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Jackson pulled from Plants vs. Zombies

"Dancing Zombie" retired after complaint.

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PopCap has decided to bin the Michael Jackson-inspired enemy in Plants vs. Zombies after the late singer's estate got in touch about it.

"The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the 'dancing zombie' in Plants vs. Zombies based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson," PopCap told MTV.

"After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original 'dancing zombie' and replace it with a different 'dancing zombie' character for future builds of Plants vs. Zombies on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway."

Plants vs. Zombies is a lovely little tower defence and real-time strategy hybrid that sees players rebuffing the advances of the undead - including the aforementioned dancing zombie Jacko - using a range of friendly killer plant life.

We loved it to death on the PC, for which it was released just under two months prior to Jackson's demise, and of course on the iPhone. An Xbox Live Arcade version is in production.

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