MJ `tattooed lips pink due to rare pigmentation disease`

Updated: May 08, 2013, 12:12 PM IST

Washington: A photograph of Michael Jackson`s naked corpse, laid bare to the jury examining the question of the pop icon`s wrongful death on Tuesday, revealed his rare pigmentation disease.

A lawyer for the singer`s family showed an autopsy photograph of the singer, which according to CNN, "looked nothing like the world`s most famous entertainer".

In his autopsy report, Dr Christopher Rogers recorded that the front of Jackson`s scalp was tattooed black in order to blend his hairline in with the wigs he wore, while his lips were tattooed pink and his eyebrows were a dark tattoo.

The autopsy confirmed Jackson`s skin tone became lighter in the 1980s because he had "vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disease", Rogers said.

Dr Rogers is expected to give further evidence at the trial, which had earlier heard how the pop legend`s doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, was a "mismatch" unsuitable to care for the singer on his doomed 2009 tour.

Jackson was well known to have a history of sleep problems and abusing painkillers, Dr Daniel Wohlgelernter told the trial where Jackson`s 82-year-old mother is suing tour promoter AEG Live for negligently hiring Murray.

Dr Wohlgelernter, a trained heart specialist like Murray - who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 - also criticised Jackson`s former physician for using the anaesthetic propofol, and for his actions the day Jackson died.