albertacowpoke, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Michael Jackson Dies at Age 50 from Cardiac Arrest at 2:26 pm PDT
Michael Jackson has died from cardiac arrest.
A 911 call was received at 12:21pm and EMS arrived at the Jackson home at 12:30pm. Para Medics confirmed that Michael Jackson did not breathe and performed CPR. Michael Jackson had apparently suffered cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Centre.
Paramedics tried to revive him. When they arrived at Michael's home, Michael had no pulse and they were not able to get his pulse back.
His home in Bel Air is 2 minutes from the UCLA Medical Center.
UCLA Medical Center is to give a news conference shortly.
UPDATE: Los Angeles Times and AP report that Michael Jackson has been pronounced dead at 3:15pm PDST.
His family has been arriving at UCLA hospital to pay their final respects. His mother arrived 10 minutes after Michael was pronounced dead.
His long time friend Elizabeth Taylor was also rushed to the hospital to pay her last respects.
Michael Jackson's brother confirmed during a statement that Michael died at 2:26pm PDT, 25 June 2009.
The body of Michael Jackson left by helicopter from UCLA Medical Centre at 6:35pm to move to the coroners office. They have expedited the autopsy, which will take place between 7 am and 3 pm local time tomorrow afternoon.
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[Updated at 3:15 p.m.: Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.]
Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.
Michael Jackson has been taken to a hospital in LA with cardiac arrest. Little more is known at this time.
The 911 call came at 12:21pm Pacific Time
BULLETIN -- LA TIMES: MICHAEL JACKSON "NOT BREATHING" UPON ARRIVAL AT L.A. HOSPITAL.6 minutes ago from BNO Headquarters
UPDATE: A Jackson family member tells TMZ Michael is in "really bad shape" and the brothers are headed to UCLA.
UPDATE: We just got off the phone with Joe Jackson, Michael's dad, who says "he is not doing well."
Explanation of Cardiac Arrest Here
We've just learned Michael Jackson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles ... and we're told it was cardiac arrest and that paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance.
He was picked up at his home around 20 minutes ago -- we're told his mother is on the way to visit him.
UPDATE: The 911 call came in at 12:21PM at his Holmby Hills home in L.A.