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Police treating Michael Jackson's death as homicide: Report

world Updated: Jul 16, 2009 00:30 IST

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The Los Angeles Police Department is treating Michael Jackson's death as a homicide and is focusing on doctor Conrad Murray, entertainment website TMZ.com reported today.

The pop icon's family has spoken of "unanswered questions" concerning Murray's role in the final hours of Jackson's life. Murray's lawyers insist he has been cleared of wrongdoing.

TMZ, citing "multiple" law enforcement sources, said "the evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary
cause of Jackson's death."

Law enforcement sources told TMZ there was already "plenty of powerful evidence" pointing to Murray, 51, as the
person who administered the drug, whose brand name is Diprivan, to the "King of Pop."

The evidence, TMZ said, includes items found in Jackson's rented mansion, including Propofol, an IV stand and
an oxygen tank.

The drug is used to induce unconsciousness in hospital patients ahead of major surgery and experts say it should only
be administered by a trained anesthesiologist.

The LAPD has already had "multiple conversations with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, even though
the case has not yet been formally presented to the district attorney, the celebrity website said.

The report came after the Los Angeles County Coroner's office subpoenaed the superstar's dermatologist Arnold Klein
on Tuesday, seeking "additional medical records" from the physician's Beverly Hills office.