Michael Jackson Death Probe Zeroes in on Medications Found at His Home

July 1, 2009
By Andrew Blankstein, Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times

Authorities investigating the circumstances of Michael Jackson’s death are relying in part on several bags of evidence they have removed over the last week from the pop star’s Holmby Hills mansion, including prescription drugs that one source said were not in Jackson’s name.

It will be several weeks before the Los Angeles County coroner’s office determines whether prescription medications played any part in the singer’s death.

But experts said prescriptions in multiple names would raise concern.

Abuse of prescription drugs has long been a problem for celebrities who often gain improper access to medications through willing doctors.

After producer Don Simpson died of heart failure caused by a massive overdose of cocaine and prescription medications in 1996, police discovered more than 2,200 pills stored in alphabetical order in a bedroom closet. More…