Promoter Knew of Michael Jackson's Fading Health Days Before His Death, Emails Show
... home so that the singer could sign the "This Is It" contract. "Does that mean you get to meet the freak?" Fikre wrote. Trell's response: "Apparently. Not sure how I feel about that. Interesting for sure, but kind of creepy." In September, the Los Angeles Times obtained a cache of emails that suggested AEG was well aware of Jackson's flagging condition. In March, a message sent by AEG co-CEO Paul Gongaware emerged suggesting that the company may have pressured Dr. Murray to make decisions he wasn't happy with. Promoter Knew of Michael Jackson
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Email Warned of Michael Jackson's Waning Health, Court Told
... star died of acute propofol intoxication. Trell said he never heard of the drug until after Jackson's death and had no idea Murray was giving it to him. Bina asked if AEG Live had ever provided medical supplies to Jackson or his doctor and Trell answered no. He confirmed that Murray's contract with AEG was never signed and identified documents showing that Phillips objected to hiring the doctor for $150,000 a month, but "Michael insisted." The trial was recessed until Tuesday when AEG executive Paul Gongaware is scheduled to testify. Email Warned of Michael Jackson
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AEG Lawyer's Email Called Michael Jackson a 'Freak,' Court Told
... business to catch up to Live Nation." Live Nation is the chief rival of AEG Live. Jessica Stebbins Bina, a trial defense lawyer for AEG, said the emails were shown merely to embarrass AEG. "We are four weeks into trial and we have yet to hear one piece of substantive evidence," said Marvin S. Putnam, an attorney who is leading AEG's defense. He said Katherine Jackson's lawyers have instead opted to attack AEG Live with "side issues and characterizations." Panish said after court that he would show more evidence of AEG's disdain for Jackson. AEG Lawyer's Email Called Michael Jackson
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Michael Jackson (Aug. 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009)
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Michael was the 7th of 9 children (Janet and Randy are younger). They grew up in a 2-bedroom house in Gary, Indiana. The 6 boys slept in one room, while the 3 girls shared the other with the parents, Joe and Katherine. Here are the siblings, in order of birth: Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Janet. (thanks, Elma - Chennai, India)
He was married twice, first to Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie from 1994-1996, then to his former housekeeper Debbie Rowe from 1996-1999.
He had 2 children from his marriage to Debbie Rowe: Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Macaulay Culkin is their Godfather. His third son, Prince Michael Joseph Jackson II (nicknamed "Blanket), was born to a surrogate mother.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor is his best friend. She is the Godmother of his son, Prince.
His idols included Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelley, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, The Three Stooges and Walt Disney.
Here's his connection with tennis player John McEnroe - his first date was with actress Tatum O'neal, the daughter of Ryan O'neal who went on to marry and divorce McEnroe. (thanks, sara - Kallinge, for above 5)
As a teenager, he had terrible acne which made him very self-conscious.
In 2005, Michael Jackson was found not guilty to 10 counts of child molestation. (thanks, Tony - Sydney, Australia)
Jackson played a variety of instruments.
He suffered from a disease called vitiligo, and he also is allergic to to much sunlight. That's why he wore sunglasses in public and usually had an umbrella with him. (thanks, Johnny - Geneva, Switzerland, for above 2)
In 1985, Jackson made perhaps his best financial decision when he bought the publishing rights to most Beatles songs for $47.5 million, using money from the profits of Thriller. This ended his friendship with Paul McCartney, who felt betrayed by Jackson.
In 1984, he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
On June 25, 2009, Jackson collapsed at his rented mansion in Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by his personal physician were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center at 2:26 p.m. local time. Jackson had been preparing for his This Is It tour, a series of 50 concerts to be held at London's 02 Arena beginning July 8. It was to be his first tour since 1997. (thanks, Steven - La Quinta, CA)
His memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009 was a major event, with most TV networks covering it and many celebrities speaking at the service. 17,500 tickets were made available to the public, and more than 1.2 million people signed up for a lottery to get them.
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
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The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.