Michael Jackson was dead inside
Michael Jackson: Secret emails reveal his comeback panic
Shortly before his death, Michael Jackson was apparently a "helpless wreck". At least that is the result of secret e-mails from which the US newspaper "Los Angeles Times" has now published excerpts: In them the organizers of Jacko's planned "This Is It "concert series that the King Of Pop caused a real comeback panic in the spring and summer of 2009.
The exchange of e-mails, in which employees of the concert promoter AEG talk about Jacko and his appalling condition, comprises around 250 pages. For example, in March 2009 - just one day before the press conference at which the pop star was supposed to announce his big "This Is It" comeback - he was found to be totally drunk in his hotel room. The 50-year-old was even unable to recover At least that's what promoter Randy Phillips wrote to his boss Tim Leiweke, head of AEG: "I'm trying to sober him up. He's a helpless wreck, plagued by self-contempt and doubts."
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Apparently the pressure was too high for the music legend: After all, Jacko was facing 50 concerts in London's O2 arena. So it's no wonder that his condition worsened again shortly before the start of the concert series. In June 2009, Kenny Ortega, the director of the "This Is It" shows, sent an e-mail to warn that the singer would be able to play with playback. Under no circumstances would he be able to sing and dance at the same time. Ortega went further and wrote that Jacko was marked by "paranoia, anxiety and obsessive behavior": "It's as if there were two people. Someone (deep down) tries to hold on to who he was. The other is weakened and in a confused state. "
Shortly afterwards, on June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered to him by his personal physician Conrad Murray. The secret e-mails are now particularly explosive because they could play a major role in pending court cases: AEG had opposed the British insurance company Lloyd's of London with 17 million US dollars (around 13.6 million euros) possible cancellations of the upcoming concerts are insured. With the help of the written testimony about Jacko's bad mental state, Lloyd's could get it not to have to pay for any financial losses incurred.
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Incidentally, while AEG worries about the loss of concert income, Jacko's children still have to wait for their inheritance. It was originally planned that a trust fund would be set up for Prince (15), Paris (14) and Blanket (10). But it is still empty, as the "New York Daily News" reports. It should be fed from her father's posthumous income, which is estimated at 600 million US dollars (around 480 million euros). But from this money First of all, debts and outstanding bills have to be settled. That could still take a good five years, one of Jacko's estate administrators told New York Daily News.
But the three Jackson kids are far from poor: Every month they receive around 70,000 US dollars (around 60,000 euros) from their father's estate for attending private school, bodyguards and vacations.
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