The decision comes after the late pop singer's estate and many of Jackson's fans expressed outrage about the special.
Michael Jackson estate, fans ask Discovery not to air autopsy special
"Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson's estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson's official autopsy has been postponed indefinitely," Discovery Networks International said in a statement.
Jackson's estate told Reuters in a statement that they were pleased with the network's decision.
Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson was slated to air in several countries of Western Europe and in the United Kingdom on January 13. The show, which wasn't scheduled to air in the United States, was an unofficial account of what the autopsy would have been like and its results.
John Branca and John McClain — co-executors of Jackson's estate — sent an angry letter to Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav on Wednesday calling it an "offensive, exploitative program."
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"Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value," they said in a letter obtained by TMZ.
Additionally, more than 9,000 fans signed an online petition asking the network not to air the special.
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