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Never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's awful Pepsi commercial accident, filmed in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 1984, has been released.

The Us Weekly clip shows one take where the singer's pyrotechnics exploded as planned - after Michael Jackson descended the stairs and began performing.

On the sixth take, fireworks erupted too early, igniting the singer's head in flames. Jackson was at first unaware he was on fire, and continued dancing.

Many say he was never the same after the accident, during which he suffered second and third-degree burns on his scalp and body, and after which some believe he developed an addiction to painkillers and an obsession with plastic surgery.

His drug addiction ever since that day has been well documented, and has become the focal point of a DEA and LAPD investigation into who supplied the singer with the dangerous substances that may have contributed to his demise.

Follow the jump to see the video of Michael Jackson's Pepsi commercial. Be forewarned, it shows him after his hair is clearly on fire and is somewhat disturbing:

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Was Michael Jackson murdered?

La Toya Jackson's inflammatory statement from earlier in the week may not be all that far-fetched. Multiple law enforcement sources say the LAPD is already treating the superstar's death as a homicide, and are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray.

The evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of his death. As TMZ reported, vials of Propofol were found in Michael Jackson's home.

Law enforcement sources say there is already "plenty of powerful evidence" linking Dr. Conrad Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson.

That evidence includes items found in Jackson's house, including Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank. Murray was Michael Jackson's personal physician.

The LAPD has had "multiple conversations" with the L.A. County District Attorney's office, even though the case has not been formally presented to the D.A.

Dr. Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, has neither confirmed nor denied if his client gave Propofol to Jackson. Dr. Conrad Murray has not been charged with a crime.

Several pharmaceutical companies have been contacted by the DEA in the case as authorities close in on how the Propofol got into the body of the late singer.

The vials of Propofol found in Jackson's home all have lot numbers. The DEA contacted Teva Pharmaceuticals - which manufactured one of the vials found there.

Teva sells Propofol to medical distributors, who then turn around and sell the vials to hospitals and doctors. The DEA hopes a trail will lead to some answers.

Dr. Arnold Klein, a friend of the singer who treated him over the years, is also under investigation. It is not believed he ever administered Propofol, but the L.A. Coroner's Office has subpoenaed Jackson's medical records from Klein.

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Despite myriad reports to the contrary - and quoting figures ranging from $3 million to $100 million - Michael Jackson's former wife Debbie Rowe isn't seeking a payout from the deceased superstar's family, her attorney says.

Eric George refuted an article in the New York Post that quoted an anonymous source who said that Katherine Jackson paid Debbie Rowe $4 million to solidify a custody agreement in which Rowe would basically back off for good.

George's letter states unequivocally that:

  • Nagreement - legal or financial - exists between Jackson and Rowe
  • Debbie Rowe has not relinquished her parental rights with the kids
  • The two women have not negotiated any new custody agreement

"It would be easier to identify those few background facts that are accurate than to catalog the number of blatant falsehoods in your story," the letter reads.

Rowe gave birth to Michael Jackson's two elder children, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11. Blanket, 7, was born to an unnamed surrogate.

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Debbie Rowe is not at all pleased with celebrity gossip photographers. Or reports that erroneously say she is out to bilk Michael Jackson's estate. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Sources close to the case say that instead of a huge payout, all Debbie Rowe wants is assurance that the Jackson family will honor the deal she had with Michael.

Rowe and Jackson struck an agreement in which she was paid a large sum over a period of years after carrying the two children and then divorcing the star.

The agreement stays in effect after hiss death, but Rowe wants assurance the family will abide by the terms. Most likely, the negotiations between the parties center on that pact and whether the family will continue to honor it. Simple as that.

Sources say talks do not involve anything beyond what Rowe would receive under the existing agreement and she will not fight for custody.

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Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter personally went to Dr. Arnold Klein's office to get Michael Jackson's medical records this afternoon, TMZ reports.

He went to the office because Dr. Klein was not fully cooperating with the L.A. Coroner's office request for documents pertaining to Klein's treatment of Jackson.

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover

On July 2, Winter's office contacted the office of Dr. Klein and subpoenaed the medical records of Michael Jackson. At that time, Klein's lawyer sent partial records and then promised he would send the rest later, but never did.

Winter's office then called Dr. Arnold Klein's rep to say they still hadn't received the documents but Klein never responded. Thus the personal trip today.

