Michael Jackson continues to fascinate the public ten years after his death. His life was both an inspirational tale and a tragic story. A classic case of having too much too soon. A pop star living to excess but rather than spending his money on women, cars and booze, he indulged himself with cosmetic surgery. He had so much work done over the years that you'd be hard-pressed to see any likeness between the boy singing for the Jackson Five and the man singing about the man in the mirror.
Jackson's history of plastic surgery is well documented. His health issues, however, were never made public. Both have been laid bare in the secret autopsy following his death ten years ago. Jacko was 50 years old when he passed away from an overdose of surgical anaesthetic Propofol administered at his Los Angeles mansion. When his autopsy was published in full, it revealed that his body was marked in scars. Puncture wounds across his arms, which were allegedly caused by drugs used to cure a bout of insomnia, were also present. The most glaring thing about the man's remains was the amount of cosmetic surgery he had undergone.
The King of Pop had two surgical scars behind his ears. A further two were found either side of his nostrils. Jackson had always claimed that the obvious change in his appearance was due to a skin condition called vitiligo, which is a condition that causes patches of lost pigmentation. According to the doctor who oversaw the autopsy, Christopher Rogers, Jackson did suffer from vitiligo as, "some areas of the skin appear light and others appear dark" on Jackson's body.
1984 Pepsi advert
Back in 1984, commercial endorsements were still relatively new but pop stars had already worked out that they could be used to sell more music than ever before. A star of Jackson's calibre had to make a bold statement every time he was seen on screen and linking the King of Pop with Pepsi meant massive profits for the cola drink manufacturer. The commercial also spelt disaster for Jackson though when the pyrotechnics set fire. His hair was set alight and he was treated for second and third-degree burns. The plastic surgery he had done as a result is said to have inspired his love of cosmetic surgery.
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