Family upset by Jackson autopsy show
The Discovery Channel may have to back away from a program that may feature a re-enactment of the Michael Jackson's autopsy after complaints by his family. Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson is to be telecast on the Discovery Channel in Britain next month. Reuters reports that the executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain, wrote to Discovery on Wednesday and asked the company to “reconsider and cancel this program.”
They were reacting to an ad for the program that showed a sequined glove alongside a body draped in a sheet. The ad, they said, was “debased, sick and insensitive.” Discovery said there were no plans to show the program in the United States. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of what was later found to be acute Propofol intoxication, with other sedatives found to have been a contributing factor.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that the defense for the doctor facing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death will suggest the singer actually killed himself. A prosecutor brought it up during a hearing Wednesday. "I do think it's clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself," said Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. "They don't want to say it but that's the direction in which they are going." The statement came at a hearing where a lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray clashed with the prosecutor over who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson's bedroom. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, after which Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there is sufficient evidence to hold Murray for trial.
Associated Press photo of Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Michael.