The oxygen chamber Michael Jackson usually use to fight aging with time after so many years of non usage gather dust in the back of a warehouse.
The King of Pop posed for a now-legendary photo showing him lay inside the $100,000 glass chamber in 1986.
He was quoted at the time as saying: ‘I’ll live to be at least 150.
In his autobiography and the 1993 interview with Winfrey, Jackson said he had had two rhinoplasty surgeries and a cleft chin surgery but no more than that.
He said he lost weight in the early 1980s because of a change in diet to achieve a dancer’s body. Witnesses reported that he was often dizzy, and speculated he was suffering from anorexia nervosa.
Periods of weight loss became a recurring problem later in his life. After his death, his mother Katherine told Winfrey that he first turned to cosmetic procedures to remedy his vitiligo, because he did not want to look like a “spotted cow.” She said her son had received more than the two cosmetic surgeries he claimed and speculated that he was addicted to them.
In 1986, tabloids reported that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to slow aging, and pictured him lying in a glass box.
The claim was untrue, and tabloids reported that he spread the story himself. It was also reported, by the tabloids, that Jackson took female hormone shots to keep his voice high and facial hair wispy, proposed to Elizabeth Taylor and possibly had a shrine of her, and had cosmetic surgery on his eyes. Jackson’s manager Frank DiLeo denied all of them, except for Jackson having a chamber.
DiLeo added “I don’t know if he sleeps in it. I’m not for it. But Michael thinks it’s something that’s probably healthy for him. He’s a bit of a health fanatic.”
When Jackson took his pet chimpanzee Bubbles to tour in Japan, their public appearances caused a stir in the media. They portrayed Jackson as an aspiring Disney cartoon character who befriended various animals.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that Jackson had offered to buy the bones of Joseph Merrick (the “Elephant Man”).
In June 1987, the Chicago Tribune reported Jackson’s publicist bidding $1 million for the skeleton to the London Hospital Medical College on his behalf.
The college maintained the skeleton was not for sale. DiLeo said Jackson had an “absorbing interest” in Merrick, “purely based on his awareness of the ethical, medical and historical significance.”
These tabloid stories inspired the name “Wacko Jacko,” which Jackson came to despise. According to music journalist Joseph Vogel, the demeaning name first appeared in British tabloid The Sun in 1985.
The name’s origins come from Jacko Macacco, the name of a famous monkey used in monkey-baiting matches at the Westminster Pit in the early 1820s.
“Jacko” was subsequently used in Cockney slang to refer to monkeys in general, hence a racist connotation behind the name.
In 1987, Rolling Stone described Jackson as “the flighty-genius star-child, a celebrity virtually all his life, who dwells in a fairy-tale kingdom of fellow celebrities, animals, mannequins and cartoons, who provides endless fodder for the tabloids.
But it’s the same child in Michael who inspires the artistry that fuels all the subsidiary industries, who turns his primal fears and fantasies into wondrous, hyperkinetic and emotional music.”