BREAKING: Michael Jackson Dead at Age 50
Controversial pop star Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon in cardiac arrest. Paramedics were called to Jackson's Holmby Hills home and were unable to revive him.
A Los Angeles Fire Department captain says paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's house at 12:26 p.m., and that he was not breathing when they arrived. Paramedics then performed CPR and took the singer to UCLA Medical Center where he has been pronounced dead.
"We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back," reports celebrity gossip site TMZ.com.
Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards, and had 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the modern era.
Fans purchased more than 750 million of his albums worldwide during his decades long career.
For years the so-called "king of pop" was dogged by numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with minors at his unusual "Neverland Ranch" home.
Jackson gave a 90-minute interview with Oprah Winfrey in February 1993, his first television interview since 1979. He grimaced when speaking of his childhood abuse at the hands of his father; he believed he had missed out on much of his childhood years, admitting that he often cried from loneliness.
During the Oprah interview he denied previous tabloid rumors that he bought the bones of the Elephant Man or slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The entertainer went on to dispel suggestions that he bleached his skin.
The 1993 interview was watched by 90 million Americans, becoming the fourth most-viewed non-sport program in US history.