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Many believe this is the single incident that led to Michael Jackson’s addiction to prescription painkillers. Po’ Mikey!! So many jheri curl juice jokes in the world, but this time I can’t be involved. It’s good to know the highly flammable hairstyle has long since been retired though, & Michael continued to give us good music afterwards!!  RIP MJ!! The footage is graphic.

In an incident that’s often been discussed but never witnessed, Jackson suffered second and third degree burns to his face and scalp while shooting a Pepsi advertisement in front of thousands of fans at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. For the first time ever, Us Weekly exclusively reveals video from the accident, which occurred when the pyrotechnics were set off too early on the shoot’s sixth take. (Warning: the above video is graphic.) As the video shows, the premature pyrotechnics exploded on a nearby Jackson when his back was turned to the camera, with sparks igniting the singer’s hair. Jackson, unaware that he’s on fire, continues to perform until he is rushed by dozens of stagehands who quickly help douse the flames. After the fire extinguishers are emptied and the chaos has died down, Jackson emerges with obvious burns on his scalp, with patches of barren flesh where there was hair seconds before. Jackson was rushed to the hospital, but not before reassuring the audience of 3,000 that he was okay. [SOURCE]