Michael Jackson’s death ruled a homicide

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  • Coroner finally delivers verdict on Jacko death

    Michael Jackson‘s death was caused by lethal levels of sedatives in his blood stream, a coroner in the States has ruled, and will be treated as a homicide.

    The singer, who passed away two months ago today, had been injected with the anaesthetic Propofol to help him sleep, the Los Angeles county coroner told police officials, which caused his death.

    Jacko’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is now likely to find himself the subject of a manslaughter charge, after admitting to administrating the lethal dose.

    Murray, who had only been treating Jackson for around six weeks, has reportedly told detectives that although he had injected the drug, he wasn’t the doctor who prescribed him Propofol in the first place and had, in fact, been trying to wean Michael off it in the days leading up to his death.

    The news, first reported in the Los Angeles Times and subsequently by the Associated Press, has not yet been confirmed by the official investigators, however, in the search warrant affidavit released by the Harris County District Clerk in Houston – where Murray has offices – it clearly states that: ‘The Los Angeles Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, Dr. 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).’

    In further Jacko-related news, the King of Pop’s seven-week reign at the top of the album charts in the UK finally came to an end this weekend when Calvin Harris‘ new record, Ready for the Weekend, knocked the Michael Jackson Essential Collection off the top spot.

    Mind you, that doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of MJ’s hits, a special tribute concert is currently being planned to take place in Vienna at the end of September, which already has the support of Michael’s mother.

    ‘An event of this dimension not only keeps Michael’s spirit alive, more than that, it gives millions of fans the opportunity to experience his music and celebrate the life of my son – I am sure Michael would love it,’ Katherine Jackson wrote in a letter to the event’s organisers.

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