Michael Jackson Death Officially Ruled a Homicide

via TMZ:

The 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).

No charges have been filed yet, but Jackson’s personal physician, cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, is reported to be the focus of a manslaughter investigation. Murray’s lawyer is demanding the release of the full autopsy report.

Sad.

  • Sherena

    That’s just fucked up. But I’m not surprised.

  • Squirrely

    It is totally fucked up.

  • luvadamlambert

    DISGUSTING BIT*h!!!!!!;(

  • abbysee

    I expected this. I am so sad that Michael was treated in such a negligent manner. I don’t know what else to say. I do know that Dr Murray should be arrested, and be put on suicide watch, because it must be scary being thought to be the person who was responsible for the death of Michael Jackson. WTF was he thinking?

  • MrsB

    The news does not surprise me as I always had my suspisions anyway from earlier reports. What truly makes me sick is the gut feeling that it was all about money for the Doc – others had already told him *NO* but this Doc could not risist the temptation for the good ole $$$$$$

    Since there will NEVER be another Michael Jackson (in his prime) makes me even sadder……………who really, truly, knows that eventually (getting clean) he may have come back to thrilll his fans once again! Even if it would have been for a short little peek it would have been worth it. IMO

    A charge, court hearing & guilty verdict for manslaughter would not surprise me in the least for Dr. Murray, especially since he doesn’t have the money to buy himself out of this mess!

  • TwigLA

    Isn’t this old news? I know I saw it on the news days ago and read in the LA Times. Seems it was Monday?

  • yinyang

    I can’t imagine the life that MJ was living, if he needed all of those drugs to get some sleep.

    What a shame that there were various doctors who were willing to accommodate him. It’s a wonder that he didn’t die even sooner.

    There seem to be so many people who were involved in wrong doing, (at least a couple of doctors, at least one pharmacy, and others who at least knew what was going on), but I’m guessing that Dr. Murray will be the fall guy for them all. I would hope that this will lead to an end to this type of drug use, but I know that it won’t really make a difference. Sigh. I have no doubt that Dr. Murray will be spending the rest of his life in jail.

  • Natasha

    This doctor is dead meat. Propofol isn’t a sleep aid it’s surgical anesthesia. Why would you give it to someone who had trouble sleeping? Why would Jackson want this powerful anesthesia in the first place? The whole thing is nuts. Talk about something that never should have happened.

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    If charges are brought it will probably be negligent homicide, or depraved indifference, or both.

    I hope the doctor gets what he deserves.

  • sonyab

    Sunn

    If charges are brought it will probably be negligent homicide, or depraved indifference, or both.

    Depraved indifference? I never heard of someone bringing up charges of depraved indifference before. :) Is that a real charge?

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    I’m having a lot of trouble accessing the site. I finally was able to get into this thread, but none of the others. Anyone else having this problem?

  • sonyab

    Sunn

    I’m having a lot of trouble accessing the site. I finally was able to get into this thread, but none of the others. Anyone else having this problem?

    Yeah me too!!!! :( And it’s so slow! :(

  • Trina

    I can’t even put into words how disgusted and angry I am. Why has this Murray not been arrested yet?

    Talk about something that never should have happened.

    :( and to think he would have been 51 tomorrow.

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    sonyab

    Depraved indifference? I never heard of someone bringing up charges of depraved indifference before. :) Is that a real charge?

    Yes it is. Link:

    http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/depraved-indifference/

    By the way This is still the only thread I can access.

  • Truthiness

    Using my vast authority of years of watching Law&Order, LA Law, and Court TV, my guess would be negligent homicide.

    Propofol isn’t a sleep aid it’s surgical anesthesia.

    And it’s not supposed to be used for anything, but that, and additionally because of that, he probably got it, and used it illegally. Yeah, the Dr. is rightly screwed. He was working on an addict and his job isn’t to listen to the addict, it’s his job as a Dr. to first do no harm. This guy clearly didn’t. So yeah, not being able to practice again ever, and criminal charges are definitely in order.

  • sonyab

    Sunn

    Yes it is. Link:

    http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/depraved-indifference/

    Wow!!!! I just learned something! Thank you Sunn! :)

    By the way This is still the only thread I can access.

    That sucks. :(

  • MrsB

    Glad to hear it wasn’t my computer Sunn because on another thread my comment posted three times! Wouldn’t budge…..so like a jackass I kept hitting submit! :(

  • lg

    WTF was he thinking?

    Yeah I have to wonder that too. I read somewhere that Dr. Conrad didn’t realize when he took the job that MJ had a history of reliance on anesthetics to help him sleep. I think his lawyers will ultimately score an involuntary manslaughter charge.

