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LAPD interviewing doctors who prescribed medications to Jackson

June 29, 2009 |  4:56 pm

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are interviewing an unknown number of doctors who treated or prescribed medication to Michael Jackson as they continue their probe into the pop star's death, a law enforcement source told The Times.

Authorities on Monday removed "medical evidence" from the Holmby Hills mansion where Michael Jackson died and revealed that they took significant quantities of prescription medications last week.

The source, who spoke on the condition that he not be named, stressed that detectives don't know whether prescriptions played a role in the pop star's death but said they hope to get a better understanding of his medical condition and the types of medications he took.

Detectives have already interviewed Conrad Murray, the physician who was at the home the morning Jackson stopped breathing. Investigators are still working to try to determine if prescription medications played any role in Jackson’s death and won’t ultimately know until results come back for the toxicology tests on his body.

According to Craig Harvey, chief of operations for the Los Angeles County coroner's office, two large evidence bags of medical materials today were taken from the estate where Jackson was living before he died. Harvey said investigators went to Jackson’s rented mansion and removed “additional medical evidence as part of our work with the LAPD” on the death investigation.

Although the autopsy was completed Friday, a cause of death won’t be known for several weeks, pending the toxicology results. A law enforcement source said the fact that Jackson’s personal physician was cardiologist Murray should not necessarily be interpreted as meaning that Jackson had heart issues. The source said Murray was chosen because Jackson liked him and got along with him.

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein