How Did Michael Jackson Die?

On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson who is one of the best-known pop stars in history was found dead at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of his death was determined to be due to acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. Jackson’s brother, Jermaine said that he suffered a cardiac arrest before. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had seen Jackson in his room, in a state of breathlessness. Then he administered CPR on Jackson’s bed but absolutely no results. After a call to 911, he was treated by paramedics at the scene. Two hours later, he was pronounced dead at the UCLA medical center.

Michael Jackson Cause of Death

As the report of the Los Angeles County coroner requested by the prosecution, there was amount of lorazepam found in Jackson’s body completely inconsistent with taking lorazepam tablets. However, Murray said a series of comeback concerts in the UK from beginning on 13 July made Jackson exhauted and that was not his fault.

Surely, the physician hasn’t plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter on the date of the pop legend’s death, who died at his rented house in Los Angeles as he was ready for a series of comeback concerts at London’s O2 Arena. On Aug. 28, 2009, the coroner concluded that Jackson died of an acute propofol intoxication, a powerful anesthetic, in conjunction with a cocktail of drugs, including lorazepam.

Murray Suspected in Death

Two days after Jackson’s death, there was an interview with LAPD detectives taped and presented in court, Murray described the pop star as an insomniac and then begged him for his “milk”, the slang for protofol, and he died in the morning. The doctor also said he administered an intravenous drip daily for two months leading up to his death. Because of being worried about Jackson’s addiction, he tried to detoxify propofol 3 days before his death by asking him to take lorazepam and other drugs. Ed Chernoff, Murray’s lead lawyer, didn’t agree that although Jackson was aware of  the lethal dose of taking propofol himself, he would still maintain the dose of propofol by using a syringe to inject propofol into his leg through a catheter, and took lorazepam. When Murray was out of the room Jackson died.

Who is Conrad Murray?

Dr. Murray was born in Grenada, and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago along with his mother. In 1980, he moved to the U.S and enrolled at Texas Southern University. In 1989, he graduated from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College. In 2006, he met Jackson for the first time when he treated two of Jackson’s children at his own clinic in Las Vegas. Six weeks before Jackson’s death, Murray was hired as a personal physician with a monthly reported fee of $150,000.

With his charges, Murray faces a sentence of up to four years in prison and of course loss of medical license. However, he can be under house arrest because of a new California sentencing law. Through their criminal history and the level of risk to the community, if non-violent convicts in county jails have enough conditions met, they’ll be under house arrest.