David Rothenberg

 

 

Age: 42

 

Summary: Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in southern California, who was a close friend of Michael Jackson who met him after the boy survived a 1983 attack that left him with burns over 90 per cent of his body, who was 6 years old when his father Charles Rothenberg gave him a sleeping pill, doused his bed with kerosene, and lit it in a Buena Park motel room near Disneyland during a bitter custody fight before the father fled but later spent less than seven years of a 13-year sentence in prison for attempted murder (he ultimately amassed a criminal record for robbery and other crimes and was sentenced in 2007 to 25 years to life in prison), who underwent numerous skin grafts and was left disfigured but refused to define himself as a victim.

 

 

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

 

Born: June 18, 1976

 

Died: July 15, 2018

 

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada