Claims that Michael Jackson is dying and needs a lung transplant because of a rare respiratory disease are a "total fabrication," according to a statement from Jackson's official spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, Reuters reports.
Word of Jackson's supposed condition - that he was suffering from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency - circulated after writer Ian Halperin, at work on an upcoming bio of the 50-year-old music legend, was interviewed in Britain's Sunday Express.
Reports quoted Halperin about Jackson's alleged illness, an inherited condition that can be fatal. But other news outlets quickly questioned whether the statement was true.
Darren Julien, who is arranging an auction of Jackson memorabilia scheduled for April, told Fox News that the star - who may or may not be going by Mikaeel Jackson these days - is not ill and "seemed really organized" about the sale.
That's very good to hear.
Contrary to reports, Michael Jackson is perfectly healthy. Physically, at least.