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Jermaine Jackson, right, brother of Michael Jackson, is comforted after a news conference at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Jermaine Jackson, right, brother of Michael Jackson, is comforted after a news conference at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
A woman stares at the emergency entrance of the UCLA Medical Center after learning of the death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
A fan holds a poster outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson
Carlos Carballeda, 26, holds a Michael Jackson album jacket outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
A make shift memorial is seen outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Fans cry outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009.
Tito Jackson, the brother of Michael Jackson, leaves the Jackson family home, Thursday June 25, 2009 in Encino, California
Fans remember Michael Jackson outside the Jackson family home, Thursday June 25, 2009 in Encino, California
Elaine Araujo cries as she looks on near Michael Jackson's rented home, Thursday, June 25, 2009, in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles
Fans hold up a sea of single gloved hands in an impromptu celebration of the life of Michael Jackson, outside UCLA Medical Center after he was pronounced dead there in Los Angeles Thursday, June 25, 2009
British newspapers reporting the death of Michael Jackson are seen on a vendor's stand outside Tooting Broadway underground station in south London, Friday June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson, who has died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson fans gather outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson fans write down messages in memory outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson fans gather outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson wearing an old policeman's helmet in London
Michael Jackson performing 'We Are The World', on stage during the World Music Awards at Earls Court in central London
Michael Jackson (centre) with his brothers L-R: Marlon, Jackie, Randy and Tito "The Jackson Five" at Heathrow Airport, London after arriving from Amsterdam for their British tour
Fans of the late singer Michael Jackson comfort each other as some openly wept in front of UCLA Medical center after learning of Jackson's death in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of their Victory Tour concert.
Michael Jackson's white crystal glove is seen on display at the Julien's Auctions Michael Jackson exhibit in Beverly Hills, California
Michael Jackson, center left, performs with his brothers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of their Victory Tour concert
Laurel Edelstein, 23, cries while holding a pillow with a picture of singer Michael Jackson outside the UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson poses on stage during the Jacksons' Victory Tour
Michael Jackson wears a mask as he leaves a gallery in Berlin
Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, right, speaks during a news conference at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday. He was 50. (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department patrol car sits parked across from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Railroad Station near Los Olivos, California
Michael Jackson holds his daughter Paris Katherine as he stands in the window of his suite in the Adlon hotel in Berlin
Grammy winners Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie pose together backstage at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles
Wax Museum curator Curtis Huber, left, and curator assistant Eric Valencia lift a wax figure of Michael Jackson to put in the front display at the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
Media and spectators wait for a news conference about Michael Jackson's death at UCLA Medical Plaza June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest, according to reports.
Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The singer also stated that this would be his final performances in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Pop legend Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987.
Singer Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1989 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson appears before the press in 1988 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson ouside Madame Tussauds in London
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas
Michael Jackson on stage in 1993.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage in 1987 in Japan.
Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California
Michael Jackson exits courtroom after his child molestation trial is turned over to jury for delibration at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.
Michael Jackson
Following his arraignment, Michael Jackson delighted fan by jumping on top of his car and greeting his supporters at the Santa Maria Courthouse in Santa Maria, CA on January 16, 2004.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour at Wembley Stadium on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist
Singer Michael Jackson leaves Capitol Hill after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) March 31, 2004 in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children.
1987 : Michael Jackson recieves an Honourary Doctrate with Whitney Houston from the Cosmopolitan University. 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas.
Michael Jackson is searched as he enters the courthouse for his arraignment on child molestation charges, 16 January 2004 at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held in New York in 1997
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, singer Michael Jackson is shown in a mug shot after he was booked on multiple counts for allegedly molesting a child November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his waxwork during 1985 in London,England.
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
A portrait of Michael Jackson before his "BAD" world concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields arrive at the Picture Show in New York,United States of America.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music singer Michael Jackson arrives to perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations held on September 8, 2001 at Madison Square Gardens, in New York.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Music star Michael Jackson waves to his fans during his Tour in 1984, in London.
A doll of the entertainer Michael Jackson stands July 15, 1984 in USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Entertainer Michael Jackson poses with his pet boa constrictor September 15, 1987 in the USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

Michael Jackson was back with his family today after his body was released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben said the King of Pop's body was returned to his family last night.

