Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died today at the age of 50. The apparent cause was cardiac arrest.
According to the Los Angeles Times, paramedics responded to a 911 call from the Los Angeles, California home of Jackson earlier this afternoon. When they arrived, Jackson was not breathing. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Jackson is survived by two sons, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Michael Joseph Jackson III, and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.
His death came less than a month before he was scheduled to start a 50-date comeback at London’s O2 Arena.
The Recording Academy issued the following statement regarding Jackson’s death: “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 acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michaels 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.”
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