Coroner: Cause of Jackson death deferred

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The world is remembered Michael Jackson Friday, and some Wilmington residents paid tribute to him one place he was well known - the dance floor.

Teenagers Brianna Clayton and Alex Kimbal paid homage to the King of Pop as they sang and danced to some of his greatest hits at A Leap Above Dance Studio on Wrightsville Avenue.

"I listen to his music everyday," said Clayton.  "It makes me motivated to want to learn his dances and listen to more of his music."

While Kimbal had a hard time dancing with a broken foot, she remembered Jackson on her cast, writing: "RIP MJ."

"I danced to a lot of his music, and I liked him a lot," said Kimbal.  "He's a very good dancer and singer.  He is a role model."

Like almost everyone of Michael Jackson's concerts throughout his career, his albums were sold out across Wilmington.

"As soon as it happened, every record store was on the phone and the internet ordering as much as they could," said Jheri Evans, employee of Gravity records.  "People are calling us, asking for his record.  We are going to try and make sure we have it for them, but pretty much everything is on backorder."

While Michael Jackson may not be with us anymore, his music and dancing will live on forever through his fans.

Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey says determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death will require further tests that will take six to eight weeks.

Harvey says there were no signs of foul play or trauma to the body. He also says Jackson was taking some unspecified prescription medications.

The spokesman says Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter is with Jackson's family.

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