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Michael Jackson suffers heart attack and dies: TMZ
June 26, 2009 05:59am
POP icon Michael Jackson has died, a Los Angeles County Coroner's office spokesman has confirmed.
Lieutenant Fred Corral told CNN Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm (2126 GMT) local time after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest.
”I can tell you at this time that we were notified by West Los Angeles Police Department detectives that Mr Jackson was transported ... to the hospital, and upon admitting, he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at approximately 2:26 this afternoon,” Mr Corral told CNN.
Mr Corral said an autopsy would “most likely” be carried out on Friday but would not speculate on the exact cause of death.
”Everything is still ongoing. We will be responding to the hospital to move Mr Jackson to our facility where he will be examined to determine the cause of death,” Mr Corral said.
”As far as I'm aware, we were notified by LAPD detectives that Mr Jackson was brought in by paramedics to the hospital in full cardiac arrest and then he was later pronounced dead.
”At that point, as I said, there's no further medical history until we get and review the medical records.”
Jackson was reportedly planning a comeback and was living in LA while rehearsing a series of 50 sold-out shows in London.
However those concerts - billed as the "final curtain" - had been thrown into doubt after Jackson pushed back the opening dates last month. Organisers of the concerts had stressed the delay was not linked to Jackson's health.
Jackson was known as the King of Pop for his dominance and reshaping of the music industry in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the Jackson Five and later as a solo artist.
His Thriller album remains one of the biggest selling of all time and went platinum 14 times over. The music video for the title track was a worldwide sensation and a landmark moment for a generation.
But his career began sliding in the 1990s, when attention turned from his musical abilities to his bizarre personal life and he earned the nickname "Wacko Jacko".
Reports of plastic surgery, odd behaviour and surprise weddings became tabloid fodder, but allegations of improper treatment of boys turned into a media frenzy when he faced trial on related charges in 2004.
His acquittal was carried live around the world, in scenes now echoed by the crowds of fans and followers massing outside his Los Angeles home and UCLA hospital.