Estate attempts to thwart Michael Jackson’s autopsy reenactment
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, have appealed to Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel a scheduled broadcast of the pop star’s autopsy reenactment. Discovery Channel in Europe plans to air the controversial program, entitled “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson” in the United Kingdom on January 13.
In a letter written to Discovery Communications Inc. CEO David Zaslav, the executors angrily denounce the network for choosing to air the special, stating,
“Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael’s family, and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael’s death.”
Discovery Communications Inc. has no comment.
Michael Jackson autopsy show runs “insensitive” ad
To promote the program, Discovery has released an internet advertisement that has also drawn the ire of the Jackson estate. The ad depicts a covered body on a gurney with a protruding hand wearing the iconic sequined glove Jackson often wore in his early career. The executors condemned the image as “sick and insensitive.”
Jackson died from an apparent overdose of prescription medication in 2009, at the age of 50. Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, faces charges of manslaughter. Early reports suggest Dr. Murray will defend himself by declaring that Jackson took his own life.
Michael Jackson remains the King
Dubbed the “King of Pop” due to his immeasurable success and appeal as a global entertainer, his popularity continues after his death. Sony Corp. released “Michael”, an album of new material, on December 14, which sold very well, as expected. It appears Michael Jackson is still reigning, even posthumously.