Michael Jackson Dies, Aged 50

Michael Jackson(BBC) – PARAMEDICS WERE CALLED to Michael Jackson’s Beverly Hills home at about midday, yesterday, after he stopped breathing.

He was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre.

The singer’s brother, Jermaine, said he was believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jackson, who had a history of health problems, had been due to stage a series of comeback concerts in the UK, beginning on 13 July.

Speaking on behalf of the Jackson family, Jermaine said doctors had tried to resuscitate the star for more than an hour without success.

He added: ‘The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time.

‘And Allah be with you Michael, always. I love you.’

Concerns were raised last month when four of Jackson’s planned comeback concerts were postponed; but organizers insisted the dates had been moved due to the complexity of staging the show.

A spokeswoman for The Outside Organisation, which was organizing the publicity for the shows, said she had no comment at this time.

The Guardian reports that fans who bought tickets for Michael Jackson’s sell-out O2 shows from agencies, or directly from the venue, should get a full refund, following news of the star’s death. But those who bought from private sellers on the internet could be facing losses running to thousands of pounds.

Ticketholders were left in confusion this morning following reports of Jackson’s death, as some ticket websites were still displaying details of his concerts.

The official Michael Jackson tour website continued to play a video promoting the shows and was still offering VIP packages at £790 a person for front row seats. It had, however, removed all tour dates.

Anticipating a deluge of customer calls, Ticketmaster’s customer service line played a recorded message advising customers to ‘await communication’ from the company regarding refunds.

It continued: ‘We understand this is an upsetting time for all Michael Jackson fans and we want to thank you for your patience in this matter. This call will shortly disconnect.’

However, it is widely expected that any ticketholders. who bought directly through sites such as Ticketmaster and See Tickets, will get the full cost of the ticket refunded. Fans, most of whom have yet to receive their tickets, will have to apply direct through those sites or the seller’s phone lines for a refund.

This morning the lines for See Tickets were jammed.

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