No funeral plans have been announced.

Jackson, who collapsed at his rented home in Los Angeles on Thursday, appeared to have suffered a heart attack.

The coroner's office, which has completed its post-mortem examination, said there are no signs of foul play or trauma, but determining the cause of death will require further tests that will take six to eight weeks.

A heart attack could help explain why Jackson was in the care of a cardiologist while he went through vigorous training for an upcoming series of concerts in London.

Coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said Jackson was taking some prescription medications, but did not specify what they were.

Police seized the car of Dr Conrad Murray, a physician with a tangled financial and personal history, who was with Jackson when he fell ill.

Police said they believed the car may contain drugs or other evidence, but have insisted that Dr Murray has been co-operative and do not consider him a criminal suspect.

"We do not consider him to be unco-operative at this time," said police Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, noting that detectives spoke with the doctor after Jackson's death.

"We think that he will assist us in coming to the truth of the facts in this case."

Dr Murray, who was Jackson's physician for three years, was in the rented mansion when Jackson slipped into unconsciousness, and police were yesterday preparing to question him about what happened in the minutes before paramedics rushed to the home.

Records reveal years of financial troubles for Dr Murray, who practices medicine in California, Nevada and Texas. His Nevada medical practice, Global Cardiovascular Associates, was slapped with more than £250,000 dollars in court judgments, and he faces at least two other pending cases and several tax liens.

Concert promoter Randy Phillips revealed that Jackson insisted his company AEG Live hire Dr Murray to accompany the pop star to London for his comeback series of concerts.

"As a company, we would have preferred not having a physician on staff full-time because it would have been cheaper without the hotels and travel, but Michael was insistent that he be hired," Mr Phillips said. "Michael said he had a rapport with him."

Phillips said AEG Live advanced Jackson money to pay for Murray's services as part of the production costs. Phillips said he asked Jackson why he wanted Murray with him full-time.

"He just said, 'Look, this whole business revolves around me. I'm a machine and we have to keep the machine well-oiled,' and you don't argue with the King of Pop," Phillips said.

The promoter said that sometime in February Jackson submitted to "five-plus hours of physicals that the insurance underwriter insisted on. We were told he passed with flying colours."

Based on those results and the nature of the comeback shows, all of which were to be held at the same venue from July 13 to March, AEG Live wasn't concerned about Jackson's history of medical issues.

"This wasn't as strenuous as a tour. There was no travel," Phillips said. "He and the kids were going to be living in this beautiful home outside London and shows were spread out over six months. For him, it seemed like the perfect way to come back."

Phillips attended Jackson's rehearsal at Staples Center on Wednesday night, when the entertainer was on stage for about three hours before leaving at 12.30am.

"He was dancing as well or better than the 20-year-old dancers we surrounded him with," the promoter said. "He was riveting. I thought we were home free. I thought this was going to be the greatest live show ever produced. He looked great."

Phillips said AEG Live held multiple insurance policies covering cancellation of the shows.

"We had pretty good coverage, but a lot of it is going to depend on the toxicology results," he said. "We need to know what the cause of death was."

A 911 call released by fire officials yesterday shed light on the desperate effort at the mansion to save Jackson's life before paramedics arrived. Jackson died later at UCLA Medical Center.

In the recording, an unidentified caller pleads with authorities to send help, offering no clues about why Jackson was stricken. He tells a dispatcher that Jackson's doctor is performing CPR.

"He's pumping his chest," the caller says, "but he's not responding to anything."

Asked by the dispatcher whether anyone saw what happened, the caller answers: "No, just the doctor, sir. The doctor has been the only one there."

Lou Ferrigno, the star of "The Incredible Hulk," said he had been working out with Jackson for the past several months. Still, Jackson's health had been known to be precarious in recent years, and one family friend said that he had warned the entertainer's family about his use of painkillers.

"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," Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and family friend, told NBC's "Today" show.

"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."

Oxman claimed Jackson had prescription drugs at his disposal to help with pain suffered when he broke his leg after he fell off a stage and for broken vertebrae in his back.

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