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the jackson request second autopsy; rumors of doctors whereabouts addressed; michael’s use of painkillers

Today (Saturday) Reverend Jesse Jackson was issued a statement from the Jackson family stating that the family would like a second autopsy done on the pop star because of unanswered questions on how he died and the doctor that was with him.

“It’s abnormal,” he told The Associated Press from Chicago a day after visiting the Jackson family. “We don’t know what happened. Was he injected and with what? All reasonable doubt should be addressed.”

Los Angeles county medical examiners completed an initial autopsy on Friday and said Jackson had been taking prescription medications. Whether these medications were painkillers (many close to Mike say he did use them) has not been affirmed. The medical officials also said there was no indication of trauma or foul play, however the official cause of death could take weeks to finalize.

The coroner’s office released Michael’s body to the family on Friday night. Brother Jermaine gave the family’s first public statement saying the family was grief-stricken and would like their privacy.

“They’re hurt because they lost a son. But the wound is now being kept open by the mystery and unanswered questions of the cause of death,” he said.

Sister Janet was seen driving a Bentley to her deceased brother’s mansion (he had been renting) and left without addressing reporters.

The Jacksons have not announced any plans on their beloved one’s funeral. Numerous family members and relatives have been gathering at the Encino family compound and caring for the singer’s three children.

A person close to the family told The Associated Press they feel upset and angry about a lack of information about those who were around the pop superstar in his final days. The person requested anonymity because of the delicate nature of the situation.

Friends of the pop star say that the 50 year old King of Pop was very excited about starting his 50 London tour concert and reaffirming his title.

A 911 call from Jackson’s rented home reported that his personal doctor was trying to revive him without success. Police have talked to Dr. Conrad Murray and have said they intend to speak with him again but have stressed he is not a criminal suspect.

Dr. Murray has yet to speak publicly since Jackson’s death. Police towed his car from Jackson’s home hours after Jackson died and said later it could contain medication or other evidence.

“He was there from the beginning and he’s been cooperating with police from the very beginning,” Stradley said. Rumors that the doctor had split town are untrue. He remains in LA.

Dr. Murray has practices in Las Vegas and Texas. The doctor lives in Vegas, but moved in with Jackson two weeks ago. No one was answered the media’s knocks at the doctor’s residence.

The promoter of the series of London concerts that Jackson was to begin next month has said Jackson personally insisted Murray be on the payroll.

Friend of Michael, spiritual teacher Dr. Deepak Chopra says he had been extremely concerned about Michael and was suspicious about the singer’s use of prescription painkillers. Jackson’s nanny also made concerns about her employer’s drug use.

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