Pop legend Michael Jackson has died at age 50. According to reports, Jackson, known across the globe as the "King of Pop," suffered a cardiac arrest this afternoon and medics were unable to revive him.

A TMZ source says Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived, while other sites claim he was in a coma upon arrival. Jackson leaves behind three children, Michael Jr., Paris and Prince. Read full story here.

A Michael Jackson Retrospective

    Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital suffering from cardiac arrest. According to reports, he has died at the age of 50. A Retrospective of His Life


    Known as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson began his life as a child sensation who blossomed into one of the greatest pop stars of all time.

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    He was the lead singer for the very popular Jackson 5 that included the his brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. He then morphed into a highly successful recording artist, making his first solo album in 1972.

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    Jackson appears in the 1982 music video for 'Thriller,' one of the best-selling albums of all time with at least 27 million copies sold worldwide.

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    Over the course of his storied career, Jackson won 13 Grammy awards -- eight of them for 'Thriller' alone.


    His stage presence captured the hearts of millions -- including his signature "moonwalk" dance which he unveiled in 1983 while performing 'Billie Jean.' At 50 years old, he was attempting to make a comeback with several dates scheduled in London.

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    Jackson's successes were also marred by personal strife and controversy. In later years, the singer was twice accused of molesting children. In the first, he settled out of court with the accuser, and in the second he was found not guilty.

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    Jackson is seen being escorted into court in January of 2004 -- the second time he was charged with child molestation. The first, in 1993, resulted in a settlement reported to be worth about $23 million.

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    Jackson is shown here in his 2003 mug shot where he was booked on child molestation charges. The singer was later acquitted.

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    The 'Dangerous' star caused a stir when he held his youngest child, Prince Michael II, over the balcony of his Berlin hotel in 2002. His son was later dubbed 'Blanket' due to this incident.

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