Michael Jackson Died! Michael Jackson died of a heart attack! The King of Pop died at the UCLA Medical Center after he was brought in by paramedics who found him not breathing at his home, according to various reports. The Los Angeles Times and celebrity Web site TMZ.com also reported that he was dead.
Michael Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon according to reports at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda said that paramedics were called to Jackson’s home at 12:26 p.m. They performed CPR and took him to the medical center. He was in a deep coma and was later pronounced dead by doctors.
Separately, the celebrity gossip site TMZ.com reported that Jackson apparently suffered a heart attack.
A Jackson family member, who was not identified, told TMZ the singer was in “really bad shape.” Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, who was in Las Vegas, was quoted as saying he had heard his son was “not doing well.”
Michael Jackson’s mother and at least some of his brothers were reportedly gathered at UCLA Medical Center awaiting news on Jackson’s condition.
King of pop Michael Jackson, 50, rose to fame alongside his brothers as the lead singer of the Jackson Five in the late 1960s. Before he had reached his teens, the group scored a string of No. 1 hits such as “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”
Michael Jackson went on to even greater success as a solo artist. He became a global megastar in 1982 with the release of “Thriller,” which spawned seven Top 10 hits and remains one of the two bestselling albums in history.
Jackson remained a major star for the next decade which earned him the title King of Pop Music, but as the years passed he began receiving more attention for his eccentric behavior than for his music. In 1993, he was hit with the first of several accusations of child sexual abuse. Jackson eventually settled with the child’s family out of court, and no charges were brought. A separate case resulted in a heavily publicized trial in 2005; he was eventually acquitted.
Earlier this year, Jackson announced his return to live performance with a series of 50 concerts in London, slated to begin July 13.
RIP Michael Jackson.