Michael Jackson Hair On Fire: Pepsi Commercial (Video)

July 15, 2009
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New video footage of Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial has been released. The video footage is graphic, showing the exact moment Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire, due to pyrotechnics exploding too early. Check out the video and see photos here.

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The 1984 Pepsi commercial in which Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire was one of the most trying times for the music icon. For years, only the 3,000 fans that attended the filming witnessed the infamous incident, but now a new video has been released that shows the whole incident that changed his life.

On January 27, 1984 Michael Jackson was on set at the Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium to film a Pepsi commercial. Everything was going perfect, until the sixth take when premature pyrotechnics exploded, and the spark caught Michael’s hair on fire. (Warning: the video is graphic.)

The video shows the pyrotechnics exploding near Jackson whose back was turned to the camera. The sparks ignited the singer’s hair. Michael was unaware that he was on fire and continued to perform. People rushed him trying to put the fire out, but Michael had burns on his scalp. He suffered from second and third degree burns on his face and scalp. Jackson was rushed to the hospital, but first reassured the 3,000 fans that he was okay.

According to reports, the incident sparked Jackson’s use of painkillers and prescription medications, which may have led to an addiction that.

Michael settled out of courts with Pepsi, gaining a $1.5 million settlement. He donated his settlement to the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, California, establishing the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.

Watch the video of Michael’s hair catching on fire in the Pepsi commercial below. It is very graphic.

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Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial Video

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3 Responses to “Michael Jackson Hair On Fire: Pepsi Commercial (Video)”

  1. 1
    marie Says:

    OMG poor baby, this is so tragic i didn’t know his whole head was in FLAMES!!! this makes me sad.

    michael went through so much pain after this physically and emotionally

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    brandroid Says:

    Serves a Child Molester right!

  3. 3
    Elsa Komes Says:

    soo sad :(