Search of Michael Jackson's Home Revealed Skin-Whitening Creams

March 29, 2010 9:02 AM ET

Unsealed documents from the search warrant for Michael Jackson's home in the days after his death reveal that investigators found 11 vials of the powerful sedative propofol and nearly 30 tubes of skin-whitening creams like hydroquinone and Benoquin, the AP reports. Various other sedatives and medical equipment were recovered in the search and some of the vials of propofol were reportedly empty, the warrants showed. Jackson's June 25th, 2009 death has since been ruled a homicide as a result of "acute propofol intoxication."

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As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has been accused by a Jackson bodyguard of halting resuscitation efforts on the singer in order to gather the medical evidence and hide it in a bag. Investigators reportedly found the propofol two days later in a closet during a search of Jackson's home. The bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, has been fired by the Jackson Family Friday, according to TMZ.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntarily manslaughter. He will next face the court in a hearing on April 5th, at which time the California Attorney General and medical board will argue to have his medical license revoked.

The skin-whitening creams were likely used to treat vitiligo, a disease that causes patches of skin to lose pigmentation. According to the AP, after Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center, Murray asked Jackson's assistant Michael Amir Williams to return to the singer's Los Angeles home to retrieve the creams "so that the world wouldn't find out about it." The coroner at Jackson's autopsy noted that the singer's skin showed signs of vitiligo, but neither the condition nor the treatments contributed to his death.

Related Stories:
California Offical Wants to Revoke Jackson Doctor's Medical License
Witness Claims Murray Halted CPR on Michael Jackson to Hide Vials
Michael Jackson's Autopsy Report: New Details on Star's Last Days

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