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Cover for Jacko tour excluded drug use

A CONCERT promoter's insurance on Michael Jackson's London shows has provisions that may deny a multi-million dollar payout if the pop star was found to have illegally possessed drugs or was involved in the "illicit taking of drugs."

The policy, a copy of which was provided to the media on Friday, covers cancellations resulting from death, but its provisions will hinge on the results of an autopsy that has been delayed twice.

Jackson's doctor administered multiple sedatives along with the powerful anesthetic propofol, a potentially lethal combination, hours before the singer died on June 25, said a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because the death investigation is ongoing.

It was not immediately clear whether any medications Jackson was taking would negate a payout up to US$17.5 million, which would ultimately benefit his estate.

The insurance policy, covering the first 13 shows of the 50-show run, was taken out by Jackson and concert promoter AEG Live in April. Such a policy and its provisions are considered standard for events on the scale of the one Jackson was preparing.

A copy of the insurance policy also showed that it had several clauses that would prevent a payout, including if the singer concealed information or acted carelessly to increase the risk of a no-show.

A claim could take months to settle through a court.


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