsy shows

October 1, 2009 | 10:20 am

A Los Angeles County coroner's report shows Michael Jackson was fairly healthy before he died of an overdose, although his arms were covered with punctures and his face and neck were scarred, the Associated Press reported today.

He weighed 136 pounds at the time of his death, considered an acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. The AP obtained his autopsy report, which has not been released publicly, and has more:

Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report obtained by the Associated Press.

In fact, the Los Angeles County coroner's report shows Jackson was a fairly healthy 50-year-old before he died of an overdose. His 136 pounds were in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. And his kidneys and most other major organs were normal.

Still, Jackson had health issues: arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.

Jackson died at his rented mansion June 25 after he was administered the anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, court documents state. Propofol, normally a surgical anesthetic used in operating rooms, acts as a respiratory depressant and requires constant monitoring.

A physician who was present at the mansion, cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, told police he left the room to use the bathroom and phone records show he also made calls for 47 minutes around the time Jackson encountered problems. When Murray realized Jackson was unresponsive, he began frantic efforts to revive him, but Jackson never regained consciousness. He was declared dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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