Michael Jackson's Fateful Pepsi Commercial Blamed For His Eventual Demise

Rasmussen reports that 70% of Americans felt the media’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death was completely over the top and I confess I am definitely part of that group.

Seventy percent (70%) of Americans say the media paid too much attention to the death of music superstar Michael Jackson.

Just two percent (2%) say not enough attention was focused on Jackson’s death, while 23% rate the media coverage as about the appropriate amount, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

More men (77%) think the media coverage of Jackson’s death was excessive than women (64%).

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Since that’s the case I thought I would make my one and only post about Michael Jackson on this site about a period of time when he was alive.

Unfortunately the particular incident, a horrific accident during the filming of a Pepsi commercial at the Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 1984, is said to be the reason why Jackson’s life suddenly began to go to hell in a handbasket.

As can be seen in the following video, a mistimed pyrotechnics explosion lit his hair on fire without his knowledge and wound up burning a large part of it away from his scalp. Even though the flames were extinguished within seconds the damage was done and he suffered second and third degree burns on his face and the top of his head. He had to have surgery on his scalp following the accident and later admitted he turned to powerful prescription drugs to fight the pain, an addiction that clearly and adversely affected many decisions he would make after the injury and which would eventually claim his life some 25 years later.

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