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Michael Jackson's death: Family might want independent autopsy, Jesse Jackson says

June 27, 2009 |  9:16 am


Jesse Jackson, who met Friday with members of the Jackson family at their Encino compound, said they have questions about Michael Jackson's death and might want a second, independent autopsy.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office performed an autopsy Friday but said a cause of death was pending until more toxicology tests could be completed. Jermaine Jackson has said on Thursday that it appeared his brother died of cardiac arrest, but said the cause of death would only be confirmed by the county's autopsy report.

The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to talk to Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray,  who was with the pop star when he was stricken Thursday and tried to revive him. Jesse Jackson told "Good Morning America" this morning that the family has questions about the doctor.

 "When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did he inject him? If so, with what?" he said. "Was he on the scene twice? Before and then reaction to? Did he use the Demerol? It's a very powerful drug. Was he injected once? Was he injected twice?"

LAPD detectives said Friday that they had no evidence that Jackson took Demerol shortly before he died. But the coroner's office said Jackson did take prescription drugs.

A Jackson family friend told The Times that Jackson selected Murray as his doctor but that concert promoter AEG Live paid his bills.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Jesse Jackson, left, an unidentified man and Joe Jackson greet the media and the people outside the Jackson home in Encino on Friday. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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