The Los Angeles County Coroner has just ruled the manner of Michael Jackson's death homicide, and the official cause of death "Acute Propofol intoxication."
Reports surfaced last week that the signer's death would be ruled a homicide, which constitutes a death at the hand of another person, but does not necessarily result in criminal charges. In this case, however, odds are that it will.
Sources familiar with the case say prosecution is not inevitable, given Jackson’s long history of drug use, health problems and other challenges in the case.
However, in court papers, the LAPD has identified Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's doctor at the time of his death, as the target of a manslaughter investigation.
The Coroner did not disclose the full autopsy - just a press release summarizing it. But when the manner of death is ruled "homicide," you get the idea.
The report says "other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect." Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
According to the medical examiners' findings, Propofol and Lorazepam (Ativan) were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Michael Jackson's death.
Other drugs detected in Michael Jackson's system:
- Midazolam (Versed)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Lidocaine (a topical anesthetic)
- Ephedrine (for hypotension associated with anesthesia)
The final and complete report, including the toxicology report, will remain on security hold, per the LAPD, which is still investigating the star's demise.
No charges have been filed against anyone ... yet.
Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, has admitted giving him what was the fatal dose of Propofol. However, the timeline in which that took place, as well as the various other inconsistencies, have police digging deeper.
He may well face a manslaughter charge when all is said and done.