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Coroner Quits as 180 Bodies Pile Up in Morgue

Mark Fajardo says goodbye to LA County Coroner's Office

(Newser) - With dead bodies stacking up and a budget that apparently falls short, the LA County coroner has quit his job. Mark Fajardo abruptly announced last week that he's resigning after two years as top medical examiner, the LA Times reports. "Ultimately, I wasn’t supplied the resources I... More »

20 Docs Subpoenaed in Corey Haim Case

Dead star got prescriptions from many sources

(Newser) - The LA County coroner’s office has subpoenaed the records of the whopping 20 doctors Corey Haim obtained prescriptions from in the year before his death. “We get medical records all the time,” the deputy coroner tells the Los Angeles Times . “What’s kind of unusual is... More »

Pneumonia Killed Brittany Murphy: Coroner

'Multiple drug intoxication' and anemia were secondary factors

(Newser) - The primary cause of Brittany Murphy’s death was pneumonia, the LA county coroner says, though severe anemia and prescription drug use also played a factor. A spokesman tells the AP the details of the drugs in the actress’ system will be revealed in about two weeks. Sources tell TMZ... More »

Brittany Murphy Was Mailed Pills Weekly

Coroner presses husband, mother for info

(Newser) - The LA coroner wants more details about the death of actress Brittany Murphy. Among the questions for husband Simon Monjack and mom Sharon: Why isn't there a record of Murphy, who had a history of medical issues, seeing a doctor in the months before her death? Meanwhile, an ex-employee told... More »

Brittany Murphy Autopsy: Cause of Death 'Deferred'

Final report must await toxicology test results

(Newser) - Brittany Murphy's autopsy is complete, but the LA county coroner's office won't determine an official cause of death until after the completion of toxicology tests, which could take as long as 2 months. The 32-year-old actress, who died yesterday after suffering cardiac arrest, was bleeding internally before her death, a... More »

Brittany Murphy Died of Natural Causes: Coroner

Autopsy could take place as soon as Monday

(Newser) - The circumstances of Brittany Murphy's death involved no indications of foul play or trauma, and the 32-year-old apparently died of natural causes, the LA county coroner's office tells CNN . Complete postmortem test results could take as long as 8 weeks, but an autopsy will take place as soon as tomorrow,... More »

Autopsy: Jackson Was Healthy

King of Pop had track marks, surgery scars, but organs were fine

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's arms were covered with punctures, his face and neck were scarred, and he had tattooed eyebrows and lips, but he wasn't the sickly skeleton of a man portrayed by tabloids, according to his autopsy report. In fact, the Los Angeles County coroner's report shows Jackson was a fairly... More »

Coroner Confirms Jackson's Death Was Homicide

Two sedatives blamed for entertainer's demise

(Newser) - Confirming reports leaked Monday, the LA County coroner's office said today that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide. The ruling means someone else caused the death but does not assign blame or even necessarily mean a crime was committed, MSNBC reports. The official cause of death is "acute intoxication"... More »

Jackson's Death a Homicide: Coroner

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's death will be officially ruled a homicide by the LA County coroner's office, sources tell the AP. Jackson's body contained "lethal levels" of a powerful prescription anesthetic, the office determined during his autopsy, according to an affidacit unsealed today. Dr. Conrad Murray administered the drug, propofol, but... More »

Jackson Autopsy Results Delayed Indefinitely

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner's office has delayed the release of Michael Jackson's autopsy results indefinitely after meeting with police investigators, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials, who earlier said that the results would probably be out next week, now say they have no idea when they will be made... More »

Coroner Delays Release of Jackson Autopsy

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner's office says release of Michael Jackson's autopsy results will be delayed. Officials had said they planned to make the reports public this week, but Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said today the announcement will probably not come until next week. Winter did not discuss reasons... More »

Coroner's Staff Improperly Viewed Jackson Documents

(Newser) - Poor Michael. Even in death, he can't catch a break on privacy. Staffers at the Los Angeles coroner's office looked up the pop star's death certificate hundreds of times and even printed out copies, reports the Los Angeles Times. The office also found possible security breaches in two other computer... More »

Coroner Grills Jacko Dermatologist

(Newser) - Investigators probing Michael Jackson's death have quizzed his dermatologist and subpoenaed records from his office, ABC News reports. Arnold Klein's lawyer says his client—a personal friend of Jackson's and his dermatologist for more than 20 years—is cooperating fully with the investigation. Klein denies prescribing the singer any of... More »

Doctors Could Face Charges in Jackson's Death

Anyone who gave the pop star Diprivan was 'reckless, outrageous'

(Newser) - If all the reports and rumors swirling around Michael Jackson’s death are accurate, his doctors should be worried, Time reports. Police have indicated that they’re considering criminal charges, and the investigation reportedly centers on those doctors. TMZ has reported that Jackson may have been administered Diprivan, which is... More »

Jacksons Told Death May Be Crime, Med Files Subpoenaed

(Newser) - The Los Angeles coroner has subpoenaed all of Michael Jackson's medical records, and his family has been told that the investigation into his death could become a criminal prosecution, a source tells CNN. Detectives have spoken to several of Jackson's past and present doctors, and they will decide whether to... More »

Coroner: No Foul Play in Jackson Death

(Newser) - A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner said this afternoon there is “no indication of foul play” in the death yesterday of Michael Jackson, the AP reports. The officer acknowledged that the pop star, 50, took a variety of prescription drugs but said it was too soon to... More »

Abdul Stalker Committed Suicide by Overdose

(Newser) - The American Idol hopeful and Paula Abdul fan found dead outside the celebrity’s LA home in November committed suicide with prescription drugs, the AP reports. A coroner’s report, delayed for toxicology tests, did not specify which drugs killed Paula Goodspeed. Police had long suspected suicide, though no note... More »

Cough Syrup OD Killed Rapper

Pimp C overdose was coupled with sleep disorder

(Newser) - Texas rapper Pimp C, found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room in December, died from an overdose of prescription cough syrup coupled with a sleep disorder that interrupts breathing, the LA coroner ruled yesterday. The 33-year-old Grammy nominee's death has been ruled an accident, reports the Houston Chronicle. Pimp... More »

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