Pop singer Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Jackson was allegedly rushed to the UCLA medical centre by paramedics around 12.30pm PDT. According to various news sources, Jackson family members are flocking to the hospital near Jackson’s Bel Air home.
Jackson was, says the BBC, the greatest recording artist of the past 30 years, selling more than quarter of a billion albums.
Since he announced his 50-date 'This Is It' tour at London's O2 Arena, there have been question marks over the star's health, with some gossip sites reporting the star was planning to cancel many of the dates - rumours which were fuelled after Jackson cancelled the first four dates of the tour.
Magician Uri Geller, who had Jackson as his best man when he renewed his wedding vows, told the BBC Jackson "loved being a star and entertainer and I’m sure he was practicing and training and rehearsing with passion rather than the dollar figure in his eyes."
But even without the dollar signs, the tour had been expected to raise the singer, said to be in severe financial trouble after a series of court battles, an estimated £200m.
Jackson was one of the few stars who, even after a series of seriously damaging allegations, could surround himself with such an air of mystique and excitement he was guaranteed to sell out as many dates as he could provide in seconds. He was known as the King of Pop, but to a lesser extent, he was a PR expert as well.
Smarta's thoughts and best wishes are with his family.