The official autopsy report released by the L.A. Coroner’s Office has given the world a deeper impression into Michael Jackson’s death. Fiercely private and always well sheltered in later years, everyone assumed the King of Pop was quirky, and ill. But just how ill shocked and surprised many fans the world over when he died, and it was revealed just how much medication Michael was consuming on a daily basis just to cope.
Michael died of “acute propofol intoxication”, as was assumed. The singer’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, is currently facing a trial for charges of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly administering the lethal injection of the heavy sedative. Dr. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
MTV.com also writes the singer was balding, hence wearing a wig in public, and that there was a bandage at the tip of his nose. The singer reportedly also had tattoos where his eyebrows are, and another where his lips are.
Michael was suffering from “chronic lung inflammation, respiratory bronchiolitis, diffuse congestion and patchy hemorrhage of right and left lungs” at the time of his death. MTV also writes that in addition to propofol, traces of other substances were also found in his blood, including lidocaine, diazepam, nordiazepam, lorazepam, midazolam and ephedrine.
According to MSNBC, Michael was also underweight at the time of his death, weighing only 136 pounds. The website also reports equipment was found at Michael’s house, including a closed bottle of urine and catheters, which may suggest incontinence. Equipment that should have been there, but was not, was monitoring equipment and resuscitation equipment, as well as precise dosing, which could prove detrimental to Dr. Murray’s case.
Other findings of the autopsy confirmed the 50-year-old star was in fact suffering from skin illness vitiligo, dispelling rumors that he claimed having the illness as a front for skin-bleaching cosmetic surgeries.
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