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Was Michael Jackson Bald and Wearing a Wig?

Michael Jackson BaldMichael Jackson was known for much more than his controversial lifestyle. He was a passionate supporter of charity, a loving father and a pop legend. Still, controversy reigns following the superstars death and a “leaked” autopsy report now appears to be fabricated.

The Belgravia Centre had speculated on Michael Jackson’s bald spot once before and although we could not come to any final conclusions, The Sun yesterday brought the issue of Michael Jackson’s hair loss to light once again.

Among other harrowing details, The Sun claimed Jackson was “Virtually bald – and wearing a wig when he died” and quoted pathologists as saying his scalp was covered in little more than “peach fuzz”. The newspaper sparked immediate disbelief from loyal fans and intrigue from others, but according to the assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, “some” of the details are wrong.

“The report that is being published did not come from our office,” said Assistant Chief Ed Winter. “I don’t know where that information came from, or who that information came from. It is not accurate. Some of it is totally false.”

The Sun’s details painted the picture of an extremely ill man – bald and “severely emaciated”, weighing in at 8st 1oz on his 5ft 10in frame, covered in scars from cosmetic and plastic surgery operations and injection marks over much of his body.

The Sun’s details about Jackson’s condition when he died were based on “leaked autopsy” information which officials have swiftly dismissed as fake. Two autopsies were conducted, one on Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner which was inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests, and another on Saturday by a private pathologist hired by the Jackson family.

“The (Sun) report did not come as a result of our autopsy, or of the private autopsy,” Winter said.

At the time of writing, Joe Jackson has said he is suspicious of the way his 50-year-old son died and insists on seeing the results of the second autopsy before he buries his son.

Whether Michael Jackson’s hair was real or just a wig is not known for certain, but the idea that he suffered baldness is not likely to be substantiated any time soon by family or friends. And why should it? The man was a legend, regardless of whether he had hair or not, and more than 80% of men will suffer hair loss at some stage of their lives anyway. Sure, the transformation from his cute 70s afro to his slick version of the Jheri curl and to a sleek and straight mane might raise suspicion that he tampered with his natural hair, but who doesn’t like to experiment? And sure, his hairline appeared to have changed a bit over the years, but not every man’s hairline will remain the same throughout his life.

Michael Jackson's hair styles transformed throughout the years

If the Thriller star was indeed bald, there are plenty of reasons why he could have lost his hair. Apart from heredity male pattern baldness, the most common type of hair loss in men, there are a number of lifestyle factors that can affect hair growth. Stress also plays a big part, and the superstar had no shortage of that in his life. Illness, surgery, medication and physical exhaustion – do these sound like words the tabloids used to attribute the King of Pop? All of these are known to contribute to hair loss.

While some men choose to keep their natural hair using hair loss treatments, others shave it off and some turn to hair replacement systems. Perhaps Jackson didn’t have a balding problem and his hair was just chemically straightened, or perhaps the front-lace wig – which is exceedingly popular in Hollywood these days – was just another trend that the King of Pop was well onto before it even began.

Michael Jackson died on Thursday 25 June 2009 age 50. Just before his 50th birthday, he told the Daily Mail: “It all went by so fast didn’t it? I wish I could do it all over again, I really do.”

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21 Comments

2nd July, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Nick

well, I don't blame him if he wore a frontal wig. Imagine the judgement of his appearance from all over the place if he didn't! The poor guy was already criticized for his looks from young and old. They judged his skin tone without realizing that he never bleached his skin in a first place. They judged his nose without realizing that he was made fun of his bigger nose when he was a kid. It's his right to do whatever with his face and same with the hair. He could have just shaved bald and everything, but then the public would make fun of that too...

3rd August, 2009 at 6:17 pm

beks

I LOVE MICHAEL JAKSONS MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!Why the hell would michael jackson want you all to be fussing over his looks etc his music is more important and his personality.BlOoD oN tHe DaNcE fLoOr-ThEy DoNt cArE AbOuT Us-BaD-iNvInCiBlE-bEaT iTETC AND MY FAVE 1-BLACK OR WHITE.R.I.P mj I LUV U

20th August, 2009 at 10:37 am

aimee

im not botherd what he did with his hair and no one else should, he was and still is the king of pop no matter what. He was such a loving person no one understands what he has been through in life only him. So just give him a break and let him rest in peace. luv you michael jackson.xxxxx

21st August, 2009 at 12:00 am

Missy

I don't think Michael wore a wig,as many times as he has performed live and had wind machines blowing and his hair if blowing all over the place! plus he has had long hair,short hair,straight hair,curly hair! He has had many different styles over the years! RIP Michael we love you Michael

22nd August, 2009 at 12:07 am

javon

see I don't get y everyones taking about his hair anyways it doesn't mattger if ur bold or not lol. but so wat if he lost his hair. he had the money to get some more hell. he will all ways be the king in all his fans hearts and till have that long black hair. rip mike and we love and mis u.

31st August, 2009 at 6:39 am

ami malachi

he is a public person, he has all rights to keep the best appearance of himself. who doesn't want to look good? after all, I am convinced that his hair is real by watching all his performances, MTV and videos. A person who is wearing a wig will not dear to go under strong win and swinging his head in the dance. Dear Lord, please have mercy on all those who are trying to bad mounth a dead person.

