Multiple news sources are confirming initial reports by TMZ that Michael Jackson has died after suffering cardiac arrest in his home earlier today. From TMZ:
Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest.
Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.
I’ve always thought of Michael Jackson as the James Brown of the 80’s – a musical genius and mesmerizing stage/video performer. Here is just one of Michael’s many unquestionably flawless pop songs:
And here’s his “Smooth Criminal” video, Michael’s last great nod to Thriller at a time he was in his physical prime: