According to biographer Ian Halperin, Michael Jackson is gravely ill and suffering from emphysema, chronic gastrointestinal bleeding as well as a life-threatening lung condition.

Halperin, who has just finished a book about the pop star, says Jackson developed an alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency and told The Sun that he “needs a lung transplant, but may be too weak to go through with it.”

“He can barely speak. The vision in his left eye is 95 per cent gone.” Halperin also said.

Jackson’s older brother Jermaine confirmed to the paper “He’s not doing so well right now. This isn’t a good time.”

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British tabloid The Sun has raised the ire of Batman fans with news that Eddie Murphy will play the Riddler in the next installment of the comic book blockbuster due in 2010.

While Eddie Murphy’s rep denied the Riddler rumour to Access Hollywood, The Sun is also reporting that Shia LaBeouf will be sidekicking it as Robin and Rachel Weisz will play Catwoman.

Some are dismissing Murphy in the Riddler role as rumour but, considering The Sun accurately reported that Daniel Craig would be the next Bond, fans should get used to the idea of the Norbit star moving into the Gotham neighborhood.

Blindie wishes the early rumours of Johnny Depp as the Riddler and Angelina Jolie as Catwoman were true.

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