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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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Meh.

R.I.P The king you was the best of the best and you will aways be the best to me. I liked all your songs and how you get down on each one. I wish that i could meet you one day. Bet it feel like I already meet you not in real life be by your songs and hope one day in heaven.We miss you alot.

michael may your soul finally rest in peace.may the jackson family find closure one day. i have never loved an entertainer the way i love you. like most people i grew up loving you. my only regret is that i never got a chance to see you in person, but you can be seen 24 hours a day...in my heart! i love you mike. RIP

Faye

I can't believe the constant hoop-a-la as to how and why MJ died. It's so simple to understant. Anyone with an IQ of 100 already knows the answer to all these questions. MJ is completely responsible for his own death. The Doctor played a secondary role. He should be prosecuted and lose his right to play doctor ever again. Michael slowly destroyed himself and he knew it. All the drugs and stress were tearing his body down and he knew that also. I love his music, his genuis and his overall talent. It's a shame HE chose to destroy himself.

I DONT CARE IF ITS TO LATE TO WRITE BUT HE WASS SOOO NICE AND HE HELPED A LOT OF CHILDREN AND I DONT CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY I JST LOVE MICHEAL JACKSON R.I.P.....

I miss michael jackson so much when they had played all his music on the tv i started to cry.....RIP

o..no i cant beleaffe hes dead you was the best that ever lived i say this michle jackson i love you and hop you rip love your biggest fan in the world love cody varner

It took some people awhile to get the news .

I cant believe Michael Jackson death.. He is in my heart..

i love u michael jackson ull always be in our heart.this is one of ur fans.

i love u somuch michael jackson and if it woodent be for ur death ull still be there and this is one of ur fans.ull be in my heart.love u

Omqee I Was Like Burstinq Cryinq When They Pronounced Him Dead..I Was Sayinq That Why Would His Docter Do this..This Is True That There Is Evil Doctor's Out There, And To Be Careful.. Well R.I.P Michael Rock The Heavenss..♥ Always
-Lenezhe

It been 1 year and 2 months. I am still upset. i love you michael jackson, you were and still are an icon.

R.I.P. Michael you will be missed :'(

MJ was the king and there will be no other like him,I still sit and cry because I miss him so much but we have to look at it God called him home and one thing I know for sure I will see him when I get there I love you Michael Jackson and thank you for opening up doors for your people.

Michael Jackson is and will always be the king of pop and there will be no other like him I sit and find myself crying because I miss and love him so much,we must look at the facts God called him home I love and miss you Michael.

I came to k now Micheal when i was at the age of five years. since then Micheal had always been with me musically. Micheal was my best musician. i grew up with Micheal despite all the allegations and trial, i still loved Micheal. i hope those things they said about him was not true! and now he is gone!!! just like that.his news was the first thing that came to me the moment i woke up from my bed. i felt so so soo soooo sad. the weather changed through out the week was so boring. oh! how i miss micheal ! but the king of pop and his legacy and how he brought the world toghether with music will forever live on.I LOVE YOU MICHEAL, REST IN PEACE.

 
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