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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Michael Jackson's Pepsi Ad from 1984 uncovered by US Weekly

A rare video from Michael Jackson's video shoot for a Pepsi Advertisement in 1984 has been made public (warning: the video is a bit graphic). In the shoot, the pyrotechnics went terribly wrong and Jackson's hair caught on fire. The pyrotechnics were set off too early and sparks ignited Jackson, who was unaware that he was on fire for the first few seconds. Jackson suffered second and third degree burns on his face and scalp. According to reports, the accident caused Jackson's eventual use of painkillers and prescription medications in order to help him through his recovery. Jackson and Pepsi settled out of court for $1.5 million, which Jackson donated to the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, Calif., establishing the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.

-Laurie Moot
Currently listening to: "All Love," by Ingrid Michaelson

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