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Report: Michael Jackson's Doctor Also Administered Sedative To Singer

Aug. 7 2009, Published 3:49 p.m. ET

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Michael Jackson's embattled doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, had administered a powerful sedative (benzodiazepine) in tandem with the propofol the late King of Pop was using to sleep, an anonymous law enforcement official told the AP Friday.

The doses Murray was giving to the Thriller singer were normal amounts, but interaction of benzodiazepine (traditionally used to calm patients going into surgery) and propofol might have led to severely depressed breathing, experts said.

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Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, wrote in a statement Thursday the claims made by the official are "ridiculous."

Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles; results of an autopsy conducted on the pop icon have yet to be released.

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