LOS ANGELES — Nearly eight months after Michael Jackson died suddenly, his personal physician was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter for providing him with a powerful anesthetic that was ruled a major factor in his death.Skip to next paragraphThomas Nguyen/European Pressphoto AgencyDr. Conrad MurrayRelatedPress Release: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office pdfEnlarge This ImageJason Redmond/Associated PressMichael Jackson fans gathered outside the courthouse where Conrad Murray was expected to appear.Readers’ Comments Share your thoughts. Post a Comment »The filing of the charges capped an investigation that revealed Mr. Jackson’s heavy reliance on narcotics, including propofol, an anesthetic normally used in surgery but administered to Mr. Jackson, 50, as a sleep aid.The doctor, Conrad Murray, a cardiologist with offices in Houston and Las Vegas, had acknowledged giving Mr. Jackson the drug shortly before the singer was found unconscious on June 25 in a rented mansion here, according to police affidavits. The coroner determined that Mr. Jackson had died from “acute propofol intoxication,” combined with other sedatives.Dr. Murray, 56, who arrived in Los Angeles last week trailed by paparazzi, has maintained through his lawyer that nothing he gave Mr. Jackson should have caused his death.
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