Dr. Arnold Klein died Thursday evening after a four-day hospitalization for abdominal pains. He also suffered from multiple sclerosis.
Klein began treating Michael in 1983 after the pop star suffered severe scalp burns while filming a Pepsi commercial, and later diagnosed him with vitiligo and lupus. He came under fire after Michael's death for introducing the singer to the drug propofol and injecting him with Demerol 51 times in three months.
Klein also introduced Michael to the woman who would later become his wife and bear his children, medical assistant Debbie Rowe. And that's where another rumor started: That Klein, not Michael, is the biological father of Paris and Prince Jackson, a rumor Klein himself helped perpetuate.
In addition to feeding the rumors during multiple interviews after Michael's death, Klein went so far as to post this photo comparison of his old driver's license photo and a photo of Prince with the caption, "Hmmmmm…"
This is the pic which Arnold Klein has posted with the cryptic tag 'hmmmmm'. He and Prince Jackson.Have a look, guys: pic.twitter.com/DkFgFMqZ— Mike's ESTHER ✌✌✌ (@Mindsthemagic) January 18, 2013
The pic appears to have since been deleted.
So is it true? Is Klein the biological father of Prince and Paris? At least one important person has heavily implied it could be so: Prince himself. His shocking reply to a tweet accusing him of not being a real Jackson speaks volumes.
@princemjjjaxon Everyone knows you are a Rowe-Klein NOT A Jackson!! Yall should stop trying to put on a FAKE front and get real.— AdamKrone6 (@AKrone6) October 4, 2015
"The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb" I was raised by my dad with my brother and sister. https://t.co/0Ofs2vrnZs— Prince Jackson (@princemjjjaxon) October 6, 2015
We may never really know for sure — and it doesn't matter.
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