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Jacko: No to post-mortem results and yes to film release

By | Published on Tuesday 11 August 2009

The results of Michael Jackson’s second post-mortem will not be made public until police complete their investigation into the singer’s death. It is, however, expected that the results of the tests will show that he was heavily medicated when he died, with police still focussing mainly on the dose of powerful anaesthetic propofol reportedly given to Jackson by his doctor, Conrad Murphy, prior to the cardiac arrest which killed him.

As previously reported, Dr Murray, whose offices were searched by police last month in connection with the singer’s death, has not been named as a suspect yet, though court records confirm that he is the subject of a manslaughter investigation.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, AEG Live’s documentary footage of Jackon’s rehearsals for his ill-fated O2 residency will be released on 30 Oct, with 90% of proceeds going to his family, following approval from LA’s Probate Court. The deal between the Jackson estate, AEG Live and Sony’s Columbia Pictures was one of various commercial agreements put before a judge this week by the executors of his estate – they were looking for court approval to enter into such deals before the late King Of Pop’s affairs are fully wound up.

Cut together from over 80 hours of footage and interspersed with interviews with the star’s friends and collaborators, the film will apparently be called ‘This Is It’ (after the title of that O2 residency, of course, even though it has now taken on a very different meaning), and will also be shown partly in 3D for extra gruesomeness.

Jackson’s mother Katherine has raised various objections about the film, particularly over the possibility that her son’s three children, of whom she is now the legal guardian, would appear in it. AEG have now said that they will not be shown on screen.

Head of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton said: “This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound”.