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Fellow child star Curtis 'escaped the same fate as Jackson'

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Jul 21, 2009 | 5:00am EDT

Recent reports have suggested Jackson was killed by the strong medication he took to ease the pain he suffered after fire ravaged his scalp while shooting a Pepsi commercial back in 1984.

Curtis rejects the notion the blaze turned Jackson onto drugs - instead she believes he took them to escape his life in the spotlight.

The actress writes in a blog on the HuffingtonPost website, “The explanation is that this moment (the Pepsi ad accident) was the drug start point that eventually took over his life. I don’t believe it. The pain he suffered was from his birth, from his being and becoming the commodity that then made him the omnipotent King of the Pop-Goes-The-Weasel-Jacko-In-The-Neverland-Box that destroyed him.

Like Jackson, Curtis was thrust into the limelight at a young age, as the child star daughter of screen icon Tony Curtis - and she blames the early exposure to fame for her addiction to painkillers.

The actress adds, “Few children, put into the intense focus of their precious youth being marketed for other’s pleasure, come out unscathed and with any sense of mental balance.

“Rarely are the parents really held accountable for the fragile, destroyed youths as many of the young people get the f**k away as fast as their agents and lawyers get them… but the imprint is there, it cannot be undone without a painful process of self discovery and as we know… pain needs to be killed… not tolerated and examined.

Witnessing Jackson's demise had reminded Curtis she had a lucky escape: "I can relate. I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted, the morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality. I was a lucky one. I was able to see that the pain had started long ago and far away and that the finding the narcotic was merely a matter of time. The pain needed numbing.

“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work - hard, painful work - but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.”.

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