Jackson death may have been 'homicide', says police chief MIchael Jackson is reported to have been taking a cocktail of drugs
James Bone in New York
The Los Angeles police chief has raised the prospect of a homicide charge over the death of Michael Jackson.
Homicide does not necessarily mean murder â€” it could mean a manslaughter charge against a doctor.
Jackson, 50, died last month in mysterious circumstances but is reported to have been taking a cocktail of drugs including the potent anaesthetic Diprivan, also known as propofol. Los Angeles police are investigating Jacksonâ€™s prescription drug history and have subpoenaed medical records from doctors who treated him, including psychiatric records.
â€œWe are still awaiting corroboration from the coronerâ€™s office as to cause of death. That is going to be very dependent on the toxicology reports that are due to come back,â€ William Bratton, the cityâ€™s police commissioner, told the broadcaster CNN. â€œAnd based on those, we will have an idea of what it is we are dealing with. Are we dealing with a homicide? Or are we dealing with accidental overdose?