Michael Jackson dies in LA hospital

LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics
performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the
newspaper.

Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre,
sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was
popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and
white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the
charts and dazzled even more on stage.

His 1982 album "Thriller" - which included the blockbuster
hits "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" - remains the
biggest-selling album of all time, with more than 26 million
copies.

He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation,
known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves, his
high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters. His single
sequined glove and tight, military-style jacket were trademarks
second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.

As years went by, he became an increasingly freakish figure. His
skin became lighter and his nose narrower. He surrounded himself
with children at his Neverland ranch, often wore a germ mask while
traveling and kept a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles as one of his
closest companions.

In 2005, he was 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. The case took a fearsome toll
on his career and image, and he fell into serious financial
trouble.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital as word of his
death spread. The emergency entrance at the UCLA Medical Center,
which is near Jackson's rented home, was roped off with police
tape.

In New York's Times Square, a low groan went up in the crowd
when a screen flashed that Jackson had died, and people began
relaying the news to friends by cell phone.

"No joke. King of Pop is no more. Wow," Michael Harris, 36, of
New York City, read from a text message a friend sent to his
telephone. "It's like when Kennedy was assassinated. I will always
remember being in Times Square when Michael Jackson died."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Tammy Location: Corbin,Ky on Jul 7, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    Michael You Will Be So Missed I Hope Your In Heaven Teaching The Angels Some Dance Moves
  • by sam Location: georgia on Jun 29, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    i loved him so much you are right he is the king of pop
  • by bo on Jun 27, 2009 at 03:03 PM
    Micheal Jackson is dead, end of story.
  • by wild bill Location: pikeville on Jun 27, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    A child molester dies on oxycontin and demeral . that is news?
  • by donny Location: ky on Jun 27, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    people calling him a king.well theres only one king.and its not jackson or elvis..god is king, the only king.
  • by Jessica Location: Short on Jun 27, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    I'll miss you Mj... Rest In Peace.. I love you MJ>>>>> Thriller,Beat It,& Billie Jean =]
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    He's now moon dancing in child molester hell. Farrah wasn't deranged enough to be on national TV.
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    Well,now all the little boys will be safe!!! I can't believe people will miss a pedophile!
  • by Pam Location: Michigan on Jun 26, 2009 at 11:00 PM
    I agree 100%. I grew up watching Farrah in Charlies Angels. She fought a couragous fight with cancer. She will also be sadly missed.Be as famous as she was...she wasnt in the lime light like M.J. or was she an entertainer like he. I think many of "us" would have comment on Farrah if wymt had an article that read " Farrah Fawcet has died". God Bless her loved ones and may she rest in peace. She deserves that much.And as far as news being hard to get...there's something new everyday. Be it real, a lie or just plain scarey...it's out there. smiles....
  • by peggy Location: london on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    why so much about micheal jackson why not somethig about farrah fawcett she was someone that people could relate to with her battle against cancer sha should have the same or more coverage on the news.anyone who could do things to small kids should not have so much coverage. news must be hard to get theses days.
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