Putting to rest all of the rumors that swirled around the press in the wake of Michael Jackson's passing, an anonymous Los Angeles police official confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that Jackson's June 25 death had been ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles county coroner. The cause of death was found to be a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, administered to Jackson by his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been under investigation in regards to his involvement in Jackson's death.
According to a search warrant for Murray's practice, the doctor had been treating Jackson for insomnia for six weeks; Murray confessed to a member of the LAPD that he had been trying to wean Jackson off of propofol by mixing lower doses of other drugs to help the singer sleep. On the day of Jackson's death, Murray administered a cocktail of drugs throughout the day, including intravenous injections of valium, lorazepam, midazolam, and, finally, 25 milligrams of propofol.
CNN has provided a timeline of events leading up to the singer's death as follows:
-- At about 1:30 A.M., Murray gave Jackson 10 mg of Valium.
-- At about 2 A.M., he injected Jackson with 2 mg of the anti-anxiety drug Ativan.
-- At about 3 A.M., Murray then administered 2 mg of the sedative Versed.
-- At about 5 A.M., he administered another 2 mg of Ativan.
-- At about 7:30 A.M., Murray gave Jackson yet another 2 mg of Versed while monitoring him with a device that measured the oxygen saturation of a his blood.
-- At about 10:40 A.M., "after repeated demands/requests from Jackson," Murray administered 25 mg of propofol, the document said.
After administering the propofol, Murray remained near Jackson for ten minutes as the singer drifted off to sleep. He then left the room for a few minutes, only to return to find the singer unconscious. Jackson was rushed to the hospital and declared dead on arrival.