Ian Halperin

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Ian Halperin
Born Montreal, Quebec, Cananda
Website
ianundercover.com

Ian Halperin is a Canadian investigative journalist and writer from Montreal, Quebec, whose 2009 book, Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson was a #1 best-seller on the New York Times list on July 24, 2009.[1] He is the author or coauthor of nine books including Celine Dion: Behind the Fairytale, Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story and Hollywood Undercover. He coauthored Who Killed Kurt Cobain? and Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain with Max Wallace. Halperin has contributed to 60 Minutes II and was a regular correspondent for Court TV.[2][3]

Michael Jackson biography

In late 2008 The Sun and In Touch Weekly cited Halperin as the source in articles stating that Michael Jackson had serious health issues.[4] In December 2008 Halperin had predicted that Jackson had six months to live;[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Jackson died on June 25, 2009.[11] At the time, the BBC reported that Halperin would release an unauthorized biography on the pop star.[12] Halperin's statements had been denied by a Jackson representative who said in a December 2008 statement, "The writer's wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson's health are a total fabrication...Mr. Jackson is in fine health and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company & television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances."[13][14] Shortly afterward, Jackson announced a 50 date residency at The O2 arena, holding a public press conference.[15][16][17][18] Halperin released his biography on Jackson, titled Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, in July 2009.[4] Halperin commented on the timing of the book: "I timed it because I knew around this time he was a candidate to die. I'm being totally up-front about that. Google it."[4]

Documentary film

In an interview done with Variety in March 2010, Halperin revealed that is currently working a documentary film about Jackson, entitled Gone Too Soon, which is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2010, the one-year anniversary of Jackson's death. It is directed and produced by Halperin himself and based on 300 hours of footage he recorded during the King of Pop's final year.

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ "Ian Halperin Biography". Simon & Schuster, Canada. 1997–2007. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Ian Halperin Interview". Contactmusic.com Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d Adams, James (June 27, 2009). "A tortured star's last days". The Globe and Mail (www.theglobeandmail.com). Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ Hunkin, Joanna (June 26, 2009). "Michael Jackson's reported illnesses". New Zealand Herald (APN Holdings NZ Limited). Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  6. ^ Leach, Ben (June 27, 2009). "Michael Jackson bequeathed 200 unpublished songs for children". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  7. ^ Ward, Brue (June 30, 2009). "Quebec publisher leads wave of Jackson bios: New book by author who predicted star’s demise hits shelves next week". Ottawa Citizen (Canwest Publishing Inc.). Retrieved 2009-06-30. [dead link]
  8. ^ Parent, Marie-Joele (June 29, 2009). "Questions surround cause of death". The North Bay Nugget. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  9. ^ Wagner, Vit (June 29, 2009). "Montreal book could be first after Jackson's death". Toronto Star (www.thestar.com). Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ Witheridge, Annette; Deborah Haynes (June 28, 2009). "Michael Jackson's children in legal battle". The Courier-Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-06-30. [dead link]
  11. ^ Rogers, John; Jake Coyle (June 26, 2009). "Police focus on medical treatment in Jackson death". Associated Press (hosted.ap.org). Retrieved 2009-06-28. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Jackson 'transplant' claim denied". BBC News (news.bbc.co.uk). December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  13. ^ "King of Pop 'in fine health,' Jackson spokesman says". CNN (edition.cnn.com). December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  14. ^ "Biographer Claims Michael Jackson Seriously Ill, MJ’s Reps Deny It". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Fans await announcement of Michael Jackson dates". Inthenews.co.uk. March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Jackson set to announce shows". MTV. March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  17. ^ Foster, Patrick (March 6, 2009). "Michael Jackson grand finale curtain-raiser". London: The Times. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  18. ^ Akbar, Arifa (March 6, 2009). "Jacko on tour: 'This will be the final curtain call. I love you, I love you all' – News, Music". The Independent. Retrieved March 6, 2009. 

External links

Official website