On January 27th 1984, Michael Jackson was shooting a Pepsi commercial in front of thousands of fans at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium when something went horribly wrong.
The incident occurred when the pyrotechnics were set off too early on the shoot’s sixth take, igniting Jackson’s hair and causing second and third degree burns to his face and scalp.
To relieve the second and third-degree burns on his scalp and body (and later to help him tolerate multiple surgeries on the scorched spot on his head), Jackson was prescribed several medications — which kicked off his addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.
For the first time, Us Weekly exclusively reveals video from the accident. Fans be warned, the video is graphic.
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