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Mourning begins for pop legend Michael Jackson

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His brother Jermaine Jackson said the Thriller artist is believed to have suffered heart failure. He added: "Allah be with you Michael always. I love you."
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26 JUNE 2009

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The king of pop Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 – just a month before a string of comeback concerts in London that he hoped would revive his reputation. He is believed to have suffered heart failure.

Paramedics were called to the legend's Los Angeles home at midday on Thursday after he began having breathing difficulties.

Michael – who had three children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II – was then transferred to the UCLA medical centre, where he passed away two hours later.

Speaking on behalf of the Jackson clan, his brother Jermaine told reporters 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."

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