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Report: Michael Jackson's Cause of Death Likely to Be Ruled Homicide

July 24, 2009 9:41 AM ET

Following the raid on the Houston office of Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, court documents revealed that prescription medication, Rolodex cards, computer hard drives and more were removed as investigators continue to search for "evidence of the offense of manslaughter," CNN reports. Also among the removed items were a suspension notice from the IRS and a list of medical documents. Among the drugs seized were tablets of the appetite suppressant Phentermine and the anti-anxiety medication clonazepam, or Klonopin as it's widely called.

The raid gave further evidence that when Jackson's autopsy results are finally released — which is expected to be next week — the cause of death will "almost certainly" be homicide, TMZ reports.

Dr. Murray has been the central figure in the LAPD's investigation into Jackson's death, as he allegedly administered the powerful sedative Propofol to Jackson in the moments before the star succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest. As Rock Daily reported, the LAPD has treated Jackson's death as a homicide — as opposed to an accidental overdose — for weeks after the coroner in the case ruled out other causes of death like suicide, accidental overdose and natural death.

Complicating the investigation, however, was Jackson's reliance on using aliases to reportedly acquire prescription drugs. As reported by Rolling Stone in our look at Michael Jackson's final days, Jackson used many aliases, most notably "Omar," when moving from doctor to doctor in search of drugs. For instance, as TMZ writes, "Omar Arnold" is used on some files confiscated from Dr. Arnold Klein's office — Klein was Jackson's dermatologist and the rumored biological father of Jackson's eldest children — however the contents within the files show Jackson's name, not "Omar Arnold." Thus, the aliases are proving it difficult for investigators to determine what drugs and doctors Jackson was involved with.

Related Stories:
Michael Jackson's Last Days: The Comeback That Never Was
Michael Jackson Doctor's Houston Offices Raided By Law Officials
Investigators Reportedly Treating Jackson Death As a Homicide

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