But he is now preparing to strike the ultimate blow against death and
decay by having his whole body “plastinated” by controversial doctor
Gunther von Hagens.
Jacko, who is a fan of
the German anatomist, was said to be thrilled his Body Worlds
exhibition would be on at the O2 Arena during his This Is It concerts,
which start in July.
showcases Von Hagens’ groundbreaking corpse preservation technique
which earned him the nickname Dr Death.
Thousands of people have donated their bodies to be preserved
permanently through the process in which fluids are replaced by liquid
Now Jacko, 50, who shares a love
of fedora hats with Von Hagens, is to be the latest to sign up so that
his physique will last for ever.
said: “Michael has always been fascinated by new technologies which
allow humans to cheat ageing, death and decomposition.
“Dr Von Hagens has found a way to avoid the last of these and Michael
naturally regards it as one of the major scientific breakthroughs in
“He’s definitely up for undergoing the procedure when the time comes.
“He’s also convinced there is an uncanny affinity between the two men –
both are regarded as eccentrics, both are famous for wearing fedoras
and both are at the O2 at the same time.”
Jackson is set to perform 50 spectacular shows at the arena from July
8, which will earn him millions. They are expected to attract fans from
more than 220 countries.
Dr Von Hagens’
Body Worlds exhibition runs at the O2 until August 23. Focusing on the
theme of the ageing process and how it affects the human body, it
features a series of perfectly preserved “body sculptures”.
Dr Von Hagens, 64, explained: “Human transience is countered by a need
as old as humanity itself: the longing to be immortalised.
“The invention of plastination is an aesthetically sensitive method of
preserving meticulously dissected anatomical specimens and even entire
bodies as permanent, life-like materials.”
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