A second autopsy was performed on Michael Jackson’s body on Saturday hours after it was released to his family by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the Los Angeles Times has reported on its website.
The coroner’s office completed its own autopsy on Friday and said there was no evidence of foul play. But it deferred making a pronouncement on the cause of death until more tests are completed, which could take up to six weeks.
CBC News reporter Jennifer Westaway in Los Angeles said that the Jackson family believed a private autopsy would provide more quickly some answers about the cause of the pop star’s death.
On Saturday, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who has spent time with the Jackson family since the singer’s death on Thursday, asked at a news conference about the possible injection of a narcotic.
“Was he given a shot? If so, was it Demerol? What was the power of it?” he asked. “It raises questions that deserve answers.”
The Associated Press reported that the doctor who was with Jackson during his final moments was interviewed by Los Angeles police for three hours on Saturday, citing his spokeswoman, who said he was not a suspect in the death of the singer.
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