Michael Jackson's doctor gave him anaesthetic before he died, reports say

Officials believe that Propofol caused his heart to stop

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Michael Jackson’s doctor allegedly gave him an anaesthetic drug to help him sleep just after midnight on the day he died, resulting in cardiac arrest, according to new reports today.

Dr Conrad Murray apparently injected Propofol to Jackson regularly, according to a law enforcement official, despite the fact that the drug is intended only for medical anaesthetic use, and not as a sleeping aid.

The official spoke to the Associated Press anonymously, and said that the drug caused the cardiac arrest.

Murray is named in the manslaughter investigation, and has had his office and Texan storage unit searched by officials.

Police say he is not a suspect. His lawyer says he "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson", and wouldn’t comment further.

Murray was staying at Jackson’s rented home in Los Angeles, and was due to travel with him for his London residency, which was to have kicked off earlier this month (July 13).

Propofol, an IV line and three oxygen tanks were discovered by police in Jackson’s bedroom, says the report, with a further 15 tanks found in a security guard's shack.

Oxygen is typically on standby when Propofol is in use, as patients can have breathing problems after the drug is administered. It can also lower heart rates and blood pressure.

The unnamed official who spoke today (July 27), said that Jackson would rely on Propofol to sleep and would set a time to wake up. In order to wake him up, he said, a doctor would cut off the drug from the IV.

--By our New York staff.
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