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EmailKing of Pop dead at 50Posted June 26, 2009 19:40:00Updated June 26, 2009 19:43:00 Michael Jackson wowed audiences as a child and an adult.

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(ABC News) Related Story: Lawyer points finger at Jackson drug 'enablers' Related Story: Entertainment world in shock at Jackson's death Related Story: RIP Mr Jackson: Fans mourn the King of Pop Related Story: 'Biggest inspiration': Australians mourn Jackson Related Story: Meldrum in shock over Jackson's death Related Story: HIStory: Key dates in Michael Jackson's life Related Story: Michael Jackson: child prodigy, genius and recluse Related Link: Photo gallery: The world remembers Michael Jackson Related Link: Photo gallery: The life of Michael Jackson Related Link: Michael Jackson: Key factsUS authorities have cautioned it could take weeks to determine what caused the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson, who died suddenly this morning.The warning comes amid speculation that drug use and overwork contributed to Jackson's death.

Jackson, 50, collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest at his rented mansion in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood of Holmby Hills.Icon in images: Michael Jackson photo galleryRIP Mr Jackson: fans pay tributeVideo: Watch Jackson's hits on YouTubeHe was rushed to hospital by paramedics before being pronounced dead at 2:26pm (7:26am AEST).Jackson's body was flown by helicopter from the hospital to the coroner's office.The coroner has scheduled an autopsy for later today, and will likely have to wait for the return of toxicology tests.

Those tests will determine if the man dubbed the King of Pop had any drugs, alcohol or prescription medications in his system.Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide division have searched Jackson's home at the behest of Chief William Bratton.

But police called the investigation an "every day" event.Earlier, Jackson's brother Jermaine, the family's official spokesman, revealed physicians had battled for more than an hour to revive the star after his arrival at the UCLA Medical Centre before he was pronounced dead."Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time," Jermaine Jackson said."May Allah be with you, Michael, always."Final curtainJackson - one of the most influential figures in pop music history whose four-decade career included the highest-selling album of all-time, Thriller - had been preparing for a concert comeback in London next month that he had dubbed "the final curtain".The tour was to be the first of a series of shows in more than a decade and the first since his 2005 child molestation trial.Jackson had pushed back the opening dates last month, although organisers insisted the delay was not linked to the singer's health.Randy Phillips of concert backers AEG Live said at the time: "I would trade my body for his tomorrow.

He's in fantastic shape."But Jackson lawyer and family spokesman Brian Oxman said today he had had concerns about the singer's condition, revealing that Jackson had been taking prescription medication as he prepared for his comeback.Mr Oxman compared Jackson's fate to the overdose death of Playboy centrefold Anna-Nicole Smith, voicing concern over "enablers" in his entourage."The people who have surrounded him have been enabling him ...

if you think that the case of Anna-Nicole Smith was an abuse, it was nothing to what we have seen in Michael Jackson's life," he told CNN."When you warn people that this is what's going to happen and then it happens - where there's smoke there's fire."'One of the greats'News of Jackson's death triggered an outpouring of grief as shocked pop music superstars, foreign governments and devoted fans paid tribute to the troubled star who struggled to rebuild his career after a 2005 acquittal for child abuse.Pop diva Madonna is among dozens of celebrities who are struggling to cope."I can't stop crying over the sad news.

The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever." the singer said in a statement.British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also posted his thoughts on micro-blogging site Twitter."Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low.

RIP Michael," Mr Miliband wrote.Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jackson's first label boss, said: "Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived.""He was exceptional, artistic and original.

He gave the world his heart and soul through his music," Mr Gordy added.Troubled singerWhile Jackson ruled the charts and dazzled audiences with electric dance moves like the backwards "moonwalk" in the 1980s, his once-stellar career was overshadowed by his colourful public behaviour, his startling physical transformation and multiple allegations of child abuse.Jackson lived as a virtual recluse following his 2005 acquittal on charges including child molestation and plotting to kidnap his young accuser.Despite his acquittal, the trial was a body blow from which the pop music superstar - who named his ranch after Peter Pan's Neverland of perpetual childhood and furnished it with Disney-inspired rides - struggled to recover.The attention paid to him in recent years was unflattering, focusing on apparent cosmetic surgery - which he denied - his baby dangling antics and a decade of child abuse allegations.King of PopBorn on August 29, 1958, Jackson made his showbusiness debut with four of his older brothers in The Jackson Five pop group and went on to lead the stage clan with a piping soprano and dazzling dance moves.By 1969 the group had signed a contract with Motown Records, becoming one of the last great acts to emerge from the legendary label.The Jacksons produced seven platinum singles for Motown, selling more than 1 million, and three multi-platinum albums, selling more than 2 million.

They moved to CBS's Epic Records in 1976.Despite the early success, Jackson was to recall those years as unhappy and lonely ones.

Eventually the family act broke up and Jackson went solo.In 1979 Quincy Jones produced Jackson's first solo album for Epic, Off The Wall, a huge disco-oriented success that sold 10 million copies.They teamed up again in 1982 for what would be Jackson's breakthrough album as a composer and co-producer, Thriller.

It became the top-selling album of all time, with sales exceeding 41 million.Jones reacted with shock after being informed of Jackson's death."I'm absolutely devastated at this news.

I just don't have the words.

Divinity brought our souls together and allowed us to do what we could do through the '80s," Jones said."To this day that music is played in every corner of the world and the reason is because he had it all - talent, grace, and professionalism.

I've lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him."In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996."I'm so very sad and confused with every emotion possible.

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This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me," Presley said in statement.Jackson married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999, and he later had another child with an unidentified surrogate mother.He is survived by three children named Prince Michael I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II, known for his brief public appearance when his father held him over the railing of a hotel balcony, causing widespread criticism.- ABC/Reuters/AFPTags: arts-and-entertainment, music, bands-and-artists, death, human-interest, people, united-states

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