Michael Jackson's Best Friend Suspects "Stress" Led to Cardiac Arrest

Celebrity News Jun. 25, 2009 AT 9:36PM
Michael Jackson and Uri Geller Michael Jackson and Uri Geller arrive to speak in aid of the charity "Help the Children" on March 6, 2003 in Oxford, United Kingdom. Credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Michael Jackson's close friend Uri Geller still can't fathom that the King of Pop has died.

"I'm devastated. I just don't want to believe it," he told Usmagazine.com when reached by phone Thursday evening.

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Jackson was best man when Geller renewed his wedding vows in 2001.

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Added Geller, "He is my best friend. I just can't believe."

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Geller also told Sky News that he believed Jackson to be in fine health. "He was in good shape. ... I'm not a doctor, but I can only assume he was under immense stresses and pressures, and you can ask any doctor, stress is a killer," he said. "The pressure of these concerts, putting under huge pressures, he was a perfectionist. That could have been what did it. But that's just my opinion."

Jackson was set to headline 50 sold-out shows at London's O2 Arena beginning in July, billed "This Is It" -- his final London performances. "I think it was a mistake to target 50 shows. 3, 4, 5 maybe 10 shows is enough," said Geller. "He was healthy, aerobically fit. I remember him here in my house, and he wouldn't touch junk food. So now... to confront this devastating reality that Michael is dead is just... I want to wake up tomorrow and think this is a dream and that he is not dead."

Added Geller, "He was a happy man when fans were around - he drank their love. He loved what he did, but somewhere in his deep dark corners of his heart, he was a confused man and a lonely person. The reason was because nobody could understand him."

"He is in heaven now, a better place than us. God rest his soul."

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