Jackson, widely regarded as the King of Pop by his die-hard fans, was one of the most significant figures of the 20th century. Known for his unorthodox lifestyle and changing appearances, he had become a global superstar by the Eighties. In 2009, while preparing for his comeback “This is It” tour, the 50-year-old was found dead from an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine administered by his personal physician – Dr Conrad Murray.
In August that year, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was a homicide and charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter on February 8, 2010 – which he would later serve two years for.
However, exactly a decade on, the two detectives who worked closely on the case – Dr Orlando Martinez and Detective Scott Smith – have featured in a tell-all documentary on the case.
Appearing on Quest Red’s “Killing Michael Jackson”, Mr Smith – who was present during the five-hour autopsy – told viewers the most surprising thing he noticed about Jackson’s corpse.
He said: “When I showed up to go into the autopsy, you know, they had a little cover over the window and they were looking to make sure it was just me, then they usher me in right away, closed the door and locked it.
Michael Jackson’s autopsy shocked detectives
Michael Jackson passed away in 2009
The thing that was odd, that I found myself periodically looking at was his head
“Everything had been cleared out of there, I remember it being close to five hours long, it was extraordinarily long.
“The thing that was odd, that I found myself periodically looking at was his head, his scalp.
“Whenever he was out in public he was wearing a wig.”
In 1984, Jackson was badly burned while filming a commercial for Pepsi.
During a simulated concert before a full house of fans, pyrotechnics accidentally set Jackson’s hair on fire, causing second-degree burns to his scalp.
Jackson underwent treatment to hide the scars and had his third rhinoplasty surgery shortly thereafter
Pepsi settled out of court, and Jackson donated the $1.5million(£1.2million) settlement to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California.
However, Mr Smith detailed the shocking extent of the injuries that Jackson had hidden for so many years.
He added: “Looking at his scalp, and the top of his head being severely scarred.
“He had hardly any hair at all on the sides [compared] to what he would look like in public with the flowing hair – that was a bit different.
“I’m not defending his use of prescription medicine by any means, but he experienced something like that and it opens up the door for painkillers and whatever else that may lead to.
Conrad Murray served two years in prison
The autopsy showed scarring on Jackson’s head
“But other than that, it [was] just ‘let’s do this and get it done.’”
Earlier this year, another documentary on Jackson was released, sparking mass controversy.
Dan Reed directed and produced “Leaving Neverland” for HBO and Channel 4.
It focussed on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who alleged they were sexually abused as children by Jackson inside his Neverland Ranch in California.
The Jackson estate condemned the film as a “tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death”.
However, it was not the first claim of such nature.
In 1993, Jackson was accused of sexually molesting 13-year-old Jordan Chandler.
The singer denied the claims and settled the case out of court for a $15million (£11.8million) payment.
The settlement included a nondisclosure agreement and no criminal charges were filed.
In 1994, Jason Francia accused Jackson of molesting him from when he was seven to 10 years old.
Jackson made an out-of-court settlement with Francia’s family for more than $2million (£1.5million) and a non-disclosure agreement.
Scott Smith was a detective at LAPD
Jackson was injured during the filming of a commericial
In 2005, Jackson was criminally tried for child abuse charges, following concerns raised in the 2003 documentary Living with Michael Jackson.
In the film, Jackson was holding hands with a boy named Gavin Arvizo and talked about his sleepovers with children.
Jackson was acquitted of the charges.
Killing Michael Jackson aired on Saturday 22 June on Quest Red and is available on the QuestOD app.