Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael vs Madonna: Michael was overworked, drowning in debt and addicted to painkillers

The Sun [Note the disparaging use of 'Wacko/Jacko' throughout]: While Jacko's contemporary, MADONNA, prepared to celebrate her 50th with a hit album and blockbuster global tour, Wacko has been beset by personal problems.

He claims he has been working on a new album, teaming up with producers including the BLACK EYE PEAS' WILL.I.AM and impresario SIMON FULLER.
Yet fans are yet to hear even the hint of a new single or any comeback shows.

The troubled star has also battled an addiction to prescription drugs which started during his child molestation trial in 2005.

The star is also believed to be £170million in debt and recently sold his Neverland Ranch.
The source added: "Jacko is struggling for money and needs to work.

SHOOT: Given Jackson's use of surgical masks and gloves to protect himself from germs, it's possible the frail star was suffering from terminal disease/s. We know he had cancer; he may also have had AIDS.
It is a tragic irony that he started out as a child star being forced to work, Jackson died in similar circumstances. Forced to work, forced to make money to survive. In these trying financial times we're in, we face a similar- bleak - fate.
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Michael Jackson is pushed in a wheelchair while shopping with his children at a Las Vegas bookstore.

The singer, who turns 50 on August 29, appears fragile and gaunt as he is wheeled by a minder to a Las Vegas bookshop while wearing pyjamas and slippers.

In his prime ... Jacko

Jacko hides behind shades, a hat, black scarf and surgical mask, his thin frame visible through the cotton trousers and his pale hands the only part of his body on show.

One onlooker said: "There are constant rumours of a Michael Jackson comeback but it was shocking to see that in reality he is a shadow of his former self.

"He seemed too weak even to get out of the chair to cross the road himself. He stayed in the store for two hours and wheeled himself around in the chair the whole time.

"The skin on his hands was peeling, almost like a snake's. He kept his mask on all the time. His security man was at his side and nobody approached him. It is really sad."

Sources say the singer often goes out in a wheelchair when he is too weak to walk.

He has days when he is fine but others when he feels listless and too weak to walk.
Big hits ... Madonna

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