That Michael Jackson denied lightening his skin tone was always one of those laughable things that his fans ignored. It was obvious that his disappearing blackness wasn’t totally natural, but no one ever seemed to press the issue and demand that he admit to tampering with his own skin color. After his death, a search of his home revealed dozens of tubes of several skin-whitening creams which his doctor, Conrad Murray, wanted to conceal. After authorities obtained a warrant to search Jackson’s home on June 29 of last year, Murray told Jackson’s assistant, Michael Amir Williams to go to the singer’s home to “pick up some cream that Mr. Jackson has so that the world wouldn’t find out about it.” And with that, the world’s shadiest doctor just got a little shadier.
Jackson suffered from vitiligo, a disease that causes patches of skin to lose their pigment, and he allegedly used the cream to even his skin tone. That’s all well and good, but why not disclose that fact instead of concealing it? Lying seems like a lot more trouble than it’s worth, especially coming from the man who had plenty of other, weirder habits. Considering Dr. Murray’s track record for telling the truth, it’s actually not all that surprising that he was behind all the secrecy, but at least their existence confirms what we suspected all along. The creams were not a factor in Jackson’s death. [Photo: Getty Images]