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Wacko's world: He slept in an oxygen tent and his best friend was Bubbles the chimp By Richard Price Last updated at 10:29 PM on 26th June 2009 Comments (0) Add to My Stories For someone who quickly became the most famous black man on the planet, it is perhaps fitting that 'Wacko Jacko' died as the most famous white man on the planet.�The oddest and most unpredictable pop star in the world, Jackson lived a life that in turn shocked, perplexed and disturbed his audiences.

The King of Pop was often subject to outlandish rumours, but more often than not there was a substantial grain of truth in the crazy tales which came to characterise his life.

Eccentric: Entertainer Michael Jackson inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in 1986 - rumours were that the star was planing to purchase the equipment to help him live longerBut as his death raises even more questions and mysteries, will we finally be able to unpick the truth about Wacko Jacko?�Was he as mad as his critics liked to suggest, or simply a much-maligned recluse so badly scarred by child stardom that he never had a chance? Jackson often sat in his favourite tree at Neverland to write songs.

He named it the Giving Tree, for its 'inspirational qualities' Anybody who chooses as his home a 2,600-acre ranch named Neverland after the magical kingdom featured in Peter Pan could hardly be described as normal.

Jackson bought the property in 1987, aged 28.

He was thrilled when his dream home was completed� -� complete with a fully operational amusement park and a private zoo packed with exotic animals.�In the meantime his softly spoken, girlish voice prompted speculation that he had undergone hormone treatments to preserve the high, flexible vocal range of his youth.

Elsewhere, it was claimed that he lived on fruit and nuts to prevent his falsetto voice from breaking.�Stories were told about Jackson sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber to slow the ageing process� -� it is alleged that Jackson started this rumour himself as a publicity stunt.�Later, he sought to play down some of these stories, saying that he did buy an oxygen chamber, but immediately donated it to a Californian medical centre as a therapeutic aid for burns victims.

Performed at the 1996 Brit Awards in Christlike robes and surrounded by worshippers.

Jarvis Cocker rushed the stage in protest The singer knew only too well what they were going through� -� he had suffered severe burns to his scalp after an accident on the set of a Pepsi commercial in 1984.�As well as his fondness of children, who frequently shared his bed at Neverland, Jackson claimed a strong affinity towards animals.�In the Eighties he launched Michael's Pets, a range of soft toys based upon the animals he owned.

The toys consisted of a frog, dog, rabbit, snake, ostrich, giraffe, llama and Bubbles the chimp.

Jackson also appeared in the range, bizarrely, as a bear wearing sunglasses and a fedora.

Enlarge � The 2002 baby-dangling incident, and hiding from the world in April this yearIn the late Eighties, Bubbles was Jackson's constant companion.

He sat in for the recording sessions of the smash-hit Bad album and during the ensuing world tour he and the singer shared a two bedroom hotel suite.

At Neverland, he slept in a crib in Jackson's bedroom and was allowed to use the star's private toilet.�As Bubbles reached adolescence, however, he became aggressive and was moved to an animal sanctuary amid fears that he might attack Jackson's newborn son, Prince Michael.

Nevertheless, Jackson continued to make his own bizarre gestures of affection towards Bubbles, such as planning a 'celebrity animal party' for Bubbles.

Cheeta, the chimp from Tarzan, and movie star dogs Benji and Lassie were on the guest list.

Jackson rarely ate and at times weighed little more than 7st Throughout this period Jackson underwent vast changes to his appearance, but when it suited him he could still play the race card.�Seven years ago, with his career in decline, he launched an outspoken attack on Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola, calling him 'devilish' and making claims that he used racist language and held back black artists.

Shortly afterwards, Jackson appeared at a court hearing where he was ordered to remove a bizarre surgical mask, only to reveal that his nose had caved in from botched cosmetic surgery.�Along the way he wasted hundreds of millions on shopping sprees, during which he would buy tasteless artwork despite having no remaining space on which to display it.

He also married Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, then divorced her two years later.

It was only when he started to have children of his own that his misguided lifestyle began to be of serious concern.�All three children (regardless of gender) were named after Jackson� -� Prince Michael, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael II.�What will happen to those children now remains to be seen.

But surely their lives cannot come close to the outlandish existence of their troubled father.

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