Michael Jackson 'This Is It' Concert Promoters Concerned About His Welfare Before Death?
3 September 2012, 10:25
AEG had expressed fears about the star's health, according to leaked emails published by LA Times.
The promoters behind Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback gigs in London were concerned about his welfare in the months up to his death, according to internal emails.
The 'Bad' singer suffered an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol in June 2009 - on the eve of his 50-night residency at London's O2 Arena.
His doctor Conrad Murray was later convicted of his involuntary manslaughter.
Leading up to the concerts, promoters AEG had appeared confident that the star would successfully perform at the sold out shows, holding a press conference where Michael announced the string of dates.
But emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times suggest that internally they were concerns about his health.
Michael Jackson at the announcement for his 'This Is It' concerts in London:
In one email, sent on the day that the singer announced the gigs at a press conference in London, the star was described as "an emotionally paralysed mess".
The LA Times says the emails could feature during two legal actions that are due to go to trial in 2013.
In response to the publication of the emails, AEG said were "incomplete and leaked to portray the company in a negative light", the newspaper reports.