Reaction to Michael Jackson’s death is naturally dominating the newspapers today (June 29).
There are various claims, rumours, gossip and stories about the singer, his death, his life and the aftermath filling the tabloids. Here is a round-up of what is being said about Jackson.
Singer’s doctor denies prescribing painkillers as family call for investigation
The singer’s family are demanding a detailed account of the singer’s death from his doctor Conrad Murray – however, the physician has denied that he administered a painkilling injection an hour before Jackson died or that he prescribed him the drugs Demerol or OxyContin. His lawyer said the claims were “absolutely false” and that the doctor had tried to revive the singer with CPR. The family are concerned, however, that Dr Murray apparently went “missing” after the death, did not sign the death certificate, and, when he finally emerged, he did so through legal representation.
Police are launching criminal investigation into Jackson’s death
Police are launching a criminal investigation into the singer’s death, a lawyer for his family have claimed. “I can tell you, and this is a new development, there is a criminal investigation taking place by the Los Angeles Police Department. That is the case. They have told the family. I don’t want to make any accusations as to any particular people,” said lawyer Brian Oxman.
Autopsy results suggest singer was bald and had at least 13 cosmetic operations
According to the autopsy carried out on Jackson‘s body the singer was virtually bald and his face was covered with plastic surgery scars from at “least 13 cosmetic operations”. He weighed just 8st 5oz and was said to be “severely emaciated”. The singer also suffered several broken ribs as paramedics tried to revive him.
Michael Jackson’s funeral plans
Jackson‘s family are modelling his funeral on Princess Diana‘s. Apparently the ceremony will be the most “star-studded bash ever”, with the likes of Paul McCartney, Madonna, Britney Spears and even Barack Obama among those who could attend. After which the family will follow the Diana example and opt for a private burial. Jackson could apparently be buried near his Santa Barbara Neverland ranch.
Jackson‘s funeral could take place on Wednesday (July 1).
Family members searching for singer’s “secret cash”
Jackson’s former nanny Grace Rwaramba has attacked an unnamed member of Jackson‘s family who was trying to find the singer’s money after his death. “The relative said ‘Grace, you remember Michael used to hide cash at the house? I’m here. Where can it be?’,” the nanny is quoted as saying. “I told them to look in the garbage bags and under the carpets. But can you believe that?”
Jackson‘s eldest son Prince apparently watched his father die in a “trance-like” state. “Prince was stunned – in a trance – just watching. There was no movement, just looking around and not really processing what was really happening,” claims Jackson‘s biographer Stacy Brown.
Jackson was working on a song he co-wrote with his children called ‘River Ripple’. The family styled themselves as the Jackson 4.
Janet Jackson named executor of singer’s estate
Sister Janet Jackson is set to be named the executor of the singer’s estate. It is believed he had debts of over £300m.
Singer was ready for O2 Arena residency claims
Robert Baker, who owns the Los Angeles dance studio where Jackson was preparing for his O2 Arena residency, claims the singer was in “the shape of his life, like a 20-year-old”.
Last pictures of singer to be published
Pictures of Jackson being taken to hospital by paramedics are set to feature on magazine covers in the next few days. There are also images of the singer rehearsing with dancers for his O2 Arena residency.
Jackson gay claims emerge
A Jackson biographer Ian Halperin is claiming the singer was gay and he had several boyfriends. “I spoke to two of his gay lovers, one a Hollywood waiter, the other an aspiring actor,” said Halperin. He also stressed none of his alleged lovers were underage.
Partying Jackson snaps circulated
Photos of Jackson from 2003 have emerged of him wearing 1970s fancy dress. He wears an afro wig similar to how his hair was when he first emerged in the Jackson 5.
Read Michael Jackson’s obituary on NME.COM now.