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Michael Jackson Found Dead in Bel-Air Home
June 25, 2009 - Michael Jackson was found in a deep coma at his Bel-Air mansion. Paramedics performed CPR and brought Jackson to UCLA Medical Center. When officials arrived on the scene Jackson was in full cardiac arrest. At this time the cause of Jackson's death is unclear but police stress that there was no criminal wrongdoing. Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center. He was 50 years old.
Federal Investigation of Michael Jackson's Doctor Underway
June 27, 2009 – Federal agents searched the Las Vegas home and medical office of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, searching for documentation as part of a manslaughter investigation into the death of the late pop icon. Numerous Drug Enforcement Agents scrubbed Dr. Murray's home while another search was conducted in the Dr.'s medical offices in Las Vegas, Global Cardiovascular Associates. "We are looking for documents" related to the death of Michael Jackson, said Michael Flanagan, agent in charge of the DEA office in Las Vegas. Numerous federal agents and local law enforcement officials have served search warrants at the doctor's house and office.
Jackson's Cardiologist Speak To Feds Regarding Michaels Last Moments
June 28, 2009 - Michael Jackson's cardiologist, Dr. Conrad Murray, sat down with federal investigators to clarify inconsistencies and loop holes surrounding the pop stars death. Dr. Murray was hired to accompany Jackson on his scheduled summer concert tour and performed CPR on Jackson until paramedics arrived. The Jackson family is upset at the lack of information surrounding the direct cause of Michael's death as it still remains inconclusive.
The Powerful Impact Of Propofol
July 2, 2009 – This video, made available by CNN, delves into the risks of using propofol outside a medical setting. Also, how Michael Jackson's use of the drug was much more destructive rather than constructive in terms of using it as a sleep aide.
Diprivan Found At Jackson's Home
July 4, 2009 – The powerful anesthetic, Diprivan, upon investigation was found in Jackson's home. Also known as Propofol, the drug is commonly used in operating rooms to put the patient into a state of unconsciousness. Diprivan is meant to be administered by an anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist in a medical setting and is given intravenously. It is unusual that it is given in a private home setting. The cause of the pop stars death at this time is inconclusive. Results from the autopsy are not expected for several weeks. Jackson has reportedly suffered from insomnia in the past. Leading up to his last moments, Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse who was working with Jackson at the time, said Michael begged for Diprivan amidst all the pressure of prepping for his comeback tour. Cherilyn denied Jackson the drug because it was unsafe. Diprivan, which has a white milky appearance, is sometimes referred to as the "milk of amnesia." During the fall of 2008 doctors from the Mayo Clinic warned that in rare cases, Diprivan can trigger an irreversible chain of events leading to heart complications and even resulting in death. Authorities are also investigating the use of painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants by Jackson. Criminal charges would be handed out depending on if Jackson had been over prescribed medications, given drugs inappropriate for his condition or if doctors knowingly prescribed Michael medications under an alternate name.
Elements Of Michael Jackson Case Explained by Dr. Friedberg
July 15, 2009 – In this video Dr. Barry Friedberg gives a quick synopsis of his impressions on some hard facts surround the Michael Jackson tragedy. (The sound is a bit low, please turn your speakers up)
Michael Jackson's Personal Doctor Administered Drug Before Death
July 28, 2009 – Authorities are continuing the Michael Jackson death investigation under the speculation that a dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, administered by his own personal physician, may have killed him. The source, who spoke in anonymity stated Jackson relied on the propofol on a regular basis. A doctor administered it to Jackson when he went to sleep and then stopped the IV drip when the singer wanted to wake up. The day Jackson died, June 25th, Dr. Conrad Murray administered the drug to Jackson through an IV sometime after midnight. Murray's lawyer stated that the doctor didn't give Jackson anything to result in the death of the pop star. Jackson is believed to have been using the anesthetic for about two years and investigators are in the process of determining how many other doctors administered it to him. Using propofol to sleep lies outside of the drugs intended purpose. Propofol can depress breathing and lower heart rates and blood pressure into dangerous levels. Due to the risks propofol imposes on patients, propofol is only to be administered in medical settings by trained medical professionals such as an anesthesiologist (MD) or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Investigation Into Jackson's Personal Doctor Continue
July 28, 2009 - Last week Texas authorities searched Murray's medical office and storage unit searching for any and all evidence of the offense of manslaughter. The items confiscated from his office include a computer; 27 tablets of phentermine, a prescription-strength appetite suppressant; 1 tablet of clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication; and several Rolodex cards. From the storage unit, authorities removed two hard drives from a computer; several "important contact lists"; a suspension notice from Houston's Doctor Hospital; notices from the IRS; and a list of medical and hospital documents. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is still investigating the cause of the pop star's death on June 25. A final autopsy report is expected to be available this week.
Proper Administration of Propofol
July 29, 2009 - This video, made available by CNN, gives a quick overview of how to safely administer propofol to a patient undergoing surgery in a hospital setting.
Dr. Murray's Big Paid Day
July 31, 2009 – As time passes, more and more of Dr. Conrad Murray's dark past is being revealed. Before becoming Michael Jackson's personal physician, the cardiologist owed up to $780,000 for suits against his business, over due mortgage payments, missed student loans and the list goes on. When authorities searched Murray's home last week as their ongoing investigation into the manslaughter case revolving around the death of Michael Jackson, they obtained court records citing Murray's past troubles. Murray needed a big pay off to help his financial woes and it was to come in the name of Michael Jackson.
What We Know So Far About Dr. Murray
August 3, 2009 – As the investigation continues into the cause of death of former pop icon Michael Jackson, here is what is known so far of Dr. Conrad Murray.
Patients Worries Continue To Spread With Propofol Use
August 10, 2009 – With all the coverage circling around the Michael Jackson case patients are in a bind in regards to the safety of propofol. Many people are focusing in on the abuse, cause and effect, portion of the case. There are many factors that contributed to Jackson's death in regards to propofol. There was use outside of a hospital setting, the use of a drug outside of its intended purpose, over use/ reliance on a narcotic. Dr. Clifford Gevirtz, a medical director for Somnia Anesthesia said he's had patients express their concern when they were told they will be given the very drug used by Jackson. "I use the moment as a teaching point. As anesthesiologists, we know how to administer the drug safely and monitor the patient closely. This has reassured the patients and we haven't had anyone cancel a case… so far."
Focus On Dr. Conrad Murray Intensifies
August 11, 2009 – The investigation into the Michael Jackson case ensues as investigators focus on the former pop star's personal physician. Dr. Conrad Murray now is the central figure in the case. Local police and FDA agents searched a Las Vegas pharmacy discovering evidence showing Murray legally purchased an anesthetic from the pharmacy. Murray told investigators that he administered the propofol and multiple sedatives to Jackson in his rented mansion in the last moments before he died.