Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted “King of Pop” who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world’s most influential singer and dancer before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50.
The person said Jackson died in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. local time, Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics tried to resuscitate him and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.
The Times also reported that law enforcement sources said that Los Angeles Police Department robbery-homicide detectives have opened an investigation into the death, though they stressed there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The detectives plan to interview relatives, friends and Jackson’s doctors to try to figure out what happened. The L.A. County coroner’s office will determine a cause of death.
Earlier Thursday evening, with speculation reaching a fever pitch, the Times cited city and law enforcement sources as saying Jackson had been rushed to hospital by paramedics and was not breathing when they arrived at the sprawling mansion where he’d been staying.
Subsequent reports said Jackson was in a deep coma and that family members were gathering at his bedside. Some unconfirmed reports said he’d suffered cardiac arrest.
Jackson family attorney Brian Oxman, who said he had worked with the family for 20 years, said that Michael Jackson had been “using medicine for quite a while.”
“I have warned,” Oxman said. “These enablers around have done this.”
Word of the sudden emergency, fuelled by rampant media speculation about the possibility of Jackson’s death, brought a swarm of news helicopters to the air above the hospital and a growing mass of people on the grounds outside.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reported that outside of the U.C.L.A. Medical Center, a crowd quickly gathered.
“We’ve seen a lot of people crying, a lot of fans,” Tracy said. “Weirdly enough, there is a fraternity house across the street that is actually playing Michael Jackson music right now which has led to a kind of surreal environment.”
Catherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mother, was seen at the hospital. There are also unconfirmed reports that LaToya Jackson left the hospital crying, Tracy reports.
Jackson, 50, has been in the public eye for more than 40 years.
I love Michael Jackson since I was child , the moonwalking former child star who became known the world over as the “King of Pop” .I love all of his song. I love his perform on the stage.
Until now, I still not believe that he was die. We lost the most talented person in the world….
No one can be like him
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