Michael Jackson Suffers Cardiac Arrest
911 Call Made From Singer's Home, TMZ Reports
POSTED: Thursday, June 25, 2009
UPDATED: 4:14 pm CDT June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson was rushed to a hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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 Times.
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Pop star Michael Jackson dead: report
Reuters - 12 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop giant Michael Jackson, who took to the stage as a child star and went on to set the world dancing to the thumping rhythms of his music for decades, died Thursday, TMZ website reported. He was 50.
"We've just learned Michael Jackson has died," TMZ said.
"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," the entertainment site said.
There was no official confirmation of the reported death and spokespersons for Jackson could not be reached for comment.
Earlier, the Los Angeles Times said that the singer had been rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital by fire department paramedics who found him not breathing when they arrived at the singer's home.
The newspaper said paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the scene before taking him to the UCLA Medical Center hospital.
Jackson had been due to start a series of comeback concerts in London on July 13 running until March 2010. The singer, whose hits include "Thriller" and "Billie Jean," had been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the past two months.
The shows for the 50 London concerts sold out within hours of going on sale in March.
Jackson started out as a child star in the band "The Jackson 5" more than 40 years ago.
He has lived as a virtual recluse since his acquittal in 2005 on charges of child molestation.
There have been concerns about Jackson's health in recent years but the promoters of the London shows, AEG Live, said in March that Jackson had passed a 4-1/2 hour physical examination with independent doctors.
(Additional Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Writing by Frances Kerry, Editing by Jackie Frank)
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TMZ says he died, while CNN is reporting he was revived at home.
Sources: Michael Jackson taken to hospital after cardiac arrest - CNN.com
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Foxs News, cable 60, is reporting he's gone. Can't believe he's dead. He was weird, but what a talent -- I loved his songs. Rest in peace, Michael. Your music will live on.
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Michael Jackson, the worldwide pop sensation was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon. He was 50. According to reports on the Los Angeles Times' web site, Jackson was rushed midday Thursday from his home to a Los Angeles hospital, where he could not be revived.
Jackson was attempting a comeback after years of tabloid headlines, most notably his trial and acquittal on child molestation charges. He had been scheduled to perform 50 sell-out concerts at London's 02 arena from next week to March 2010.
Jackson, the seventh child of the Jackson family, started in the music business at the age of 11 as a member of the Jackson 5 with his brothers. The group had a number of hits on Motown in the 1970s.
Five of his solo albums are some of the top-selling albums of all time: "Off the Wall," 1982's "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HISstory."
He was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and had 13 Grammy awards and 13 number one singles. He has sold over 750 million albums worldwide. His total earnings have been estimated at $500 million dollars.
His music videos on MTV, such as "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" were some of the most influential early music videos, and his sound influenced numerous hip hop and R & B artists.
He was tried and acquitted of sexual abuse allegations in 2005.
He married nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe, with whom he fathered a son, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., also known as Prince, and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. After they divorced in 1999, he retained full custody of the children. In the early 1990s, he was briefly married to Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley.
He lived at Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara from 1988 to 2005. It was sold to Colony Capital, although he still owns a stake in the property.
To celebrate his 50th birthday, Sony BMG released a compilation album, "King of Pop," in various countries, but it was not released in the U.S.
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A great great talent, an incredibly gifted dancer, who has to rank as one of the greatest entertainers ever.
But the guy had issues, that ran deep and for the most part kept out of hte limelight. He spent a lot of money to make those molestation issues go away, but they never really did and he really hung himself with that infamous interview he made a few years back in the middle of all that. And what caused this naturally handsome man to undergo all those surgeries boggles the mind.
La Toya Races to Her Brother's Side
Posted Jun 25th 2009 6:45PM by TMZ Staff
La Toya Jackson was in tears as she ran inside the UCLA Medical Center to be with her brother. Sadly, Michael Jackson had already died.
La Toya Races to Her Brother's Side | TMZ.com
Jacko's Ex Publicist Goes Off on Michael
Posted Jun 25th 2009 6:25PM by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson's former publicist, Michael Levine, just released the following statement, claiming he saw today's tragic events coming for years.
