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MJ’s Doctor Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

(CN) - Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop icon's death last June, prosecutors said.

According to a criminal complaint filed early Monday, Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson."

If convicted, Murray faces four years in prison, prosecutors said.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Jackson's death a homicide, resulting from a deadly combination of powerful drugs, including lorazepam and propofol, the generic name for Diprivan.

Murray told police he was at Jackson's rented mansion on June 25, when Jackson died. He said he gave Jackson three anti-anxiety drugs to help him fall asleep, and then left the bedroom "for about two minutes maximum," according to a police affidavit.

"Upon his return, Murray noticed that Jackson was no longer breathing," the affidavit states.

Murray stayed with Jackson as he was rushed by ambulance to the UCLA Medical Center, where efforts to revive Jackson failed. The "King of Pop" was pronounced dead at 2:26 a.m.

Murray told police he'd been treating Jackson for insomnia, and regularly gave him an IV drip of propofol diluted with the anesthetic lidocaine, according to CNN.

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