The Los Angeles coroner’s office has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, the Associated Press reports. The pop star had “lethal levels” of the surgical anesthetic propofol in his system, along with two other narcotics, when he died on June 25, an unnamed source told the AP. Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was present at the time of the singer’s death, told officials he administered 25 to 50 mg of propofol to Jackson nightly, possibly for as long as six weeks, as treatment for insomnia. Search warrants executed at the home Jackson rented turned up large quantities of propofol, as well as several other sedatives. The coroner’s findings could lead to charges against the doctor in Jackson’s death.
Jackson’s relatives issued a statement in response to the coroner’s homicide finding: “The Jackson family has full confidence in the legal process, and commends the ongoing efforts of the L.A. County Coroner, the L.A. District Attorney and the L.A. Police Department. The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served.”