Bubbles is believed to have slept in his owner’s bedroom in a crib, eaten with Michael at the dinner table and even learned how to use the bathroom when he became too mature to wear nappies.
In 2005, Michael claimed the chimp and his other exotic pets even lent a hand with any chores around the house.
He said: “They run around, help me clean the room. They help me dust, clean the window.”
A 2010 TV documentary, Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story, would later allege the star had expressed interest in having the chimp’s vocal chords operated on in the hope of enabling him to talk.