Coroner: Michael Jackson's death homicide, drug-induced
Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide, the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled.A lethal dose of an illegal anesthetic administered by his doctor killed the King of Pop on the morning of June 25, according to a report and documents released yesterday. The coroner’s determination increased the likelihood that Dr. Conrad Murray, would be brought up on criminal charges, according to the Associated Press. It is unclear when authorities will determine if charges will be leveled against the doctor. Murray delivered a cocktail of drugs to the singer throughout the morning of his death, topping off the mix with the lethal, 25-milligram dose of propofol, according to a search warrant released yesterday. Murray told investigators that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia with nightly intravenous doses of the anesthetic, which is approved for surgery but not home use, according to the warrant. He had become worried that the singer was becoming dependent on the drug and started weaning him off, at first withholding the drug and administering several others on the day Jackson died, according to the warrant. However, the singer complained he could not fall asleep and demanded propofol. At 10:40 a.m., the doctor administered a dose and left the room to use the bathroom. “Upon his return, Murray noticed that Jackson was no longer breathing,” according to the warrant, which was used to raid the doctor’s Houston office. Reaction was swift yesterday to the release of the findings. Jackson’s family said it placed its “full confidence” in the investigators.
"The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served," said Ken Sunshine, Jackson family rep. While the document and the coroner’s ruling clears up how Michael Jackson died, it is unclear how the propofol was obtained. Authorities did not find any evidence that Murray bought or obtained the drug under his medical license, but police found bottles of the drug and others prescribed by Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger, according to the Los Angeles Times. The anesthetic was also found in Murray’s medical bag. Murray has been the target of the Los Angeles Police Department manslaughter investigation.