The Los Angeles fire department has released the audio of the 911 call placed after Michael Jackson suffered a heart attack in his home on June 25. The caller, who refers to Jackson only as a 50-year-old man, remained remarkably calm as he requested emergency services be dispatched.

Jackson was pronounced dead later that day after being rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Amid the flurry of coverage of the death of a certain pop superstar, it behooves us to announce the passing of another notable musician. Sky Saxon was never a superstar on the order of Michael Jackson, but in the sphere of psychedelic garage rock, he was an icon in his own right.

Saxon will be remembered best as the leader of the Seeds, whose short career spanned 1965 to '67 and yielded only a few hits but proved hugely influential on bands for decades to follow. The band's "psychotic blues" typified the underground-rock sound of the day and is widely acknowledged as an early punk influence.

R&B artist Usher's statement on the passing of Michael Jackson:

Quincy Jones produced "We Are The World", which was cowritten by Michael Jackson in 1985 to raise awareness about Africa. It was performed by a plethora of stars at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia.

Here's Jones's statement regarding Jackson's death:

In the immediate wake of Michael Jackson's death, his importance in the pop-culture pantheon is going to be hard to calculate. After all the tears have dried and the tributes have faded into memory, we should be able to get a clearer picture of Jackson's true contribution.

The rumours surfaced earlier today, and now most media outlets and press services are reporting it as fact: Michael Jackson is dead at 50.

The Los Angeles Times reported that, according to city and law enforcement sources, the pop star was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma.

The Times quoted Steve Ruda of the Los Angeles Fire Department as saying that paramedics responded to a 911 call at Jackson's rented Bel Air house at 12:26 p.m. Finding him not breathing, they performed CPR on him and then rushed him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

According to such reliable sources as the Mexico Trucker newspaper and TMZ.com, Michael Jackson is dead. He supposedly suffered a heart attack and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Centre this morning.

The rumour has not been confirmed by anyone reliable, as of 2:55 PST.

Rumours of his death go back a very long time. After he released Thriller and before all the surgeries, michaeljacksondead.com argues that the “real” Michael Jackson died in the mid-1980s and was replaced by someone else.

In 2005, satirical news mag The Onion “reported” the corpse of Jackson was found at Neverland Ranch.

Live Nation announced this morning that Scotland's art-damaged rock quartet, Franz Ferdinand, will play Malkin Bowl on Sunday, September 6. The group is best known for the modern-rock hit "Take Me Out", and received the Best Live Band award at the 2006 NME Awards. Its latest album is the remix collection, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, which was released in January of 2009.

In a Los Angeles courtroom today, the legal team representing Chris Brown, led by lawyer Mark Geragos, reached a plea bargain with the prosecution. Brown will plead guilty to assaulting then girlfriend Rihanna in a February 8 altercation. In exchange, he will avoid jail time by performing 180 days of community service in his native Virginia and attending domestic-violence counselling.

Brown, who previously pleaded not guilty, will receive five years of supervised probation for the felony assault charge. If he violates his probation, he will face up to four years in jail.

Lily Allen changes the world (or at least Paris) on a whim in this video for her delightfully titled new single.

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