Michael Jackson was rushed by ambulance to the UCLA Medical Center just after 1pm pct. TMZ says he suffered cardiac arrest and paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance. A family member told them, “he’s in really bad shape.” The original 911 call was placed at 12:21pm. The ambulance would have been dispatched sooner, but Perez thought he saw a spider and spent the next two hours on Twitter begging people to call the police.
HOLY SHIT UPDATE – TMZ now says Jackson has died at the age of 50. “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.”
2:38pm UPDATE – X17 is also being told that Jackson has died. “Michael Jackson arrived at the UCLA Medical Center at 1:10pm this afternoon after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest approximately two hours ago. Two SUV’s followed Jackson’s ambulance to the hospital and we’re told by eyewitnesses that about ten people emerged from the two cars … Captain Steve Ruda of the Los Angeles Fire Department told the LA Times that when paramedics arrived, (Jackson) was not breathing.”
3:01pm UPDATE – the latest LA Times update, posted less than 20 minutes ago, reads: “Michael Jackson is in a coma and his family is arriving at his bedside.”
3:12 UPDATE – Radar Online is reporting that Jackson has in fact died. “Michael Jackson has died, RadarOnline.com has confirmed. The singer passed away Thursday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center.”
3:19 UPDATE – OK magazine says, “OK! has learned from sources that Michael Jackson has passed away at the age of 50.”
FINAL UPDATE – the Los Angeles Times and CBS confirm Michael Jackson has died, at age 50 from cardiac arrest. “Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma.”