Not only that, Jackson’s lips had been tattooed pink while his eyebrows were black tattoos and the front of his scalp had also bizarrely been tattooed black to blend with his hairline. Meanwhile, the star’s knees and shins were mysteriously bruised and he had cuts on his back, suggesting a recent fall. His body was also mottled with areas of light and dark skin, confirming he did indeed suffer from pigmentation disease vitiligo.
Jackson was also reportedly badly asides from patches of ‘peach fuzz’ on his scarred scalp as his wavy, shoulder-length hair was found to be a wig that had been glued onto his head.
“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out, and he had been eating nothing but pills when he died,” a source close to the singer told The Sun.
“Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for some years.”
However, a 2009 report by The Guardian dismissed The Sun’s report originally published in 2009 but updated in 2019.
The Guardian reports that the Los Angeles coroner’s office dismissed as “inaccurate” claims made in The Sun newspaper that Jackson’s autopsy revealed he was emaciated and almost bald when he died.
LA County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said reports Jackson was almost bald, emaciated and that his hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds did not come from either the private or county autopsies.
“I don’t know where that information came from, or who that information came from. It is not accurate. Some of it is totally false,” Winter added.
In 1984, Jackson’s hair caught fire during filming for a 1984 Pepsi commercial. The singer was left with second and third-degree burns and it is believed this accident made him start wearing a wig.
He was prescribed severe pain killers to cope with the agony of the burns to his scalp and face. It has often been speculated that the accident was the beginning of the singer’s pill addiction.
His addiction to prescription medication would eventually kill him.
His brother Tito previously told the Mirror:
“He had been taking pain medicine because of the burns and evidently he got some kind of addiction from it.”