The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.
The coroner determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.
Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives to cause Jackson's death, the official said.
Dr Conrad Murray, a Las Vegas cardiologist who became Jackson's personal physician weeks before his death, is the target of a manslaughter investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in Houston, Murray told investigators he administered a 25mg dose of propofol around 10.40am after spending the night injecting Jackson with two sedatives in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to sleep.
The warrant, dated July 23, states that lethal levels of propofol were found in Jackson's system.
As we said above, it's hardly earth-shattering news. Jackson was known to be addicted to painkillers, and his drug abuse has been widely reported. Whilst Jackson's "personal physician" will doubtless have been on a very healthy retainer, we can't help but question the ethics involved in continuing to pump powerful drugs into an addict. We guess that only underlines what a bizarre "bubble" Jackson lived in.
In the meantime, we're currently reading a book entitled Be Careful Who You Love by investigative journalist Diane Dimond. If we had any doubts whatsoever that Jackson's interest in young boys was unhealthy, they have been totally dispelled. It's well worth a read; we found a copy in the local library.