Coroner Questions Dermatologist in Jackson Death

Authorities questioned Michael Jackson's longtime physician, Dr. Arnold Klein.

ByABC News
July 14, 2009, 5:28 PM

JULY 14, 2009— -- Investigators from the Los Angeles County Coroner questioned Dr. Arnold Klein, Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist, and subpoenaed medical records from his office as part of their investigation into the singer's death.

Jackson was a patient of Klein for two decades and the doctor's name has reportedly surfaced on a shortlist of five personal physicians authorities have sought to question.

Seen exiting Klein's office with the doctor and his lawyer, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter would not name other doctors his office is questioning.

"We are not investigating the doctors -- we are investigating the death of Michael Jackson and we are contacting all of his doctors," he told reporters outside Klein's office.

Klein's lawyer dispelled rumors that the doctor had been less than forthcoming with authorities, and told reporters that his client was cooperating with the investigation.

"Dr. Klein has been and is continuing to cooperate with Mr. Winter's office and their investigation into the death of Michael Jackson," said the doctor's attorney Bradley Boyer.

Under California law, the coroner has a right to issue demands for records to determine the manner and cause of death in cases under their jurisdiction, Chief Coroner Investigator Ed Harvey told ABC News.

Jackson and Klein's relationship extended outside the walls of the exam room. The two men were friends and it was in Klein's office that Jackson met Debbie Rowe, the nurse with whom the singer had two children in the late 1990s.

Klein has been rumored to have donated the sperm with which Rowe became pregnant, an accusation the doctor has denied -- with reservations.

On July 8, he told "Good Morning America" that he was not the father of Jackson's two oldest children, Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, as he far as he knew.