A short video that allegedly shows Michael Jackson stepping out of a Los Angeles coroner's van after his death is doing the rounds on the internet.
The 29-second clip will doubtless reinforce the view held by conspiracy theorists that the King of Pop's death was an elaborate stunt and that he is still alive and kicking.
The video, apparently filmed in an underground garage, shows a man being escorted from the back of a white van and through a doorway by a guard.
The man appears to have the same build and hair as Jackson but his face cannot be seen at any point.
The person who posted the footage on video-sharing website Live Leak claims to have been given it by a "trustworthy source".
"This video shows that Michael was still alive after his dead body was transported to the Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner," the video description states.
"I checked the license plate number and it looks like the King of Pop is jumping out of the same van, his dead body has been in."
However, the van's number plate is not clearly visible at any point during the video and there is no date stamp to indicate when it may have been filmed.
Even users of Live Leak, which is known as a breeding ground for far-fetched conspiracy theories, have their doubts.
"Michael Jackson, Elvis, 2Pac, and Biggie are all hanging out together on some island making music, I'll have the video of that later today," wrote one.
"Yea, I figured as much. Him and Elvis are probley out partying some where," chipped in another.
Earlier this week the Los Angeles coroner confirmed Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anaesthetic propofol in his body when he died on June 25.
His death at the age of 50 is being treated as homicide.
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