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Saturday, March 31, 2007

As the King of Pop looks to reclaim his spot atop the music world, it seems he may have to do so while feeling under the weather. However, while reports have circled the Internet about a possible World Tour, the only thing Michael Jackson is focused on is getting healthy. Rumors have circulated that Michael Jackson was admitted to hospital earlier today, but while the singer is feeling under the weather, Jackson's publicist has vehemently denied the rumors that the singer is in hospital with pneumonia.

Raymone Bain, the publicist for Michael Jackson, did acknowledge that some members of Michael Jackson's entourage did fall ill after a recent trip to Europe. However, Bain denied that the King of Pop was at a hospital seeking treatment. Rather, Bain said that Michael Jackson was currently at his Las Vegas home, where he is conducting business meetings. The BBC quoted Raymone Bain, as she said of Michael Jackson, "He was a little under the weather when he returned from Europe. Bain added that, "He probably had a bad cold or the flu. But he was never hospitalized."

As the rumors grew about Michael Jackson's mysterious illness, Internet reports began to surface, which indicated Jackson was suffering from a bout of pneumonia. As the rumors continued to gain momentum, a reporter from Access Hollywood asked Raymone Bain about the rumors that Michael Jackson had pneumonia, to which Bain replied, "Michael Jackson is not currently in the hospital, nor has he been hospitalized with pneumonia."

Access Hollywood quoted Bain, who then continued to say, "M.J. is not hospitalized. I spoke to him a couple of hours ago, and he was at home conducting meetings." Bain went on to describe the sickness with Michael Jackson's entourage, as she said, "M.J. is not hospitalized. I spoke to him a couple of hours ago, and he was at home conducting meetings."

News of Michael Jackson's mysterious illness comes shortly after it had been reported the "Thriller" singer was ready to launch a World Tour. As E Online describes it, the Vegas Eye Web site was the first to report that Michael Jackson would be launching a worldwide Live Forever tour at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas on June 10, and that lucky fans in attendance would be offered a free meet and greet. As an official-looking invitation circled the Internet on Thursday, TMZ quoted Raymone Bain, who called the whole World Tour deal a "fraud."