Michael Jackson Awarded The Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award On His 60th Birthday

Michael Jackson was today awarded a Humanitarian Award by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Las Vegas for the humanitarian work he did and the lives he changed when he was still alive.

The Beat It singer was once recognized by The Guinness World Records for supporting a total of 39 charities more than any other performer in history.

In 1992 he launched the Heal the World Foundation with the aim of improving the conditions for children throughout the world by fighting world hunger, homelessness, child exploitation and abuse.

The Thriller hit maker also penned hits songs like We Are the World explicitly to create aid for the poor across the globe.

The Grammy winner was one of the first artists to publicly throw their weight behind efforts to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, publicly pleading with former President Bill Clinton at his inaugural gala to give more money to charities and research.

At the time of his death he was in the process of making his biggest comeback with a concert series titled This Is It.

He died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at the hands of an enabling physician who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

 

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