Three days before Jackson’s death — on June 22 — Murray gave the singer a combination of drugs that he hoped gradually would move the singer off propofol. That mixture involved propofol, the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam (known by its brand name, Ativan) and midazolam (known as Versed). It succeeded in helping Jackson to sleep for that night and the next, Murray said. But by the night of June 24, Jackson again apparently was unable to sleep.
At 1:30 a.m. on June 25, Murray decided to forgo the propofol in favor of 10 milligrams of Valium. Half an hour later, with Jackson still awake in bed, Murray injected the singer with two milligrams of lorazepam. It still wasn’t working.
At 3 a.m., Murray gave the singer two milligrams of midazolam, pushed slowly into his IV. And two hours later, with Jackson still awake, Murray administered another two milligrams of lorazepam through Jackson’s IV. The drugs did nothing to help Jackson sleep.
At 7:30 a.m., Murray gave the singer another two milligrams of midazolam in his IV.
By that point, Murray wasn’t even leaving Jackson’s room anymore, let alone his bedside. The doctor told police he sat next to the singer in his bedroom, monitoring Jackson’s pulse and oxygen levels. More than three hours later, despite a night of medication and doctor’s care, Jackson remained awake.
Jackson was repeatedly asking — even demanding — that Murray give him more propofol to help him sleep, the doctor told police. So Murray finally administered 25 milligrams of propofol diluted with lidocaine via Jackson’s IV drip. The singer now had his “milk,” and it worked. After a restless night, Jackson was finally able to close his eyes and go to sleep.
Murray told police he watched Jackson sleep for about 10 minutes before going to the bathroom. It had been a long night for both of them. The trip to the bathroom took less than two minutes, Murray told police. But when he came back, he said, he saw Jackson wasn’t breathing.