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- Posted on Dec 31st 2010 4:20PM by Jenny Charlesworth
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The Discovery television network announced Dec. 31 that it will no longer air the show, which features a reenactment of the superstar's autopsy, citing concerns from Jackson's estate and an upcoming court hearing as their reason for pulling the plug.
"Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," Discovery Networks International said in a statement.
The news comes as a win for supporters of an online petition against the documentary, which Spinner previously reported on. More than 10,000 signatures were collected in opposition to 'Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,' originally scheduled to air in parts of Western Europe and the UK Jan. 13.
Jackson died July 25, 2009 at the age of 50 after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. Autopsy results revealed the cause of death to be acute propofol intoxication, with the coroner making the determination of a homicide. Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case, maintains his innocence regarding the pop star's drug overdose. The preliminary hearing for Murray starts Jan. 4.