At least five doctors who prescribed drugs to Michael Jackson are under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Authorities have removed drugs and other medical evidence from the rented Los Angeles mansion where Jackson suffered cardiac arrest in his bedroom June 25.
Police found "numerous bottles" of the powerful sedative Diprivan at the home, said a source, who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation. The drug is supposed to be dispensed by a person trained to administer anesthesia and possible side effects include heart and breathing problems.
Authorities are trying to determine whether the medications were properly prescribed and whether they played any role in his death. The Times reports that names on some of the prescriptions were under Jackson pseudonyms. In some cases, according to the Times, the drugs had no prescription labels on them at all.
Dr. Conrad Murray, the Texas cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died, met with Los Angeles police June 27, but his spokesman insists he "is in no way a suspect and remains a witness to this tragedy."
It remains unknown whether prescription drugs played a role in Jackson's death. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is awaiting the results of toxicology testing before determining a cause of death. The results of a second autopsy haven't been released.
"I only know that I warned them there was the misuse of prescription medications by people who were enabling him; his handlers, folks who should never have been permitted to allow him to use those medications in the manner I observed," he told Us. "I had warned that the misuse of medications would result in this, and I am heartbroken that we are here."
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