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Sunday 21 December 2014

Michael Jackson dies after cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
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.
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.
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
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)
Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.
Pop legend Michael Jackson
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.
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.
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

Pop star Michael Jackson has died, according to reports tonight. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and arrived at hospital in a coma, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Captain Steve Ruda, of Los Angeles Fire Department, said in reports paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's home around 12.26pm.

He was not breathing when they arrived. The paramedics performed CPR but he was reportedly totally unresponsive.

Fans are arriving outside the hospital.

Close friend Uri Geller told Sky News he was hoping desperately that the reports were not true: "I must hear it from a doctor. I cannot believe everything I see and read and hear at the moment. I hope its not true, I'm waiting like you are, like the whole planet is waiting to hear it from the mouth of the doctor taking car of him."

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

Joe Jackson, the star's father, told showbiz website TMZ.com: "He is not doing well."

The site reported that the emergency 911 call came in at 12.21pm (8.21pm BST) at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles.

A spokesman for UCLA said that due to patient confidentiality the medical centre could not comment on or confirm the reports.

Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest, according TMZ.

Once at the hospital, staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive, the website added.

It said his sister LaToya Jackson ran into the hospital sobbing.

The singer was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was taken to the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Centre, the newspaper added.

Jackson was due to perform 50 farewell concerts, bowing out on an illustrious music career spanning several decades which earned him a fortune.

A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, who are organising the publicity for Jackson's UK concerts, said she had no comment at this time.

Tonight bookmakers William Hill suspended betting on how many gigs Jackson will do at the O2 in London.

Captain Steve Ruda, of Los Angeles Fire Department, told the LA Times that paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's home around 12.26pm.

Fears were sparked for Jackson's health last month when four of his This Is It concert dates were pushed back, but organisers insisted the dates were moved due to the sheer magnitude of the spectacle.

The first scheduled show was due to take place on July 8 and was pushed back to July 13. But the other three dates were rescheduled to spring 2010.

The London shows would have marked Jackson's first live performance for more than two years.

At the World Music Awards in London in November 2006 he performed just a few lines from We Are The World.

Jackson last toured 12 years ago when he played 82 shows in 58 cities for the HIStory tour.

He has spent time living outside the United States since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.

Jackson has three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.


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A cardiologist at UCLA told TMZ.com that Jackson died of cardiac arrest.

Fans have flooded websites to express their grief at the reported death of Jackson.

ElToroDiablo posted on gossip website TMZ.com: "God bless you Michael, heaven just got another beautiful angel."

Kimbers wrote: "What a sad day. I hope Michael Jackson finds the peace that eluded him in life."

Another fan, Sineen, wrote on website MJSite.com: "I never thought that one day would come and i'll have to write this down, Michael Jackson is no longer with us. May your warm soul rest in peace. I'll always love you Michael. Keep the faith!"

Rulintheroost posted on political website The Huffington Post: "RIP Michael. Your music was a joy to many people around the world."

Brian Oxman, a Jackson family lawyer, told CNN he was told by brother Randy Jackson that star collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles this morning.

Matt Blank from the Michael Jackson World Network fanclub told BBC News 24 he was "a bit dumfounded and a bit shellshocked by it all".

He added: "I find it hard to believe this could be a reality.

"In the past, health issues of Michael Jackson have always been rumoured. I can only imagine this is down to the amount of stress he was under to come out and perform."

He added: "It's just unimaginable that Michael Jackson is no more, it's just unbelievable."

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