Those hoping to attend Michael Jackson‘s memorial have approximately 24 hours to place their names in the hat.
Next Tuesday, the King of Pop will be honored publicly in Los Angeles. The ceremony - which will be available for free broadcast worldwide - will take place at 10:00 AM.
Although the Staples Center is a 20,000 seat arena, only 11,000 will be given entrance into the facility. Another 6,500 will get the chance to watch a simulcast at the neighboring Nokia Theater.
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As reported earlier, there are still some questions surrounding the untimely death of recording legend Michael Jackson. TMZ is reporting that Katherine, Joe and “several brothers” met with police officers at the pop star’s home earlier today.
The site says that both sides wanted the meeting - the family to learn more about Jackson’s death, the police to gain information that might help them determine the cause of the crooner’s fatal cardiac arrest. This meeting ended the same day.
TMZ has also reported that Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s physician, sent a letter to his patients less than two weeks ago. In the letter, the doctor informed them he would be leaving his medical practice. “I am deeply saddened to leave you at this point, but please know my absence is not permanent,” the letter reads.
ET has posted a picture of Michael Jackson as he was being treated by paramedics - the last-known photograph taken of the singer during his life. Michael Jackson was 50 at the time of his death Thursday afternoon. The “King of Pop,” he enjoyed extreme success in the music industry, with a career that spanned four decades.
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It was clear long before Michael Jackson ever arrived at the hospital yesterday that his condition was critical.
In a newly released audio tape (which can be heard here), an unidentified caller tells a 911 operator that they have a 50-year-old “gentlemen” who is not conscious or breathing. The male later explained that a personal doctor had been with the patient and was already working on trying to revive him. “He’s pumping his chest but he’s not responding to anything,” the caller says.
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At a brief news conference this evening, Jermaine Jackson addressed the media on behalf of his entire family.
“My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, at 2:26 p.m. It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until the results of the autopsy are known.
His personal physician who was with him at the time attempted to resuscitate my brother - as did the paramedics who transported him Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 p.m., a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour. They were unsuccessful.
Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time. May Allah be with you Michael, always. Love you.”
Although it’s been speculated that prescription medication may have played a role in Michael’s death, more won’t be known until the initial autopsy scheduled for Friday.
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As news spread about Michael Jackson’s death, fans - many of those celebs - immediately hit Twitter to share their thoughts. Here are some of the unfiltered reactions coming out of Hollywood today:
Kendra Wilkinson (KendraWilkinson): “At this special time in my life with my wedding sat n all, i will have Michael Jackson in my heart through it all…RIP MJ”
Ellen DeGeneres (TheEllenShow): “So sad to hear about Michael Jackson. His music changed our lives. The world has lost an amazing singer and dancer. I will miss him.”
Guy Oseary - Madonna’s manager (guyoseary): “The moment that never happened: A month ago Madonna told me she wanted to do a surprise performance at one of michael Jackson’s uk shows..”
We’ve just learned that Michael Jackson, the iconic pop singer, has died at 50 years old.
Earlier this afternoon, Michael was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, and paramedics were, unfortunately, unable to revive him. According to TMZ, when paramedics arrived, Michael had no pulse, and they were never able to get a pulse back.
Michael leaves behind his three children, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.
Michael Jackson was set for a residency of 50 concerts at London’s O2 Arena, set to start next month. Michael Jackson will obviously be mourned by many, the world over.
It has now been confirmed by the LA Times and CBS News that Michael Jackson has died.
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