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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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5 letters, hotty

5 letters, hotty

hi io miss u micheal jackson thats my husband

hi micheal jackson i miss u so much i love u baby u my husband

mad yo i miss michael so bad that is my husbandand when he die ift feltlike a part of me die right with him R.I.P MJJ I LHUV YHU

i miss him sooo much =(

hope everyones doing fine about michael dieing


R . I . P . Michallll . yOuuuu isss misseddd .
& justt nO itss nOt thee same withh Outtt yOuuu hereee .
- * lilyyyy $

I think a legend like michael jackson deserves a film or true life story titled THE KING OF POP To keep the memory of him alive for the next generation.


it is impossible i can't believe it

Michael will forever be the King Of Pop!!!

i loved mic he really inspired me i no im not the only one

man he was the best why he got to die like this

man he was the best why he got to die like this

R.i.p. Micheal Jackson you is a great man i will miss you from your best fan by the way your kids is butiful and so is you and your hole family God bless you

R.i.p. Micheal Jackson you is a great man i will miss you from your best fan by the way your kids is butiful and so is you and your hole family God bless you

omg so young i love u micheal

omg so young i love u micheal

I think its really sad and tragic that Micheal Jackson had to die like that or should I say the King Of Pop but I must say Micheal Jackson really had a big impact in my life and I will always remember him for the good and great things that he did never the bad things so Micheal Jackson is my hero in many ways that you will never know so when I pray at night I will be thinking of him I LOVE YOU MICHEAL and I will always love you and I send my condolences to his family and exspecially to Mrs.and Mr.Jackson!

I was wondering if there is anymore on the investigation of the death of Michael Jackson? Since he was laid to rest i haven't herd anymore about the doctor or any other suspects. Is his death still under investigation?

I never even met Michael Jackson but I was in love wit Michael. He was the sexiest black, male singer i've ever saw. But he need to rest in peace. He belongs there then here.

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