How Did Michael Jackson Die?

Michael Jackson died due to acute benzodiazepine and propofol intoxication at his North Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, LA, on 25th June, 2009. Conrad Murray, his personal physician, said he found the musician with a “barely detectable pulse” in his room. The doctor performed CPR to no avail. A call to 911 resulted with paramedics arriving at the scene. They treated Jackson who was transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

 

Two months later on August 28th, 2009, LA County Coroner concluded the death as a homicide. Shortly before his demise, the celebrity had been administered midazolam and lorazepam, which are anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, as well as propofol. In 2011, Jackson’s personal physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and served a two-year sentence.

 

Circumstances

 

On June 24th, 2009, Michael arrived at Staples Center for rehearsals. According to a magician by the name of Ed Alonzo, the singer joked about having laryngitis. The magician further stated that Jackson had great energy and looked quite healthy. The rehearsal started at around 9 p.m. and went on past midnight. The following morning, the pop icon did not come out of his bedroom.

 

According to Murray’s attorney, the physician entered the room in the afternoon to check on him and found he was not breathing. Murray said the musician’s body was still warm and he had a weak pulse. This is when he tried to revive him using CPR for about 10 minutes. On discovering his efforts were not effective, he decided to call for help. This move proved difficult since the house did not have a landline.

 

He added he was unable to use his phone to call 911 as he did not know the address of the house. He finished by saying he called security to no avail. This is when the physician decided to run downstairs yelling for help. He found a chef who he instructed to call security. By the time security had arrived and called 911, thirty minutes had already passed.

 

Health

 

Stacy Brown, the person who did part of the singer’s biography, said Jackson had become underweight and frail before his death. J. Randy Taraborrelli, another biographer, said the musician had a painkiller addiction that went on and off for decades. Arnold Klein, Michael’s dermatologist who had diagnosed him with lupus and vitiligo, said the artist misused prescription drugs. However, he saw the singer three days before his death and he looked to be in “a good mood”.

 

Autopsies

 

The LA Coroner’s office in Lincoln Heights was the location Michael Jackson’s body was flown to for postmortem. The chief medical examiner performed a three-hour autopsy on the body of the musician the following day, on behalf of the LA County Coroner. Despite this examination, the family of the deceased pop icon performed a second autopsy. The second autopsy produced limited, albeit expedited results. After the preliminary autopsy was done, the chief investigator at the coroner’s office determined there was lack of evidence of foul play or trauma.

 

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