By brendon August 28, 2009 @ 4:34 PM
Hey did you hear that Michael Jackson died? No for real. And today the Los Angeles County coroner officially ruled his death a homicide, saying a lethal dose of the sedative propofol directly caused his death. In part the statement said:
“Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine.”
The LA Times explains that “homicide refers to a death at the hand of another person,” but that does not mean the person responsible will be charged with homocide. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician and the one who administered the drugs that killed Jackson, is the primary target of a manslaughter investigation. Why him? Well there’s this…
(On the morning Jackson died) Murray administered the sedatives Valium, lorazepam and midazolam — five times over six hours. But none put Jackson to sleep and he continued to demand propofol.
Murray said he finally relented and at 10:40 a.m. added the drug to Jackson’s intravenous drip. That dose — mixed with the cocktail of other sedatives — was enough to kill him.
In the doctors defense, why do they make these names so confusing. Benza-whata-what? I’m not a Navajo Indian or from outer space, can I just have what it is and then a number? Please. Sedative 1, Sedative 2, and so on. 1 is a little. 10 is a lot. I could call poison control with a bottle of benzodiazepine in my hand, but when they ask what I took, I’m as good as dead. “Benz… Benzo-die-a, dee-a, is it dee-a, or die-a, benzodee-a… z? Is that another Z? What kind of word has two Z’s? This is a bunch of goddamn gibberish. It sounds like I’m casting a spell over here! What the hell did you people give me!”
By brendon August 07, 2009 @ 6:49 PM
The toxicology report for Billy Mays, who died on June 28th, has been released, and according to TMZ he had the following drugs in his system when he died:
Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycodone (painkiller), Alprazolam (Xanax), Nordiazepam (Valium), Temazepam (anti-anxiety), alcohol and Benzoylecgonine (a byproduct of cocaine).
As you remember, Billy Mayes was the infomercial guy who was always smiling and screaming and who absolutely could not believe how well this detergent got stains out. Red wine, grape juice, grass stains, even fucking ink were no match for it! Not even fuckin ink! You can pour ink right on this white shirt and grind it in with a muddy shoe, it don’t even matter! One wash later and that shit is like brand fuckin new! Where’s the stain?! Where did it go?! Right to stain fuckin heaven, that’s where, ’cause OxyClean just put a foot up its ass! THIS STUFF TELLS INK TO SUCK IT’S DICK! Stains better fuckin run when they see a box of motherfuckin OxyClean walk in the house!
Anyway, his wife has issued a statement saying how upset she is about this “speculative” report being released. And she’s right. I mean if they have any real evidence that he was on stimulants, I’d love to see it.
By brendon August 07, 2009 @ 2:55 AM
After much speculation, law enforcement officials say there is essentially no doubt that Michael Jackson was killed by Dr. Conrad Murray after he injected Jackson with a lethal cocktail of powerful sedatives. The AP says…
…the type of sedatives Dr. Murray gave Jackson were benzodiazepines, often used to calm patients before surgery. Murray told investigators the doses were within normal medical guidelines, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Even at acceptable levels, benzodiazepines can intensify how the anesthetic propofol depresses breathing, so strict monitoring and careful dosing is required. The balance can be tricky, a slip-up disastrous.
Murray denies giving Jackson multiple drugs, and unless law enforcement can prove he did or at least knowingly gave him drugs that would react in combination with other drugs already in Jacksons system, there may be no way to prosecute him for Jackson’s death.
If a twice-delayed final toxicology report reveals an array of drugs, the answer to the simple question “What killed Michael Jackson?” will become a complex medical and legal dispute, especially if authorities can’t prove Murray knew everything Jackson was taking. That would complicate any prosecution.
If the results show “a bunch of stuff together, unless one of them is sky high it’s going to be really tough to give the cause of death to one drug.”
Day 44 since he died by the way. Still no plans to bury him. Too much trouble I guess. The Jacksons will probably wait a few more weeks for things to cool down, then put a beard and mustache on him and throw him in front of someone’s car on the 405. It’s highway patrols problem now.