LAPD Treating Jacko Case as Homicide
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, Michael Jackson poses on the red carpet during the RainbowPUSH Coalition awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Though it’s not yet official, the Los Angeles Police Department is treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide, law enforcement sources tell TMZ. The anesthetic Propofol looks to be the primary cause of death, and police are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray as the person who likely administered the drug. More:

  • The Jackson family confronted the singer about his prescription drug addiction, brother Tito tells the Mirror. “We went into one of his private rooms and had a discussion with him. Some of us were crying,” he says, but Michael denied using.

  • Michael had to lighten his skin because a disease, vitiligo, made it blotchy, Tito Jackson adds: “He had no choice in the matter, otherwise he would have looked like a spotted animal or a cow with spots all over him.”
  • Debbie Rowe has denied seeking any more money in exchange for giving up custody of Jackson’s children—so what does she want? Sources tell TMZ she’s looking for reassurance that the Jackson family will continue to honor the deal Michael made to pay her a large sum over a period of years.