Michael Jackson's doctor gave deadly drug, official says


Dr Conrad Murray said to have administered the powerful anaesthetic that authorities believe killed Michael Jackson




A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation into Michael Jackson's death says the singer's personal doctor administered the powerful drug that authorities believe killed him.

Jackson regularly received the anaesthetic propofol to go to sleep. The official, who requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing, said Dr Conrad Murray gave Jackson the drug the last night of his life.

Police are working on the theory that the drug caused the Jackson's heart to stop.

Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff has said that his client "didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson."

Asked about the latest allegations, Chernoff said: "We will not be commenting on rumours, innuendo or unnamed sources."

Last week, officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the doctor's office in Houston, Texas. They spent two-and-a-half hours at the clinic, leaving with 21 documents and a "forensic image" of a computer hard drive.

Murray served as Jackson's personal physician and was with him when he died.
The doctor has been interviewed a number of times by police in Los Angeles as part of their investigation, but he has not been named as a suspect. But court reports have identified the 51-year-old physician as the subject of a manslaughter investigation.

The drug he allegedly administered, propofol, lowers the recipients heart rate and blood pressure. It is usually only used in hospitals because of the risks involved.

A safety warning on the drug's label states that the patient must be monitored at all times. Furthermore, equipment to aid breathing and provide artificial ventilation and oxygen "must be immediately available".

The official said Jackson had enlisted a number of doctors to administer propofol via an intravenous drip. They added that on 25 June, the day the singer died, Murray gave him the drug sometime after midnight.


allegation: zarzut, oskarżenie

allegedly: rzekomo

forensic: dotyczący medycyny sądowej, sądowy

innuendo: insynuacja

intravenous drip: kroplówka

manslaughter: nieumyślne spowodowanie śmierci

probe: śledztwo, dochodzenie

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