The Discovery Channel has decided to drop its ghoulish re-enactment of pop star Micheal Jackson’s autopsy after an outcry of protests from fans, Jackson family members and the singer’s estate.
The show was called “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” but there is no real controversy over how the King of Pop died.
He suffered cardiac arrest at his home from an overdose of Propofol, a powerful anesthetic that is almost never administered outside of a hospital setting.
To make matters worse, the show is a fictional account of the autopsy.
So what’s the mystery? None… except perhaps why Discovery would ever think to air such a program.
Jackson fans worldwide were so incensed they launched a petition drive to dissuade the network and executors of Jackson’s estate sent a letter to Discovery calling the program “insensitive” and “in shockingly bad taste.”
The network promoted the show with a print advertisement showing a body covered by a sheet, with one hand exposed, wearing the singer’s trademark sequined glove.
Talk about pandering to morbid interest.
The shameful program was slated to air in several western European countries and the United Kingdom on Jan. 13, but not in the United States.
In the face of protests, Discovery backtracked, citing a legal hearing slated for next week to determine if enough evidence exists to prosecute Dr. Conrad Murray, who was attending to Jackson the night he died.
“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,” Discovery said in a statement.
Jackson, then 50, died on June 25, 2009, only weeks before he was set to perform more than 50 sold out concerts in London to mark his comeback.
Murray has admitted administering the drug and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
But Murray has pleaded not guilty, and Los Angeles prosecutors suggested earlier this week that he may try to assert that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose.