Michael Jackson's fingernails at the World Music Awards, november 15, 2006.Michael Jackson's fingernails spotted earlier this year (february, 2009).
Michael Jackson’s fingernails in 2006 (left) & 2009 (right) – ‘click’ for larger versions!

Michael Jackson’s abnormal fingernails, not related to the vitiligo nor the lupus!

While the autopsy results related to Michael Jackson’s death are still unknown (which will likely be presented later this week), there are still many discussions about the state of Michael Jackson’s health – less than 2 weeks before his death his health was described by Dr. Tohme Tohme (a spokesman of Jackson) as: a ‘perfect health‘…?

Michael Jackson was diagnosed in 1986 with vitiligo and lupus. Lupus is known as a potentially lethal disease (heart disease is a major complication in lupus!), but in Michael Jackson it was described to be in remission. Nevertheless, one can wonder: can his fingernail problems be related to the vitiligo and/or the lupus? The answer appears to be a ‘no’:

Vitiligo is related to the following nail disorders:

• Longitudinal striations;
• Trachyonychia (thin & lusterless nails);

Lupus is related to the following nail disorders:

• Nail spooning;
• Irregular, twisted, and dilated vessels at the cutticle.

CONCLUSION:

Out of the 4 described fingernail disorders related to vitiligo and lupus, the 4th can be related to his hand deterioration that was observed in 2009. But none of these fingernail disorders can be related to the typical looks of Michael Jackson’s fingernails during the last 3 years of his life.

But one should not forget that Michael Jackson’s fingernail problems were first recognized by the media in 2006, when members of Michael Jackson’s family were terrified that his escalating dependence on prescription drugs had become a danger to his life.

While Michael Jackson’s lupus was considered to be in remission, one could also speculate that his hand deterioration + his sudden death might have signaled a lupus relapse … due to an excessive use of prescription drugs???

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In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
Michael Jackson’s white hand glove was to cover the skin disease vitiligo’!
Michael Jackson’s hand cast at Madame Tussauds!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a clue to his sudden death?
Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove!
Michael Jackson’s hands: a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

Another example which illustrates that the “King of Pop” had severe nail problems:
Michael Jackson's dark fingernails.

How Michael Jackson's single white hand glove became his trademark.

How Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove became his trademark!

Jackson’s single white glove (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip. What is the symbolic meaning of this ‘strange’ aspect of his work?

Michael described the glove as a symbol of his ‘onstage life’ – the “magic” that he so frequently spoke about, the “escapism,” as he put it, that he felt was his mission to “give to” an audience. The glove seemed to go hand in hand with the magical white light that always is seen streaming through the movies of film director Steven Spielberg – who was a good friend of Michael Jackson.

“I wish we could all spend some time in his world,” Spielberg said about his friend, but for Spielberg and most members of his audience, it would only be a tourist venture. Michael Jackson lives in that world all the time and the glove is a connection between that world and his audience on the outside. It beckons them to cross over, at least for a time.
Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

It appears that Jackson was able to wave away the ‘rumours’ for quite a while, but with the arrival of news that Michael Jackson’s died reality has dramatically whiped away the rumours about his health.

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In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
The hand of Michael Jackson: a manicurist’s nightmare
Your health is in your hands!

The King of Pop’s last hand wave: good-bye Michael …

Michael Jackson's hand wave.

Shocking impression of the hand of Michael - he now also may have skin cancer.

You health is in your hands, and your hands reveal so much about you. In 2009 various shocking photos of Michael Jackson’s hands – ‘the king of pop’ – were published in the media.

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

Cancerous cells have been found on his chest and neck and pre-cancerous spots have been found on his face. The skin cancer may have been caused by his pigmentation skin conditions ‘vitiligo’ or ‘lupus’ – which means that the skin will not contain melanin which protects it from the sun’s rays. However, this has been denied by a doctor claiming to be his spokesman. ‘The show must go on’???

Anyway, Jacko is in good hands for he has been attending the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles – which specialises in the treatment of skin diseases.

An onlooker said:

“His hands looked very discolored and skin looked like it was dangling from his fingers. His fingernails could only be described as a manicurist’s worst nightmare.”

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Your health is in your hands!
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The finger nail encyclopedia

Michael Jackson doing a funny hand gesture (2007):

Michael Jackson doing a funny hand gesture in 2007.