Inside Michael Jacksons troubling autopsy from mystery scars to grim discovery

Michael Jackson performs at the Grammys in 1988

Michael Jackson died aged 50 after an overdose of surgical anaesthetic Propofol at his mansion in Los Angeles in June 2009.

His autopsy report was later released in full, and it confirmed the Thriller hitmaker’s secret health battles which led to troubling discoveries.

The star’s body was covered in scars and the singer had puncture wounds all over his arms, believed to have been caused by the drugs he was injecting in a desperate bid to overcome chronic insomnia.

His hips, thighs and shoulders were also covered in puncture marks from what were believed to be from painkiller injections.

There were also scars at the base of his neck and on his arms and wrist.

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Doctors later concluded that many of these were from his various operations.

On top of this, during Michael’s autopsy, it was discovered that his knees and shins were mysteriously bruised.

It was also revealed that he had cuts on his back, which might have suggested a fall shortly before his death.

In addition to the surgery scars, Michael was known for undergoing cosmetic surgery but the extent of his procedures was not widely unknown.

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The singer underwent various cosmetic surgeries including tattooing his lips pink and he also had a bald patch on his scalp which had been darkened with a tattoo to blend with his hairline.

While his eyebrows were tattooed black to match his dramatic hairstyle.

The Way You Make Me Feel hitmaker was said to be almost bald and the wavy, shoulder length hair he sported was in fact a wig that had been glued onto his head.

Beneath it, Michael was completely bald apart from patches of “peach fuzz” on his scarred scalp.

“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out, and he had been eating nothing but pills when he died,” a source close to the singer told The Sun.

“Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for some years.”

It’s believed the hairless patch on his head was due to burns he suffered in an accident on the set of a Pepsi commercial in 1984.

During filming while using pyrotechnics – which exploded on him – his hair was set on fire and he was treated for horrific second and third-degree burns.

The star ended up being carried out by a stretcher, with a bald, burning patch above his left ear clearly visible.

It has been suggested the incident was the start of Michael’s addiction to painkillers.

The autopsy also confirmed years of speculation about Michael’s ever changing skin colour.

He always insisted his light complexion was a result of a skin condition called vitiligo, which causes patches of lost pigmentation.

Dr. Christopher Rogers, the medic who oversaw the autopsy, noted that Michael did indeed suffer from vitiligo, adding: “So, some areas of the skin appear light and others appear dark.”

Meanwhile, the singer who was famed for bringing the Moonwalk to the world was protective of what was deemed to be his “money maker” – his feet.

During his performances he is remembered for wearing his trademark white socks but is said to have been hiding a pair of heavily deformed feet.

This was caused by agonising callouses and a fungal infection so severe that it looked like his skin was rotting.

According to his physician Dr Conrad Murray, the star was so obsessed with privacy that for years he refused to let anyone see his feet, let alone treat them.

Describing Michael’s feet in his 2016 autobiography, This Is It, Murray wrote: “(They) were covered in callouses… and had an advanced chronic fungal infection. It turned out he always wore socks because he was so ashamed of the way his feet looked.

“I suggested he needed a podiatrist. A day after his feet were treated, he was amazed he could walk and dance without pain.

“Later I prescribed anti-fungal medications to clear the infection. It was a complete success. Meanwhile, I personally administered regular lotions and massages to remove the rough skin.

“The fact Michael’s feet, something critical to him, were in such poor condition was a sign not only had he neglected himself but those around him were not keeping a close eye on his wellbeing.”

Murray was jailed for four years for involuntary manslaughter for improperly administering the fatal dose that led to Michael’s death, although he continues to maintain his innocence.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars but was released from prison in 2013 after a two-year stretch.

The autopsy also showed there had been a desperate struggle to save Jackson after he was found unconscious at his home on June 25, 2009.

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