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Michael Jackson’s Never-Before-Seen 1984 Pepsi Commercial Accident has exclusive, never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial accident, filmed in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 27, 1984.


The clip shows one take where the pyrotechnics exploded as planned — after Jackson descended the stairs and began performing with his brothers.

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On the sixth take, though, things went horribly wrong: The fireworks erupted too early, igniting Jackson's head in flames. Jackson is at first unaware he's on fire, and continues dancing.

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He was never the same after the accident, reports the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands today.

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To relieve the second and third-degree burns on his scalp and body (and later to help him tolerate multiple surgeries on the scorched spot on his head), Jackson was prescribed several medications — which kicked off his addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery, multiple sources tell Us.

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More details about how the accident led to Jackson's drug use are in the new issue of Us Weekly, on newsstands now.

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