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Jackson family issue statement on deathFriday, June 26 2009, 02:54 BST By Lara Martin, Entertainment Reporter WENNThe family of Michael Jackson have released their first public statement following the news that he has died.

The 'Thriller' star, 50, was pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital last night after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

An autopsy will be performed later today.

Speaking to reporters, his brother Jermaine said: "My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, at 2.26 pm."It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home.

However, the cause of his death is unknown until the results of the autopsy are known.

"The personal physician who was with him at the time attempted to resuscitate my brother, as did paramedics who transported him to the hospital."Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1.14 pm, a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of one hour and they were unsuccessful."Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time, and may Allah be with you Michael."

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a162128/jackson-family-issue-statement-on-death.html
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