Like his close friend, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson was not a stranger to the ER. The "King of Pop" was burned on his face and head while filming a Pepsi commercial, suffered from back and lung problems, and was rushed by ambulance the UCLA Medical Center emergency room a final time on June 25, 2009 after being found unresponsive in his bed.
While resuscitation efforts continued for nearly 90 minutes, the emergency room doctor would later testify in court that Jackson was dead on arrival. A coroner ruled his death a homicide due to "acute propofol intoxication," although several other drugs were found in Jackson's system, including the sedatives midazolam and diazepam, the painkiller lidocaine and the stimulant ephedrine. Propofol was the drug Jackson reportedly liked to have administered to him by his private physician Dr. Conrad Murray before going to bed. Murray was later charged with involuntary manslaughter [source: Blake].
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