Shocking new photos of Michael Jackson's scab-covered legs reveal the gruesome extent of the damage caused by his reported addiction to injected prescription drugs.
The previously unseen snaps were taken seven years ago and show the tragic singer sitting down and with his trouser legs raised.
There are a number of what appear to be needle track marks around his ankles, and one hideous looking black flesh wound on his right calf.
The pigmentation of Michael's skin also looks blotchy, a symption of the skin condition vitiligo that the star claimed accounted for his increasingly pale complexion.
Dr. Debra Jaliman, a leading dermatologist and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology believes the pictures show intravenous drip (IV) entry points.
"On the photographs of Michael Jackson, it looks like there was necrosis (premature death of cells) on his lower leg where there might have been fluid that went into his lower leg," she told ABC News, who broadcast the photos.
"It looks like there are multiple puncture points from IV placement.
"If, in fact, he had an IV here, and the IV fluid, which may have been acidic fluid, went into his skin, it might have, in fact, destroyed the skin. That's all dead skin that would then make an ulceration underneath that skin."
Jaliman says the evidence of IV puncture marks in Michael's legs are bizarre and not something she has witnessed before throughout her two-decade long career.
She continues: "In 22 years of training, I've never seen an IV placed in the legs. You would put, you know, IVs in hands, arms, but often times in my training when I have dealt with people who didn't have veins anymore in their hands or arms, you look for veins that you can use and sometimes you have to look in other areas of the body."
The investigation into the cause of Michael's death at aged 50 continues, with the LAPD focussing on the doctors who may have prescribed and administered potentially lethal drugs to the singer.
Remembering Michael Jackson
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh child of nine children to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and was born into a typical working class family. The city of Gary is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and is famous for its massive steel industry. It took its name from the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H Gary, and is nicknamed 'City of Century' – we're hoping for ironic reasons. (Image: WENN.com)