Los Angeles, August 25: In a sensational disclosure of pop icon Michael Jackson’s cause of sudden death, it has been revealed that a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol caused his death.
Jackson died from the overdose of propofol given in a cocktail of drugs, coroner's office documents showed on Monday.
Jackson, who had a history of health problems, died June 25 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest at his home, and it has since been speculated that the powerful anesthetic drug propofol caused Jackson's heart to stop.
Jackson’s death: Propofol is the culprit
The widely speculated reports have now been confirmed by the court documents that have pinpointed Propofol as cause of pop superstar’s death.
The Texas court documents cited the preliminary coroner findings contained in a warrant to search home, Houston office and storage unit of Jackson’s private doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was at his bedside the day he died.
Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that he was giving Jackson 50 milligrams of Propofol every night for six weeks to treat his insomnia. However, he later lowered the dosage to 25 milligrams, mixing it with two other sedatives, in an attempt to wean Jackson off the drugs.
What the documents describe
The documents provide the most detailed evidence against Dr. Murray by the LAPD and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). The documents describe how Dr. Murray administered propofol and other drugs, including Valium, on the day Jackson had died.
"The Los Angeles Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, Dr. (Lakshmanan) Sathyavagiswaran, indicated that he had reviewed the preliminary toxicology results and his preliminary assessment of Jackson's cause of death was due to lethal levels of propofol (diprivan)," the warrant issued by California to search Murray's offices states.
According to the search warrant, in the early hours of June 25, Murray administered doses of anti-anxiety medications Valium and Ativan and sedative Versed besides a 25-milligram dose of propofol via an intravenous drip to ease the pop star to sleep.
After receiving dose of propofol Jackson went to sleep. Murray stayed by his side for about 10 minutes, then left "to go to the restroom and relieve himself," the warrant states. When Murray returned after two minutes to Jackson's room, the singer was no longer breathing.
“After approximately 10 minutes, Murray stated he left Jackson’s side to go to the restroom,” the documents show. “Murray stated he was out of the room for about two minutes maximum. Upon his return, Murray noticed that Jackson was no longer breathing.”
Houston police officer E.G. Chance has said in an affidavit seeking the warrant that U.S. agents had gathered "items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense."