'Lethal levels' of drugs killed Michael Jackson says coroner

Released court papers reveal singer's death was a 'homicide'

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had a "lethal level" of powerful drugs in his body when he died, according to an official report.

According to a previously sealed search warrant that was made public overnight (August 24), coroners have concluded the singer's death was a homicide after extremely high levels of the anaesthetic Propofol were found in his system.

Under American law homicide also includes manslaughter, and BBC News reports that investigators are now determining whether there is a charge to answer.

Police have searched the offices of Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who has denied any wrongdoing.

Although the Los Angeles coroner or police have not released any of their findings officially, the information emerged in Texas after a warrant was issued to search the offices Murray has in Houston.

According to the papers the Los Angeles Chief Coroner "had reviewed the preliminary toxicology results and his preliminary assessment of Jackson's cause of death was due to lethal levels of Propofol".

Earlier this month Murray posted up a short YouTube clip in which he declared: "I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail."

Read More On This Artist

Michael Jackson Merchandise
More News
Google to start publishing lyrics online
Sleaford Mods criticise UKIP and cereal "jesters" in alternative Christmas Queen's...
Thom Yorke tops list of most legally downloaded artists on BitTorrent in 2014
Fat White Family share new song for Christmas - watch
Radio 1 boss George Ergatoudis: 'There's no reason why there couldn't be a new...
Gerard Way: 'I miss the theatricality of My Chemical Romance'
14 more songs from Madonna's upcoming album leak online, including Pharrell collaboration
St Vincent hosts radio show for BBC 6 Music's 'Three Wise Women' Christmas...
The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I didn't like the way Mark Kozelek criticised...
Avril Lavigne denies rumours that she's in rehab
Prince shares lyric video for 'ANOTHERLOVE' - watch
Arctic Monkeys share short documentary film to mark end of 'AM' world tour
Wale and A-Trak release new Seinfeld-themed 'Festivus' mixtape
Madonna asks fans not to listen to her leaked album tracks
Bryan Ferry's son Merlin injured in car crash
One Direction sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - watch
Footage emerges of a young Björk telling the nativity story - watch
Kanye West impersonator turns 'Yeezus' into a Christmas album - listen
$39 million settlement reached for 2011 Sugarland stage collapse which killed seven
Darkside's Dave Harrington joined by Antlers' frontman for Joni Mitchell cover - listen
Justin Timberlake joined onstage by country singer Garth Brooks - watch
The National make Christmas cameo in 'Bob's Burgers' - watch

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM