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July 7th, 2009
07:44 AM ET

Remember the Time?

Tony Harris on Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson asks the question, in one of his biggest hits, "Do you Remember the Time?"

Yeah! I "remember the time" I fell in love with The Jackson Five, J5, as we called the group for a long time. I was standing in the living room\den of our cramped two-bedroom top unit of a two-family home on Boarman Ave. in Baltimore. I had a clothes pin in my hand as my microphone and I was trying to nail Michael Jackson's opening lick to "Who's Lovin' You," That run is a demarcation line for me. Perform it effortlessly and flawlessly and you don't just sing, you can sang! I destroyed the grooves on that 45 trying to sing that lick.

Yeah. I "remember the time" when we'd go to the record store, yes, the record store and buy Jackson 5 45's and LP's!

I "remember the time" when, as a skinny, awkward high schooler, with a big afro, I was mistaken for Michael. The brothers were playing a charity softball game at my school, Franklin Senior High in Reisterstown and everyone was waiting for Michael. I walked in from centerfield to get my seat when someone yelled out, there he is! A small group of people jumped out of the stands and headed in my direction. When they realized I wasn't Michael, let's just say, there was a lot of bad language hurled my way!

I "remember the time" the Victory tour rolled into Cleveland. I was a reporter for WJW at the time and I was able to get a great seat for the show. At that time, Michael was going through "the change". That's how my friends and I referred to Michael's dramatic change in appearance. I never judged him and, yes, I was one of the people who took it personally when anyone attacked Michael. While I don't think we ever really know what people are capable of, I never believed the abuse charges brought against Michael. I'll admit that belief might be based more on heart than head. What I am absolutely certain of is this: a lot of people made a lot of money riding Michael Jackson's back. I wish they had also found a way to take better care of him.

I won't watch much of the coverage of Michael's passing. There will be too much attention paid to "Michael, the Bizarre" for my taste. I hope Berry Gordy, Suzanne DePasse, Stevie, Gladys, Diana and Smokey provide balance and context to Michael's life and talk in length about his extraordinary gifts.

I will "remember the time." This time and that time where I defended Michael– first against those who argued Donny Osmond and the Silvers were better. I'll admit I had a tougher time with my own arguments when Prince came on the scene, but Michael's longevity always carried the day with me.

Defending Michael often was hard, there's no question. But I was happy to do it because my love of Michael Jackson was rock-rooted in the music, that voice, those songs, those chord progessions in those songs. There was the great change in "We Are the World," when Michael sings, "...when you're down and out. And there seems no hope at all". Then there is the wonderful A flat to E flat move Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch and Bob West wrote for the brothers in "I'll Be There."

My friends and I never thought Michael would live to be an old man. The candle burned too hot.

My message to Michael...I do "remember the time."


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soundoff (552 Responses)
  1. Megan Bliesner

    🙂

    June 26, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  2. David Gallant

    Okay Micheal Jackson died get over it an get back to the reason i watch CNN The news that matters

    June 26, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  3. Howard Hanlan

    This is Howard from Jamaica, Michael will be missed. He was so love by the people of Jamaica and the Caribbean. He has been such an inspiration to me all my life and to so many others. My love and thoughts go out to his kids and family.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  4. Samson

    America gave birth to Micheal Jackson and he same america Killed Micheal Jackson! America Place of opportunity and also place that be called on the other hand "HELL".

    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  5. julia figueroa

    I will miss you Michael Jackson.
    Current mood: sad
    Michael Jackson, thank you for your contribution to music. Thank you for your music being a contribution to my life. You showed me that TRUE music has NO boundaries.
    You taught me that music is about connecting. You gave me confidence in making music knowing that there is no recipe for pop music, there is no standard to R&B, teaching me that ALL music is art ALL music is relevant and when you are passionate about your music people will feel it and they will feel your passion.

    I never met Michael, but I loved him. I am so deeply saddened by his death. As a teenager, I dreamed about just being able to tell him how much he has inspired me. As an adult now, I have tried to use his inspiration to create meaningful music.
    I am a Puerto Rican woman singing pop/r&B with no fear of being misunderstood BECAUSE OF HIM. His music breaks down ALL walls put up by different cultures and races.

    I grew up with you Michael. You have been with me at every happy, sad, disappointing, and tragic time. Shame on those who are appreciating him now that he is gone.

    Michael Jackson will always be a legend. He was ahead of his time in so many ways. Any controversy that was created around him will NEVER amount to the surmounting wonderful gift he gave to this world.

    I will miss you Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  6. Gina Robinson

    I am 53 years old and I feel as if my best friend has passed. I grew up with Michael and the J5 when I was in school. I was a loner being an only child but when I would listen or see Michael on tv I fit in like everyone else. My heart just became so overwhelmed when I heard the news yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a text and I did NOT believe it, then as I searched and searched through the conflicting reports and it became evident that he had left us, the tears just streamed.

    Today I am still crying and know that we have indeed lost one man who brought joy to so many.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  7. Andy

    Michael Jackson’s problem started with his father, then the media, the mother of the boys, the boys and the lawyers that planned to extort money from him. (How do all the above mentioned feel?)

    I hate the media they make you and break you. There is no way anyone could have lived with that embarrassing lie the mothers, boys and lawyer made up to extort money, and the media blew it out of proportion.

    In the same way they killed Princess Diana.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  8. RusRus

    RE: MJ's passing, I feel sorry for his children, however:
    Other than the fact that another person was killed by prescription drugs which drug companies make obscene profits from, while they fight legalizing cannabis, as they can't profit from a drug that is much less harmfull than the chemical concotions they peddle. Beyond that, this is not really news, another entertainer died, big deal. We all have to go sometime.

    I am guessing North Korea surrendered, the grand AYATOLAH changed his mind and is not kiiling his people anymore, and there is nobody dying in Darfur any longer? Not to mention the upcoming votes on cap-and-trade, health reform, and many other bigger issues. I am very dissapointed that CNN forgot all about the healtcare battle that will have a greater impact on peoples lives than any entertainer ever could.

    When people say Americans are dumbies, from now on I will just nod my head in agreement, since CNN had proven it to me beyond any argument.

    Disbelief? Really? Pill popping man child, d'uh what did you think was gona happen?

    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  9. LaCharles

    I am devastated by the death of Michael Jackson; I could not believe the news, as I watched updates by CNN I just knew things would get better. He is "THE" greatest pop artist, his music is such an inspiration to many people around the globe. I can remember now some of my favorite songs such as: Man in the Mirror, Bad, You are not alone, Thriller, and Beat it; I can go on and on. He will be greatly missed, I will never forget his amazing talent.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  10. michael beauchamp

    just want to say Rip Michael jackson. and that he will be missed forever. Ill never foget the time i was danching trying to be Michael Jackson and won a contest ,and got to go up on stage and get a spotlight on me . and the dj yelled out michael jackson is in the building. if it wasnt for mj i wouldnt have won the dance cuz i wouldnt have had any dance moves...

    June 26, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  11. Michelle M.

    At 7 years old, I was madly in love with Michael Jackson. I was convinced that we were destined to be together (Michael and Michelle... seemed perfectly logical to me! lol!) Eventually I grew up and reality set in, but I continued to admire Michael's amazing talent throughout my life. He was truly a musical genius whose gift will live on for generations. Sure he had his shortcomings, as do we all. But despite the controversies in his life, his legacy will endure, much in the same way that Elvis' has, and no one and nothing will ever be able to take that away from him. May he R.I.P.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  12. Terry

    My thoughts and prayers are with his famiily. I hope that he will not be exploited in death, as he was in life. RIP Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  13. Mark Edwards

    I can't believe Michael is gone!!!I was six years old when The Jackson 5 made their appearance on tv and I knew then that Michael was going to be something big.Michael was an inspiration and an icon to the music and film world.No one in this world has obtained what he has and I will miss him a great deal. When we lost Michael we lost a bit of our childlike wonder. I loved him for his music and his works,may he rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  14. RusRus

    Carol you just said it, MUSIC IS JUST A BUSINESS. Enough on MJ please, before you make people go postal with your lousy reporting on useless things like MJ's death.

    HELLLOOOO, real news please.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  15. Joseph Miller

    Micheal Jackson was a huge influence on me. He was the big King of Pop. I loved "Thriller" and "Billie Jean". He changed music videos forever. I will never forget his moonwalk. Along with how he touched everyones hearts. I will never forget him.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  16. corriewatcher

    I grieve for the lost talent.

    I grieve for the lost music.

    I do not grieve for the loss of a potential child molester.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  17. michael beauchamp

    RIP

    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  18. stephanie

    my step dad says he was the best singer ever mine is he is cute

    June 26, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  19. Pat

    To me Micheal Jackson was one the greatest musical talents of all time I will truly miss him... In my opinion there is no one in the music world at the moment that can even comes close to touching this musical genius....his music will forever live on in my heart and in my mind ...Forever

    June 26, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  20. Susan Fox

    Please don't forget about Farrah Fawcett. Granted, Jackson was an icon – so was Fawcett. And her contribution via her documentary was huge.

    Jackson death has overshadowed hers, but please remember her on air as well.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  21. Sylvie

    I'm not sure it has hit me yet. Micheal was to me immortal in some way. All I can't think of since hearing the sad news of his passing is; the relief he must now be enjoying. Relief from the physical pain, the emotional pain, the hurt, the ungoing struggles he had to endure. It helps those of us who do not live with the weight of such fame, to appreciate the beauty of our simple yet wonderous lives.

    His work has touched the world and today in his passing, it will bring back to the forefront the humanitarian side of his work. The pure and simple love of music which bring people together and the unwaivering appreciation of his fans.

    I will miss all the music that could have been. Thank you Michael for the impact you left on so many lives and of course the fun we had dancing our troubles away to Thriller. Your memory will live on through the history of music. RIP

    Sylvie
    Montreal, Canada

    June 26, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  22. Charis Roomes

    Its just really sad that Michael jackson died. I mean I turn thirteen on sunday and when I heard yesterday that he died it tore me apart because like i said im turning thirteen on sunday and i was just starting to like Michael Jackson's music. So i was up al night watching all his music videos and crying so speaking for me and my friends "Michael you will be missed." 😦

    June 26, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  23. Tombra yemmoh Onaifo

    Michael Jackson was my comfort.. There was a time in my life I was in school back in Africa and could only afford 1 meal a day... MJ's music was what help me thru the hour's of absence of food.. I would put his music and play it over and over again.. I believe in God I know he give's chances I pray he gives MJ another chance...

    June 26, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  24. Michaele Muhammad

    Enough said, Michael Jackson was The God of the music world. Even my grandchildren will miss him. Our condolences go to the family.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  25. mia Waters

    This is a very sad moment in my life. I'm a 37 year old female and my son is 6. When I heard the news I was devistated. It felt like my grandmother or someone very close to me has died. This was the effect that Michael Jackson had on me and millions of others. I had to explain to my son what happend to Michael Jackson because he was watching all the media coverage with me, and he said where did he go I told him to a kinder place and then Michael Jackson video came on (Don't stop till you get enough) and he started dancing.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  26. Daryll

    Michael Jackson is one of a kind. His music was enjoyed by many while he lived and will be with us for generations. He is legendary, a status that can only be achieved through natural talent and strong personal aspiration. His music will live forever and only him has joined the likes of Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley.

    Daryll
    Toronto

    June 26, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  27. Debra Duffy

    I'm so devastated to hear that Michael Jackson has passed away.I grew up listening to his music.He was only a year younger than I am.I loved his music,he was one of a kind.We couldn't wait to get home from school to watch the Jackson 5 on TV.He will be deeply missed by everyone,world wide.Your now with your Angels,as you were an Angel to all of us.We love you Michael.My prayers are with you and your family.Blessed Be.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  28. Antonio

    Yes, I remember the times when Michael's music made me immediately dance, jump and sing and he put a smile on my face. His music also calmed me down when I was stressed out.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  29. Gowri

    oh how I do remember the time Michael Jackson came to Singapore in 1993 and the nation went crazy. It was a Tuesday evening, the stadium was packed and there was a slight delay in the concert time. When MJ finally arrived, he wasn't feeling too well and fainted. The concert that night was cancelled and rescheduled for the following night and again, everyone showed up hoping to see MJ finally in action.
    There were absolutely no traces of MJ being sick the day before because he was absolutely stunning. He was a true artist and will forever be remembered as someone who not only had talent on stage, but personality as well. He will be missed by all!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  30. Delma

    I've spent the last 40 years of my life dancing, singing and being uplifted by Michael Jackson's music. I was proud to dance with my family and hear his lyrics. I only hope that today's artists realize that people don't like the trashy lyrics they are producing today. Their music will not live on into eternity like Michael Jackson's music.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  31. Ashley

    What can i say about Micheal Jackson? Well, he was a great leader, a great friend, and he cared about his friends. when i was little, my friends were joking Micheal Jackson because he sounded like a girl and in eye quote " He looks uglier now than he ever did before". I was very ashamed about the fact that they like to joke around with other people. No matter what will come upon you, you will still be a hero. You will be missed and god bless you.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  32. Jessica

    I was born in 1984. My babybook says "Michael Jackson" next to "Current famous stars"
    I remember being CRAZY about him between 4 and 13 years old. I could never have friends over without us dancing to all of his music. We all loved him.
    Michael Jackson will always be remembered and he will always live in spirit.
    RIP Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  33. Amandela P.

    I can't even explain the loss I feel as a fan. Michael has influenced so many generstions, and we will all miss him so much. My entire childhood, and my mother's was defined by the inspiration that was Michael Jackson. I used to kiss the screen when I saw him. R.I.P. MJ WE WILL MISS YOU.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  34. Glenda Rector

    When I heard that Michael Jackson had died, it was like one of my family members had died. My knees literally buckled and I could not breathe, and then the tears came. His death has created a vacuum in the music industy and he will be missed. We love you Michael!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  35. Audrey

    I will alway cherish seeing michael perform on tv and always be in awe of seeing what he comes up with. I still can't believe it I'm glued to the tv hoping it's a bad dream and I'll wake up from it.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  36. ian

    man ii feel srry andd sad for micheal jackson because he was the best dancer alive and now hes gone so I'm sad and i wish he never died but r.i.p Micheal Jackson I'm going to pray for you.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  37. angie

    i cant believe it . he was my hero.i love you michael !!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  38. andre smith

    Michael Jackson was the best, his lost has really effected me. I've looked up to michael ever since i was a younger child. He will be missed. He is truley the KING OF POP!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  39. mel

    I'm in stock and still digesting the news hoping it was false, well all we can say is rest in peace MJ

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  40. Cheryl Foldes

    Michael Jackson was a part of family breakfasts as a kid. Remember the discs that were on back of the HoneyComb cereal? Michael was a child group singer who grew into a talented superstar. I remember most the way he cared about the world. Such a sensitive person. We are the World will always remind me that as a group with caring people, people can change the world around them. For Michael's children we can only have compassion and to his family our condolences.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  41. Reda Habte

    I remember the time i was first introduced to Michael Jackson. It was 21 years ago, i was 5 years old living in Ethiopia. I remember not even knowing what America was and not having much access to the media, but somehow, someway i knew of him and his music. His positive musich and greatness transcended cultures, socio economic class, and dived into hearts all over the world. He is the GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  42. MARLENE RADER

    I am really sad to hear that a music legend has passed away.My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.He will be missed.His music will live on forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  43. Alice Johnson

    I would like to send out my deepest sympathy to the entire Jacskon family. I grew up listening to Micheal and his brothers. Words cannot express the sorrow of such a great loss. He will be forever remembered and that is what his family should hold onto and not the negative things he had to endure. Again my deepest sympathy. I will pray for family healing..

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  44. cynthia nkem

    it's very unbelievable that Micheal Jackson is died .tears are following down my eyes because it was such a tragic lost I wish i had gotten a chance to meet him in person you were a icon to my generation i'm very heartbroken why did it have to be you Micheal.I loved when he was
    with the jackson five
    The world is going to miss yo Micheal
    R.I.P

    you were a legend to all

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  45. Angela

    Michael Jackson was a genius, he gave us so much through his music, his charity work, what is really sad the one thing it that was taken from Michael, that he seemed to spend his life trying to regain, was his childhood. My prayers go out to his family

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  46. Dan Bray

    As a 4-year old boy, I remember cutting the Jackson 5 record "ABC" off the back of an Alphabet cereal box, and playing the cardboard record over and over until the record player needle wore it down. Dan Bray from Orlando, FL

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  47. Cherise

    This is for Michael. I don't use twitter, facebook or myspace, but I felt the absolute need to stress how I will miss Michael publicly. Michael and Elvis are by far the best entertainers of all time, but Michael was by far the ultimate entertainer...he could sing, dance and knew how to perform. I cried all last night, and cry as I write this message. I grew up watching his music videos and imitating his "he he" and I just cannot believe this. Good bye Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  48. Miguel Vasquez

    I'm an independent music producer/performer whom, as well, looked up to this man, ever since I ever was able to comprehend what music was. For me, June 25th, 2009 will be the day REAL music died. Not only was this man my idol, its more like I have had an opportunity to be one of the millions that got to enjoy his musical ingenuity. Rest in peace Mike, I love you and Thank you!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  49. linda , louisville, ky

    June 26th, 2009 9:00 am ET

    Michael Jackson was a true icon. A man who loved life and everyone/everything in it. He never had a chance to be a kid so he made sure many other children had that chance. We could all learn from this man on how to be a selfless person. He lived his life for everyone else and was still criticized for it. I remember my older brother dressing up i the whole outfit ( red jacket, glove and etc) Thats is who we should be remembering..The role model not the man he was accused of being. I think it is a shame people are so jealous of anothers success that they have to make their life a living hell. That man earned his success and will be remembered for that and his gracious heart. RIP JACKO you will never be forgotten!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  50. KAY

    CAN WE KEEP THE DISCUSSION RELATIVE TO MICHAEL'S STORY CLEAN.........................WHY MUST THE MEDIA AND REPUTABLE NEWS STATIONS SUCH AS YOURSELF POINT OUT HIS SHORT COMINGS? HE IS NO SAINT.I ATTEST TO THE FACT, BUT HE IS OR WAS A HUMAN BEING LOVED AND MARVELED BY MILLIONS GLOBAL WIDE.............................................. CNN CLEAN -UP YOUR ACT.....................LET'S CELEBRATE HIS LIFE.AND ALL IT HAD TO OFFER...................................

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  51. Cabria

    wow, this is some very disturbing news. I think that micheal jackson was just so amazing in what he did. even though i wasnt even born when micheal jackson first started out but, i just love the music and his beautiful voice he had i think some people didnt really pay attention to his voice and you could just tell how he just gave so much to the fans . we will always love you micheal jackson. R.I.P and much lov to the family.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  52. Donna Vande Zande

    MIcheal Jackson changed the world with his music and hummanitarian ways. he was a GIVER. we lost a great entertainer yesterday. a world music icon. i am sick of all the negative stories about his life all over the news he was strange he was this or that. people he bought what he wants with his OWN money!! since when is that a crime. lets remember he was NOT charged with child molestation crimes. perhaps he was just trying to make sure every child that as around him had a safe and living home he so did not receive growing up. joe was brutal to the kids. michael maybe just wanted to break the cycle and give kids a chance to know what a great home can be like. he was a giver. he had a huge heart and loved so much. Give the kids what he never got! lets stop bashing his lifestsyle and concentrate on the loss of a internation music icon! you will be missed forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  53. Claudia Joachim

    MJ was so well versed in the universal language of music and touched us all! He should not just go down with pop stars and modern day progressive art, but with the ALL time GRAND human beings and entertainers – Mozart, Einstein, MJ....eccentrics, special people who make our world better places....and to whom this world was too cruel, crude, and insensitive. I'm soooo very sad, I'm surprised.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  54. Patricia

    The King of Pop has died, but he will be in our hearts FOREVER. Like him nobody, his unique moves are unbelievable.....yesterday riding on a public bus I overheard two 6 yrs old boys talking about Michael Jackson like it was just yesterday that he came out with the AWESOME songs "Thriller", "Bad & Beat It", etc....that shows that he was known and loved by all human kind. Love you always MJ:(

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  55. Lori Schaus

    Michael Jackson! WoW!! Is he really gone? He and myself are the same age...I grew up in Flint Michigan born in July of 1959. My earliest memories were with the Jackson 5 on the Sullivan show in the 60's. Mowtown was really big at that time with Diana Ross, Smokey, Earth, Wind and Fire and on and on. My mom bought me the 45rpm of Ben, I loved his voice back then, very sweet sounding. RIP Michael...We all love and Respect you.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  56. Teniesha Tareen Mckenzie

    Hi Heidi Collins, Im a fan of Michael Joseph Jackson, I love him sooooooooooo much. I have been listening to his music from i was a little girl. Im living in Jamaica, when i heard about Michael J yesterday i almost fell to the ground. Take care!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  57. Rita Hunte

    I am absolutely devasted by the death of Michael Jackson. I am nearing speechless. My heart goes out to the family especially Ms. Katherine Jackson and his sons. The world has lost its greatest entertainer EVER!!! God truly gave him a raw and natural talent that shook and moved the world and rarely have we ever seen that and nor will we see that again. I am drenched in tears and absolutely devasted. I have loved this man so much as an entertainer and I love as a human being. I have never believed all the negative allegations against him and I never will. I believe to a degree he may have been somewhat tortured in his life here and I pray to God that he has found peace. I am so upset and devasted at the news of his passing. I wish we could turn back the clock. God give him rest and peace and a place in thy kingdom. Amen.

    Rita Hunte

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  58. justin glover

    mj was a good man to the the world and i dont know why he had to go so early

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  59. Monica Fisher

    Michael Jackson was like an angel I had never met. Back in Africa when I was a little girl I used to dance to that man's music and my mother used to beat me everytime she saw me dancing to Michael Jackson's music. He had songs like Heal the world and I remember the first time I had that song I was so hungry because we used to eat one meal a day and I cried and cried to that song. And when he sang the earth song, Oh! my God. Just the beginning of the song (What about sunrise, What about rain, What about all the things ,That you said we were to gain...) and I remember that we didn't have no rain that season so the plants in our garded were dying and they were our only hope. My mother was a farmer and the garden was the only source of income that took care of our family. I used to dance to his music everytime I was hungry and even when I came to America six years ago, I still danced to his music and I thought that maybe one day I will get to meet him and show him that scars that I had from being beaten because I was dancing to his music instead of digging. Wow Michael I will miss you so much. Rest in Peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  60. Maggie Benevides

    Michael Jackson was an awesome entertainer, it was so sad to hear that he has passed. May he be remembered for all the great things he did for the entertainment world. I do not believe that he intentionally hurt those children. Michael was always treated as an adult so he never had a childhood. Having a sleep over or a tea party was what he loved to do, Michael was misunderstood. He was a real life Peter Pan who injoyed giving children want they wished for, and he wished for a childs life that he was never able to have.

    God bless you Michael, may you rest in peace!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  61. Terry Arnel

    Part of my childhood history died yesterday. The irony is he gave up his childhood to entertain ours.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  62. Nadiola

    Iam 18 yrs and from the caribbean island called st.lucia. from a tender age i could recall michael jackson's performances and his wicked dance moves. My family and i all grew up on his music and acknowledged that because of his contribution we have so many singers today. RIP mj he will be missed and never forgotten

    June 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  63. Dave

    It's so sad that Michael Jackson gave so much to a world that in return made him feel so isolated. His life, for many reasons, was a tragedy. The irony in that is that he left us all more than we even realize. His music is immortal, and will continue to influence and amaze generations to come. It's just sad that he spent all of his life trying to "fit in" but was so unable to do it. I guess it's just a consequence of the different life he was forced to live from early in his childhood. Rest in Peace Michael Jackson !

    June 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  64. Sabrina

    "never can say goodbye"
    I gew up like many in the past 40yrs listening to Michael Jacksons music and having him be a part of my growing up. His music was always present somewhere , the beat was unmistakable. He may have lost the beat of his heart, but his memory will remain part of the beat in the music world and dance floors from those who he inspired. As far as what caused his death, I think they should not make an issue of it . "IF" it was prescription drugs or not, he is a grown man, and it should be his choice, no one knows the physical/mental pain that he lived with. It will not change anyones life talking about how he got the drugs. If he had a high tolerance for his med's, it shows, no matter how much money or fame one has, some pain cannot be fixed, but it helped him live and give while he could and what one makes out of life it was counts.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  65. Yas

    Michael Jackson... Growing up as a child, I would listen to his songs everyday. My family and I own every single album and of course, his songs are on my iPod. He was a legendary pop icon, also my inspiration. I used to look up to him and I still do, as many other artists continue to do as well. Its a very shocking story and this still hasnt sucken into my head yet. I believe Michael Jackson's legend and love will always stay with us. R.I.P. MJ and my blessings go out to his family.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  66. Dorothy Kirton

    What if he,s not dead. It,s well known he was a master at disquises. Half a billion dollars in debt is alot. It,s well known he was really strange and I wouldn,t be surprised if he wasn,t mingling with the crowds watching his own funeral.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  67. Loretta

    I remember observing MJ develop from a childstar into a megastar and the first time that I seen him in concert in 1988 at the Hartford Civic Center I knew his talent was given by God. Not only will he be remembered as "King of Pop" but as a leader in pop music history, a father, a son, a brother and someone who will be greatly missed but not forgotten. My prayers and sympathy go out to his children and family. MJ may you find peace in God's everlasting arms forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  68. Rich

    CNN's devotion of so much effort to Michael Jackson's death is offensive. I had it on in my office until I noted that within 2 minutes you interviewed a marketing guy who help sell Jackson's records – he commented on Jackson's "laser-like business" acumen like he was the next Warren Buffet, follwed by one of your own noting that Jackson died with $400MM in debt. Completely contradictory statements delivered without noting the contradiction. Clearly you're interested only in getting ratings by throwing any Michael Jackson effluvia against the wall that you can. Thank God I've NPR streaming on the net. Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Soledad O'Brien and the other real reporters are probably hanging their heads in shame.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  69. steven deleavey

    michael jackson was a pop icon he was the best singer i ever herd i am 33 years old and i still listen to his music and it was a shock to me. i will miss his music but will never forget his singing R.I.P michael you are the pop king you will be missed forever

    June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  70. kim

    this is just something that is so hard for me .When I was little girl my bestfriend and I use to pretend that I was married to Michael Jackson and she was married to jermaine.I'm one of biggest fan of Michael Jackson . He was one of a kind .he is the only person that i know that was truely sent for heaven above ,he touch alot of lives and souls .He made music that made you think happy thoughts and made the world change into helping people, not just people you know but people that you couldt reach or see.he was amazing and will be greatly missed. my prays are with the family. R.I.P Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  71. Ziad Daher

    Michael Jackson dead at 50! I'm still in denial icons like MJ do not die they are immortal so together we'll cry happy tears in celebration of this legends music, giving and history. MJ has gone to a better place where there is no hurt or sorrow. May God Rest your soul in peace MJ for you have bee na part of our lives for so long and we shall always love you.

