News: Michael Jackson's Cause Of Death Revealed, Sister Argues Homicide

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Details surrounding the cause of Michael Jackson's death earlier this summer have landed online after a Los Angeles County coroner's office reportedly found lethal amounts of propofol in the singer's body.

Despite early claims of Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, giving him the drug to help with insominia, investigators claim the singer's death could have been avoided.

Investigators have indicated through a series of search warrants that they are probing manslaughter, excessive use of prescribing medication and prescribing to an addict. In the months since Jackson's death, police officers and the Drug Enforcement Administration have raided Murray's Las Vegas home and office, his second office and storage unit in Houston, and Applied Pharmacy Services, a pharmacy in western Las Vegas. They have searched for propofol information and copied computer data. And they have combed through cellphone records, storage receipts and evidence of names like Bianca Nicholas and Prince Jackson, just two of Jackson's nearly 20 alleged aliases. (The Washington Post)

Attorney Roy Black has said Murray will likely face criminal charges.

"I have no doubt he's going to be indicted," attorney Roy Black told "Good Morning America" today (August 25). Black pointed to the two months of intense investigation -- the search warrants, the interviews, the raids in two states -- as evidence investigators will look to Murray as causing Jackson's June 25 death from a drug overdose. "Just the amount of work tells us that," Black said. Documents released Monday show that Murray administered a continuous cocktail of sedatives the morning Jackson died in an effort to put the singer to sleep. (ABC News)

In his own defense, the doctor said his concern over Michael's health forced him to issue propfol in limited portions.

Murray told detectives that he was worried about Jackson's health and feared he was becoming adicted to the dangerous drug. Murray says he tried to wean Jackson off propofol and lowered the dosage to 25 milligrams. He also mixed in two other sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam. On the morning Jackson died, Dr. Murray gave him valium to help him sleep and wanted to avoid using propofol. When the valium didn't work he injected lorazepam but that didn't work either. He also tried midazolam to help Jackson fall asleep, but it also failed. (Chicago Tribune)

The singer's sister, La Toya, has released a statement on her reaction to yesterday's unofficial report.

"I am thankful to the investigators for uncovering the truth to the world," she said in the statement released Tuesday. "And I look forward to the day that justice will be served to all the parties involved in my brother's homicide." (New York Daily News)

No further details have been revealed as of today (August 25).

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