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What kind of burn did Michael Jackson get during his Pepsi commercial?

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A shocking video emerged last night showing flames coming from the head of Michael Jackson. American magazine US Weekly posted the never-before-seen footage of an extreme mishap that ended in disaster as Jackson filmed a 1984 Pepsi commercial at LA's Shrine Auditorium. The accident happened after the pyrotechnics went awry on the sixth take. They went off too early, before Jacko had left the stage on some stairs, causing sparks to hit Jackson's hair and explode into flames. Advertisement - article continues below » Initially unaware his hair is on fire, Jacko continues to dance until security guards and medical staff rush onto stage. Jacko is then helped off stage and out of camera shot, with a huge bald patch in his hair visible. It is speculated that the accident was the beginning of the singer's pill addiction, as he was prescribed severe pain pills after suffering third degree burns to his scalp and face. Jacko's brother Tito spoke to the Mirror today about the burns saying: "He ... more
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Michael Jackson Pepsi Ad Footage Unearthed From 1984 Shoot 7/15/09, 11:41 am EST Looking back at Michael Jackson’s incredible musical legacy, January 27th, 1984 stands out as one of the darkest days in the King of Pop’s life. 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 ... more

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