A Michael Jackson musical called ‘Thriller Live’ has hit London’s West End. ITN talked with some of the eight actors who play the King of Pop at different stages of his life.
One of them, Rico Baird, revealed that Michael’s brother Tito attended one of the showings. “During the middle of the show, they let us know he was there,” Baird said. “So I got extremely nervous that he was in the audience watching. But after the show he came back, he really enjoyed it, he loved it said it was a great job. So hearing that from him was really exciting.”
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Michael Jackson Renting $38 Million Bel Air Mansion
December 24, 2008 – The Daily Mail reports Michael is spending $100,000 a month to rent a $38 million Bel Air mansion, which boasts 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and sprawling gardens. The singer signed the deal several weeks ago and has reportedly already begun to stay at the home. Read more and check out pictures of the mansion here.
Rep Denies Claim Jackson Needs Lung Transplant
December 23, 2008 – Michael Jackson’s rep, identified as “Dr. Tohme Tohme”, is responding to a report in The Sun that a biographer for the singer is claiming that he’s battling A1AD — alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency, and that he needs a lung transplant. “Concerning this author’s allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorized ‘biography’,” Tohme stated. “The writer’s wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson’s health are a total fabrication. Mr. Jackson is in fine health, and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company & television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances.”
Biographer Claims Jackson Needs Lung Transplant
December 22, 2008 – Michael Jackson biographer Ian Halperin tells The Sun that the pop star was stricken with an inherited condition called A1AD (alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency). “He needs a lung transplant, but may be too weak to go through with it,” Halperin claimed. “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.” The biographer added that the 50-year-old has lost 95% of his vision in the left eye. The story at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.