    Ziad Daher
    Beirut Lebanon

    June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  72. C.Hall

    I think we should all take this time to remembe Mike as an amazing entertainer and humanitarian, I think he was. He help many around the glob, yet all I have heard thus far this morning and last night was the debt he left behind and the last 10-11 troubled years of his life. We are so quick to say what is normal and abnormal when it comes to MJ, well can someone please define the word "Normal" to me because I think he was a rare jewel that has been taken away from us to early. So in respect to the Jackson family, his children, and to him, can the media please talk about what we, the fans, really want to hear and see acknowledged? Michael Jackson was a person with a gift the average artist or entertainer will never experience in their career, he was a person who carried in him a heart that cared for those the average individual show no interest in caring for or helping ot even today. He was an individual he changed the music world beyond measure, and a person who loved his people, no matter their race.
    Can we, the viewers, please hear the media talk about that Micheal Jackson? The one that made us cry, dance, and give to the children who were hungry. Please?

    Sincerly,
    A saddened heart and huge fan of a great talent! 🙂 🙂

    June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  73. Dave

    Re: Comments from David Gallant

    There is something called respect in this world. Michael Jackson had to deal with a lot of disrespect in life – at least have the decency to give him respect in death.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  74. Ciara Anderson, Author

    I have been very emotional since yesterday. Tears are escaping as I write this. So many people called me yesterday and I have had several calls early this morning to see if I was okay. Michael Jackson means so much to me. My connection to him was I never had a childhood and I was abused. I began working at 8 and two jobs at 11. I don't have any children of my own but I reach out to children all over the world, especially those who have endured such pain as a child. My favorite song is "MAN IN THE MIRROR" and "CHILDHOOD." My heart goes out to his family. I will continue to make a difference in children llives. I love you Mike.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  75. Danielle

    I am utterly appalled of Michael Jackson's death. This was a shock to myself and other fans around the world. On Thursday afternoon at 6pm i was informed that Michael Jackson has died.I remember the 1st time I saw Michael on TV and cannot remember a time when he was not a part of my life after that day. Across the globe he was revered. He was a once in a lifetime person, who I feel privileged to have shared my lifetime with. Michael Jackson was also misunderstood and a victim of his own success. What Frustrates me is that no one saw Michael Jackson for his talent, they saw him for his personal life. It's no ones business knowing what happens a person's life. The press caused Michael to die. They criticized his mistakes through life. Michael was a helpless soul. He was very stressed out from concerts and more. Michael Jackson is a "Thriller" and it doesn't matter if he's "Black or White". He will always "Rock my World" forever. He is in my heart and no one can take him out of me. Michael Jackson is my inspiration and a talented person. Even though he is dead "Thriller" will always be there to haunt him. Michael – we love you and thank you for a lifetime of memories. You will never truly die as you will live on in our hearts and in your music forever.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family. May God Bless you and your children and keep you in his loving protection forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  76. Ziad Daher

    Michael Jackson dead at 50! I'm still in denial icons like MJ do not die they are immortal so together we'll cry happy tears in celebration of this legends music, giving and history. MJ has gone to a better place where there is no hurt or sorrow. May God Rest your soul in peace MJ for you have bee na part of our lives for so long and we shall always love you.

    Ziad Daher
    Beirut, Lebanon

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  77. MONIQUE M.

    THE NATION LOST AN ICON IN MUSICAL HISTORY. MICHAEL'S MUSIC TOUCHED SO MANY HEARTS INCLUDING. HE DID SO MUCH TO PIONEER THE INDUSTRY. YES, HIS LIFE HAS BEEN FILLED WITH UPS AND DOWNS. NEVERTHELESS, HE WAS A HUMAN BEING. HE LOVED, HE GAVE, HE SHARED HIS LIFE AND EMOTION WITH US, HIS WORDS IN HIS SPEAK LIFE. MICHAEL DIED OF A BROKEN HEART!!!!!! HE WANTED SO MUCH TO BE LOVED BY US IN AMERICA. INNOCENT TIL PROVEN GUILTY..... HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY IN THE COURT OF LAW BUT IN THE PUBLIC EYE TO SOME HE WAS STILL GUILTY. IN MY HEART I KNOW AND BELIEVE THAT HE WOULD OR COULD NEVER HURT A HUMAN SOUL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS KIDS. THE JOY IN HIS EYES WHEN HE WOULD TALK ABOUT HIS KIDS, YOU KNEW HE LOVED THEM SO MUCH. I WILL MISS HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE. SADLY ENOUGH HE NEVER WILL GET THE CHANCE TO SEE HIS KIDS GROW UP. GOD HAS REALLY RECEIVED ANGEL IN HEAVEN. R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  78. Laron Gibson

    Hello my name is Laron, I am very Shocked that a music lengend like michael is gone.Michael was a great perfomer, a great musician, i loved his music and his videos ,he had such creativity. I going to be honest i never looked at michael the same for what he did to a child, i don't know if it was true or not, i never really followed up on that story, but michael hated what michael jackson did to him self with all the plastic surgery, looking at him from a child to a adult, as a adult michael just look plain creepy and looked like a ghost for that matter. It is funny how the world made fun of michael wit shows such as family guy, rush hour etc. and now is mournining. i don't really cry for people i don't know personaly, but i wish his children the best and i hope they end up in good hands!

    Laron
    Bahmas

    June 26, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  79. Regina Cooper

    I grew up with Michael and his brothers. He was an icon which no could match. I have a 20 yr old son and he knew what a great super star he was . REST IN PEACE MICHAEL WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

    June 26, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  80. Ciara Anderson, Author

    "MAN IN THE MIRROR"

    June 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  81. Cabria

    I think that micheal jackson he was a big dreamer and even as a young boy that he put forth alot of effort towards his carrer. He was an amazing artist. I wasnt even around when jackson 5 was around but, I wish I was. Also to me it didnt matter what the media said about him because he was an amazing person. much much love to the family.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  82. carressa taylor from cleveland

    i think for the love of michael i would not won't my money back from the ticket . i would like to help him as much as i can, by helping him with his debts. i think that money will help out greatly. just because they didn,t see him in concert the thought of just helping out should be most inspiring. plus that ticket would be so special to me knowing that i had a possible chance of seeing the greatest singer alive before he died. i love u michael rest in peace!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  83. shelley mclorinan

    michael jackson was the hottest guy in the world i don t know why he changed his perfect image, i am heart broken at his passing we loved and love him and his music, it makes me sad that when life gets bad the media destroys such wonderful people, now that he has died that same bunch will have a money feeding frenzy once more, because of the success of micael bless you and your loved ones, you will live on forever

    June 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  84. Rebekah Hoover

    I'm so sadden and shocked by the news of Michael. May God be with his family. I too lost my only child to murder, whom I took to see Michael in Atlanta over 35 years ago. Somehow she got into his dressing room and he gave her a pair of shoestring with his name and picture on them, which I have today. I loved him and will miss him greatly.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  85. Regina

    I am praying for the family of Micheal Jackson. I hope that he is with the angels in heaven. But please stop showing when they bought his body to the morgue and also the child ,molestation videos. This is very disrespectful.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  86. Jacob

    People were socked i was at my friends when he told me michael jackson just died i was like no way but he turned on the tv on CNN News and it sad American icon Michael Jackson dies at 50 years old i could not belive it THE KING OF POP will be missed

    June 26, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  87. Melissa

    This is Melissa from Houston, Texas. I am 13 years old, and I must admit, Michael was my hero. His dancing and singing inspired me to pursue my career in acting and singing. He may have died, but his image and music will live on. This man was an entity, a legend, and a hero to many people in this generation.
    Rest in peace, Michael; you will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  88. Rita Hunte

    I am very upset and distrubed by the negative comments about Michael Jackson. He is a human being. I see the nasty remarks about him being a child molester and many others. I gurantee you those who write those things, if we were to look into your past and history, you have done some horrible things yourselves and you may have been accused of some things that were not true. So I mourn the lost of a great human being and an entertainer today. If you don't like Michael, keep those comments to yourself. You NASTY little insignificant people and respect the dead and the family. He would not be the only famous person to be accussed of something he did not do, until God reveals it to be true, I will NEVER believe he was molesting or having inappriopriate relations with children. I refuse to believe that lie. So please keep your negative and unnecessary comments to yourselves.

    ~Rita Hunte

    June 26, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  89. shelle

    Michael Jackson U will b missed I love U

    June 26, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  90. Ferede

    I can't believe with this sudden loss of the king of pop-Michael Jackson.
    I'm an Ethiopian immigrant living in the US and I still remember listening to his music as a little kid. Michael has introduced America to the world and America and the world has lost its musical genius and a person who rose above all by breaking the color barrier and bringing the world together as one nation through his music.
    He was my Hero.
    Michael WE LOVE YOU NOW AND FOREVER.
    RIP MICHAEL.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  91. emma hale burnett

    PULEEZE...HE WAS A CHILD ABUSER!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  92. Linda

    if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.......we all need to look at the man in the mirror. I will miss you Michael, finally rest in peace

    June 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  93. Anna

    Yes Michael Jackson became so powerful and so big and the music he sang was hit after hit. That he became bigger then the king of pop. the preiudice real world did not want to see a black man so talent and he was making to much money for them. Like they do to all blacks that become to powerful. They attack Michael Jackson any way they could to bring him down. All the lies about the children, this man love children. And all children love him, even my granchildren love him. It was to much for Michael to take he was sadded by the way they were treating him. That he became very deppress and this is what killed him. You know who you are and you will have to live with this on your mind for the rest of your life. The good part is you cannot hurt Michael anymore. Hope your all happy now!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  94. Adrienne Zedella

    From baby boomers up to the elderly, from the 60's flower generation down to the newest generation, like him personally or not, Michael Jackson has made an impact on all of our lives musically. Whether an opera fan or a Dead-head, we all grew up hearing Jackson Five and Michael Jackson's songs for an entire generation and have their entire repertoire permanently ingrained into our psyches. The Jackson legacy grew from a fascinated awe and admiration for the talents of one so young and flawless to respect for the perfectionism, inventiveness, and creative genious of a visionary outperforming and amazing us all with his rhythm and unequalled talent.
    Personal quirks and curiousities aside, one can only let one's imagination run wild with the how's and the why's of what caused and shaped Michael's inter-personal associations, attitudes, demons, eccentricities, and seclusion. What remains and will always live on is what he gave us all as an innocent child prodigy, a selfless iconic entertainer and a larger-than-life talented musical legend.
    Michael, thank you for all you've done for the world and for all the music I'll continue to enjoy and respect. You're a big part of all that has molded me and you will be missed, but your music will always be cherished. You were a superstar on earth. You are now a star in the Universe as well. WOW!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  95. Scottie

    "There will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER be another like you, Michael! P..." more "There will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER be another like you, Michael! Planet Earth didn't deserve such an angel. No longer will you have to hear all the hateful words, see the hateful words/pics online or deal with allegations that took such a life-changing toll on you, bro. I'll love/miss you as long as I live! Rest in TOTAL Peace, TRUE KING OF POP!!"

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  96. Anna H.

    I was returning from my first cruise celebrating my 50th Birthday when I got a call leaving the airport from my sister of Michael death. I was shocked and hurt to hear Michael had passed away. I felt like I grew up with Michael and loved him as a brother, who I never met. On the cruise, my family especially my daughter and son would dance to every Michael Jackson song. We all love to dance and Michael songs were the best. To me, Michael seem to be a lovely person who was misunderstood because of his love for children. He was a loving person with a good heart. He was inspiring to so many who followed him because of his success; and his legacy will live on. He is now in a better place with the Lord. Michael, we will miss you and always love you. Anna

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  97. Nitin

    There was no one like MJ, there cannot be another one like MJ and there will never be one like MJ.

    I am sad, feel sorry for him and his kids. A guy who never got to experience what childhood is, but helped everyone grow up with his unbelieveable music.

    I think he was like a small plant litterally strectched into a big tree in no time in an unnatrual way and unacceptable. I blame the people who exploited him.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  98. Jamal Olds

    I'M VERY HURT AND STILL IN SHOCK FROM THIS LOST EVER SINCE I WAS 5 I ALWAYS USE TO GET MY CHURCH SHOES AND IMITATE MICHEAL IN FRONT OF MY FAMILY AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT KNEW I COULD DO AN IMPRESSION OF HIM. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MICHEAL REMEMBER THAT JAMAL OLDS LOVE YOU AND MUSIC AND THE ENTERTAINMENT WILL NOT BE THE SAME BUT YOUR LEGACY WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER LIVE ON. R.I.P. MICHEAL LOVE YOU

    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  99. emma hale burnett

    so, just delete my comment...I think that reflects my morals.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  100. chance123

    Truely heartbreaking.I don't know when i am going to believe it's true.Micheal is probly the most widely known person in the world.I introduced him to my kids and they loved him just like me.I believe he wanted to make the world a better place and hope that all who loved him will try in his memory.My wishes to everyone.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  101. Kim J

    Michael Jackson was the greatest musical artist of all time. May he rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  102. bobby

    I still remember lining up in a store in Vancouver in 1982, with my dad holding my hand, waiting to get my first copy of Thriller. The album was sold out and we had to come back next week. His music defined OUR generation, much like Elvis defined another generation. His music, and his dance form, influenced music and dance both here in the US but also around the world. What's most amazing is that not only did his music influence and entertain countless people in my generation around the world, but what makes this personal for me is that even my late father enjoyed his music and would try to sing along with MJ in the car when his songs would come on the radio.... Now I understand why people were so sad when Elvis died. I get it. He will always be remembered. He wasn't perfect. Nobody is. But he was a genius in his own right. Nobody can dispute that.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  103. MONIQUE M.

    "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE" THE NATION LOST AN ICON IN MUSICAL HISTORY. MICHAEL'S MUSIC TOUCHED SO MANY HEARTS, SO MANY LIVES, IN SO MANY COUNTRIES IN SO MANY WAYS. HE DID SO MUCH TO PIONEER THE INDUSTRY. YES, HIS LIFE HAS BEEN FILLED WITH UPS AND DOWNS. NEVERTHELESS, HE WAS A HUMAN BEING. HE LOVED, HE GAVE, HE SHARED HIS LIFE, AND EMOTIONS WITH US. THE WORDS WITHIN HIS LYRICS SPOKE LIFE THEY HAD MEANING. THEY TOUCHED HEARTS AND SOULS. MICHAEL DIED OF A BROKEN HEART!!!!!!!!!!!! HIS EVERY MOVE WE WATCHED WITHIN THE MEDIA. HE WANTED SO MUCH TO BE LOVED AND ACCEPTED IN AMERICA. INNOCENT TIL PROVEN GUILTY..... HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY IN THE COURT OF LAW. BUT IN THE PUBLIC EYE TO SOME HE WAS STILL GUILTY. IN MY HEART I KNOW AND BELIEVE THAT HE COULD NOT HURT A HUMAN SOUL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS KIDS. THE JOY IN HIS EYES WHEN HE WOULD TALK ABOUT HIS KIDS, YOU KNEW HE LOVED THEM VERY MUCH. I WILL MISS HIS BEAUTIFUL SMILE. SADLY, HE WILL NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO SEE HIS KIDS GROW UP. GOD HAS REALLY RECEIVED AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN. WE LOST A LEGEND! THOSE WHO REALLY LOVED MICHAEL LOST A PART OF THEM. "JUST ANOTHER PART OF ME" GONE. HE IS FREE NOW OF ALL THE PAIN. R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  104. lauren

    I can understand that Micheal was an icon for many but everyone has seem to forget the fact that he has been on trial for molestation several times. While you grieve for Micheal, how about you grieve for the children he hurt.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  105. Kevin

    What a sad day,
    One is left only to reflect about Michael, his gift given to the world and the memories that each of us had when his songs were heard for the fisrt time throught out our lives.
    With obtaining and achieving everything most are just left to dream about. His deep sense of sadness & Lonliness like many of us just trying to find a place, our place in this world. Something money nor fame can buy. A place where you can be at peace with your self and in a world at times un caring and cold. I hope what he could not find in this world he now may have in the next.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  106. Michelle

    Oh my goodness this is soooo devistating. I remember growing up listening to his music and watching his videos. He is truely an icon and will be missed. I am just so stunned still and dont know how to react.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  107. Trisha

    Michael was very influential as I grew up with him, his music was amazing, he broke so many barriers and did it well! He never gave up. The world will never forget him or his music! This is truely a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers for the whole family and his children! Rest in peace Michael, no more pain or suffering!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  108. Pauline Adams

    I remember when I was opened to his music and he literally saved my life. It was the DANGEROUS album-most precisely the songs "Will You Be There" and "Keep the Faith". I was going through rough times; I didn't want to live anymore (from the ages of 9 to 13 years old). It was indeed Michael Jackson and his music that helped me see the light that life was worth living.

    Michael Jackson, if you have noticed with other comments, blogs, tributes...have gone far beyond the world of music, the world of videos, the world of concerts and the world of talents. He truly helped change people and who they are. Not many people can make that type of connection with millions of people all around the world.

    Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy to his family, especially his 3 children!! I hope that they realize if they do not already…the impact of what he has done for people! With that being said, I truly hope he is at peace now with himself. There is no doubt in my mind that he was in much pain internally. Truly Rest in Peace Michael!! 🙂 Moonwalk to peacefulness and happiness Michael…you deserve it!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  109. ana rodriguez

    i'm a 57 year old from Puerto Rico, i used to wach the j5 in when they where very,very young and i felt in love with Michael then. and the rest like they say, is history. Like veryone else,it is hard to take the news of his passing. i will love him for ever, and never,never i believe about the alligations of child molestation. i will keep the good the he gave to all. God be whith his family at this time of loss. I LOVE YOU MY MICHAEL. HOPE N PRAY THAT NOW YOU ARE FINALLY RESTING IN PEACE, WHITH THE LORD ABOVE AND THAT PEACE THAT WILL BE GRANTED TO ALL OF US.
    FOR EVER YOUR FAN FOR LIFE,
    ANA RODRIGUEZ XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    June 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  110. Penny

    Micheal Jackson should be remembered as the person he tried to be, a humanitarian, a musician who reached all corners of the world, a father, son, brother and friend. He was a lonely man who appeared to only be secure in himself when he performed, and that is the man I will remember. I am the same age as Michael and grew up listening to him and will continue to listen to him.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  111. vallary

    I remeber the music, I think we have lost some one wonderful. He had his issues, but look at his life. I am now 45 and his is my elvis. My kids said that to me last night they are 19 and 14. And you know I guess they are right. He was my elvis. People respect his kids and family and lets enjoy the music

    Put his music on and do your best moon walk and feel good for a little while in these times when things are so hard for all people.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  112. Karen Zaytsoff

    As sad as it is that Michael has passed.......please, please keep Iran on the front burner. Too much speculative coverage this morning about MJ. Think of all those poor Iranians in fear of the bang on the door in the middle of the night.Keep it going CNN we are all still very interested in Iran.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  113. E'CASANOVA

    MY NAME IS E’CASANOVA. I’M A MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE ARTIST, HISTORIAN AND FRIEND.

    SADLY, THE WORLD HAS LOST AN INTERNATIONAL TREASURE, THE LAST OF THE GREAT SONG AND DANCE MEN, MICHAEL JACKSON. KNOWN AS ONE OF THE 5 MOST RECOGNIZABLE PEOPLE ON THE PLANET, THIS TRAVESTY WILL BE REMEMBERED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST LOST’S IN HISTORY.

    I WAS FINALIZING A MAJOR EVENT HONORING MICHAEL IN WHICH HE HAD AGREED TO ATTEND, SET FOR OCTOBER 25 WHEN I GOT A PHONE CALL SAYING THAT AN AMBULANCE HAD JUST PULLED UP TO HIS BEVERLY HILLS HOME. OF COURSE WE PRAYED THAT IT WASN’T FOR MICHAEL. OUR PRAYERS WERE NOT ANSWERED.

    MICHAEL JACKSON IS A WORLD PHENOMENOM, AN INNOVATOR OF SONG, DANCE, MASTER OF VISUAL CONCEPT AND ARTISTIC INTERPUTATION. IN A WORD, PROFECTONIST! FROM THE AGE OF 10 TIL NOW HE HAS HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED THINGS AND SET THE BAR SO HIGH THAT IT’S INCOMPROHENSABLE.

    MICHAEL WAS SUPPORTING CHARITIES BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR TO DO WITH SONGS LIKE "CAN U FEEL IT" IN 1981. "WE ARE THE WORLD" STILL REMAINS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SELLING SINGLES OF ALL TIME.

    MANY ARTISTS TODAY WHO ARE INFLUENCED BY MICHAEL AND THOSE WHO AREN’T, THEIR HYPE IS BIGGER THAN THEY ARE. ONE THING THAT HAS ALWAYS SET MICHAEL ABOVE THE REST FROM THE DAYS OF THE J5, IS THAT HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BIGGER THAN HIS HYPE.

    YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WORLD PHENOMONON WHEN SOMEONE WEARS SOMETHING, SINGS A CERTAIN WAY OR DOES A DANCE MOVE AND THE AVERAGE JOE SAYS..”YOU TRYIN TO BE LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON”.

    MICHAEL JACKSON IS A FASHOIN GURU. AFTER HE MOONWALKED ON THE MOTOWN 25 SPECIAL, THERE WAS NOT ONE PERSON IN THE WORLD WHO DID NOT HAVE A WHITE GLOVE OR RED ZIPPER BEAT IT JACKET.

    I ASK THAT THE TABLOID MEDIA REPORT THE FACTS AND STOP NEGATING HIS SUCCESS.

    BAD IS THE SECOND BIGGEST SELLING ALBULM OF ALL TIME WITH OVER 25.5 MIL UNITS SOLD WORLDWIDE.

    DANGEROUS IS THE 3RD WITH OVER 25 MIL SOLD WORLDWIDE.

    AND THIS SELF PROCLAIMED KING OF POP CRAP IS INSANE. ACCORDING TO GUINNESS, THRILLER HAS SOLD OVER 107 MIL UNITS WORLD WIDE AND COUNTING. MAKING IT THE BIGGEST SELLING POP ALBUM. SO UNTIL SOMEONE ECLIPS’S THAT, WHICH WILL NEVER HAPPEN, HE IS THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP.

    MICHAEL JACKSON WILL FOREVER LIVE IN MY HEART AND WILL BE TRULY MISSED. IT’S MY LIFE. HE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR GENERATION THAT I GREW UP ON. I’LL NEVER RECOVER FROM THIS AND I’LL ALWAYS PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF HIS LEGACY AND LEGEND AS I ALWAYS HAVE.

    I PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND HIS KIDS.

    MICHAEL JACKSON….GONE TOO SOON.

    E'CASANOVA

    June 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  114. Takata

    I have so many first memories when I think of Michael.
    My first record play I was four, and the only record I had was the Jackson 5 single "ABC 123"
    I remember us crowding around the little 19" screen to watch the premiere of the "Thriller Video"
    My first crush I had at age 11 was on Michael Jackson.
    When I got my first apartmen at 17 my roomate and I always played the "Black or White" song
    It's like the end of an era. My heart is broken.
    Good Bye Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  115. tariku

    the death of King Michael, is shoking news for all Ethiopian people, we will never forget what he has been done to us during the time of fighting hunger before 20 years.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  116. Khabilah Blake

    A lot has been said about Michael Jackson like King of Pop, Icon, Legend etc. I must admit I felt a little sad after hearing the news. However, as I watched on CNN the helicopter bearing his body landing on a roof with the coroner's van waiting, it suddenly dawn on me that only what is done for Christ will last. Michael was "larger than life" as some may put it but where you spend eternity is what is even more important. It is my hope that in his last moments that crucial decision was made.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    Khabilah

    June 26, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  117. ISO

    It came as a big shock to me as fox2 reporter was reporting around 5pm .That i didnt know i was shouting how?.mick may ur soul rest in peace, we love u but God loves u best. ur work remain and we will always rememer u .especaily with ur songs.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  118. MARLENE RADER

    He will always be in our hearts,and the memories that we charish of MICHAEL JACKSON.May his music play on?

    June 26, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  119. Richard C

    People being jailed or killed in Iran, a possible confrontation with North Korea, economic situations and all you can talk about is Michael Jackson. A death is always tragic but enough of Michels death and more of the important news.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  120. Brooklyn Native

    All I can say is, I want you back!

    My fondest memory is of my mom taking me to a Jackson 5 concert at Madison Square Garden in the 1970's. Hits performed included:
    Stop the love you save, I want you back and I found that girl (Jermaine lead singer)
    Who knew, this was the beginning of a life long legacy of hits..

    I continue to play vinyl records today including the memorable ABC album. I appreciate the gift of music and legacy Michael Jackson has left for fans to embrace forever.

    Never can say goodbye...

    June 26, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  121. Jacqueline Pumphrey

    The real tribute and history breaking record would be for all his fans that bought tickets to his concert not to ask for a refund, but to donate the money from the tickets to his family to pay off his debts and money for his serviving children whom he loved dearly! This would make the songs " we are the world and man in the mirror" manifest into a reality for our dearly missed and loved MICHAEL JACKSON the king of pop!!!!!!!!!!!!! may he rest in peace!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  122. Irene F.

    The news has not really set in for a lot of people that one of the brightest stars and biggest influences in entertainment has passed away. Michael Jackson was truly a gifted individual that revolutionized the way music was made and the way it was presented through video. Very rarely does an artist leave an imprint the way he has on the entire planet and it is unlikely that we will see anything like this again. On a more personal note, his music and dance style – in addition to being entertaining – was therapeutic; I remember how many times his “presence” helped me deal with some tough moments growing up. Regardless of the strange stories that circulated around him, Michael Jackson’s contribution to music and dance has undoubtedly left an indelible mark that should ultimately be respected and appreciated. Finally, I pray his departure from us gives him the peace that he so wanted…and deserved.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  123. Quincy Caveness

    I am a 48 year old man with 2 sons. I love children too and coach, love being dad etc...I fully believe the accusations are false on Michaels charges of molesting etc.
    There is a huge difference in loving kids and wanting to help kids, versus being a molestor.....however, in todays society, it is so easy to be misconstrued (and accused) if you are close to children...especially if you are a superstar.
    I wasnt even a big Jackson fan but appreciated, respected his talents.
    I did not beleive his guilt in 1993 or today...
    So I can understand why he reclused under such horrible accusations. That was his downfall...
    You watch..in time these accusers will come clean, I fully believe.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  124. Dwight Robinson

    Michael Jackson was three months older than I am, and I was always extremely proud to acknowledge that we were the same age. I privately adopted him as the older brother I never had. I followed his career my whole life, to the stratosphere, and through the dark valleys, and he was and will always be my brother. I will cherish his epic accomplishments for the rest of my days. Rest In Peace Big Brother!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  125. Janice

    Thank you for this truest-to-the-real-Michael story that I've read so far. What many of the younger fans don't understand is that The J Five helped define the childhood memories of us forty-something people of color.

    Up until 1969, Motown published incredible new music that gave black people (adults) an identity, a style, a place to make their mark in history....however, when the Jackson Five came along, we little black kids had something all our own. There were no other black music groups relevent to children of color during that time (early 70's). The Jackson Five WAS it for us and it shaped our experiences. The summer TV specials, the appearances on Soul Train, The Flip Wilson Show, American Bandstand, The Dinah Shore Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, the pin-ups in Right-On magazine, the cover stories in Ebony and Jet. We had something to identify with. These are my sweet original memories of Michael Jackson.

    As I am watching all of the coverage of this great icon, I do get a bit frustrated that, for the most part, the emphasis on the beginning of his music career appear to be geared towards the 80's with Sony and the Billie Jean song.

