The death of Michael Jackson has been ruled a homicide by drug overdose, according to a press statement released by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office on Friday.
The body of Michael Jackson contained a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic drug propofol along with a cocktail of other prescription drugs, according to officialÂ autopsy results from the Los Angeles Coroner’s office. The official cause of death was listed in the press statement as acute intoxication from the anesthetic propofol. Because the fatal drug overdose contributing to Michael Jackson’s death was administered by a second party, the death of the pop icon has been ruled a homicide.
“The drugs Propofol and Lorazepam (Ativan) were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were: Midazolam (Versed), Diazepam (Valium), Lidocaine (topical anesthetic) and Ephedrine,” the report from the coroner’s office concluded. The statement from the coroner’s office alsoÂ detailed “other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect.” Benzodiazepine is used to treat insomnia and anxiety. The final Michael Jackson autopsy results and toxicology test information is currently under a security hold by request from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
The coroner’s determination that Michael Jackson died from a lethal overdose of propofol was first leaked last week by an unidentified police official.
Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has admitted to administering propofol and other prescription drugs to the singers in the hours shortly before his death, according to court documents recently released to the media. Murray is currently being investigated on possible manslaughter charges.
Searches of Michael Jackson’s home following his death revealed a large collection of drugs, including marijuana and a slew of prescription medications. The offices and home of Dr. Conrad Murray were also searched for evidence regarding his treatment of the late pop icon.
In addition to the drugs provided to him by Dr. Conrad Murray, evidence is mounting the singer was also provided with prescriptions by Jackson’s dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein – illegally obtained in his own name and passed on to the singer. Dr. Arnold Klein is one of several men theorized to possibly have fathered one or more of Michael Jackson’s children. Klein admits he donated sperm in the past, but says he did not specifically donate with the intention of fathering children for Michael Jackson and does not know if he may be their biological father.
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