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Michael Jackson has died

LOS ANGELES, CA (WECT) - The "King of Pop" has died after a decades-long career in the music industry.

Michael Jackson, 50, was rushed to the hospital Thursday afternoon, suffering a cardiac arrest.

A fire department official told the Los Angeles Times that Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 PM.

He said the paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, where he later died.

L. Londell McMillan, a lawyer for Jackson, did not have any information. Messages left for other Jackson associates were not immediately returned.

The hospitalization was first reported by the Web site TMZ.

Jackson is survived by his three children Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II.

He began his career as the lead singer of "The Jakcson Five" with his brothers.  He then emarked on a solo career recording such hits as "Thriller," "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "PYT."

According to the Jackson's Website, the album "Thriller" became the world's biggest-selling album of all time.

Jackson won the  most Grammy Awards by anyone in a single year, with 8 in February 1984.

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