Monday, August 24, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide, Lethal Drugs Found in System

Michael Jackson died of lethal levels of the powerful anaesthetic propofol, according a search warrant affidavit.

The LA County Coroner's officials found the drug after examining the singer's body.

Dr Conrad Murray told detectives he gave Michael the drug to treat insomnia, according to the AP.

The affidavit says Dr Murray told a Los Angeles police officer he administered several drugs to Michael the day he died, including 25 milligrams of the sedative, which he gave intravenously.

The affidavit says Dr Murray never ordered, purchased or received any of the propofol but that the doctor found about eight bottles of it in Jackson's home along with numerous other vials and pills.

The autopsy report remains sealed while police complete their investigation.

A search warrant affidavit says Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died.

Update: A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide.

The finding makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.

The official says the coroner determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.

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