News: Michael Jackson's Death Ruled A Homicide, Coroner's Report Officially Released

Friday, Aug 28, 2009 3:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The cause of Michael Jackson's death has reportedly been confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office which said propofol was one of the drugs found in the singer's body.

A press release sent out to the media was issued Friday (August 28) afternoon.

The L.A. County Coroner has just officially announced the cause of Michael Jackson's death -- Acute Propofol intoxication. The report says "other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect." Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs (see below) used to treat anxiety and insomnia. The manner of death is ruled: "HOMICIDE." The Coroner did not release the full autopsy report -- just a press notice. It goes on: 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 (used to treat hypotension associated with anesthesia). (TMZ)

Investigators claim the singer's death could have been avoided by Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray.

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)

The singer's sister, La Toya, released a statement on her reaction to the unofficial report earlier this week.

"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)

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