Michael Jackson dead at 50 after cardiac arrest

CARDIAC ARREST

June 25, 2009

Entertainer Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday having suffered cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

Paramedics took Jackson, 50, from his west Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon to UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians attempted to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said brother Jermaine Jackson. He said the famed singer was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.

An autopsy is scheduled Friday, he said. Results are expected Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles coroner’s office, who also said Jackson was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.

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Amy Winehouse Dead: Singer Found Dead At London Home

Amy Winehouse

First Posted: 7/23/11 Updated: 9/22/11

Troubled, Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead in her North London home, Sky News is reporting. The Daily Mail reports that police have confirmed the passing.

In a statement, the London Metropolitan Police said, “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

A suspected drug overdose took the life of the singer, Nick Buckley of the Sunday Mirror tweeted.

She’s battled drug addiction for years, having most recently checked back into rehabilitation in May.

Whitney Houston Dead At Age 48

By Christopher John Farley

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Singer Whitney Houston performs at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

Singer Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.

Houston had one of the defining pop-soul voices of the 1980s and 1990s. She was also a star of the screen, appearing in such movies as “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale.” Her career was marred by erratic behavior and struggles with substance abuse.

Publicist Kristen Foster said today that the singer had died, but the cause was unknown, according to the Associated Press.

Reached by Speakeasy, spokeswoman Jill Fritzo confirmed Houston’s death but said no further details were available yet.

According to police, Houston was found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., by a member of her entourage who called 911 at 3:43 p.m.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:55  p.m.. The police are conducting an investigation and will bring in a coroner to remove the body when that’s completed. It’s unclear when that will be.

The daughter of pop-gospel singer Cissy Houston and the cousin of vocalist Dionne Warwick, Whitney hailed from Newark, N.J. She released her first album, “Whitney Houston,” in 1985 to critical and commercial success. That debut featured the songs “Saving All My Love for You,”  “Greatest Love of All,” and “How Will I Know.” Her follow-up album, “Whitney,” was another hit, spawning such singles as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.”

With her supermodel looks, pure vocal tone, and commercial instincts, Houston helped turned light soul music into mainstream pop music. Her singing style, which included generous vocal flourishes, gospel touches, and stretched-out emotional high notes, influenced a generation of divas who would come after her.

Houston, at her height, became a symbol for American pop culture. Her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 became a chart hit.

In recent years, Houston became known for erratic performances, problems with substance abuse, and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Her marriage to Brown ended in 2007.

On “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2009, Houston confessed that she used used marijuana and cocaine even before “The Bodyguard” in 1992, and that her drug use grew heavier after that. By the time she co-starred in “The Preacher’s Wife” in 1996 she was doing drugs every day. She also admitted to freebasing cocaine and lacing marijuana with cocaine.

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