Michael Jackson: coroner's office disputes the Sun's autopsy claims
Yesterday the Sun's front-page exclusive claimed the singer's autopsy results showed the King of Pop was a "virtual skeleton", almost completely bald and that his "hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds" after he died of a suspected heart attack last Thursday.
The Sun reported that the autopsy conducted by Los Angeles County coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran found frantic attempts to resuscitate 50-year-old Jackson had also broken several of his ribs.
Sathyavagiswaran's autopsy was one of two carried out on Jackson's body – the second was conducted by a private pathologist.
After the Sun's revelations, LA County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said reports Jackson was almost bald, emaciated and that his hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds did not come from either the private or county autopsies.
"I don't know where that information came from, or who that information came from. It is not accurate. Some of it is totally false," Winter added.
Speculation about what caused Jackson's heart to stop has centred on his prescription drug use, but toxicology tests are expected to take several more weeks.
The pop star died at his rented Los Angeles home, days before he was due to start a string of concerts in London at the O2 Arena.
At the time of publication, the Sun had not responded to a request for comment.
OK! owner 'paid $500k for last shots of Michael Jackson'
OK! magazine publisher Northern & Shell secured exclusive rights for the last known photo of Michael Jackson alive, with reports suggesting that the company paid $500,000 (£304,000) to use the controversial image of the dying star in the UK and the US.
Today US trade title Mediaweek reported unnamed sources claiming Northern & Shell paid the equivalent of around $500,000 for exclusive magazine rights to the photo in the US and UK. However, sources at Northern & Shell were unable to confirm the figure.
Securing the picture led Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell to increase its print run and bring forward publication of celebrity magazine OK! from its regular Tuesday slot to Monday in the UK this week, when it ran on its cover the exclusive image of Jackson being attended to by medical staff shortly before his death from a suspected heart attack.
The publisher also ran pictures of OK!'s Jackson cover on the front of its Daily Star and Daily Express newspapers yesterday and will use them in its American titles, including the US edition of OK! magazine.
OK!'s use of the image of the dying star being taken to hospital in Los Angeles is likely to bring the celebrity magazine further accusations of insensitivity.
Earlier this year OK! published a special Jade Goody obituary edition a week before the reality TV star died of cancer, leading to more than 60 complaints being made to the Press Complaints Commission.
Paul Ashford, the editorial director of Northern & Shell, said the images were "tragic pictures" of a "tragic event", but said OK! was justified in printing the images because they constituted a major celebrity news story.
"The picture is not one of a person in agony but with his eyes closed being attended to by medical staff," Ashford said.
"It's not an offensive-looking picture, it is just the last moments, the last picture. We think it's a picture that people will want to see in the magazine."
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Jesus FUCKING christ @ that last quote from OK! And hey, mainstream media, maybe next time YOU WON'T FUCKING CONSIDER THE SUN AS A LEGITIMATE NEWS SOURCE? Oh, guess I'm just dreaming.