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Courtesy of: TMZ

Michael Jackson Dies

Posted Jun 25th 2009 5:20PM by TMZ Staff

We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Jackson had 13 number one hits during his solo career.

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It's really hard to celebrate my 55th birthday with all the bad news today. I'm happy to be breathing today!

I'll post an obit when it becomes official. Sad, sad day.

Michael Jackson Dead

Updated at 3:15 p.m.

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The LA Times.

Updated at 2:46 p.m.

Jackson is in a coma and family have are arriving at his bedside, a law enforcement source told The LA Times. Jackson was rushed to a hospital this afternoon by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

Capt. Steve Ruda said paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's home around 12:26 p.m. He was not breathing when they arrived. The parademics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told The LA Times.

Updated at 2:12 p.m.

Paramedics were called to a home on the 100 block of Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard. Jackson rented the Bel Air home for $100,000 a month. It was described as a French chateau estate built in 2002 with seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and a theater.

The home is about 2-1/2 miles, about a six-minute drive, from UCLA Medical Center. An earlier version of this post incorrectly described the time to travel between the home and hospital as two minutes.

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

In May, The LA 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 envision the shows at AEG's O2 as an audition for a career rebirth that could ultimately encompass 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 wipe out Jackson's massive debt.

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Slowly being confirmed by other networks. A very sad day for the world.

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Michael Jackson was pronounced dead this afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported. The pop star arrived at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told the Times.

Jackson was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after he suffered a heart attack. Paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance, according to TMZ.

TMZ reported that the call to 9-1-1 came in about 12:21 p.m. P.S.T. (3:21 p.m. Eastern) from Jackson's home in Los Angeles.

Capt. Steve Ruda of the Los Angeles Fire Department said Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived, the Los Angeles Times reported. The singer was taken to UCLA Medical Center.

The singer's 50-show residency at London's O2 Arena is supposed to kick off July 13.

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rip legend to me at least

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To me as well uvp. He is the greatest artist of all time.imo

My oldest daughter was in a video with him in the early 90's out in LA and had dinner with him. She said, he was a lovely man. I have pics of their dinner together and one day, I will post them but I'm too sad to do it right now.

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Such a shock. Heard it just as our plane landed and we were getting off. Amazing artist, went a little weird in later years, but still have to appreciate all that he did over the years. Was lucky enough to be at one of his concerts back in the early/mid 80's at Arrowhead stadium. It was just amazing.

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Gosh what a tough day yesterday. 1st Farrah and then Michael. Both influenced my life and I'm deeply saddened.

(Short story)

Michael recently became a part of my little girls life, through music.

About a month and a half ago her dance company did a jazz routine to the song, Smooth Criminal. While watching some youtube videos to help my daughter decide on a song for a solo dance she asked about the singer of Smooth Criminal. (Naively, it never occurred to me that she didn't know all about Michael Jackson.) So I started with the video Thriller and then Billie Jean and then Man in the Mirror, etc. etc...

She's been infatuated with him every since... listening to him night and day. I'm glad she got to know his music and enjoy him the way I do. The hard part has been trying to explain why/how he died and why she can't attend the funeral. :( But we'll get through it.

R. I. P Michael Jackson. You were loved.

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I still can't believe it and am waiting for the news that it was all a mistake, sadly I know it won't come.

He is one of my all time favourite artisits. I think the guy was a total genius who probably felt the pressure to share his talents with the world because of how incredible they were, when really all he ever longed for was to be normal. My prayer for him is that he's resting peacefully now... that he's not being hounded, judged, or pressured. I hope that all that weight has been lifted and he can finally just rest. I also pray for his family, especially his children who he made a point to shelter and hide from the press. I hope that the media will respect their right to privacy at this time and not seek them out.

Michael will forever be the King Of Pop. No one will ever come close to making the kind of impact he has on the music industry.

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Awhl Beeeee Therrrrrrrre.

Awhllllll Bee therrrrrrrrrre

Jawst Caawllll Myyy Naaaayyyyyyymmmmm

And I'll Beee Therrre.

That tune and those words have gotten me through a lot of different times throughout my life.

"Califcylone - Grabs Crotch, thrusts forward while making a primal "Owwwwwww" sound, then moonwalks to grab another tissue".

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