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Michael Jackson's London O2 Arena delay 'not due to ill health'

Promoter moves to quash rumours

Michael Jackson's decision to delay his forthcoming London O2 Arena residency is not due to ill health, the concerts' promoter has stated.

Yesterday (May 21) it was announced that the residency will begin on July 13 as opposed to July 8, with four shows put back.

Randy Phillips of promoters AEG said in a statement that the delay was due to the logistics of the production, but tabloid rumours suggesting that Jackson was suffering from skin cancer had fuelled rumours that an ailment was the real cause.

Today (May 22) The Sun claimed that Jackson is due to have surgery for skin cancer. However, Phillips has moved to quash the story.

He said that the date shift was "absolutely nothing" to do with the singer's health, reports BBC News. He added: "I would trade my body for his tomorrow. He's in fantastic shape."

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