This is a very very sad day…..
Micheal Jackson has passed away……..
I grew up to this great man’s music and videos……..
He was such a gifted and talented being……. God bless……
* cry *
News from The Sun below.
Pop star MICHAEL JACKSON has died.
The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and arrived at hospital in a coma.
Captain Steve Ruda, of Los Angeles Fire Department, said in reports paramedics responded to a call at Jackson’s home around 12.26pm.
He was not breathing when they arrived. The paramedics performed CPR but he was reportedly totally unresponsive.
Fans are already arriving outside the hospital.
Close friend URI GELLER told Sky News he was hoping desperately that the reports were not true: “I must hear it from a doctor. I cannot believe everything I see and read and hear at the moment. I hope its not true, I’m waiting like you are, like the whole planet is waiting to hear it from the mouth of the doctor taking care of him.”
“I’m absolutely devestated and shocked. He was a young man terribly fit and basically in good shape. If it is true I am just in total shock.”
Long-time family insider ARTHUR PHOENIX told World Entertainment News Network (WENN) that the Jackson family are devastated.
Phoenix, a former family publicist and advisor to Jackson’s brother Tito told WENN: “The family is in mourning right now. They are devastated and very hurt.
“The world of entertainment has suffered a great loss, the biggest since the death of ELVIS PRESLEY.
“It hurts me to think that one of the world’s great entertainers has passed. I wish that he had been here a lot longer.”
He explained to the news outlet that he has been telling the Jacksons that the 50 year old superstar was gravely ill for some time, and he feared the singer’s planned 50 comeback shows in London would kill him.
He said: “I’m a family friend, and, as a family friend, I let JOE and TITO know my concerns. I just knew in my heart he was not right and I tried telling the family that and it never sunk in.
“Michael put his heart and soul into these shows… but his heart and his physical being just wouldn’t hold out.
“This is a terribly sad day.”
The site reported that the emergency 911 call came in at 12.21pm (8.21pm BST) at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles.
A spokesman for UCLA said that due to patient confidentiality the medical centre could not comment on or confirm the reports.
Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.
Once at the hospital, staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive, the website added.
It said his sister LATOYA Jackson ran into the hospital sobbing.
The singer was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He was taken to the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Centre, the newspaper added.
Jackson was due to perform 50 farewell concerts, bowing out on an illustrious music career spanning several decades which earned him a fortune.
A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, who are organising the publicity for Jackson’s UK concerts, said she had no comment at this time.
Tonight bookmakers William Hill suspended betting on how many gigs Jackson will do at the O2 in London.
Captain Steve Ruda, of Los Angeles Fire Department, told the LA Times that paramedics responded to a call at Jackson’s home around 12.26pm.
Fears were sparked for Jackson’s health last month when four of his This Is It concert dates were pushed back, but organisers insisted the dates were moved due to the sheer magnitude of the spectacle.
The first scheduled show was due to take place on July 8 and was pushed back to July 13. But the other three dates were rescheduled to spring 2010.
The London shows would have marked Jackson’s first live performance for more than two years.
At the World Music Awards in London in November 2006 he performed just a few lines from We Are The World.
Jackson last toured 12 years ago when he played 82 shows in 58 cities for the HIStory tour.
He has spent time living outside the United States since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.
Jackson has three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.