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Jackson fans to mark fifth anniversary of singer's death

Michael Jackson fans are expected to mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's death.

The singer was just 50 when he died in 2009. Credit: Reuters

Jackson died on 25 June 2009 at the age of 50, following an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol at his Beverly Hills home.

He had been due to perform at a series of comeback concerts in the UK before his death.

Jackson has previously been named as the highest-earning dead celebrity, and he topped the album charts last month with a record featuring a series of unreleased tracks.

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Jackson fans win €1 compensation over singer's death

Michael Jackson pictured as he announced the This Is It tour months before his death in 2009.
Michael Jackson pictured as he announced the This Is It tour months before his death in 2009. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Five Michael Jackson fans have won damages after a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" after the superstar's death.

The fans were awarded the symbolic sum of one Euro each Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The group were part of a larger case of 34 fans who had sued Conrad Murray, Jackson's doctor.

Murray was jailed over the singer's death in 2011.

The plaintiffs, two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium now hope their status of victims will help them with their attempts to gain access to Jackson's grave, which is private.

Dr Murray maintains he is innocent of Jackson's death

Conrad Murray
Dr Conrad Murray maintained his innocence and believes he has been "persecuted". Credit: DaybreakITV

Dr Conrad Murray feels "very sorry that Michael is dead" and described it as "a loss I will never recover from", in an interview with Daybreak.

However, he maintained his innocence and described himself as "an innocent man who has been persecuted to the maximum, sent to jail and demoralised".

Dr Murray, who was found guilty of Michael Jackson's involuntary manslaughter in 2011, expressed his condolences over the lives of the three children the pop star left behind:

"I am very very sad about Michael's children. There is no doubt about that.

"I remember Paris telling me she didn't want to be an orphan," he said.

Michael Jackson doctor released from jail

Michael Jackson's former doctor, who was convicted in 2011 of causing the singer's death, was released from prison today after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

Conrad Murray has been released from prison after two years.
Conrad Murray has been released from prison after two years. Credit: Reuters

Conrad Murray was released from a Los Angeles jail shortly after midnight, police officials said. A change in California law allowed the former cardiologist's prison time to be significantly cut.

Murray was found guilty of causing Jackson's death in 2009 by providing the star with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, which was intended as a sleep aid.

Read: Jackson promoter not negligent

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Jackson bodyguard: 'Michael isolated himself'

A former bodyguard of Michael Jackson's told Daybreak the late pop star willingly isolated himself from his showbiz family as he became more dependent on prescription medication.

Matt Fiddes said his former employer spiralled so far into drug dependency he faked breaking a leg prior to a trip to Oxford University, just so he could bring a doctor with him.

Jury unanimously rules against Jackson family's case

A jury has unanimously ruled that the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was not negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the superstar with a drug overdose, five months after the case first started.

Katherine Jackson lost her case against AEG Live. Credit: Reuters

The pop star's mother Katherine Jackson sought to hold AEG Live responsible for her son's death, arguing that they had hired Dr Conrad Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job.

AEG Live denied any wrongdoing and said it was Jackson who hired Murray.

Katherine Jackson was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for both herself and her son's three children.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson the overdose.

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