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Jackson Only 20 Percent Responsible For Death, Lawyer Says

Closing arguments concluded Thursday as jurors begin determining whether AEG Live is responsible for the late King of Pop's death.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday whether or not AEG Live must be held responsible for the 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson.

Jackson family attorney Brian Panish told jurors in his final round of closing arguments that Jackson was only 20 percent culpable for his death.

Jackson died from acute propofol intoxication as he was rehearsing for his sold-out, 50-date comeback concert which AEG Live was promoting.

Panish said Jackson's promoter should be accountable for 80 percent of Jackson's death, particularly for what he said was the company's negligent hiring of the singer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

On Wednesday, AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam argued that his client did not hire Murray and that Jackson himself should be held responsible for his death - not the global entertainment company.

Jurors must sift through five months' worth of courtroom testimony, including from Jackson's son Prince, his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, and scores of experts on everything from Jackson's finances to his history of prescription drug abuse.

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