Attorney says AEG ignored Michael's health

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Michael Jackson's family and friends knew he was addicted to prescription medications, but the only ones who refused to acknowledge it were the promoters of his ill-fated final series of comeback concerts, an attorney for the singer's mother told a jury Monday, The Associated Press reports.

Lawyer Brian Panish traced Jackson's addiction in opening statements during the trial of a wrongful-death lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live, telling jurors the company ignored numerous warning signs about the singer's health in his final months.

The opening remarks included emails between AEG executives about Jackson's health. Panish also played a clip of the singer performing days before his death in June 2009.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, brother Randy and sister Rebbie sat in the front row of the courtroom as Panish detailed aspects of Jackson's life.

Jurors looked at slides and several scribbled notes. A couple of jurors nodded their heads when the lawyer referenced Jackson's achievements.

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