I have to say that I didn’t believe this was the truth but the death of Michael Jackson has been ruled a homicide and it looks like his personal physician, Dr. Conner Murray, is going to be criminally charged.
While the development is dramatic, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he was murdered intentionally but, rather, means that he died as the result of someone else’s actions. What is known, however, is that there were lethal amounts of drugs in Jackson’s system, including the highly dangerous anesthetic propofol.
So here’s what happened. Michael Jackson apparently had been suffering from insomnia for years which is something I’m sure a lot of us can relate to. According to an affidavit that was unsealed yesterday, Murray had been treating the singer for the condition for six weeks by giving him 50 milligrams of propofol every night through an IV. He claims he tried to wean him down to 25 milligrams a night since he worried he was getting addicted and to help the transition along, he added the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam to the mix.
Um? What the hell?! Okay, I’ve had lorazepam and I’ve actually also had propofol. I can’t imagine someone thinking that mixing those two, outside of a hospital setting, would be a good idea. From what I’ve heard, there wasn’t even any Narcan in the house to counteract the effects if Jackson had a bad reaction!
Anyway, Murray went on to say that his plan was successful and, on the night before he died, Jackson was able to fall asleep without the propofol, using just the two sedatives. Then, on that fateful morning, at 1:30am, Murray gave Jackson a 10-milligram tab of Valium. When that didn’t work, he followed the pill with injections including two milligrams of lorazepam around 2 a.m., two milligrams of midazolam around 3 a.m., and repeats of each at 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. respectively. He claims they didn’t work and I’m seriously wondering what kind of insomnia the King of Pop had because that’s insane. That’s enough medication to, well, kill someone and this is just crazy to me. Even the director of the San Diego division of the California Poison Control System said that “No one will treat an insomniac like this.”
At 10:40am, Murray says that Jackson repeatedly demanded to be given his “milk” (which is what he called propofol) so the doctor gave in and administered 25 milligrams of it. Again, this doesn’t make sense to me. Not only is it dangerous but was Jackson really trying to continue sleeping at almost 11am? Sure, it’s possible but it’s also questionable.
At this point, Murray says he excused himself for just two minutes after Jackson had fallen asleep and when he came back, the singer was no longer breathing.
The Jackson family say that they have “full confidence” in the legal process and are looking “forward to the day that justice can be served.”