LOS ANGELES â€“ Michael Jacksonâ€™s official autopsy report indicated that the surgical anesthetic propofol
(drug)in combination with three other sedatives probably stopped the pop
starâ€™s breathing and killed him, said an anesthesiologist who reviewed
In a phone interview on Thursday, the doctor, Zeev Kain, the
chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of
California, Irvine, said he reviewed the autopsy report, which has not
been publicly released, on behalf of The Associated Press.
Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles
County District Attorneyâ€™s Office and the Los Angeles County coronerâ€™s
office said that they had not released the report and did not know
where the leaked information came from.
Dr. Kain said that Mr. Jacksonâ€™s arms were covered in multiple needle marks.
â€śThere was evidence of repeated injections,â€ť he said. Mr. Jacksonâ€™s
knees also had several puncture marks, signs that he had knee surgery
and received shots to reduce joint inflammation, Dr. Kain said.
Mr. Jackson also had reduced lung capacity due to chronic inflammation, Dr. Kain said.
â€śItâ€™s an unusual finding,â€ť Dr. Kain said. â€śIt looked like from the
pathology report that he had this condition for years, but itâ€™s very
hard to know what the reason was.â€ť
Mr. Jackson weighed 136 pounds, stood 5-foot-9 and was free of major
illnesses or serious organ damage. He suffered from arthritis of the
spine and fingers, lacked pigmentation on his chest, and was balding,
but otherwise was in relatively good health, Dr. Kain said.
Dr. Kain also said the autopsy report indicated the extent to which
Mr. Jackson had gone to stave off old age; there were cosmetic surgery
scars behind his ears and nostrils, as well scars on his neck, wrists,
arms and stomach. He said Mr. Jackson also had several tattoos: on his
scalp to hide his receding hairline, his eyebrows, and a pink tattoo
around his lips.
Mr. Jackson died on June 25 after his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray,
administered propofol and other drugs to help the pop singerâ€™s
insomnia. After putting Mr. Jackson under, Dr. Murray went to the
bathroom, according to his statements to investigators. By the time Dr.
Murray returned, Mr. Jackson had stopped breathing and was never
revived. His death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coronerâ€™s office.
The Los Angeles Police Department and the California Attorney
Generalâ€™s Office are investigating Dr. Murray and other doctors who
allegedly provided Mr. Jackson with illegal prescriptions for various
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