Michael Jackson’s son, Prince is reportedly suffering from the same skin disease that his late father claimed to suffer from for many years before his death in 2009. Radar Online reports that photographs taken of Prince show that he appears to have vitiligo, a skin disease that can be hereditary.
Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., also known as Prince Michael Jackson I, was recently photographed coming out of a martial arts class in Beverly Hills, California. Pictures of the late King of Pop’s eldest son, as well as the video below, show white patches on his arms, which “could be vitiligo,” according to dermatologist Dr. Jerome Litt.
Back in 1993, Michael Jackson announced that he was suffering from the skin disease, but there was widespread speculation that the white patches on the legendary singer’s skin were due to skin bleaching. However, Hollywood Gossip reports an autopsy confirmed that Jackson did have vitiligo and his skin had “noticeable patches of light and dark pigmented areas.”
Radar reports that while Jackson’s family won’t comment on Prince’s rumored skin condition, Michael’s sister La Toya stated several years ago that Vitiligo is “on my father’s side and Prince has it, too.”
According to Stanford At The Tech, approximately 30 percent of people with vitiligo also have a family member who suffers from it. Approximately 1 in every 100 people have the skin disease and the chances increase to 1 in 20 if a sibling or parent has vitiligo.
There have been many rumors over the years that Prince is not Michael Jackson’s biological child. The Daily Mail reports that months before Jackson died in 2009, he confided in friend, Jason Pfeiffer, telling him that Prince was actually the son of British actor Mark Lester. The rumor was never confirmed but, if Prince Michael Jackson does indeed have vitiligo, this may make it more likely that he really is the singer’s son.
Prince, 17, hasn’t spoken out at all about his possible skin disease. Radar reports that although the skin blotches were visible, the teen “seems to be coping with it.”
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