“This is it…. this is the final curtain call.” -Michael Jackson

Two years after the death of the King of Pop, Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is on trial for involuntary manslaughter.

The prosecution for the trial is claiming that Dr. Murray was negligent in his care for Jackson. The night Jackson died, a large dose of propofol was administered to allegedly help him sleep.

Jackson had been rehearsing for his comeback tour This Is It.

Sherry O’Keefe, author of Morgan Reynolds’s Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson, wrote, “A known insomniac for years, Michael’s inability to relax and sleep grew worse during the grueling rehearsal schedule.”

Dr. Murray told police two days after Jackson’s death that he had given him 25 mg of propofol to help him sleep.

O’Keefe wrote, “Propofol is not used as a sleeping aid. It is an anesthetic  that is used to induce a coma in hospital patients, and therefore requires constant monitoring after is has been administered.”

According to CNN, “The coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was the result of ‘acute propofol intoxication’ in combination with sedatives.”

According to the Guardian (UK), the defense rebutted that, “Jackson swallowed eight bottles of a drug called lorazepam, enough to knock out six adults. Chernoff also asserted that Jackson gave himself a dose of propofol on top of that, while Murray was out of the room.”

The fact that Murray left the room at all is enough to question his behavior, but now, according to  Fox News, it has come to the attention of the prosecution that forensics found only one fingerprint on the bottle of anesthetic on Jackson’s night stand: Murray’s.

CNN reports, “If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.”

The trial continues, but in the meantime, if you would like to know more about MJ’s life, check out Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson by Sherry O’Keefe. (ISBN 9781599351346)

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

Published in: on October 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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