Updated: King of Pop, Michael Jackson Pronounced Dead at 50

Michael Jackson, ‘The King of Pop,’ has died. Jackson, 50, had been rushed to UCLA Medical center Thursday afternoon after being found unresponsive. Reports from Los Angeles based sources say Jackson suffered cardiac arrest and received CPR in an ambulance after being picked up from his Holmby Hills home. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home around 12:26 pm PT. Update: According to Lt. Fred Corral with the Los Angeles coroners office, Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:25pm PT. As previously reported on Singersroom, Jackson was due to perform at London’s O2 Arena in July. The concert series, billed as ‘This Is It,’ had 50 scheduled dates and sold out within hours of being released to the public. Jackson made headlines earlier this year at a press conference for the concert series, proclaiming that this would be his last run in London. A series of dates set for early July were postponed last month. As early as Monday, organizers confirmed an official kick off of July 13 at London’s O2 arena. Jackson was the best selling artist of all time, releasing ten studio albums and influencing a new generation of recording artists. Update: 7:30pm EST: Long time friend and producer Quincy Jones issued a statement this afternoon, calling Jackson’s death “tragic and unexpected”.”I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be take away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have words,” said Jones. Jackson hit the music scene with the Jackson 5 and debuted as a solo artist in 1972. The King of Pop will truly be missed. Our deepest condolences to the Jackson family. The King of Pop will live on !

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