Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 12:00 PM

The Washington Post reports that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death the result of an overdose of the anesthetic drug propofol.

This information comes on the heels of raids by the L.A. police on the home and offices—both in Las Vegas and in Houston—of Jackson's cardiologist-slash-personal-physician, Conrad Murray, as well as on a Las Vegas pharmacy, where Jackson is purported to have used a number of aliases to obtain prescriptions.

Murray apparently told detectives that "he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks, and had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous drip."

The doctor states that after fearing Jackson was becoming addicted to the drug (ya think?), he "lowered Jackson's propofol dosage to 25 milligrams, mixing it with two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam."

According to the affidavit, which was unsealed yesterday, "on the day Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep at 1:30 a.m. with Valium; at 2 a.m. with lorazepam; and at 3 a.m. with midazolam. After Murray failed to put Jackson to sleep with additional doses over the next few hours, Jackson then demanded propofol. At 10:40 a.m., the report notes, Murray administered 25 milligrams of the drug and continued to monitor Jackson for 10 minutes, until Murray left for the restroom. Murray told investigators that he returned after no more than two minutes and noticed Jackson had stopped breathing."

But MTV.com reports that Murray and his lawyers are arguing that Murray never said it happened that way; he said it might have happened that way:

"The attorney for ... Murray, has released a statement calling much of the information in a search warrant affidavit unsealed on Monday "theory" and denying that his client gave police the timeline contained in the document."

Regardless of how, or in what order it happened, Jackson died of an overdose. And now a 12-year-old, an 11-year-old and a 7-year-old will be left wondering if something could have been done to prevent their father's death.

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