EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson dead at 50

LOS ANGELES [PeterPaul.ca] — Michael Jackson, the most memorable and famous celebrity of this generation who indured legal, financial and personal distress for the past few years, died Thursday at his rented home in after suffering cardiac arrest, officials said.

He was 50.

“He was pronounced dead this date at 14:26 hours (2:26 pm PSDST) at UCLA Medical Center,” Craig Harvey, L.A. county’s Chief Coroner, told PeterPaul.ca by email Thursday.

A three-hour autopsy was completed Friday, however, the cause of death is still undetermined. In an email to PeterPaul.ca on Friday, Mr. Harvey said Jackson’s cause of death has been “deferred” until “additional toxicological tests and tissue studies” were completed. The results are expected within six to eight weeks.

“Anatomical findings show no evidence of trauma to the body or evidence of foul play. At the request of the Los Angeles Police Department, additional case information is being withheld to allow their inquiry into the death to proceed,” the email said.

The Los Angeles Police Department [LAPD] confirmed to PeterPaul.ca via email that an investigation has been initiated around the circumstances causing Jackson’s death.

“As in all cases of undetermined death the Police Department will investigate this occurrence and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office will determine the cause of death,” the LAPD said.

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