Distraught: LaToya Jackson arriving at the hospital last night pushing him too hard physically in prepara- tion for the shows. Mr Oxman said: This was something which I feared. This is a case of abuse of medication, unless there is another cause that I dont know about. This family has been trying for months and months to take care of Michael. The people surrounding him have been enabling him. If you think the case of Anna Nicole Smith [the model who died from an over- dose] was abuse then that is nothing in comparison to what we have been seeing in Michael Jacksons life. Jacksons personal physician -- thought to be Dr Tohme Tohme -- was with him when he collapsed shortly after noon. Paramedics arrived within minutes of being called to find the doctor trying to revive him. He was declared dead at 2.26pm local time at the UCLA Medical Center, about two miles from his home near Sunset Boulevard. Jermaine Jackson, his brother and one of the Jackson Five, told reporters outside the hospital: This is hard. My brother, the legendary king of pop, passed away on Thursday 25 June, 2009 at 2.26pm. It is believed he died of cardiac arrest. Fans around the world were stunned. Jacksons 1982 album Thriller, which remains the biggest-selling album of all time, went immediately to No 1 in the iTunes chart while online messaging service Twitter, was receiving 5,000 messages a minute. Gossip websites were quickly full of claims about the circumstances of the death. One, quoting a hospital source, claimed Jackson had col- lapsed after an injection of painkiller Demerol saying: Shortly after taking the Demerol... his breathing got slower and slower until it stopped. A sick website dedicated to jokes about the singers death has since appeared. Sources suggest Jackson had also been taking other prescription painkillers includ- ing anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Zoloft. Tickets for the O2 shows sold out in hours when they went on sale in March, but when some of the gigs were postponed until next year, rumours circulated that the star was not physically up to the gruelling stint. Mr Oxman said: Michael had appeared at rehearsals a couple of times. He was very seriously trying to do these rehearsals. But his use of medications and injuries he had sustained performing got in the way. The lawyer was with Jacksons sister LaToya and brothers Jermaine and Randy at the hospital. Janet Jackson was flying to LA from a film shoot and parents Joe and Katherine also ar rive d at the hospital last night. Arthur Phoenix, a former publi- cist for the Jackson Five and a friend of the family, said he had feared the O2 shows would kill the star and said Jacksons family felt the same way but were afraid to stand in his way. He added: I just knew in my heart he was not right and I Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite For the full detailed forecast for your area, call: 0905 168 0619 Calls cost 50p per minute at all times from a BT landline (Mobile costs may vary) weatherweather TONIGHT TOMORROW Low 13-16C (55-61F) Turning dry with clear intervals. Just light winds. Patchy mist. High 23-26C (73-79F) Five-day London forecast Bright. The risk of a shower. Very warm. Gentle winds. TOMORROW 26 Cloudy SUNDAY 25 Fair MONDAY 27 Fair TUESDAY 28 Fair WEDNESDAY 28 Fair 21 24 24 23 23 26 22 24 14 13 14 13 13 14 14 14 Dont live with hayfever. Always read the label claritynallergy.co.uk You can Live Clarityn Clear. This is hard, my brother, the legendary king of pop, passed away at 2.26pm THE Jacksons paid an emotional tribute to the king of pop today. The grief-stricken family told of their heartache as they struggled to come to terms with his death. Jacksons parents Katherine and Joe and siblings Jermaine, Tito, Randy, Janet and LaToya were today consoling one another, as well as their brothers children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II -- at the family home in Encino, California. Jackson was particularly close to his 79-year-old mother Katherine. Insiders spoke of her utter devastation at the loss. Jermaine told of his love for his legendary brother, while Jacksons ex-wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley also paid tribute to the performer. Ms Rowe, mother of Prince Michael and Paris was inconsolable. Ms Presley said she was heartbroken for Jacksons children. I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. Words fail me, she said in a statement. nSaCHa BaRon CoHEn has cut a scene featuring Jackos sister LaToya from his new movie, Bruno, it was claimed today. The clip, which makes reference to Michael, shows LaToya unwittingly lured into an interview with the phoney austrian journalist. a source at studio Universal said the scene would be removed before the films US premiere out of respect. Grief: mother Katherine familys grief is mixedmichael jackson 1958-2009 tried telling the family that and it never sunk in. Michael put his heart and soul into these shows... but his heart and his physical being just wouldnt hold out. Jacksons ex-wives Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley were both said to be shocked. Ms Rowe, the mother of two of Jacksons three children -- Prince, 12, and Paris, 11 -- was inconsolable. Ms Presley said: I am very sad and confused. Words fail me. Jacksons body was flown last night to the LA Coroners office for the post-mortem. Murder squad detectives were put in charge of the case, but a police spokesman said the death was not suspicious. 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