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Huge crowds gather to mourn Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Media and spectators wait for a news conference about Michael Jackson's death at UCLA Medical Plaza June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest, according to reports.
British newspapers reporting the death of Michael Jackson are seen on a vendor's stand outside Tooting Broadway underground station in south London, Friday June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson, who has died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.
Michael Jackson fans gather outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson with his pet chimp Bubbles and a bulldog
Michael Jackson fans write down messages in memory outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson wearing an old policeman's helmet in London
Michael Jackson performing 'We Are The World', on stage during the World Music Awards at Earls Court in central London
Michael Jackson fans gather outside the Apollo Theatre, Harlem in New York, after it was announced that Jackson had died after suffering a suspected heart attack
Michael Jackson (centre) with his brothers L-R: Marlon, Jackie, Randy and Tito "The Jackson Five" at Heathrow Airport, London after arriving from Amsterdam for their British tour
Fans of the late singer Michael Jackson comfort each other as some openly wept in front of UCLA Medical center after learning of Jackson's death in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of their Victory Tour concert.
Michael Jackson, center left, performs with his brothers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of their Victory Tour concert
Laurel Edelstein, 23, cries while holding a pillow with a picture of singer Michael Jackson outside the UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson's white crystal glove is seen on display at the Julien's Auctions Michael Jackson exhibit in Beverly Hills, California
Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, right, speaks during a news conference at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday. He was 50. (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
Michael Jackson poses on stage during the Jacksons' Victory Tour
Fans cry outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009.
Michael Jackson wears a mask as he leaves a gallery in Berlin
A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department patrol car sits parked across from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Railroad Station near Los Olivos, California
Fans remember Michael Jackson outside the Jackson family home, Thursday June 25, 2009 in Encino, California
Michael Jackson holds his daughter Paris Katherine as he stands in the window of his suite in the Adlon hotel in Berlin
Elaine Araujo cries as she looks on near Michael Jackson's rented home, Thursday, June 25, 2009, in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles
Grammy winners Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie pose together backstage at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles
Wax Museum curator Curtis Huber, left, and curator assistant Eric Valencia lift a wax figure of Michael Jackson to put in the front display at the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
Carlos Carballeda, 26, holds a Michael Jackson album jacket outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
Jermaine Jackson, right, brother of Michael Jackson, is comforted after a news conference at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
A make shift memorial is seen outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Tito Jackson, the brother of Michael Jackson, leaves the Jackson family home, Thursday June 25, 2009 in Encino, California
US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The singer also stated that this would be his final performances in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Pop legend Michael Jackson
A woman stares at the emergency entrance of the UCLA Medical Center after learning of the death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
A fan holds a poster outside the UCLA Medical Center, where entertainer Michael Jackson was taken, in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 25, 2009
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987.
Fans hold up a sea of single gloved hands in an impromptu celebration of the life of Michael Jackson, outside UCLA Medical Center after he was pronounced dead there in Los Angeles Thursday, June 25, 2009
Singer Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1989 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson appears before the press in 1988 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson ouside Madame Tussauds in London
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas
Michael Jackson on stage in 1993.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage in 1987 in Japan.
Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California
Michael Jackson exits courtroom after his child molestation trial is turned over to jury for delibration at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.
Michael Jackson
Following his arraignment, Michael Jackson delighted fan by jumping on top of his car and greeting his supporters at the Santa Maria Courthouse in Santa Maria, CA on January 16, 2004.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour at Wembley Stadium on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist
Singer Michael Jackson leaves Capitol Hill after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) March 31, 2004 in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children.
1987 : Michael Jackson recieves an Honourary Doctrate with Whitney Houston from the Cosmopolitan University. 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas.
Michael Jackson is searched as he enters the courthouse for his arraignment on child molestation charges, 16 January 2004 at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held in New York in 1997
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, singer Michael Jackson is shown in a mug shot after he was booked on multiple counts for allegedly molesting a child November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his waxwork during 1985 in London,England.
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
A portrait of Michael Jackson before his "BAD" world concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields arrive at the Picture Show in New York,United States of America.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music singer Michael Jackson arrives to perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations held on September 8, 2001 at Madison Square Gardens, in New York.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Music star Michael Jackson waves to his fans during his Tour in 1984, in London.
A doll of the entertainer Michael Jackson stands July 15, 1984 in USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Entertainer Michael Jackson poses with his pet boa constrictor September 15, 1987 in the USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

The sensational, yet tragic life of Michael Jackson, the supremely-gifted pop singer who emerged from childhood stardom to become one of the most influential and infamous celebrities of modern times, was cut short late last night in the chaotic emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50.