1st September, 2009 at 8:07 pm

karene peart -singh

I think everyone should start to judging the man in the mirror first, which one of us is so innocent and never do anything that is wrong in our life. if walls could talk. Michael Jackson is a legend and a star, we all should know how to appreciate someone who is so illustrious, just put ourself in his shoes, some of us would have worse if we were in his shoe.

1st September, 2009 at 8:13 pm

kay

we all love you Michael Jackson you just can't please everyone.

1st September, 2009 at 8:22 pm

kar

I think everyone should take the time out and start judging the man in the mirror first, which one of us is so innocent and never ever did something or said something that you know you shouldn't do or say, IF WALLS COULD TALK, we all should know how to appreciate someone who is illustrious, just think what some of us would do if we were in his shoe, we would have done worse. MICHAEL we all love you, you just couldn't please everyone. Michael RIP my dear.

8th September, 2009 at 5:58 pm

bob

i love his son prince i hope that i can meet him and paris is soo cute

17th September, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Apphia

Why is everyone being so negative about MJ? he gave so much to the world (music, charity). Why are we taking it back. He was judged on everything, his skin colour, his sexuality, his hair, face you name it he got judged for it. To me he's been through hell and back but MJ pressed on with the help of family, fans and God. What we really need to do is really consider some of the words of his songs; Man in the Mirror, Black or White, They dont really care about Us, Will you be There. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL JACKSON, and you will always be in my heart forever. You will be missed on this earth and we'll meet each other one day in Paradise...Love Forever

29th November, 2009 at 1:14 pm

michael jackson

Who cares if he wore a wig or not!He was a good man and deserved the best.R.I.P Michael Jackson.i will always love u!

5th December, 2009 at 3:01 pm

nikki

it really don't matter because everybody stiil luv him

18th December, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Bill B.

He had Vitiligo which often comes with alopecia (hair loss). This could be an explanation. He even had no more eyebrows. I have the same disease.

4th January, 2010 at 1:34 am

lisle

Michael was a pure genius and i nice person , a wig or not he will be greatly missed like my hair in 5 years R.i.p the the KING

19th February, 2010 at 12:49 am

jesse andrews

who cares what he wore and didnt come on guys!!!! he is human like me and you okay. so give him a break and nobody cares if he did. king of pop!! now and forever. mj for life we love you and miss you

6th August, 2010 at 8:27 am

rondasia

MICHAEL JACKSON WAS TOSSED AROUND THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE..PEOPLE TOLD HIM WAT TO DO..THEY FED HIM MEDICATION LIKE IT WAS CANDY..HE FELT LIKE HE DIDNT HAVE CONTROL OVER HIS LIFE ANY MORE..HE COULDENT SING ANY MORE CUZ HE HAD A UN HEALTHY LUNG..HE COULDNT MOON WALK CUZ HE WAS SO SKINNY..HE FELT LIKE HIS LIFE WAS OVER..HE WAS TIRED OF LIVING SO HE SAID HE IS DONE..HE SAYS HES BETTER OFF DEAD THEN ALIVE..IM HAPPY HE IN A BETTER PLACE THOUGH SO HE DONT HAVE TO GET PUSHED AROUND..AND PEOPLE ACT LIKE THEY DIDNT CARE CUZ IF THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM DID THEY WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN GIVING HIM DRUGS..THE ONLY PEOPLE DAT CARED WAS HIS FAMILY AND FANS AND HIS KIDS..AND ITS SAD THE WAY THEY TREATED HIM THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE WHEN HE WAS ALIVE..ALL THEY PEOPLE THAT DID MICHAEL WRONG GON ROT IN HELL..CUZ DATS KNOW WAT TO TREAT A HUMAN..HE WAS A GOOD PERSON AND DIDNT WANT TO BE TREATED DAT WAY..THEY DONT CARE ABOUT HOW HE FELT..NO MATTER WAT HE WENT THROUGH HE WAS ALWAYS MICHAEL..AND HE NEVER CHANGED.REST IN PIECE MICHAEL..SEE U IN DA NEXT LIFE TIME..LUV U MISS U..

13th October, 2010 at 5:45 am

Jeff DaChef

Wow!!!! its amazing how some people wont let this Man Rest In Peace!!! but ive always been a fan and always will be....GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL JACKSON MAY YOU REST IN LOVE AND PEACE.........from ur one and only Jeff DaChef!!!

17th October, 2010 at 7:22 pm

kuba

micheal jackson is the best i really love him.I have lots of his albums like thriller,bad,micheal jackson nuber ons,micheal jackson dangrous tour and dangrous.I even can do the dancing tricks like moonwlak,finger stand and the rest of them.Leave him alone maybe when i will die i will meet him in the sky or hell.he was a lovely dancer and singer.I love him and who dont like hi i can tell you to suasge of.I lve him

23rd November, 2010 at 6:31 am

Katya

It hurts me to realize again and again how much he has been through in his life. from the way he speaks, the way he smiles, isn't it seen how good and kind and loving he was? he really had a very sad and difficult life. he deserved much much better. sometimes i think that it is better that he died coz now he can rest from all these bad things that people did to him. dear Michael, you dont even know how much good you did and how you influenced my heart, my soul and they way I look at life. and i know you influenced many other people's lives. thank you for your kind heart and beautiful music!

31st January, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Ayesha-Andrea Apedoe

The Greatest Humanitarian and Entertainer that ever lived! We salute you even in death!

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