'Prescription Drugs' Investigated As Cause Of MJ Death
July 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM (PT)
Detectives investigating the death of MICHAEL JACKSON are looking at his prescription drug history and trying to talk with his numerous former doctors, the LOS ANGELES police chief said. Chief WILLIAM BRATTON told CNN that police are waiting for the coroner's report before ruling out any possibilities in their "comprehensive" investigation into the sudden death of the 50-year-old pop star two weeks ago. The coroner's report will determine the cause of death and hinges on time-consuming toxicology tests.
"Based on those we'll have an idea of what we're dealing with," BRATTON said on THURSDAY. "Are we dealing with homicide? Are we dealing with an accidental overdose? What are we dealing with?"
BRATTON said detectives are gathering evidence, including items seized from JACKSON's rented home and arranging interviews with his many physicians, but the police chief deferred to the coroner to determine the cause of death.
"The next move really is his," BRATTON said. "We're not marking time, waiting for his report."
An attorney for Dr. ARNOLD KLEIN, one of JACKSON's many physicians, told the LOS ANGELES TIMES that the dermatologist was subpoenaed for medical records, which he turned over to the county coroner's office.
CNN Reports Jackson Took More Than 10 Xanax A Night
MICHAEL JACLSON took more than 10 Xanax pills a night, asking his employees to get the prescription medicine under their names and also personally traveling to doctors' offices in other states to obtain them, said a confidential document from 2004 that CNN obtained THURSDAY.