Michael Jackson top earner among dead celebrities
“Thriller” singer Jackson, who died aged 50 of a drug overdose, is estimated to have earned $170 million in the past year, which also places him as the second-highest-earning pop music act this year, dead or alive, Forbes.com said.
Jackson’s physician at the time of his death, Dr. Conrad Murray, is currently on trial in Los Angeles, charged with involuntary manslaughter for administering the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid for the singer in Jackson’s home. Murray has pleaded not guilty.
Jackson, whose name has rarely been out of the media headlines due to his sudden death and its cause, has seen sales of albums and memorabilia increase in the past year.