Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi Commercial Hair Burning Accident Footage

Just after 6:00 PM on January 27, 1984 Michael Jackson was burned by a pyrotechnic accident as he and his brothers filmed a commercial for Pepsi Cola at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.  Here’s a photo of The Jacksons filming the commercial before the accident.

Michael Jackson Burn Accident Pepsi Commercial January 27, 1984

New footage recently released shows footage of Michael’s hair actually catching fire.  While descending the stairs on the sixth take, a firework went off early and ignited Jackson’s hair.  Michael unaware that his hair had caught fire executed a few spins, but when he turned around to walk to the back of the stage, crew members jumped on him and extinguished the flames.

The first photo shows Michael defending the staircase.  The second photo shows Michael’s hair already engulfed in flames with brother Jermaine in the foreground.

Michael Jackson Hair Burning Accident Pepsi Commercial

Here’s a video still from behind the stairs showing MJ’s hair on fire.

Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial Hair On Fire

Michael suffered second and third degree burns to his scalp and parts of his body.

Michael Jackson Pepsi Commercial Hair On Fire

He was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and then transferred to the Burn Center of the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. Michael Jackson 1984 Accident Scalp Burn Pepsi Commercial

Michael Jackson Ambulance Pepsi Commercial 1984

Michael donated the $1.5 million settlement he obtained from Pepsi after the accident to the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, California, to establish the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.  Many have blamed this accident for Michael’s addiction to pain medication and plastic surgery.

UPDATE: These medical records and close up of Michael Jackson’s burns surfaced a few years ago.

Michael Jackson Medical Record Pepsi Accident Burn Center


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  1. Hailey says:

    No one should judge Michael because he was addicted to a pain killer. Some people are in the world and you just have to deal with it. Michael Jackson's injury was severe but an accident!!!!

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