    So although the 80's brought Billie Jean and all of the other mega hits of Michael J (the solo artist), it was Motown and the Jackson Five that brought Michael to that place. He is forever etched in the mind and memories of blacks who grew up in the 70's.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  126. Chris W.

    MJ was the best of all time past and present

    June 26, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  127. Anna (from Jamaica)

    I am 17 years old and i grow up listening Michael Jacksons music. And he will and is greatly missed in this world and in the world of music.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  128. amaay

    Michael Jackson passed away on the 25th of June on 2.26 pm current time in L.A at the age of 50 ! What shall I say? When I heard about his Heartattack , I didn't believed it at first.I was like it's a joke , but when I saw it in the News , I was totally shocked and heartbroken . This is the saddest day ever because our Legend of Music gone away.

    MJ was an amazing black singer , he got talent and he was made for the stage.We all know that he did a lot of mistakes , but we shouldn't hate a person just because of his mistakes. I mean seriously People's always make mistakes. We're just humans and we shouldn't hate someone for that. MJ, I still cant believe it, is really passed away he got a collapse and didn't breathed anymore on the way to the L.A hospital , the doctor's tried to reanimate him , but it was to late . The Media's told us that MJ died cus of a "heartattack" but to be honest , no one knows . We all know the Media's are making a big deal of it. Could be that they gave him some Medicals or other stuff. We don't know .

    But MJ was really a great Man , it doesnt matter if he was Black or White like every people said , it's about the thing he loved to do . naimly MUSIC ♥ He inspirated a lot of peoples all over the world with a lot of songs , remember : ABC ,Thriller , Smooth Criminal , Billie Jean , Beat it , Black or White , We are the World , Scream, Childhood ,Who's Bad. and even more , it's undescribable . Am still crying . He wanted to start his Comeback in London and now he's gone , a sad moment for all his FANS and Friends.

    There are some stpd. people which think , they know everything about him and make fun of him , but they don't , they really don't know how hard he fights for peace.& harmony , it sounds weird but maaan this man was such an up to look idol , there are a lot of celeb's which are thankful for being who they are today , and i'm thankful that he amazed. & touched me with his black music. ya'll haters should think and then talk . that's the best way, you better believe that.
    he deserves every single thing he did.

    his music will still beat in our hearts,he may passed away but his soul is with {us}. i never met him , that's pretty sad , but i feel like i know him in&outside. gonna say THANK YOU for the time MJ.

    It doesn't matter if youre BLACK or WHITE !!

    & don't forget his Moonwalk !

    Rest in Peace Michael Jackson.
    We all gonna miss you <3!
    GodBless you .

    Sending some prayers to his Family + his Childrens.

    Love always.

    Your Fans from the whole World.

    Written by Amaay from Germany !

    June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  129. evelyn lara

    I was supposed to see him in concert next month. I cannot believe that i will never get the chance to see him. I was devastated when i heard the news. I woke up this morning wishing it was all a dream. You will be missed Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  130. kay

    i am very sadden by michael jackson' death...i don't know why all these celebs feel that they could be a superman or woman with all these rx drugs...it's so sad if (after the authopsy) they found rx drugs on mj. that means he's joined the bandwagon of richard pryor, marilyn monroe, elvis presley, anna nicole to name a few... the other celebs needs to think twice b4 they start doing this rx b4 they joined the statistics. we don't know if it is bcos they have money to do this rx stuff or it is just what they wanted...they forgot what the people who loved them wanted them to have (life)..they should aways think of their family b4 doing all these dangerous measures. but he will be greatly missed...he will forever be the greatest MICHAEL JACKSON... may Almighty God bless them all and forgive them all in their sins...and forgive us for our trespasses as well...amen

    June 26, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  131. Brian McCarthy

    In the late 90's I was an International Manager for United Airlines and was working onboard a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo. I was notified approximately 45 minutes before departure that Michael Jackson and 3 body guards would be traveling on our flight. He is one of the only people in the world that was allowed to travel under a false name due to the significant security risk of releasing a passenger manifest with his name. This is something the US government has to approve. He did not have to go through customs nor come through the airport. He was brought by police escort directly planeside immediately before takeoff with 3 bodyguards. He was in first class with one bodyguard next to him and two behind him. I found him to be one of the most kind, funny and gentle people I had ever met. During the 12 hour flight he came to the galley while his bodyguards were sleeping to talk with the flight attendants and myself. He was facinated to hear the crews stories of what they did on layovers and expressed how very much he wished he could just go see tourist attractions or simply walk on a beach without having to wear a disguise of some kind. He said he was sincerely jealous of our "normality". He was kind enough to sign autographs for the crew and spent a good 40 minutes talking with us. Interestingly he asked for a small amount of wine and requested that it be put in a paper coffee cup. He explained that if people saw him with a wine glass someone would write that he was drinking and possibly had a drinking problem. It was sad to see the lenghts he had to go to for a shot glass size amount of wine. He is still one of the most soft spoken, and kind people I have ever met. He took a sincere interest in the crews lives and their freedom to live them the way the chose. I pray Michael rests in peace. He deserves so much more from us and the world for his countless contributions! He is as close to American Royalty that we have.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  132. Dominique Stockley

    I Would have to say Yesterday was the most shocking news i have ever heard in my life. i'm only 13 years old so i really didn't get to experience all the wonderful moments michael has shared with alot of people but i do know his music and it does speak to alot of people. I just pray his family is ok. R.I.P To THE KING OF POP. THERE IS NO OTHER LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON. We love you Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  133. Raquel

    I was shocked and sadened by his passing. My first album I bought as a kid was thriller. I never beleived he did anything wrong to those kids. He was a kid himself. He was messed up in the head but who isnt. I find it disgusting the text messages im receiving of inappropriate and disrespectful sayings. My heart goes out to his family and his kids.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  134. KIRK

    What a talent! but remember his love of little boys! The young lives
    inspired! and theyoung lives he destroyed, because he could.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  135. Tomiko Thompson-Webb

    Growing up I can remember being so engulfed with the news and entertainment of the world. I lived in from of the tube. I can remember the passing of Peter Jennings, Tupac, Pope John Paul II, James Brown and Princess Diane, but none have consumed me more than the death of the legendary Michael Jackson.He is so much of my childhood. He will live on in my heart forever.

    Tomiko Thompson-Webb
    Atlanta, GA

    June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  136. Michael Ihsan

    I remember the time I was drafted twice in NYC for the Vietnam War when ABC Hit the streets. I sang that song my way, along with Michael and his brothers' "Hup two three, come get me can you see, I love brooklyn abc you & me wont get together, hee hee hee. I went anyway and serve proudly. Michael served the world proudly thru his music and love for all mankind. He will live forever thru us all.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  137. Daniel

    i hated so much to hear of michaels passing. it is equal to that of elvis and others of that sort. the only thing that gets me is how in recent years people have given him a bad rep. yeah he has had his faults like we all have at some point. the recent years have been kind of weird and all. but in the day throughout the 80's he was indeed BAD! my final thought is for people to not remember recent michael but remember......BACK IN THE DAY

    June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  138. McKofi Owusu

    Michael had a genuine love for the world, he was paid back with accusations, ridicule and poverty. This led to his isolation and isolation gifted him death. He'll always be the king of pop in live or in death.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  139. Megan Redenbaugh

    I remember when I was growing up and my mom would have thriller playing all time and she would try to teach me how to the dance. I believe that someone should open up the Neverland property as a tourist attraction. In tribute to Michael Jackson. It would always have NON-STOP vistors. This goes to the "KING OF POP". R.I.P Michael a child at heart. You are loved and missed by many.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  140. tanika from north carolina

    i remember when i was a child i got the bad album i was only 5 and i loved mike i spilled kool aid on the album and i cried my eyes out over that album i love you mike you will always be remembered in my heart

    June 26, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  141. McKofi Owusu

    Michael had a genuine love for the world, he was paid back with accusations, ridicule and poverty. This led to his isolation and isolation gifted him death. He’ll always be the king of pop in life or in death.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  142. Missy Allbritton

    I was eleven years old the first time I heard a Michael Jackson song, My dad had picked me up from school and he had the tape Off The Wall playing in the car. I became an instant fan, Michael's talent was amazing, I thought he was awesome! God had given him such an amazing talent to share with the world. My thoughts and prays are with the Jackson family. A Fan In Dallas, Tx

    June 26, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  143. Rene zarate

    What's the big deal,the guy was a freak

    June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  144. paul

    I am very surprised, I can't believe the amount of time you are giving to Michael Jackson, since yesterday all night this morning, guys we need your help Iran needs your help,please, please please enough is enough, people are dying I love CNN, but you guys are losing me. And all of these people that are in shock about Michael "please" pick up the paper in the morning see how many people are dying around the world, this is the difference between people in Iran and around the world we would never fight for our rights, we rather watch" American Idol" or" Beat It".
    People GET A GRIP CNN please what about the NEWS NEWS NEWS

    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  145. Clarence Richards

    The musicians and singers of the world should sign on to the 50 concerts as a final tribute to Michael Jackson. They should do this for Free because So many of them owed their careers to Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  146. Music Lover

    I saw Michael "The Jackson Five" when he was about 10-12 years old at the Ohio State Fair. He put on a show then and continued to do so later in lfe.

    Although he had a very controversal life.. let us RESPECTUFULLY remember he was also a father, son, brother, uncle, friend and more.

    My heart goes out to his children and family. I pray that God gives them 'peace' along with the strength to get through these difficult times.

    Michael – may you finaly have the peace that you've been searching for.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  147. JudgeU

    Michael Jackson from Black to white; he had no color. He reached boundaries with music, a humanitarian, a gentle heart, hidden pain; spread the rhythm of his heart. Victim of conspiracies, conquer racism, unique, one in a million. Rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  148. margarita

    I am extremely saddened at the news of sudden death of The King of Pop Michael Jackson. The world has lost a phenomenal true talent! He was Mozart and Bach of the 20th century and no other pop star will ever compare to his genius and the impact he had on this planet! I am very dissapointed that it had to take his death for the media to finally remember what an unbelievable performer he was! For several years we have heard nothing but negative things about him, lies and nonsense created by deeply flawed people wanting to destroy him and get his money out of jealousy. None of these lies were ever proven. The only proof we had was that Michael Jackson was a musical genius, but many people chose to overlook that and chose to believe all those horrible things he was accused of. Why??? Why did people not chose to recall how much money he gave to various charities around the world and how he used his music to spread the good message on this planet??? Michael Jackson was a prime example of how people who are different and eccentric are treated on this planet. It appears as if the more good things you do, the more innocent and trusting you are the more of a target you will be for being beaten down and destroyed. My heart goes out to his family and people close to him and I hope that something good will come out of this tragedy: Michael Jackson's good name will be cleared once and for all!!! That's how it happened with Joan of Arc, and our Lord Jesus Christ and many others destroyed for being too good...But no matter what happens, Michael Jackson's music will live on forever!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  149. Mariane

    Michael Jackson is my number 1 artist and I am so sad that he passed away. Michael, I will miss you greatly. You are the B.E.S.T.

    LOVE ALWAYS.
    Mariane

    June 26, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  150. Virginia Guillen

    Michael Jackson
    I grew up on Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic. I did not understant the words of his song, but he was my idol. I named my son after him. We adored him, and we killed him.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  151. Estilita Grimaldo

    Michael Jackson, as the world's foremost entertainer, was prey to money grubbers. His deep love for children (easily understood when one examines his own childhood) put him in a position that allowed these predators to want to take advantage of him.
    Dirty-minded people prefer to believe that filth. The trial broke him. People should walk in his shoes to understand. Why would he want to "come back" (he never left) and make money again, when even his father, since was 5, exploited him. What for? To have more people preying on him?
    He was a genius and THE LITTLE PEOPLE could not handle that. That's why now, even in his departure, they have to bring ugly stuff back. Let's honor what he gave us, PERIOD!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  152. Jen

    One of my very first and fondest memories as a young child was going to a friend’s birthday party in elementary school that was Michael Jackson themed . We watched Thriller for the first time, dined on paper MJ plates, cups and napkins and we were even entertained by her uncle who had dressed up as Michael head to toe, glitter glove and all!!

    He was the soundtrack and heartbeat of my childhood in the 80’s and it’s so devastating to know he’s no longer with us.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  153. Michelle k.

    words can not describe how i feel he was an amazing singer, dancer, and a great person.As soon as i found out my heart stoped and i was very confused he died at the age of 50 and he could of went a lot more he changed the life of music and changed the faces of people....he will be missed!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  154. Gary

    Today is my birthday and instead of celebrating my life , I will celebrate Michael’s life with a candle and a prayer. Before he passed away I truly felt something in my heart and it makes me so sad that he has gone too soon. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL….I WILL TRULY MISS YOU …FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART LIKE YOU USE TO SAY.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  155. Charese

    I woke up this morning hoping that it was all a dream, but when I turned on my TV reality set in. I just started weeping again. I feel as if I lost a family member. I cant stop crying. I grew up with Michael Jackson.This is the person who I listen to as I got dressed for school. This is the person who I called my boyfriend. I'm 50 years old and just to think that he died at this age is very sad to me. Michael Jackson was a icon. I'm truly in mourning I will wear all black today and I will pray for this family. I know 1st hand what it's like to loose a love at such a young age and how it feels to have a love one to die so suddenly. I wish that we would have reached out more to Miachel. He was such a lonely man. I wish that all of the the artist that are coming out to say all of these great things about him would have told him these thing when he was here with us on this earth. We should have reached out to him then. This should be a wake up call for us all around the world. I hear the media saying things about the drugs that he may have been taking. Well this maybe true, maybe he was taking a lot of pain meds. I feel he was in a lot of pain. Pain from a broken heart and maybe he thought that if take these pills the pain of my broken heart would go away. I feel that a lot of people let Miachel Jackson down, and he died from a BROKEN HEART.!!!!!!! Did any of the older artist who watched him grow up and watch his life ever reached out to him or asked him son how are you doing? or if you ever need to talk to someone Im here?. Just think about it

    June 26, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  156. karen lai

    michael, a poor troubled soul.
    may be a good actor and musician, but a troubled soul.
    to bad , there are not enough good people around these porformares to help them .

    June 26, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  157. Alana Adams

    It is still shocking waking up this morning, looking at news reports saying that my idol has passed away. Last night I was very distraught, however my mom called my nerves saying that he is in a better place right now, and he will forever shine down on us. I believe now all we can do enjoy his music, remember the good times we had trying to do the moonwalk, and comfort the people he left behind. He will ALWAYS be alive in my heart singing Beat It.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  158. Mario

    When its my turn to pass, I want to find Mr. Michael Jackson again, shake his white gloved hand, and say to to him, thank you man! Thank you for making the world a more exciting place to be! It was so much fun with you there!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  159. PEGGY ROBINSON

    I remember first seeing Michael when he was 10 yrs old. I'v been a fan of his ever since, My baby boy Mitchell, loved Michael, he learned all of his moves, the people in my neighborhood would stop in front of my house when my son would start dancing. Michael as an artist was a boy/man genius. I believe that Michael new of this day, thats why he chose his title of his concert THIS IS IT–the curtain has been drawn, on his last curtain call, when he exits its always with a standing ovation and tears, thats the way he always wanted it. Michael now you are doing it your way. Now take your bow. Thanks to God for giving u to us for while.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  160. BRENDA

    I ONLY WATCHED AND READ OF THE STORIES OF MICHAEL JACKSON.HE NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO HAVE A CHILDHOOD AND EXPLORE WHAT IT WAS TO BE A CHILD.HE WENT THROUGH ALOT BUT NOW HE IS GONE AND AT PEACE.GOOD OR BAD PEOPLE NEED TO REALIZE THAT HE DID HAVE GOOD IN HIM.WHAT HE DID FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE, AND FOR THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE"KING OF POP"REMBER HIM AT THAT.WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  161. SONYA RODRIGO

    A tribute to the great King of Pop.

    " The world did hear
    His joy, his music and fear
    Fame did cost
    His life now lost
    We listen and cry
    For the King did die
    He fought for change
    In his musical range
    He did stumble but stood tall
    He fought for innocence with each fall
    He rose high
    His music reached the sky
    A King of Pop forever
    Never to leave our hearts-NEVER."
    By Sonya Rodrigo

    June 26, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  162. Nitin

    A pour soul who started his live with heart ache (lack of love) and his life ended with a heartache (cardiac arrest). The strange part is, between this period of childhood heartache and last heartache, he healed broken heart and spread love thru his music.

    RIP Micheal and pray god that his children may get a gr8 childhood and manhood which he always craved for.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  163. FM

    MJ is dead. Its absolutely sad, but lets get on with the NEWS. IRAN, NORTH KOREA, ECONOMY. How about Iraq? News update; Journalism is dead...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  164. dee moore

    FOREVER WILL YOU LIVE ON IN MY HEART. YOU MADE IT!! THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS BEEN STOPPED JUST FOR YOU!! TOP OF THE WORLD! NOW YOU WILL BE IN FOREVER IN PEACE FOR ALL YOU HAVE GIVING US!! THANK YOU! AND WE LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON!!! June 25 IS A NEW HOLIDAY "THRILLER DAY"

    June 26, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  165. carol

    i still remember watching his early solo vids rock with you and don't stop on american bandstand way before there was an mtv. and i still the jackson 5 cartoons on re-runs. all the pepsi commercials, the awards shows and then the moonwalk. i'm very shocked and saddened by michael's passing.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  166. beth

    i grew up with michael jackson and i have been crying since yesterday. my heart isbroke. god bless him, his family and his children.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  167. zee

    Rest in Peace.. I know your blessed in Heaven.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  168. John

    I live in Saint Louis and was on my way to work today and was driving down Olive and saw a really nice Michael Jackson tribute at one of the shops. Marc Stevens Gallery, 3319 Olive St., has a banner hanging outside for people to sign and leave flowers. If you're in Saint Louis, I think you all should check it out and sign the poster with your favorite Michael Jackson memory. It's really nice!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  169. Sandy

    There are no words to describe how I feel. I had not watched the television the day Michael passed away, until I received a call from my mother. I didn't believe her. I turned CNN news on, and was horrified. I filled with tears, for Michael, his children, and his family, and the fans. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, and I believe he would never hurt any child. I always defended him. I believe that the people involved in certain cases that Michael was involved, were greedy, money hungry, and totally took advantage of Michael. Michael was a great icon and great everything. I have been upset and tearful since I first heard. He loved children, and some people took advantage of him, I want his family to know that there are millions of Michael's fans that stuck by him. God Bless Michael and his family. My heart is aching like I have lost a loved one as well. To Michael's siblings, I have lost my sister in a terrible accident, and my heart aches with you. I know what you are going through, God be with you all . Sandra Carter

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  170. Alex

    Amen!
    Well written Tony.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  171. isha

    Early Tuesday morning I woke up from a dream, I saw that that Mel C from the spice Girls had passed away suddenly and the world is mourning her death and I'm thinking but she was so young and she was fine what happened to her? why so out of the blue? I switched through the channels on TV (I live in Chicago) and searched the Internet and found nothing.
    Then, Late Thursday Afternoon I watched Micheal being transported to the hospital and then declared dead. I was in shock and cried as they kept playing songs from his childhood to the iconic ones like Billie jeans and Thriller. at that time I knew what the dream meant, it's because Micheal lived in our hearts and was loved so dearly!
    RIP Micheal, We'll miss you!. May you find the peace now that this world couldn't give you! We love you!
    From Pakistan!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  172. Camille

    i am only twelve yet i have realized that we have lost the best of the best. No one will ever come as big as Michael. From singing, to dancing, to the life stories, Michael cannot be beat. i miss u Michael. ❤

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  173. Shona

    I just wanna say that Michael is and always will be my Idol...When I was born in the early 80's he was already a star..He will be greatly missed but never forgotten....I luv u M.J.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  174. Beldwin Cabrera

    Today is such a sad day for me, that is impossible for me concentrate at work. Michael Jackson was probably my inspiration as I began listening to his music.

    RIP Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  175. A. McCalla

    I remember when I was 6 years old in Haiti and the Triller video was going to premier, my 9 year old brother and I watched in amazement; I have been a fan ever sine. Neo is talented....Beyonce is talented...Chris Brown is talented....but Michael Jackson was a GENIOUS!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  176. virtue972@yahoo.com

    True Michael Jackson was the king of pop. But as anyone examine the level of intellectualism in his songs? the impact on world politics? the impact on non profit organizations?the impact on our moral to help others?

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  177. Mrs.Brown

    I grew up listening to Micheal. It is saden how people treated him. He was always a great person. Hope that finally he will get the respect and love that he deserves. I hope and wish the children the best. That they will be taken care of. With out a fight.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  178. Sean from Alexandria

    That was a nice post Tony,

    A couple of things. Yesterday, I was down town after hearing of his death, I heard a car driving by blasting Michael on the radio in tribute. Then again as I was heading home, I heard another car blasting his music. I said to myself, and to my Dad..."this is our Elvis Presley you know." When his music was being played everyone seemed to getting into it. Years ago, when "Billy Jean" came out my brother was saying, "Now thats bad isn't it!" (Bad in a good way) My sister loved the music, and the style, he had in the 80's.
    It's sad someone didn't look out for him a little better. He had his problems but the music was definitely good...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  179. Charese

    I woke up this morning hoping that it was all a dream, but when I turned on my TV reality set in. I just started weeping again. I feel as if I lost a family member. I can’t stop crying. I grew up with Michael Jackson. This is the person who I listen to as I got dressed for school. This is the person who I called my boyfriend. I'm 50 years old and just to think that he died at this age is very sad to me. Michael Jackson was an icon. I'm truly in mourning I will wear all black today and I will pray for this family. I know 1st hand what it's like to lose a love at such a young age and how it feels to have a love one to die so suddenly. I wish that we would have reached out more to Michael. He was such a lonely man. I wish that all of the the artist that are coming out to say all of these great things about him would have told him these thing when he was here with us on this earth. We should have reached out to him then. This should be a wakeup call for us all around the world. I hear the media saying things about the drugs that he may have been taking. Well this may be true; maybe he was taking a lot of pain meds. I feel he was in a lot of pain. Pain from a broken heart and maybe he thought that if take these pills the pain of my broken heart would go away. I feel that a lot of people let Michael Jackson down, and he died from a BROKEN HEART.!!!!!!! Did any of the older artists who watched him grow up and watch his life ever reached out to him or asked him son how are you doing? Or if you ever need to talk to someone I’m here? Just think about it

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  180. Barbara B

    I have been watching all of the press coverage of Michael Jackson's death, and find it interesting that some are saying that the young people of the world are so moved by his death and will remember him always. I was fortunate enough to see the fabulous Jackson Five in Las Vegas in 1974 when they first appeared there (Janet was introduced and brought on stage, just 8 years old, I believe). I took my son to see Michael Jackson in 1988 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena for one of the best concerts I have ever attended. I will continue to listen to his albums (yes, the vinyls), cassettes and CDs over and over again. His musical influence was so great and varied and will forever be felt, not just by the young, but by all of us. I am 64 years old and am greatly saddened by his death. I have the same feeling of emptiness in the pit of my being as I did when Elvis died.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  181. Darlene

    What a great sadness. He had a quality that many simply do not have. He seemed to treat people, as we all should with kindness, love and by the golden rule. His music caused people to stop and react. It saddens me to know that his children won’t get to see him perform greatest in concert. I, 39 years old, grew up listening to him as far back as I can remember because my mother, 59 years old, listened to him and my son, 18 years old also enjoys his music. We song his song Ben in a school program in 1976ish A few years back my son came across my albums of his and took them over. At first when allegations of abuse came about I wondered about it. Then realized that he had no real childhood. He didn’t have the fun times of just running around playing, sleepovers and other things children have. We as children need those learning blocks. Unfortunately he tried to make up for it as an adult going as far as plastic surgery to be young. I don’t feel that he thought there was anything wrong with what he did because he did it out of love for others. Even though it looked inappropriate. Jesus juice? He did live by what we’re told Jesus said about loving children, that they are the kingdom of heaven and are our future. I don’t believe he molested the children. One child brought charges and got money so the other one piggy backed on it for money too. Paying off the two charges of abuse was probably cheaper and less emotional stress then continuing to defend him. With all his money problems I’m sure if he had downsized his financial staff he would have saved millions. Also, how much did his Doctor make? As long as you have money they’ll keep trying different medical treatments. If he did die cause of medicine hopefully he’ll be charged of other medicating. I sure he charged for every visit. It seems as so many have been milking him. On one channel Mark Lester, I think was his name, stated he is the children’s’ Godfather. He basically said that he didn’t know where the children are or whom they will live with. Which is the safer for his children. If he were the Godfather, one would assume that Michael Jackson would have already made discussions. Plus this could split the children. In my opinion the only one in his family that should raise his children is Janet Jackson. She as him has tried to move on in life. Hopefully, the bio-mother does not even attempt to regain custody. She walked away for money and would take them back for money. How would the children be able to grow up knowing this? Nor should his mother. She didn’t protect her own children from her husband. The children would become their bank account. As Uri geller he said that while under hypnoses he asked Michael if he did touch children and Michael said no why wait until now? My prayers are with and for his children. The rest of them just lost their free future meal ticket. I hope and pray that his children are cared for and loved by whom ever they have to live with now. Maybe the Nanny she knows them and Michael must have agreed with her on his children. She was there with them. He could have became a great humanitarian with the direction his music was taking. He truly touched my life I will miss him and his music.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  182. Ferede

    His sudden death is very suspicious. His enemies had falsely accused and tried repeatedly to put him behind bar. They never gave him a break while he was alive and for sure they will not going to give him a break after his sudden and suspicious death.
    The FBI and CA have a moral duty and responsibilty to full investigate this suspicious death for any foul plays by his foes.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  183. Jessica

    Words can not express the depth of sadness I feel. Michael Jackson is & was an amazing man. Everyone will remeber for the rest of their lives where they were when they heard the news that The King Of Pop was gone. Michaels legacy will live on forever through his music & the hearts of his fans. He truly was the greates entertainer the world has ever seen. There will never be another quit like Michael Jackson. May he finally Rest In Peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  184. kel king

    no matter what the man might have or might not have done, he will always be THE KING OF POP and no one can ever take that away from him..........our hearts and prayers should be with his chilldren and his family now......god bless you michael and may you now rest in true peace

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  185. candice edmundson, 17

    im really astonished that such a legend has pasted away... its so sad and i feel horrible for his family. im only 17 years old but even in my generation i grew up listening to him. i was absolutly shocked when i heard he had passed.. its so amazing all that he has done but its amazing to me that he can still impact people growing up today with his music that came out 20 years ago. he really will be missed and my blessings go out to his mourning family.

