Michael Jackson's untimely demise last June 25 sparked a series of controversies around the real cause of his death. Since no concrete findings were released then, people speculated on whether or not he did succumb to cardiac arrest. Autopsies, toxicology tests and investigations have all been made but without much progress as to what really made the King of Pop die so unexpectedly.
Speculations ended when the Los Angeles Country Coroner's office announced that they had reached a conclusion: Michael died as a result of being administered the drug Propofol by his personal physician Conrad Murray. According to www.drugs.com, Propofol is a drug that reduces anxiety and tension, and promotes relaxation and sleep. Loss of consciousness is common as it supplements certain types of general anesthetics.
Focus on Michael's death is now on Dr. Murray and law enforcement agancies have begun conducting a manslaughter investigation involving the doctor.
Murray's lawyer Edward Chernoff ridiculed this claim, arguing that whatever drugs the doctor gave to Michael were "appropriate" for the singer's complaints. Nonetheless, on July 28, members of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) searched the doctor's home in Las Vegas and his offices in Houston. According to the search warrant, this was done to look for records relating to the "purchase, transfer, receiving, ordering, delivery and storage of Propofol."
FINAL RESTING PLACE. This big controversy lay low in deference to the pop star's burial. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park last September 3.
In the days to come, however, finding the truth will be long and wearisome for Michael's family and for his countless fans and admirers worldwide. But everyone hopes that the questions will be answered and that the pop legend would find peace.
In a blog entry on Larry King's CNN site, Michael's brother Jermaine wrote: "Michael had a unique place in the world... I want to show [the world] how his true emphasis wasn't music, or performing; it was improving the world. Understand this, and you begin to understand the essence of who my brother was."
The whole feature story, and much more, can be found in this month's OK! magazine.