Michael Jackson dies after cardiac arrest

The pop star and Moonwalker performer has passed away aged 50.

by Jennie Kermode

Michael Jackson, sometimes called the king of pop, has died, aged 50, in Los Angeles after suffering a massive heart attack. He was rushed to UCLA Medical hospital after collapsing at his home on Carolwood Drive, just off the legendary Sunset Boulevard, but by the time he arrived he was no longer breathing and doctors were unable to save him.

Jackson's collapse took place shortly after noon, local time, and has shocked those who knew him. Although he is believed to have suffered from chronic illness he had been in good health in recent weeks and was just about to go back on tour, with concerts already sold out around the world.

Besides his success in the music world, Jackson enjoyed a notable career in film. As a teenager he appeared as the Scarecrow in an adaptation of The Wizard Of Oz, and five years later he stunned audiences with his seminal video Thriller, which brought together the spheres of pop and short film. He made a big impression with Moonwalker, which may have had an odd narrative but featured some spectacular effects, and more recently he had enjoyed small roles in Miss Cast Away and Men In Black II, where he appeared as a special agent.

The seventh of nine children, Jackson is survived by three children of his own. He was on good terms with his two ex wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.

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