Michael Jackson, 50, has died, apparently of cardiac arrest. He was driven by ambulance from his home to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon, after a 911 call was placed on his behalf at 3:21 PM EST.
Earlier in the day his father Joe Jackson said, “he is not doing well.” TMZ has a photo of the star arriving at the hospital, they’re reporting that paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance.
Update - 5:51 PM EST: TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died. Their site reports that, “paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.”
Update - 6:30 PM EST:TMZ reports that one of the staff members at Michael’s home called 911 and once at the hospital, staff tried to resuscitate him but he was unresponsive. Michael’s sister LaToya reportedly ran into the hospital sobbing after he was pronounced dead.
Update - 7:42 PM EST: Apparently chaos ensued after Jackson was brought to the hospital. A source tells TMZ that there was “absolute chaos, ” and people were allegedly screaming, “You’ve got to save him! You’ve got to save him!”
Update – 7:45 PM EST: Quincy Jones responds to the news: “He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”
Update – 9:02 PM EST: Larry King on CNN is reporting that a doctor visited Michael Jackson at his home last night.
Update – 9:04 PM EST: Jackson’s former publicist, Michael Levine, has released the following statement: “As someone who served as Michael Jackson’s publicist during the 1st child molestation incident, I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of the world. A human simply can not withstand this level of prolonged stress.”
Update – 9:15 PM EST: There are rumors circling the web that Jackson allegedly died of a drug overdose. Again, it’s just a rumor.
Check back here for updates as more information is released. [TMZ. Photo: GettyImages]