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Joe Jackson suspects foul play in death

July 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The investigation into Michael Jackson's death continues to center around the prescription drugs he was using. Eyewitness News first learned the L.A. County coroner has issued subpoenas for medical records from some of his doctors.The family and police are waiting for toxicology test results to determine how Jackson died. The 50-year-old died on June 25.

Coroner's investigators removed bags of evidence from his rented mansion, containing mostly medication.

A nurse who worked for Jackson says he wanted Diprivan, but she refused to give him the potent anesthetic.

Officials said Jackson was taking prescription drugs, but have declined to elaborate.

LAPD Chief William Bratton calls the death investigation "comprehensive."

"We're looking at his prescription drug history, the doctors that he's dealt with over the years. We have the cooperation of the DEA and the state attorney general's office who kept those records," Bratton said.

A source told Eyewitness News that Jackson's gold casket was taken out of the Staples Center hidden in an LAPD SWAT vehicle, minutes after the memorial service ended on Tuesday.

"We're not going to discuss how the body was removed. As Chief Bratton says we have to keep some secrets," a spokesperson for the LAPD chief told Eyewitness News when asked about the removal.

People magazine reports that Jackson's family viewed his body in an open casket at Forest Lawn the night before the service.

Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, told ABC News in an interview that he believed "foul play" was involved in his son's death. But in the interview aired Friday on "Good Morning America," Jackson did not elaborate.

"I just couldn't believe what was happening to Michael. I just couldn't believe it. I do believe it was foul play," he said.

Joe Jackson said he didn't know anything about drugs his son was involved in.

"I don't even know the name of them," he said. "I do know that whatever he was taking was to make him rest because he had been working so hard."

Jackson's confidant Mark Schaffel says the family planned to drug interventions. It's believed Jackson became addicted to painkillers after being burned filming a Pepsi commercial. He admitted it.

"I remain out of the country undergoing treatment for a dependency on pain medication," Jackson had said.

Joe Jackson said told "Good Morning America" that he and Katherine are the only ones who should raise their grandchildren.

He said Jackson's daughter Paris, who spoke at the memorial service, cried every time his name is mentioned. Paris and her brothers are living with their grandparents in Encino.

"There's no one else who can do what we can do for them," he said.

Joe Jackson also said Paris and her little brother, nicknamed Blanket, may have a future in entertainment, adding that Blanket "can really dance."

The family has not said where Jackson will be laid to rest.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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