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Tom Sneddon: Michael Jackson Prosecutor Dies At 73

Sun, November 2, 2014 3:36pm EDT by 11 Comments
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Former Santa Barbara County district attorney Tom Sneddon, who unsuccessfully prosecuted pop legend Michael Jackson on child molestation charges, died on Nov. 1. He was 73.

Tom Sneddon, one of Santa Barbara County’s longtime district attorneys, has passed away. The man who went after the late Michael Jackson on child molestation charges in 2005 has died at 73 of complications from cancer.

Tom Sneddon Dead: Michael Jackson Prosecutor Dies

Tom passed away in a Santa Barbara hospital after battling cancer, Los Angeles Times reports.

Tom was elected district attorney in Santa Barbara County in 1983. He would serve that position for 27 years until his retirement in 2010.

He was best known for being the lead prosecutor in the King of Pop’s child molestation trial in 2005. Michael was acquitted on all charges. Michael died in 2009. 

Tom also opened an investigation into Michael years before the trial, but no charges were ever filed.

As expected, Tom and Michael did not like one another. Michael referenced Tom as a “cold man” in his 1995 track, “D.S.”

Tom was the father to nine children. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Sneddon.

Our thoughts go out to Tom’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Avery Thompson

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