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Jackson family to sue promoters for £26 billion

LEGEND: Michael Jackson

THE FAMILY of the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson are allegedly launching a lawsuit against the company that promoted his comeback tour for a total of £26 billion, according to media outlet TMZ.

The site claim that Jackson’s mother Katherine, along with his children Prince, Paris and Michael Jr, are seeking £6.6bn from AEG to make up for future earnings that were lost as well as £19.8bn for further damages.

According to the site, they have obtained documents that outline the family’s plans to sue AEG for hiring Conrad Murray, who was Jackson’s personal doctor.

Murray was sentenced to four years in jail in November 2011 after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in causing Jackson’s death.

The 50-year-old music icon died on June 25, 2009 from sedatives propofol and benzodiazepine.

Leaked emails that were discovered last year revealed that AEG, who were behind Jackson’s This Is It tour at the O2 Arena in London in 2009 that did not occur due to his passing, knew that he was in ill-health.

One email allegedly described Jackson as "an emotionally paralysed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time” and a judge has declared that the company has a case to answer to.

AEG, who deny that they were responsible for what Murray did, have said that the claims are “preposterous”.

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