First reports of Michael Jackson’s autopsy results
As we come to terms with Michael Jackson‘s untimely death, TMZ.com are reporting Michael’s body was in terrible shape and he had only pills in his stomach when he died on Thursday.
Using London newspaper The Sun as a source, TMZ reports Jackson’s hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds. Claiming to have details of the autopsy, the paper is saying Jackson was bald at the time of his death and suffered several broken ribs, probably from the failed attempts to revive him.
There were four “injection sites” found above or near his heart, according to the paper, where rescue workers reportedly shot adrenaline into his heart in an attempt to restart it.
UPDATE: TMZ.com are now reporting the autopsy report was “fabricated”.
The Sun also says the autopsy found unexplained bruising on Jackson’s knees and on the fronts of both shins. News updates are still forthcoming.
Janet Jackson is escorted to the stage by Jamie Foxx at the BET Awards 2009
At last night’s BET Awards, performers including Jamie Foxx, New Edition and Ne-Yo all paid tribute to the passing of the King of Pop.
A grief-stricken Janet Jackson appeared towards the end of the night to speak briefly on behalf of the Jackson family and thank everyone for the outpouring of support.
“To you, Michael is an icon,” she said. “To us, Michael is family and he will forever live in all of our hearts. Thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.”
Tributes to Michael Jackson are taking place across the globe. Below are photos taken this weekend at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where Michael first performed as part of the Jackson 5 at nine years old:
Crowds gather at the front of the Apollo Theater
Fans signing the extended tribute wall next to the Apollo
Boss Lady signed the wall on behalf of DrJays.com