Michael Jackson was the closest thing to a father figure that Dave Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, ever had. Dave even spoke at MJ’s funeral.
Dave, who survived a horrific attack decades ago and was an inspiration to others, has passed away.
Once known as “burn boy” for the injuries that covered 90% of his body, Dave was 42 years old.
“Dave died of heat exhaustion on the 15th of July,” Dave’s friend Justin revealed on Instagram.
Justin, who goes by Lil’ Eric and has worked with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, shared this grim news.
“Our friendship started with a hug,” Justin tells RadarOnline. “And that his how he started every friendship.”
“He got that from his father figure, Michael Jackson,” Justin explains.
“Michael taught him to love unconditionally,” Justin says. “And he did.”
Justin took to Instagram to explain how he made this tragic discovery.
“Last night, I called my good friend Dave,” Justin writes. “And his mother picked up the phone and we talked.”
There is no good way to find out that your friend has died.
“It wasn’t what I expected or who I expected,” Justin admits. “But she told me that Dave had passed away on July 15th.”
This is only now going public.
“I am going to be talking to her today,” Justin continued on Instagram. “She was very tired last night.”
“And there will be a funeral/memorial I will be attending sometime in the near future,” Justin wrote at the time.
“I know dave had a lot of people who loved him,” Justin says. “And knows of his story from the early 80s.”
In 1983, David’s father doused him in kerosene and set him on fire. The burns covered 90% of his body.
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Source:: The Hollywood Gossip