Michael Jackson: Tour promoters AEG Live Not Liable in Pop Star’s Death

A jury has found Michael Jackson’s concert promoters, AEG Live, not guilty of negligence in hiring the doctor who killed him.

The Jackson family had been seeking $290m ($180m) for emotional losses, plus an unspecified amount for economic losses. The Jackson family will not get a penny.

Jackson died at the age of 50 from an overdose of a surgical anaesthetic. Dr Conrad Murray was jailed for four years for involuntary manslaughter over the star’s 2009 death.

The jury decided that AEG Live did hire Dr Murray but found that he was not unfit or incompetent for the job, which was one of the requirements for the Jackson lawsuit to succeed.

In the civil trial, the family claimed the promoters failed to properly investigate the former cardiologist. The company denied hiring Murray, saying the singer insisted on having him as a doctor.