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A trial into the death of pop icon Michael Jackson is underway as jurors listened to arguments over whether or not concert promoter AEG contributed to his demise. The jurors have also been privy to some interesting new findings about the misunderstood superstar.
In the fallout from Jackson's death, his doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, has already been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and is currently serving his sentence in jail. Many claim however, that AEG was every bit as responsible as Murray, if not more so.
The basic claim against AEG is that they hired Murray knowing full well that he was not the ideal doctor for the role. The idea is that AEG hired him because they knew of Murray's financial troubles and figured they would be able to extort him to do as they wished in regards to treating Jackson.
Lawyers have posited that Murray was not right for the job because of his history as a cardiac specialist, despite the fact that "Michael Jackson had a history of substance abuse, addiction to medications and sleep disturbance," and not cardiovascular problems, said Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter on the witness stand.
Prosecutors claim that AEG pursuaded Murray to come on board by offering attractive sums of money, but he quickly became strung along and would only continue getting paid for as long as Michael could perform.
"It meant that Dr. Murray was entirely dependent on the continuation of the tour for his income," Wohlgelernter continued.
Much of this information already had become public knowledge by the time the Conrad Murray trial had wrapped up, but there were also some new insights to the life of Jackson that few people had been privy to previously.
For one, the autopsy proved that Jackson was telling the truth about his skin transformation, as it had indeed been caused by pigmentation disorder called vitiligo. Furthermore, he had also had tattooed his lips pink, his eyebrows in brown, and his hairline in black to create a more seamless image for himself.
Beyond the more cosmetic modifications to his body, the autopsy revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jackson could have lived much longer had his care not been so drastically mishandled.
"There was no indication from the autopsy that there was anything anatomically wrong with him that would lead to premature death," noted Dr. Christopher Rogers.
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