Michael Jackson cloned his DNA before his death, it has been claimed. The King of Pop passed away in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but in the years leading up to his demise he paid millions of dollars to European scientists engaged in cutting edge genetic research to create replicas of himself. Michael's wish was that the replicas would be able to carry on his legacy after his passing and he made ''safe deposits'' of his sperm in three different medical facilities across the world to be used if he died. Director of the New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research Michael C. Luckman has made the claim, revealing the information was given to him by late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier - who designed stage costumes for Michael and his sister Janet Jackson, and was friends with their sibling La Toya Jackson. Luckman told BANG Showbiz: ''Van Pier first learned of the futuristic cloning experiments and the secret sperm deposits from a close associate at a longevity center based in Panama. Michael's enthusiasm for cloning began with the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep and escalated following false claims by the Raelians, a UFO cult group with headquarters in Canada, that they had cloned the first human baby.'' More via AZ Central.