THIS JUST IN: Michael Jackson On The Verge Of Death


STUFF: Jackson’s biographer Ian Halperin told US gossip magazine In Touch Jackson is suffering from a rare genetic illness called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, as well as emphysema and gastrointestinal bleeding. The 50-year-old former King of Pop is also reportedly 95 percent blind in his left eye and can barely speak. “He’s had it for years, but it’s gotten worse,” Halperin told In Touch. “He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it.” Halperin said the gastrointestinal bleeding was Jackson’s most dangerous ailment: “It could kill him.” Jermaine Jackson has not denied reports of his brother’s suspected ailment. “He’s not doing so well right now. This isn’t a good time,” UK newspaper The Sun is reporting him as saying. Jackson was also seen earlier this year being wheeled around in a wheelchair. His official spokesperson has not commented on the reports. MORE

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