CNS–The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner announced today that it has completed its investigation into Michael Jackson’s death, but no details will be released at the behest of the Los Angeles Police Department, which is continuing its probe.
“The investigation was thorough and comprehensive,” according to a statement from the Department of Coroner. “The Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate the events and related circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Jackson.
“To maintain the integrity of its ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department has requested a continuance of the existing ‘security hold’ on all Department of Coroner documents related to the Jackson investigation,” the statement read. “Further, the (LAPD) has requested that the autopsy findings regarding the cause and manner of death remain confidential.”
Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead June 25 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center about two hours after he was found unconscious at his rented Holmby Hills estate.
According to a statement from the LAPD, extending the confidentiality of the autopsy findings “will help maintain the integrity of the investigation and allow investigators from LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division, as well as our partner law enforcement agencies, to continue their investigation. The investigation being conducted by the LAPD has included dozens of individual interviews and the service of search warrants locally and out of state.”
The autopsy report was widely expected to show that Jackson had been given propofol, a sedative known by the brand name Diprivan, which doctors say should not be administered except by an anesthesiologist in a hospital setting. Former Jackson associates have said the troubled pop star used the sedative to sleep.
News reports have quoted law enforcement sources as saying that Jackson was given propofol the night he died. A former Jackson nurse said the singer requested the drug to help him sleep.
Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist who was serving as Jackson’s personal physician, is an apparent focus of the police investigation. Investigators served warrants in recent weeks at Murray’s office and a storage unit in Houston and at his home and office in Las Vegas.
Jackson apparently used more than two dozen aliases to obtain drugs with the help of doctors. Nineteen aliases have been cited in the affidavits used to secure search warrants against Murray.
The warrants also indicated that police were investigating whether the “offense of manslaughter” had been committed.