Nothing seems unpredictable in 2020 anymore. On the latest episode to happen before October has arrived, a woman is claiming to have some odd memorabilia from Michael Jackson’s estate and she’s ready to auction it off.
Less than three weeks before the legend was to begin his series of sold-out comeback concerts held at London’s O2 Arena, the news would stop the world that Michael Jackson had passed away after paramedics were called to his home in Holmby Hills, California. A memorial service was held for Jackson, who influenced a multitude of artists to come, at the Staples Center, where artists from Mariah Carey to Stevie Wonder performed in tribute.
A highlighted moment was when Rev. Al Sharpton offered a eulogy where he addressed Jackson’s children and said, “Wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with. But he dealt with it anyway.”
Now eleven years after his unfortunate passing, a woman named Marsha Steward, who not only claims to be a cousin of the “You Rock My World” singer-songwriter but also alleges she was on the scene and inside his house during the time of his death. In a video clip that has surfaced online, she also reveals a particular possession of Jackson’s that she took from the house and has been holding on to ever since, and is now ready to auction off.
The video sees Steward showing off what is allegedly his last IV drip that she says she took from his deathbed. “Shortly after Michael [passed], I went to the house on Sunset,” she states. “I was able to go in and go to the bedroom.” She describes the scene of the incident, detailing uneaten food and scattered pill bottles on the floor. She then notices the IV drip and snatches it before leaving the premises.
“This was over by the stand,” she says, bag in hand. “I took it and put it in my purse. This actually belonged to Michael Jackson.” Steward begins to point out that Jackson’s DNA is still within the drip, as well as a “white substance”, which gave her incentive to keep it. “That’s what made me grab it,” she admits. “The blood.”
According to TMZ, the drip is planned to be auctioned through Memorabilia Expert Auctions in Las Vegas, and they are looking to receive at least $2,500 for it.
When fans on social media got wind of the news, they were none too pleased. “She should be arrested,” said one user on Twitter, and another chimed in saying “What in the world. Who would pay money for that.?” Others banned together to share their disdain for the news as well with another statement on the matter, “What people will do for money! I hope it doesn’t sell!”