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Friday, 24th May 2013

Stage Manager Warned Randy Phillips

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A stage manager working on Michael’s ‘This Is It’ concert rehearsals warned an AEG executive days before his death, that he was in a physical and mental decline and needed help, according to an email shown to jurors Thursday in court.

“I have watched him deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last eight weeks,” said John Hougdahl in an email to Randy Phillips (pictured above) dated June.

“My laymen’s degree tells me [Michael] needs a shrink to get him mentally prepared to get on stage and then a trainer to get him in physical shape.”

“I have watched him deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last eight weeks. He was able to do multiple 360 [-degree] spins back in April. He’d fall on his a– if he tried it now.”

Michael’s mother was visibly distressed as she left court; later her lawyer explained that she was not aware of some email segments previously.

Source: thisamericanlife.org, Associated Press & MJWN

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