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Michael Jackson's Death Photo

Frightening Intentions?

9/27/2011 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It seems the prosecution wanted to give the Michael Jackson death photo a murky, gritty treatment before it was presented in court this morning -- because it was clearly touched up to look as daunting as possible.

It appears the photo is NOT the original pic -- because now it includes a tattered border, a morgue-esque green hue ... and the word "Homicide" printed over MJ's body in a grainy, police-style font.

The prosecution used the photo as the background for a slide-show presentation in court.

Compare the pic to a cleaned up version of the photo (below) -- is the murky photo more likely to shake the jury?

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We gotta ask ...

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46.

hmmm    

If he died instantly, how did he end up with hospital gown and wrist band? This photo doesn't look like someone who got to the hospital to late.

1067 days ago
47.

Dawn Hoyle    

I think that if they wanted to show this in court that is on them, NOT to the fans of MJ! This upsets me to see this it's hardenough that he is forever gone, now photos are coming out. I am good don't need to see more of these

1067 days ago
48.

DanoMc    

If this is MJ's "death" photo, why is he wearing a hospital gown? He was found dead, they tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. They dressed him while they were trying to revive him? Plus he's got a name tag wristband on? I think this a hijacked picture from a doctor's visit, not a "death" photo.

1067 days ago
49.

mrs.chanel    

Is this really? It makes me sick to have to see the King of Pop like this,

1067 days ago
50.

Andrea    

Are you kidding me TMZ?? Having loast both parents I can't imagine how I would feel if you had splattered a picture of their dead bodies on an entertainment and gossip site. How do you think this makes his family feel? Harvey- Would you like gawkers looking a a picture of your father on his deathbed? Where is your empathy or have we become that desentitized and sociopathic as a culture? Beyond bad taste even for TMZ

1067 days ago
51.

Cass    

There is no story here! You guys were just looking for a way to print that picture and not look sleazy! Well you still look sleazy!!

1067 days ago
52.

Jess    

WHY would they release this photo to the public?! It's devistating, depressing, and only a painful reminder that MJ is no longer with us. What is wrong with people?! I really didn't want to see his body. I wanted to remember MJ the way he was....When he was on that stage. NOT in a hospital bed dead >(

1067 days ago
53.

Frank Abbadessa    

Everything to live for...What a mess he was.

1067 days ago
54.

Margarida Maria    

Which the reason to display this photo now ? To cause impact ? This photo is not real.
As well as the photo of the ambulance was not real.
The name of the Dr Murray, also is not real, is not this the real name of it. It can judge a person with false name ? Then the judgment is false ?
They think that the MJ fans are idiotic ?
Everything this is a madness.I think that MJ deserves respect.
I love you Michael Jackson. God bless you, where you will be.

1067 days ago
55.

katie10    

OH, and he's supposedly dead yet and they've been working on him for hours, dead, so they put his gown back on, look at that gurney (please), turn his head and take a picture, and raise the head of the gurney too. HE's supposedly DEAD, the gurney would be flat because they were SUPPOSEDLY working on him. Look at his legs, where's the rest of his body and why is it so blurry, no equipment, nothing..where did they stick him, in the middle of a hallway. PLEASE, fake photo, FAKE phone message, why would conrad be taping MJ and ordering tons of propofol before he even MET murray, this is fake...all of this i now believe is FAKE!

1067 days ago
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JoseLizette_NJPhilly    

I think the Prosecutor wanted to "shock the jury"i m sure they did ,hell media and US WERE SHOCKED,and out of U.S.A. so rip michael,he is asleep and at peace,and look at peace there too.
i feel awful hearing the tape recording audio,clearly the dr.i think has dirty agenda why he tape him. i really do.
maybe to bribe em,poor guy RIP and i feel the jury will vote appropriate.GUILTY.

from Jose and Lizette Hernandes on facebook.

1067 days ago
57.

Lauren    

poor mj :(

1067 days ago
58.

HumanNature    

EXCELLENT PRESENTATION OF THE PROSECUTION!!!!!


CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER STILL DO NOT HAVE A DEFENSE!!!!


THERE'S NOTHING FAKE ABOUT MJ APPEARING TO BE DEAD!!!!


THERE'S NOTHING FAKE ABOUT THE PHONE RECORDING OF MJ UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS!!!!!


WHAT'S REAL IS THAT MJ IS DEAD!!!!

1067 days ago
59.

MichaelJACKSON    

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TMZ, stop BS ing, you make it SOUND as if they touched up to make it that it is not WHCH IS NOT THE CASE. IT IS CALLED WATERMARK!!!!! They had to watermark (fade the pic) so they can use it as a background for their presentation. How can they use the actualy picture and add text on top????? it is the SAME PICTURE!

This is media sensationalizing again,,,,here we go!!!!
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1067 days ago
60.

pauline    

I think you guys should take this photo down..it's very disrespectful to Michael and his family.

1067 days ago
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