After an affidavit unsealed earlier today revealed that Michael Jackson died from large quantities of the sedative propofol found in his system, the Los Angeles County Coroner has now ruled the pop singer’s death a homicide. The finding will make it more likely that criminal charges will be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor believed to have administered the powerful sedative to Jackson just hours before his death.
The coroner determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson’s death, the official said.
Dr. Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson’s personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of a manslaughter investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz confirmed that Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe. According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston, Murray told investigators he administered a 25 milligram dose of propofol around 10:40 a.m. after spending the night injecting Jackson with two sedatives in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to sleep.
Once again, for the sake of Michael Jackson’s grieving family and especially his children Paris, Prince and Blanket, let’s hope whoever is responsible is brought to justice.