Michael Jackson's spokesperson has slammed reports the pop superstar is battling skin cancer, insisting the singer is "in the best of health".
Britain's The Sun newspaper claimed on May 16 the 50-year-old Thriller hitmaker was recently diagnosed after doctors spotted signs of cancer on his neck and pre-cancerous cells on his face.
A source told the publication, "Michael’s test showed spots of skin cancer on his body, and cells which could turn to skin cancer on his face. He was at first very concerned, but says he has been assured by the doctors that they can treat this and he will recover."
The report went on to suggest Jackson would be fit to perform his upcoming comeback concerts in London, which begin in July.
But Jackson's spokesperson Dr Tohme Tohme insists the report is "not true".
Dr. Tohme tells the New York Daily News, "He is great. He's in perfect health ... he doesn't have any diseases whatsoever. He is in the best of health."
And a spokesperson for AEG, which is overseeing Jackson's U.K. shows, adds: "The concerts are going to be absolutely amazing. We have no doubts over Michael's health."
The self-proclaimed King of Pop has fought a series of skin conditions and was diagnosed with vitiligo more than 20 years ago. It affects skin pigmentation and is responsible for the singer's pale look.
(Agencies May 18, 2009)