Confirmed: Michael Jackson Dead
June 25, 2009 at 4:20 PM (PT)
MICHAEL JACKSON was rushed to UCLA MEDICAL CENTER following a cardiac arrest at his rented home in nearby BEVERLY HILLS, CA. Paramedics responded to a call at JACKSON's home around 12:26p. He was not breathing when they arrived. The parademics performed CPR and took him to UCLA MEDICAL CENTER.
JACKSON, 50, was at a home he's renting on Carolwood Drive off SUNSET BOULEVARD in the BEL AIR section of BEVERLY HILLS that rents for $100,000 a month. The home is about two minutes away from UCLA MEDICAL CENTER.
He is survived by his three children, PRINCE MICHAEL I, PARIS and PRINCE MICHAEL II, as well as his mother and father, and siblings JANET, REBBIE, LATOYA, MARLON, TITO, JACKIE, and RANDY. For a look at JACKSON's life, just click here.
Radio Responds To The King Pop's Passing
Radio swung into action with on-air and on-site tributes and listener reaction to JACKSON's sudden death. CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WHTZ (Z100)/NEW YORK discussed his passing and played his music, and displayed a tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON, as did crosstown CBS Top 40 WXRK (92.3 NOW FM).
WLTI (LITEROCK 105.9)/SYRACUSE started playing back-to-back MICHAEL JACKSON hits just after 7p and will continue thru 4p FRIDAY. We are announcing it as a tribute to the career of the onetime 'King Of Pop.' OM/PD TOM MITCHELL and APD BRIAN PHILLIPS stayed late THURSDAY loading every MJ hit into the system.
The Recording Academy Reacts
THE RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO NEIL PORTNOW issued the following statement:
"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as MICHAEL JACKSON. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, MICHAEL's career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."