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Second Autopsy Requested On Michael Jackson

June 27, 2009

This is the start of the legal/medical fight that will dwarf anything we have seen before when it comes to a high profile entertainer who passes away, and leave a trail of intrigue.

Relatives of Michael Jackson will seek a second autopsy on the star because they still have unanswered questions about his death, family friends say.

Veteran politician Rev Jesse Jackson, who has been counselling the family, said they were upset the official cause of death might not be known for weeks.

He said the family wanted answers from the star’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, who was with him when he died.

Coroners ruled out foul play after an initial autopsy on the 50-year-old.

But they gave no cause of death, saying the results of toxicology tests could take weeks to come back.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators had briefly spoken to Dr Murray, but they wanted to speak to him again.

A lawyer for Dr Murray said the physician had agreed to answer questions from detectives.

“Contrary to what has been out there, Dr Murray has been co-operating with authorities from the outset and will continue to do so,” Bill Stradley told Reuters news agency.

Jesse Jackson said the family had a flurry of questions of their own for the doctor.

“When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did they inject him, if so with what,” he said.

The rights leader claimed Dr Murray had gone missing in the hours immediately following the singer’s death, which raised “questions of substance that will not go away until they are answered”.

“He owes it to the family and to the public to say: ‘These were the last hours of Michael’s life and here’s what happened.'”

Jackson, who had a history of health problems, collapsed at his Los Angeles home at about midday on Thursday.

A recording of the telephone call made to emergency services from his home was released on Friday.

The caller is heard to say Jackson is unconscious and has stopped breathing, and that a doctor is trying to revive him.

The singer was pronounced dead at the UCLA medical centre two hours after the call was made.

Jackson’s brother, Jermaine, said he believed the star had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The Los Angeles County coroner returned Jackson’s body to his family earlier, and they are now reportedly making funeral arrangements.

Coroner’s investigator Brian Elias revealed on Saturday that Jackson’s family had told his office on the previous day that they wanted a second autopsy carried out.

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