Doctors Could Face Charges in Jackson's Death

Anyone who gave the pop star Diprivan was 'reckless, outrageous'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2009 11:40 AM CDT
Nutritionist Cherilyn Lee, who worked with Michael Jackson, speaks to the media in this file photo. Lee, a registered nurse, told the AP she repeatedly rejected his demands for Diprivan. But a frantic...   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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(Newser) – If all the reports and rumors swirling around Michael Jackson’s death are accurate, his doctors should be worried, Time reports. Police have indicated that they’re considering criminal charges, and the investigation reportedly centers on those doctors. TMZ has reported that Jackson may have been administered Diprivan, which is usually used to knock patients out before surgery.

Other reports say police found Diprivan in Jackson’s rented home. If those reports are true, “a lot of people will be in a lot of trouble,” said one anesthesiologist. “In one word, it’s outrageous.” If a doctor did administer the drug, and it did cause his death, he or she could well face involuntary manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide charges.