A man from Las Vegas has been caught trying to cash in on the death of pop legend Michael Jackson by attempting to sell two X-rays he had taken of his chest before he died. The twisted vendor is offering to ship memorabilia for $3,000.
The X-rays were taken of Michael Jackson’s chest when the King of Pop was suffering from pneumonia. The date on them is March 26, 2007 and they were allegedly taken using Jackson’s nom-de-plume, Mike Smythe.
The “Thriller” star often used aliases for treatment and to secure various prescription drugs like that which eventually led to his untimely death. Jackson even used the names of people he knew, such as his personal chef and assistant, the novelist Jack London, and most bizarrely, his own son Prince Michael.
However, the birth date recorded on the x-rays is correct for Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958. They were taken at a major medical center in Las Vegas. The technician who took the images kept a copy for himself and then decided to sell them on. He no longer works at that particular medical facility.
The x-rays are said to show “cloudiness in Michael Jackson’s chest, which I’m guessing is to be expected if one has pneumonia. It is also around this same time that Jackson was hospitalized in Las Vegas as he became ill after a trip to Japan on which he allegedly caught from his then two young children, Paris and Prince. This is not the first time that people have attempted to make money from selling Jackson’s private information and property. His bodyguard, Eric Muhammad, once tried to sell the surgical face mask Michael Jackson wore the night before he died in June 2009. He was charging $150,000.