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LOS ANGELES (WFRV/AP) -- Michael Jackson, the record-breaking, sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer, and the tabloid world's most disturbing celebrity, has died.

He was 50.A person with knowledge of the situation says Jackson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.A 911 call from Jackson's home near the medical center came in shortly before 1pm pacific time.

Several reports state that Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived, and that he arrived at the medical center without a pulse.Michael Jackson - the son of an Indiana steelworker - who started an astonishing show business career at the age of five, as the lead singer of the Jackson 5 - the group featuring Michael and four of his brothers:The Jackson 5 churned out 14 albums of hits...

Michael broke out with four solo discs....

But he truly became a superstar and thrilled the world,� In 1982, Michael Jackson's Thriller broke all records - selling some 50 million copies worldwide...

Jackson broke more new ground in the then fledging music video filed with his 14 minute thriller video, in which Jackson began displaying the remarkable dancing skills that would again launch his career over the moon.

But Jackson's increasingly reclusive and bizarre behavior - his reported multiple plastic surgeries - made tabloid headlines surpassing his sales, as did an incident in which his hair caught fire during the 1984 filming of a soda commercial.Then there was Jackson's purchase of the ranch he called Neverland...

which he stocked with animals, amusement park rides and a constant flow of children.Suddenly - swirling accusations exploded.

In 1993 Jackson released a video denial that he'd molested a 13 year old boy who'd visited Neverland.

Jackson reported settled by paying the boy's family millions.Jackson's marriage to Lisa Marie Pressley almost immediately after was seen by many a desperate ploy to rehabilitate his image.After another album - his first complete flop...

Jackson married again...

to a nurse...

Debbie Rowe...

the couple had two children in as many years...

followed quickly by a divorce.Fights with his record company, litigation over allegedly cancelled appearances - and - apparently - even more plastic surgery then led to�Jackson's most incredible public incident: dangling his 11 month old son Prince over a balcony...

followed quickly by Jackson's arrest on charges of molesting a 12 year old cancer patient.Jackson's behavior while facing the criminal charges re-defined eccentricity - jumping on his limo to the delight of fans one day, showing up late, in pajamas another.

Ultimately, he was acquitted - but despite many loyal fans - his image was in tatters.In 2009 Jackson was planning a come back tour - but he never got that chance to thrill again.CBS is planning a special 48 Hours program tonight about Michael Jackson's life.

It will air at 9pm central, pre-empting the regularly scheduled program The Mentalist.



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