Pop star Michael Jackson dies

MCT photo Entertainer Michael Jackson, shown at his trial in Santa Maria, Calif., in 2004, died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 50.

By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications

Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50.

was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday
afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his rented Bel-Air home
and found him not breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. They
administered CPR to revive him, but Jackson still slipped into a deep
coma by the time of his arrival at the hospital.

reported that sister La Toya Jackson was seen rushing into the hospital
in tears. Officials declared him dead shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

was due to launch a sold-out 50-date “final curtain call” run at
London’s O2 Arena next month, with 750,000 tickets for the stretch of
shows selling out in a mere four hours.

That was intended to be
the launch of a massive comeback for the tarnished pop star, hoping to
restore his reputation after being acquitted in May 2005 on charges of
child sexual abuse, as well as replenish his coffers after years of
financial problems. He would have made a reported