Michael Jackson’s death was officially ruled a homicide by the L.A. County Coroner, according to TMZ.com.
The cause of death was said to be acute Propofol intoxication. While Propofol and Lorazepam (Ativan) were said to be the cause of Jackson’s death, a host of other drugs were found in Jackson’s system including Midazolam (Versed), Diazepam (Valium), Lidocaine (topical anesthetic) and Ephedrine (used to treat hypotension associated with anesthesia), as listed on TMZ.
Although Jackson’s death has been ruled a homicide at the hands of his doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, it does not necessarily mean criminal charges. Murray is the target of a manslaughter investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times, but Jackson’s history of drug dependency will factor largely into any criminal trial.
Aside from the rumours of who’s to blame for his death, the world has been exposed to a host of whispers about the real paternity of Jackson’s kids.
Most ridiculously, The Sun UK reported Macaulay Culkin (yes, the star of Home Alone and long-time boyfriend of Mila Kunis) donated sperm allowing Jackson to create his youngest son, Prince Michael II (a.k.a Blanket). Culkin is the godfather of Jackson’s two sons, but has not issued a public statement about the claims of parenthood.
Jackson’s brother Marlon released a statement that while Jackson did not conceive his children naturally, “they were Michael’s kids, regardless of where they came from,” according to The Sun UK.
Despite the outlandish rumours, Jackson’s true fans are still pouring out in droves to show their support.
Spike Lee (acclaimed director, including the 1996 music video for Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us”) hosted a birthday party in NYC’s Prospect Park where thousands of fans gathered to dance to his hits spun by DJ Spinna, and a number of speeches by Lee, Rev Al Sharpton and Tracy Morgan. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz attended and declared Aug. 29 Michael “King of Pop” Jackson Memorial Day in Brooklyn.