Pop singer found at home

Pop icon Michael Jackson died following a one hour attempt by a team of emergency physicians and cardiologists to save his life.

Michael Jackson had been preparing for his upcoming O2 Arena residency when the alarm was raised from the singer's home. In a statement released by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the star was found at his home in Los Angeles.

The pop star was taken to the hospital after suffering what is thought to be a cardiac arrest, with Jackson being declared dead at 2.26pm PST after repeated attempts to save his life.

NME was given the following statement:

"The legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 2:26 p.m. 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 Jackson, as did paramedics who transported him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center."

"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 were unsuccessful."

"Jackson’s family requests that the media respect their privacy during this tragic period of time."

News of Michael Jackson's death has left fans across the world shocked. The singer was just fifty years old, and was preparing for a series of concerts in London's enormous O2 Arena.

However there had been speculation over Jackson's health for some time. Recent tabloids reports suggested the singer was suffering from skin cancer, while the singer himself had doubted his ability to fulfil 50 dates in London.

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