This article tells the story of Michael Jackson’s death, and how it was ruled a homicide due to the anesthetic propofol.
On June 25th, 2009, Michael Jackson died due to a deadly cocktail of anesthetic drugs. The cocktail included the sedatives
lorazepam and midazolam, in addition to anesthetic propofol. The coroner’s report showed that Jackson had died from cardiac
arrest due to a lethal combination of drugs found in his system. At the time of his death, Jackson was renting a mansion in
Holmby Hills, California, which had been rented for him by his manager from March 1st through June 26th. His physician Dr.
Conrad Murray was accused of involuntary manslaughter due to administering an excessive dose of anesthetic propofol that led
to Jackson’s death.
On August 28, 2009, Michael Jackson died at age 50 in his home in Los Angeles. Two months later, the Los Angeles County
Coroner’s office made an official statement that Jackson’s death was a homicide due to combined drug intoxication. The Los
Angeles County Department of Coroner conducted a thorough investigation and reported its result as homicide.
The conclusion of the report was that Michael Jackson’s death was caused by an overdose of medications administered by his
physician, Conrad Murray. Murray had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the surgical anesthetic
propofol to Jackson which eventually caused his death. According to an anonymous source, Murray had admitted giving Jackson a
fatal cocktail of drugs including propofol within 24 hours before his death in order to help him sleep. The coroner’s report
stated that the fatal dose of propofol and other drugs in Jackson’s system contributed to his death and that Murray was
responsible for administering the medications. The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Conrad Murray with
involuntary manslaughter, citing negligence and recklessness on behalf of the doctor as factors in Jackson’s death.
The prosecutors claimed that Murray had administered a fatal dose of anesthetic propofol to Jackson in his bedroom on June
25, 2009. History contacted Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray, who had been given the task of helping the most
awarded musician Jackson sleep. Murray had given Jackson a variety of drugs including lorazepam to help him sleep, but
eventually administered anesthetic propofol, from which he never recovered. Murray left Michael’s bedroom when he was found
unconscious and not breathing at around noon on June 25th.
He opted to call 9-1-1 instead of Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was known as Jackson’s personal physician
at the time. When paramedics arrived they found Murray documenting his preparation of an intravenous injection. Michael had
been scheduled to begin a 50-concert comeback engagement in London in July and had been filming a documentary film about
himself. Michael Jackson was the most awarded musician in history. Paramedics immediately began administering CPR but were
unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PST at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Preparation
rehearsals for the concerts had already begun when he was found unconscious and CPR efforts were made by both Conrad Murray
and other paramedics that had arrived on scene.
Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009 at the age of 50. The Jackson family released a documentary about his death in 2019
called ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson’. The documentary included exclusive interviews with some of Jackson’s medical
professionals and gave insight into the cause of his death. Michael Jackson was an American entertainment giant who released
his first music video ‘Thriller’ in 1983, which went on to become the first music video to be inducted into the National Film
Registry by the Library of Congress. The documentary caused a stir when it was released and TMZ had a documentary about it as
Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 was a shock to the world and ten years later, his 60th birthday was marked by a retrospective
of his life and the approach of the 10th anniversary of his passing. The involuntary manslaughter conviction of Dr. Conrad
Murray, who prescribed him medication, further complicated the narrative around Jackson’s death. As we approach the 10th
anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, it is worth reframing his narrative beyond just his death and looking at how he
made an impact on music and culture during his lifetime.
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home. After a lengthy autopsy investigation, the
Los Angeles Coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide due to a lethal combination of drugs that included the powerful
sedative propofol as the most important drug. In addition to propofol, other drugs found in his system included lorazepam and
midazolam. The combination of these drugs was deemed too powerful for an individual with no tolerance to them and led to
cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter due to
administering these drugs without proper medical supervision and was sentenced to four years in jail.
Sources said prosecutors ruled that the case was too difficult to pursue charges of more serious homicide. Well-documented
drug abuse and a difficult prosecution were cited as reasons why. According to a senior law enforcement source, the Los
Angeles coroner declared Jackson’s death a homicide due to an overdose of anesthetic. The Los Angeles Times reported that
prosecutors ruled out more serious charges due to difficulty in proving them in court.