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Probe Underway Into Death of Michael Jackson

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Nearly 24 hours after his untimely passing, rumors on what caused the death of pop icon Michael Jackson grew rampant Friday as many reports suggest the star died due to a lethal injection of pain-killing drugs.

An autopsy of the body was completed Friday afternoon.

Officials announced that the case is being examined by chief Los Angeles County coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran. Dr. Sathyavagiswaran was a star witness in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

The celebrity website TMZ is reporting that several Jackson family members were on hand at the coroner's office for Friday's autopsy.

Investigators say it could take several weeks before officials determine what caused Jackson's death.

According to the British Sun, Jackson passed out at his home Thursday, after receiving an injection of Demerol - a narcotic drug used to treat intense pain. Detectives are now looking to speak to Jackson's personal doctor who aides say administered the injection.

KHOU-TV in Houston have identified the physician as Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, a cardiologist from Houston, Texas. According to reports, Murray who was living with Jackson in his rented mansion in Bel Air, was performing CPR on the pop star "for quite some time" when paramedics arrived to the home.

Jackson was rushed to the emergency room at UCLA where he was pronounced dead by doctors at 5:26 PM EST.

As of Friday afternoon, Murray was nowhere to be found, according to law enforcement officials.

A Jackson family spokesperson confirmed that Murray was hired by a concert promoter to accompany the entertainer to London for his comeback, 50-show tour.

Meantime, Jackson family lawyer Brian Oxman said the singer's death "is not something which has been expected ... I can tell you for sure that this is something I warned about."

Speaking to CNN, Oxman suggested that Jackson was taking several pain medications to deal with a number of injuries which included a damaged vertebra and a broken leg. The injuries had reportedly been interrupting rehearsals for Jackson's upcoming tour.


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