Coroner: Cause of Jackson death deferred, no foul play

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey says determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death will require further tests that will take six to eight weeks.

Harvey says there were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body. He also says Jackson was taking some unspecified prescription medications.

The spokesman says Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter is with Jackson's family.

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UNDATED (WVLT) -- The Los Angeles Coroner says a definitive cause of death for pop icon Michael Jackson has been deferred until complete toxicology results are available in four to six weeks. He also said that no foul play is suspected in the performer's death.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- At a Borders store in midtown Manhattan, a shopper was wishing he had bought the Michael Jackson video compilation when he saw it there a few days ago.

Today, it was sold out. And it's a similar story for Michael Jackson music and videos everywhere.

Amazon.com quickly sold out all of its Michael Jackson CDs, plus those by the Jackson 5, as word spread about Jackson's death.

Barnes and Noble is also scrambling to restock its Jackson CDs and DVDs.

As for the online iTunes store, Apple isn't saying how much demand there is for Jackson's music. But before yesterday, none of Jackson's albums was in the iTunes list of top sellers. After the news of his death broke, "Thriller" quickly reached number one. Today, nine of the top 10 albums are Jackson's.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A newspaper reports the doctor whose car was towed from Michael Jackson's house is a cardiologist who practices in California, Nevada and Texas.

A woman who answered the phone Friday at Dr. Conrad C. Murray's clinic in Houston confirmed to The Associated Press that Murray was Jackson's cardiologist. The woman, who refused to give her name, would not confirm the Los Angeles Times report that Murray was performing CPR on Jackson when paramedics arrived at the entertainer's home Thursday.

The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Web site shows no complaints filed against Murray in the four years he's been a licensed cardiologist in Texas.

Los Angeles police say they want to speak to the doctor but stressed he was not under criminal investigation.

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LONDON (AP) -- Celebrities across the globe say they're stunned by the death of Michael Jackson, the pop legend who was on the cusp of a comeback.

Paul McCartney calls Jackson's death "sad and shocking." The former Beatle calls Jackson a "massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul."

Sophia Loren says, "It's horrible news." The Italian actress says "The world has lost an icon and music has lost treasures."

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos says she cried when she heard the news. She says the child molestation accusations against the singer "caused him so much financial and mental anguish." She says "the battle took his life."

Former South African President Nelson Mandela issued a message through his foundation saying Jackson's loss would be felt worldwide.

Jackson was due to make his return to the stage in a sold-out 50-night concert run in London next month.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police are searching for a doctor who they hope will help in the investigation of Michael Jackson's death.

Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner says that police towed from Jackson's house a BMW owned by one of the superstar's doctors.

Said Rayner: "We have not been able to interview the doctor yet. His car was impounded because it may contain medications or other evidence that may assist the coroner in determining the cause of death."

TMZ.com reported that the doctor lived at the home. Rayner said she could not confirm that and did not know the doctor's identity.

She stressed that the doctor was not under criminal investigation but coroner's investigators wanted to contact him.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- People heading to work were stopping at a makeshift memorial outside Harlem's Apollo Theater, where Michael Jackson performed as a child.

The tributes were being written Friday on pieces of cardboard, and on newspapers bearing his photo.

Says one: "Moonwalk 4Eva Michael."

Fatimah Smalls was among those paying respects. She says sharing the pain with other fans "makes it a little bit easier."

The tribute outside the Apollo began Thursday his death was confirmed. It continued well into the night.

The crowd Friday morning isn't large -- about 10 people at a time coming and going before starting their day.

Jackson first performed with his brothers the Apollo at age 9.

The theater sign now says: "In Memory of Michael Jackson. A True Apollo Legend."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson, the record-breaking, sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer, and the tabloid world's most disturbing celebrity, has died. He was 50.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Jackson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

His death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson has died.

A fire department official told the Los Angeles Times that Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital.

Steve Ruda told the newspaper Thursday that Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m.

The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the paper.

The hospitalization was first reported by the Web site TMZ.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A fire department official tells the Los Angeles Times that Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital.

Steve Ruda told the newspaper Thursday that Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m.

The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the paper.

L. Londell McMillan, a lawyer for Jackson, did not have any information. Messages left for other Jackson associates were not immediately returned.

The hospitalization was first reported by the Web site TMZ.

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UNDATED (WVLT) -- Entertainment Web site TMZ.com is reporting that pop superstar Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Thursday afternoon.

TMZ says Jackson was picked up by an ambulance at his home, and that medics performed CPR on him after he apparently suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, told E-Online that he knew his pop star son had been taken to the hospital, but he didn't have details.


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