According to Winter, a lawyer for Klein was in the office while another was on the telephone. The lawyers promised to hand over the files in 24 hours.

Dr. Arnold Klein remains under investigation.

Law enforcement is investigating Dr. Klein's prescription practices as they relate to Michael Jackson - including prescribing him medication using aliases.

If he is found to have withheld, altered or destroyed medical records of the singer, it could lead to additional scrutiny of the well-known dermatologist.

There have also been reports that Klein is the biological father of Michael's kids Paris and Prince. He denies that he is ... to the best of his knowledge.

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Just a few hours ago, we reported on a serious of stories claiming something to the effect of a deal being offered to Debbie Rowe by Michael Jackson's family.

The details are not confirmed, but reputable sources claim that the late singer's family would pay Debbie pay her $3-5 million in exchange for Rowe not contesting his mom Katherine Jackson's guardianship and full custody of Michael's children.

Debbie Rowe is the biological mother (probably) of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris Jackson, 11, but she has had little if any contact with them in recent years.

Jackson's will states that Katherine gets full custody of Prince and Paris (along with Blanket, 7) and omitted Rowe, the late star's former spouse, altogether.

Rowe has said she will appear at Monday's custody hearing in L.A. Her intentions are not known ... except, apparently, by the ultra-reliable OK! Magazine.

She wants $100 million or the kids!

100 Million or the Kids!

Apparently, $3-5 million wasn't good enough for OK! to sell large quantities of magazines, so they decided to boost the figure by $95-97 million. Details.

This headline is comical for numerous reasons, chief among them:

  • Having attempted to sign away her parental rights before, and having no relationship with the kids, Debbie Rowe has no grounds for this demand.
  • Even if she did seek out a settlement, there is little chance of her receiving even one-tenth that amount, given the singer's debts and obligations.
  • Debbie Rowe may or may not be weighing options and hedging bets, but has communicated only through a lawyer. No one knows what she wants.
  • OK!'s own blog links to an article in the New York Post claiming Rowe is negotiating a $4 million buyout to give up custody rights forever.

Then again, the magazine's previous cover was the infamous Michael Jackson death photo. So we suppose this actually is a step in the right direction.

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According to various reports, Debbie Rowe has been offered at least $3 million from Michael Jackson's family if she does not fight for custody of her two biological children with the late music icon, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11.

"One family member said $3 million, another said $5 million. My guess is that it will be somewhere in between," Jackson family friend Stacy Brown told ABC.

As part of the settlement, Debbie Rowe would get visitation rights to the two kids. Katherine Jackson, the star's mother, will remain the children's legal guardian, as specified in Michael Jackson's last will, written in 2002.

Michael is also father to Prince Michael Jackson II, a.k.a. Blanket, who was born to an unknown surrogate. His parents' identities have never been revealed.

Rowe has not accepted any deal, her attorney says. But numerous reports suggest there are offers on the table and ongoing negotiations.

Another report says the proposed deal would not prevent Michael's father Joe Jackson from seeing the kids, and multiple sources told ABC News that Debbie Rowe is insisting on a clause that prevents him from ever being named guardian.

Former Mrs. Michael Jackson

Debbie Rowe is considering fighting for custody because she felt Katherine was too old to care for them and concern about Joe being around them. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

A custody hearing that had been scheduled for yesterday was recently postponed until July 20. Rowe's attorney says she will attend the hearing.

The New York Post, which reported that Debbie Rowe was to receive about $4 million in a settlement, says the proposed agreement "takes away any rights she has to challenge custody at any given time... this would be it."

It wouldn't be the first time Rowe - who insists she is the biological parents of Paris and Prince despite reports circulating that she is not their mother - was paid for for giving up custody of the children she had with her ex-husband.

In a 2005 hearing - around when Jackson was acquitted on molestation charges - his lawyer says Rowe got "about $4 or $5 million up front," and a mansion in Beverly Hills, plus $900,000 a year for a number of years if she abided by the terms.

ABC says child welfare officials recently interviewed the children at Katherine Jackson's Encino, Calif. home, which is standard in cases such as this.

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An official with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says toxicology reports that may determine the cause of Michael Jackson's death could be completed soon.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said that some of the results from tests to determine what substances Jackson may have had in his body when he died are in.