"As someone who served as Michael Jackson's publicist during the 1st child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today's tragic news.
Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world.
A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.''
Jacko's Ex Publicist Goes Off on Michael | TMZ.com
Recording Academy on MJ -- 'True Musical Icon'
Posted Jun 25th 2009 6:20PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ just received the following statement from The Recording Academy -- the people behind The Grammys:
"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent and vision as Michael Jackson.
He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide claim.
A 13-time Grammy recipient, Michael's career transcends musical and cultural genres, and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories.
We are deeply saddened by this tragic news, and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."
The Recording Academy
Recording Academy on MJ -- 'True Musical Icon' | TMZ.com
Michael Jackson's Body Transported
Posted Jun 25th 2009 9:31PM by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson's body is being airlifted to the L.A. County Coroner's Office -- where an autopsy will be performed tomorrow.
Michael Jackson's Body Transported | TMZ.com
Liz Taylor -- 'Too Devastated' to Comment
Posted Jun 25th 2009 8:46PM by TMZ Staff
TMZ has just heard from Elizabeth Taylor's people who tell us:
"Dame Elizabeth Taylor is too devastated by the passing of her dear friend Michael Jackson to issue a statement at this time."
Taylor, who was a close and dear friend to Jackson for several years, was the one who dubbed him the "King of Pop."
Elizabeth Taylor -- 'Too Devastated' by Jackson's Death | TMZ.com
Jackson Danced and Sang Last Night
Posted Jun 25th 2009 7:35PM by TMZ Staff
We've learned Michael Jackson showed no unusual signs of distress -- he was rehearsing his upcoming concert at the Staples Center in L.A. But, we're told, like other nights of rehearsal, Jackson was both hours late and lethargic.
We're told rehearsal went late into the evening. Jackson was singing and dancing with the backup dancers and the band. Someone who was there says Jackson was supposed to show at 7 PM but didn't arrive until 10 and he was "listless." But that was normal, according to people at rehearsal.
Right now, some of the cast and crew are at Staples, packing up their stuff.
Jackson Danced and Sang Last Night | TMZ.com
Jackson's Body Arrives at the Coroner's Office
Posted Jun 25th 2009 9:45PM by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson's body was just unloaded from a helicopter at the L.A. County Coroner's Office.
Jackson's Body Arrives at the Coroner's Office | TMZ.com
Jermaine -- They Tried to Revive for an Hour
Posted Jun 25th 2009 9:33PM by TMZ Staff
Michael Jackson's brother, Jermaine Jackson, released a statement to the media at UCLA hospital -- telling the press a team of doctors at the medical center tried to resuscitate Michael for more than an hour.
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Michael Jackson's Autopsy Expedited
Posted Jun 25th 2009 7:30PM by TMZ Staff
There will be no waiting around -- we're told Michael Jackson's autopsy will be performed by the L.A. County Coroner tomorrow.
Story developing ...
Michael Jackson's Autopsy Expedited | TMZ.com
John Landis Calls the Man He Sued 'Tragic'
Posted Jun 25th 2009 9:15PM by TMZ Staff
We just got a statement from John Landis -- the man who directed Michael Jackson for the "Thriller" and "Black and White" videos. It's somewhat harsh -- not surprising, because Landis has an active lawsuit against Jackson, claiming the singer stiffed him over profits for the Broadway musical of "Thriller."
Landis says, "I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime. Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star. He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. My wife Deborah and I will always have great affection for him."
John Landis Calls the Man He Sued 'Tragic' | TMZ.com
Madonna 'Can't Stop Crying' Over Jackson
Posted Jun 25th 2009 10:23PM by TMZ Staff
One pop icon remembers another. We've just heard from Madonna on Jackson's death:
"I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever!
My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."
La Toya and Katherine Jackson -- Faces of Pain
Posted Jun 25th 2009 10:20PM by TMZ Staff
Around the time Michael's body was being airlifted from UCLA hospital, Katherine Jackson -- Michael's mom -- and La Toya left the hospital in separate cars.
La Toya and Katherine Jackson -- Faces of Pain | TMZ.com
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