The not so subtle likeness of Michael Jackson in his Thriller getup has been removed from PopCap Games' hit tower defense title Plants vs Zombies, following a request made by the King of Pop's estate.

The latest update to the game on iPhone replaces the red leather jacket wearing zombie with a disco-themed character - let's hope one of the Bee Gees doesn't spot 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," a PopCap rep told MTV Multiplayer. "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."

A point of note for iPhone 4 gamers: don't update an existing version of the game as it'll crash the game. PopCap is working on a fix. New purchases are said to be unaffected.