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Autopsy Confirms Propofol Killed Michael Jackson

By McCarton Ackerman 05/07/13

Testimony in Jackson's wrongful death trial suggests the star was otherwise in good health.

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An autopsy report on the late Michael Jackson confirms that the singer died from an overdose of propofol, prescribed by Dr. Conrad Murray, who is currently serving a four-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. Dr. Christopher Rogers noted in the report that propofol (an anesthetic) killed the singer, but several other sedatives Dr. Murray gave him also contributed to his death. Los Angeles coroner's toxicologist Dan Anderson testified in court last Monday that the amount of propofol in Jackson's body was identical to what would be found in "major surgery anesthesia." Rogers also testified that Jackson did not have any signs of being addicted to street drugs, such as needle marks or disease, and was in good enough health to live a normal lifespan. "There was no indication from the autopsy that there was anything anatomically wrong with him that would lead to premature death," said Rogers. Jackson's mother and children are suing concert promoter AEG Live, claiming they are liable for his death because of the negligent hiring, retention and supervision of Murray. The singer's projected lifespan could be pivotal in calculating damages should the family win the trial because their lawyers are arguing that Jackson could have made billions if he lived a full life through several more world tours, recording, merchandizing and movies. Over the last 14 years, the LA coroner's office has found 31 deaths involving propofol, including six suicides committed by medical personnel who used the drug to end their lives.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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