Michael Jackson's Most Unforgettable Moments

While filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984, Jackson's hair caught on fire. The next day -- with visible burn marks along his ear and cheek -- the singer went out to dinner with Webster TV star Emmanuel Lewis. It is believed that he first began dabbling in plastic surgery at this time.
In 1985, Jackson rescued three-year-old pet chimp Bubbles from a cancer research clinic in Texas. Bubbles was a constant presence in Jackson's life -- and even shared a two-bedoom hotel suite with the singer in Tokyo during the Bad World Tour. In a 2003 documentary with Martin Bashir, Jackson admitted that Bubbles had become overly aggressive and he sent the chimp to an animal sanctuary when Jackson began to fear for his newborn son's safety.
In 1986, Jackson, then 28, posed for a series of photographs featured in The National Enquirer while inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The publication claimed the singer slept in the chamber in an effort to live until at least 150 years of age.
Jackson -- here at a 1990 concert in New York City -- sparked controversy for his crotch-grabbing dance moves. In the 18-minute music video for "Bad," directed by Martin Scorsese, the singer was seen exhibiting motions he deemed were "choreography," but that angered many fans and critics.
The King of Pop wed second wife Debbie Rowe in 1996 during the Australian leg of the HIStory World Tour. Rowe is the mother of Jackson's children Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr and Paris Michael Katherine. When the couple divorced in 1999, Rowe relinquished full custody of their children to Jackson.
Jackson famously dangled his newborn son, Prince Michael Jackson II -- also known as "Blanket" -- over a Berlin hotel balcony four stories up while greeting fans in November 2002. He later apologized for the incident, calling it "a terrible mistake."
Jackson's appearance changed drastically over the years. As for the change in skin color, Jackson told Oprah Winfrey it was the result of vitiligo, "a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin," he said. "I have to even out my skin."
The performer purchased the 2,800 acre estate in Los Olivos, Calif., in 1988 to serve as his personal amusement park and home. Neverland's main house was closed in a cost-cutting measure in 2006. Though he transferred the estate's title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company in 2008, he still owned an unknown stake in the property at the time of his death.


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