According to a search warrant affidavit unsealed today in Houston, Michael Jackson died of “lethal levels” of the anesthetic Propofol. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, told police that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks, giving Jackson 50 milligrams of Propofol every night through an IV.
Murray said he feared Jackson was becoming addicted and began weaning him off the drugs by lowering the dosage to 25 milligrams and mixing it with two other sedatives, Lorazepam and Midazolam.
Read on for the timeline of the day Michael Jackson died.
According to the affidavit, on the morning Jackson died, Murray tried to induce sleep without using Propofol. He said he gave Jackson Valium at 1:30 a.m. When that didn’t work, he injected Lorazepam at 2 a.m. Because Jackson was still awake, at 3 a.m., Murray administered Midazolam.
Over the next four hours, Murray said he gave Jackson various drugs.
Then, according to court records, at 10:40 a.m., Murray administered 25 milligrams of Propofol after Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug. After monitoring him for 10 minutes, Murray said he left to use the restroom. When he returned and saw Jackson wasn’t breathing at 11 a.m., he began attempting CPR as well as a drug to reverse the effects of the sedative. However, cellphone records show Murray made three phone calls for approximately 47 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m. He called to have security sent upstairs and then ran downstairs to the kitchen to ask the chef to send Jackson’s oldest son, Prince, upstairs, according to court documents. Murray said he continued CPR and waited for the paramedics.
The 911 call (made by one of Jackson’s staff members) came in at 12:21 p.m. The 50-year-old pop superstar was rushed to UCLA Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. According to the warrant, Murray refused to sign the death certificate.