Was Michael Jackson's demise reminiscent of the death of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes?
It certainly sounded like it in the Sun's report on supposedly leaked details from Michael Jackson's autopsy. The British tabloid claimed he was bald and emaciated, with a needle-marked and surgery-scarred body.
But The Times reports, on L.A. Now, that the Los Angeles coroner's office has dismissed these reports. An autopsy was done Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Toxicology tests will take several weeks to complete.
Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said the Sun's details did not come from either the private or the county autopsy.
"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," said coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey.
Some? The Sun report describes Jackson as weighing 112 pounds. His stomach was completely empty except for partially dissolved pills. It claims his hips, thighs and shoulders were covered with needle wounds.
It gets worse….
The Sun also reported fresh injections around his heart from attempts to pump adrenaline into it to jump-start it.
We will have to wait for weeks for final autopsy results.
But hopefully they will not — like these false reports — reveal a man who, like Howard Hughes, lived a reclusive, unhealthy and drug-addicted life for the last years of his privileged existence.
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Photo: Michael Jackson. Credit: WireImage.