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The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide and Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz has confirmed that Dr. Conrad Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe.
Michael Jackson had lethal levels of Propofol in his system when he died, this according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Houston.
According to the warrant, Dr Murray said he had been treating the singer for insomnia with the sedative for six weeks. According to the document, Murray was afraid Jackson was becoming addicted and said he had been trying to wean Jackson off the Propofol by using smaller doses in combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.
The morning Jackson died, Dr. Murray gave Jackson valium at 1:30 AM. Murray said the valium didn’t work so he gave the singer an IV injection of lorazepam an anti-anxiety drug. Murray told cops Jackson was still awake, so he then gave him midazolam a sedative.
Murray said in court documents that he administered 25 milligrams of the drug at 10:40 AM, then left Jackson alone under the influence of the drug to make phone calls to his Houston office. When he returned, Jackson was not breathing. He performed CPR while a member of Jackson’s staff called 911. The singer was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where he was declared dead sometime later
TMZ earlier reported that police found 8 bottles of Propofol in Jackson’s house after he died, but they do not know where it was purchased. Police also found Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine, along with the Propofol.
TMZ reports that the various drugs were prescribed by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.
Dr. Murray told police that other doctors had administered Propofol to Jackson, including Las Vegas Dr. David Adams. Dr. Murray said he was at a cosmetologist’s office where Dr. Adams gave Jackson Propofol.
With the ruling a homicide, expect to see an arrest soon.
La Toya Jackson believes that her brother, Michael Jackson, was murdered and it now looks like the LAPD may agree.
LaToya states, “I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people…
“Less than a month ago, I said I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart.”
LaToya told UK paper News of the World that she believed there was a conspiracy leading to Michael’s sudden death. “Michael WAS murdered,” LaToya allegedly told News of the World. “And we don’t think just one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive.”
Today TMZ reports that the LAPD is already treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide, and they are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death. TMZ previously reported that vials of Propofol were found in Jackson’s home after he died.
Law enforcement sources say there is already “plenty of powerful evidence” linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson. The evidence includes various items found in Jackson’s house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.
Dr. Murray’s lawyer would neither confirm nor deny if his client administered the Propofol.
The LAPD has had “multiple conversations” with the L.A. County District Attorney’s office, although the case has not been formally presented to the D.A.
According to TMZ, Michael Jackson used several aliases to acquire prescription drugs.
Two of the names Jackson frequently used were Omar Arnold and Jack London in order to get powerful drugs, including Demerol. Jackson also used the name of one of his bodyguards, as well as the name of the office manager for one of his doctors.
The DEA, which is joining to assist the LAPD in its investigation of several doctors who prescribed drugs to Jackson, will be hunting down these names and others.
Sources tell TMZ that the prescription abuse was so egregious, one doctor would call the pharmacy and say Jackson was coming down to get Demerol. The pharmacy would then fill.
Details of Michael Jackson’s funeral remained sketchy over the past few days, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Jackson’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at The Los Angeles Staples Center. AEG Live owns both The Staples Center and The Nokia Theatre which are next to each other. The funeral will utilize both facilities and the surrounding plaza.
Earlier plans for Neverland to be used as the site to show Michael Jackson’s body did not pan out. The media reported that the Jackson family were planning a public viewing of Michael’s body at his former Neverland Ranch so fans could say a final goodbye.
Instead, relatives and Jackson’s advisors have chosen to hold a public memorial at The Staples Center which holds a 20,000 capacity. The Staples Center is where Michael was rehearsing his comeback show a day before his death, reports RadarOnline.com.
Roger Friedman of The Hollywood Reporter writes that AEG will put gigantic screens outside the facilities for the thousands who will not get inside. No word yet on how ticketing will be handled. In order to do this, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, scheduled to begin its run at Staples on July 8, had to be persuaded to postpone moving into Staples by several hours. Somehow it seems appropriate. It will be a day for the Greatest Show on Earth to follow The Biggest Funeral in History.
Los Angeles, CA – Michael Jackson died yesterday of an apparent cardiac arrest. Paramedics and doctors at UCLA trauma unit tried to revive Michael, but it was too late. He was not breathing and there was no pulse. Jackson was pronounced dead at the age of 50 on Thursday June 25, 2009 at 2.26 PM (PST)
What is Cardiac Arrest?
Cardiac arrest is an abrupt cessation of pump function (evidenced by absence of a palpable pulse) of the heart that with prompt intervention could be reversed, but without it will lead to death. However, due to inadequate cerebral perfusion, the patient will be unconscious and will have stopped breathing. The main diagnostic criterion to diagnose a cardiac arrest is lack of circulation, however there are a number of ways of determining this.
The cause of death is unknown but there is speculation that he may have accidentally overdosed on painkillers. Jackson had a history of back pain and other ailments.
The autopsy will be performed today, but some results such as toxicoloy reports may take several days or weeks for results.
The Los Angeles coroner will examine Michael Jackson to determine the cause of death.
An autopsy is planned. Watch video.
Did the painkiller Demerol cause Jacksons cardiac arrest?
There is growing speculation today that the catastrophic cardiac arrest was triggered by an injection of the painkiller Demerol. Those close to the star believe it is an addiction to prescription drugs as he prepared for the gigs in London that killed him.
‘Michael had broken a vertebrae performing and he had broken his leg in a fall from the stage. I don’t know the extent of the medications he was using but the reports that we have been receiving in the family were that it was extensive,’ said a source.
One Jackson family source said he was ‘just not able to pick himself up out of the painkiller stupor’ that he was in. He had been ‘doped up to his eyes’ for several weeks with anti-pain prescriptions… and [painkillers] had taken over his life.
One side effect of painliller abuse is a cardiac arrest.
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