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Michael Jackson death ruled as homicide

Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 10:41

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles County Coroner Friday ruled the June 25 death of Michael Jackson a homicide and said that the pop star died of "acute intoxication" by the anaesthetic propofol.
"The manner of death has been ruled homicide," the coroner said in a statement. "Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine.

The drugs propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson`s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine."

The homicide finding refers to death caused by another person, but does not necessarily mean criminal charges. However Jackson`s physician Dr Conrad Murray, who administered the drugs to help Jackson battle insomnia, has already been identified in police documents as the target of a manslaughter investigation.


First Published: Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 10:41

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