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ISSN: 2157-7145

Journal of Forensic Research
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The Michael Jackson Autopsy: Insights Provided by a Forensic Anesthesiologist

Richard J. Levy*

Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Children’s National Medical Center
111 Michigan Ave., NW
Washington, DC USA 20010
Tel: (202) 476-2025
Fax: (202) 476-4922
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 10, 2011; Accepted date: October 24, 2011; Published date: October 26, 2011

Citation: Levy RJ (2011) The Michael Jackson Autopsy:Insights Provided by a Forensic Anesthesiologist. J Forensic Res 2:138. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000138

Copyright: © 2011 Levy RJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Based on toxicology findings performed on samples taken at the time of autopsy, the cause of Michael Jackson’s death was determined to be acute propofol intoxication with a contributory benzodiazepine effect. The manner of death was determined by the coroner to be homicide. At the center of this case are several anesthetic medications. Insight into the toxicology, review the autopsy results, and summary of the findings are provided from a forensic anesthesiologist’s point of view.

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