The results of Michael Jackson’s full autopsy will be delayed, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles coroner’s office tells the AP. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the report — which is expected to include toxicology results — will not be finished for two more weeks. Winter didn’t provide a reason for the delay, but sources tell TMZ the holdup is due to outside consultants who have yet to file their reports.
The inquiry into the cause of Jackson’s sudden death on June 25th is a criminal investigation, a spokesperson for the L.A. district attorneys office told TMZ. As Rolling Stone previously reported, the investigation is focused on prescription medications that may have been in Jackson’s system at the time of his death, and the doctors who treated the singer, including Conrad Murray, who was at Jackson’s side when he was rushed to the hospital suffering from cardiac arrest. Police are additionally probing five doctors who wrote prescriptions for Jackson using pseudonyms, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Doctors who write down false names on official prescription pads are violating federal Drug Enforcement Administration rules, the L.A. Times reports, and Jackson was known to possess medications under aliases, including Omar Arnold.
Unnamed law enforcement sources tell TMZ the potent anesthetic Propofol was the “primary reason” Jackson’s heart failed. Should toxicology and autopsy results confirm it, the criminal investigation into the star’s death will seek out whoever prescribed and administered the drug to the singer.