    R.I.P MJ<3

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  186. Randall

    Michael lived the life that was thrust on him at a very young age. It is sad that during his short time with us, he had to endure abuse, lies, pain and suffering brought on by the greed of others. He will now be able to rest in peace. He will be missed, but his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his fans for a life time.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  187. Noah

    I didnt really like Michael Jackson but i am sad i didnt relize how much of efect he had on the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  188. elijah bright

    i just think this is all a deam thout michael jackson will never die

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  189. Jazmine Mychelle Stockdale

    i AM A tEENAGER iN AlAbAMA!! i RECENtLy fEll iN lOVE WitH MiChAEl jACkSON lASt tHANkSGiViNG, AS i wAtCHEd tHE BiOGRAPHy Of tHE jACkSON fAMiLy!! i fEll iN loVE WitH tHE SONG "NEvER CAN SAy GOOdByE"!! i JUSt AdORE tHE MOtOWN 25 PERfORMANCE dONE By tHE lAtE MiChAEl jACKSON WhiCH hE iNtROdUCED tHE PhENOMiNAl dANCE "tHE MOONWALK"!! R.i.P MiChAEl jACksON!! yOU WiLL tRULy bE MiSSEd!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  190. sheila

    we will miss micheal,i feel like i have lost one of my own family members.micheal was a great person and did alot of good things for the world.God Bless his family

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  191. Amy

    Yea I am really shocked that out of no where micheal jackson MY FAVOURITE ICON dies!!!! now I have to say im in great disbelief I dont know how this can happen! I think NO ONE will ever forget him he is such an amazing person just by listening to one of his songs like " WE ARE THE WORLD" you know that this person is a great man. And now We all know that this wasnt meant to be!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  192. Sultan

    The final farewell concert should not be canceled, but continued by other artists as a tribute to Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  193. Steve Murphy

    Talented yes,but lets not loose site of the fact that MJ was a pedophyle,no one pays 20 million dollars to make a problem go away unless they feel a conviction is on the way.Just a little sick of all the folks on CNN talking about how great this guy was.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  194. Sean -NOVA

    That was a nice post Tony,

    A couple of things. Yesterday, I was down town after hearing of his death, I heard a car driving by blasting Michael on the radio in tribute. Then again as I was heading home, I heard another car blasting his music. I said to myself, and to my Dad..."this is our Elvis Presley you know." When his music was being played everyone seemed to getting into it. Years ago, when "Billy Jean" came out my brother was saying, "Now thats bad isn't it!" (Bad in a good way) My sister loved the music, and the style, he had in the 80's.
    It's sad someone didn't look out for him a little better. He had his problems but the music was definitely good...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  195. Hiten Patel

    Michael Jackson united people across the world. He transcended color, race, and generations. We need more people like him in the world. It is a shame that we only recognize such a great inspiration to the world upon his death. If we all follow his example, the world will be a much better place. RIP King of Pop, King of Hearts.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  196. Jesse

    he will be missed dearly may he rest in peace

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  197. Salloum Family - Canada

    I immigrated to Canada in the 1980 when I was 21- Since then, I listened to Micheal all the time. I am fifty this year. I am his generation and to see him gone breaks my heart. I do have one request from CNN is to talk about the good times and what he brought to the world and not what the world gave him. So do not mentioned about him being broke- or the bad court seesion he is gone through. It is time to celebrate his success not his failure.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  198. Lynne P Hollingsworth

    Where were all these loving people while Michael lived his life lonely and separate? His fans were there, but he was apparently surrounded by sychophants who enabled him to destroy himself. He was a child in a man's body– a childhood lost and obviously he was living to recapture it. How sad. When you can do whatever you want and those that surround you are only too willing to get you what you want and be paid for it being their only criteria, well, tragedy awaits. Let us remember his music, his incredible talent.. He was one in a million, and in the weeks and months to comel, let us not tear his memory apart, but lift him to his place in music history. His gift was beyong compare, and genius is never part of the norm. I loved his music, and feel sad for life lived so lonely in a crowd that "loved' him so much..

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  199. Manuela

    I have been a Michael Jackson fan for almost 18 years...my first video was Black Or White and I was so impressed watching the talented, handsome, good looking man...
    The news of Michael's death has crushed my heart. I have been crying for many hours due to this incredible loss. Michael gave so much to the world...his fans.. I was lucky to see him live in concert 4 times in Europe. I will miss his gratefulness, his kindness, his love, his smile, his dance moves. A few days a go I was looking for tickets for the upcoming concerts....and now everything is over.
    I love you forever, Michael. :'-(

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  200. Joanne

    wow i am still in such shock. I can remember as a child there was a resturant my family and i would go to every sunday and i used to spend hours teaching my sisters dance moves to jackson songs. the dj would call upon us to dance on stage. a few times my mother would even get up and do the moves...... r.i.p may you continue to moon walk in the sky

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  201. Eddie

    Every single one of his songs pinpoints a special time in my life. His albums, and videos are always reminds me of my youth, and his passing makes me feel like I'm losing something from my childhood. No matter the bad press he got his music always made everyone move.
    R.I.P You will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  202. Travis

    I remember, as a kid, moonwalking for the first time. I will never forget looking up to Michael Jackson as a role model and without a doubt the greatest performer of all time. His music reigns throughout our generation and will for many generations to come. Thank you, Michael for the beautiful and inspirational inspirational legacy that has instilled promise and hope in each and every one of our hearts. You changed my life forever and you will live eternally in my heart.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  203. Ed

    Hi Tony

    I grew up with Micheal too. I'm only a year older than him, and I remember a Micheal Jackson when the world didn't know who he was. I remember the ABC album the Jackson's did years ago and this was a multi-tallented young boy then. I think it is most unfortunate that some people want to focus on the weirdness of his life, rather than the fact that this was one of the greatest entertainers of all, and what people will find later to be an all around good person.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  204. Lissa

    I am 54 and grew up dancing to Michael Jackson. His songs will always be the best songs to dance to! I saw him with The Jacksons in 1981 for $11.50.
    No matter what his personal life was about, he will always remain the very BEST of the BEST! The most talented entertainer ever!!!! My heart hurts that he has left this earth so early.
    I'm so sorry someone was not there to help guide him away from what they are assuming is the cause of his death. If this is the case, may this be a lesson to others.
    My prayers go out to his family and children. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND! I'm going to miss you!!!!! Love you!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  205. Mary

    I was 18 when Elvis died. I was around when Princess Di past. Now this. I would like to know what they removed from his home. They had 3 tow trucks there last night. What did they take and why? I have never seen a investigation like this. I just want to know what is going on..

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  206. janice

    as a long time resident of santa maria, california i have to tell everyone, michael jackson was well liked here. we know the real truth. he was mercilessly harrassed and prosecuted by tom sneddon. he's been doing that for years to other people here in santa maria. michael was very generous to the community and always invited many in the community to his neverland ranch. we all regarded him as a very nice neighbor and friend.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  207. Patricia Villamil

    From Bogota, Colombia.
    MJ´s death will bring his music back again. For sure we will remember old feelings and will be back in time again.
    He is the greatest!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  208. julia

    this is the worst thing that has ever happend to me! im a 13 year old HUGE michael jackson fan and i just dont wanna beleive that he is dead. he was a life changing insperation to me. i know everyone of his songs and i was just getting prepared to go to his concert 😦 he was my favorite musican. when i heard the news i was hysterical and couldnt stop. i never thought it would happen so sudden. his music was jut so amazing and there was nothing like it. i cant even explain my feelings since its happend. i love micheal jackson so much worlds cant explain. RIP Michael RIP ❤

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  209. Shihab Serniabat

    I basically grew up Listening to and Dancing to his tunes. I still cant believe that he is gone, I still listen his tunes and will always listen to his music and hope my kids will listen to them too. He will always be alive in his music.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  210. Sandra Morris

    Michael Jackson has been a big part of my life for many many years. My daughter Stephanie and I modeled his apparel for Seniors in our Community in Harlem in the 80's. I am still in shock and what made me feel better was to watch a woman b y the name of Susan on CNN this morning cry and show emotion for this wonderful ICON. We all weep for you Michael and you will never be forgotten. WE LOVE YOU AND YOUR ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE OUR KING! WE don't want to hear anything negative about Michael. We just want to hear the great accomplishments that he made!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  211. mary lord

    The world will never be the same without Michael.

    I’m starting with the man in the mirror
    I’m asking him to change his ways
    And no message could have been any clearer
    If you wanna make the world a better place
    Take a look at yourself and then make a change

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  212. cee-c

    just hearing that the autopsy is about to be performed makes it real. i'm in pain. hurtful pain. i'm 27 and Michael is all that i knew. the movie, dances, songs and love that he had for the world. i'm going to miss him. the man that keep on giving has given me so much and he always will. when i think of Michael i see him 70 doing his two step. i love you Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  213. sylena isaac

    i am totally shocked at the passing of michael jackson. i have loved him since the jackson's first album in the early 70's.
    they sang one of smokey robinson and the miracles songs: "who's loving you." you listened to michael sing that ballad with the passion of a mature entertainer, and you knew he was destined to be the "greatest entertainer of all time." no one can take that away from him, no matter what they say.
    may his spirit be blessed on it's journey.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  214. T.H. Caldwell

    We the fans will miss you michael jackson and you will never forget you love you for ever this note is comeing from birmingham al you will be missed micheal

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  215. Kaylee

    michael jackson was an amazing guy. just to even think he is dead is beyond disbelief. he made music what it is. and he deserved for sure to be called the king of pop.

    i grew up to him when he was part of the jackson 5. there was never a day where their cd's werent playing in my house. especially my favorite rockin robin. my sisters and i always took the time to be like mike. meaning we always tried to dance like him. we would play a video, stop it, reveiw the moves, play it again. it was a never ending cycle. then my sister sang "you are not alone" to get me to fall asleep at night because i couldnt.

    i am a huge fan of michael jackson. and im never going to believe he is dead. But his legacy will live on forever. he inspired us all. no matter what the media said we always knew the real mike. and we always stood behind him 100% and we still do even if he isnt here.

    R.I.P Michael Jackson...ill miss you forever

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  216. scott rudnick

    AS the Rightous brothers said "If theres a rock and roll heaven now they got a hell of a band.

    RIP my friend,

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  217. JULIANNE HUNT

    I GREW UP IN AUSTRALIA , NOW I LIVE IN DENVER COLORADO.
    WHAT A SHOCK, MICHEAL JACKSON WAS THE BEST DANCER AND ARTIST SINCE ELVIS, I WILL MISS YOU MIKE.
    YOUR DANCING WITH THE ANGELS RIGHT NOW.
    YOU WILL BE MISSED GREATLY.

    JULIANNE HUNT
    DENVER COLORADO.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  218. Angie C.

    I "Remember The Time" when I fell in love with the Jackson 5. I was such a BIG Michael Jackson fan when he went off by himself. I had the had and everything. He will be really missed. Lots of love from Kentucky. RIP Sweetie

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  219. Omonigho Oddiri

    Its rili sad,truly sad that such a lovlable and great person, like Micheal Joseph Jackson has left us..I was rili young when he was at his peak, but my brother was a huge fan, had the posters tried the moves..even now he still cant believe that Micheal is gone..its like a dream, and I share that feeling..Even with all the bad, I still saw him as a legend..the legal battles and the accusations,I didnt care.He was just MJ!It is a deep loss, an unrivaled man who's star will shine alwaz..There may have been the Beatles, Elvis, but they didnt reach as far as King Micheal did...God bless ur beautiful soul, as u will live on in ur music..

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  220. Danielle F

    I was born in the 80's so I never got a chance to experience the power jackson 5, but I definitely infulenced by the power of Micheal Jackson. One christmas my parents gave me a tape of his dangerous tour, I watched and danced to it everyday until I wore the tape out. I was always facinated by his magic, I always thought he was magic by the way he danced and the way he moved me and as well as others. We are lucky to have experienced him as an entertainer. In some way he has influenced us all, his music changed the world. May you rest in peace Michael, thank you for your music. You've forever changed my life and helped me love music the way I do today. You will always have a special place in my heart. May you be moonwalking up in heaven at this moment.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  221. Anne

    Please remember that we lost another great icon yesterday as well. One whose battle, struggle, courage and style should be honored and never forgotten. Farrah's death deserves equal coverage and should not take back seat. Just because Michael was younger and his death wasn't from a courageous battle with cancer, doesn't mean the media should diminish the loss of Farrah. She has a son, family and fans also. Do what is right for once CNN!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  222. Sazid

    He was like a friend to the people of our generation. We will never forget him no matter what ever controversy surrounded him. He is and will be treated as a people close to our hurt for ever. Wish this great legend will be rest in peace at last.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  223. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Tony I barely slept last evening thinking about Michael Jackson, Michael stood a high platform in the eyes of many who adored him including my self. He came to us as a child, I was a child and has touched us in ways we will never forget. I only hope that he knew he was love much more than he was ridiculed.This has been a difficult week to watch those we admire so much exit. God bless Michael Farrah and Ed and their families.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  224. Carrie Carney

    My greatest memory of Michael Jackson was when I was a child. On my 5th or 6th birthday, I told my mom I wanted a Michael Jackson cake. A Michael Jackson cake is what I got! He was drawn out in icing. It was a truly awesome birthday for me!

    I have always loved his music and I always will. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Rest in peace Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  225. MS. WRIGHT, NYC/CHARLOTTE,NC

    GOOD MORNING ALL THIS IS TRULY THE BIGGEST LOST OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. MR. MICHAEL J. JACKSON, A MUSICAL ICON IN HIS OWN RITE AND TIME.HE WILL "NEVER BE REPLACED", AND HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON UNTIL WE DEPART THIS EARTH.
    MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE JACKSON FAMILY AND MICHAEL'S SOUL. HE WILL BE "MISSED". SO,SO, SAD.
    "REST IN PEACE MICHAEL ,WE ALL LOVE YOU".

    WITH ALL MY LOVE,
    MS.WRIGHT

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  226. yaney galvez

    I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MICHAEL JACKSON I LOVE HIS SONG AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM NEVER AND I KNOW EVERYBODY WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM AND I WILL TO AND MICHAEL JACKSON WILL BE REMEMBER FOR EVER AND SO REST IN PEACE WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER U MICHAEL JACKSON : (

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  227. Mandy Cardenas Jr.

    I am a 56 year old man that was grown up listening to inspirational music from great artists such as Elvis, Beatles and Michael Jackson. Michael was truly a unique artist that stretches the bounds of human nature. His performances came from deepest parts of his heart and soul. He did have one of this biggest hearts and was truly a great human being. The world will miss him.

    Mandy Cardenas Jr.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  228. King

    Michael's music holds a special place in my heart, and I will always cherish the joy I get when I listen to it. I'll never forget the time I requested "The Way You Make Feel" in a local hangout, just this packed bar, and when the music came on almost everyone got up and started dancing and singing the words. That moment defined, for me, why Jackson appeals to so many. At any time, any place, when his music is played, it makes you feel good.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  229. Lorena Hdz.

    I will really miss Michael, I didn't actually know him but I like to think I did simply through his music. I grew up with his art just like everyone else and I can't believe he's gone but I'm sure he's in a better place and he will always be remembered. Love You Michael you will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  230. kisha

    I am still in shock. When I first heard the news last night, I couldn't believe it, my heart kind of stopped right there. This is a tremendous loss in the music world. Rest in peace, Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  231. Patience

    I am only 12 but I have been a Michael Jackson since I was 3. He has always been such a big inspiration and him dying is just like a nightmare to me. I am STILL crying my eyes out. I haven't gone to sleep yet either 😐 I was so happy, I thought he was really going to come back and then this happened. I am still devastated. Michael Jackson means everything to me and I will love him forever. And I am super depressed that I could never see him perform live or get to meet him, it really fails. Michael Jackson was such a great person and this is a terrible loss. I am mourning just like all of his real fans. He had such a big impact on all of us fan or no fan. Rest in peace Michael. I love you with all my heart.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  232. Avery Decker

    No matter what some people said he did he will always be a legend and the king of pop. I am only 11 years old and I am a fan of Micheal he will be in all our hearts no matter what.I had always wished of seeing him one day but now that day cane never come.We love you and will miss you.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  233. PARKER IKHAJIAGBE

    MICHAEL JACKSON WAS AND STILL HE IS A LEGEND.HE HAS TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES FOR THE BETTER.HE HAS LIVED A DURABLE LIFE HERE ON EARTH.
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.ADIEU MJ

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  234. Saber Lambert

    I first became a fan along time ago, adoring songs such as Billie Jean, Beat It, Who Is It, and obviously Thriller.

    As i never was able to see him live, and one day hoped to, i will never be able to see the Late-Great King Of Pop Michael Jackson perform live. As many people know me, I am a big fan of 70's heavy metal, and play bass guitar and guitar, but wherever i go when i play, or try to make up a riff, my musical thinking directs to Michael Jackson whether he plays pop or not. He was a musical genious and one of the biggest influential singer/songwriters of all time.

    Rest In Peace Michael Jackson,
    I do Remember The Time.
    you will never be forgotten,

    PS. teach the angels how to moon walk brother.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  235. Camille

    The dance moves, the music..Michael brought it all.
    He has a heart of gold..donating to the children in need.
    I am in disbelief and have shed my tears.
    I am going to miss him so much! The world will not be the same with out him. The King of Pop..The Legend! May your music and soul live on forever..And may you rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  236. Jasmine Douglas

    May you rest peacefully Michael.......you truely are the greatest and most legendary aritist I've ever known. Thank you for blessing not only the musical industry but people as a whole with such a gift that is so precious that it brought the world together in such harmony within your music. You not only transformed the musical industy, but you have transformed lives. I'm pretty young (14) and I am so blessed to have had the oppertunity to enjoy your musc. Thank you for putting a smile on my face every time I would turn on my "Thriller" album. I love you and your music. Thank you for being........YOURSELF! You will always be in my heart and soul and ipod! My prayers are with the family.
    ~You Rock My World, You Know You Did~

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  237. JOSLYN

    MICHAEL JACKSON WAS OVERALL A GREAT MAN. HE FACED CHALLENGES IN HIS LIFE AS WE ALL DO AND FROM HIS DEATH I HAVE LEARNED TO FALL AND KEEP GOING. THE MEDIA HAS PLACED SO MUCH STRESS ON HIS LIFE AND HAS CAUSED HIM AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF MENTAL DISTRESS THAT HE HAD TO LIVE WITH. REGARDLESS OF HIS MEDICAL CAUSE OF DEATH I BELIEVE HIS MISSION WAS COMEPLETE AND WE SHOULD ALL BE GRATEFUL THAT GOD SHARED HIM WITH US. THANKS MICHAEL FOR HANGING IN THERE AS LONG AS YOU COULD.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  238. Michelle

    It is such a shame that this has happened! I have been a fan of Michael since I was 9. It is so hard to believe that this is true. He was an inspiration to millions of people. He had many talents and I truly loved his singing! I will always remember him for the good music he has performed. I only hope that his kids knew he was a good person! R.I.P Michael!!! You will be in our Hearts forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  239. Jay

    Rock My World.

    "You rock my world, you know you did." You definitely rocked our world, Mike, which you will do forever. Now you're rocking Heaven. We love you, Mike. You are a great soul.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  240. Cynthia Robertson-Gomez

    I am still In shock. Michael Jackson's Music spoke and still speaks Volumes. I am 28 years old, My sister is 4 years older than I. We grew up on Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Mw both owned a pair of black leather pants, my sister a red leather jacket. Man........We used to take my mother's records and play them on our record player in our room. Momma's Pearls, I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. We Never really got to see him preform. The Grammy's were always shown on a school night so we were always in the bed, but we would leave our door open and when we heard the screams, we would sneek downstair so that we could watch him preform. Michael is a Music Legend, this man did not make Video's he made MOVIES! No one will ever be able to fill MJ's shoes! He will be missed! But his legacy as well as his music will live on!

    Cynthia Robertson-Gomez, Norfolk Virginia

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  241. Joseph Clough

    Just like Elvis Michael was blessed and touched by God fortunate enough to create music that was both beautiful and meaningful. His creative genius, dancing ability, and smooth sounding voice captivated the world over and continues to captivate us even in the hour of his death. Just as Elvis won't be forgotten neither will Michael together in their own respective way they certainly changed the dynamic nature of Rock and Roll music. Rest in peace Michael you deserve it.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  242. Kelly

    I am in utter disbelief! My heart goes out to his family and all the fans and people who loved him like I did! Michael Jackson was a true icon and this world will definately feel his loss! May god bless his family and take care of him! With a heavy heart!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  243. BRULLANDE

    MICHAEL JACKSON'S SONG (WE ARE THE WORLD) TOUCHED ME AND MY MOM JUST KEPT ON REAPETING IT ON YOUTUBE AND HE DIDNT SING ABOUT BAD THINGS LIKE OTHERS HE SANG ABOUT LIFE...... AND DIFFERENT SKIN TONE DOSEN'T MATTER. HE MADE MY YOUNGER SISTER DANCE WITHOUT ANY CARE. AND I REMEBER WHEN MY YOUNGER SISTER WAS LIKE 4, OR 5 SHE ALWAYS DANCED AND SING ALONG TO MICHAEL JACKSON'S SONGS. AND NOW I WISH THE JACKSON FAMILY PEACE AND MAY MICHAEL J. REST IN PEACE

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  244. Sabrina

    I am devastated today because we lost an awesome talent and megastar. Yeah, he had his troulbles and he will have to answer to his maker, but we have truly lost a great talent. I can't stop crying because I too feel like I have lost my best friend. Love you, Michael and I know your music will live on forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  245. kathleen

    RIP michael ❤

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  246. Shana

    Unbelievable. We all have to undergo that transition from life to the there after, but this one hits hard. He was truly an amazing entertainer, revolutionary in facets or media. I'm 29 years old, and remember idolizing him at the age of 4. Man, "We Are The World", I remember us crowding around a neighbors TV so that we could watch that video on VHS! So it was only fitting that I YouTubed a number of videos for my 2 and 6 year old daughters to watch yesterday. He will be truly missed. I just want to thank God for giving us such a talent who influenced ALL artists. His grandeur has made the industry what it has and will be.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  247. Shanon

    I'm a young fan. I've always listened to him. He was what got me interested in pop and hip hop. I loved listening to his music and he was what got me into danceing. I was amased be the way he moved. I believe that he will live forever and will never really die. I will forever listen to his music and now that I have a daughter of my own I will pass on my love for the Michael Jackson sound and way. He will live on in my heart and no matter what people said I don't believe any of that and never did. I thought that he was out to save the wourld through his music and way of life.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  248. Deedee

    I woke up this morning hoping this was all a dream, but unfortunately the KING is gone. Micheal is now at PEACE and there is no more PAIN, in HEAVEN. He is looking down on us smiling.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  249. bon tuke

    I am saddened by the death of such a talented individual as Michael Jackson; however, I feel that CNN is doing a terrible disservice and disrespect to the fans of Farrah Fawcett and her legacy. She was equally as much an icon of the 70's and through her courageous battle with cancer, has been an inspiration and encouragement to all those who's lives have been touched by this horrible disease . Wake up CNN and smell the coffee...report ALL the news not just what you think will boost your ratings....there are OTHER individuals that deserve your attention too!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  250. Wm

    I think it is absolutely DISGUSTING how CNN and other media outlets are highlighting the negative aspects of MJ's life. We all know about the legal issues, financial issues, and multiple cosmetic surgeries that altered his image. I wish you guys would concentrate on his musical genius and charitable work and his desires for a better place. No sooner than the news broke and I was able to get in front of a television, I saw across the screen news of his molestation allegations, Neverland Ranch being taken over by Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, and the absolute worse pictures of him post surgery. Are you guys serious? Is this how you remember an American Icon? i do appreciate the good words on his life and I think you should limit it to just that, good words. More than just fans, there is a family in mourning. Close friends and family of his. Like he said in one of his songs, "just stop dogging me around."

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  251. Paula Berketis

    I grew up with Elvis. I was so excited for my children having the opportunity of growing up with Michael. It's a great experience growing up idolizing a KING, weather he's KING OF ROCK & ROLL or KING OF POP. It's a very life altering time of childhood. Makes you believe early on that anything is possible.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  252. Veronica

    I remember living in Mexico City when I was about 10 years old, my cousins and I will always put on his music and dance to them. Even though we didn't quite undurstood the lyrics of the music, the music was awesome. God bless the Jackson family!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  253. Dawn Rousselle

    I am very sad for Michael's family....Yet happy that he is in God's hands now and he can finally rest in peace.
    I grew up with him and always wondered why he wasn't able to be a child. The balance was not there.
    He was no doubt gifted and a good soul. I never believed he ever hurt a child he was just trying to relive his own childhood. When he performed he was undoubtebly an awesome sight to see!
    He obviously was hurting and it is very disturbing that he didn't recieve the help he truly needed.
    Now is the time to reflect on his life and all the hard work he did his entire life. Not the alligations and assumptions. I personaly feel that if these parents who accused him of all those awful acts wouldn't have been so interested in his money they wouldn't have allowed their children to spend the night with a grown man. I always felt he was too kind and misunderstood. I just looked in my albums and found a 45 of ABC..I will treasure it forever. The lord will be the judge now and hold you in his arms. You are free Michael Jackson! God Bless you and your children and your family! CNN is doing a wonderful job covering his life! Thank you!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  254. JUDITH

    MICHAEL JACKSON I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER U EVERYONE WILL REMEMBER U ALWAYS AND I KNOW UR IN HEAVEN BUT I JUST WANNA SAY WE WILL NEVER FORGET U NO MATTER WHAT U ROCK ROCK ON U THE BAST I LOVE UR MUSIC I HOPE U WILL REMEMBER US TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ( : (

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  255. mindylyn

    I grew up on Michael Jackson songs, I remember all the words to every song.The white glitter glove, the clothes, the albums , the posters, I am and always will be a very big fan.
    Michael is and was the biggest icon in the world. I was in total disbelief that such a man could have been taken away at such a young age. I as well as the rest of the world will mourn the death of such a magnificent man.He gave to the world and never asked for anything in return.
    Tonight he will be the biggest brightest star in heavens shining down on his family and friends.
    REST IN PEACE MICHAEL...YOU WILL BE TRULY MISSED.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  256. Timeka Brown, Mesquite, Tx

    This is one of the saddest times in history.
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of an American Icon.
    Like my daughter said "HE WAS LOVED BY MANY, AND WILL BE MISSED BY PLENTY". My prayers go out to his Family, especially his mother and his children.
    Michael now you are FREE!
    R.I.P Michael!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  257. Marcel Okwara

    As a young star growing up in Nigeria, Michael Jackson was a prominent singer i know. I love him. I enjoyed listening to his songs and watching his videos. He is one of the greatest singers and dancers the world has produced, if not the greatest. The world will remember his talents, his electrific and thrilling performances. I was so saddened when i learnt from Anderson 360 last night that Michael was a very lonely man. I prayed for him last night asking God to remember the many charitable deeds he did while on earth and grant him eternal rest, peace and happiness. In the bosom of Abraham, Michael will no longer be lonely. He will no longer experience pain and misery. He will no longer have to fight to live. I was pained so much to learn that in his times of trouble, many of his big friends abandoned him. And he once declared to a friend that he was a very lonely man. I love you Michael. The world has lost a gem, a legend, a great performer and a gentle soul. Rest in peace! Though you are gone, your memory will live till the end of the world. Your songs stays forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  258. Leslie

    I'm lost today, my childhood was just taken from my soul. Michael Jackson's death has crushed my spirit. I prayed that when I woke up this morning...if I woke up this morning it was just a nightmare. Sorry to type it's a real disaster, i paid tribute last night by going to the Jackson Family Encino home and leaving flowers that's not enough for a KING.

