Michael Jackson has a potentially deadly genetic disease, it has been
The 50-year-old pop superstar - who has previously been photographed looking
frail in a wheelchair - is said to be battling inherited condition A1AD (alpha-1
antitrypsin deficiency) which leaves sufferers without a protein needed to
protect the lungs. Lan Halperin, a respected writer, also claims father-of-three
Michael is now nearly blind after keeping the deadly condition a secret "for
He said: "He needs a lung transplant, but may be too weak to go through with
it. He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his
doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping. "It's the bleeding that's the most
problematic part. It could kill him.
He can barely speak. The vision in his left eye is 95 percent gone. For years
Michael has been working with his doctors to make sure it doesn't progress. He
has been on many medications that have stabilized him."
Michael's brother Jermaine also revealed the "Thriller" singer - who is
currently working on his comeback album with rappers including Ne-Yo - is "not
doing so well right now", only saying: "This isn't a good time."
The news of Michael's illness comes just days after a woman called Billie
Jean Jackson, who claims to be the singer's wife and the mother of his youngest
son Prince Michael II, announced she is suing him for 700,000 and joint custody
of the six-year-old child.