King of Pop Michael Jackson is dead at age 50.
Fred Corral of the L.A. Coroner’s Office officially announced on CNN that Jackson was declared dead at approximately 2:26pm PT after arriving at the hospital and being deemed unresponsive.
TMZ.com was the first to report Jackson’s death, although a short time later CNN reported that the pop star was still alive, but in a coma.
Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda said Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived at Jackson’s Bel-Air home at 12:26 p.m. PST on Thursday. The paramedics administered CPR and then quickly transported the pop star via ambulance to UCLA’s Medical Center.
The emergency entrance at the UCLA Medical Center was roped off with police tape as news trucks converged on the scene. As word of his death spread, hundreds of fans gathered at the hospital to pay homage to the legendary pop star. (Many of us at Fender headquarters in Scottsdale quickly pulled up some of his hit songs in remembrance of the performer.)
The singer was preparing for a sold-out concert series, set to kickoff on July 13 at London’s O2 arena, in what would have been his first tour since 1997.
It’s the third death to hit Hollywood this week.
Best known for being Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon, 86, died early Tuesday morning following a battle with cancer.
Charlie’s Angels’ star Farrah Fawcett died this morning after a three-year battle with cancer. The actress was 62.