Autopsy Shows Jacko Was Healthy: Report

An autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press shows Michael Jackson‘s arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips.

But overall he was a fairly healthy 50-year-old, according to the report.

Jackson’s 136 pounds were in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. And his heart was strong.

There were some health issues, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.

“His overall health was fine,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine, who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report for the AP. “The results are within normal limits.”

Kain was not involved in the autopsy. The full autopsy report has not been released publicly, but the AP obtained a copy.

But the report said none of those health issues were life-threatening and that the pop star died from the potent anesthetic his personal physician gave him to sleep.

In August, the LA County coroner cited “acute propofol intoxication” as the official cause of Michael Jackson’s death.

“The drugs propofol and lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death,” according to a news release issued Friday morning from the coroner’s office. “Other drugs detected were: Midazolam, Diazepam, Lidocaine and Ephedrine.”

Jackson died June 25 after becoming unconscious at his Holmby Hillsmansion.

The LAPD is investigating Jackson’s death as a homicide, but no charges have been filed. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, told police he gave Jackson propofol the morning of June 25 after a series of sedatives failed to help Jackson sleep.

Murray is the target of what Los Angeles police term a manslaughter investigation. The decision on criminal charges will
come from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Murray has been interviewed twice by police.

The autopsy findings cut off a potential defense for Murray — that Jackson hid serious pre-existing conditions that increased the risk of death from the drugs he willingly took. Even if he did hide a condition such as his weakened lungs, a prosecutor could argue Murray should have detected the condition before administering drugs, said Michael Brennan, a clinical law professor at the University of Southern California who specializes in criminal defense.


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