Michael Jackson death still unsolved after autopsy

Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:27pm EDT
 
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By Dan Whitcomb and Laura Isensee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Doctors completed an autopsy on the body of Michael Jackson on Friday but said they could not immediately establish a cause of death for the "King of Pop" as speculation centered on his use of prescription painkillers.

"The cause of death has been deferred, which means that the medical examiner has ordered additional testing such as toxicology and other studies," Los Angeles County Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said.

"Those tests we anticipate will take an additional four to six weeks."

Speaking to a throng of reporters outside the coroner's office, Harvey said, "There was no indication of any external trauma or indication of foul play to the body of Mr. Jackson."

He said his office expected to determine what killed Jackson, 50, when the tests were complete.

The body would be released to family members after they chose a mortuary to handle the funeral arrangements, Harvey added.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing an interview with an unidentified "close member" of the Jackson family, reported the superstar singer was injected with Demerol about half an hour before he went into cardiac arrest.

'HE'S NOT RESPONDING'   Continued...

 
<p>Los Angeles Police Department officers are stationed at the entrance of the County of Los Angeles Department of Coroner facility June 26, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>