One day after Dr. Conrad Murray was arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges for his role in the death of Michael Jackson, the singer's full autopsy report was unveiled yesterday, painting a disturbing picture of the singer's health in his final days and revealing the evidence prosecutors will likely cite when Murray goes to trial. The full report is up at the Smoking Gun, with the coroner's explanation regarding why Jackson's death was ruled a homicide and how Murray wrongfully administered the sedative propofol to his patient.
On the document's eleventh page, the coroner rules that Jackson's death was a homicide, explaining that propofol and benzodiazepines were administered outside of a hospital setting and for no apparent medical reason, that the doctor who administered the propofol — Murray — didn't use the proper equipment for precision dosage, patient monitoring and resuscitation and that Jackson didn't self-administer the drugs.
The coroner writes that Jackson had at least 10 noticeable scars on his body at the time of his death, as well as tattoos on his forehead, eyebrows and lips and a bandage on the tip of his nose. It was also revealed that Jackson wore a wig on a scalp that was "partly covered" by black hair but showed signs of frontal balding. The coroner also writes that Jackson's skin showed signs of Vitiligo, the pigment disorder Jackson said explained the whiter appearance of his skin. Other than the damage sustained while Murray attempted to resuscitate Jackson, there was no other signs of internal damage to Jackson's organs, though he was suffering from lung inflamation. Jackson was 5'9" tall and 136 pounds, deemed "extremely underweight," at the time of his death.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and is currently out on $75,000 bail. His next hearing will be in April.
• Dr. Conrad Murray Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Michael Jackson's Death
• Joe Jackson Hints at Michael Jackson Murder Conspiracy, Calls Murray "Fall Guy"
• Michael Jackson's Death Officially Ruled Homicide
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