Extent of illness revealed during legal case
michael baggs
08:23 3rd September 2012

The full extent of Michael Jackson's illness before his 2009 death has been revealed, and the panic among concert organisers arranging shows at the time he died.

Emails and documents have emerged during a legal case between concert promoter AEG and insurance film Lloyds over compensation for Jackson's failure to perform after his death due a drug overdose in the summer of 2009.

Kenny Ortega, the director of Jackson's show, called for a psychiatrist after Jackon missed rehearsals and when he did, would mime to some of the biggest hits of his career.

"MJ is not in shape enough yet to sing this stuff live and dance at the same time," wrote Ortega in an email, while a production manager on the tour claimed: "He was a basket case," during frantic emails between bosses at AEG.

"We have a real problem here," wrote MD Randy Phillips, who also claimed that Michael Jackson was drinking heavily at the time of rehearsals for his shows.

In the ongoing legal case, Lloyd claim AEG gave false claims about Michael Jackson's health condition and want a £10 million insurance policy scrapped.

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