    I’m having a lot of trouble accessing the site. I finally was able to get into this thread, but none of the others. Anyone else having this problem?

    Me three! Plus, I’ve been getting pop up adds when trying to copy post content.

    What a shame that there were various doctors who were willing to accommodate him. It’s a wonder that he didn’t die even sooner.

    THIS. So many more contributed to this tragedy. On the other hand, MJ demanded these remedies, so’ ¦

  • JOJOSIE

    Imo Michael is in part responsible for his own death. The doctor should not have given it to him, but he had the power and the money to get what he wanted and had been using this drug for a long time, despite knowing it’s dangers. Michael was a drug addict and almost everyone who knew him I believe knew it. I wonder if his family or friends ever tried intervention. Addition is a terrible affliction and does a lot of damage to people and even causes death. I’m sure there will be some charges but I think there will be a lot more folks involved as this Dr. seems like the one who got caught, but he wasn’t the first as this drug was found in Jackson’s home back when he was arrested years ago. I’m surprised the authorities let it slide then. Sad when someone young dies and more so when it someone who so many loved, even from afar. The tender soul Michael seemed to be, I bet he’s not blaming anyone.

  • abbysee

    This doctor is dead meat. Propofol isn’t a sleep aid it’s surgical anesthesia. Why would you give it to someone who had trouble sleeping? Why would Jackson want this powerful anesthesia in the first place? The whole thing is nuts. Talk about something that never should have happened.

    Yep.

    Jojosie, I sorta understand what you are saying, but because of this particular drug being the cause of death I don’t agree. This isn’t like being addicted to heroin, or meth, or cocaine, which you can get on the street. This is an anesthetic, used in an operating room ONLY. There is no excuse for anyone prescribing this for home use. The results of which were not really surprising, therefore the doctor’s ass should be locked up. It wasn’t just negligence, it seems to be a bit of stupidity, laced with arrogance imho. However, I too don’t think that Michael would blame the doctor. I am not so kindhearted though. I want him to pay.

    I am just so sad in reading the reports of how Michael couldn’t get to sleep that nite, and that no matter how hard they tried, it took this propofol to do the trick. His life must have been hell, and for that my heart breaks for him.

    This site is so wonky today, I thought it was that strange bug that’s been talked about on this site recently.

  • sonyab

    abbysee However, I too don’t think that Michael would blame the doctor. I am not so kindhearted though. I want him to pay

    I want the doctor to pay too!!!! First do no harm!!!

  • Sherena

    However, I too don’t think that Michael would blame the doctor. I am not so kindhearted though. I want him to pay

    Me too. And all the other doctors involved.

  • vanjess38

    I am not suprised at all. If you listened to the 911 call they made, you could instantly conclud the doctor was going to be in trouble. How could a doctor not know that he had to give cpr on a hard surface. I knew instantly that MJhad died before they made that 911 call.
    He is in more trouble than we’re thinking. I personally think his charge is going to be between 1st degree and manslaughter. This is because he should have known better and the intervals at which he gave him the drugs are damn scary. Secondly, some of those drugs SHOULD NOT be administered outside the hospital.

  • yinyang

    “I want the doctor to pay too!!!! First do no harm!!!”

    IMO, all of the doctors who prescribed these drugs for him, and the pharmacies who filled the prescriptions, (apparently, even knowing that false names were being used, but that it was for MJ), should be held responsible.

    I would think that if when I buy an OTC cold remedy and have to give my drivers license to buy it, and it’s tracked on a computer system, that they should be tracking drugs like Propofol when prescribed outside of a hospital. The FDA and/or legal authorities should be automatically alerted to misuse, and should be investigating. It could so easily be tracked, even while protecting patient privacy, (the doctor’s name isn’t protected by HIPPA, so check on what they’re doing), and this type of thing could be prevented.

    It can’t be more important to track when I have sinus congestion, so I don’t know why they’re not tracking the type of drugs misused by MJ.

  • Lisa

    Sad just sad.

    I miss the Michael of my youth. Heck I miss the Michael from 12 years or so ago. Michael could not sleep because of all the drugs he was taking. He needed the drugs for the pain or help him get through the day. He had to take more and more to get to sleep. Had to have more and more drugs to be perky and alert. Horrific cycle.

    I saw this coming after the whole court ordeal & Neverland. I just watched him spiral and spin out of control.

    I want to so bad blame the family for their parts. They could have intervened. Seriously. Yes they risked Michael kicking them out of his life for a few years, but at least Michael would have had help for his drug dependence & be alive today. On the other hand, Michael was a grown man (even though from all reports, he was very gullible and innocent on some sides of life) who after spinning so dangerously far down, would have shut everyone out immediately. What do you do?

