Christian, son of Marlon Brando died last week, and the AP his former wife has now started a legal malpractice action concerning his will and codicils.  "But his family requested the autopsy on Monday "based on his past drug history," Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt Fred Corral said.

The autopsy, including a toxicology analysis, was scheduled for Tuesday, Mr Corral said.

Also on Monday, Christian Brando’s ex-wife Deborah sued the executors of Marlon Brando’s estate, claiming she is a victim of professional negligence, fraud and deceit.

She claimed that, as part of a February 2007 settlement with Christian Brando in a domestic violence case, she would become assignee of her ex-husband’s rights and claims in the estate.

Deborah Brando accused producer Mike Medavoy and fellow executors Larry J Dressler and Avra Douglas of executing a forged codicil to Brando’s will days before his death in July 1, 2004.