MICHAEL Jackson’s drug death is officially being treated as homicide after it was revealed that the King of Pop’s death was caused by lethal levels of propofol administered by his doctor Conrad Murray. The Los Angeles Coroner’s ruling means the Jackson’s personal doctor is now the prime suspect.
Forensic tests found that a lethal dose of propofol combined with at least two sedatives caused Michael Jackson’s death, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press. The coroner has not yet released his official autopsy findings, citing a request from detectives to withhold results until their investigation is complete. But the affidavit quotes the coroner report’s “preliminary” results as saying, “Jackson’s cause of death was due to lethal levels of PROPOFOL.” The police probe is focusing on whether Murray was criminally negligent in administering drugs to Jackson in the hours before his dramatic collapse.
Dr Conrad Murray has admitted giving Jackson more than FOUR kinds of painkillers on the night he died. After Jackson first complained he could not sleep at 1.30am, the doctor gave him valium, according to search warrant details. Just half an hour later the singer was still complaining of insomnia, so Murray injected him with another sedative called lorazepam. When that failed, he administered ANOTHER sedative – called midazolam – at about 3am on June 25. Over the next few hours Murray – who had treated Jackson’s insomnia for six weeks – gave various other medications to help him drop off. But at 10:40am, he gave in to Jackson’s pestering and issued the knockout dose of propofol, which the singer referred to as his “milk.” Murray remained with the sedated Jackson for about 10 minutes before going to the bathroom. He claimed that no more than two minutes later, he returned and found Jackson had stopped breathing after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest.
Murray says he began CPR at 11 a.m. and at some point ran downstairs and asked Jackson’s chef to send up Prince Michael Jackson, the star’s 12-year-old son, to continue CPR. But records show Murray made three phone calls totaling approximately 47 minutes beginning at 11:18 am, something he did not reveal to investigators, according to the affidavit. The document suggests Murray was either not paying full attention to Jackson’s monitoring, or was frantically making calls following the discovery that the singer had stopped breathing. The 911 call finally came in at 12:21 p.m. Murray accompanied Jackson to the hospital but refused to sign his death certificate, the affidavit states.
On Monday, Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, said in a statement: “Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory. Most egregiously, the timeline reported by law enforcement was not obtained through interviews with Dr. Murray, as was implied by the affidavit. Dr. Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11am not breathing.”
Murray has denied telling police he left Jackson alone after administering a powerful anesthetic and returned to find his patient had stopped breathing at 11am on June 25. ‘Dr Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11am not breathing,’ Chernoff said. He declined to comment on the homicide ruling, saying, ‘We will be happy to address the coroner’s report when it is officially released.’
Jackson’s family released a statement last night, saying it has ‘full confidence’ in the legal process and the efforts of investigators. It concluded: ‘The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served.’
Melanie Griffith has checked into a rehab facility her rep has confirmed. “She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy,” says her rep Robin Baum. “This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctor’s years ago.”
Griffith, 52, who is married to sexy actor Antonio Banderas is staying at the Cirque Lodge in Utah which has famously helped Lindsay Lohan, Eva Mendes and Kirsten Dunst in recent years.
In 2000, Griffith revealed that she was seeking treatment for an addiction to painkillers, which she started using after a neck injury. “My doctor has referred me to the Daniel Freeman Hospital to step down from the prescribed medication that I have been taking for a neck injury,” she said. She also spent time at a facility 1988 to battle alcoholism and cocaine addiction.
Melanie is best known for her role as Tess in the 80’s classic “Working Girl,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
The daughter of actress Tippi Hendren, Griffith had an unconventional childhood and fell for first husband Don Johnson when she was only 14. The couple wed when Melanie was only 18-years-old, but the marriage lasted only a few months. During her second marriage to actor Steven Bauer, Melanie found herself turning to drugs and alcohol. After divorcing Steven and her first rehab stint in 1988, Melanie reconciled with Don and they married again the following year.
Her second marriage to Don Johnson collapsed again and she soon fell into the arms of sexy Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who she wed in 1996. Melanie has three children from her three spouses – Alexander Bauer, 24, Dakota Johnson, 19, and Stella Banderas, 12.