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Was Michael Jackson’s Death a Crime? Investigators Search Home of Pop Star’s Personal Physician

Investigators are going through the Las Vegas office and residence of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician. The search is part of their probe into whether or not criminal charges will be filed in the death of the pop star.

The King of Pop, 50, died on June 25, 2009 from cardiac arrest. Jackson’s untimely death not only caught the world by surprise but also caused speculation about the cause of his death. Final autopsy results are expected this week.

The latest searches involving Murray are taking place after a source familiar with the investigation told CNN that the doctor gave Jackson the drug that they believe killed him. The source says that Murray allegedly administered propofol to the singer (also known as Diprivan) just 24 hours before his death.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Flanagan, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration, says the details of the search warrants have been sealed by a judge and cannot be revealed.

Last week, authorities in Texas went through Murray’s storage unit and medical office in Houston searching for evidence related to possible manslaughter. Investigators took Rolodex cards, certain medications, including clonazepam and phentermine, a computer, a couple of hard drives, and numerous documents.

Police have spoken with Murray two times since his death. The doctor’s attorneys, however, are refusing to comment about rumors and statements made by unnamed sources. They say that their client never administered or prescribed any medication to Jackson that would have caused his death.

Murray was the doctor with Jackson when he died. Jackson had hired him as his personal physician and was reportedly paying him $150,000/month.
Police search Jackson doctor’s home, office, CNN, July 28, 2009
Michael Jackson’s doctor becomes focus of manslaughter probe, LA Times, July 24, 2009
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Michael Jackson Dies, TMZ, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson Funeral

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