Michael Jackson’s Death Officially Ruled Homicide

August 28th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »


Michael Jackson’s death was caused by “acute Propofol intoxication,” the Los Angeles coroner declared today, officially ruling the star’s death at age 50 a homicide. “Benzodiazepine effect” was named as a contributing factor.

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The office’s statement reads:

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).

In response to the coroner’s announcement, the Jackson family released a statement that reads, “The Jackson family again wishes to commend the actions of the Coroner, the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies, and looks forward to the day that justice can be served.”

Earlier this week, a source told the AP the homicide ruling was imminent. The full contents of the coroner’s report will remain sealed pending the LAPD’s completion of their investigation into Jackson’s June 25th death. Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician concert promoter AEG hired to care for the star during his This Is It run of 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena, remains the focus of the inquiry. As the Los Angeles Times reports, a homicide ruling means the victim died at the hands of another person and does not refer to pending criminal charges. However Dr. Murray has previously been identified as the subject of a manslaughter investigation.

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