London: A website has claimed that Michael Jackson is alive and masquerading as a burns victim, astonishing users all over the world.
Internet rumours on YouTube and Facebook also claim the King of Pop is appearing on TV talk shows as Dave Dave, 33, a man who suffered severe facial disfigurement after his father set him on fire.
Dave was born David Rothenberg, in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of six, his father set him on fire over a twisted revenge concerning the child`s custody.
The little boy suffered 90 percent injuries, and was scarred badly, but survived.
His mother, Marie wrote a book on his ordeal, which was then made into a movie. A trip to Jackson``s Neverland ranch was organized for the boy, where the pop star took the boy under his wing.
Dave, now a law student living in Utah, changed his surname to break all ties with his father.
"He befriended me. He took me into his life, which is very rare for Michael to do.
"But he opened up his arms to me and accepted me as a very good friend of his. And throughout the years, he never let me go," The Sun quoted the boy as saying.
Now Dave, who appeared on the Larry King show to talk about his memories of Jackson on the day of the star``s memorial service last year, is rumoured to be the pop star himself.
The website called michaeljacksonhoaxforum.com, is owned by a 28-year-old and her friend, Mo, who call themselves Michael Jackson Death Hoax Investigators.
"At first we started investigating Michael``s death as it was a gut feeling we both had.
"The media told us two different stories. A website reported he died six minutes before the doctor pronounced him dead, and CNN kept telling us he was in a coma. What really happened still remains a mystery," said the website owner.