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Jackson's doctor administered drugs?

July 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An official close to the case of Michael Jackson's death says Jackson's personal doctor administered the powerful drug authorities believe killed him.Doctor Conrad Murray was with Jackson in his rented Holmby Hills home when he died June 25. Murray has since been identified in court papers as part of a manslaughter investigation.

The official, who requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing, told the Associated Press that Dr. Conrad Murray gave Jackson the drug the last night of his life. The official is reported to be with law enforcement.

Associates of Jackson say the star regularly received the anesthetic Propofol, also known as Diprivan, to go to sleep.

"I've never, ever seen him take anything. But I've seen the aftermath. And the aftermath, sometimes, was devastating," said Uri Geller, Jackson's author. "I couldn't wake Michael up one day. I said, 'Michael, what have you done? What have you taken? Michael, open your eyes. Are you OK?'"

There are preliminary indications that the drug is what caused Jackson's death. Investigators seized vials of the Propofol from Jackson's mansion. The drug can be fatal if the patient is not monitored hospital equipment. Investigators also found pain killers, anti-depressants, which could have been a lethal cocktail if combined with Diprivan.

"I would say people die much quicker from this agent, than they would from other agents," said Dr. Omar Manejwala, William Farley Addiction Center. "Many of the patients who have Diprivan addiction have told me, 'I wasn't trying to get high. I was trying to disappear. I was trying to not exist.'"

Murray's lawyer has said the doctor didn't prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Jackson.

On Monday Dr. Ed Chernoff, the attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, issued the following statement: "We will not be responding to any rumor, innuendo or unnamed source. We still do not know who this person is."

Murray left his private practice to work exclusively for Michael Jackson last May. Murray was reportedly receiving $150,000 per month for his exclusive services.

Eyewitness News Reporters Miriam Hernandez and Robert Holguin contributed to this report.

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