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Pop star Michael Jackson dies


June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50.

Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his rented Bel-Air home and found him not breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. They administered CPR to revive him, but Jackson still slipped into a deep coma by the time of his arrival at the hospital. reported that sister La Toya Jackson was seen rushing into the hospital in tears. Officials declared him dead shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Jackson was due to launch a sold-out 50-date “final curtain call” run at London’s O2 Arena next month, with 750,000 tickets for the stretch of shows selling out in a mere four hours.

That was intended to be the launch of a massive comeback for the tarnished pop star, hoping to restore his reputation after being acquitted in May 2005 on charges of child sexual abuse, as well as replenish his coffers after years of financial problems. He would have made a reported


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