Posted by WoW, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm
How sad and yep, he has passed!
(CNN) -- Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.
A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.
1 of 2 Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.
Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles Thursday morning.
Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.
Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.
Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.
Asked specifics of the patient's condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.
The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the "King of Pop."
Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family.
At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.
Posted by Sad, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm
I don't know much about MJ and his legal issues, but he was an impressive entertainer, and most importantly a son, brother, father, friend. I pray for those that loved him - this must be devestating to them to lose him.
Posted by Michele, a resident of the Las Positas neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2009 at 8:38 am
No one can take away the musical impact this one man had on the WORLD. You can go anywhere in the world, and he is very well known & loved. No one has accomplished, musically, what he has accomplished, and I am convinced no one ever will. The world has lost an amazing entertainer, regardless of his personal problems of the last 15 years. He's inspired those who came after him, and will continue to inspire those of future generations.
This is a sad time, but his legacy will live on forever.
Posted by Mac, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2009 at 8:44 am
Well, I for one found him to be amazing and adorable in the early years, odd and fascinating in the middle years and strange in the later years. Regardless of that, his impact on music, culture and the whole world is undeniable.
He had his demons. Many people do. I choose to forget his frightening face and behaviour and will instead continue to rock out to his songs!
Posted by Jon, a resident of the California Reflections neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm
I don't think we can judge by media coverage how many people care about someone. For example, I don't know anybody who cares about the marriage of 'kate and husband plus eight', yet the media coverage is extensive.
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jun 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm
The man had talent and, like most people with talent, a few problems to go along with it. All in all, though, I'd rather see the talent bury the problems than see the problems bury the talent. That is, I feel his contributions to entertainment far outweigh his shortcomings.
For those who insist that he be appropriately punished for things he was not convicted of but, I'll grant, probably did, I feel you can't argue with the outcome. Death penalty at 50.
Posted by Qwerty, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm
It is sad to say goodbye to a pop icon, but unfortunately this doesn't come as a surprise. After years of abusing himself physically through many plastic surgeries it would not be hard to imagine him having substance abuse issues as well.