To anybody who thought Michael Jackson’s straight, flowing, silken locks were genuine – I have a sack full of Elephant Man bones I’m selling for $100 a pound.
The Jackson autopsy report confirms the pop singer was balding with a “sparse” amount of hair. He also tattooed the front of his scalp with dark ink to cover his baldness, and he inked his eyebrows and eyelids as well.
And, as Jackson always insisted, he wore white makeup to cover up the skin disease vitiligo.
In other words, Jackson looked nothing like himself in public, which is ironic since my favorite Jackson song is “Man In The Mirror.”
Astonishingly, Jackson was 5 feet 9 inches tall but weighed a mere 136 pounds when he died of acute propofol intoxication. That’s tiny for a grown man.
His death was a sad way to go, and his alleged attraction to little boys certainly took the luster off his reputation late in his life.
On the other hand, Jackson lived half a century, was immensely talented, sold tons of records, earned riches untold, made out with Elvis’ daughter, and enjoyed worldwide fame (and all the Neverland amusement park rides he could stand). Not a bad life.
In fact, he met Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s criteria on whether a life was well lived: “Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?”
The Jackson documentary “This Is It,” released after his June 25 death, has already grossed more than $250 million.