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Jackson in great health, says pal

entertainment Updated: Mar 09, 2009 20:37 IST

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Pop superstar Michael Jackson 'couldn't be in better shape', according to a friend and business manager - rubbishing reports the singer's health is deteriorating.

Tohme Tohme blasted claims the 'Thriller' star is dogged by respiratory problems and had been struck by deadly superbug MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).

He insists Jackson took time off his musical career to care for his three children - Prince, 11, Paris Katherine, 10, and five-year-old Prince Michael II.

And he is adamant Jackson will use his huge comeback concerts in London in July to prove his doubters wrong.

Tohme told British tabloid the Daily Mirror: "(Jackson) has come back to put an end to all the bulls**t rumours about his health. I think he has answered his critics.

"He is back to his old self - he's fine, and couldn't be in better shape. He was away for all this time because he was dedicating his life to his children and being a single parent. This is the reason he took a break from music.