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Lou Ferrigno: Michael Jackson 'Seemed Fine'

By Rich King on June 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES — While many have speculated about Michael Jackson's health in the days leading up to his death, the man helping him train for his comeback tour says the music icon "looked fantastic" the last time he saw him.

"When I saw him, he was not frail," said Lou Ferrigno on Monday's "Larry King Live," recalling his final meeting with Jackson at the end of May. "He seemed fine, alert, no pain at all."

The relationship between Ferrigno and Jackson went back many years and the "Incredible Hulk" star was an obvious choice when the King of Pop decided to tone up for his comeback.

"When the promoter hired him to do the tour it wasn't any question for me to train him again because he knew that he trusted me especially with toning and shaping his body," Ferrigno told People.

Ferrigno tells the mag that Jackson was looking to increase the strength in his legs, so he developed a training routine centered around "conditioning, toning, and increasing his flexibility and stamina."

"The workout wasn't any heavy resistance. A lot of stretching and a light walk on the treadmill," Ferrigno said. "Being 50, his body went through a lot of stress getting ready for the tour, but he was awesome."

Ferrigno said Jackson's death last Thursday from an apparent cardiac arrest has left him numb.

"I was devastated," he said. "I mean I was shocked. I still think of it as like a joke or a like a dream."