Reports are filtering out’even Jermaine Jackson mentioned it in his statement’that Michael Jackson’s “personal physician” was with him yesterday when he suffered what seems to be massive cardiac arrest.

Some of the reports say that the “physician” was a “Dr. Tohme Tohme.” Let’s hope not.

Mr. Tohme is not a licensed physician anywhere. He told me that himself several months ago. Tohme claims to have been an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon at some time, but refuses to give any more details.

What he definitely is, is Jackson’s dismissed manager. His website claims he’s also a special ambassador to Senegal. But calls to the Senegalese Embassy proved fruitless in confirming that claim.

Jackson’s other known personal doctor at the moment, and for over 20 years, is Beverly Hills dermatologist-to-the stars Dr. Arnold Klein. Jackson has been seeing Klein often in recent months, ostensibly for a skin cancer. Debbie Rowe, mother of Jackson’s two eldest children, worked for Klein. That’s where they met.

Jackson has otherwise had a parade of doctors over the years, from Dr. Alimorad Farshchian, the Florida vitamin specialist, to Dr. Len Horvitz, a New York physician who treated Jackson’and even hospitalized him’in 1999.

Horvitz told me in 2005 that the hospitalization was due to “exhaustion and dehydration”’a typical Jackson complaint over the years.

Jackson checked into Lenox Hill Hospital in April 1999 under the name “James Walker.”

When he finally checked into Lenox Hill, Jackson was alone most of the time, without any entourage, assistants or pets. Horovitz treated him with IV fluids. The doctor met him because he was answering calls from New York’s Four Seasons Hotel, where Jackson was staying.

“My job was to hydrate him quickly,” the doctor recalled. “I put the IV in myself, and there was no one else around.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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