Michael Jackson’s personal doctor administered a powerful anesthetic to help the pop star sleep, and authorities believe the drug is what killed Michael Jackson. Read more on the latest on Michael Jackson’s death probe below.
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The official stated that Michael Jackson regularly was given propofol to sleep. And June 25, the day Jackson died, Dr. Conrad Murray had given the singer the drug sometime after midnight.
Although toxicology reports are pending, investigators believe that propofol caused Jackson’s heart to stop, the official said.
Dr. Murray, 51, has been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation and his office and a storage unit was raided in Houston last week. Police say Murray is cooperating and have not labeled him a suspect.
Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, has said the doctor “didn’t prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson.” When asked Monday about the law enforcement official’s statements he said: “We will not be commenting on rumors, innuendo or unnamed sources.”
Murray was hired on as Jackson’s personal doctor in May and was to accompany him to London for his shows that would have started in July. Dr. Murray was living with Jackson in a rented LA mansion.
Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, said Murray found Michael unconscious in his bedroom the morning of June 25. Murray attempted to revive him but could not.
Police searched Jackson’s home after his death and found propofol and other drugs, an IV line and three tanks of oxygen in Jackson’s bedroom, and 15 more oxygen tanks in a security guard building.
Propofol is said to depress breathing and lower heart rates and blood pressure. Because of the risks of this medication, it is to only be administered in a hospital. Instructions on the drug’s package warn that patients must be continuously monitored, and that equipment to maintain breathing, to provide artificial ventilation, and to administer oxygen if needed “must be immediately available.”
Jackson was said to have problems sleeping and the official said he used various doctors to administer propofol. Jackson would decide what time he wanted to wake up and at the appointed hour a doctor would stop the intravenous drip that delivered the drug, the official said.
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