Michael Jackson Has Died

Musician and occasional video game contributor Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50. The "King of Pop" was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this afternoon by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Jackson, in addition to being a bestselling pop artist with The Jackson 5 and as a solo act, was also featured in a number of video games, including one based on his short film Moonwalker. Developed by Sega for the arcade and Sega Genesis, the excellent Michael Jackson's Moonwalker was the start of a relationship that would see the musician later appear in Space Channel 5 and Space Channel 5: Part 2.

The pop musician was also rumored to have been recruited by Sega to contribute to music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3, but his involvement was never credited nor confirmed by producer Yuji Naka. Jackson also made a cameo in Midway's Ready To Rumble: Round 2.

This year, the King of Pop was planned to have auctioned off a large number of items from his Neverland Ranch estate, including a wide variety of arcade games and consoles.

Michael Jackson is survived by three children.

Michael Jackson Is Dead [LA Times]