Jackson Death 'Almost Certainly' Homicide

Plus, more on his rumored love child, and Paris
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2009 9:54 AM CDT
Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II appear on stage during the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, July 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)
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(Newser) – When the coroner releases Michael Jackson’s autopsy results—scheduled for next week—the cause of death will “almost certainly” be listed as homicide, law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Elsewhere:

  • Omer Bhatti “had a father-and-son type of connection” with Michael, a pal tells People, “but I never thought he was his biological father.” Nonetheless, “everyone knew him as ‘Little Michael.’” Adds another source, “He lived with Michael like a son.”

  • Jackson’s infamous nose was a prosthetic—and it’s missing from his body, according to the New York Post, citing a Rolling Stone report. Witnesses say there was only a hole where his nose should have been as he lay in the morgue.
  • In other Jackson body part news, you can own a charred strand of his hair, Newsday reports. The hair, saved by a producer of the Pepsi shoot that went wrong, will be turned into diamonds. “The provenance and authenticity of this lock of hair is impeccable, including the highly publicized video showing the original owner of the hair using his Armani jacket to extinguish Jackson's hair,” says the new owner of the locks.