A great talent, a screwed up life. Very sad. (The main media is reporting that he wasn't breathing when paramedics arrived and was rushed to the hospital, so I'm not sure if the report of his death is accurate.) Top Stories - Global Associated News In what appears to be an apparent suicide, musician Michael Jackson was pronounced dead as a result of cardiac arrest after consuming more than two-dozen sleeping pills. Complete details are not yet available, as this story is still developing.