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Ian Halperin
Born (1964-08-17) August 17, 1964 (age 54)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ian Halperin (born August 17, 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] He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (BA 07).

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 2010, Halperin directed and produced a documentary film about Jackson titled Gone Too Soon. It premiered on the TV Guide Network on June 25, 2010, the one-year anniversary of Jackson's death. The documentary was based on 300 hours of footage Halperin recorded before and immediately after Jackson's death.[20]


  • Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family. Gallery Books. 2016. ISBN 978-1501128882.
  • Whitney and Bobbi Kristina. Gallery Books. 2015. ISBN 978-1-50-112074-9.
  • The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest For the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger. HarperCollins Publishers. 2010. ISBN 978-0-06-199004-5.
  • Brangelina: The Untold Story of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Transit Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9812396-6-8.
  • Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4391-7717-4.
  • Hollywood Undercover: Revealing the Sordid Secrets of Tinseltown. Edinburgh, UK: Mainstream Publishing. 2008. ISBN 978-1-84596-266-1.
  • Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain. Atria. 2004. ISBN 978-0-7434-8483-1. (with Max Wallace)
  • Miss Supermodel America. OGO Books. 2004. ISBN 978-0-9684804-8-9.
  • Bad And Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling And Deadly World of Supermodels. Citadel. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8065-2310-1.
  • Best Ceos: How the Wild, Wild Web Was Won. OGO Books. 2000. ISBN 978-0-9684804-3-4.
  • Fire and Rain : The James Taylor Story. Citadel. 2000. ISBN 978-1-55972-533-0.
  • Shut Up and Smile: Supermodels, the Dark Side. OGO Books. 1999. ISBN 978-0-9684804-0-3.
  • Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Mysterious Death of an Icon. Citadel. 1998. ISBN 978-1-55972-446-3. (with Max Wallace)
  • Celine Dion: Behind The Fairytale – A Very, Very, Unauthorized Biography. Boca Pub Group. 1997. ISBN 978-0-9659583-0-1.


  • 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 July 9, 2009. 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 July 1, 2009. 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. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. 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.
  20. ^ Jethro Nededog (2010-06-25). "'Gone Too Soon' preview: Documentary goes behind Michael Jackson's last days". Retrieved 2016-05-31.

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