A statement released today by the LA County coroner is a bit of a surprise to no one: the manner of death is homicide and the cause of death is acute propofol intoxication complicated by benzodiazepines.
The complete toxicology results are not yet released. So you Jackson fans who want to leave comments saying “Ha, he wasn’t an addict—no narcotics in his system!” had better hold off until all information is available to the public. Nor do we know the true levels of propofol and the benzodiazepine cocktail found in Jackson’s bloodstream at the time of his death. Dr. Conrad Murray’s account of how much of each drug he dosed may not be truthful.
The death was ruled a homicide because it happened at the hands of another person. However, it does not guarantee prosecution.
According to the LA Times, Jackson’s history of drug abuse and health issues may make it difficult to prosecute anyone for his death.