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“Howes’ Illnesses of the Famous: Michael Jackson – Part 2 of 2”

Michael Joseph Jackson’s childhood helped set the stage for his tormented life.  Born in 1958, he became a child star with the Jackson 5 and later as a solo artist.  He said in a Soul Magazine interview that his brothers called him “big nose” and his angst over his appearance was worsened by teenage acne.  By 1990, he was telling others of his near hatred of his looks and of episodes of anorexia.  On a 1993 Oprah show, Michael told of the hurt caused by his father’s teasing and how he literally avoided looking into mirrors.  By 2000, he was saying he “looked like a lizard” and by 2010, he felt he was “extremely ugly.”  Sadly, Michael had a multitude of both physical and mental illnesses, which culminated in his early death in 2009.  Somewhere in his famous and “screwed up” life, he became dependent on prescription drugs, mainly painkillers and strong sedatives.

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