This video of an uncanny Michael Jackson lookalike doing a TikTok skit has fuelled conspiracy theories that the real King of Pop is still alive.
Michael Jackson died in 2009, leaving behind his three children Prince, Paris, and Bigi, but his global musical legacy has led to many performers impersonating him both on and off stage.
One impersonator, who goes by the name “Michael Jackton”, has seen many fans making wild claims about his “true” identity.
In a recent clip, the lookalike channels Jacko’s iconic style in a dark sequin-coated jacket, black hat, oversized sunglasses, and a white low-cut T-shirt.
Apparently slapping himself in the face with a variety of objects, he mimes the cries of the musical legends Michael Jackson, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury – shouting “Mama, oooooh!”
The video has been watched millions of times since it was uploaded by the official @michael.jackton.official TikTok account and has received a million “likes” and nearly 10,000 comments.
Many fans were stunned not by the skit but by the performer’s remarkable physical similarity to the late megastar during his Dangerous era.
“I see you dead but respawn,” commented one viewer.
A second wrote: “Michael you died 2009 is it really you?”
“Michael is ded [sic] but can it be?” marvelled another.
“I searched in googled [sic] that he died already. HOW IS STILL ALIVE?” asked another.
The real Michael Jackson’s diary allegedly said he wanted to be “immortalised” – but the meaning is likely to be that he wanted to live on through his art.
He penned: “If I don’t concentrate on film, no immortalisation”.
This comes after Michael Jackson impersonator Paul Rizzo sparked similar conspiracy theories when he was filmed moonwalking in a red leather jacket in Melbourne, Australia.
And a MJ-lookalike wrestler caused a similar sensation when he was filmed performing a moonwalk to take down a rival, with fans claiming it will evidence the superstar lived on.