Singer Michael Jackson tried to look like a white man, according to documentary. Photo: Getty Images
Keen to know if Michael Jackson bleached his skin, if Whitney Houston had great genes or great doctors or how many breast augmentations Anna Nicole Smith underwent?
Those questions and many more are answered in a new documentary series Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... to screen on the Seven Network next week.
Given the title and the nature of the documentary series, you may expect to find it on Foxtel's E channel with gossip columnists and acquaintances providing hearsay commentary.
But this is not a tabloid TV show and those who front the camera include a highly respected forensic pathologist, bodyguards and close friends.
The documentary series is headed up by Professor Dr Richard Shepherd who has been performing high profile autopsies for more than 25 years.
His expertise was called on for the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and UK TV presenter Jill Dando and for the aftermath of the September 11 and Bali Bombing attacks.
He uses the official autopsy files of Jackson, Smith and Houston, to not only reveal how and why they died, but also how they lived and that's the hook for the viewer.
"The fantastic thing about an autopsy is it doesn't just tell you about how a person died, it can tell you even more about how they lived," Shepherd says during the opening segment.
"It's non-judgmental. It's a scientific acquisition of facts."
Each episode includes re-enactments with Universal Studios quality look-a-likes to make it easy to follow.
While it's called Autopsy: The Last Hours Of..., it delves more heavily in to how the celebrity trio lived, the plastic surgery they underwent and their drug dependencies.
It will satisfy and amaze those addicted to celebrity lives and their deaths.
Shepherd reveals Smith took dozens of prescribed medications in the years leading up to her death in 2007.
"It's very unusual to take four drugs to treat the one symptom," Shepherd says reviewing the drugs found in her body.
Jackson was obsessed with self-image and was telling the truth that he had a condition that changed the colour of his skin pigmentation, Shepherd says.
But he was not completely honest.
Photos of Jackson lying dead on a Gurney, both in a hospital hallway and in the autopsy theatre in 2009, are shown, and he looks considerably light skinned.
"Look to the body objectively, not knowing it was Michael Jackson, it wouldn't be that clear cut (that he was black)."
Among Jackson's many plastic surgery operations Shepherd reveals the king of pop had a cleft inserted in his chin.
Counsellor and psychologist Emma Kenny explains why stars on prescribed medication do not think they're drug addicts.
"The problem with prescribed drugs is that they give people a sense of legitimacy...they separate themselves from people who take crack or cocaine," she explains.
"They see see them as different - they're addicts."
Shepherd even goes as far to study the 2012 autopsy report on Houston's vocal chords analysing whether they'd been damaged through drug taking or from her addiction to alcohol.
As for plastic surgery, Shepherd makes this remark.
"For a Hollywood star she was remarkably natural."
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of... starts airing on Thursday, June 26 at 8.30pm on the Seven Network.