THE ENQUIRER FIRST REPORTED JACKO HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE IN OUR JAN 12, 2009 ISSUE

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The ENQUIRER reported months ago that worried pals feared Michael Jackson would die in the next six months!

FROM JANUARY 12, 2009: Michael Jackson is dying – and has only six months to live, pals fear.

Sadly, the desperately ill star is bedridden much of the time, and his electrifying stage performances are a thing of the past, reveal sources.

Incredible reports surfaced in late December that Jackson is battling a rare, deadly genetic disorder and requires a lung transplant. Although the singer denied the reports, The ENQUIRER was told by sources that his health is deteriorating rapidly because of a crippling addiction to painkillers and alcohol.

A source close to the star divulged: "It’s tragic. His condition is just so far gone, I’d be surprised if he lasts six months.

"Painkillers and booze have caught up with him. The only way he was able to cope with the stress of sex scandals and his roller-coaster life was to mask the pain with substance abuse.

"But the end result is an addiction that will kill him."

King Bizarro‘s dependency on drugs "dates back to when his hair was burned making a Pepsi commercial," said the close source. Twenty-five years later, "the drugs simply have ravaged him."

Michael’s in "really, really bad shape," claims the family friend. "He’s been sick for six to eight months and he just keeps getting worse.
 
"His muscles and lungs are deteriorating, and he’s bedridden much of the time. He can walk, but not for very long.

"On good days, Michael is able to take his kids to a bookstore. But he’s never out for more than an hour. He has very little strength…It’s ultimately in God’s hands."

But a spokesman for Jackson vehemently denies the star is ill, saying: "Mr. Jackson is in fine health" and is in negotiations for a concert tour and TV projects.

"Michael’s fighting for his life," the close source concluded. "And it doesn’t look good."

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