Michael Jackson drugged 'as if for major surgery': Coroner
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Michael Jackson had levels of drugs in his body consistent with someone undergoing major surgery on the day he died in 2009, a coroner's expert said on Monday.
The 50-year-old died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, given by his doctor Conrad Murray to help the singer with chronic insomnia during rehearsals for a doomed series of concerts in London.
Mr Daniel Anderson, a Los Angeles County coroner's office criminalist, testified that Jackson had lidocaine, diazepam, nordiazepam, lorazepam, midazolam in his system.
But the propofol was of most concern, he said. "It raises a red flag in my eyes," he told the Los Angeles Superior Court, adding: It's very problematic to find it outside the hospital setting."