Jackson's hair made into diamonds -- for real
Fri Jul 24, 4:52 PM
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Since Michael Jackson's sudden
death on June 25, the rumor mill over details of his
bizarre personal life has ground away nearly non-stop, and
on Friday, one company said it was turning his hair into
diamonds. That one is true.
The claims this week included a report in Rolling Stone
magazine that a prosthetic nose he wore apparently went
missing when he was taken to the morgue, and a British
tabloid trumpeted a headline that he fathered a secret
In one by-product of the "Thriller" singer's death, a
Chicago company said on Friday it had obtained some of the
hair Jackson burned while filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial
and planned to create a limited edition of diamonds from
"Absolutely this is for real," said Dean VandenBiesen,
founder of LifeGem, which has a patent on a process that
extracts carbon from hair, turns it into crystals and then
into high-quality laboratory diamonds.
VandenBiesen told Reuters he thought the company could make
about 10 diamonds. No sale price has been set but
VandenBiesen said LifeGem created three diamonds from locks
of Beethoven's hair in 2007, and sold one of them for
Separately, the August 6 issue of Rolling Stone magazine
reported that not only was the left arm of Jackson's dead
body "scored with needle marks" -- claims that have arisen
before -- but he wore an artificial nose that was missing
when he was taken to the Los Angeles county morgue.
"The prosthesis that he normally attached to his damaged
nose was missing, revealing bits of cartilage surrounding a
small dark hole," the magazine said in an unsourced report.
While that report could not be confirmed, Los Angeles
coroner's officials did say earlier this week they were
probing security breaches in their offices.
The coroner's office is expected to release an official
cause of death next week which could shed light on some of
the reports, including Jackson's possible use of powerful
And even as custody of Jackson's three children is set to
be decided in court on August 3, The Sun newspaper
speculated the singer may have had a love-child raised in
Omer Bhatti, 25, sparked interest when he was spotted
sitting with the singer's immediate family at Jackson's
public memorial earlier this month. Bhatti reportedly spent
time with Jackson at his Neverland Valley Ranch in the
1990s and was known as "Little Michael".
But another of Jackson's former proteges, singer Ricky
Harlow, told celebrity website People.com on Friday that
although they were close he doubted Bhatti was Jackson's
"They had a father-and-son type of connection," Harlow, 26,
told People, "but I never thought he (Jackson) was his
In Jackson's 2002 will, the singer listed only three
children now living: Prince Michael Jackson, Jr, Paris
Michael Kathering Jackson and Prince Michael Joseph Jackson
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS NEWS STORY (SHOW) What's
so how much would the missing nose fetch, on the ****
market? sooo...there is this 'lil kid done-up-in-bandages
at the pyramid, tugging in the tourist's jacket..." hey
mister...my daddy's a mummy too..."
POSTED BY: wyldeotse on SAT, JUL 25, 2009 12:11 AM -0500
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The sheer greed of people is enough to make you vomit.
POSTED BY: ibdancin on SAT, JUL 25, 2009 12:00 AM -0500
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Did the prosthetic nose have any carbon in it?
POSTED BY: wyldeotse on FRI, JUL 24, 2009 11:54 PM -0500
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When are we finally finish hearing about Michael
POSTED BY: Miche on FRI, JUL 24, 2009 11:44 PM -0500
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The WARPed world of MJ still goes on!
POSTED BY: Jake on FRI, JUL 24, 2009 11:31 PM -0500
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