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AEG CEO: Conflicting info on Jackson health

June 14, 2013
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES - The head of the company promoting Michael Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts testified Thursday that he received conflicting and confusing information about the singer's health days before his death.

AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said he was concerned about information from high-level tour workers that Jackson was unable to rehearse six days before his death, but he was reassured by the pop superstar's doctor that everything was fine.

Phillips said the "Thriller" singer appeared fine at a meeting held hours after he received a series of emails from tour personnel that Jackson's health was deteriorating and he appeared physically incapable of preparing for his comeback shows, dubbed "This Is It." The reports of Jackson shivering and being unable to eat came from the tour's director, Kenny Ortega, and production manager John "Bugzee" Hougdahl.

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