L.A. County Coroner has just officially announced the cause of Michael Jackson’s death — Acute Propofol intoxication. The report says “other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect.” Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs (see below) used to treat anxiety and insomnia. The manner of death is ruled: “HOMICIDE.” The Coroner did not release the full autopsy report — just a press notice. It goes on: 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). The final Coroner’s report, including the toxicology report, will remain on security hold, per the LAPD.
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The LAPD tells ET that the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death is continuing, following the L.A. County Coroner’s announcement about the cause and nature of Jackson’s demise.
The LAPD, which describes itself as the “primary investigative agency” responsible for the death investigation, tells ET the investigation is “ongoing and will result in the case being presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for filing consideration.”
The LAPD adds that the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and BNE (Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement) have launched their own independent investigations into findings the LAPD’s investigation uncovered that “may not be directly related to [Jackson’s] cause of death.”
ET can confirm that Calif. Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. is launching an independent investigation into several physicians whose names have arisen during the Michael Jackson death investigation.
“Responding to a request from the LAPD, agents from my office will investigate several physicians whose names have come up in the course of the Michael Jackson death inquiry,” Brown says. “This investigation is at its earliest stages, and no conclusions can be drawn at this point.”
Agents from the attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement will delve into relevant records and documents in the coming days and weeks. Earlier Friday, the LAPD released a statement to ET saying the Drug Enforcement Administration will conduct their own independent investigation related to Michael Jackson as well.
Ed Chernoff, the attorney for Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, is speaking out to ET about today’s announcement from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office that revealed Jackson’s cause of death and ruled it a homicide.
Chernoff tells ET: “This press release contains nothing new. For two months we have been hearing the same information, usually from leaks out of the coroner’s office. One has to wonder why the coroner felt compelled to release anything at all if the police investigation is not yet complete.
“In any case, this has all the earmarks of police gamesmanship, and we will not be responding until we get a full autopsy report, including the entire list of drugs found in Mr. Jackson, their quantities, and all other data that would allow independent medical experts to analyze and interpret.”
On Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Coroner announced that the King of Pop died of “acute Propofol intoxication” and “other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect.”