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Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

Michael Jackson passed away 15 years ago

Exactly 15 years ago, on June 25, 2009, the legendary singer and talented dancer Michael Jackson died as a result of a sleeping pill overdose. In the morning, Dr. Conrad Murray gave him an injection and left for two hours, and when he returned, he saw his patient with no signs of life. The music industry has lost an iconic artist whose life was thorny and often tested the star.

The singer's death – or, more precisely, his murder – was a tragedy for the whole world. On this day, OBOZ.UA decided to recall how eventful the star's life was and what he had to go through.

Chemical castration

The pop king's doctor, who served a two-year prison sentence for the star's unintentional murder, revealed to the world that when he was 12, the artist's father did a terrible thing - he forced the child to undergo chemical castration to avoid voice damage.

"I hope Joe Jackson atones for his sins in hell," the doctor wrote. It is noteworthy that little Michael was deceived, assuring him that the injections were for a skin disease.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

"Neverland"

Although the star's childhood was difficult, the adult singer fully compensated for the lack of rest and normal leisure. He bought a huge estate with an impressive territory and named it after the country where his favorite hero, Peter Pan, lived.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

The artist built an amusement park on the territory, and opened a private zoo and a theater. The singer's residence was also located there. For the opportunity to hold a wedding in Neverland, actress Elizabeth Taylor gave her friend an elephant.

Change of skin color

Starting in the mid-1980s, Michael Jackson's appearance began to change dramatically, and for a long time no one could understand why the dark-skinned singer became pale, his facial features changed, and his weight rapidly decreased.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

The artist later explained that he was suffering from vitiligo and systemic lupus erythematosus, which Jackson was diagnosed with in 1986. To save his appearance, the pop king lightened his skin and used cosmetics.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

Bubbles

The star's love for animals knew no bounds. His favorite was the chimpanzee Bubbles, whom the singer took with him on tour, red carpet, and meals.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

Peter Pan syndrome

It is believed that in addition to physical problems, the singer had many psychological illnesses. Analyzing his unwillingness to grow up, infantile behavior, love of cartoon characters, and hyperfixation on superheroes, psychologists suggested that Jackson had Peter Pan syndrome.

"Even at home, I feel lonely. I sit in my room and sometimes cry. It's very hard to make friends, and there are things you can't talk about with your parents or family. Sometimes I walk around the neighborhood at night, just hoping to find someone to talk to. But in the end, I just come back home," the singer said.

Michael Jackson died 15 years ago: why psychologists believe he had Peter Pan syndrome and what tragedies befell the pop king

His oppressive father and lack of friends eventually led to Michael Jackson's failure to mature mentally.

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