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Aide administered fatal drug to Jackson, reports claim

By | Published on Monday 3 August 2009

One of Michael Jackson’s assistants gave the singer the dose of drugs that caused his death, a report in The Sun claimed this weekend.

A source told the tabloid that although Dr Conrad Murray had given the singer propofol in order to help him sleep, Jackson had later woken and asked for a dose of Demerol. At this point Murray had been asleep, so one of Jackson’s employees had injected him with the powerful narcotic. Which is never overly wise.

The source claims: “Murray would set up a system to give Michael a steady intravenous release of Diprivan [the brand name of propofol] through the night. But this time Michael woke up before Murray did and asked one of his aides for some Demerol. The aide gave it to him, but it was too soon after receiving the anaesthetic. That’s what killed him”.

As previously reported, Dr Conrad is currently at the centre of police investigations into Michael Jackson’s death, with many convinced that it was the injection of propofol twelve hours prior to the singer’s death that had caused the cardiac arrest that killed him. However, if this latest claim is correct, it may absolve the doctor of directly causing his death. However, questions will surely remain over the drugs he was giving to the singer, and why the presumably non-medically trained PA would have such easy access to Jacko’s high strength prescription drugs.

Indeed, professor of anaesthesia Dr Barry L. Friedberg told People that he was shocked at the idea that anyone would be provided with a continuous propofol drip throughout the night without “a brain monitor and someone there who knew what they were doing”, adding that doing so was “just begging for something bad to happen”.