TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest. Paramedics were called to his home this afternoon after the singer stopped breathing. When they arrived, he had no pulse and after repeated attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead. Jackson's songs were featured on a number of different movie soundtracks over the years, and as an actor he appeared in the film The Wiz and the Francis Ford Coppola-directed Captain EO, among others. Of course we'll never forget his extended music video/short film for Thriller, directed by John Landis (who later directed his video for Black or White), as well as the other countless videos that helped shape our culture. Though he's had his share of problems and controversy over the years, it's sad to hear that one of the great pop-culture icons of our generation has passed on. He was 50.

UPDATE: The LA Times now confirms through law enforcement officials that Jackson passed away after arriving at the hospital in a deep coma.

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Michael Jackson Photos

    FILE - In this Sept. 15, 1972 file photo, The Jackson 5, from left, Tito, Marlon, Michael, Jackie and Jermaine perform during the "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" in Los Angeles. (AP Photo, file)

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    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 1977 file photo, Diana Ross, center, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical "The Wiz" in New York. Ted Ross, portraying the Lion, is partly hidden behind Russell. (AP Photo, file)

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    Singer Michael Jackson (C) and sisters LaToya (L) and Janet Jackson walk over to greets fans during a lunch break at a pretrial hearing in Santa Maria, California in this August 16, 2004 file photo. Pop giant Michael Jackson, who took to the stage as a child star and went on to set the world dancing to the thumping rhythms of his music for decades, died on June 25, 2009, TMZ website reported. He was 50. There was no official confirmation of the reported death and spokespersons for Jackson could not be reached for comment. REUTERS/Ed Souza/Pool/Files (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)

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    FILE - In this undated file photo, the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, front right, Marlon Jackson, front left, Tito Jackson, back left, Jackie Jackson and Jermaine, back right, are shown in Los Angeles. (AP Photo, file)

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    FILE - In this Friday, April 30, 2004 file picture, Michael Jackson, center, surrounded by security, uses his hand to block the view of cameras as he arrives for his expected indictment on charges related to child molestation at a courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. (AP Photo/Pool, Hector Mata)

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    FILE - In this 1972 file photo, singer Michael Jackson at age 13, the youngest member of the singing group Jackson Five, sings in his home in Encino, Ca. (AP Photo, file)

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    U.S. pop star Michael Jackson performs "We are the World" during the World Music Awards at Earl's Court in London in this November 15, 2006 file photo. Pop giant Michael Jackson, who took to the stage as a child star and went on to set the world dancing to the thumping rhythms of his music for decades, died on June 25, 2009. TMZ website reported. He was 50. There was no official confirmation of the reported death and spokespersons for Jackson could not be reached for comment. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty/Files (BRITAIN ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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    SANTA MARIA - MARCH 24: (FILE PHOTO) Singer Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on day 19 of his child molestation trial March 24, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital June 25, 2009 after going into cardiac arrest, receiving CPR in the ambulance, according to reports. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Jackson

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    SANTA MARIA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (FILE PHOTO) Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital June 25, 2009 after going into cardiac arrest, receiving CPR in the ambulance, according to reports. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Jackson

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    SANTA MARIA, CA - AUGUST 16: (FILE PHOTO) Defendant Michael Jackson with sisters LaToya Jackson (L) and Janet Jackson exit the Santa Maria courthouse for break during the evidentiary hearing in the Michael Jackson child molestation case August 16, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital June 25, 2009 after going into cardiac arrest, receiving CPR in the ambulance, according to reports. (Photo by Ed Souza-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Jackson

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