    Be blessed Michael we will NEVER let your music die.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  259. Maxine Brown

    Michael Jackson's death has saddened every member of my family – me, my children and grandchildren. The world has lost a great entertainer. In following news reports on all networks, Most have focused on his excellent music and later life negatives. However, I have yet to see anything on his HUMANITARIAN AND CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS.. Michael was well loved because he helped so-o-o-o many needy and unfortunate people all over the world. Would not this also be 'newsworthy'? My sympathies to all of his family and 'real' friends.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  260. carol hill

    I truly believe if a message to all the fans that hold a concert be asked to donate that money to his debt instead of a rebate that they would be happy to help him rest in peace. I . That's the least we could do for him and a well deserved show of appreciation for all the joy he has brought to million of fans world wide.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  261. Albert

    I immigrated to Canada in 1972, I learned my English language by listening to Micheal music. God bless his soul and look after his family, children, hismother and his fans. He left us something special to think about which is peace in the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  262. Brian C

    I think what was so special about MJ, aside from the music and the entertainment, was his innocence, his child like qualities and his message of helping and healing the world. There was definitely something other-worldly about him. As far as the accusations go, I never believed they were true. I don't think he could ever harm a child, because he essentially WAS a child. He was man when he was a boy and a boy when he was a man, which is the reason why he liked being around children. And of course to society this is freakish and unnatural so of course he must be a molester. But things aren't always so plain, people are complicated. So the world should consider that.

    The the allegations the first time in the '90's were a set up, a scheme by the boys father for money and revenge at MJ because his son was spending more time with the star than he was. There are book about it, accounts. The second case, the mother had a history of ripping off stores, other celebs. So consider the sources. He truly was a lonely, isolated, incredibly gifted and mysterious star. Which is why we were all awed by him.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  263. Michelle

    Michael Jackson was a legendary, international mega-star in the entertainment world. His smooth vocals and electrifying dance moves became widely recognizable around the world. He was a man-child who was taken advantage of, who never had a real chance to recover. It’s hard to imagine the disappointments that he personally faced throughout his life… those who should have been helping and advising him were simply “takers.” For the sake of his children, I sincerely hope this tragedy beings his family closer together. As a longtime fan, I plan to celebrate his life through his music; which I’m sure he would have appreciated.

    May you rest in peace King Michael… Love Michelle

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  264. Debby Vancil

    Ben was and still is my favorite song... I can't stop crying.. I had a dream of him last night and his music going through my dreams all night...Thought it was ALL a dream... But........*#>*^@....It wasn't... I am 50 and danced to the disco (YES) Disco music ... I will see you again Mike and we will dance like we never danced before Rest in Pease... My prayers are with you and your family..............Love Debby Vancil from Ogden , Utah

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  265. Ali

    Michael Jackson was not only one of the best American artist but also one of the kindest and most compassionate celebrity. All those rumers and lies about him were never proven. I, like many other fans, believed in him and know that he was innocent. People who made those accusations were just opportunistic and money hungry and they should meet God's judgment in the end. Michael was a good person.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  266. Ms. Leon

    Once I went to Neverland to deliver a letter to Michael Jackson. It was a letter that begged him to come out publicly about his Vitiligo. I have Vitiligo and in those days Vitiligo was never ever mentioned in the news. I handed the note to the guards. I puposely went with no makeup so that they (the guards) could see that I wasn't some crazy nut. I had my children in the car and I remeber telling them how important it was that they give the letter to Michael because perhaps he would make a difference for my children's generation. I left with a good feeling that perhaps my letter would get to Michael. The next day, Michael Jackson gave a press conference stating that he had Vitiligo. I like to think that my letter made a difference. Regardless of what you might suspect of Michael Jackson, which may or not be true, we cannot deny that he was a GIVER. It is in that GIVING that the world becomes a bettert place. He left this world a better place than how he first found it. Lucky those that have that opportunity!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  267. RUBEN/MADELINE MARRERO

    TO michael jackson family we love michael we all are heart and soul we will never forget he is we the Lord and he will aways live on are heart. RUBEN AND MADELINE MERRERO FROM CHICAGO IL

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  268. Gladys

    I would use some of Michael Jackson's lyrics to teach poetry back in the 80's. I taught ESL at the time and tried to get my students to understand American pop culture. He was a musical genius.
    I have selected some quotes that I used with my students and I think it will sum up the emotions that I know are touching his fans and those who loved him. I pray for his children. I believe that his love for them was unconditional.
    "Last night, an angel came to me
    I was cryin' alone
    My heart was bleeding
    Last night, an angel came to me
    I was cryin' alone
    My mind was dying
    God have mercy
    Stop them destroying me"

    "Everybody look up- And feel the hope. That we've been waiting on- Everybody's glad Because our silent fear And dread is gone..." MJ

    "Do what you wish, be what you are What a victorious thrill Wearing a smile, all of the while Feeling the world standing still" MJ

    "How great to give love without invitation Euphoria, euphoria Long as we love each other" MJ

    "Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight, here one day, gone one night." MJ

    "Watch raindbows glow rest on a bed of flowers Then dial a star, Anything's in your powers"

    "Everybody look up- And feel the hope. That we've been waiting on- Everybody's glad Because our silent fear And dread is gone..." MJ

    Rest in Peace!
    "Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye, gone to soon. " MJ

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  269. Vickie

    Michael was a talented individual!!! I remembering watching him on television when I was four in '72. It is very unfortunate that some people close to him took advantage of him, he lacked proper financial advisement, and was often ridiculed by some in the media. But Michael's fame was not limited to the US it was worldwide and that was due in large part to his extremely great talent. Regardless of what he was accused of...it's just that – accusations. Yes, the music industry has changed but NO ONE can emulate this guy's talent and NO ONE ever will. RIP Michael with love from Louisiana.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  270. Amit Seth

    A very sad day...Michael Jackson will forever be the definition of an icon. He was truly a great man. Many people from all different walks of life from all around the world will charish his music forever & ever.

    Even here in Montreal, Canada, hundreds of people are celebrating the "King of Pop" for all the great memories he brought to all of our lives.
    Inspite of this tradgedy I hope we can honour him for his accomplishments & that even now desoite what happened that he can inspire many more future generations to come.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  271. dee

    i really appreciate all that Michael Jackson has contributed to the african american culture and other cultures around. He has been a big inspiration. A question that has been on my mind is how does talking about" his many faces" or "his skin" color appreciate all that he has done for us. Please just let him rest in peace i believe that all that talk is in the past and it should be laid to rest also. Michael you are one of a kind. My condolences goes out to the entire family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  272. Maggie DellaRocca

    I remember in the 1980's my friends and I going to parties and dancing to his music. He truly was and American Icon and he will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  273. Loni B

    I am so devastated that Michael Jackson has died. I'm in total shock. It still hasn't sunk in yet. We have lost the best pop icon this world has ever seen. There will NEVER be anyone who can fill the shoes of Michael Jackson. There will only be one Michael Jackson. I hate when the good people have to die. He was so kind and gentle. He loved everybody and would never hurt a fly. I'm only 17 years old, but my parents taught me about Michael Jackson. He died so young. What artists today can do what he accomplished? I don't think any artist can. He was a real artist and had a great god given ability to do different things. I feel like I lost a family member. He will be missed, but never forgotten. He is not ONE of the best. HE IS THE BEST ENTERTAINER IN THE WORLD. I don't care what nobody says. HE IS THE BEST THERE WAS, THE BEST THERE IS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE.

    R.I.P. Michael Jackson

    1958-2009

    June 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  274. Tammy Bullock

    The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord! Job 1:21

    God showed a glimpse of His glory in the genius of Michael Jackson.
    We mourn the loss of his presence on this earth.

    In a documentary Michael said he believed in God. It is my prayer that Micahel has found the peace that seemed to elude him on earth. That he is no longer lonely, sad, and seeking the innocence of childhood. I pray he is at eternal rest in the true NEVERLAND, in paradise with Christ!

    May the Lord surround Michael's family (especially his children) with peace that transcends understanding and may they draw closer to Him through this very painful time.

    God thank you for the gift of Michael. Thank you for the timeless music and joy it brought to people throughout the world. Truly we rejoice in Your greatness through his music.

    To God be the glory!

    Tammy

    June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  275. terri

    CNN interviewed a black woman on the street who said "they" refused to play black music until MJ came along! What?? How about Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters, BB King, Otis Redding, and the list goes on and on and on! Stop spewing lie-filled hatred.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  276. Shockin

    R.I.P > > King of Pop < < No more stress, No more pain....condolences to the family and friends....fans

    June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  277. AMY

    MICHAEL JACKSON I LOVE UR MUSIC AND NO ONE WILL TOP UR SONG THEY ALWAYS ME ME FEEL BETTER AND IAM CRYING OUT MY EYES AND EVERYBODY WILL CRY FOR U NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR SELF AND WILL MISS U : ( [] ROCK ON YOUVE BE MISS

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  278. Truth

    I can't believe the hysterics over the death of a prescription drug abuser. CNN keeps rehashing same old news over and over, and has lost all credibility as a news source.

    Ok so he made music, but I never heard him speak out about the evil in Darfur.

    He never stood up to use his influence to bring about peace in the world.

    He wasted his god given talent, on his chidish way of life, spent a huge fortune on himself.

    Where is the greatness? The guy made music and shook on stage big deal. Since he has fans in every corner of the world, he could have used his influence towards the greater good, of bringing people together, instead of worrying about his own image.

    It appears peoples priorites a bit confused, as they mourn a selfish man-child, instead of mourning the thousands of children that suffer and die every single moment around the world.

    I bet the moderator is too big a coward to print my words as it does not serve their purpose of useless hype. If people really cared instead of wasting resources on flowers and junk use that money to help starving children in Darfur.

    Wake up people he only made music, he didnt achieve world peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  279. melody flink

    michael jackson is a good singer and he can dance all around the world i love his music all of thim i will miss him with all my heart i did not get to meet him it is so sad that he is gone now i hope we find out how he die soon and i give my hopes dreams to his familly and i will pray for thim love melody

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  280. Fan

    My prayers go out to the Jackson family and friends. Since I was also born in 1958 I also grew up with the music of Michael Jackson and of course the Jackson Five. I come from a family of 7 siblings (all close in age) – 5 brothers, my sister and myself. We would memorize the lyrics and of course the famous dance moves and hold our own Jackson Five plus 2 concerts at home on Friday & Saturday evenings. Some of my fonder memories are of my mom, who is deceased now, would be dancing with us and cheering us on. Whenever Michael and his brothers were scheduled to be on television, you better believe our entire family was glued around the set. Even though they didn't know us, the Jackson's were an extension of our own family. What a loss!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  281. Sinthera Dodson

    I also grew up watching Michael Jacksonon TV. The first time I saw him was on the Lawernce Welks Show when he was eight. I was ten years old at that time. I've tried to follow his career all my life. I also saw his first performance at Show Time at the Apollo. I saw the many changes in his face and skin. I've never stop loving him. I adored him and in my eyes I could never find any fault in him. My heart melted last night when the news came over the TV and said he had had a heart attack. I at once begin to pray for him to have a full recovery. Then the announcement came over the TV that he was dead and a part of me died too. All my prayers are with the Jackson family. Last night I asked God to forgive him if there was anything wrong he had done and to receive him in the Kingdom of God. When I got home the first thing I did was to find the DVD and CD that I had ordered of him several years ago titled, "Michael Jackson Number Ones." My favorate song by Michael was and will always be, "I'll Be There."

    June 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  282. Allyson Steele

    I absolutely love Michael Jackson unconditionally. My friends and I shared copies of all his songs in school since 1969. I am in shock and I couldn't breathe well myself with grief and tears. All my family know that Michael was my idol and they called me to give me their condolonces. My teenage daughter was trying to comfort me as I was sobbing. I feel sad, as a one time counselor myself, that with all the money that surrounded Michael Jackson no one got him any psychological or pschiatric help. It seems so unfair that he is gone so soon and this could have been avoided at this time if only someone cared about his well being and not his money. Poor Michael seem to have had some form of Mysophobia, OCD maybe mixed with Hypochondriasis. I also want to warn people not to condem Michael because he was surruonded by destructive predators. I want to send my deep heartfelt condolonces to his entire family especially to his Mother. Mother Jackson your son was an angel on earth who transformed the world " make it a better place" and he has returned home to be back with the angels above. Michael I love you always and will forever miss you.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  283. brigette

    micheal jackson i can't believe he's gone . i grew up with micheal jackson. i love all his music . my heart goes out to his family and children. micheal jackson was my favorite artist. i have been crying all night and i can't believe he is gone so soon. micheal jackson i will always love you. my heart is broken but i know he's at peace and with God

    June 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  284. tressa

    well lost for words its really sad to hear about micheal jackson
    i remember i was only 10 at the time when i herd him for the first time and i was hooked we will be missed to the family my prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of loss your brother will live on in this music and though this fan he will be trutly missed thanks tressa in bell fl

    June 26, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  285. Gwen Southerland

    On Michael Jackson: Just say it ain't so...it's just a nightmare and I'll awaken and hear CNN reporting on Iran, North Korea et.al ... just please say it ain't so.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  286. LaKortney Robinson

    Now I can understand the grief that fans felt for Elvis Presley. Like Elvis, Michael Jackson contributed so much to the music industry all over the world. To some people, Michael was an immortal. He was one of God's chosen people to bring many races together. So to call him dead, that I could never say. He lives forever throughout his music and humanatarian work.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  287. milton little norfolk va

    ed,farrah,and michael will be miss alot we love them all we love u 3 much

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  288. Nathaniel O. Brown

    As a 32 year old African-American (Black) male from Greenville, SC, I am literally devastated about the tragic death of Michael Jackson. He was more than just a performer, entertainer, amazing singer, and talented human being. I saw him sacrifice his own happiness and personal trials or troubles to break down barriers for African-American, Black people any marginalized group in this world. He demonstrated that African-American, Black people could change and be universal as a race of people, and not necessarily be haunted by the non-reconciled past of being so marginalized as human beings. He sincerely expressed that it was okay to listen to different genres of music despite the stigmatized or stereotyped mindset that specific racial or ethnic groups could only perform or sing certain types of music. He also enthusiastically proved that he didn't have to perform Motown music for the rest of his life, and that it was okay to cross over to pop and rock based on his interest and not his skin tone or color.
    I am further reminded that Tina Turner, another wonderful icon, has provided that comfort for so many people throughout the world. Music does not have to be defined by the race, gender, ethnicities, religion, sexual orientation, or any other dogmas in order to inspire people or to tap into their cares and concerns. I thank God and all of the universal Gods and Goddesses of this world for allowing Michael Jacksons's spirit to inspire and change the way human beings think about interpersonal relationships at all levels. As an African-American, Black male, I'm grateful to know that I can be whoever I want to be and enjoy any type of music and not be forced by my own race or any other race to have to settle for past stigmas and/or stereotypes of what I represent as an African-American, Black male. Life is too short to neglect hope and possibilities. May the energy and spirit of universal music be passed around the world through his music and the transition of life to eternal life. Peace be still!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  289. Abbie

    My first memory of Michael Jackson:

    6 years old laying in bed and hearing Thriller playing on the television in my parents bedroom. This is not only my first memory of Mj but also my first memory of music. The music terrified me at the time but i couldn't tear my eyes away from it. I have been a fan ever since. Now my own son is six this year, i bought the Michael Jackson Thriller CD for him a few months ago and he listens to it about everyday. His music is timeless and he will be very missed by me and countless others all over the world. May he Rest in Peace. You are not alone!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  290. Natalie Robertson

    We lost a great human being who cared so much for those less fortunate. He used his fame through music to break down the racial barriers by reaching out to all culture around the world. He was generous, compassionate, caring and a loving father. We lost Princess Diana a few years ago and now Michael. Two great human beings who cared enough to make a difference. My heart goes to his children and family. God Bless.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  291. Anya

    I remember the first time I even heard of Michael. I was 9 years old, the summer of 1989. We were about to escape the former USSR to leave to the US. My cousin brough a pin with his picture on it, and told me how Michael is the best entertainer there ever lived, and how she wishes she could see him. She asked me to find him and get an autograph and a letter for her, not knowing what a global sensation he truly was. He broke international walls, his music and charisma spoke to everyone. When I finally heard his music for the first time, I became another instant fan.

    My heart is still heavy, it always went out to him when he was misunderstood by so many. I know what it's like to lose your childhood, the reason he had such a troubled yet loving soul. And through it all, he stayed a socially humble person, fame didn't get to his head. I believe he stayed a child at heart through it all, and trusted his innocense into the wrong hands.

    I am sad, but at the same time I know he will finally rest in peace. Rest in peace, Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  292. Donna J. Finney

    I believe Micheal had such a troubled an lonely life, he sank into deep emotions. He loved what he did on stage, and I think it was his escape from it all. He was trully lonely inside his heart, eventhough he had his fans. Most people don't realize what it's like to have absolutly no privacy being a star. Micheal was electrifing and memorizing in all his performances. Now he will be performing concerts for God, and all those who are in heaven. Micheal was a true feeling person, who will live on in his children, and fans.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  293. jessica ramirez

    my sister and i will alwayz miss michael jackson. i am 13 and my sister is 18 years old and even though we havent been around for a long time michael will always be with us.

    in my summer school drama class we are performing thriller and started learning the dance two weeks ago, when i came home from school yesturday and heard the news first thing (cnn is always on in our house) but when i heard that he had past i was heart broken.

    i have just recently started geting into his music and i just cant believe he is gone. my favorite song by jackson is a toss up between beat it and bad. my sisters favorite song is deffinatly billie jean.

    my mom iz really sad about michael jacksons passing on. she grew up listening to him, her friends would come over to her house at night and blast thriller and smooth criminal. to most people micheal jackson is just another face on mtv, youtube, and itunes.
    but micheal jackson is my pop hero.

    we will miss you michael, the king of pop, the heartbreaker of many girls in his younger years. to anyone spending time reading this and moarning over his death, remember... thriller night has only just begun.

    michael jackson 1958-2009 june 25 2:26pm

    WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL! <3<3<3<3<3 =}

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  294. jerry jeter

    I would ask the journalist, tabloids etc. that while you have a job to do, please do not succumb to the speculative, private areas of Mr. Michael Jackson's life. Remember he has a mother, father and siblings that are grieving with the rest of the world. Let us remember what this man gave to us...fantastic music on vinyl, complete professionalism on stage, and last but not least so much love for humankind. Judge not until you walk in someone else's shoes.

    Rest in peace..maybe now you are really free...
    p.s. everybody tell the truth..you know you all tried to moonwalk after you first saw that...and that glove!!!

    peace and love to all....
    jj

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  295. Lori

    I will be 50 this year!! When Michael was a little boy I was his "girlfriend" and my sisters were "girlfriends" ofJackie and Jermaine (like all young girls of my generation) I remember attending one of many Jackson 5 concerts but it was this particular concert at Madison Square Garden and I was about 12 years old where Michael sang only to "me" :)...I was in the third row!
    I think I was in shock when I first heard the news and I work at a television station. I stayed up all night watching the coverage and it was not until this morning driving into work that it actually hit me the hardest! I could not stop the tears. It is just soo sad. This man is an ICON no one else comes close! If you watch the entertainers like Usher, Neyo, and Chris Brown, it's ALL Michael Jackson driven! He touched people all over the world and he music will provide comfort for all fans for many years to come. My 19 year old daughter said to me..."you know mom it is so sad that Michael Jackson is dead, but it sure has been great listening to all of his music on the radio". (They played Michael/Jackson 5 music on EVERY radio station in the Metro area non stop). I totally agree with her...Thank god for my IPOD!!
    Love You Mike!! RIP

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  296. Zoe

    I remember when I was a kid going to Michael Jackson World Tour. It's one of my first memories in life. He is my Elvis! I can't believe he is gone. He will be missed but his music will live on forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  297. Ini Utuk

    I remember how I had nightmares for days after watching "Triller" with my parent in December 1982. It was a scary but passionate moment that I will never forget and since then, I became a fan.
    My thoughts and prayers goes out to his family.

    Rest in peace Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  298. Felicia Ann Anderson

    I am very sorry for the passing of Micheal Jackson, my family and I are huge fans, my husband and I got married on his Birthday, I never thought that we would hear this type of news, To the family, MOTHER AND FATHER, JANET JERMAIN all his bothers and sisters we are sorry, we can say we know what you are fealing we been thru the same thing a few months ago, but remember god is not ging to let his children suffer and micheal was going thru alot with courts thye lies his finances everything god took him home because it was even to much for him to see what his child was going thru, MR. AND MRS JACKSON, I will not say don't cry we are human but remember one thing we all live to die and we will be with our love ones, jermain, janet, all his sisters and brothers remember the lyrics of every song and place it in your heart HE IS STILL WITH YOU ALL I PROMISE, most definitly with us, now he's with with my mother and father sging in a hevenly choir. JUST REMEMBER THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  299. Cynthia Robertson-Gomez

    *We. My prayers are with the Jackson Family!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  300. Elliott

    Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is gone, a true icon of our time. Many of my generation came into our adulthood to the soundtrack of his music. There is no other like him. He will be missed but leaves a lasting legacy. His impact on pop culture is still being felt today. My memory of his and the Jackson 5's emergence on the scene in 1969 is quite vivid, as I'm sure my memory of where I was and what I was doing when he died will be.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  301. RUBEN/MADELINE MARRERO

    MICHAEL WE LOVE YOU WE PRAY THE YOUR SOUL IS WE THE LORD AND WE PRAY THE GOD WILL GIVE YOUR FAMILY THE STRAING TO GO FORWARD.GOD BLESS THE JACKSON FAMILY. MY WISH WAS TO MEET MICHAEL ON PERSON BUT IT DIT NOT HAPPEN BUT I WELL SE HEM ON HAVEN.I WANT TO ME HES FAMILY ON PERSON.GOD BLESS YOU RUBEN AND MADELINE FROM CHICAGO IL.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  302. Rosemary Lambert

    So many have do deal with the loss of a man who has given so much of himself. He had such a powerful affect on the music industry. I have been listening to all the news reports and the issue of Michaels' money problems keep coming to the surface...I can't help but think that if HE, Micheal means that much to his fans, why can't we show our appreciation by starting a fund of atleast one dollar per fan and I bet that would help with his debts. We have showed our love for him while alive, lets continue to show it now!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  303. JUDITH

    MICHAEL JACKSON I WILL MISS U NO ONE WILL FORGET U NEVER I LOVE UR MUSIC AND I WILL CRY FOR U EVERYONE WILL U WILL BE IN A BETTER LIFE AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET UR MUSIC NEVER I WILL MISS U : ( : ( : ( NEVER FOR GET US PLEASE WE WILL NEVER FOR GET U AND I WILL BE UR BEST FANNN !!! : (

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  304. justin

    he was the american icon we will all remember him with glad in our haerts.

    sincerly,
    justin

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  305. Susan Gonyo

    This past year I had the pleasure of introducing my fourth graders to Michael Jackson. We sang daily for 10 minutes from our songbook which included a range of genres from old western songs about the Gold Rush to today's pop music. It just seemed, however, that out of the three allowed songs they would choose from, one was always a Michael Jackson favorite, especially Beat It.

    I'm grateful that my students had a little piece of Michael Jackson, and what we are experiencing now, this huge piece of history in the making, will become part of them forever.

    "Mrs. Gonyo"

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  306. Margo Gidney

    I just do not know what to say!! My god Micheal Jackson is gone!! A world Icon... the worlds best pop star!! the world will never been the same.. When we all lost Elvis.. we thought never again would thier ever be another great entertainer ever to live!! ... until this young jackson 5 Micheal Jackson!! I feel like the world is not complete without Micheal Jackson in it....I grew up with Micheal Jackson .. in the 70's 80's the Jackson 5 and Donny and Marie... Micheal the world can be a very Cruel place, and all about money.. people to took you for fortune and fame and sad to say wanted your fortune..Those people who know who they are! I have watched all the media and news from 2004 to all his fame... Micheal has never been convicted on anything!! and that says it all!! you love him or you don't.. But I suggest you leave your options to yourself, Micheal was in this world living just like everyone else.... He brought the world of music to us!! Micheal you will be missed and I don't know how this world is going to get by without you!! We love you and in our hearts forever!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  307. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I think that many people did not sleep thinking about Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. The world has lost great human beings. I prefer to think of Michael Jackson of his time of big hits. Mrs. Fawcett certainly was an angel but her lost was not discriminated by Health Care System. More than 45 Million American do not get Health Care. This certainly has been a difficult week to watch. God bless Michael Farrah, Michael Jackson and Ed and their families. My prayers for Mrs. Fawcett son.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  308. Maria Vizcarrondo

    This is just so sad and upsetting! Michael Jackson, the one and only "true" King of pop, gone! I don't want to believe it! I tried to intake this trajic situation over night & I actually woke up this morning in hope that it was all a dream. Well, It wasn't. I didn't know him personally, but I knew him in heart, mind and soul. I grew up with his music and the vision of a boy with a dream. A dream that was torn to sreads by the public. What an outrage! Could no one feel his pain! Could no one understand or at least try to see, that all the choices he made were based on his life that was poisoned with hate! Of course Michael was adored by people nationwide, but he was also dispized and steriotyped by many. I sit back emotion filled, and all I can do is think and feel his pain and loneliness; "Here was a Man, whom as a child lived an adult life. A child, whose childhood could never be regained! He grew, and with his pain, saw that of the world. In which he felt that this talent that was forced upon him, his music and most inner feelings could help heal the world and with that, himself. We all saw that even as an adult, Michael craved his youth. He shouldn't have been judged, for many of us including myself, wish that we could go back and be young again. This world is just a big bully! So cruel!!! When are we going to learn! People have falsely accused him of things that his real fans, "know" arent true. All this due to greed! The hate in this world helped to create the Michael that he became. This man, sang to the world in hope of change. Like Michael said as a child, " I only sing what I feel".
    I myself, live my life based on music, and Michael played a big role. His music helped me to express my deapest emotions. The advantage that Michael had was what many wish for,"The chance to voice their opinion". Michael is a hero, and will live on through his music for generation to come. My family and I loved and always will love Michael and his music dearly. We send our condolences to the Jackson family and wish nothing but the best!

    Michael... You will be missed but will live within our hearts forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  309. Renee Melendez

    I’ve seen Michael Jackson in concert three times in my life. The level of energy & showmanship is unmatched by any other.

    While people are really quick to mention these court cases we are forgetting a lot of the humanitarian work that Michael has done during his career. This is a man who never had a childhood because his career was always put first, and because he chose to enjoy to do child-like things people are condemning him.

    We need to the privacy of the Jacksons during this difficult time, pray for them & rejoice in Michael’s music. His spirit will live forever through his music like the other musical legends that have passed: Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Barry White, Elvis Presley and the countless others!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  310. ISELA

    U ROCK MAN ROCK ON NO MATTER WT DONT EVER GIVE U NEVER YOUVE BE MISSED ALOT

    June 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  311. terri

    Yes, he was a great entertainer and gave us some unforgettable, very enjoyable music. My teenage sons love his music and play it often. But lets get over it already and move on to the real tragedies occurring in this world everyday.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  312. J'miah Radhi-Nabawi

    Wow. . . . It was 1981 and I was living in Guadalajara, (Jalisco) Mexico when Michael Jackson's Thriller came out. What a frenzy there and joining my Mexican family and friends watching this over and over, spell bound. Being one of the very few African Americans living in Guadaljara at that time, it was because of Michael Jackson's popularity there that pretty much kept the heat off from feeling like and being seen as a peculiar outsider, an "extranjero." I too benefited from Michael's popularity and celebrated success. At times, a family, with their children, would come up to me and would introduce themselves and would say: "We LOVE your music, jazz, blues and Michael Jackson's music" and would ask my name and then introduce themselves, sometimes inviting me over join them if I were alone. I felt pretty much celebrated and a true amigo of the people there and so proud of Michael. Kids from school buses would call out of the window; "Michael Jackson!" and throw their hands out of the window with a peace sign up. They knew I wasn't Michael. They were identifying with what Michael Jackson and I have in common, being African American. May you Rest-In-Peace beloved inspirer, dear Michael. . . .

