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Michael Jackson donated HUGE sum of money to Nelson Mandela during award show

Michael Jackson fans will know he was a huge supporter of charities, and indeed children’s charities. Over the years he did a lot of work for sick kids, and contributed a huge amount of donations to support sick, or unfortunate children. This didn’t stop locally, either, as he once visited South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela and to support him and his foundation.

21 years ago – in 1999, Michael Jackson attended the KORA All Africa Music Awards in South Africa.

The televised event saw countless artists being honoured with awards and well wishes.

Jackson himself was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award on stage in front of a live audience.

However the ever-humble star took the opportunity to present Nelson Mandela with a gift.

The gift was a cheque for £1 million Rand for his children’s charity – an event that was recently remembered by the official Michael Jackson Twitter account.

The tweet read: “In September of 1999, Michael Jackson attended the KORA All Africa Music Awards in South Africa to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“During the ceremony, Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for 1 million rand for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.”

Fans of the star were elected to recall this unbelievably generous donation.

One fan replied: “Two real legends. Two incredible human. We miss you so much Michael.”

Jackson had quite the emotional side to him, one that he openly spoke about through his career.

One instance saw him emotionally touching upon the death of Princess Diana.

The star was quite good friends with the late Princess, so he was devastated when she passed away.

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Speaking to Barbara Walters, he recalled how he learned of Diana’s death.

“I woke up,” he explained. “And my doctor gave me the news.

“And I fell back down in grief, and I started to cry.”

Going on to talk about the effects of Diana’s death, he continued: “The pain I felt – it was inner pain in my stomach and in my chest.

“I said: ‘I can’t, I cannot handle this! It’s too much.'”

The emotional star added: “Just the message, and the fact that I knew her personally.”

Just before this anecdote he explained to Walters how he cancelled a gig in honour of Princess Diana when he learned of her death.

Shortly after, he then dedicated his next gig director to her, and showed photos of the Princess throughout his performance.

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