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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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from Brazil,thanks for everything Michael,you the most popular idol in the world and the universe...shine with the stars forever...king.

God Speed Michael, you will be missed. Thanks for the memories.

You are now walking in the moon for real my friend!

I still cant' believe :( RIP

One of the icons of this genaration has passed away.

He will be missed by millions

His songs will be remembered, resung, probably even resold

Just to capture back memories associated w/ him

Thank you Michael for the best years of your life

May you Rest in Peace. Amen

Infelismente predemos um ídolo do pop,adeus Michael quem sabe um dia surgira um astro do porte dessa estrela que agora brilhará no ceu

Unfortunately predated an idol of pop, Michael goodbye maybe one days suggest a star the size of the star now shining in the sky

RIP from Poland. you will be missed...

I cannot believe that!!
he is the legand, his move, his songs,it`s amazing!!
Rest in peace,sir.

its incredible!
your music is the best,
im shock

What do you mean "so called" King of Pop. You people are still attacking the man even in death! How dare you use the words "so called" as if there is someone else could now or ever be greater!

He was murdered! It is a conspiracy. Michael was insured by his "billionare investors" for billions. They stand to make a lot of quick money and own the rights to his legacy.

Poor Michael. Wish you had a better life. You made ours better though

I really hope he didn't commit suicide. God bless his little ones and the Jackson family. He had such a tormented soul. RIP MJ.

¡Michael era el Rey! Viva el Rey y nuestras condolencias a su familia desde Mexico DF.
¡¡¡Larga Vida al Rey!!!


very talented and will be missed.

estoy muyyyyyyyyyyyyyy tristeeeeee murio UN "ARTISTA" EN TODOS LOS SENTIDOS DE LA PALABRA

Farewell to the greatest entertainer since Elvis. An inspiration to all, young and old. Your music breathes through us all at some point in our lives. Rest in Peace x

I was watching CNN listening on Farrah F. death when breaking news came upon and when the final news was passed I coldn't believe it. I'm not a huge fan but I grew up with his music,I loved it. It's a sad day today for the entire world, one of the great Ones had passed on. RIP Michael !
He was a confirmed genius and a great void is left now in music world. He'll be forever remembered and celebrated world entire.

With love from Russia......

We will always remember you....Michael

When it all comes down to it, his music was amazing!.. RIP.

The trifecta has been completed...

Maybe now MJ can find happiness, Seems he was very lonely lossed and misplaced... I hope that is all behind you now. R.I.P.

i want to give my prayers to the jackson family and give thanks to his mom for having a wonderful and interesting son because if it wasnt for her he wouldnt be as famous and terrific as he was much love

thats just sad how he died ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

my thoughts are with him and the family! i grew up on his 80's hits, they were the best!

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