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Autopsy Results Delayed 6-8 Weeks

The cause of Michael Jackson’s premature death will remain a mystery for six to eight weeks: At a press conference Friday afternoon, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said determining the cause will require further tests. Authorities have already conducted an autopsy and said there were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body. Many suspect that prescription painkillers played a role in Jackson’s death, and the spokesman said the star was taking unspecified medications. A former attorney of his said, "I said one day, we're going to have this experience. And when Anna Nicole Smith passed away, I said we cannot have this kind of thing with Michael Jackson. The result was, I warned everyone, and lo and behold, here we are. I don't know what caused his death. But I feared this day, and here we are." In 2007, Jackson settled a lawsuit with a Beverly Hills pharmacy that claimed he owed more than $100,000 for prescription drugs purchased over a two-year period.