The death of Michael Jackson was one of the worst pieces of music news to be announced this decade. Succumbing to stress from lawsuits, mounting debts, and the preparation to perform one final legendary concert to be remembered for a lifetime, subsequently the pop superstar turned to twenty-four hour health intervention under the care of Dr Conrad Murray; a man whose professional malpractice has been named as responsible for Jacksons untimely demise.
As mentioned, the stresses that the late Jackson faced towards the end of his lifetime pushed the pop mogul into a seemingly drug dependant lifestyle where the Jackson family believe that AEG, the concert promoter for 'This Is It', is largely responsible for. Scratching the surface you might first imagine that this is a scapegoat mourning practice, however, this may not be so considering that the case has been approved to go ahead in US court with an outlandish £26bn in damages being applied for.
Since the death in 2009, the Jackson family have made it public that they formally accuse AEG of causing wrongful death by ignoring noticeable warning signs that, at the time, could have been used to save the artists life. On the other side AEG maintain a firm stand by stating that they had no idea of the artists dependence on strong prescription medication or that they had noticed any red flags. As this stand remains firm, the cases smoking gun was founded when numerous emails were leaked last year containing sensitive internal content regarding AEG's concern for Jacksons deteriorating health. Additionally the most damning words for AEG came in a communication from the Executive to the CEO stating that "we want to remind [Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him”.
To form some order here, it is without doubt that pressure from a forthcoming technically demanding show would cause a huge amount of pressure on any artist let alone Michael Jackson, but it has been made clear that Dr Conrad Murray was responsible, largely in part, for the death of the superstar. However when you combine the leaked internal AEG emails to appear as evidence with the artists infamous secretive personal life, it is quite clear that this will be no cut-and-dry case so we could be hearing a lot about this for a very long time.
The death of Michael Jackson was one of the worst pieces of music news to be announced this decade. Succumbing to stress from lawsuits, mounting debts, and the preparation to perform...