Federal drug agents raided the Houston offices of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician and the last man to see the singer alive, after preliminary results of Jackson’s autopsy suggested cause of death was likely connected to the drug Propofol, ABC News reports. Over two dozen officials, ranging from DEA agents to Los Angeles investigators to Houston police officers, were involved in the raid of Murray’s office after officials obtained a search warrant today, with officials reportedly seeking medical documents relating to Jackson. According to CNN, the search warrant said police were looking for “evidence of the offense of manslaughter.”
Numerous reports suggest that Jackson likely died after being administered the powerful sedative Propofol, or Diprivan, an anesthetic that’s only supposed to be used in hospitals. As Rock Daily reported, Jackson’s nurse/nutritionist said Jackson desperately sought Diprivan in the weeks before his death. An overdose of the sedative could cause someone to stop breathing, which leads to a buildup of carbon dioxide buildup in the body that could result in sudden cardiac arrest, which is what ultimately caused Michael Jackson’s death.
Following the raid, Murray’s attorney Ed Chernoff said, “The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal. Based on Dr. Murray’s minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson’s last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges.” A police official previously said investigators on the case were still determining whether Jackson’s death could be ruled an accidental overdose or a homicide, Rock Daily reported.
Murray had been interviewed twice by police following Jackson’s death, and his attorney said, “There was no Demerol. No OxyContin” when discussing his client’s conversation with police. Still, Murray’s lawyers have refused to answer questions regarding Propofol.
The story behind Jackson’s final days — his unrealized This Is It concerts and unfinished last recordings — is the subject of the cover story in our new issue, on newsstands today.
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