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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

Remembering Michael Jackson, the 'King' who always wore a mask

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

June 25 marks the 11th death anniversary of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, who was often seen in public wearing a mask.

Many thought the face masks were only part of his quirky and flashy fashion sense. He was seen in 70s-inspired outfits, sequinned getups, fedoras, and gloves.

However, Jackson's former British bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, claimed in an interview with The Sun in March that the singer predicted that a COVID-19-like pandemic could suddenly sweep the world.

Fiddes recalled how he once teased Jackson for embarrassing him by wearing a mask. But Jackson reportedly told him that he couldn't let his fans down by getting sick and damaging his voice.

"I’ve got to stay healthy, I don’t know who I’m going to encounter today, I don’t know what I might pass on,'" Fiddes quoted Jackson as saying.

For fans interested to purchase official Michael Jackson face masks, visit his official site. Various designs are available for 18 Euros each.

Meanwhile, Jackson's daughter Paris released unseen footage of the pop icon along as she debuted her own music this week.

Jackson's death

Jackson, born on August 29, 1958, passed away at age 49 on June 25, 2009.

According to the book "83 Minutes: The Doctor, the Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson" by Matt Richards, Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering a fatal combination of medications to the pop superstar.

The medications included an excessive amount of propofol, used in general anesthesia, which Jackson had been taking as he had trouble sleeping.

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