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Michael Jackson is dead [Updated]

Latest news: Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today after paramedics found him in a coma at his Bel-Air mansion, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told The Times that paramedics responded to a 911 call from the home. When they arrived, Jackson was not breathing.

The paramedics performed CPR and took Jackson to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda said. Hundreds of reporters gathered at the hospital awaiting word on his condition. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said family members rushed to Jackson’s bedside, where he was in a deep coma.

The circumstances of Jackson’s death remain unclear. Law enforcement sources said that Los Angeles Police Department robbery-homicide detectives have opened an investigation into the death, though they stressed that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

The detectives plan to interview relatives, friends and Jackson’s doctors to try to figure out what happened. The L.A. County coroner’s office will determine a cause of death. A Los Angeles Fire Department source told The Times that Jackson was in full cardiac arrest when rescue units arrived.

A doctor was in the house performing CPR on Jackson, said the source who asked not to be identified  because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Paramedics were called to a home in the 100 block of Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard.

Jackson rented the Bel-Air home -- described as a French chateau built in 2002 with seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and a theater -- for $100,000 a month. The home is about a six-minute drive from UCLA Medical Center. Jackson has three children -- sons Prince Michael 7, and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., 12, and daughter Paris Michael Katherine, 11.

Jackson, 50, died as he was attempting a comeback after years of tabloid headlines, most notably his trial and acquittal on child molestation charges.

In May, The Times reported that Jackson had rented the Bel-Air residence and was rehearsing for a series of 50 sold-out shows in London's O2 Arena. Jackson had won the backing of two billionaires to get the so-called "King of Pop" back on stage.

His backers envisioned the shows at AEG's O2 as an audition for a career rebirth that could have ultimately encompassed a three-year world tour, a new album, movies, a Graceland-like museum, musical revues in Las Vegas and Macau, and even a "Thriller" casino. Such a rebound could have wiped out Jackson's massive debt.

[Updated post]

-- Andrew Blankstein and Phil Willon


Michael Jackson, 1958-2009
Photos: Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Fans grieve worldwide
Photos: Fans grieve worldwide

JacksonrouteLocation of Jackson's Bel-Air home in relation to  Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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MJ, I loved you my whole life.
You were one of a kind!

We are going to miss you!
Bye Bye MJ.

I am a Canadian who grew up listening to and admiring the Jackson Five and Michael Jackson. When my sons were born in the 90's they too idolized Michael Jackson. He was truly the "King of Pop" that we will never forget.

Canada Remembers You Michael and Thanks for The Gifts You Shared with US ALL!!!

Just too shocked to say anything.

Sad, real sad, Michael that you have left us. The world is a lot poorer in terms of real artistry and talent.

Brazil mourns the loss of one of our most beloved US idols. The will NEVER be another star so bright....

Prof. Julio Cezar do Amaral
Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Hey i´m from Germany and i´m 16 years old.
I´m very shocked because he was an legend and he was also not so old. The World lost today an great musician. Rest in Peace. Sorry for my bad english ;D

I'm in shock at what's happened and disgusted at the fact that some people are actually happy he's dead. A few people on another site were laughing about it! Like him or not, Michael Jackson was in everyone's lives; he was one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, thing to happen to music. He'll be much missed and he deserved happiness in his life after all the awful things he's been through. He deserved to know he was still loved.

Little boys tossing salad need a little bit of Neverland Ranch.

It's sad that he never got to have this come back.

Um, at what point do we all realize that a child molester who could sing and dance has died? See ya, Jacko.

What a life this poor man has had lately.
Alone against the world.
It shows how people treats people by exploits eachother.
Media is telling us stuff that's completely different for what Michael Jackson stood for, just because of money, money, money...

The whole world should play "Heal the world" tomorrow and have a huge respect party and honor the life and music of Michael Jackson.

"You are the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be!"

Big love from Norway


Chao Miguel Juanes.


Thanks for all the pleasure you gave us!

o mai gawds i thunkz his femelie shuld sue dems amerikkas for keelin mikael jaksoon.

I cant believe
this is so saad
I adore him for his music, the greatest artist ever
I´ll miss you michael
rest in peace

God Bless You Micheal

Siempre seras el icono Pop y el cantante pop más grande de la historia mudial.
Descansa en Paz.

OMG I'm shocked
Rest in peace MJ from Hungary!

Musically,totally overated. I can't even concider people who like his music as intelligent music lovers. The future will musically judge him way below early Motown,Stax,chicago blues,New orlleans,Atlantic,delta blues and hundreds of other scenes. His thriller album sounds trite today. He spawned more crap music. A poor legacy.

RIP dear Michael jacob Lap

No matter what, it really says something about the impact you have made on the world when probably every single person on the planet stops what theyre doing & what theyre thinking when the idea alone that you might be gone is heart stopping.

im from the netherlands and I was watching CNN
Breaking news

R.I.P Michael Jackson
we dont forget you!!

omg this is not happening!!!!!!! the king of pop is dead!!!!!????? RIP 2 him, his song billie jean is live

Rest in peace, Michael-you were a tortured soul during your life-never allowed to be a child, you tried so hard and in the wrong ways to get it back. Your death is shocking but not surprising. Thank you for all your wonderful music; I grew up along with it.

He will never be forgotten =[

From France:

He isn't dead… He'll live forever!
Good bye Mister Michael Jackson.

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