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Ian Halperin

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Ian Halperin
Born (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 51)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian

Ian Halperin (born 17 August 1964 in Montreal, Quebec[1]) is a Canadian investigative journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker. His 2009 book, Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson was a #1 best-seller on the New York Times list on July 24, 2009.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5] In December 2008 Halperin had predicted that Jackson had six months to live;[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] Jackson died on June 25, 2009.[12] At the time, the BBC reported that Halperin would release an unauthorized biography on the pop star.[13] 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."[14][15] Shortly afterward, Jackson announced a 50 date residency at The O2 arena, holding a public press conference.[16][17][18][19] Halperin released his biography on Jackson, titled Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, in July 2009.[5] 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."[5]

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.



  • 2005: The Cobain Case (documentary)
  • 2008: His Highness Hollywood (documentary)
  • 2010: Gone Too Soon (documentary)
  • 2012: Chasing Gaga (documentary)


  1. ^ Michael M. Miller: The Halperin & Fish Family Descendants ver. 0014, May 1st, 2009 at (archive version), access date 5 August 2015
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ "Ian Halperin Biography". Simon & Schuster, Canada. 1997–2007. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Ian Halperin Interview". Ltd. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d Adams, James (June 27, 2009). "A tortured star's last days". The Globe and Mail ( Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  6. ^ Hunkin, Joanna (June 26, 2009). "Michael Jackson's reported illnesses". New Zealand Herald (APN Holdings NZ Limited). Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  7. ^ Leach, Ben (June 27, 2009). "Michael Jackson bequeathed 200 unpublished songs for children". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  8. ^ 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.). Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  9. ^ Parent, Marie-Joele (June 29, 2009). "Questions surround cause of death". The North Bay Nugget. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  10. ^ Wagner, Vit (June 29, 2009). "Montreal book could be first after Jackson's death". Toronto Star ( Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ Witheridge, Annette; Deborah Haynes (June 28, 2009). "Michael Jackson's children in legal battle". The Courier-Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Archived from the original on 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  12. ^ Rogers, John; Jake Coyle (June 26, 2009). "Police focus on medical treatment in Jackson death". Associated Press ( Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  13. ^ "Jackson 'transplant' claim denied". BBC News ( December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  14. ^ "King of Pop 'in fine health,' Jackson spokesman says". CNN ( December 23, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  15. ^ "Biographer Claims Michael Jackson Seriously Ill, MJ’s Reps Deny It". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  16. ^ "Fans await announcement of Michael Jackson dates". March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Jackson set to announce shows". MTV. March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  18. ^ Foster, Patrick (March 6, 2009). "Michael Jackson grand finale curtain-raiser". London: The Times. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  19. ^ 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. 

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