    June 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  313. Leo, TX

    Growing up with Michael as an idol is not something that can easily be erased from my memory and I still have not come to terms with his untimely death. "Girlfriend" and "Rock with you" are my all time best MJ songs from his "Off the wall" album. I hope all the vampires and bloodsuckers that helped to destroy his health and finances will finally bury their heads in shame; as well as the mean spirited media that could not come to terms with the fact that this he was a fellow human being and deserved respect. LONG LIVE THE KING! YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  314. Ed Ayo

    While the loss of Michael Jackson is heartbreaking and certainly significant to Pop history, I am saddened more by the lack of information and coverage of the death of Farrah. I think it was not only neglectful, but indeed, rude to have simply shuffled her aside in the news coverage by the networks and cable news shows. She too was an influence on millions of fans and her struggles with cancer could, if reported in depth, save many lives. Please understand, nothing taken from Michael Jackson and his legacy... it just seems we have become so FAME driven, that we've lost sight of the reality of these lives gone too soon!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  315. paul harvey

    michael jackson was the greatest of all time. the passing of michael reminds me of bob marley how sad it was to see an international super star leave us at an early age. we as people tend to forget that michael jackson was a human being with feelings like every one else and was not treated fairly by some media personalities over the years. I do hope cnn will continue to give great coverage on the passing of this great super star who has touched so many peoples lives.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  316. Truth

    Ha Ha Ha, CNN no longer has any credibility. I thought this was the CABLE NEWS NETWORK, not the all MJ all the time network. Has everybody at CNN lost their minds? No real news since his death? Have the bad people in the world decided to stop everything they are doing cause MJ is dead?

    I bet this doesnt get past the moderator since I am not hysterical MJ fan, just interested in the "real world" which affects my life.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  317. Susan Chico,CA

    As a young girl I moved to the US from England and lived in Newsport News, VA, which at the time was a mess from the race problems of the time. We lived in a mixed race area and the kids were on the most part so not affected by all that was going on around us. I remember spending HOURS in garages with these kids working out dance routines to all of Michael's songs. It really made us a tight knit group and help so much. As I remember we were good and had such a wonderful time. So I had always loved Michael for his gifts and give him great credit for our group having a place to embrace each other and not look at the color of one skin and fight.

    May you rest in peace Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  318. Aurelia Kerr

    What do you say to news like this ? There are no words to describe what I feel ! Sadness, disbelief ? We lost one the greatest entertainer that ever walked this earth. I would like to send my deepest condolences to Michael's family. We all loved Michael and we always will ! He was a true mentor for me and many other. I speak from my experience and I would like to say that I was "introduced" to MJ's music when i was 3rd grade by one of my classmates and since then I have been following Michael's career along the years. I saw him on both concerts in Romania and I will never ever forget those magic hours ! I remember when I first heard his music I could not understand a word he was singing. Because of Michael Jackson, the love i have for his music made me learn English. "Michael, you are the reason i can type these words today" ! I could go on and on forever about Michael and the "print" he left on my heart.
    I will always miss you. You will never be forgotten. Your music will live forever!
    R.I.P Michael J Jackson.
    Respectfully Aurelia Kerr

    June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  319. Sinthera Dodson

    To The Jackson Family:
    Romans 1:7-9 Beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
    For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

    I'm praying for you all. To both parents and sibblings: You have not lost a son and brother, but you have gained an Angle of God.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  320. Danielle

    First, I want to say I pray that Allah eases the pain for Michael's family as they grieve over this loss, Ameen. They lost a brother, a son, a father, an uncle....not a superstar.

    It saddens me how, even now after his passing, the news still brings up the allegations that had been leveled against him. It's crazy, I've not seen one piece of news on TV that has mentioned MJ's conversion to Islam (November 2008, YouTube it). Instead of focusing on something as wonderful as that, they (the media) decide to still discuss the issue of the trial that MJ was found NOT GUILTY at. Even now, they cannot let him have peace...very sad. Yeah, I appreciate the tributes they are doing...that's wonderful...but fine, focus on the music, the videos, his contributions to the world, and not bring up the other stuff...we don't need to be reminded of those awful times in MJ's life...and I'm sure his family doesn't want to be reminded about it either while they grieve.

    May Allah have mercy on Michael, Ameen. To Him we belong, and to Him we all must return.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  321. thaima

    I am really heart broken by what has happened to Michael Jackson.he is and always will be my Idol he will be deeply missed and my prayers and condolences goes out to the family.R.I.P Michael the King of POP.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  322. NIGOSHA

    YES, IT’S A BIG LOSS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD, AS MICHAEL WAS A LEGEND AND KING OF POP MUSIC. BUT MY MAIN CONCERN IS, HE CONVERTED TO ISLAM ON NOVEMBER 21, 2008 AND CHANGED HIS NAME TO “MIKAEEL”. UNTIL THIS TIME NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT HIS FUNERAL. IS HE GOING TO BE BURIED AS MUSLIM ACCORDING TO ISLAMIC RIGHTS OR NO??? WHO CAN ANSWER THIS? AND WHY NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT???

    June 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  323. Bonnie Hart

    I met Michael around 1972 at the Los Angeles County fairgrouds in Pomona. I was thirty-two years old and was walking through the fun zone and when I came to the horse racing game I sat down to play. thre was just one kid there and so we played against each other and he won three times in a row. I told him that he sure was good at it and he smiled at me. I then told him that he looked just like Michael Jackson and he said, I am while he walked over and sat next to me. I told him that I loved his music and that I had two sons his age that were in a band. He just kept smiling and was as sweet and cute as he could be. I asked where his brothers were and he pointed over to a ride they were on and asked if I wanted to meet them. I said sure, and he happily ran to get them. My boyfriend at the time was with me and not impressed and in a rather foul mood because he had lost at the race track earlier and told me he was leaving and if I wanted a ride home I'd better go with him while he began to walk away. I waited a minute or so and decided not to chance it and ran to catch up with him and have since regretted that I left, never knowing if Michael came back to introduce me to his brothers, came back alone to see I had left or never returned. He had a talent like no other. His sweetness and loving spirit were no less than my own dear son who was born in the same year and played lead guitar for the band "Wall of Voodoo", I had always thought of them to be a lot alike and wish they had met, but now I believe they will in heaven because they were spirits of tremendous love and compassion and spirits I believe of the same attract each other wherever they dwell.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  324. Karen Wells

    Tony,

    I feel heartsick over the loss of Michael Jackson. I have, over the years defended him to detractors, because, in my mind, he embodied energetic, creative genius.

    He made many seemingly ridiculous decisions and his perception of "normal" was hopelessly skewed. However, in the context of his life, he never knew "normal." He was a star at the age of six. He was an African-American child star in a culture that had few role models. How could he not believe in "Neverland", when he was blessed with "Over the Rainbow" fame and riches before he even learned to read?

    Yet, he showed more discipline in his work than many artists. He had the means, and he had the supportive talent, but he worked hard, and so much of his legacy is worth our honor and respect. I taught theatre in public schools for many years and I often used "Thriller" and "I'm Bad" and other of his music videos to demonstrate staging, special effects, the physical discipline of the dancing and the absolute joy of engaging an audience.

    I wish more of the news stations would show his video/documentary
    to the song "Man in the Mirror." It's demand for accountability is brilliantly produced and consistantly moves me to tears. The charming presentation of "black" and "white" issues in the Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson duet of "Ebony and Ivory" is another example of artistically addressing social justice in melody and metaphor.

    It is ironic to me that Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died on the same day. She came from every advantage that "white" America could offer and she was dismissed as a "lightweight". However, she evaluated her life over time, made wise decisions, and took control of her personal and professional life. She was a role model to women, in both her life and her death.

    Michael Jackson died before he ever learned what it means to be an "adult" in the eyes of the world. I feel sad to think of what he saw when he looked at "The Man in the Mirror." When I compare that to the incredibly talented, openly joyful little boy who sang and danced with the "Jackson 5", I grieve for him all the more.

    Sincerely,
    Karen Wells
    Canton, NY

    June 26, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  325. Edward

    MAN IN THE MIRROR

    people are quick to throw stones at MICHEAL JACKSON, He did not call his self the king of pop, Elizabeth Taylor did and She was 100% right. no-one has reach the highs that MICHEAL JACKSON reached and never will. He brought all people together no matter what your race and that is an achievement in its self. MICHEAL JACKSON was a true humanitarian. How can you judge anyone without having a conversation with that person and honestly reporting the true, fair and balance. The true should always be report if it agrees with the mass of the people or the few. that is what justice is suppose to be about.

    remember: let he not judge, unless he wants to be judged.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  326. Dawn-Atlanta

    You may not read this on-air but I wanted to express my thoughts about Michael Jackson.

    I grew up in Michigan, loving Micheal and the whole Jackson 5 machine.

    I do think he was basically a "Cash Cow" for his Dad; it is awful how he was abused.

    This in turn contributed to his weird personality.

    Of course he was very talented but as he reached his teens, he faced what so many child entertainers face. He was losing his favorability in the ratings so he reinvented himself through plastic surgery, etc.

    He seemed to only identify himself through his talent.
    He desperately needed balance.

    I do think he tried to fill this void through Religion (Jehovah's Witness & Muslim faiths), Neverland and animals and sorry to say, young boys.

    People should stop making idols of entertainers; including entertainers themselves.

    We are all special.

    RIP Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  327. Remy

    Michael Jackson tops the list when it comes to American royalty so I would like to petition Washington to please consider a state funeral. This mane deserves in death this formal recognition and apoligy from the public who made him and sadly from the public that also destroyed him

    June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  328. Renee Johnson

    I'll never forget hearing my mother excitedly calling me to the come and watch the Jackson 5 for the first time appearing on Ed Sullivan. I fell in love with Michael immediately! He was my first crush! I set out wallpaper my room with every Right On poster I could get my hands on. Over the years as I grew older I remained an avid fan, attending my first Jackson 5 concert in the 70's. I am 47 years old now and will never forget Michael as being a wonderful memory connected to my childhood. The news of his passing is surreal. I'm still in shock but as I am slowly starting to absorb it all, the grieving begins. He will always and forever remain in my heart.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  329. wesley francis

    men michael jackson when i think about him i thought of the lord because it was written in the bible that i can do all things through christ which strengtheneth me and michael was a living prove of that, i was a fan of michael jackson since i was 6 years old still is a fan and i was working on my car when i heard the news i could not believe it michael jackson is gone but will alwayz be in my heart and i know that other people heart too,to the jackson family im deeply sorry to hear michael was my inspiration he inspire me to to dance i've alwayz want to become a dancer alots people didn't understand him but all he every wanted was to see the whole world come together as 1 i hope his dreams come true.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  330. Rhonda Smith

    I remember the time when my mother (who would be 63 years old this August 29th – Michael Jackson's Birthday) would dance around our living room to Michael's Bad album. She always felt that they were connected because they shared the same birthday. She would say, "That boy is bad, he's bad, he knows it!" My heart is heavy today because I know what Michael Jackson meant to the world as a fan and I know what he meant to my mother. I am still in disbelief! I told my children that I gave up going to his concert in 1983 because I had to leave for college. I miss my mothe and the love she had for Michael Jackson (she passed 14 years ago); and now I am mourning the music icon that she and I both loved. There will never be another artist like him or touch the lives of so many. My prayers are with his natural family and his Motown Family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  331. Dee in sunny (and somewhat wet) Florida

    Those who idolize Jackson need to ask themselves a serious question.

    Do you think it is appropriate for a GROWN MAN to want to have 'sleepovers' with yuoung boys? Is this behavior that those who think Jackson was so great, might wish to emulate?

    Ask those young boys in about 50 years if they have 'fond memories' of Jackson, or if he marked a horrible period in their lives.

    As a victim of childhood sexual abuse I can tell you that it is something that will NEVER leave their minds and hearts. I am 65 years old and have never forgotten! And those who think it was right for him to have these young CHILDREN sleep in his bed are, IMHO, no better than he was.

    Is our country so depraved that such behavior is OK? If so, SHAME on us!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  332. Tori Williams

    My name is Tori Williams. My younger brother Royce has been performing Michael Jackson's videos since he was five (He is now 13). We have grown up listening and watching Michael. I remember when my brother was about three years old and he would run when Thriller came on. Then one day he knew the whole dance number. He has never had any dance training except for watching and studying all of Michael's short films by hisself. We are all hurt by the passing of Michael Jackson but I know he will live on in my brother. We have many videos of my brothers performances and he has a video on Oprah's website (http://viewervideo.oprah.com/_roycestalent2.mpg/video/422796/45960.html). God Bless and thank you for your time.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  333. Eva Kiss

    Remembering the Time of Michael Jackson, King of Pop

    The loss of Michael Jackson to the Music Industry I am sure is a loss that will be felt on a global scale.

    I have many memories of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Family. Growing up in Encino, my older siblings were very fond of The Jackson 5's music and Michael Jackson.

    Many times my family would be grocery shopping at Gelson's or Boy's Market and would see the Jackson family shopping. My mother (who passed away last year after a very short battle with cancer) was very friendly with Michael Jackson's mother. She met the Jackson's while she was working at UCB Bank and First Interstate.

    I remember talking to a very young Janet Jackson at the market and telling her how much I loved her brothers' songs "ABC", "I'll be There" and "Ben".

    My late brother George was a fantastic dancer and I remember him teaching me dance moves of Michael Jackson's during "Off the Wall". My brother died shortly thereafter the release of "Off the Wall".

    Last night my sister and I were sharing stories and she told me how a family friend loved the Jackson's music so much and asked her to show him where the Jacksons' lived. She agreed to show him where they resided and he was so overcome with excitement that he asked her to see if Michael was home. She told him that they respect their privacy but, after he begged her to find out she agreed to call the Jacksons' security guard on the driveway intercom. When the security guard told him Michael Jackson is not home, her friend ask the security guard to give michael a message. He sang "Ben" into the intercom and was dancing in the driveway. The security guard actually recorded him and played back his rendition of "Ben" and told him he would pass along the message to Michael. A few days later my sister returned to the Jackson house and gave her apologies for her friend's behavior and the security guard laughed and said it was all good and Michael enjoyed listening to it.

    Another memory, years later, my brother Michael was actually a security guard at the Jacksons' house for a short while.

    Even though Michael Jackson's life in the later years was under scrutiny at times, I think his fans will always remember him for his significant contribution he made to the music industry. His influence can be heard in artists of all genres and generations. He will be forever young in the hearts of his fans across the globe and his music will continue in generations to come. My sincere thoughts to his family and children and may his music keep him alive forever in their hearts and in the hearts of his fans...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  334. Gary B.

    Michael Jackson elevated life for us all. A master of illusion that put on "The Show of a Lifetime" for the world to see. Love him or hate him, he was an artist, a magician, a visionary, a mystery, and very much a child that brought fantasy into reality, and we were all fortunate enough to be part of it.

    Thank you Michael for your kindness and generosity. You are forever a STAR now. May your soul rest in peace (though I doubt, with your magnificence, this will happen for too long before you find a way to WOW us from the heavens above) Bless your soul.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  335. RANDY

    Michael Jackson was a big part of my life coming up starting with the Jackson 5 when i was 14 living in Harlem NY i brought my first Jackson 5 45 records I WANT YOU BACK and the flip side was STOP THE LOVE YOU SAVE, me and my girlfriend use to dance off his music back then i brought the OFF THE WALL album it was off the hook then of course THILLER when he did the moon walk on the Motown anniversary show that put him back on the mapno doubt, so all thur my teen years up until now his music had a big place in my life, every body that has life in their body knows Michael Jackson, what a Mega star we lost, iam still in shock cant believe he is gone, GOD BLESS U MIKE REST IN PEACE.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  336. Kaylee

    it seems liked the whole world stopped because michael passed...he made a huge impact on our world and he will be greatly missed forever

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  337. Melinda Stidwell Williams

    For those of you looking for a news network not covering Michael Jackson’s death, life and greatness, good luck. Try turning off your television and radio altogether because this is going to be world news for quite a while. I wouldn’t bother picking up any news papers either.

    You are in the minority here as you can see the rest of the world does not agree with you. As for the other important news issues they aren't going anywhere and the news agencies are reporting on them as well. You would realize that if you weren't so busy being angry at the attention to Mr. Jackson’s death. You may take satisfaction that there may never be another person so universally mourned as Michael Jackson. So don't worry about this happening again in your lifetime.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  338. Renae

    As a victim of childhood sexual abuse who was mercilessly teased about her appearance, I always felt like my childhood was stolen from me. Thus....I always related to Michael. Looking at Michael was like looking in the mirror. I didn't like my face either. I didn't ever want to grow up either, because I felt like I never had a chance to be a kid. Michael's struggle with the same things I felt let me know that I wasn't the only person who ever felt those things. His music touched me in a very deep way, and I'm very devastated by his early death. I feel like something's missing, from my life and from the world. May his soul finally be at peace. Michael, you can finally be the child you always wanted to be.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  339. Sakura Alvarez

    Michael Jackson has been the reasn millions including myself have even dared to pursue music. He's been the greatest inspiration in my life, and for that his music will forever live on inside of me. Apart of me died yesterday when Michael Jackson was pronounced dead, singing has become nearly impossible ...the notes no longer sound right . R.I.P Michael Jackson ...<3

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  340. Romie

    Talent personified, That was Michael Jackson!
    My Son loved him, My granddaughter loves him and My Mother loved him, can you imagine that? she, My Mother passed away in 1977 and she always talked about little Michael.and what a doll he was.
    Well, I love you too Michael, just seeing you always made me feel like dancing, anticipating that always recognizable beat.
    Say hello to John, George, and Elvis and all those who left us to soon.God be with you always.
    Romie

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  341. DeAnn Torregano

    It is a sad day for the world of entertainment......... Michael Jackson was crowned the "King of Pop" by his fans world wide. He definitely possessed the creative genius to go where no man has gone before. Many have tried, but very few will ever rise to the iconic class that he lived in throughout his entire career. Before him there were none and after him there shall be no more. This mogul of humility and humanitarian traits will forever be enshrined in our hearts.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  342. Emma

    I can't believe MJ is really gone. I'm only 14 and I'm in love with his music. It's really hard hearing that someone you love has died and I can tell in everyone that loves MJ has lost a part of them. He will be missed dearly.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  343. Leroy Grissom

    I am the same age as Micheal and I am very sadden over his passing.

    I have been a fan of his all my life.He was one of the Greatest most talented music entertainers every live.

    I will miss him. Thoughts and prayers goes out to his family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  344. Dawn-Atlanta

    He's in Neverland now; RIP

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  345. Allen

    Is Michael Jackson's death the ONLY news that has happened since yesterday morning??? Watching CNN, one would logically think that's the case.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  346. Melinda Stidwell Williams

    Mourning the loss of Michael Jackson

    As I sat in disbelief, I cried soft tears remembering the greatness of the golden years. More than a prince and greater than other Kings, the power of this being crossed the boundaries of all things.

    A transcendent gift, a universal love, A life of duality, lived in both shadows and glare. One who sparkled so brightly it is no wonder that our white hot scrutiny would one day extinguish his flare.

    So gifted and yet a gift. So loved but never known, forever a mystery for the world to behold. So misunderstood and perhaps led astray, but with his beginnings who are we to say.

    The voice of an angel, now he out sings them too, Michael Joe Jackson we will miss you…

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  347. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I hope that the entertainment industry will evaluate their process when children are used. I believe that the priorities of these individuals are not addressed. We have to keep a watchful. We need to protect children because they will turn to adults, dysfunctional adults.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  348. Amanda

    Mass moment of silence for the greatest Michael Jackson tonight 9-9:03 pm. Wherever you are step outside and light a candle in his honor.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  349. Pamela

    I have been following, Michael Jackson and the 5 since 1970 at that time, I was 9.. Today, Im 48 and he still move's my feet and my heart.. Ill never forget, Michael because he is truly an, ANGEL now.. You will always be missed and loved.....

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  350. kyree lobo

    i just loved micheal jackson he was the king of POP amd i just cant beleive that he died he had a successful life and some went down hill but i just he was still here

    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  351. Mike

    despite the controversy that surrounded him in the past decade, I will always remember Michael as the greatest artist EVER. as weird as this sound I must say I owe my childhood to him. I can only hope people will be able to separate the man from his music and remember him for the great music he created.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  352. Leslie Hutchinson

    Growing up in Baltimore, and being just a few year's younger than MJ, the Jackson 5 was my first concert, at the Baltimore Civic Center. Their poster was on my wall along with David Cassidy and (ok this is embarrassing), the Osmonds.

    I am surprised at how effected I am by MJ's death. A part of me has died. A man who tragically, gave so much to so many, and used, virtually, his entire life. Now that we are learning so much about the isolation and insulation, I just feel so sorry that he couldn't reach out, or didn't have the family support to get close and help him figure a way to live healthfully.

    Just tragic.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  353. der

    mj was definitely a huge talent but he was -at best – often inappropriate with children! and a freak! enough already!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  354. Tes

    I cannot think of any artist who was able to transcend cultures, races, languages and generations like Micheal Jackson. I also cannot think of any artist that my mother and I both recognize and know at the same time.
    Michael Jackson, however short your time was with us, YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  355. darlene

    I never knew how it feels to be grief stricken and inconsoable until now. I have been crying since last night, and have not stop.My thoughts and prayers are with the family and children. Mike, your love is king. May you fine peace, and continue to dance, and sing with the angels.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  356. Elizabeth Perkins

    Michael Jackson will be missed for sure! I have followed his career since the beginning, I am 51 yrs old, and have always loved his music,,, he was a musical Genious,,, My daughter also loved his music as she grew up,,, this is such a shock! I pray for His family, and his fans and his children..... oh my what a loss!! May he rest in peace. Michael we all love you, you will be missed!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  357. Al B!

    For all the controversies, scandals and occasional absurd eccentrics … I will remember Michael Jackson for his talent, innovation, his magnetic presence, his genius… His SOUL… MJ’s impact on artistry, performance and music will last through the ages. His art touched people from all walks, faiths, ages, creeds and colors. There isn’t a corner of the world that escapes feeling of loss today. We only get one Michael Jackson, and I had had the privilege to experience him for 36 years. Thanks Mike! (and by the way, you delivered one hell of a bridge!)

    Al B!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  358. Debbie Guindon

    It breaks my heart that he's gone. All his fans loved him and he loved
    them right back. I can still see my daughter on the porch at age 7
    dancing with her little friends as "Billy Jean" played from her pink
    boom box. What a beautiful gift to heaven!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  359. David c Schmidt

    We lost a Icon a true legond, as a fan I will miss him and all that he was. I remember as a child going to his concert in Washington DC, durring his "Thriller Tour". My sister who was a huge fan was there, me I was playing with my Matchbox cars threw the whole show. I send prayers and good vibes to The Jackson Family durring this Very Hard times, Michael will live on Forever in his music and the many memories that all fans hold so dear.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  360. Kosta

    I can't believe it. No, it cannot be true, it's just a bad dream. I'm shocked and in deep sadness as many other people around the world. I'm not a US citizen, but I live and love this country. I also love Michael Jackson, He was my inspiration to many good things. I came to the US from the ex SU and it was hard to get any records of Michael Jackson back in the 80's. He was strictly prohibited by the communist regime (and I still cannot understand why?). He was out of politics, his songs were about good things in this world, things that unite people, but no matter what, we, Michael Jackson fans in the ex SU, menaged to find his records and listened to them. I grew up with his music and now tears stream down my face. A part of me died with Michael Jackson's sudden death. He was the best and greatest and will always be, and we, his fans all over the world will never forget him. Rest in peace, Michael, we love you. you are in our hearts forever

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  361. Marlon

    A piece of the music industry past away yesterday. Anyone who came after him was influenced by him. You will be missed MJ. Rest well King.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  362. lady faye

    i loved micheal so much
    i will miss him everyday
    he has been my fav since i was a little girl
    my heart is broke now
    rip my friend...you will remain in my heart and sole

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  363. Montel Swaray

    we gonna miss u! R.I.P

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  364. Antionious Brown

    I REMEMBER THE TIME ,GOING BACK TO INDIANA.
    The JACKSON 5, Abc ,Michael Jacksons Music said ,ENJOY YOURSELF,
    his tender ,HUMAN NATURE,made him a International Music Icon
    GOING PLACES , that no other african american musician before him could .I'LL BE THERE ..WITH A CHILDS HEART Mourning his loss as the Tears flow will we ever really see THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
    That Michael Jackson saw..I WANT YOU BACK

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  365. nazirmo

    With utmost sadness I write to express my condolences to the family of Michael Jackson , a wonderful human being
    we had the good fortune of knowing between October 1984 until Mar 1988.
    A great human being who always spoke well of other celebrities whenever we spoke on phone during the years he kept in touch.
    It was Oct 1984 when he called us at The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto in response to a fan letter I wrote on behalf of our daughter
    Andrea aged 3 and a letter that I was able to get through his father whom I met outside the hotel walking on the street. Thereafter he invited us to his Victory Tour concert as VIP guests. And started a friendship that would have him call many times. In Nov 87 he dedicated a single The Way You Make Me Feel to our daughter Andrea 7 and then invited us to a Bad concert reception in New York in March 1988. Thereafter I received a large size photo of me with him in April.
    Unfortunately we never heard from him once he fired his manager at the time Frank Dileo.
    However fond memories will always remain with us. We never used our friendship for any personal gains although we had offers for our story which we always refused. Until to this day I never gave up trying to get in touch with him. But his new managers were of no help and my mail probably never reached him. I was still hoping to hear from him even as of yesterday.
    The last card Thinking of You I sent to an address in L.A belonging to Michael that was provided by a friendly source has not returned to me undelivered. Perhaps the people around him may have
    not been delivering my mail to him. I would just like to express my condolences to his family members and especially his dad who gave this great opportunity by passing on my fan letter to his son. To us and to the world he will always be remembered as the King of Pop. We will miss him.
    We have many photos with him as well as autographed albums including Thriller and Bad. We will cherish them always.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  366. Molly

    The world fell in love with the child star Michael Jackson. Many wonderful memories of Michael are in the hearts of my family. Lets rember all many positive things he has done for all of us, dont dwell on the negative. How can we be so critical of a genius. We havent walked in his shoes, nor would any of us want too. Michael filled our house with his wonderful music for years and years. I cant tell you how many times i turned on his music, grabbed my cleaning supplies, and did the moonwalk singing and dancing as i breezed through the drudgery of cleaning. Thanks Michael an unpleasant job something to look forward too. Michael and i cleaned house together.
    We watched the vidieo Thriller hundreds and hundreds of times.
    In l894 I bought a Thriller doll, and have kept it in the box in my cedar chest. What a priceless memory. Michael as gotten rid of the demons that have been torturing him for many years. Much dancing and singing with the angels today. Michael is making his biggest debut for all the heavens to hear. May you finally rest in peace. Maybe you can have the childhood and love you have always searched for in heaven. Little did you know how much you were really loved by all. We have all lost a big chunk of our hearts yesterday.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  367. hasna

    Michael jackson is the iconic figure of our lifetime. I came to the US from Morocco to live the American dream that Michael Jackson inspired me to dream at about 9 years old, needless to say he changed my life forever.

