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MJ’s brain was missing from coffin

Published: Thursday, July 9, 2009, 15:16 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London (ANI): michael jackson's brain was not there when his body lay in the golden casket at his memorial service, it has been confirmed. The late King of Pop"s brain has been kept for toxicology tests by experts who want to find out the singer"s fatal heart attack was caused by painkillers.

"As soon as we are done with the brain, we'll return it. The last I heard, they are not burying the body yet," the Sun quoted assistant chief coroner Ed Winter as saying.

The 'Thriller" hitmaker"s death certificate signed by sister La Toya lists the cause of death as deferred. Recently, Los Angeles Coroner"s spokesman Craig Harvey said that neuropathology tests are going to be conducted to see if the brain holds any clues to the exact cause of Jackson"s death.

However, the examination cannot start until at least two weeks after the death when the brain has hardened sufficiently to slice it open. Sources at the coroner"s office revealed that his brain was removed before his body was released to relatives the next day.

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