By Laura Ferreiro
An attorney for Michael Jackson's mother claimed that the pop star's musical genius and huge heart were "extinguished forever," during the opening statements he gave in Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit trial, which began Monday in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit was brought by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert giant AEG Live, alleging the concert giant should be held criminally responsible for her son's death in 2009, resulting from a fatal dose of the sleep aid Propofol.
Brian Panish, the attorney for the pop star's mother, told the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday that AEG owed it to Michael Jackson to investigate the doctor who was held criminally responsible for his death.
"His stirring voice, his musical genius, his creativity and his generosity and his huge heart was extinguished forever," Panish said, adding, "You’re going to hear the whole story about what happened in the death of Michael Jackson."
AEG officials have denied any wrongdoing in Jackson's death, saying there's no way they could have foretold the circumstances leading up to his physician giving him the fatal drug cocktail. They also said they weren't responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who cared for Jackson during his ill-fated "This Is It" comeback tour.
Katherine Jackson claims that AEG failed to properly investigate her son's doctor before hiring him as his tour physician.
The singer’s three children – Michael Jr., Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael – are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Several stars are also listed as witnesses in the case, including Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Spike Lee and Jackson's ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley.
Jackson's mother, brother Randy and sister Rebbie sat in the front row of the courtroom during the opening statements, reports The Daily Mail. Millions, and possibly billions of dollars, are on the line. The jury deciding the cases consists of six women and six men, and the trial is expected to last as long as three months.