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Michael Jackson's son in hospital

NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Jackson is keeping a vigil at the bedside of his 2-year-old son who was unconscious after a seizure caused by a viral infection.

Prince Michael Jackson Jr. was stricken over the weekend, said Jonathan Morrish, an executive with Sony Records, Jackson's label."Friday night the child lost consciousness, and his legs and arms were paralyzed because of a high viral fever," Morrish said Tuesday in Modena, Italy, where Jackson was to have attended a benefit concert.

"The next 24 hours will be decisive for Prince's health," he told Italian news agency ANSA. "Michael would have wanted with all his heart to be in Modena but as all parents can understand he could not leave his son at this moment."

Jackson's wife, Deborah Rowe Jackson, downplayed the reports of her son's illness in an interview with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.