The Associated Press has obtained a copy of Michael Jackson‘s autopsy report, and the doctor who reviewed it for the AP says, “His overall health was fine” (Variety, Billboard). Nevertheless, there are some interesting tidbits in the report.
• Jackson weighed 136 pounds, which is “in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man.” I.e., not skeletal.
• His heart was strong, and his kidneys and “most other major organs were normal.”
• Aside from two sedatives and the propofol that caused his death, the only substances found in his system were Lidocaine, which he probably used to numb injection sites and ephedrine, which doctors probably administered to attempt to resuscitate him. The AP reports that “No other drugs – legal or otherwise – were detected, nor was any alcohol.”
• His lungs were “chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.”
• MJ had “arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries.”
• Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide caused by “acute propofol intoxication,” with the other sedatives listed as a contributing factor.
• Jackson had “several tattoos, all them cosmetic, including dark tattoos in the areas of both eyebrows and under his eyes, and a pink tattoo around his lips.” He also had “what appeared to be a tattoo” across his the top of his head where his “short and tightly curled” hair was receeding.
• He had multiple scars on his face and body. The AP’s doctor said that most of the scars “appeared to be from plastic surgery.”
• There was “depigmentation of his skin around his chest, abdomen, face and arms.” Which seems to confirm his claims of vitiligo.