Pop star Michael Jackson dies

By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50.Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his home and found him not breathing after suffering cardiac arrest. They administered CPR to revive him, but Jackson had still slipped into a deep coma by the time he arrived at the hospital.

TMZ.com reported that sister La Toya Jackson was seen rushing into the hospital in tears. Officials declared him dead shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Jackson was due to launch a sold-out 50-date run at London’s O2 Arena next month.

That stretch of shows was intended as the launch of a massive would-be comeback for the tarnished pop king. But recent reports (albeit from not entirely reliable sources) had suggested he was overworked, unhappy with the number of dates he had been booked to perform, and not fully prepared for opening night.

Jackson is survived by his three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.