LA coroner completes Michael Jackson’s autopsy

Doctors confirm pop star was taking medications

The Los Angeles County coroner has completed Michael Jackson‘s autopsy, but deferred determining the pop star’s cause of death until more tests can be run.

It is believed that the singer suffered from a heart attack after he went into cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles-area home yesterday (June 25).

Coroner’s spokesperson Craig Harvey told reporters that the toxicology tests could take six to eight weeks.


He said there were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body.

He also confirmed that Jackson was taking some unspecified prescription medications, but could not confirm which ones.

Jackson‘s body can be released to his family as early as 6:00pm PST today, he added.

A “close member” of the Jackson family reportedly told TMZ that Jackson was injected with pain medication Demerol about half an hour before he went into cardiac arrest.

Police are seeking to interview Jackson‘s personal doctor, who was thought to be with him at the time he went into cardiac arrest, to find out additional information that could help them determine the cause of the singer’s death.

Jackson was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles yesterday, where he died around 2:00pm PST.


A team of doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him for more than an hour before he was declared dead.

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–By our Los Angeles staff.
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