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Michael Jackson dies at age 50

Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 5:10 p.m. CDT; updated 9:19 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 26, 2009

LOS ANGELES — A person with knowledge of the situation says Michael Jackson has died.

Michael Jackson has been rushed to the hospital, a fire department official told the Los Angeles Times. Capt. Steve Ruda said Thursday that Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.

L. Londell McMillan, a lawyer for Jackson, did not have any information. Messages left for other Jackson associates were not immediately returned.

The hospitalization was first reported by the Web site TMZ and later by the Los Angeles Times.

The emergency entrance at the UCLA Medical Center, which is near Jackson's rented home, was roped off Thursday with police tape.

News trucks were gathered, helicopters flew overhead, and orange cones were laid out to redirect traffic.

"We have no statements as far as transporting Michael Jackson," Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales said.

Watch more video news coverage of Jackson's death here.


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Charles Dudley Jr June 25, 2009 | 5:41 p.m.

R.I.P.

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