The ENQUIRER reported months ago that worried pals feared Michael Jackson would die in the next six months! Now, six months after that initial report, the King of Pop is dead.
Excerpt from January 12, 2009 issue:
Michael Jackson is dying – and has only six months to live, pals fear.
Reports surfaced in late December that Jackson is battling a rare, deadly genetic disorder and requires a lung transplant. Although the singer denied the reports, The ENQUIRER was told by sources that his health is deteriorating rapidly because of a crippling addiction to painkillers and alcohol. A source close to the star divulged: “It’s tragic. His condition is just so far gone, I’d be surprised if he lasts six months. “Painkillers and booze have caught up with him. The only way he was able to cope with the stress of sex scandals and his roller-coaster life was to mask the pain with substance abuse.
Jackson’s dependency on drugs “dates back to when his hair was burned making a Pepsi commercial,” said the close source. “His muscles and lungs are deteriorating, and he’s bedridden much of the time. He can walk, but not for very long. On good days, Michael is able to take his kids to a bookstore. But he’s never out for more than an hour. He has very little strength…It’s ultimately in God’s hands.”
Michael has been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency that can cause lung and liver disease, according to Ian Halperin, Jackson biography author. Halperin said a friend of the star told him: “Michael wants to have the lung transplant, but because of other illnesses he’s fighting, he’s too weak to undergo such a major procedure. He’s taking one painkiller after another.” Halperin claims that Jackson, a nonsmoker, is battling emphysema, and is also suffering from chronic gastrointestinal bleeding. But a spokesman for Jackson vehemently denies the star is ill, saying: “Mr. Jackson is in fine health” and is in negotiations for a concert tour and TV projects.