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Michael Jackson’s bid to see Limerick burn victims
By Anne Sheridan Limerick Leader Published on Monday 3 December 2012 12:55 CHILDREN burned in a horrific petrol bomb attack in Limerick missed out on the chance to meet music icon Michael Jackson, after advice it might be deemed inappropriate
Sullivan details in Untouchable:
Mr Treacy allegedly told the Jackson Five star that “seeing him [Jackson] go into a paediatric hospital so soon after the paedophilia case” could be misinterpreted.
Mr Treacy told The Sunday Times that he and Jackson became friends while he was in Ireland. He mentioned to the famous singer that he was going to see the children in the burns unit of the hospital, and said Jackson wanted to visit them too. “He was horrified about what happened to the children and would continually ask me if they were in pain, if they had been given morphine, and if they would be scarred,” he told the Sunday Times.
The book documents the final days of the singer, who was due to begin a new tour, including his six month stay in Ireland from June 2006, when he lived in counties Cork, Westmeath and Wicklow.
Mr Treacy said Jackson was particularly pained by what happened to the Limerick children, then aged five and seven, as he too had suffered horrific burns, while filming a Pepsi advertisement in 1994.
Now aged 10 and 12, Gavin and Millie are still bearing the scars of what happened that day, and their mum Sheila said they will require surgery and skin grafts for years to come.
She was not available to comment yesterday on the possible meeting with Jackson, but has previously declined to give interviews as she wants her children to avoid further attention from the media and public.