Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, died on Thursday June 25th, just weeks before his planned super comeback, with 50 shows on his world tour. He died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him. His brother Jermaine said it was believed that Jackson suffered cardiac arrest at his home. Cardiac arrest is an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from pumping blood to the body. It can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems.
"One day after Michael Jackson 's sudden death, speculation was already turning to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop" just weeks before a long-awaited series of comeback concerts.Authorities scheduled an autopsy for Friday. But they cautioned it could take weeks to determine a cause of death, which will likely have to wait for the return of toxicology tests. Those tests will determine if Jackson had any drugs, alcohol or prescription medications in his system."
(Source : Yahoo!News)
Paul McCartney :
"It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever."
Berry Gordy (Motown Records Founder & Michael Jackson's first label boss) :
"Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived, He was exceptional, artistic and original. He gave the world his heart and soul through his music."
"I can't stop crying over the sad news, I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever."
Lisa-Marie Presley (Michael Jackson's former wife, daughter of Elvis Presley) :
"I'm so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. ... This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me,"
His death will be known as one of the greatest lost of all time.