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By | Published on Wednesday 2 September 2009

The coroner investigating the death of Michael Jackson has formally declared the late king of pop’s death as homicide, concluding that “injection by another” led to the singer’s death. Jacko’s death certificate has reportedly been amended to reflect that conclusion.

The coroner’s report came as a surprise to no one, of course. With police continuing to investigate Jackson’s addiction to prescription drugs, and the medics who fed that addiction, by last week everyone already seemed to agree that the administration of powerful prescription drugs – most notably the anaesthetic propofol – killed the pop star.

The coroner’s papers do not specifically mention Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, who administered the last concoction of drugs that killed the singer, though he has been under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. Whether any action is taken will depend on whether the authorities believe Murray acted negligently in giving Jacko the drugs, and/or whether there was any fraudulent activity in the way the drugs were acquired in the first place.

As previously reported, some allege that Jackson was just one of a number of millionaire celebrities addicted to prescription drugs, and that Murray is just one of a number of LA-based doctors feeding those addictions, utilising a network of dodgy medics to acquire prescription medication under false names. Some wonder if the authorities are less interested in nailing Murray for Jackson’s demise, and more interested in exposing the wider problem of celebrity prescription drug abuse, and the network of well paid medics who both service those celebrities’ addictions, and cover up their dependencies. Time will tell I guess.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, German broadcaster RTL has admitted posting on the internet a fake video that seemingly showed the singer escaping from the coroner’s van that took him from the hospital where he died. The YouTube clip was widely viewed and reported on, feeding, as it did, into the “Jackson lives” conspiracy theory.

RTL took the video down, and told the Associated Press: “We wanted to show how easily users can be manipulated on the internet with hoax videos. Therefore, we created this video of Michael Jackson being alive, even though everybody knows by now that he is dead – and the response was breathtaking”.

Such spoof videos are quite common on the internet, of course, though it’s not normally broadcasters as reputable as RTL who post them, which may be why this particular video was viewed with more intrigue than most.

And finally in Jacko news, more speculation about the parenthood of the late singer’s three children, a game which has become very popular since Jackson’s death. With continued assumptions that Jackson didn’t provide the sperm for any of his kids, the latest rumour to hit the net was that child actor and Jacko friend Macauley Culkin was the biological father of the king of pop’s youngest child Blanket.

The tabs quoted a source thus: “Really, Jackson idolised [Culkin] – that’s why he asked Mack to donate sperm. Deep down, I think he always wished Mack was his son. Creating Blanket was the next best thing”. But Culkin’s publicist was quick to deny the rumours, telling reporters: ”The inquiries are too preposterous for us to even acknowledge”. Though do note, that’s not actually a denial. Look at me, fanning the rumour fire.