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Michael Jackson: Recent medical screening 'declared him healthy'

Those close to Michael Jackson say he had been working diligently to get back in shape for his planned comeback next month in London.

A year ago, he was gaunt and using a wheelchair, but in preparation for a 50-show run in London, he was exercising with a trainer in addition to daylong rehearsals with dancers half his age. He also was a strict vegetarian.

“He’s working out. He’s in great shape,” his manager, Frank Dileo, said last month.

In order for concert promoters to get insurance for the concerts, which were scheduled to begin July 13, Jackson underwent a four-hour physical in Los Angele this spring with an independent doctor flown in from New York.

Rand Phillips, the chief executive officer of promoter AEG Live, said in an interview last month that the medical screening uncovered “no issues whatsoever.”

“He declared him healthy,” Phillips said. “His cholesterol level is better than mine.”

But a physical may not have revealed a looming heart attack, Dr. John Harold, a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center cardiologist, said.

“This is the type of patient who could have a stress test the day before and it could be completely normal and the next day could have a plaque rupture and a fatal heart attack,” said Harold, who did not treat Jackson.

-- Harriet Ryan

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i know many times through out your life you would have felt alone but im sure i speak for thousands when i say "YOU ARE NOT ALONE" even in death RIP XXXOOO

When I was in basic training for the U.S. Air Force, We were allowed to go into the day room and watch the 'Thriller' video which had just been released. Normally that would've been an unheard of privilege for military trainees. But MJ always managed to make the world notice him, Even military training instructors.
He was one of the most brilliant performers the world will ever see. Such a sad day. My prayers to his family, especially his children. <3

I hope that his wonderful 3-D film 'Captain EO' will now be released so the whole world can see it.

RIP Michael.

I read where a lawyer said that he was taking lots of medications. That could do it. That is why they pulled Vioxx after they had millions of people using it.

If MJ was on so many drugs and receiving shots of opiates for the last 7 years, he could NEVER have passed his insurance physicals for performing in the UK in July. And he was booked to perform! I believe the rumors of drug abuse are as fake as the rumors of molestation. This is what the ignorant world thrives on - lies and deceit. This is what killed this poor man, NOT DRUGS! YOU!!

i completely agree with r lanzarishi i wish people would stop saying that molested children even after his death. even if you do believe that keep it to yourselfi wish people whould shed light on how he has helped people not only with music but by his philanthropy.he was a true angel that was living with us.it must of hurt him deeply when people called him ugly crazy and a molester since he is extremely sensitive. people can be so cruel sometimes.i left with nothing but to hope that he is in a better place, but then again when people treat you like trash constantly maybe anywhere is better than here .may god bless his family children and his fans because nobody knows but ourselves how much we are suffering for this untimely death. rest in peace dear michael because you were truly loved and admired by many people.your death was not in vain

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