Michael Jackson Had Number of Drugs in His System, Jury Told
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Michael Jackson had a long list of prescription drugs in his system when he died in the days before his anticipated comeback tour, a toxicologist with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office testified Monday.
Dan Anderson, the first witness called in the second week of the lawsuit that Michael Jackson’s mother and three children filed against entertainment giant AEG, continued what has been an unvarnished look into the entertainer’s final days.
A Los Angeles Police Department detective already testified that when he saw Jackson spread on a bed in his rented Holmby Hills mansion, the pop singer resembled an end stage cancer patient who’d come home to die.
Testimony also recounted how Jackson’s family had tried to get him to quit drugs, including a failed intervention effort at this Neverland ranch.
On Monday, Anderson testified that tests of Jackson’s blood, urine and internal organs showed traces of the anesthetic propofol, the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and lorazepam, the short-term anesthetic midazolam and lidocaine, a numbing cream that paramedics sometimes use in resuscitation efforts.