Court filing reveals Michael Jackson was over $500m in debt at time of death

Court filings unveiled that Michael Jackson, who tragically passed away in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, was grappling with a staggering debt exceeding $500 million. Jackson, revered as a legendary pop icon with a career that spanned decades and earned him 13 Grammy awards, faced profound financial difficulties, with his substantial assets heavily encumbered by debts and claims from creditors, some carrying exorbitant interest rates and others in default.

Born in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson rose to fame as a child prodigy with the Jackson 5 before achieving unparalleled success as a solo artist. His albums, including “Thriller” and “Bad,” not only broke sales records but also defined the music of his era, earning him global adoration and countless accolades.

His financial troubles were compounded by the cancellation of his highly anticipated This Is It concert tour, originally scheduled to showcase his talents in major cities such as London, Paris, New York, and Mumbai. The abrupt termination of the tour left his estate burdened with a daunting $40 million liability to the tour promoter, AEG, as detailed in the court filing.

In addition to these fiscal challenges, Jackson was embroiled in a series of legal disputes, with multiple lawsuits pending against him across various jurisdictions. Over 65 creditors had filed claims against his estate, leading to additional legal actions and complexities.

Jackson’s untimely death was attributed to a fatal dose of propofol administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served a prison sentence.

Given the intricate nature of his estate affairs, the executors sought financial resources from the estate to cover significant legal fees and other expenses incurred during the administration of his affairs.

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