The world mourns tonight as word of the death of Michael Jackson spreads across the globe. The family of the pop star has claimed that the cause of the singer's death was from cardiac arrest. In a statement to the press, Jermaine Jackson (Michael's brother and band mate in the Jackson Five) stated "Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 p.m. a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour, but they were unsuccessful. My family request that the media please respect our privacy during this time, and may all love be with you Michael, always. We love you."
Doctors at the UCLA Medical Center pronounced the death of the rock star at 2:26 pm PST. An autopsy to confirm the cause of death is scheduled for some time Friday.
Best known for his decades of hits (both as a solo artist and in the band The Jackson 5), Jackson peaked in the 1980's, where his string of wildly successful albums, elaborate (and much anticipated) music videos, and electrifying dance routines earned him the title of "King of Pop" as well as a legion of wildly devoted fans the world over. But it was not just for his talents that the singer was renowned. Along with more talent that any one man would ever deserve, Jackson also apparently had the compassion of a saint as he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of impoverished children all over the world.
But alas, the love would not last forever.
Always a bit of an eccentric, Jackson's penchant for odd child-like behavior was brushed off as the curse of genius; the tragic side effect of having made more money than God. The constant companionship of a chimp, excessive plastic surgeries (including skin lightening treatments), and a strange fascination with being in the company of male child stars (especially Emmanuel Lewis) had the tabloids talking, but was other wised viewed as harmless- the weight of his many perceived good works outweighing his odd behavior.
But in the mid nineties, all this changed as allegations of sexual molestation began to plague Michael. These allegations continued to hamper the pop star until 2005 when he was acquitted of child molestation by the California courts. But that meant very little to a disillusioned public, already convinced that the man who had brought them hits like "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" was also having his way with little boys with cancer. After the sex abuse charges, the pop star was left on the brink of financial ruin.
It is believed that Jackson suffered the heart attack preparing to kick off a stint of 50 shows in a London arena intended to act as a comeback of sorts for the pop star, hoping that nostalgia would outweigh the rumors and allegations. Michael Jackson was fifty at the time of his death.