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Death of An Icon: Michael Jackson Autopsy Underway

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The Los Angeles County Coroner will conduct an autopsy on Michael Jackson today. Some results could be revealed today, though most are expected to take longer. Jackson collapsed in his rented Los Angeles mansion yesterday, suffering an apparent cardiac arrest. His heart and breathing had stopped and his personal physician, who was with him in his home, was unable to resuscitate him. Paramedics transferred the singer to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center at 1:14 p.m. PST. He was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PST and was transferred to the Coroner’s office a few hours later.

Case number 2009-04415 will be examined by the chief Los Angeles County coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, a heavy hitter who was a star witness in another high-profile case, the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

“Family will not be there,” his spokesman, Lt. Brian Elias, told The Daily News on Friday. “It’s not known if any representatives for LAPD will be there.”

While Jackson family insiders suggested prescription drug abuse – specifically Demerol – might have caused the 50-year-old superstar’s heart to stop, Elias said it will be several weeks before toxicology results are ready.

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