Michael Jackson Death: Propofol Prescribed by Dr. Conrad Murray
Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, is said to have prescribed propofol to Jackson before he died.
Although an official toxicology report has not yet been released, many believe that it was the anesthetic drug propofol that killed Michael Jackson.
Propofol is a short-acting but powerful sedative often used for "the induction of general anesthesia" as well as for "medical sedation".
Propofol is considered hazardous for long-term use and the drug has not been scheduled by the US DEA office.
Some reports indicate that at least 3 people have died from self-administration of the drug.
Jackson regularly received the anesthetic propofol (PROH'-puh-fahl) to go to sleep. The official, who requested anonymity because the probe is ongoing, told The Associated Press on Monday that Dr. Conrad Murray gave Jackson the drug the last night of his life.
Murray was with Jackson when he died June 25 and has been identified in court papers as the subject of a manslaughter investigation.
On July 22nd, federal officials seized Michael Jackson's medical records from Dr. Conrad Murray's office.
Dr. Murray and his lawyer have stated that Jackson was not prescribed anything that could have killed him.
Meanwhile, thousands of the pop singer's fans have begun a petition to nominate Michael Jackson for a 2010 Nobel Peace Prize