Sunday, January 02, 2011
8308: Michael Jackson Autopsy Show Killed.
From The New York Post…
Michael Jackson autopsy television special pulled
A television show featuring the re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s autopsy has been “postponed indefinitely” by the Discovery Channel, it was announced Friday.
“Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” had been slated to air in Europe and the UK later this month.
“Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson’s estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’s official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely,” a Discovery Channel representative said.
The executors of the late pop star’s estate said they were “very pleased” with the move. “We are hopeful that this show will never run in any market in the future,” co-executors John Branca and John McClain said.
They sent a letter to Discovery Channel last week demanding they cancel the show.
“Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael’s family, and appears to be motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael’s death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value,” the letter, obtained by Fox News Channel, read.
They said they were “especially outraged” when a “sickening” print advertisement promoting the show made light of Jackson’s death by showing the singer’s sequin gloved hand sticking out from a coroner’s gurney.
The incident comes as Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray is set to argue in the manslaughter case against him that the King of Pop killed himself with a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol, entertainment website TMZ reported.
The singer died on June 25, 2009 of a prescription drug overdose at the age of 50.