Music icon Michael Jackson reported dead
By Patrick Luce and April MacIntyre Jun 25, 2009, 22:24 GMT
Pop singer Michael Jackson reported dead after suffering a cardiac arrest. © Solarpix / PR Photos
Music icon Michael Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest and being rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles.
The death was confirmed by the coroner's office of Los Angeles, after website TMZ.com posted a story stating the singer died.
Jermaine Jackson released a tearful statement to assembled press at UCLA Medical Center, asking them to respect the family's privacy.
Jackson, 50, had been rehearsing for comeback tour that was supposed to kick off at London's O2 Arena. The singer was reportedly planning a series of 50 concerts at O2 Arena with the first scheduled for July 13th.
Paramedics were dispatched to the singer’s home and found him not breathing. They administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Jackson for over forty minutes at his home and transported him to the UCLA Medical Center hospital.
Twitter.com has been buzzed with comments about Jackson's passing:
Comedian Paul F. Tompkins - PFTompkins "Just soon enough." RT @serafinowicz: MJ will honour his London dates, but as the Thriller zombie.
Brooke Burke - brookeburkeRT "@LATimescitydesk: Michael Jackson rushed to hospital, not breathing when paramedics arrived...SO SAD!!!"
Rob Thomas - ThisIsRobThomas "Michael??? Please tell me you're ok!! MJ suffers heart attack and no word on his condition." From TwitterBerry
Ann Curry - AnnCurry "LA times is reporting Michael Jackson is in a coma, quoting a high ranking law enforcement source. Other reports not yet confirmed."
Alyssa Milano - Alyssa_Milano "Has a credible news source confirmed Michael Jackson's death? From Tweetie
eonline E! "NEWS CONFIRMS: Michael Jackson dead at 50. Was rehearsing non-stop for comeback tour, suffered heart attack."
David Blaine - davidblaine "The world has lost an amazing man. A man that cared, and loved and gave everything he had for others. Michael I love you!"
Steve Case - SteveCase "So much for slow summer news days." From TweetDeck
Khloe Kardashian - KhloeKardashian@PerezHilton "soooo sad!! Wow"
Jim Norton - JimNorton "Can people stop f*cking texting me that Michael Jackson died. You f*cking tragedy junkies stop trying to marry yourself to a big story." From Tweetie