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THE horrifying state of pop superstar Michael Jackson in his final days can be revealed by The Sun today.


Harrowing leaked autopsy details show the singer was a virtual skeleton — barely eating and with only pills in his stomach at the time he died.

His hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds — believed to be the result of injections of narcotic painkillers, given three times a day for years.

And a mass of surgery scars were thought to be the legacy of at least 13 cosmetic operations.

Experts found the distressing evidence of Jacko’s physical decline while investigating his startling death in Los Angeles last week.

The examination showed the 5ft 10in star — once famed for his on-stage athleticism — had:

PLUNGED to a “severely emaciated” 8st 1oz. It is understood anorexic Jackson had been eating just one meagre meal a day.

Pathologists found his stomach empty aside from partially-dissolved pills he took before the painkiller injection which stopped his heart. Samples were sent for toxicology tests.

LOST virtually all his hair. The pop pin-up was wearing a wig when he died and pathologists said little more than “peach fuzz” covered his scalp.

A scarred section of skin above his left ear was entirely bald — apparently the result of a 1984 accident when his hair caught fire as he filmed an ad for Pepsi.

SUFFERED several broken ribs as frantic rescuers pumped his chest after he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Four injection sites were found above or near to Jacko’s heart.

All appeared to result from attempts to pump adrenaline directly into the organ in a failed bit to restart it.

Three of the injections had penetrated the heart wall — causing damage — but a fourth missed and hit one of the 50-year-old star’s ribs.

The autopsy also found unexplained BRUISING on Jackson’s knees and on the fronts of both shins. And there were CUTS on his back, indicating a recent fall.

The King of Pop’s once handsome face bore a network of plastic surgery scars, while the bridge to his nose had vanished and its right side had partially collapsed.

As inquiries into the tragedy last night focused on the star’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray, a source close to the Jackson entourage said: “Michael’s family and fans will be horrified when they realise the appalling state he was in.

“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out and had been eating nothing but pills when he died. Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for years.

“His doctors and the hangers-on stood by as he self-destructed. Somebody is going to have to pay.”

Cardiologist Dr Murray was thought to have given Jackson the final injection of painkiller Demerol.

He is facing serious questions about his resuscitation attempts, which began when he started CPR as Jacko lay unconscious on a bed. Basic first aid guidance says patients must be face-up on a hard surface before compressions.

Experts yesterday expressed amazement that a trained cardiologist could have made such an error, potentially wasting vital minutes.

Additional damage was believed to have been caused by oxygen masks and tubing inserted during resuscitation attempts. But in an ironic twist, the probe found Jacko was recovering well from skin cancer — with an op to shave cells from his chest a total success.

A second autopsy demanded by the Jackson family was carried out at a secret location on Saturday after the first ruled out foul play.

Family friend Rev Jesse Jackson said the family were deeply suspicious about what caused his death.

Dr Murray was hired just 11 days ago by AEG Live — the firm masterminding Jacko’s 50-date residency at London’s O2 Arena, which was due to start next month.

Sources claimed the family were preparing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the cardiologist.

Detectives were unable to find the doctor at Jackson’s home and his car was taken away for analysis as police sought him for questioning. He surfaced late on Friday and was quizzed over the weekend.

The Sun told on Saturday how Jacko had developed stage fright for the first time and was terrified of performing the comeback gigs.

Aides claimed the ailing star even believed he would be KILLED if he pulled out on health grounds. We also revealed he was taking a potentially toxic cocktail of drugs.

Sources last night said prescriptions for drugs for patients other than Jacko were found at his home. Those patients were due to be quizzed.


Jackson’s Doctor Faces Questions

Police say they will question Michael Jackson’s cardiologist about whether drugs were to blame for the star’s death, after 911 tapes released Friday afternoon revealed the doctor was present at the time of Jackson’s collapse. Dr. Conrad Murray, who briefly disappeared Thursday after the singer was pronounced dead, was hired months ago to treat Jackson ahead of his upcoming tour. Investigators later briefly interviewed Murray and towed a car registered to Murray’s sister near Jackson’s home in the hopes that it may contain medication or other clues. LAPD Officer Robert French stressed that Murray is not the target of a criminal investigation, but said he may provide important information before Jackson’s toxicology results are returned. Jackson’s addiction to prescription drugs has led to suspicions about whether they were to blame for his untimely death.


Guide to Iran Power Players

While Mir Hossein Mousavi’s election battle plays out in the streets of Tehran, his most powerful ally, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (Ack-bar Hah-sheh-me Raf-san-johnny), 75, is leading the charge behind the scenes to annul the disputed election—and perhaps even overthrow the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rafsanjani heads the Assembly of Experts, which has the power to remove Khamenei, and reports suggest he has been leading a reformist bloc of insiders in hopes of securing the protesters’ demands from within the current government. He enjoys tremendous credibility with the public, making him a difficult foe to suppress. In addition to participating in the 1979 revolution, Rafsanjani served as president from 1989 to 1997, and helped select Khamenei as supreme leader in 1989. He ran for president again unsuccessfully in 2005 against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and was a vocal critic of the current president during the most recent election. In a possible attempt to stifle Rafsanjani’s pro-Mousavi campaign, Iranian police briefly jailed members of his family this week, including his daughter, before they were freed on Sunday. While Rafsanjani may be a democratic icon for the moment, he is by no means a friend of the West. In addition to being regarded as the father of Iran’s nuclear program, Argentine officials hold him responsible for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. A federal judge there issued a warrant for his arrest in 2006.


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