Michael Jackson Died of a Drug Overdose

August 24, 2009

According to a search warrant affidavit released in Houston today, Los Angeles County coroner's officials found lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic Propofol after examining Michael Jackson's body.

In the warrant, Conrad Murray, MJ’s doctor, told Los Angeles Police Department detectives that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for a number of weeks. Murray stated that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of Propofol nightly.

According to TMZ, Murray also told detectives that he thought Jackson was developing an addiction and began trying to wean him off the drugs:

The morning Jackson died, Dr. Murray gave Jackson valium at 1:30AM. Murray said the valium didn't work so he gave the singer an IV injection of lorazepam...Murray told cops Jackson was still awake, so he then gave him midazolam -- a sedative. He says at 10:40AM, he administered 25 mg of Propofol. Dr. Murray told cops Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug.

Dr. Murray says he noticed that Jackson wasn't breathing at around 11AM. He was then on the cell phone for 47 minutes with 3 separate calls, from 11:18 to 12:05. The 911 call came in at 12:21PM ....a much longer delay than originally reported.

More to come, I'm sure.

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