By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated July 09, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Michael Jackson appears on the cover of the newest issue of the British music magazine Q, just like so many other publications in recent weeks, including our own. The difference: This magazine was written, edited, designed, and sent to the printers before Jackson’s death on June 25.

“Work on this issue was completed a fortnight ago and it was printed shortly thereafter,” writes Q editor Paul Rees in a statement posted online. “When news of Michael Jackson’sdeath broke in the early hours of Friday morning, it was already beingdistributed. As such, we have had no opportunity to change any of theeditorial content within the issue…If you do take offence to any part of the issue in light of Michael Jackson’s tragic passing, I can only apologise on behalf of Q. Hopefully, you will understand that no offence was intended or meant.”

Even more macabre is the small promo for an unrelated story in that issue: “C.S.I. Rock!: Dead Musos Exhumed.” All in all, it’s just a really awful coincidence.