Jackson's cause of death not determined

June 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The L.A. Coroner has held off in determining Michael Jackson's cause of death.                  |   Watch Videos Above for Extended Coverage   |

An L.A. Coroner's official says they have not determined the cause of Michael Jackson's death. They say they require further toxicology tests and tissue studies. Officials expect the process to take as long as 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

The L.A. Coroner's office says there was no evidence of trauma to the body or evidence of foul play.

An exclusive ABC News report from The Blotter says Michael Jackson was "heavily addicted" to the powerful pain killer Oxycontin and received "daily doses" of it and of another pain killer, Demerol.

Meanwhile, police confirmed on Friday that a car towed away from Michael Jackson's mansion belongs to one of his doctors and may contain key evidence to his sudden death.

Paramedics were called out to his house at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after Jackson apparently suffered cardiac arrest. Jackson had his personal physician Dr. Conrad Robert Murray by his side when he collapsed at his home.

Murray, a cardiologist licensed to practice medicine in Texas, was with Jackson at the time he suffered cardiac arrest and performed CPR on Jackson until an ambulance arrived. Murray was reportedly living with Jackson at his rented Beverly Hills mansion.

Los Angeles homicide detectives were called out to Jackson's home on Thursday, and a BMW car with Texas License plates was seen being taken from the home. The plates on the vehicle come back to Murray's sister.

Police reportedly want to interview at least one of Jackson's doctors. Investigators say they had no problem reaching Murray and that they would continue to interview Jackson's doctors to get more information.

Police are looking for Murray, who is now apparently missing. Police said they need him to sign Jackson's death certificate, and they also said he may have crucial information about Jackson's death.

Police did not release any other information on the BMW, and said it was all part of their routine procedure, especially in high profile cases.

Jackson was unconscious when he was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Doctors tried to resuscitate him for over an hour at the hospital, but no one could save the King of Pop. Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.

To avoid the crowds that had gathered at the hospital, Jackson's body was airlifted to the county coroner's office.

Jackson's body is being held under tight security at the L.A. County Coroner's Office, as the world awaited autopsy results. A team of police officers guarded the entrance to the building.

No one was allowed inside the office or the parking lot in Boyle Heights, and for now, the pop singer's death remains a mystery.

While it is believed he suffered cardiac arrest, it is still unclear what caused him to collapse.

Jackson's health had come into question in recent days as he was scheduled to perform 50 concerts in London. He was seen rehearsing for those concerts on Wednesday night.

"I can only tell you that I am heartbroken, that I am stunned and saddened. We will never again see the likes of Michael Jackson grace us again," said Brian Oxman, former Jackson family attorney.

Michael Jackson was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation. At the height of his fame, he was a towering figure in entertainment.

As a young boy, he entertained TV audiences with his brothers as part of the Jackson 5. When he left the group, he embarked on what would become one of the greatest solo careers in music history.

He had four No. 1 singles with his album "Off the Wall," and then came "Thriller."

In 1982, "Thriller" became the best-selling album of all time. It was No. 1 on the charts for 37 weeks, selling 50 million copies worldwide and producing seven hit singles.

The moonwalk, the glove and that voice, Jackson hit big again in 1987 with the release of his album "Bad."

But at his lowest point, his career was marred by lurid allegations and financial troubles. Jackson reportedly died with about $400 million of debt.

His legal troubles began in 1993 when he was accused of molesting a little boy.

"Don't treat me like a criminal because I am innocent," Jackson said December 1993.

Jackson was able to settle the case before it went to trial, and in 2005, he was cleared of another molestation charge.

Jackson's personal life also became tabloid headlines. He had a failed marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, and then another one to Debbie Rowe, the mother of two of his three children. He altered his appearance over time, dangled one of his children off a hotel balcony and lost Neverland over money problems.

Jackson's life was cut short just as he was about to attempt one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

Emotional Jackson fans consoled each other at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday. For most, Jackson's death was a complete shock.

"I just can't believe it," said fan Suzette Jones.

"I grew up with Michael Jackson from the 70s, so it's not like I just came on this thing. All my life, I've known Michael Jackson," Jones said as she sobbed.

Press from around the world descended on Jackson's star, and at one point, the memorial was overrun by crews and their equipment.

Fans also flocked to the Jackson family home in Encino.

Lynn Perez said she was looking forward to seeing Jackson in concert for the first time on August 12.

"I wanted to wake up, and somebody tell me this isn't real," Perez said. "He didn't judge anybody. He loved everybody. He wanted world peace. He cared about children. He cared about hunger and the world," she said.

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Statements released on Jackson's death

Elizabeth Taylor
"My heart, my mind, are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so. He will live in my heart forever, but it's not enough. My life feels so empty. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known. Oh God! I'm going to miss him. I can't yet imagine life without him. But I guess with God's help, I'll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, `To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever.' And I will love HIM forever."

Singer Dionne Warwick
"We have lost an icon in our industry ... He will live on in my memory, and most definitely through the music he shared with so many."

Producer Quincy Jones
"I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the '80s. To this day, the music we created together on 'Off The Wall,' 'Thriller' and 'Bad' is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all ... talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

Dick Clark
"I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched. He was truly one-of-a-kind."

John Landis, who directed Jackson's epic "Thriller" music video
"I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime. Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star. He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. My wife Deborah and I will always have great affection for him."

Smokey Robinson's publicist, Deborah Radel, quotes Robinson:
"It's always hard to lose a friend."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Today, the world has lost one of the most influential and iconic figures in the music industry. From his performances with the Jackson 5, to the premiere of the 'moonwalk' and 'Thriller,' Michael was a pop phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of creativity. Though there were serious questions about his personal life, Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned generations and the globe. Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our shock and sadness over his death and our hearts go out the Jackson family, Michael's children and to his fans worldwide."

Lisa Marie Presley
"I am completely shocked and saddened by Michael's death. My heart goes out to his children and his family."

Stevie Wonder's publicist issued the following statement:
"Stevie is not available for any comment for the time being. He is emotionally distraught and chose to be quiet right now."

The Gaye Family
"On behalf of the sister, Zeola Gaye and the immediate family of Marvin Gaye, their deepest condolence goes out to the family and to all of Michael's fans around the world."

Chaka Khan
"The earth will feel the void of his passing. I'll miss him, but now he's free."

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