LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2011 - Here is a timeline of the final days and hours of pop icon Michael Jackson, although the chronology is likely to be challenged during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
It is drawn from an affidavit filed in July 2009 backing a request for a warrant to search the Houston premises of Murray, Jackson’s doctor, who goes on trial Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter.
Murray’s lawyer has questioned the accuracy of the information in the affidavit, which relates to events at Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills estate where he was staying while rehearsing for a series of London comeback shows.
Two days after Jackson’s death, Murray told police he had been treating the singer for the last six weeks, giving him 50 milligrams of propofol (also known as Diprivan), diluted with lidocaine every night via intravenous drip.
- June 22: feeling that Jackson was becoming addicted to propofol, Murray gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug, combined with lorazepam and midazolam. Jackson was able to sleep.
- June 23: Murray gave Jackson only lorazepam and midazolam, without propofol. The singer was able to sleep.
- June 25, 1:30 am: gave Jackson a 10-milligram tablet of Valium (diazepam), but Jackson could not sleep.
- 2:00 am: injected Jackson with 2 milligrams of lorazepam via IV, but still the singer could not sleep.
- 3:00 am: gave 2 milligrams of midazolam via IV. Jackson still could not sleep.
- 5:00 am: another 2 milligrams of lorazepam via IV. The star was still awake.
- 7:30 am: another 2 milligrams of midazolam via IV.
- Murray said he was constantly at Jackson’s bedside, and was monitoring his pulse and oxygen levels via a pulse oximeter attached to his finger.
- 10:40 am: with Jackson still unable to sleep, Murray finally administered 25 mg of propofol diluted with lidocaine, after repeated requests from the singer.
- Jackson finally went to sleep. Murray said he continued to monitor him, but after 10 minutes went to the bathroom to relieve himself. The doctor said he was out of the room for two minutes at the most.
- When he returned, he noticed that Jackson was not breathing.
- Murray began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately, administered 2 milligrams of flumanezil and called Jackson’s personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, asking for him to send security upstairs for an emergency.
- After a few minutes, when no one came, Murray left Jackson and went downstairs to the kitchen, where he asked the chef to send Jackson’s eldest son Prince Michael upstairs. He then returned to continue giving Jackson CPR.
- Jackson’s son arrived and called for security. The singer’s bodyguard Albert Alvarez tried to help Murray and called 911 on his cell phone.
- The exact sequence of events remains unclear, but at 11:18 am, Murray made the first of three calls spanning 47 minutes on his cell phone.
- Pre-trial hearings in January heard the calls, including one to cocktail waitress Sade Anding, who said that while on the phone to Murray, she heard “a commotion… coughing, mumbling of voices” in the background.
- 12:22 pm: LA Fire Department responded to the emergency 911 call.
Paramedics arrived and helped transport Jackson to the UCLA Medical Center. At least one of them, Martin Blount, told January hearings that Jackson appeared dead when they arrived, with cold skin and fixed and dilated eyes.
The singer was rushed to hospital, but was not pronounced dead until 2:46 pm — by which time the world’s media was already hot on the trail of Jackson’s shock demise.