Michael Jackson’s burial was delayed as doctors removed his brain

Michael Jackson 's family were unable to bury the singer for weeks after his death because doctors removed his brain.

In a bid to find out what killed him, neuropathology tests were carried out to see if there were any clues to an exact cause of death.

Jackson's family were initially set to bury him without the organ but then delayed his funeral, so medical experts could continue their testing.

By August 2009, Los Angeles Department of Coronors had confirmed they had reunited his brain with the rest of the corpse.

The 50-year-old pop superstar's cause of death – a cardiac arrest – happened at his Los Angeles home on June 15, 2009 after he was given an overdose of powerful anaesthetic Propofol.

There had been speculation that he would be buried at his Neverland Ranch but he was later buried in the star-studded Holly Terrace Grand Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles.

Jackson's family were so concerned about his body after his death that they decided to have his coffin entombed in concrete .

He was buried in full stage costume, along with items from his life in music including his iconic white gloves.

The casket cost £18,000 and the singer was fitted with a special wig to give him flowing shoulder-length hair.

And a make-up artist painted his face to ensure he is buried as if he was taking to the stage for his last bow.

It is ten years since the death of Jackson, who's reputation has been tarnished somewhat by allegations of child abuse, many of which were included in the Leaving Neverland documentary.

In his autopsy, Jackson's tragic history of cosmetic surgery and secret health problems were laid bare.

His autopsy report was later published in full , and it confirmed the Thriller star's body was covered in scars.

Jackson 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.

There were also visible traces of the numerous cosmetic surgeries he'd undergone over the years.

He had two surgical scars behind his ears and two more on either side of his nostrils.

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

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

As well as undergoing surgery to change his appearance, Jackson also had a number of cosmetic tattoos including permanent pink liner inked around his lips.

His death was attributed to an overdose of Propofol, a surgical anaesthetic used in operating rooms.

It had been administered by Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the star's death.

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

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