UPDATED: Michael Jackson Dead at 50

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UPDATED: TMZ reports that Jackson is dead.

PREVIOUSLY: KTLA News is reporting that two hours ago, Michael Jackson was taken to UCLA Medical Hospital after a 911 call indicated that he was not breathing and had suffered cardiac arrest. More information to come, but for now, the full news story after the jump:

LOS ANGELES -- Pop star Michael Jackson has been taken to UCLA Medical Center by ambulance suffering from cardiac arrest, fire officials confirm.

Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Steve Ruda said paramedics responded to a 911 call at Jackson's home around 12:26 p.m. He was not breathing when they arrived. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda says.

It's unclear what he was being treated for or what his current condition may be.



Comments

  • iluv2shop says:

    poor michael jackson such a young age to die at, he was such a talented person! Now its the end of that era

  • Inhaler says:

    Wow, make that Movieline. I'm sorry.

  • Amaya says:

    There was also Danny Gans. I don't know if you'd consider him a "legend" though. He was just a Las Vegas comedian. But his death was rather surprising to the locals...

  • THE CRAZIES ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quirkster says:

    Oh wow, please do not compare the levels of fame between Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson. He was internationally known almost his entire life. Little Donny had his moment in the sun. In America. And it was never shone down as bloody fiercely on him on his most fast days.
    This one someone who's never bought a Michael Jackson record in his life! ha.

  • LickyDisco says:

    As a youngster, I always thought I had a connection with Michael due to the fact we were born in the same hospital, lived in the same town etc...kids are stupid, I know. Bought the 45's, the album's (yes, VINYL, it's what the cool kids bought before plastic), and I even have "The Wiz". Geeze, did I love him when he was still black! Something happened to him along the way, though. Michael Jackson disappeared, a parody reappeared, and his mind never came back to reality. I think it's pretty damn sad that he died. Whatever else, try to remember there are three kids now without a father. He may have been a freak show, but he was the only freak show those kids of his knew. And now the mayhem will start - who gets the kids (and the money that should belong to them), who's going to get what from the estate, how many are going to come out of the wood work and sue for one thing or another...it's freaking sad.

  • thewalrus says:

    i dont know if that was vitiligo, but even if it was. there were also the nose surgeries and the hair. he was obsessed with being white. he even "bought" white kids. i think maybe his father is responsible, but that's it. you cant blame that on other people. i think society is a bit responsible now with susan boyles and amy winehouses. but MJ problems came way before the internet, and tabloids and such. it was him who created a whole circus around him, building a thematic park just for him and sleeping with little children and changing the way he looks. he demanded to be called the king of pop, and was obsessed with himself. he could have retired anytime he wanted. but no, he wanted the money, or maybe the people around him did. it is not the general public's fault. he dangled a baby out of a window!!!! he slept with children on his bed!! i dont care how great he was over 20 years ago. i just hope someone decent takes care of these poor children that he left behind.

  • hotmonkey says:

    Well, I think he was kind of their king, so it makes sense... It is such an odd, sad story, his life.
    Fabulous quote from The Atlantic:
    There are two things to say about him. He was a musical genius; and he was an abused child. By abuse, I do not mean sexual abuse; I mean he was used brutally and callously for money, and clearly imprisoned by a tyrannical father. He had no real childhood and spent much of his later life struggling to get one. He was spiritually and psychologically raped at a very early age - and never recovered. Watching him change his race, his age, and almost his gender, you saw a tortured soul seeking what the rest of us take for granted: a normal life.

  • Hellary01 says:

    Well, I think he was kind of their king, so it makes sense... It is such an odd, sad story, his life. We will morme him to the call

  • Jan says:

    You are wrong, what you said it not true, the truth is Michael is the greatest.

  • ATM says:

    Self awareness is the first step to make it better.

  • el smrtmnky says:

    drunk on power, weren't you?

  • rodger says:

    So much crazy in these comments.

  • Lyndamom says:

    I find it truly sad that people make statements like they are fact.
    Your OPINION is one thing, but it really shows how judgemental people can be when they make statements that they really have no REAL knowledge about.
    If you took the time to think about what it would be like to walk in anothers' (YOUR BROTHERS' AND SISTERS') shoes - BEFORE making such idiotic remarks - maybe you wouldn't be so judgemental.
    Get off your high horse...(what will people say about you after YOU die?)
    "he was obsessed with being white." THAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE...SAY SO
    "..he even "bought" white kids." YOUR PROOF/REFERENCE?
    "it was him[HE] who created a whole circus around him, building a thematic park..." WOULDN'T YOU BUILD A RETREAT IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CHILDHOOD AND COULDN'T GO OUT IN PUBLIC ANONYMOUSLY?
    "he demanded to be called the king of pop... SAYS WHO? (AGAIN, WHERE IS YOUR PROOF/REFERENCE?)
    ...and was obsessed with himself". YOUR OPINION...(EXACTLY HOW MUCH TIME DID YOU SPEND WITH THE MAN, TO QUALIFY YOURSELF TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT?)
    "he could have retired anytime he wanted. but no, he wanted the money, or maybe the people around him did." YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH HIS FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, TOO?
    "i dont care how great he was over 20 years ago." UMM, THAT WOULD BE 45+ YEARS (he started around the age of 6)
    "i just hope someone decent takes care of these poor children that he left behind." AMEN TO THAT!

  • Lyndamom says:

    Well,, there ya have it - the other 2:
    Billy Mays and Karl Malden (although Mays was not a "great", so maybe another one to come...?)

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