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September 23, 2013

What if Michael Jackson were still alive?


The family’s attorneys haven’t told the jury how much they’re asking for the loss of Michael Jackson, yet they could reveal a suggested amount during closing arguments, set to begin tomorrow.

Attorneys and experts hired by AEG Live have presented a different version of Jackson’s long-term prospects throughout the trial, showing evidence that the singer was deep in debt and sought out the anesthetic that eventually killed him in the months before his death.

Jackson was on the brink of losing his signature asset, his stake in the Sony-ATV music catalog that includes songs by The Beatles and other top acts, the company’s experts told the jury. The singer’s medical care has also been thoroughly detailed throughout the trial, and it has revealed new information about Jackson’s relationship with Murray.

The former cardiologist accompanied Jackson to a 2007 medical appointment in Las Vegas and paid for the cosmetic procedure, a doctor who treated Jackson recalled in testimony. AEG’s attorneys have argued that Murray was Jackson’s personal doctor and the company was merely advancing the physician’s $150,000 a month fee to work on the “This Is It” shows.

It will take at least nine jurors to agree that AEG indeed hired Murray if the panel is to then consider the what-ifs of Michael Jackson’s ambitions.

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