The Los Angeles Times is reporting that law enforcement and city officials have confirmed that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died today after suffering what has been reported as a cardiac arrest. Jackson was 50. According to reports, Jackson was not breathing when paramedics were called to his Los Angeles home this afternoon, June 25th. Paramedics at the scene performed CPR on the singer, who was then transported to the UCLA Medical Center. Jackson arrived at the hospital in a deep coma; attempts to resuscitate him failed as he was completely unresponsive. He was declared dead at 2:26 p.m. PST.
Immediately following news of Jackson’s hospitalization, an unnamed member of the Jackson family told TMZ that the singer was in “really bad shape,” with Jackson’s father Joe adding that his son was “not doing so well.” In recent years, rumors of ill health have dogged Jackson, though the singer nor his reps ever confirmed any reports
Jackson was in Los Angeles for rehearsals for his This Is It! run of concerts at London’s O2 Arena, scheduled to begin on July 13th and run through the early months of 2010. As reported in the new issue of Rolling Stone, sources say that Jackson was frequently absent from the show’s rehearsals, and the run’s opening four shows were postponed for what an AEG Live rep called the “massive and technically complex” nature of the show.
As a testament to Jackson’s appeal despite years out of the musical spotlight, all 50 shows of the London run quickly sold out. Jackson is survived by his three children and an immeasurable musical legacy.
迈克尔·杰克逊(Michael Jackson)被誉为流行音乐之王(the King of Pop)，是继猫王之后西方流行乐坛最具影响力的音乐家，其成就已超越猫王，是出色的音乐全才，在作词，作曲，场景制作，编曲，演唱，舞蹈，乐器演奏方面都有着卓越的成就。迈克尔与猫王、披头士两组歌手并列为流行乐史上最伟大的不朽象征，他开创了现代MTV，他把流行音乐推向了巅峰，他融合了黑人节奏蓝调与白人摇滚的独特的MJ乐风，时而高亢愤疾、时而柔美灵动的声音，空前绝后的高水准音乐录影，规模宏大的演唱会无不在世界各地引起极大轰动。他拥有世界销量第一的专辑《THRILLER》，销量达1.04亿(2006年吉尼斯世界纪录认证数据)。据2006年底统计，其正版专辑全球销量已超过7.5亿，被载入“吉尼斯世界记录大全”。他是音乐史上第一位在美国以外卖出上亿张唱片的艺术家。他魔幻般的舞步更是让无数的明星效仿。2006年，吉尼斯世界纪录颁发了一个最新认证：世界历史上最成功的艺术家！他一个人支持了世界上39个慈善救助基金会，保持着2006年的吉尼斯世界个人慈善纪录，是全世界以个人名义捐助慈善事业最多的人。他患有白癜风皮肤病，皮肤呈白色。
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