Published Aug 24, 2009Michael Jackson's death has been ruled a homicide, according to various media reports.
A law enforcement official allegedly told the Associated Press that the Los Angeles County coroner had finally made his ruling in the pop star's death, confirming what has long been suspected: Jackson was given a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic.
The ruling makes it more likely that criminal charges will be filed against Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray, who was with the star when he died on June 25.
The unnamed official told AP that the coroner in charge of Jackson's death had determined that a fatal combination of drugs was given to the star hours before he died in his L.A. mansion. The findings have not yet been publicly released, though forensic tests allegedly found propofol, a dangerous anesthetic, in Jackson's system along with two sedatives, the official said.
Murray is currently the target of a manslaughter probe in Los Angeles, but he has not yet been charged with any crime.