Jackson's Death a Homicide: Coroner

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 3:51 PM CDT
This photo provided by the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, NY, shows Andy Warhol's painting "Michael Jackson 1984."   (AP Photo/Vered Gallery, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson's death will be officially ruled a homicide by the LA County coroner's office, sources tell the AP. Jackson's body contained "lethal levels" of a powerful prescription anesthetic, the office determined during his autopsy, according to an affidacit unsealed today. Dr. Conrad Murray administered the drug, propofol, but apparently was not in legal possession of the medication, the Los Angeles Times reports.