'King of Pop' Michael Jackson Dies at Age 50

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Michael Jackson, the unforgettable singer known as the "King of Pop," died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50.

Reports came in Thursday afternoon that Jackson had been found not breathing around 12:30 p.m. PT at his rented Holmby Hills home. After paramedics performed CPR, they rushed him to UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.

Cause of death has not been confirmed, but Jackson's brother, Jermaine, said during a press conference that it's believed to be cardiac arrest.  He cautioned that could not be confirmed until an autopsy is performed.

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Early reports from the celebrity gossip site TMZ.com also pointed to a heart attack.  The site was first to report Jackson's death. 

Jackson was perhaps one of the most entertaining singers of all time, known for his innovative dance moves, including the infamous "moon walk." He had recently announced plans to do a "comeback" tour in London beginning July 13.

As reports of his death began to surface, fans and celebrities turned to Internet sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread the news and express their condolences. 

"Dazed in the studio. A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us. RIP MJ," wrote musician John Mayer.

"Wow. No words, just wow. It always happens in 3's," a Facebook user wrote, referring to the recent deaths of Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett and Jackson.

Thousands of videos have also surfaced on YouTube in Jackson's memory.

The pop star began his career as a young singer with his brothers as The Jackson Five. Their songs like "ABC" and "I Want You Back" became Motown classics during the 1970s.

He went on to break racial barriers with his music, using his song "It Don't Matter if You're Black or White" as a direct testament of how his songs appealed to millions of listeners no matter their background.

His 1982 album "Thriller" - which included the hits "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" - remains the top-selling album of all time, with more than 26 million copies.

In recent years, Jackson drew criticism for his "bizarre" nature, with his light skin, narrow nose and child-like reasoning. In 2005, he was cleared of charges that he'd molested a teenage boy at his Neverland ranch two years before.

After the case, fan support for Jackson wavered. He fell into financial trouble, eventually leading to talks of bankruptcy and the auction of several of his belongings.

Jackson is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris, and Prince Michael Jackson II.

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