Michael Jackson was the most publicly known mentally ill person in the world. It's rare that a person so sensitive and shy becomes so famous. His father pushed him very hard to become a pop star; he would not have pursued a pop career without that influence and we would have never known him. He's a very rare case. He likely had OCD and schizophrenia. The media were brutal to him, nicknaming him "wacko Jacko." He was allowed to live eccentrically because of his wealth, but most with his condition would be forced to fix their illness to earn a living and survive. A lot of the mentally ill could related to Jackson. He is extremely sensitive and shy. People do not understand his interests. He is called names and heckled. He gets depressed and disappears for weeks and months. He does things he regrets and doesn't understand his motivations for doing them. On a smaller scale, this is the isolated and strange life of a mentally ill person. And like Michael, the mentally ill have profound talents (artistic, intellectual, poetic, literary, etc.). Because Michael's talents were appreciated by millions around the world, mentally ill people could take pride in him. It was like their own talents being recognized and celebrated. Thank you Michael for your legacy. You are one of the most important mentally ill people in history.