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Coroner Finds Jackson Healthy Before Death

Singer was thin but was free of major illnesses or serous organ damage.

 

Despite all the reports of ill health in his last few years, Michael Jackson’s official autopsy report showed that the one-time King of Pop was thin but healthy at the time of his death.

 

Not as surprising is that a dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol is what killed him.

 

Though the Los Angeles County coroner’s report was not officially released, the Associated Press obtained a copy on Thursday.  It showed that Jackson, at 5-foot-9 and 136 pounds, was free of major illnesses or serous organ damage. He had needle marks on both arms, cosmetic-surgery scars on his face, a pink tattoo around his lips, a lack of pigmentation on his chest and arthritis in his spine and fingers.

 

The autopsy did find that Jackson suffered from a condition that made his lungs “chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath,” but that was not responsible for his death.

 

His ribs were cracked and his chest bruised from attempts to resuscitate him at the time of his death on June 25.

 

On Aug. 28, the coroner ruled that death was a homicide involving a combination of prescription medication.  "The drugs propofol and lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson's death," said a news release issued by the coroner. "Other drugs detected were: midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine."

 

There was no announcement of when the report would officially be released.