Jackson had propofol throughout body: Toxicologist

Updated: Oct 07, 2011, 09:03 AM IST

Los Angeles: The coroner`s chief toxicologist has said the powerful anaesthetic propofol was found in Michael Jackson`s blood, urine and liver when he died.

Witness Dan Anderson testified yesterday at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

Anderson said Jackson showed no signs of opiates or the painkiller Demerol.

He said drugs detected in significant amounts were propofol, lidocaine and lorazepam, a sedative that Murray said he gave to try to get Jackson to sleep before he administered propofol.

Anderson said lorazepam was found at the high therapeutic level, but he did not characterise the amount of propofol.

Authorities say Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication combined with other sedatives administered by Murray, who has pleaded not guilty.