Michael Jackson dead at 50

Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at a Los Angeles hospital Thursday after the 50-year-old pop star was found not breathing at his home earlier in the day.

His death was caused by cardiac arrest, according to his brother Jermaine. But Jermaine Jackson cautioned that the cause of the singer’s death won’t be known until an autopsy is performed. He says the singer’s personal doctor and paramedics had tried to resuscitate him at his home.

Police said they were investigating, which is standard procedure in high-profile cases.

Capt. Steve Ruda of the L.A. fire department was quoted Thursday as saying that paramedics responded to a call at Jackson’s Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m. local time. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told The Los Angeles Times.

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