Legendary attorney Howard Weitzman, who represented the Michael Jackson estate, Sean Combs and many other clients, died earlier today, his son, Jed, confirmed to Billboard. He declined to give the cause of death.
Weitzman, 81, passed away peacefully at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family, listening to music from his favorite artists, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell.
Weitzman, a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump, was a perennial on Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers list, including the latest edition, which came out last week.
He was cited for his work with the Jackson estate, most notably for its dispute with HBO over the Leaving Neverland documentary and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal’s December ruling in factor of the estate that the case must by arbitrated.
The lead attorney on more than 300 civil and criminal jury trials, according to the bio on his firm’s website, Weitzman represented some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment during various points in his career, including O.J. Simpson, Marlon Brando, Ozzy and Sharon Osborne, Magic Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as talent agencies William Morris, ICM and CAA.
John Branca, who had worked closely with Weitzman at various times on the Jackson estate, declined to comment.
In addition to Jed, Weitzman is survived by his wife, Margaret, his son Armen, his daughter-in-law Amanda and granddaughters Indya and Lulu.
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