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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.

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-- 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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The biggest ICON of POP MUSIC has gone...RIP...Michael...we love you

Praying for the family. What horrible sad news today.

Michael Jackson is an icon and has touched so many lives. RIP!

you was the greatest, R.I.P

estoy jodido. Ha muerto el mas grande

Ill miss michael Jacson

Rest in peace mate. Cheers for the music and I'm hope it's as sweet where ever you may be.

There was an old song that the Clark Sisters used to sing it was entitled ( PRAY FOR THE USA ) Death does not have a name. Will you be ready to answer the call.... Live life everyday as if it is your last.

wow, never forgotten! always remembered! rest in peace micheal, you have done so much for the world in the 50 years that you have blessed us with ... you made music, without you ... music wouldnt be, i love you.

The dead of Michael Jackson is a shock in my life. I will always remember him as the most powerful artist and enterteiment showman in the last century.
Michael: Nothing can forget the music that you give us. Nobody will forget you. I´m sorry how you lost your career.
bye michael.
From Chile, Francisco

So hard to imagine. One of the first records I ever bought (in 1970) was The Jackson 5. I feel very sad for his children.

We loose a great man of pop-music

R.I.P. "King of Pop"
You will be greatly missed, you're one of the few entertainers that have touched so many people worldwide. We love and will forever miss you !!!!

Well, at least he doesn't have to worry about being in debt anymore. A tragic end to a true talent.

It might be possible that his plastic body lives on longer than his legacy.

Rest in peace my friend.

Two Icons dead in one day (70's Farrah, 80's Michael). And Ed McMahon is in heaven to announce their arrival. They will be the next guests on Johnny's heavenly couch.

Now the media will have to harass someone else and you won't have to worry about it anymore.

You wont be missed,you were a freak,a wierdo ...I suspect all your plastic surgery had something to do with your passing Quincy Jones made you and you weren't relevant in ages...rather you were more in the news for your escapades with young boys

His poor kids. It's not like their childhood was normal up until now...it's about to get worse. God be with them.

I think it won't be long before the media come out with more rubbish about Michael Jackson now that he cant defend himself. "Just because you read it in a magazaine, or see on the TV screen, don't make it factual" - Tabloid Junkie 1995. Yes I am a fan! RIP Michael Jackson

I am very sad today. Prayers for his family. And for Farrah's.

Michael was an inspiration to those of us that were playing soul music/RB. We loved his music and his giant talent. We will keep Michael and his family in our prayers. He will be sorely missed.

A genuine musical genius...a sad loss to his children and family regardless of his peculiarities.

im so so sorry for the jackson´s family im his fan.
michael we will love you always.

k lastima es un idolo que recordaremos siempre ...todo mexico esta de luto

wow i grew up loving him as a baby, he was the only one i loved..rip my hero now i can safely say my loved and lost cuzin has someone to keep her company<3.
still hard to believe

OMG god PLEASE have mercy on MJ and keep hi with you

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