Doctors pronounced the King of Pop dead at around 4pm local time (12.00 GMT), after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest at his rented chateau-style home in the Holmby Hills area of the city, shortly after mid-day. He had been discovered in a coma when emergency services arrived at the scene. The death of the once-dazzling performer came weeks before he was due to attempt to re-launch his career with a series of 40 comeback concerts in London.



Jackson was reportedly taken ill as he prepared to leave home and drive to Burbank, where he was rehearsing the new show that was to mark his return to the stage for the first time in almost ten years. He was hoping to rehabilitate his reputation following a series of freakish scandals that had left him bankrupt, with his private life and reputation in tatters.



Exact circumstances of the incident were still unclear at time of going to print. However paramedics reported being called to a 7 bedroom, 13 bathroom house on Carolwood Drive, just off Sunset Boulevard, at 12.21pm Los Angeles time. The French-style property, boasted 12 fireplaces and a cinema, and was being rented by Jackson for $100,000 [£60,000] a month.



An ambulance arrived less than five minutes later and discovered the singer unconscious and in full cardiac arrest. Unconfirmed reports said he had been working out in the home's gym with Lou Ferigno, the actor who played the Incredible Hulk and had been helping him get in shape for the forthcoming concerts.



The ambulance was logged leaving the property at 12.32, and doctors performed CPR throughout the 2 mile, six minute journey to UCLA medical centre. However, they were unable to revive him and he never regained consciousness.



Large crowds were gathering outside the hospital last night, with many carrying flowers and banners, and some mourners wearing fancy dress costumes. The sudden news of Jackson's death shocked the world, crashed news websites, and prompted tens of millions of viewers to switch to rolling news channels. At one point, almost a dozen TV helicopters were hovering above the hospital.



Scores of policemen arrived at the scene, and mounted a chaotic effort to secure the building. Family members were on the scene from shortly after Jackson's admission. Joe Jackson, the star's father, told showbiz website TMZ.com, which broke the story, that he had been rushed to hospital that "he is not doing well."



The website later broke the news that the singer had died. TMZ added that his sister LaToya Jackson ran into the hospital sobbing. Also at the venue were Jackson's three children, who he has brought up alone: Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II, who is known as "Blanket."



Jackson's death brings a tragic conclusion to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his commercial peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, and dazzled the world with the haunting reach of his possibilities.



In public, he was perhaps the most exciting artist of his generation, known for crotch-grabbing dance moves and his high-pitched. His single sequinned glove, tight, military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses were trademarks second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.



In terms of his earnings and fame, he ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time. In fact, he united two of contemporary music's biggest names when he was briefly married to Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie.



Yet in private, he became an increasingly tortured soul, who perhaps never recovered from being denied a normal childhood. At the height of his fame, he lived at a bizarre Hearstian theme park called Neverland where he slept in oxygen tents, held hands with a chimpanzee called Bubbles, and (at a time when it didn't have dubious connotation) invited thousands of children to play.



As years went by, he became an increasingly freakish figure – a middle-aged man-child weirdly out of touch with grownup life. His skin became lighter, his nose narrower, and he spoke in a breathy, girlish voice. He surrounded himself with children, and became an object of tabloid infamy.



In 2005, he was tried and then cleared of charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003. He had been accused of plying the boy with alcohol and groping him. Jackson's financial problems finally caught up with him in November, after four years on the road, living in luxury hotels in Bahrain, Ireland and Germany, mostly at other people's expense, when Neverland went into foreclosure. In a bid to clear his debts, creditors persuaded him to announce a series of 50 concerts at the O2 arena in London, which sold out in hours when tickets went on sale.



The shows were heralded as the first step in an unlikely career renaissance that would 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. It would wipe out his massive debts, estimated at close to $60m, and allow him to retire in comfort.



However cynics always doubted Jackson was physically capable of a comeback, which was originally scheduled for July 8. Attention may now turn to whether it was responsible for the promoters to make Jackson carry out the tour. In May, Randy Phillips, the head of AEG who had promoted the concerts, denied tabloid reports that he was suffering from skin cancer. "He's as healthy as can be; no health problems whatsoever." However days later, AEG was forced to cancel the first four shows of the run, blaming "technical issues." The opening night was moved to July 13.



Quincy Jones, who helped arrange Thriller and produced Off the Wall album, told reporters: "I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

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