POP icon Michael Jackson has died from a suspected cardiac arrest.  He was 50 years old.

Jackson, who was due to perform a number of farewell concerts in London later this year, was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his Los Angeles home at 12.26pm local time,

He was given CPR before being taken to hospital, but – according to the LA Times and celebrity news site TMZ –  failed to recover and was certified dead by doctors later in the afternoon.

Jackson leaves behind three children: Michael Joseph Jackson Junior, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II.

Fans quickly gathered outside the UCLA medical center in Los Angeles after news had broken to pay their respects to the musician.

Fears were sparked for Jackson’s health last month when four of his This Is It concert dates were pushed back, but organizers insisted the dates were moved due to the sheer magnitude of the spectacle.

The first scheduled show was due to take place on July 8 and was pushed back to July 13. But the other three dates were rescheduled to spring 2010.

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