Michael Jacksonâ€™s death could be homicide, according to the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department who said an accidental drugs overdose was the other alternative.
â€œWe are still awaiting corroboration from the coronerâ€™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?â€ LAPD chief William Bratton told CNN.
â€œWeâ€™ve got very good investigators. They will be prepared to deal with whatever the coronerâ€™s findings may be.â€
Detectives have interviewed a number of doctors who treated Jackson over the years, Bratton added.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the LA County coronerâ€™s office has subpoenaed medical files and records from various doctors, including Jacksonâ€™s dermatologist, Dr Arnold Klein, who this week failed to deny he was the biological father of the starâ€™s two eldest children.
Richard Charnley, Dr Kleinâ€™s lawyer, confirmed that the dermatologist had received a subpoena and handed over Jacksonâ€™s records for examination.
A source close to the Jackson family said they had been made aware that the singerâ€™s death could lead to a criminal prosecution.
The website TMZ posted further details of Jacksonâ€™s alleged drug use, including a letter fro a doctor which offered him a â€œpotent narcoticâ€ called Buprenex which was â€œjust like the D [Demerol] but betterâ€. It was allegedly recovered by the Santa Barbara County Sheriffâ€™s department during a search of the Neverland Ranch in 2003. Buprenex is an injectable narcotic.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies also seized a scribbled note, which may have been written by Jackson, which read: â€œBuprenex does the same as demerol, the only difference is you canâ€™t become an addict on Buprenexâ€.