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The king is dead

John Shovelan reported this story on Friday, June 26, 2009 12:00:00

The man known as the king of pop, Michael Jackson, has died in Los Angeles. He was aged 50.
Paramedics were called to the singer's home around midday local time after he suffered a heart
attack and stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead in hospital two hours later.

PETER CAVE: Pop star Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, aged 50.

Paramedics were called to the singer's home at midday local time after he stopped breathing. He was
pronounced dead two hours later.

Jackson, who had a history of health problems and had been due to begin a comeback series of
concerts next month is survived by three children.

John Shovelan reports.

JOHN SHOVELAN: Around 12.30pm, lunchtime in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in
Bel Air. He'd stopped breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. Paramedics rushed to the home and
performed CPR.

Two hours later at the UCLA Medical Centre, he was pronounced dead. His brother Jermaine Jackson
read a statement on behalf of the family.

JERMAINE JACKSON: This is hard. My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson passed away
on Thursday June 25th, 2009 at 2.26pm. It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home.
However the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known. His personal
physician who was with him at the time attempted to resuscitate my brother and as did the
paramedics who transported him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre.

Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1.14pm a team of doctors including emergency
physicians and cardiologists attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour and
they were unsuccessful.

Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time.

And may Allah be with you Michael always. Love you.

JOHN SHOVELAN: The Los Angeles Police Department as a matter of course is investigating the death.
Lieutenant Gregg Strenk from the Robbery and Homicide Squad said he was dispatched to the home
where Jackson collapsed because of his high profile and not because they suspect foul play.

GREGG STRENK: Robbery Homicide was assigned this because of the high profile nature of it. Don't
read into anything as it relates to my team being here. Just by the fact that all of you being here
caused the chief to decide that we should handle this investigation.

JOHN SHOVELAN: A family member was reported saying Jackson was feeling ill last night and a doctor
was called to the home but he wasn't sent to the hospital.

His death was no surprise to some of the people who knew him well.

Michael Levine a former Jackson publicist around the time of the first child molestation
allegations in 1993 released a statement shortly after his death. It read, "I am not surprised by
today's tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and self-destructive journey."

A family attorney Brian Oxman was waiting at the UCLA Medical Centre with the family. He said
Michael Jackson had been abusing prescription drugs and the family had been trying to stop it but
other people close to the pop star had been enabling the abuse.

BRIAN OXMAN: This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael
Jackson but people who have surrounded him had been enabling him.

If you think that the case of Anna Nicole Smith was an abuse, it is nothing in comparison to what
we have seen taking place in Michael Jackson's life.

JOHN SHOVELAN: Michael Jackson's death came as the singer prepared to make a comeback in London -
his first series of shows in more than a decade and the first since his 2005 acquittal on child
molestation charges. The dates of those concerts however were pushed back although organisers said
it had nothing to do with Jackson's health.

The Reverend Al Sharpton was among the first to pay tribute to Jackson as a performer.

AL SHARPTON: Michael Jackson was a trailblazer - to say an icon would only give these young people
in Harlem a fraction of what he was. He was a historic figure.

JOHN SHOVELAN: Michael Jackson was 50 when he died. Fans are gathering outside the hospital and all
around the world to mark his passing.

John Shovelan, Washington.