It’s official. The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled the sudden death of Superstar Michael Jackson was a homicide. In a new release today, the coroner attributed the entertainer’s death on June 25, 2009 to a deadly combination of drugs.
According to the release: “Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine.” The final and complete coroner’s report will remain sealed at the request of the Los Angeles police department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The coroner’s finding is no surprise. There have been numerous news reports over the past few days that have suggested homicide would be the coroner’s conclusion. However, in this case homicide means death at the hands of another and does not refer to a criminal charge. Jackson’s personal physician, Cardiologist Conrad Murray, was with the singer at the time of his death. Dr. Murray is now the target of a Los Angeles Police manslaughter investigation surrounding Jackson’s death.