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Jury Dismisses Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit

FILE-  Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena.
FILE- Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena.
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A jury in the U.S. state of California has found that concert promoters were not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of music icon Michael Jackson.

The jury agreed that concert promoters AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to look after Jackson before a London concert series in 2009.  But the jury ruled that Murray was not unfit for the job, one of the requirements for the lawsuit to succeed.  

The verdict, read Wednesday, capped a five-month trial that ended with three days of jury deliberations.

Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, claimed in the lawsuit that AEG Live was negligent in hiring Murray to look after her son.

AEG argued that Jackson had a history of drug abuse long before he was treated by Murray.

The so-called King of Pop died in June 2009 in Los Angeles.  A court found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving Jackson an overdose of the drug propofol to help him sleep.

Michael Jackson was a leader in the music industry, known for his unique singing, producing and choreography.  His album Thriller, released in 1982, remains the best-selling album of all time.

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