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LA police: Michael Jackson death may have been 'homicide'
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09:23, July 13, 2009

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The investigation into Michael Jackson's death continues, with the focus on painkillers the King of Pop may have used, and the doctors who gave them to him. And according to The Times the Los Angeles police chief has raised the prospect of a homicide charge over the death of Michael Jackson.

Homicide does not necessarily mean murder, while it could mean a manslaughter charge against a doctor.

After Jackson's death in mysterious circumstances last month but is reported to have been taking a cocktail of drugs including the potent anaesthetic Diprivan, also known as propofol, LA police has been investigating Jackson's prescription drug history and have subpoenaed medical records from doctors who treated him, including psychiatric records.

William Bratton, the city's police commissioner, told CNN:" We are still awaiting corroboration from the coroner's office as to cause of death. That is going to be very dependent on the toxicology reports that are due to come back, And based on those, we will have an idea of what it is we are dealing with. Are we dealing with a homicide? Or are we dealing with accidental overdose? "

He also claimed that they got very good investigators could deal with whatever the coroner's findings.

It is understood that the singer's old father can still not believe his son's death and consider it as a trick. He told ABC News:" I just couldn't believe what was happening to Michael. I do believe it was foul play. I do believe that."

He said that a second post-mortem examination requested by the family had yet to yield answers about what killed his son. "I did not know anything about the drugs. I didn't even know the names of them. I do know that whatever he was taking was to make him rest because he has been working so hard.

"That drug was supposed to make him relax and sleep. But anyway, he did not wake up. He never woke up. Michael died in his sleep."

CNN has ever obtained a A 2004 police document, which alleges that at one point Jackson was taking up to 40 pills a night of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

The document cites interviews with two Jackson employees in preparation for his child abuse trial, in which he was acquitted.

One of the employees, a security guard, later left his job after Jackson "fell on his face" in a hotel room. The guard said that he was not comfortable getting prescriptions for the singer, the document says.

By People's Daily Online/Agencies

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