(UPDATED) Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest

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King of Pop Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon (June 25, U.S. time) in a Los Angeles hospital.


The King of Pop is dead.

International singing superstar Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon (June 25, U.S. time) at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was 50.

According to initial reports , the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call from his rented Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. Jackson was not responding when they found him. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center.

Jackson family's attorney, Brian Oxman, in an interview with CNN said that some of Jackson's relatives are already in the UCLA Hospital, where throngs of people are outside awaiting news of Jackson's death.

"I can only tell you that the family members are crying, and I just have not been able to confirm anything, other than to hug them and tell them that I love them," Oxman said.

Jermaine Jackson, elder brother of Michael, released the following statement about the King of Pop's death:

"My brother, the legendary King of Pop Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25th 2009 at 2:26 p.m. It is believed that he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of the death is still unknown until the result of the autopsy is known. His personal physician, who was with him at that time, attempted to resuscitate my brother. And then the paramedics transported him to UCLA Medical Center. Upon arriving at the hospital, at approximately 1:14 p.m., a team of doctors including emergency physicians and cardiologists attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour and they were unsuccessful.

"Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time."

Michael Jackson was renowned as the biggest musical artist in the '80s, starting with his phenomenal album Thriller, where at least nine cuts made it to the Top 10.

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Michael was supposed to stage 10 shows in London, starting July 13, that would serve as his "last" and "final" concert.


He is the seventh of nine children of the famous Jackson family, which includes singer-actress Janet Jackson.

The King of Pop is survived by his three children: Prince Michael I, Paris, and Prince Michael II.

A FALLEN 'ANGEL.' Hollywood also lost Farah Fawcett on the same day. The former Charlie's Angels star died after a long battle with anal cancer. She was 62.


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