World in shock as King of Pop and music icon Michael Jackson dies aged 50

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World in shock as King of Pop and music icon Michael Jackson dies aged 50


MICHAEL JACKSON died after suffering cardiac arrest last night.

The king of pop collapsed at his Los Angeles home and one of his staff made an emergency call at 12.21pm local time.

Jackson was not breathing when paramedics from the LA Fire Department arrived. He had no pulse and the ambulance crew were unable to restart his heart.

The medics gave Jackson CPR in the ambulance in a bid to keep his blood flowing before taking him to nearby UCLAMedical Centre.

More than 10 members of the star's entourage followed the ambulance in two 4x4s with blacked-out windows. Jackson's brother Randy, who was with him ambulance in a bid to keep his blood flowing before taking him to the nearby UCLA Medical Centre.

The race to the hospital took six minutes. Doctors tried to resuscitate Jackson when he arrived in the emergency room but there were no signs of life.

Los Angeles County coroner Fred Corall confirmed at 12.33am UK time that Jackson was dead.

He said: "We were notified by West Los Angeles Police detectives that Mr Jackson was transported by paramedics to the hospital.

"Upon admittance he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at 2.26pm."

A heart specialist told showbiz website TMZ.com that the cause was cardiac arrest. Jackson had three children, 10-year-old Prince Michael I, Paris Michael Katherine, nine, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket.

The star's mother Katherine travelled to the hospital from the family home just north of LA. She arrived about an hour after the ambulance.

Jackson's sister La Toya was seen running into the building in tears. Other relatives were said to be on their way.

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

One of Jackson's closest friends, movie legend Elizabeth Taylor, was also at the hospital.

Police cordoned off the emergency room entrance as TV trucks raced to the scene and news helicopters hovered overhead. Horror Hundreds of tearful fans began to gather outside.

Hundreds of tearful fans began to gather outside. A reporter at the scene said: "People are already showing up in costume, believe it or not."

Cops also blocked the road in front of Jackson's home in a bid to hold back traffic. Shockwaves from the news of Jackson's death spread rapidly around the world. Mobile phone networks across Britain were overloaded with calls and texts.

In New York's Times Square, people gasped in horror as the news was flashed up on a video screen.

A friend of New Yorker Michael Harris, 36, texted him to say: "It's like when Kennedy was assassinated."

So many people tried to read reports about Jackson on Google's news service that the site's security system thought it was being attacked by a virus.

Jackson's concert promoters claimed last month that a medical examination of the star had revealed "no issues whatsoever".

But experts said he was the type of patient who could suffer a massive heart attack without showing warning signs.

Aides to Jackson reportedly told doctors that he collapsed after an injection of Demerol, a drug similar to morphine.

A source said: "Shortly after taking the Demerol he started to experience slow, shallow breathing. His breathing gradually got slower and slower until it stopped.

"His staff started mouth-to-mouth and an ambulance was called which got there in eight minutes."

Detectives opened a formal investigation into the tragedy but stressed there was no evidence of any crime.

Doubts about Jackson's health had dogged him for years.

He claimed in 2005 to be addicted to anti-stress medication and painkillers.

And earlier this year he was reported to be battling skin cancer, although this was denied by aides.

Jackson had not completed a concert tour in 12 years. But he was scheduled to start performing a series of 50 concerts at London's 02 Arena in July. Announcing the gigs, he vowed that they would be his last.

The 750,000 tickets for the shows sold out within hours when they went on sale in March. Promoters were due to put a limited number of new tickets on sale this week.

The start of the shows was pushed back from July 8 to July 13 but organisers dismissed fears over his health.

They blamed the delay on the scale of the stage show they were planning.

Sceptics said Jackson was forced to agree to perform again to raise cash to pay his estimated $400million debts.

He stood to earn more than £40million if he turned up for all the This Is It dates.

Insiders said he had frequently failed to turn up at rehearsals for the shows in LA and was holding up preparations with his extravagant demands.

A source at the sound stage where Jackson had been rehearsing told the LA Times he had looked "very frail" but seemed to have boundless energy.

The insider added: "He was working hard, putting in four days a week, six hours a day. He was dancing."

The concerts were seen as a bid to resurrect a career that peaked with the 1982 release of Thriller, widely regarded as the greatest pop record of all time.

But Jackson's popularity fell away as his behaviour became increasingly bizarre and he virtually vanished from public life in 2005 after he was cleared of sexually abusing a 12-year-old cancer survivor, Gavin Arvizo.

Psychic Uri Geller, a close friend of Jackson, said he was hoping desperately that the reports of his death were not true.

He added: "I'm absolutely devastated and shocked. He was a young man, terribly fit and basically in good shape. If it is true I am just in total shock."

Pr man Jonathan Morrish told Sky News: "I worked with Michael for over 25 years. It was a complete privilege and I just can't believe what has happened.

"I last saw him when he was last in London, which was for the World Music Awards, and he was his usual, lovely gentlemanly self.

"He was fine, health-wise. You don't get to the top of the tree like he did without being incredibly strong mentally and physically.

"He survived over many generations of music lovers, which is why I think the world of music is in such deep shock."

Matt Blank, of the Michael Jackson World Network fanclub, said he was "dumbfounded".

He added: "I find it hard to believe that Michael Jackson is no more. It's just unimaginable."
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nazi i dont get why every1 reports everythign around here , im gonna be reported for this but you can kiss my ass!
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was just a matter of time
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nazi i dont get why every1 reports everythign around here , im gonna be reported for this but you can kiss my ass!


*reported
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you're going to be SO *reported*


OMG!

This post is about respecting the lifes works of micheal jackson and his recent death, and then someone like you comes along, instead of a sympathetic messege you put REPORTED. What a *** to be honest.
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OMG!

This post is about respecting the lifes works of micheal jackson and his recent death, and then someone like you comes along, instead of a sympathetic messege you put REPORTED. What a *** to be honest.

You didn't care **** about him when he was alive, stop being a pretentious **** and just act the same way when he died.

Move along, nothing to see here.

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ofcourse he had no pulse, the man was a robot!
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I've been a michael jackson fan since i was young, I'm so shocked that he died. I always wanted to go and watch one of his concerts at least once in my life time aswell.
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You didn't care **** about him when he was alive, stop being a pretentious **** and just act the same way when he died.

Move along, nothing to see here.



this, it's probably sad for those around him but I personally couldn't care less.
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At least this is one arrest he's not getting out of


lol no bail for him
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nazi i dont get why every1 reports everythign around here , im gonna be reported for this but you can kiss my ass!
This topic was made in The Pit A LOT. We don't need to hear any more about this.
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He deserved it.
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I hijacked this!
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Of course, I said *reported* due to the fact that these threads are getting closed.
I didn't actually report you, just said it.
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we know MJ died. thread serves no purpose.

also, too much spam in here.
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