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Drug Enforcement Administration Joins Probe On Michael Jackson Death

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been asked to help police take a look at the Michael Jackson's doctors and possible drug use, following a revelation by his nurse that the singer pleaded with her for a powerful sedative just days before his death.

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked the DEA for assistance in the probe, which means the federal agency will lend its expert resources and experience in investigating drug abuse that police may not be familiar with.

LA County coroner's officials confiscated a number of prescription drugs earlier this week from Jackson's mansion. The LAPD is said to be in the process of interviewing a number of doctors involved with writing prescriptions for him.

Meanwhile, as Jackson's fans continue to wait for word of when and where a memorial service will be held, a family spokesman confirms that a public memorial is in the works but that it won't be held at Neverland: "The Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private viewing at Neverland. Plans are underway regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly."

For what it's worth, we're hearing unconfirmed reports that Michael Jackson's funeral will be on Tuesday, July 7, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

But Michael Jackson fans aren't just waiting, they're also listening to his music. According to the latest numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Jackson's album sales have exploded since his death with the top three spots now all held by his albums, 'Number Ones', 'Essential Michael Jackson', and 'Thriller'.

In fact, the number of albums Jackson sold in the week has already surpassed all the his albums sold from the start of the year. The King of Pop has also set a record on the digital end of things with more than 2.3 million digital downloads for the week.

No single artist had sold more than a million digital downloads in a week since Nielsen began keeping record in 2004.

July 2, 2009 |

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