The L.A. County Coroner's office has confiscated various prescription drugs from the late Michael Jackson's rented Holmby Hills mansion, according to reports.
As Jackson's perplexing medical history continues to raise questions, Chief Investigator Craig Harvey confirmed that a team from the medical examiner's office, including a photographer and Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, had been in the house.
The investigators emerged from the residence toting two large plastic bags, declining to mention any specifics of what they found inside or where.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD is in the process of interviewing a number of doctors who prescribed medication for Michael Jackson.
The initial Michael Jackson autopsy performed Friday was ruled inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests in 6-8 weeks, although it has been confirmed that the singer, who died at age 50, was taking prescription medication.
A second autopsy requested by the family was performed the following day. The "leaked results" of the first autopsy going around are fabricated.
We don't know for sure what caused Jackson's sudden heart failure, but his longtime friend Dr. Deepak Chopra has little doubt drug use may have come into play.
"He was extraordinary when he was in his ecstatic states. But he was also troubled, and he surrounded himself with people who were enablers and frequently avoided people who were trying to help him," he told CBS' Early Show.
"In the year 2005 after the trial, he came and stayed with us for a few days, and during that time he asked me for a prescription for OxyContin," he continued.
"I was very surprised, and I said, 'Why do you want that?' And he said, 'I have back pain.' And I said, 'You don't need that narcotic for back pain.' As I probed, I found out he was taking a lot of narcotics prescribed by different physicians."
"Somebody like that is obviously not in a normal state of consciousness," he said. "After a while, they actually believe that if they didn't get their fix, the drug, they might die. When taking narcotics, you need to be with very competent doctors."
Therein may lie the rub.
Despite claims not to have given Jackson OxyContin or Demerol, Dr. Conrad Murray, was working without board certification at the time of the star's death.
Specifically, the American Board of Internal Medicine confirmed that Dr. Conrad Murray's most recent board certification examination was taken in 1998.
His certification expired December 31, 2008.