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Sheppey Michael Jackson impersonator Ben Bowman claims vision of King of Pop's ghost appeared next to him at Churchill Theatre in Bromley

By Lewis Dyson

A Michael Jackson impersonator from Kent had a Thriller night - when what looks like his idol's likeness appeared in a fan's photo at an autograph signing.

In the same week the King of Pop made a return to the charts, his spirit seemingly made a return to this earthly realm to watch over former Islander Ben Bowman at his recent live show at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.

Teenage audience member Reece Savva, who lives nearby, took three snaps as he waited in line for a signature.

Reece Savva captured what he believes is the ghost of the King of Pop in this picture of Sheppey Michael Jackson impersonator Ben Bowman. Picture: Reece Savva/SWNS.com

When he got home and looked at the pictures he noticed the "ghost" of the late entertainer hovering above the tribute act's head.

Mr Bowman, who is touring full-time and now lives in Sittingbourne, said: "It's definitely a phenomenon. Anything in this life is possible. It's a very bizarre image, definitely. It gave me chills up my spine when I saw it.

"I would say I definitely believe that there's something higher than us, but also by the same token there are clever things you can do with photography. I would hate to say I don't believe – I wouldn't want to upset MJ if he was looking over me."

The eerie incident is the latest in a series of Jacko-related coincidences in the 27-year-old's life.

The first song he heard after the singer's death was his hit Ben, a track which also played at Mr Bowman's christening.

Michael Jackson impersonator Ben Bowman pictured before the ghostly apparition of the King of Pop appeared. Picture: Reece Savva/SWNS.com

His creative director of the past six years shares the former superstar's birthday and his parents' anniversary is also the same date as Jackson's death.

About a year after Jackson died, Mr Bowman went to see a medium who told him he could see a mysterious tall figure who kept hiding his face standing behind him.

Reece, 14, said: "It was so eerie. It's like he just popped his head in to see what was going on and then left. I never used to believe in ghosts, but now I'm not so sure."

Mum Angela, 54, said: "I was there and I can adamantly say that there were no mirrors, no trickery, nothing like that at all. Sometimes you can see these things in photos, it is an image of something but you are almost willing it to be something else.

"But you look at that and it is clearly a face and it does look like Michael Jackson."

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