The Associated Press has gained access to what they say is a copy of the autopsy report on Michael. The official report has not been publicised.
In the report, it states that for a man of fifty, Michael was in fairly good health and was of an average weight for his height. There were some health problems, such as arthritis in his lower back, some fingers and mild plaque build-up in his leg arteries but nothing that caused his death. His kidneys and most other major arteries were normal. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque build-up. His most serious problem was his lungs which were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath. However, according to the document, the lung condition was not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death. He had some scarring on his body, legs, neck and face, some due to his surgery. He also had tattoos on the front of his head, his eyebrows and his lips. “His overall health was fine,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report. “The results are within normal limits.”
Aside from Propofol and sedatives the only substances found in his system was the local anesthetic, Lidocaine, sometimes used to numb injection sites and Ephedrine, a commonly used resuscitation stimulant. There weren’t any other drugs, legal or otherwise, detected nor was any alcohol.
Michael’s chest was bruised and some of his ribs were broken, but this was as a result of resuscitation attempts, as were the many puncture marks on his body.
The coroner’s office announced last month that Michael’s death was a homicide caused by “acute Propofol intoxication,” with other sedatives listed as a contributing factor. They added that the standard of care for administering Propofol was not met and the recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation, was missing.