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Sunday 17 December 2017

Jacko death probe police found skin whiteners

Detectives found large quantities of general anaesthetic and dozens of tubes of skin-whitening creams in Michael Jackson's home after the singer's death, search warrants show.

Investigators went to Jackson's mansion on June 29 last year following a lengthy interview with his personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, who told them he had placed a medical bag in a cupboard in a closet.

There they found 11 containers of the powerful anaesthetic propofol, some of them empty, as well as a range of sedatives and various medical items.

Jackson's death last year at the age of 50 was ruled a homicide caused by an overdose of propofol and other sedatives. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

During their search, detectives found 19 tubes of hydroquinone and 18 tubes of Benoquin, both of which are commonly used in the treatment of a skin condition Jackson had called vitiligo. The disease creates patches of de-pigmented skin, and creams can be used to lighten skin that has retained its colour to give a more even appearance.

According to police, Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, told detectives that Murray told him he wanted to return to Jackson's house "so that he could pick up some cream that Mr Jackson has so that the world wouldn't find out about it".

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