    Michael embodied the possibility of dreaming and achieving. He was the soundtrack to many lives, his dancing was like a dream and we all felt like we' ve been on the moon dancing.

    Michael Jackson also embodied a generous soul who cared deeply about all of us around the globe. He always wanted to show us hope, love and oneness. We will always keep his legacy alive by dancing to his angelic melodies. Michael, we love you forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  368. Dodie - Irvine, California

    I remember when I would drive 200 miles every day in order to attend a university and I would always rely on his up-beat album “Thriller” to keep me awake in the late night drive home over the Cajon pass. In many ways, he saved my life on those long drives.

    I must tell you, very little ever shakes me up… But the death of Michael Jackson shook my world to the core. He was an icon among icons. When I think of Michael, I always think of his love he brought to the world through his music.

    ((MICHAEL JACKSON MAY BE GONE! BUT HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN))

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  369. Tiffany

    I remember when cable tv first came out in 1980. My dad subscribe to it, MTV was born and actually played music. Michael Jackson's first video on MTV was Billie Jean. We always wondered if he was talking about Billie Jean the tennis star and if he had had a baby. The next video was Beat It and after that Thriller.
    I'm not a huge fan but his music is awesome and of course his dancing. I have his music on my mp3 player and I listened to it when he was going through hard times and people turned their backs on him.
    He influenced everyone regardless if you liked him, loved him or hated him. He influenced all types of music. He was bigger then anyone could imagine. It's sad that he had to go at a young age, at least people will always enjoy his music

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  370. Greg Goudas

    I think one of the reasons why this is so upsetting for everyone is that Michael Jackson gave us milestones that allowed us to look back at certain points in our lives, events in our lives and the feelings we experienced in our days past. Wether it was daning to one of his songs at a nightclub of being a young kid watching him and the jackson 5 as a cartoon on saturday morning.

    Looking back on your on live as you another depart from his.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  371. Velarie

    He was a shining star icon who as usual is gone too soon.
    I had new found respect for him when he attended James Brown's funeral. I guess other celebs couldn't fit it into their Christmas holiday plans but he did. He also helped during his longterm illness and paid his respect to another one of his musical idols-Jackie Wilson. These things showed me how much he respected and remembered those who paved the way for him.
    RIP Michael knowing how much you are loved and will always be remembered.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  372. Brianna

    No other artist has inspired me more than Michael Jackson.I may be only 14 years old,but MJ's music has truly touched me. I have never gotten more emotional to songs than I have to his,the lyrics have so much meaning. Songs like " Man in the Mirror" or "Heal the World" really inspire you to be like MJ and make a difference.When I watch him perform,I am mesmerized. No one today or in the future will be able to ever compare to Michael's talent,he truly was a gift from God.He will live on forever by song and in the hearts if all his fans!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  373. Nicole

    Was just wondering when you might stop celebrating the pedophile and show some deference to Farah Fawcett's son who lost his mother to a 3 year battle with cancer. I have been watching all morning and haven't heard one mention of her passing after a long and courageous battle with a terminal illness.

    It seems that everyone forgets that the man you are dedicating all your airtime too this morning has been repeatedly accused of child sexual abuse and a long history of bizarre behavior including, trying to turn himself white. I'm disappointed that you are only giving him praise and forgetting about the gracious woman who also passed yesterday.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  374. nina

    micheal jackson was great artist but in my opinion he was a bad person.yes he did not want people to know what his kids looked like i will give him that,he wanted them to be left alone,but he knew he needed help and he DID NOT try to get any help so that makes him a bad person in my opinion.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  375. Clay Reed

    Micheal Jackson is immortal and he will never die...

    ...We just won't see him making anymore public appearances...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  376. Gary

    I remember when I went back to Bolivia my country of origin after many years, in my first tour around the city , the song "stranger in moscow" played in my head over and over , I also did a project for an elective course in college and presented " earh song" as my presentation with my class group and we aced it! Thanks to you I got an "A" in that course Michael , and thanks to you I didn't feel so strange in my own home town.....I will forever be gratefull .....I LOVE YOU!!!!!
    ps: I just learned that he grew up in "GARY" , Indiana.......I wanna give a shout out to my parents for giving me my name:)

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  377. Peggy

    I remember the time when we first saw The Jackson 5 in concert and went totally wild as did the whole audience. We have lost a musical genius and extrodinary performer.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  378. Devon A. Moultrie

    I'll never forget listening to the Thriller album as a little girl. I had Michael Jackson buttons, posters, t-shirts, key chains......and my brother had the red leather "Beat it" jacket.......Nothing like a tragic death to make you think about life!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  379. Mardi Reid

    With all the negative press Michael garnered in the passed few years, yesterdays news of his untimely demise shook the world to its core. I remember a man who made a kid with dreams want to get up and dance. He inspired my generation to live, love, and think of others, rather than themselves. I am still in denial and wish, like Elvis, is really not dead and living on an island somewhere but as much as I want to believe the ladder, in my heart I know this phenom has finally found his peace. He will live on in our hearts and his music will always remind me of a man who lived an incredibly sensational LIFE!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  380. LISA N

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    I WAS SO SHOCKED TO HEAR THE SAD NEWS OF MICHEAL JACKSON’S DEATH, AND YET AS MANY OTHER GIFTED ARTIST, WE LOSE THEM EARLY, BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THERE LIVES AND THE ABUSES-JELOUSIES- AND PREJUDICES AROUND THEM. THE FAMES NEVER MADE A TRUE FRIEND THAT DIDNT REQUIRE MONEY OR SOME OTHER PRICE. MICHEAL CAN NOW HAVE MORE THAN HIS CHILD HOOD, HE CAN HAVE HIS FREEDOM FROM THE MONSTERS THAT PLAGUED HIS LIFE. LET HE THAT HAS NOT SINNED CAST THE FIRST STONE!! WHAT EVER HE DID, OR DIDN’T DO, HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERFORMER AND I REALLY BELIVE HE COULD NOT LIVE WITH HIMSELF ANYMORE IF HE HAD HURT A SINGLE SOUL. HE CARED ABOUT PEOPLE IN A WHOLE, AROUND THE WORLD, HE CARED ABOUT THE EARTH, AND HE CARED ABOUT CHILDREN. HE MADE HIS MISTAKES AND WAS NOT PERFECT, BUT WHO IS? LET GOD JUDGE HIM NOT MAN. HONOR HIS CONTROBUTION TO THE WORLD IN HIS MUSIC AND DANCE, HE WILL BE SADDLY MISSED, AND ALWAYS LOVED. I GREW UP ON MICHEAL JACKSONS MUSIC DURING A SHOCKING PAINFULL TIME IN MY LIFE..SUFFERING THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER AFTER 2 YRS OF CANCER AND ITS HORRORS- I WAS 16, AND 1 YR LATER MY FATHER DIED OF CANCER TOO, AND MICHEAL JACKSONS MUSIC HELPED ME DURING THOSE PAINFULL SHOCKING YEARS, IT WAS SAFE AND INNOCENT AND THERAPUDIC. GOD LOVE THIS MAN, THIS LEGEND.. WE HERE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM.

    LISA N June 26th, 2009 9:56 am ET
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    MY LOVE AND PRAYERS AND CONDOLANCES TO HIS CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS AND PARENTS, AND TO HIS FANS TOO, PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY..GOD LOVE HIM!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  381. James Soares

    I'm not the celeb-groupy type, but I am deeply saddened by the death of Michael Jackson. The whole planet has lost someone so magicalso special. I always believed in Michael, and anticipated the time he would make a comeback that would blow away all of the negative nay-sayers. I miss him and celebrate his life.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  382. Debra

    My heart goes out to the Jackson Family. I can remember the first time that I heard his music, I loved it I was only 6 or 7. Today,I still find myself listening to some of his songs. In away I feel he done the things he done due to the fact he was really a lonely man. We need not dwell on the legal issuses, he was a father, brother, uncle, most of all he was someones son. He gave his life up to entertain us. Now, let us, let him rest in peace. Deb N.C

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  383. Clay Reed

    Micheal Jackson is immortal and he will never die. Unfortunately though, we won't see him making anymore public appearances...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  384. Tiffany R

    Im only 15 years old and I love Michael Jackson. Im from Statesboro, Ga and I go to Statesboro High School. Im in the marching band there and we did a Michael Jackson show. The songs we did was Bad, Beat It, Man In The Mirror, Black or White, and of course Thriller. We also did the thriller dance. Me and my friends that was in the marching band is wearing our thriller shirts today. Michael Jackson will be missed dearly. R.I.P Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  385. Bonnie John

    Michael Jackson may now rest in peace. The kind of peace he never found while here on earth. He gave up everything to entertain us. Why do we always subject the greats to such personal scrutiny? Even in death his public personal scruitiny continues. Let us remember him with compassion and thankfulness for his determination to entertain us to the best of his ability. May he rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  386. edwin williams

    The loss of michael jackson is a lost to humanity and if you listen to his music and see how far his reach was worldwide we will now see how great he truly was. put aside his troubles for a minute because we all have them, if the world leaders truly listened to his music maybe the planet would nt be a giant powder keg with our so called leaders ready to destroy civilization, lets lock them all in a room for 24 hrs to listen to his music and watch his videos and maybe world peace,starvation and hatred will cease to exist..... god is taking his chosen people off the earth.

    rest in peace michael

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  387. Froylan

    I am Really sorry that this happened to him. Such great artist and multitalented. I Never got tired of listening to his music and I had the oportunity to play the game MOONWALKER. I am gonna miss him as well as my whole family will because we all loved his music very much. There will not be another Michael Jackson but he will still exist in our hearts.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  388. joey gargin

    michael jackson was MUSIC.... r i p MR JACKSON

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  389. Mike LaDuke

    I grew up listening to Michael at the young age of 5 years old. I am 56 years old myself. I look at his music as a pacifier because when I'm down or sad from one of lifes little misseries, I would just turn his music on and it would lift me up so much that I would stop and look at myself and say , what's wrong, it's really not that bad, it's going to be ok and sure enough, it got better. I always loved Elvis's music but I will trully miss Michael Jackson because I feel I grew up with him, living in Detroit and so close to Motown, he will be missed so much, no one can ever take his place. God Bless You Michael and may you rest in peace in God's arms. Thanks for the MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  390. Amanda

    Lord I thank you for letting us borrow your Angel for 50 years, he wil always be remembered in our hearts and mind. Now you can rest in peace from all the troubles of this world. We Love You.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  391. Yvonne G

    Thank you for remembering Michael Jackson. I will miss him. May God be with him and his family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  392. Vanessa Dacosta

    I'm from Jamaica but I'm currently in Antigua. I remember the time when i fell in love with Micheal Jackson. i have loved Micheal all my life no matter what the rumors were about him, I have always and will always love him. Miacheal I love you and you are IMMORTAL.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  393. abdul wells

    we are all sadden by the death of micheal jackson.everyone is comparing this to elvis,frank senatra and john lennon.what happen to bob marley on the list.He had as much supporters worldwide when he was living and is music still impacts millions today.micheal's music will be enjoyed by many for years to come! please shut out bob marley today on cnn.i'll be watching all day

    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  394. Brittney Bellfield

    I still can't come to reality and allow myself to believe he is really gone I spent all night crying and trying to make it through listening to his music. I was a very private child without a true Identity. Music was my friend Thanks to Michael Jackson..He is the reason I love to dance. And I share that love with my children whom are also in shock right now.3 generations were touched by his music .My mom,My self and my daughters all love what he stood for not just his music.I feel completely lost right now..MICHAEL JACKSON YOU WILL ALWAYS BE FOR YOUNG IN OUR HEARTS, LOVE YOU.(RIP) WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE TIME THE WORLD CRIED TOGETHER AND CELEBRATED A TRUE GENIUS.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  395. Liz Whitney

    Michael... my dear sweet brother. I know Heaven just got a little brighter. Maybe you can say hello to my brother Robb and my father John... they too loved your music. While you left your earth suit behind, I know your soul and spirit will live on forever with God. You're bigger than life Michael... you always were. But your real legacy is the message you carried around in your heart. "I don't sing it if I don't mean it" you said in your first interview as a little boy. I hear your heart in every song Michael and the love you freely gave the multitudes... the sacrifices you made to sing that message of pure love that God placed in your heart... one love for all mankind... I will never forget. I'm going to love people the way you did Michael, unconditionally. If I want to make the world a better place... take a look at yourself and make a change. Michael, I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I pray that every person who reads this post remembers you for your beautiful heart and listen to the message of love you freely gave. See you soon Michael. I love you brother.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  396. shardi stapleton

    Michael maybe gone but he will never be forgotten there will never be another michael Jackson he was the best artist of all times. Its just sad how he past and never had the chance of having a child hood just to entertain the world

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  397. TEMBI MUNA

    Im touched! this was a poem I wrote a while back which was inspired by one of Michael's songs. I just had to share it.

    **Blood on the Dance Floor **

    Dance floor, dance floor, I move,

    Dance floor, dance floor, got moves,

    Dance raw, dance more, dancing core,

    Can't stop won't stop blinking lights,

    Drinking, winking with shrinking time,

    Compressed within each song whispers pain,

    Goodness and rudeness among people,

    I can't tell, you can't tell, just going with the spell,

    Dawn hits and I feel more empty than than I came,

    Dance floor, dance floor ,why move?

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  398. Sandy Raiken

    I grew up with Michael Jackson. I am 57 and have loved him for most of my life. However, when his personality shifted from who he was to who he became, I began to miss the icon that I so looked up to. I took my children to see him when they were 3 and 5 and that is the Michael Jackson I will choose to remember.
    I am more bothered by the fact that Farrah Fawcett who put up such a heroic fight for her life is being so overlooked by someone who chose to mess with the quality of his life and who in the end probably contributed to his own demise. There's a big difference between fighting for your life and playing Russian roulette.
    Sandy – Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  399. Andrea

    I am 34 years old and from the Island of Antigua. I am completely distraught to hear of Michael Jackson's death. In my little Island in the Caribbean, persons of my age group revere Michael. All I can think about is Thriller, Man in the Mirror and Speechless. Michael was one of a kind. He flourished in a World that was not always kind and remained outwardly strong in the face of senseless criticism...but sometimes he appeared so sad...I pray that he is now at peace with His God...Someone who has given so much deserves no less.

    Andrea

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  400. Kelly

    It just doesn't seem possible; however, I had a feeling that we would lose him at an early age. I was only 10 the day Elvis died but I remember sobbing. Yesterday, after hearing the news, I was stunned! My mind was in shock and my heart was saddened.

    He made my school years (especially the 80s) the greatest.
    It has been an honor to give my own children the experience of Michael Jackson through the years.

    He may of passed on to Heaven but we will always have his musical talent left for us here on earth for our eternity and for that, I will always be grateful !

    He was a true "Thriller" in my life.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly Collins

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  401. digginthis

    I had the privilege of meeting Micheal Jackson in 1985 during the Thriller sensation in a kingdom hall (church). He seemed nervous and frightened of the crowd . The fact that he even cared about being spiritual at his level made me admire him tremendously. And I was shocked to find a such a sweet and fragile soul. He was clutching an orange juice box like a child and spoke softly. He made me want to protect him -the King Of Pop. I remember thinking that he is going to be crucified one way or another – and unfortunately that turned out to be correct. He was one of the few stars that cared about changing the world. I am in tears and horrified over this tragic loss. He brought me through my childhood by sacrificing his own – and then got us through the eigthies with his strength. There's nothing like Micheal, and there never will be. Never can say goodbye... Karin Contovasilis

    June 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  402. Rod

    Michael Jackson was the headlining artist in the concert of our lives. What he has given my generaton the 30 and 40 somethings will never be matched, and it's sad to say that the generations that are coming up now will never experience a star of this magnitude. Icon doesn't even come close to describing him, RIP MJ the concert in heaven just added a megastar to the show.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  403. Chester Nambla

    Michael Jackson used to be talented back in the 1980's but for the last several years, the guy nothing more than a creepy celebrity.

    Let's face it... He is downright creepy! Between his frail look and his love for little boys, the world is now a better place without him... All I can say is if the allegations weren't true Michael, you should have nothing to worry about at the pearly Gates but if they were true, Johnny Cochran isn't gonna be able to get you off this time.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  404. kfrog

    It is a sad but joyful day. I challenge anyone to listen to a Michael Jackson song without a smile on their face. These songs bring back so many great memories of my young childhood. Watching MTV with my older siblings, and dancing and singing to all the songs. Even today, new memories are created because MJ is a legend, and his music is played everywhere.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  405. Stan Matuska

    I am just shocked, and like most, the reality hasn't set in.

    I wish life had given him in return what he had given to life.

    We grieve for our loss, but I am happy that Michael Jackson FINALLY has no worries about his health, his finances, his fans, his foes, his anxieties and his comeback tour.

    RIP Michael, something you haven't been able do to your entire life – you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten...

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  406. davin

    some people are so heartless i can't believe some people and their comments. michael was a human who endured so much pain thru out his life..All these who are judging him their is only one who judges and he knows the hearts of all. And that is God..Yes michael will be greatly missed and he is greatly loved but the angels are rejoicing for michael is home with his maker. I pray his family gets the privacy they need thru this time..Knowone is hurting more then his family..My prayers go out to the jackson family..
    Davin from california

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  407. Jack

    everyone will miss Michael Jackson but, lets stop going over and over this thing on the air. There are other more important things in this world to cover. No. Korea is threatening to wipe us out and Iran is a state of chaos. We are still losing lives in the middle east. Lets kind of get our priorities in order.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  408. temeka w.

    Remebering michael jackson he was a person who love what he did‚ he brought smiles to his fans face when they were filling said and down he was a man that didn't let any one get him down‚ he rise to the top of the charts‚ I would like to give a prayer to his family‚ lord we thank you for sending us a wonderful angle for the world to see‚ we will never for get him lord give his family the strenth and the power to be strong at a time like this‚ we no that you needed your angle back in haven we just didn't no so soon‚ but thank you lord for the time that you gave to his family and to the world to see and love protect and giude his children down the right path you want them to go‚ lord we no you will and you can. AMEN to the JACKSON FAMILY

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  409. Ashley

    "OMG HECK NO!!!! THIS CANT BE HAPPENING!!!" That is exactly what i screamed when i saw that Michael Jackson died. Michael Jackson may have been known as a malestor but to me even though im still a kid at 13 years old he was the KING OF POP to me. I love his songs and i think now when i hear them now im either gonna cry or im gonna dance to some of the songs and sing them too. When i heard he was gonna make a come back i was so happy. I wanted him to come to where i am at now because i really wanted to meet him because that would've been so cool but now i guess it's too late for me now. Im always gonna remember Michael Jackson and remember that he died when i was 13 years old. I will truly miss him a lot and im definitly gonna keep his music playing in my heart and he will always be in my heart too. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL AND WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  410. Li Zhou

    Mickel Jackson hit my heart by his music when I was studying in high school, at that study study study time for preparation of enrollment exams of universities, listening to the American Lunch Time Music Program was the only fun I could have and it was also the only source of entertainment from the western world to a developing and open China. His music always hit the top which made me very excited. I had all collections of his albums in cassessets. His music would be remembered by me just like his face, unforgettable. No one could ever achieve all these up and down in career and life like he did. I will memorize him in my own way, just like what he have shown to us, dancing and singing...

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  411. DeAnna Denise Adams

    I had the privilege of having spent over an hour with Michael, his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Dad, Pappa Joe.
    I had drawn portraits & written poems for each of them.
    He took the portrait I drew in his little hand, looked at it and said to me "did you draw these"? "I draw too!" "I like this, thank you!"
    He had been swimming in the pool before he came into the room, dripping with water, went over to the phone and called Dick Clark.
    He said "hey Dick, it's me Mike!"
    He graciously excused himself and left the room just as quickly as he had appeared!
    He gave of himself globally!
    He was a blessed philanthropist, directly impacting my life for the positive & will continue to inspired millions more to come!
    My prayers go out for The entire Jackson Family!
    I trust & pray he is at rest with The Lord Jesus!
    I love you Michael!
    Deanna Denise Adams
    Add Love Productions, Inc.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  412. Portia Savage Christian

    The world is crying; RIP Mike!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  413. Aylin - Belize C.A., originaly from Bulgaria, EU

    I am still waiting to awake from this nightmare...

    I am who I am because of him!
    He was my life, his music was my comfort, he was my mentor....
    If it wasn't for him I wouldn't even speak English...

    This summer I was going to share my world with my 8 years old twins who also are MJ fans and were so excited to see the King Of Pop on stage the way I sow him many years ago... Unfortunately my memories, the CDs and DVDs is all they are going to get.

    R.I.P. Michael and God Bless all the Fans and his Family

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  414. Joyce Strowger

    I have grow up with the Jackson Five and still enjoy them. I hope that the press will leave the family along so they can deal with Micheal death and help his kids. Micheal kids are going through a rough time and the press should leave them along. Let the family be with the kids and hope the mother off the kids be there for them. My heart go out for the famliy.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  415. La'Toya De-Leon

    All Micheal Jackson wanted to do was "Save the World" be it with his music or his wealth. He was a great inspiration to world. MJ, you will be greatly missed. We love you.RIP.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  416. Maryanne

    Michael Jackson's incredible gift made him a brilliant star in the entertainment world. His lack of a normal childhood contributed to his unusual adult behavior. He never grew up emotionally – all he wanted were the friends he never had and the fun he was denied.
    Sexual pervert? I think not! Rest in peace, Michael – may you be surrounded by the love and fun only childhood can provide.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  417. Augie Marvin

    I am 55 yrs. & I have followed MJ my whole life. I feel that considering his life, and the way that he was forced to live it, (toxicology reports aside) Michael died of a BROKEN HEART by people that he couldn't trust and that continuously tried to USE this gentle and loving man to his detriment. The cynical and ugliness that shrouded his life was tragic!!! He was loved not only for his talent, but for his gentle nature and caring and truly loving spirit. Now, it's time to rest, Michael. Just know you were loved by so many and you ALWAYS will be. Please rest in quiet easy peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  418. Liz

    I grew up in Indiana close to Gary and have followed Michael's career from the beginning. I was lucky enough to meet him and his parents, and visit both their homes. I consider it an honor to have had those opportunities and I will carry those and many more memories with me forever.
    I extend my deepest sympathies to his children, parents and siblings. My God bless you and comfort you in this time of great loss.

    The world has lost a magnificent talent and there will never be another like it.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  419. wesley francis

    michael jackson we will alwayz love you and miss you r.i.p my friend

    June 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  420. Rachael

    Being 20 years old and growing up in the early nineties, Michael Jackson had been around long before I was born. Though I had been raised on classic rock, with my parents never listening to him, it was his music that was the very first that caught my attention as a child. His music was the first in which I liked on my own, along with my twin sister. The very album I owned was Michael's Dangerous, my sister's was Thriller. I remember sitting in front of the television full of anticipation when one of his movie/music videos was scheduled to be on.
    To this day he is still one of my favorite artists, in a category of his own. His death still has not completely sunk in, and probably never will. In a sense, Michael Jackson is and always will be invincible.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  421. Onome

    I grew up with MJ's music my 10th b/day was all about his songs,which was a big deal in Africa/Nigeria.I will make sure my lil babies hear his songs. He is my Idol now n forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  422. DeeDee

    I was in Chad (Africa) for UNICEF after the war with Libya. The streets of Ndjemina appeared deserted as I sat on a wooden sidewalk and pulled a lukewarm soda out of my bag. Suddenly, out of a bombed-out building, emerged a skeletal orphan boy. He sat next to me, accepted the soda, and asked, "Are you French?" "No," I answered, "I'm American."
    This dying child leapt to his feet, beaming with joy, "America!" he cried, "America! Michael Jackson!" whereupon he executed a perfect moonwalk.
    I was struck that MJ had the power to reach across the world and grant happiness to a child who had nothing at all.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  423. Trent Lewis

    Michael Jackson was the best artist and entertainer to ever grace this planet. He set records, broke records, won awards, had amazing performances and more. So I feel like his death is his very last performance and the WHOLE WORLD is watching! He loves stuff like this and I'm sure he's loving all the adoration and love we're sending to him.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  424. DeAnna Denise Adams

    Yes I REMEMBER THE TIME!
    I had the privilege of having spent over an hour with Michael, his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Dad, Pappa Joe.
    I had drawn portraits & written poems for each of them.
    He took the portrait I drew in his little hand, looked at it and said to me "did you draw these"? "I draw too!" "I like this, thank you!"
    He had been swimming in the pool before he came into the room, dripping with water, went over to the phone and called Dick Clark.
    He said "hey Dick, it's me Mike!"
    He graciously excused himself and left the room just as quickly as he had appeared!
    He gave of himself globally!
    He was a blessed philanthropist, directly impacting my life for the positive & will continue to inspired millions more to come!
    My prayers go out for The entire Jackson Family!
    I trust & pray he is at rest with The Lord Jesus!
    I love you Michael!
    Deanna Denise Adams
    Add Love Productions, Inc.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  425. Heather

    Yesterday was a said day in the history of many generations. I am 51 years young and I can't believe Michael Jackson is gone. If you ask me who made the biggest imprint on my life it would be Michael Jackson, His music, dance moves, creativity, his love of the world and all the people in it. For those who ruined his life in the media shame on you. He had know more problems then any other person, the media just had a field day with his life. They made him out to be a sick person. But Michael Jackson has maid so many bad days better with his music and video's. This man was the GREAT ONE and the only true angel that was sent to us for a long time. He is a god send and always will be. Remember, Michael like all of us was only human. You try and live your life under a microscope where everyone wants a piece of you. And come from a childhood like he did, or should we remember a childhood he never had and still give so much to the world. I believe there was nothing Michael could do to save his life as he has not been in control of it for a long time. And to all the people that try to get there 15 minutes of fame out of this shame on you. Michael was here for a short time but his spirit will be with all of us who believed in him. Long live the memory of the KING OF POP.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  426. R Britton

    While Mr. Jackson was a celeb, I believe dedicating your entire news show to cover his story is a sad turn in what is viewed as "important". Yes he was an above average showman with above average work, however, in his later years he was a sorry individual and there is a lot more in the world I am interested in knowing about other than the freak show that is unfolding. What about N. Korea? What about updates in Iran?

