The family of the pop star had filed a wrongful death suit in 2010 against entertainment giant AEG. The nation’s second-largest concert promoter, which has its hands in more than 100 global arenas and stadiums and numerous sports teams, hired Michael Jackson for a massive comeback tour that was to launch in summer 2009. Jackson died that June of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, and his doctor Conrad Murray eventually was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is serving two years in prison. The verdict concludes the 21-week trial that captivated the likes of HLN and truTV, with the jury ruling just now that while AEG hired Murray, the company did not contribute to Jackson’s death. AEG’s lawyers argued it had no way of knowing Murray was a risk when he was hired. “I am pleased that the jury recognized that this lawsuit was without merit, and the entire AEG family looks forward to putting this unfortunate chapter behind us,” said AEG president and CEO Dan Beckerman in a release. The final rehearsals from the mega-tour that never was were captured in Sony’s 2009 documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which grossed $261 million worldwide.
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