Michael Jackson: why his autopsy was particularly painful

It’s been more than eleven years since the king of pop breathed his last. On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of a heart attack caused by an overdose of Propofol, a strong anesthetic administered by his doctor, Conrad Murray. A few days later, and in accordance with the rules in force, doctors autopsied the body of the performer of Thriller. And years later, new reports reveal another side of Michael Jackson. According to The Mirror, the King of Pop’s body was damaged by “years of surgery, prescription drug abuse and an apparent battle with anorexia.” At the time of his death, he weighed only a few tens of kilograms and had only partially dissolved pills in his stomach. His hips, thighs and shoulders were covered with bite marks from painkillers, again according to the tabloid.

The last years of his life, the king of pop had subjected his body to several transformations and modifications. Michael Jackson’s lips had notably been tattooed in pink while his eyebrows were tattooed in black, just like the top of his scalp, to blend with the roots of his hair. Also according to the Mirror, the star’s knees and shins were bruised and he had cuts on his back, as if he had recently fallen. His body was also covered with areas of light and dark skin, confirming that he was suffering from the pigmentation disease called vitiligo. “But more worryingly,” her wavy, shoulder-length hair turned out to be a wig that had been glued to her head. Under it, Mickael Jackson was completely bald except for the spots of “peach down”. “He had skin and bones, his hair had fallen out and he had only eaten pills when he died,” a source close to the singer told The Sun.

His doctor was convicted and then released

“The injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement from years of plastic surgery show that he had been in decline for a few years,” he continued. According to the Mirror, Michael Jackson started wearing a wig after his hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984, leaving him with second and third degree burns. It was from this moment that the singer began to take very strong analgesic drugs. “He was taking pain relievers for the burns and obviously had some kind of addiction to them,” one of his brothers said a few years ago. During Michael Jackson’s autopsy, doctors found traces of many drugs: propofol, therefore, but also the anxiolytic lorazepam, the hypnotic midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine. His doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, was sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter before being released in 2013.

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