The outstanding toxicology results are expected at the end of this week or early next week. When all the tests are done, the results will be released the next day.

For now, the music icon's cause of death is officially listed as unknown.

Depending on what drugs Jackson took and who gave them to him, the LAPD has not ruled out classifying the singer's death a homicide. To that effect, Michael's sister La Toya has suggested that essentially, Jackson was murdered.

Michael Jackson died suddenly of cardiac arrest June 25.

Authorities are investigating claims the star consumed large amounts of prescription drugs. The powerful anesthesia Diprivan (the brand name of Propofol), normally only administered in hospitals, was among items found in his home.

In addition to the toxicology tests, the LAPD and the coroner's office has subpoenaed medical records from doctors who have treated Jackson in recent years.

Recent reports have suggested that investigators' focus is zeroing in on Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Jackson's personal physician at the time of his death.

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La Toya Jackson, the grieving sister of the late Michael Jackson, blames a seedy cast of manipulative hangers-on for effectively murdering her star.

In an interview with the Daily Mail (UK), La Toya, who signed her brother's death certificate, portrayed Michael Jackson as a lonely, isolated figure.

A figure at the mercy of a shady, money-motivated clique.

She accuses people with access to Michael Jackson of cutting the star off from his family and friends and forcing him, largely against his will, to sign up for the gruelling commitment of 50 concerts at London’s O2 arena.

Those shows were set to begin shortly after he died June 25.

La Toya Jackson believes her brother was fed addictive drugs by handlers who wanted to control his moods. She says they regarded him as a "cash cow" and exploited him at every turn. It was this, she believes, that led directly to his death.

While the cause of Jackson's death is unknown and the formal state autopsy results not due back for weeks, La Toya had a private autopsy conducted.

She received the results on Friday and while she won’t comment on the details until the police and coroner's office conclude their investigations, she did reveal that four fresh needle marks were found on Michael Jackson’s neck.

  • La Toya Jackson
  • Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

La Toya, 53, said: "I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people."

"He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him."

"A month ago, I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart."

"Michael was worth a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them. I said to my family a month ago."

"He’s never going to make it to London."

La Toya said Michael himself never believed he would live to be an old man and feared he would die in his fifties, and that he was isolated from his family.

She says she is speaking out now to "put the truth out there."

The LAPD has not ruled out classifying Jackson's death a homicide if it is revealed that his doctors provided and administered substances that killed him.

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Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife and biological mother to two of Michael Jackson's three children, has kept a low profile since the icon's death on June 25.

But now that a hearing has been scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court July 20 for temporary guardianship of the children, Rowe will be seen.

"[Debbie] says that she will definitely be at the custody hearing," says Marc Schaffel, a business partner of Jackson's and a close friend of Rowe's.

Rowe's children – Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11 – have been staying with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at her Encino, Calif., home since the star singer's death, along with Blanket (Prince Michael Jackson II), 7.

Jackson's youngest child was born from an unidentified surrogate.

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Debbie Rowe is hounded by photographers. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

While Debbie Rowe famously tried to give up parental rights to Prince Michael and Paris - and still to this day extols Michael Jackson's virtues as a father - her lawyer says she will fight for custody now. Whether she'll get it is unclear.

Katherine Jackson was named guardian in Jackson’s will, which was revealed last week, and is petitioning the court to keep the children with her.

Neither party is required to appear personally in court, officials say.

What do you think? Should Debbie Rowe get custody?

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Be careful what you write in your high school yearbook, teens. It may end up looking pretty creepy years later (then again, there's always Facebook).

Michael Jackson's former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, fulfilled some or most of her high school fantasies when she became a part of the late superstar's life.

Michael Jackson Jr. Birth Certificate

It's a bit sad, but true.

Jackson is mentioned not once, twice, or thrice, but four times in Rwaramba's 1985 yearbook from The Academy of the Holy Family in Connecticut.

Here's one of those references:

In one section, fellow classmates apparently predicted Grace Rwaramba would marry the singer and have her "own generation of Jackson 5."

Well... she came pretty close!

In the wake of Jackson's June 25 death from cardiac arrest, Grace Rwaramba spoke out about his drug addiction and financial problems. Michael's three children are said to be close with her, having been cared for her for a long period of time.

Michael Jackson Biography

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