'King of pop' Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2009 03:04 hrs

'King of Pop' Michael Jacksontoday died of a cardiac arrest, officials confirmed.

Lieutenant Fred Corral, of the Los Angeles CountyCoroner's office, said Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm(0256 IST) local time.

Corral told CNN that Jackson, 50, was "unresponsive" whenhe was admitted to the hospital.

The music icon was not breathing when Los Angeles FireDepartment paramedics responded to a call at his Bel-Airmansion here about 12:30 local time (0100 IST), Los AngelesTimes quoted an official as saying.

Jackson was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA medical centrehere by the fire department paramedics.

Corral said an autopsy will "most likely" be carried outtoday.

People in large numbers gathered outside the hospital andhis home at Sunset Boulevard to pay their last respects.

The first African-American entertainer to amass a strongcrossover following, Jackson, was born on August 29, 1958 atGary in Indiana.

The pop icon is survived by three children -- MichaelJoseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince"Blanket" Michael Jackson II. More

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