Discovery Network cancels fictional account of Jackson's autopsy
A planned re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s autopsy, which was due to air in the UK on January 13, has been cancelled.
The show, which was entitled ‘Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson’, was an unofficial, fictional account of what Jackson’s autopsy might have been like and what the results might have been.
The broadcast was due to air on the Discovery Televsion Network in the UK and several other European countries, but has been postponed indefinitely, with the network citing forthcoming legal proceedings and concern from Jackson’s family.
Discovery Televsion Network said in a statement “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.”
The show had been widely criticised after an advertisement for the programme depicted a single, sequined glove poking out of a covered body. Spokesmen for Jackson’s estate have welcomed the decision, having stated originally that they connsidered the show to be “…in shockingly bad taste.”