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Jackson had history of health problems

Posted Jun 27 2009 12:00am

Michael Jackson, 50, is allegedly suffering from a potentially fatal lung disease. He has a medical condition called Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a uncommon genetic illness, an unconfirmed report said, adding that he may have to undergo a lung transplant. He can barely speak and is almost blind on his left eye, and if we think about it we do not hear about him much these days, not like before.

michael jackson”He’s had it for years but it’s gotten worse,” Ian Halperin, author of a book on Jackson, told In Touch magazine. “He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it… (But) it’s the (gastrointestinal) bleeding that is the most problematic part. It could kill him.” His brother Jermaine Jackson told TV channel FOX News: “He is not well.” There must be something wrong for a man to actually change his skin colour and appearance, he went form black to white and he also changed the look of his face completely. I feel sorry for him, he must not be happy at all.
Pop icon Michael Jackson, 50, who died Thursday afternoon after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in cardiac arrest, had a long history of confirmed health problems, in addition to rumored conditions.

In 1984, Jackson was burnt while singing for a Pepsi-Cola commercial in Los Angeles, when the special effects smoke bomb misfired. He had to have major surgery on his scalp, and said that because of the intense pain he developed an addiction to painkillers.

He also was reported to have a form of lupus in the 1980s, but it was later said to have gone into remission.

The 50-year-old has had numerous plastic surgeries, including rhinoplasty and a chin implant.

In 1993, Jackson’s dermatologist, Arnold Klein, released a statement saying that Jackson had a rare skin disease called vitiligo, which causes a person to lose melanin, the pigment that determines the colour of skin, hair and eyes, in patches or all over the body.

The condition affects 1 per cent to 2 per cent of the population, and no one knows what causes it.

Jackson was also hospitalized with chest pain in 1990 and postponed a concert because of dehydration in August 1993. A concert tour was cut short in November 1993 because of an addiction to prescription painkillers amid allegations of child molestation.

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