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Michael Jackson dies from heart attackJun 25 2009 Nick Machin POP STAR Michael Jackson has died from a heart attack after being taken to hospital in California.The 50-year-old moonwalking former child star, who became known the world over as the King Of Pop, was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home early yesterday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He was taken to the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Centre, the newspaper added.A cardiologist at UCLAlater told celebrity news website TMZ.com that Jackson had died of cardiac arrest.A Los Angeles city official later confirmed that Jackson was dead, the LA Times reported.The official said he died at 1.07pm Pacific time, 9.07pm BST.Paramedics were called to a home on the 100 block of Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard, the LA Times reported.Jackson rented the Bel Air home for 100,000 dollars a month.

It was described as a French chateau estate built in 2002 with seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces and a theatre.The home is about 2.5 miles, about a six-minute drive, from UCLA Medical Centre.Once at the hospital, staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive, TMZ.com added.Music producer Quincy Jones told MSNBC: "I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news."He said Jackson "had it all â€" talent, grace, professionalism and dedication".He added: "I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."Hundreds of fans began arriving at the hospital as soon of news of his death broke and tribute messages have flooded websites.TMZ.com added that Jackson's sister LaToya Jackson ran into the hospital sobbing.Jackson has three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Junior, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.He was due to perform 50 farewell concerts, bowing out on an illustrious music career spanning several decades which earned him a fortune.The TMZ.com site reported that the emergency 911 call came in at 12.21pm (8.21pm BST) at his Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles.Captain Steve Ruda, of Los Angeles Fire Department, told the LA Times that paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's home around 12.26pm.He was not breathing when they arrived.

The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Centre, Mr Ruda told The Times.Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation, known for his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves, his high-pitched voice punctuated with squeals and titters.His single sequinned glove and tight, military-style jacket were trademarks second only to his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.Over the years, his skin became lighter and his nose narrower.Jackson has twice performed in Cardiff.

On July 26, 1988, Jackson played to a 55,000-strong crowd at the old Cardiff Arms Park as part of his Bad World Tour.Then on August 5, 1992, he returned to the Welsh capital to give one of his legendary spectacular concerts as part of his Dangerous Tour.

He ended the show by dressing as an astronaut and appearing to fly off the stage and into the night sky.Fears were sparked for Jackson's health last month when four of his This Is It concert dates were pushed back, but organisers insisted the dates were moved due to the sheer magnitude of the spectacle.The first scheduled show was due to take place on July 8 and was pushed back to July 13.

But the other three dates were rescheduled to spring 2010.The London shows would have marked Jackson's first live performance for more than two years.At the World Music Awards in London in November 2006 he performed just a few lines from We Are The World.Jackson last toured 12 years ago when he played 82 shows in 58 cities for the HIStory tour.He has spent time living outside the United States since his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, who are organising the publicity for Jackson's UK concerts, said she had no comment at this time.The Rev Al Sharpton, a leading US civil rights campaigner and friend of Jackson, told Sky News: "As a friend of Michael's for the past 35 years, I call on people from around the world to pray for him and his family."Close friend Uri Geller told Sky News: "I'm absolutely devastated and shocked.

He was a young man terribly fit and basically in good shape."Fans have flooded websites to express their grief at Jackson's death.Writing on micro-blogging website Twitter, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: "Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low.

RIP Michael."Hollywood star Demi Moore wrote on Twitter: "I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Especially for their children!"Moore's husband Ashton Kutcher, Moore, posted on his Twitter feed: "RIP.

Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids."Kutcher's friend, musician John Mayer, who dated actress Jennifer Aniston, posted: "Dazed in the studio.

A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us.

RIP MJ."He added: "Think we'll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player."Peter Andre wrote: "Michael Jackson dying is absolutely devastating.

I am totally shocked.

MJ, you're the best."Terry George, a Yorkshire businessman who was working with Jackson in a bid to secure possible cooperation on a future project, said he was "absolutely shocked" by the news."I didn't think he would go out in these circumstances," said Mr George, 44, of Halifax."It's not the way I would have expected him to go at all."He said the star would be remembered as the "king of pop" and added: "His music is going to make a huge revival.

It spans the generations."He's going to become a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis Presley."He said he met Jackson at the age of 12 or 13 when he was interested in interviewing famous people and approached him at a hotel.

The pair stayed in touch for several years.Fan ElToroDiablo posted on TMZ.com: "God bless you Michael, heaven just got another beautiful angel."Kimbers wrote: "What a sad day.

I hope Michael Jackson finds the peace that eluded him in life."Another fan, Sineen, wrote on website MJSite.com: "I never thought that one day would come and i'll have to write this down, Michael Jackson is no longer with us.

"May your warm soul rest in peace.

I'll always love you Michael.

Keep the faith!"Rulintheroost posted on political website The Huffington Post: "RIP Michael.

Your music was a joy to many people around the world."Tributes were also paid to Jackson at the Glastonbury Festival which begins today.One reveller, David Harris, said many of his songs were being played at events on the festival site in Somerset.The 27-year-old from Oxford said: "We were just partying and people started getting texts saying he was dead."Everyone is walking around saying 'Have you heard the news?"Michael Jackson is one of those people.

He is like Kurt Cobain for people of our generation.

He's central to our generation."

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