Michael Jackson: dead at only 50

Pop singer Michael Jackson is dead at the age of 50. Jackson died at the UCLA medical centre in Los Angeles. Initial reports indicate the pop star may have suffered a heart attack.

Michael Jackson signs an autograph for a fan.

Michael Jackson (left) signs an autograph for a fan.

The body is currently at the Los Angeles coroner’s office where it will undergo a series of postmortem examinations. Results are expected later in the weekend or early next week.

The BBC quotes Michael Jackson’s brother, Jermaine, saying that doctors had tried to resuscitate the star for more than an hour without success. He added: “The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time.”

“And Allah be with you Michael always. I love you.”

His last hit album was back in 1995. Jackson has spent the past decade fighting child abuse and bankruptcy charges. His marriages have not fared well as concerns grew with regards to how he raised his children.

Jackson, who had a history of health problems, had been due to begin a series of comeback concerts in the UK on 13 July.

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