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Never-Before-Seen Medical Records Reveal How Pepsi Fire
Started Michael Jackson On The Road To Addiction
In 1984, Michael Jackson was at the top of th entertainment world,
fully enshrined on his throne as the King of Pop.
But on January 27, his life would change forever.
A freak accident on the set of a Pepsi commercial left
Jackson withsevere burns on his scalp after his hair caught
fire — an incident that sent him off on adownward spiral of
chronic pain and prescription narcotic abuse.
Now, for the first time, RadarOnline.com can tell the untold
story of that fateful incident through explosive never-
before-seen medical documents that shed new light on the
moment when the “Thriller” star started to become a
tortured drug addict.
Jackson “was known to be a well-developed, well-nourished
male,” before the accident, Dr. Steven Hoefflinwrote in the
documents on January 27, 1984, the day it occurred.
Those documents are now being auctioned via Nashville-
based auction house Flatsigned and have been provided to
They reveal that at approximately 6:15 p.m. that night,
during a commercial shoot at L.A.’s ShrineAuditorium, “a
timing error occurred and a pyrotechnic device exploded
behind his head. His hair caught fire and he was smothered
by his brothers and stage crew and the fire put out.”
Initially transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Jackson
“was noted to be quite shaken up with palm-sized area of
2nd and small area of 3rd degree burn,” Hoefflin added.
There was also a “central 25-to-50 cent piece area of
He was provided the powerful opiate narcotic Darvocet,
which has since been pulled from the U.S. market after the
FDA cited health risks.
(Prior to that time, the pop star had only been prescribed
lupus and rheumatoid arthritis drugs Plaquenil and
Atabrine, the records claimed, as Jackson had recently been
diagnosed with discoid lupus erythematosus.)
After taking the Darvocet, he was “less anxious and fearful
from the incident,” Hoefflin revealed.
Jackson was then “put to bed rest with intermittent
bathroom privileges,” as doctors applied analgesics to his
scalp and fed him a steady diet of painkillers: Percocet or
Darvocet every three hours. At night, he was given the
powerful sedative Dalvane to help him sleep.
Doctors consulted “his treating dermatologist, Dr. Arnold
Klein,” who revealed that Jackson’s recent lupus diagnosis
had been accompanied by scalp flakiness and increased
susceptibility to scalp infections, the records revealed.
As such, Klein suggested Jackson be placed on antibiotics.
The next morning, January 28, “he was examined and noted
to be quite sleepy,” the report said. And although doctors
recommended he stay in the hospital, Jackson insisted he
would rather recuperate at home.
Finding the burn to be much improved and rather small, the
“It was felt that in view of the outpatient size of the burn,
his desire to rest more comfortably in his home
surroundings … that he be discharged and followed closely
on outpatient basis,” it’s said in the records.
Doctors prescribed him Percocet or Darvocet, to be taken
every three hours — and he was released from the hospital
“in good spirits.”
Little did anyone know that from that moment on, Jackson
would begin a downward spiral into a full-fledged painkiller
addiction that would eventually kill him.
Progressed to taking the surgery anesthetic, proposal,
merely to sleep, he died of an overdose of the narcotic on
June 25, 2009 — just over 15 years after the disastrous
Pepsi commercial accident.
The documents have come into the public domain after
ambulance driver, Brian McDaniel, allegedly found them
discarded in a bin in a park in Culver City, which is only a
few miles from where Jackson was treated at the Brotman
The full eight-page document with seven images of his
scalp have never been seen before — and have been
censored by Radar due to their graphic nature.
The Michael Jackson Estate — which is partly-owned by his
children Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and Blanket, 11 — is said to
be locked in a battle with Pepsi and Lady Gaga, an avid MJ
memorabilia collector, who are all desperate to get hold of
the original records.
würd mich interessieren, wie die unterlagen damals im müll landeten..:tatort