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Jackson death certificate shows homicide ruling

Investigators have said a mix of the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative killed the pop singer.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Michael Jackson’s death certificate has been amended to reflect his cause of death as a homicide, specifying “injection by another” as the fatal injury.

The designation was not a surprise — coroner’s officials said last week that they believed Jackson’s death on June 25 was a homicide.

Investigators have said a mix of the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative killed the pop singer. The new record lists “acute propofol intoxication” as the main cause of death and “benzodiazepine effect” as another significant contributor.

The public copy of Jackson’s death certificate has not been changed to reflect his permanent resting place. Jackson is scheduled to be interred on Thursday evening at Forest Lawn Glendale.

The document does not mention Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Jackson’s personal physician. He told detectives that he gave the singer a series of sedatives and propofol to try to help him sleep.

The coroner’s determination of homicide makes it easier for prosecutors to seek criminal charges, but does not necessarily mean a crime was committed. Authorities investigating the singer’s death have served search warrants in at least three states, California, Nevada and Texas.

No criminal charges have been filed over Jackson’s death.