    Michael paid with his life for abusing drugs. Time for the Dr to pay the piper too, arrest and convict this man already.

  • sonyab

    yinyang

    IMO, all of the doctors who prescribed these drugs for him, and the pharmacies who filled the prescriptions, (apparently, even knowing that false names were being used, but that it was for MJ), should be held responsible.

    Yes they all should pay. Not sure if any one of them are going to be convicted but I hope so.

  • SybilTrelawney

    How could he have possibly been functioning at all if he needed a surgical anesthetic in order to sleep? What kind of sleep is that anyway? Can you get REM sleep when you are under anesthesia? No wonder he then needed drugs to wake him up….

    Who the hell first “prescribed” this drug for him? Who first administered it to him in his home? I’m not sure it was this Dr. Murray. I’d like to know who they are, even if they’re not considered legally culpable for his death, because they share moral culpability. The public should know who they are.

    The law on depraved indifference to human life differs from state to state. In most (but not all) states, a finding of depraved indifference will not be sufficient for a conviction on first degree murder, but instead will support a conviction for first degree or aggravated manslaughter. “Ordinary” recklessness will support a conviction for manslaughter, with some states also recognizing “negligent” homicide as a lesser degree of manslaughter.

  • rockvixen

    Michael’s sister Janet tried an intervention before but it didn’t work. Michael cut them off after that. She apparently hadn’t seen Michael in a year or so.

    It is the fault of the doctors who gave medication to Michael because what they were doing was being the supplier for an addict. They are doctors! They could have brought Michael into any rehabilitation facility while he was out of it so to speak and he would not have left until he was sober. Also Michael is of course to blame as well but intervention is the best act for an addict and the doctors could have done it themselves but it was about the $$$$$$ for them.

  • anna

    This is so sad! RIP Michael

  • Sherena

    How could a doctor not know that he had to give cpr on a hard surface.

    There’s no way a doctor wouldn’t know that. And that’s why (well, one of the reasons) that I definitely suspect foul play here… not just stupidity or negligence.

    the doctors could have done it themselves but it was about the $$$$$$ for them.

    Indeed.

  • jga94

    It’s sad how no amount of fame or fortune (or even love from MJ’s family-ceratinly his kids–or friends) was enough for MJ to have peace of mind.

    Depending on what angle you look at it, both parties have played a part on this whole incident and ultimately MJ’s children will suffer the biggest burden.

    Hopefully, this MJ incident will serve as a life lesson for people esp. those in Hollywood…but if DJ AM’s death(which initial reports have to be drug related) are an indication, it seems that MJ’s death will again only serve as a footnote to his life…his life being focused again more on his achievements, his fame and his fortune….which is well and good.We cannot help but be in awe of his great talent and his music legacy.But least people forget, no amount of fame, talent or fortune can bring peace and contentment to one’s life if in the process of achieving all these fame and fortune…you lose yourself.

    I can’t say I am sad per se of his death…I’m sad at the circumstances of his death…sorry for him really….seems that a lot of people are fighting to live and he just sort of gave up(or gave in to being controlled by those drugs…that’s not a way to live…).

    This reminds me of Robert Frost’ poem Nothing Gold Can Stay(which has been on my mind for days now…don’t know why…):

    Nature’s first green is gold
    Her hardest hue to hold
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    It’s sad given the context of MJ’s death….

  • Lexus

    Given the circumstances, I find it hard to hold Michael even partly responsible for his own death. Addiction is a disease and ALL these doctors (not to mention the media and public) are accountable for feeding that addiction when they knew better. Dr. Murray is the scapegoat, but many others are responsible too. They were simply (for lack of a better word) fortunate that it wasn’t their day to be prescribing meds to him. All of them need to pay the price for their recklessness and I hope they all go down.

    The saddest part of all of this for me is the loss to his children. I selfishly think about how his loss impacts me and yet I don’t even know him. I can’t even imagine the devastation for his children. Paris was obviously a Daddy’s girl who often clung to her Dad so not having him there anymore must be a tremendous loss for her. For all the talk about his supposed ‘weirdness’, I don’t think anyone ever doubted he was probably even a better father than entertainer.

    I’m just angry that we lost him so soon….and in such a manner. I can’t help but notice the irony in this statement from his book Moonwalk:

    ”I myself have never even tried drugs, no marijuana, no cocaine, nothing I mean, I haven’t even tried these things, forget it. This isn’t to say we were never tempted. We were musicians doing business during an era when drug use was common. I don’t mean to be judgmental it’s not even a moral issue for me ‘“ but I have seen drugs destroy too many lives to think they are anything to fool with. I am certainly, not angel, and I may have my own bad habits, but drugs aren’t among them’ .