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Michael Jackson's mother sues AEG Live over his death

September 15, 2010 |  8:38 pm

Michael Jackson’s mother sued AEG Live on Wednesday, saying the promoters failed to provide her son’s doctor with lifesaving equipment before the performer's planned comeback tour.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s death, was hired to be paid by AEG as Jackson’s personal caregiver during his concert preparation. According to the Associated Press, Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit alleges that the company is liable for Conrad’s actions, despite the fact that Jackson died before he signed a contract.

Jackson was said to have had specially requested the hiring of Conrad, who was to be paid along with other expenses AEG Live had taken on for the pop star before his planned concert tour.

Murray had agreed to be paid $150,000 a month, and even shuttered his LasVegas practice as he tended to Jackson. He is accused of giving the singer a lethal amount of the operating-room anesthetic propofol as well as other heavy sedatives. Murray told investigators that Jackson was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on propofol to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court.

Neither Katherine Jackson’s attorney nor AEG Live could be reached for comment.

-- Robert Faturechi