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Michael Jackson's body to be dug up?

world Updated: Aug 29, 2010 21:18 IST
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More than a year after his death, pop icon Michael Jackson's body will reportedly be exhumed.

Dr Conrad Murray, the 'Thriller' hitmaker's physician, has been charged with 'involuntary manslaughter' and his lawyers plan to challenge Jackson's autopsy, which declared that his death was caused due to an overdose of the sedative Propofol.

The lawyers will argue that the 'King of Pop' died from the use of recreational drugs and may demand that his body be dug up for new tests ahead of Murray's trial next year, reported News Of The World online.

"This is a horrifying situation the family have been dreading. They laid Michael to rest and for him to return is just sick," said a source close to the Jackson family.

Lead attorney Ed Chernoff has already got the green light to re-test tissue samples removed and frozen after Jackson, 50, died last June.

"If the tests don't concur with the coroner's findings, they have the start of a strong defence. The logical next step would be to exhume the body to make new tests," added the source.

The hitmaker is buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

Jackson's family had gone to extraordinary lengths to keep the exact location secret due to worries that his followers will throng the resting place of their idol.