Michael Jackson dead at 50

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Legendary singer Michael Jackson died today at the UCLA Medical Center after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told the L.A. Times that the pop icon was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home and CPR was performed.

He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, but his death was announced shortly afterwards.

The self-anointed “King of Pop” burst onto the music scene as a child star with the Jackson 5 nearly four decades ago. By the late ’70s, as a solo performer, he was topping the charts with cuts from Off the Wall, including Rock With You and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.

Released in 1982, Thriller represented the pinnacle of his recording career—winning eight Grammy Awards. It still holds  the record for the biggest-selling album of all time.

In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce after only two years. The singer married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999. Jackson is also known for his highly publicized trial and acquittal in 2005 on child molestation charges.

He was in the midst of preparing for a series of concerts in London but rumors about the singer’s health had been raising questions about whether Jackson would actually perform all 50 shows.