    June 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  427. Kimberly

    I am so sad for what happen. Michael jackson was the king of all kinds of music. Michael was born with a voice and potential to sing. He changed the world and its culture. There will never be anyone like him. May you rest in peace michale and our love will always be with you!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  428. wanda

    michael was a music wonder his style was uniqe in its own way know one will ever top his music. i met michael in arizona when he came to see his grandparents we played and sang that was the only time i seen him be a child . his childhood was never lived and he gave to his fans. he was a music wonder and a icon we need to stop harping on his faults and see the good there are no perfect people in this world and wee need to stop trying to tarnish his name. he will be missed in my heart and mind i will never forget him love u michael will see u in the after life wm phoenix

    June 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  429. Omar Bandari

    I used to be a fan back when he was a kid but I mourned his loss long ago. As a father, I won't even let my kids look at him when he come on TV now because he looks so bad. Maybe now though, he'll be judged accordingly and actually get a fair trial. Oh well, at least now, maybe his children will have a shot at a descent life once they get past all the phychological stuff that they will surely need for the next several years.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  430. Manuela

    Michael...my heart....I am crying.....I am so sad I cannot even describe it. I love you always! :'-(

    June 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  431. Louise, Long Island

    CNN, can we move on please? Do we have to endure all the Michael Jackson accolades for the next few days?

    You are using your bully pulpit to focus on one individual who did very little to improve awful conditions around the globe. Instead, this man -child built a never-never land for himself, squandered his fortune, used his children like puppets, and sank into a drug-fueled lifestyle.

    All we did was to encourage this behavior and PAID him to do it. He gave so little back to the world, who loved him and still does.

    Lighten up and focus on your goal to bring the world to us. Michael Jackson deserved a lot of recognition but you guys seem to be making up for lost time.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  432. Nics Mom

    Well stated Tony . . . I, too, "remember the time."

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  433. Nnenna Asimoye,Toronto Canada.

    Michael when I heard you said, “THIS IS IT” I was like where are you going. Oh! You communicated clearly but we (fans) did not understand your message to us.

    The” king of Pop” is now a spirit, watching all that is happening now. Only GOD knows it all – where is the soul GOD. Have mercy.

    Thank God that your transformation was not by motor accident or shameful death.

    Michael your enemies will not rest until their end.

    Michael I don’t like the autopsy they want to do because I am concerned about your body parts now. Hope your remain will be intact.

    You are brother and still my star, and your talent will never die. I missed you Micheal.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  434. Nancy Simmons

    I don't know why this is making me so upset. On my way home today, I was seating next to a women who shared her words about Michael Jackson's passing. She said, people die, and then she said, I will always remember something her father told her.

    "Some people live a long time, some people live a short time and some are just passing through". I knew if I listen to her long enough; she would say something, that would give me some peace.

    I am still sad, and I understand that Michael Jackson has made his transition, and he is at the foot of God where he is now needed.
    Yes, he was taken quickly, and the need was immediate. He is needed some where else now. His work is complete. He is an ancestor now and I honor him. I pray for his family and all of his fans, of which I am one. God bless you Michael.

    Nancy
    Facilitator of The International Black Summit

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  435. Liz Whitney

    Tony... please consider playing the Man in the Mirror video, live from the 1998 Grammy's. Everyone must see this. Just watched it again on YouTube... so moving, brought me to tears. "I don't sing it if I don't mean it" Michael said when he was just a boy. This video is truly amazing... he meant it. I love Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  436. RICH & ROSEMARY BOISSOIN

    My husband and I would like to send our deep condolences ,prayers , and love, to the Jackson family. Michael was a very Special and loving human being.people like him don't come along often ,which is so
    very sad we need more people in this world like him. My husband was lucky enough to have seen him in person. My sister and I cried together last night long distance, he meant so much to us growing up, I'am 53 and M.J has kept me feeling young and that age was just a number.Iam in an interracial marriage and my husband always say that the song BLACK or WHITE was for us.Michael is certainly in a better place and his pain and suffering is over .Michael is wrapped in the arms of his Heavenly Father. Michael you will always be missed,but NEVER forgotten.we will always love you Michael.

    SINCERLY,
    ROSEMARY and RICH BOISSOIN,
    OSHAWA ONTARIO, CANADA

    June 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  437. ashantewarren

    my sister woke me up and said michael is dead at first i did not belive it until i saw it my dad was a big fan and he will be seening u soon i love u michael i will have your album with me i love u rest in peace

    June 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  438. Kimberly

    :(.....Im crying!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  439. Lorra Burns

    When my borther was dying from AIDS 13 yrs. ago, I sang MJ's "You Are Not Alone" to him. Every year on the anniversary of his death I play that song while looking at my brothers picture. On my myspace I have a link to the "Gone To Soon" video about Ryan White(who also died of AIDS). So sad to say that MJ is now "Gone To Soon". I'll miss my generations King of Pop. I pray for his entire family because I know what it's like to lose someone before their time.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  440. Adaora

    Micheal Jackson gave me a memorable childhood
    I remember as a child competing with my brothers on who could dance his moon dance better (backsliding we called it then ).We watched and danced to all his music.
    I had hoped and prayed that he would come back and show the world yet again what an icon he was.
    I will always remember him for his remarkable and timeless music.
    He is a rare gem , a true talent and we have lost that
    I will sure introduce my children to his music

    June 26, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  441. Shanda

    I deeply saddened.... The entire world has lost a part of it... Who can reach & entertain people across the sea from India to Africa to China to Asia to lil o me in Macon, Georgia.... no one but Michael Jackson

    I remember on Friday nights my dad frying fish telling me to do the "Michael Jackson" for his friends....!! Thanks Mike for the memories.... U will be truly missed by ALL!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  442. Tamara

    Another great musical child prodigy comes to mind in this time: Mozart. He died young, he died poor, he's buried in an unmarked grave. What lives? Not the strange life he led as a prodigy, though the history of that remains documented. But what the world knows and adores is the music. We continue to be awed and moved by the genius. The greatly talented, however can also be greatly flawed. The flaws fall away as the chaff, and the seeds which feed us, spiritually and musically, remain. So it is with Mozart, so will it be with Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  443. Gina Marion

    When I was younger I saw the Jackson 5 at one of the hotels in Vegas. At the end of their show during their song Dancing Machine they would pull people up to dance and go back stage afterwards. My godmothers daughter and I were picked and we went back stage afterwards to get their autographs and meet with them, it was a great memory. About an hour later while in the casino with my dad I felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned around and it was Michael Jackson. He whispered to me to go and play hide and seek and of course I went. Michael Jackson that moment wasn't anything to me but a kid my age who wanted to play and play we did, that was until we got caught. It was a great, great memory. You are with God now and no one can ever hurt you again. Thanks for the memory Michael. Gina

    June 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  444. camille

    yeterday after noon i was sleeping when my phone rang and i heard the news my reactino was (WHAT)! i am so hurt i cried my 8year old daughter hug me she also loves micheal, to me i think america and the critics killed him. music is micheal life and they gave him a limited amount of songs to sing, i love micheal so much. i had a dream of him meeting me and my dreams ended yesterday it was and still is a priviledge to have grown up on his songs and no one can and will ever be as good as michale jackson. r.i.p we love u. camille frm jamaica say so

    June 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  445. Ric from NYC

    Like most geniuses Micheal's music was like a bright light in the sky that made everyone around the world turned and look up. Whether we liked him or not, whether we believe the allegations, turned off by the drastic plastic surgery, we must admit that a lot of his music was positve, could make you dance, laugh, and cry, or just listen in awe. He united the world with "We are the World" and made us really look at ourselves with "Black or White"
    My own memories of MJ are bittersweet. A fan at a young age, I had my own thriller jacket(Red!) and like most of my friends practice my MJ moonwalk dance moves religiously . How can one look at the We are the World video and not shed a tear? I know I did and I'm not afraid to admit it. As years gone by, defending MJ to my friends to allegations, weirdness, question my own judgments on what to believe, I to held anger and bitterness in my heart,. Yet more to his father, the abuse that never allowed him to grow up, find himself.
    Like all geniuses they're life plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy.
    I hope the news and other media focus on the positive things in his life and not the negative.

    MJ you will be missed. You music, your originality has inspired many around the world. You once said your were a lonely man. I hope you find the peace and love in death that eluded you in life.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  446. Lela

    I turned 13 about 2 weeks ago so obviously I am a part of the younger generation and I know it's rare for children of my age to admire Michael because of his personal troubles but I believe it's best to look past all that.I am currently working on my rise in show business. I write my own music, play musical instruments, dance and sing. I know myself I cannot replace Michael but I believe if I get the chance I deserve I can make everyone and Michael very happy. Visit my YouTube channel at MuSiiQaLGeNiiUS96 where I am apart of the mjjcommunity.I will make you proud Mikey and enjoy your eternal stay in heaven.My love and prayers go out to his family,children,and fans.

    Yours truly,
    Lela
    l

    June 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  447. Ace

    Michael Jackson what such an inspiration to the old, young, indifferent...he was certainly mine! He really cared not jus because he had to, but because he wanted to...he was just a child at heart, you know?? A child trapped in this cruel world where no one understood him...yet no one can say that he did not capture the world's eye in some way of admiration. I feel so broken up when they try to tear his life into little pieces and sort them into what was wrong and right about him. He was only human, and what he did or did not do is his own. They should jus respect his life and celebrate everything that he has accomplished. It's unbelievable that he has passed....MICHAEL JACKSON WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! May he rest in peace...poor Mikey...my heart goes out to his familly....Janet, Letoya....all of them! He was jus a little boy lost in a maze, and now he is free....free to fly and sing and dance his heart out. God rest his soul!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  448. Alexia-Rae-NJ

    What a shock! I can remember back when my cousin and I would party to Michael Jackson with our grandmother. We used to grab our toy guitars and jam out screaming, "You know I'm BAD, I'm BAD!!!" all throughout the house. Those were the days! Michael Jackson's music has been played throughout the generations in my family.. We love you Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  449. sandy

    Michael's death has hit me hard – as hard as Princess Di's. I can't peel myself away from the television. Princess Di and Michael grew up having to deal with a huge sense of loneliness, and it is tragic that their lives ended before they could gain the fullfillment of enjoying and growing old with their kids. It bothers me when people speak negatively about Michael, and I hope that now, through his death, they will remember him for the kind-hearted person that he was.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  450. digginthis

    One more comment (question) – Why do we punish the living and celebrate the dead?

    Karin Contovasilis

    June 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  451. wesley francis

    michael jackson when i think about him i thought of the lord because it was written in the bible that i can do all things through christ which strengtheneth me and michael was a living prove of that, i was a fan of michael jackson since i was 6 years old and still is and i was working on my car when i heard the news i could not believe it, michael jackson is gone but will alwayz be in my heart and i know in the hearts of other 's around the world , to the jacksons family im deeply sorry to hear about michael, michael was my inspiration he inspire me to dance alot of people didn’t understand him but all he ever wanted was to see the whole world come together as 1 i hope his dreams come true we love you michael and im gonna miss you r.i.p my friend.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  452. MVZ

    Sad, sad news about Michael Jackson but not really surprising when you look at how much he changed and declined, especially during the last few years. He just kept getting more and more peculiar. That being said, I have always been a fan of Michael's and the Jackson Five. No one could deliver the "goose bump factor" like Michael. All you had to do was watch him dance. I hope he has finally found release from what appeared to be a lonely and tortured life.

    As for these hateful people that feel compelled to make unkind comments, what is wrong with you? If the best you can say is something mean spirited, then just shut up!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  453. rekik

    I loved michael ever since i was a kid. i have always wanted to touch him, to feel him and kiss him and most of all i have a dream one day he would marrry me. he never live his life he is always helping other worlds regarding war and dorught. i personally blame the media for urging his death by accusing him someyhing he never did. they gave him so much stress so we lost him in early age. he is my hero i love him and his name and pride will be with me forever. i never give up on him . and he is not DEAD..... that is my belief. i was in a big shock at work when i heard it feels like i am still dreaming. i kept pouring down my tears every song i see on the tv. he is a legend and always be remembered.
    I LOVE YOU MICHAEL, YOU HAVE THE SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I LOVE THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL. i LOVE ALL OF YOUR SONGS EVERY ONE OF THEM.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  454. Rhondam Williams

    OMG Tony! Thank you so much for posting that. I remember when I was six years old. My mother gave me a surprise birthday party. The best part of the party was when I got the ABC LP. I played it over and over again. I had my crooked afro and the Jackson 5 album. I was blessed with the opportunity to see "The Jacksons" in Honolulu, Hawaii. ( Randy had joined the group." I could not believe I was so lucky. I was a teenager. I'm 45 now. I sat yesterday stunned an in total denial. I went to work yesterday upset. I thought that maybe I was being some psycho fan, but when got home last night I fell asap watching Larry King and Anderson Cooper trying desperately to soak in any postive I could get to have imbeded in my heart forever. I shudder when I hear the negative. Let him cross over in peace.

    Michael was a part of my life from the time I was 6. Although I didn't meet him personally, he and his music will live in my heart forever. I " remember the time" too.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  455. Silvana Mastrogiuseppe

    The world lost the best yesterday, no one will match or come close to what micheal has done for the music industry. I am 47 years old and I remember dancing on my porch when I was 10 to his hits ABC and later a fan when Billie jean came out and the Thriller album. My children also know who Micheal is they performed on stage about 4 years ago to his thriller song as zombies I adopted my girls now aged 13 and 12 (sisters). Again I am in shock about hearing of his death and I know he will live on in his music and in the hearts of many fans.
    I never stopped loving Micheal even in deepest heartaches when he was acused always thought it was bogus. The saying is that God only takes the best at a young age, Micheal I know you can hear and see us from heaven above. The world will miss you, but will never forget you. Micheal along wilth Elvis made this world better not only were they the best they are legends along with landmarks. WE LOVE YOU MICHEAL AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU STOOD FOR . AND IT DON'T MATTER IF YOUR BLACK OR WHITE.
    Your fan forever; Silvana /Toronto, Canada.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  456. Robert from canada

    My memories of Michael Jackson stated in Trinidad & Tobago
    and seeing the the Jackson5 in a concert clip of it on our black & white TV
    I had always enjoyed the Jackson 5 music growing up in the 70s back in my home country.Seeing this family perform you could not take your eyes off of Michael. Listening to his music give me hope that
    anything is possible.Now i am living in Canada and had a chance to see
    Michael Jackson and the Jacksons perform.here it was bigger than life that night i will never forget.The passing of this man hit me hard. words can not describe. My prays and condolences go out to his
    family and his children
    me as fan of his music would like to say thanks Michael for sharing your music with us. May you Rest In Peace

    June 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  457. adaora ezeaputa (canada)

    Micheal Jackson gave a memorable childhood
    I remember as a child competing with my brothers on who could dance the moon dance better (backsliding we called it then).We watched and danced to all his music.
    I had hoped and prayed that he would come back and show the world yet again what an icon he was.
    I will always remember him for his remarkable and timeless music .
    He is a rare gem,a true talent and we have lost that.
    I will sure introduce my children to his music

    June 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  458. taherea

    me cant belive all now me cant belive a joke ppl a mek a real joke its just a bad dream for me a real bad one

    June 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  459. Chester P

    I don't know about you but as a parent, I feel the world is just a little bit of a safer place today.

    Just because he had a few hit records does not excuse his actions as an adult and yes, I do believe he was GUILTY of child molestation. All I can say is this:

    Judgement Day is here now so if you're not guilty, then you should have nothing to worry about...

    June 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  460. carressa taylor from cleveland

    to everyone who is dogging michael you don,t know the truth. you was not there. how do u know he molested that boy ? how do u know ? you see he was a child hisself , he didn't want to grow up! he didn't have no child hood, so he wanted to make sure that every child did. it just took a greedy monster (THE DEVIL) to try to break him down and to keep chaos in the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  461. tricia haywood

    today is june 26th, i recieve the worst news yesterday that a person that i grew up listing to, intertaining, singing, showing the world that a little black kid from indiana, can show not white america, not black america, but as a human being, that works hard and is driven to perfectionism can suceed in life. he was born in 1958, i was born in 1957, and from the time that i frist listing to micheal jackson-j5 i knew he was goning to be a sensational contribute to all of the world, in the 80s i would give birtday parties for my safe and others, we had this dj that would play is music. he would especially play thriller and we would party all night listing to 50% of mj songs. right now i feel numb with no emotions that he is no longer with us, it is so unsereal that the pop star is not with us any more. but also what i d believe is that god the almighty father has someting remarkable that he wants michael to do, there fore he call him home. i am soo sadden for him his family his kids and all of his trillions and trillons of fans, he will be missed....

    June 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  462. LINDA TREMBLAY

    I AM FROM CANADA, I AM VERY SADDEN ABOUT HIS SUDDEN DEATH AND STILL CANNOT BELIEVE IT.................HE MADE IT KNOWN TO THE ENTIRE WORLD THROUGH HIS SONGS AND VIDEOS THAT IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE WHAT RACE OR COLOR YOU WERE......WHATEVER HE DID OR DID NOT DO DOESN'T MATTER NOW...WE SHOULD TAKE ALL THE POSITIF THINGS HE HAS DONE OVER MANY DECADES AND LEARN FROM IT.......ALL HE EVER WANTED WAS LLLLLLLLLLLLLLOVE........INSTEAD OF TRYING TO TALK ABOUT HIS FAULTS .......THE WORLD SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND BRING ALL THE SINGERS AND MAKE A CONCERT IN HIS MEMORY **THE KING OF POP THE LEGEND**AND MAKE IT THE BIGGEST CONCERT OF ALL.............IT IS SAD DO THINK ALL THE WILD HE WAS LIVING AND BREATHING ALL WE HAD TO TALK ABOUT WAS ABOUT THE WRONG THINGS HE DID...............AND IT MADE HIM VERY SAD AND THE WORST OF IT ALL HE AND HIS KIDS WENT TO LIVE FAR FAR AWAY FROM HIS HOME...............AND IT TOOKED HIS PASSING TO BRING THE BEST IN HIM.............I HOPE HE IS RESTING IN PEACE AND NO MORE SADNESS............WE LOVE YOU .....YOU WILL ALWAYS BE THE KING OF POP IN OUR EYES NOW AND FOREVER...........FROM A LOVING FAN......X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  463. Laura M2

    For God's sake! I can't believe it!!! MJ, dead, no way!!! This is going to sound very funny, but when I was a child,like four years old, I used to tell my sisters that I was MJ's girlfriend 'cause I was crazy about him. They used to write me letters saying he was happy to know that I loved him the same way he loved me and that I was his favorite fan. Oh Gosh! Imagine how I felt every time I opened one of those letters!!!! The luckiest child of the world! Obviously, when I grew up, I realized how evil my sisters were, but it did not change the way I felt towards MJ. I became his biggest fan!!!
    Now that he is gone I feel like if part of my childhood vanished before my eyes. I'm extremely sad. My heart is broken! I'll miss you! The world will miss you!!!

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    June 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  464. Sangeetha

    I remember the time when I was 5 and enjoyed the time watching Michael's videos at my cousins place. "Beat it" is my all time favourite song. He is truly unique. He created a revolution in the music industry with his amazing songs and videos that generations-past, present,and future will always enjoy! I really wish that his death was a bad dream.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  465. Ryan Ziech

    A worldwide icon was lost. He was known and loved by so many people. Remembering him is remembering my life, my childhood, and the person I am today.
    He will forever be missed but never forgotten.

    R.I.P.
    Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  466. taherea

    its so bad i dont know y he had to go he was my idol the king of pop realy gone realy gone me just cant belive micheal is the best and will always be the best and he is not dead he is just sleeping and waiting for his princess to kiss him.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  467. digginthis

    Micheal Jackson, John Lennon – larger than life. Enough said.

    – Karin Contovasilis

    June 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  468. Judith Osborn

    Please, give us news, not more Michael Jackson until there is any real concerning his death. How is it possible that there is no news in the world except Michael Jackson. He is dead and report on any news regarding his autopsy when you have it. Please don't turn my CNN into a one story network!
    Enough! Didn't we have enough of this with Anna Nicole, this is not news! This is entertainment!

    June 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  469. Rachel

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family. I grew up listening to Michael's music and watching all of his accomplishments.He was a man who so much wanted to help change the world for the better, and in many ways he did. He accomplished many things and helped so many people in his life. I will never forget him and all the good things he has done for so many people . God bless Micheal and the Jackson family.

    R.I.P Michael Jackson 1958-2009

    June 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  470. taherea

    amaricia y did u have to kill him y u ppl have no heart me say and a jamaica me come frm uno too wicked man

    June 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  471. Dominique

    All I Can Say Is Wow Words Can't Explain This Amazing Person See I'm Truly A 80's Baby So I Know A Lot. He Was One Of The People Who Paved The Way For Black People In Music.My Mom Grew Up With Him,I Grew Up With Him And I Can Say My Kids Was Growing Up With Him. He Will Always Be Remembered By Me And My Family He Was The Greatest And No One I Mean No One Can Touch Him. I'm Proud To Say That I Got A Chance To Be In This Time In Era No One Will Forget This. R.I.P. Mr.Micheal Jackson 1958-2009

    June 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  472. Augie Marvin

    I left a blog earlier about how I felt about Michael Jackson. I contiued to read the blogs that were posted here and all the love and sadness that people were sharing and I'm grateful for that and I'm sure that Michael would be, as well. I don't know if he ever REALLY and truly knew how much he was loved by the whole world. But, why I am blogging again is because of the people that seem to be so INCENSED because of the amount of blogs here about Michaels death and CNN's coverage of it. What is wrong with you? We are extremely AWARE of what's going on in the world...i.e. what's happening in Iran, what happened to Neda, the Iranian elections, the issues and fears regarding N. Korea, etc.! The death of Michael Jackson has JUST occurred LAST NIGHT!!! What do you expect us or the new community to do?? Say nothing? Do nothing? Not cover it? He was a HUGE entertainment ICON!!! Geeeeeeeez!!! You incensed ME when you told us here to "just get over it" when we just heard of it less then 12 hrs. ago.! How cold hearted can you POSSIBLY GET? The world did the same thing when JOHN LENNON died and also when ELVIS died. THIS is what happens when ICONS die! MJ was bigger then life. He didn't give up no matter what he was accused of. So, I feel as if those of you that feel as if you have some sort of feelings that YOU can JUDGE MICHAEL or anyone ELSE (for that matter), YOU DON'T!!! So now, it's MY to coin your own phrase, if I may, perhaps YOU should just "get over it"....I say this in the most deepest respect and I'm apologize if any feelings are hurt.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  473. Sylvia N

    Michael Jackson will truly be missed. My prayers are with his family & children. His death felt as though he was apart of my family. I grew up in a since with Michael from the beginning of him with "The Jackson 5's up until looking forward to his "comeback" concerts. You truly was a great performer, talented singer and artist, and most of all your contributions to the world at large. We love you Michael your music will live ON because you was "BAD." Just one of the many songs I liked. One could only imagine the burdens of this world you carried around, but now you can RIP.....No more pain and worries of this world. GOD Bless his family during this time.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  474. Tomeko Smith

    I watched Jackson as child. Yesterday, I rediscovered Micheal Jackson with "my child" as she watched the video (Heal the World & We are the World) and said, "Mommy I love Micheal Jackson" I responded tearfully darling "The world loved Micheal Jackson." I am sorry that we will never get another as talented as he was.

    God Bless,
    Tomeko Smith

    June 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  475. Alba

    MJ is an enigma to many, but not me. He was a loving soul,a perfectionist, an artist and more. He was so full of life and light.
    But like every peacefull being in America, they don't last long.
    Misunderstood indeed. I think Michael was in a realm of his own and it was of good and Light....
    I believe he really wanted to live in a peacefull world. He never swore in his songs....did he? Michael was no Wacko. He sought out advise from older stars eg. Liz Taylor ,Diana Ross etc. I am in shock I know I am angry because he is dead and we want him back.......something we know won't happen........In closing, if MJ was accussed of wrong doing and he plead innocent ,wich some people don't believe....please,CAN WE LEAVE THAT UP TO GOD NOW TO BE HIS JUDGE.......let him RIPxxxxooooMJ

    June 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  476. jena haag

    Now with all the chatter about the possible loss/recoup of all the ticket sales for his upcoming engagements in London, I think everyone with a ticket should keep it. What an incredible keepsake. You have the last ticket from Michael Jackson's planned performance. What a gift! think of it this way, at least the money will still be able to pay his debts so his children don't have to suffer the financial aftermath.
    Thanks

    June 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  477. LISA N

    .
    I WAS SO SHOCKED TO HEAR THE SAD NEWS OF MICHEAL JACKSON’S DEATH, AND YET AS MANY OTHER GIFTED ARTIST, WE LOSE THEM EARLY, BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THERE LIVES AND THE ABUSES-JELOUSIES- AND PREJUDICES AROUND THEM. THE FAMES NEVER MADE A TRUE FRIEND THAT DIDNT REQUIRE MONEY OR SOME OTHER PRICE. MICHEAL CAN NOW HAVE MORE THAN HIS CHILD HOOD, HE CAN HAVE HIS FREEDOM FROM THE MONSTERS THAT PLAGUED HIS LIFE. LET HE THAT HAS NOT SINNED CAST THE FIRST STONE!! WHAT EVER HE DID, OR DIDN’T DO, HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERFORMER AND I REALLY BELIVE HE COULD NOT LIVE WITH HIMSELF ANYMORE IF HE HAD HURT A SINGLE SOUL. HE CARED ABOUT PEOPLE IN A WHOLE, AROUND THE WORLD, HE CARED ABOUT THE EARTH, AND HE CARED ABOUT CHILDREN. HE MADE HIS MISTAKES AND WAS NOT PERFECT, BUT WHO IS? LET GOD JUDGE HIM NOT MAN. HONOR HIS CONTROBUTION TO THE WORLD IN HIS MUSIC AND DANCE, HE WILL BE SADDLY MISSED, AND ALWAYS LOVED. I GREW UP ON MICHEAL JACKSONS MUSIC DURING A SHOCKING PAINFULL TIME IN MY LIFE..SUFFERING THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER AFTER 2 YRS OF CANCER AND ITS HORRORS- I WAS 16, AND 1 YR LATER MY FATHER DIED OF CANCER TOO, AND MICHEAL JACKSONS MUSIC HELPED ME DURING THOSE PAINFULL SHOCKING YEARS, IT WAS SAFE AND INNOCENT AND THERAPUDIC. GOD LOVE THIS MAN, THIS LEGEND.. WE HERE WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM.

    LISA N .
    MY LOVE AND PRAYERS AND CONDOLANCES TO HIS CHILDREN AND SIBLINGS AND PARENTS, AND TO HIS FANS TOO, PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY..GOD LOVE HIM!!

    June 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  478. Vilma Rohena

    I was 10 and he was 11. I sang and danced to his music with my friends at school. I grew older and so did he. He had his problems and I had mine. He continued singing and I continued dancing. R.I.P Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  479. KEEP MICHEAL JACKSON MUSIC ALIVE

    KEEP YOUR TICKETS AND ASKED THE CONCERT OWNERS TO PUT A BIG SCREEN UP AND PUT ALL M.J. AND THE JACKSON 5 PASS VIDEO'S ON BIG SCREEN SO WE CAN SHOW HOW MUCH WE REALLY LOVED MICHAEL AND THE JACKSON 5. LET'S CLOSE SHOW THESE COMPANIES HOW MUCH WE LOVE HIM BY GOING AND START BUYING HIS DVD OR RECORDS AND IF YOU HAVE SOME ALREADY THEN LET'S PLAY HIS MUSIC SO THE WORLD CAN HERE HIS MUSIC. i HAVE ALL HIS LP'S AND RECORDS.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  480. Cheryl, Rialto, CA

    I beg CNN and all other news media to immediately stop mentioning any of the negative or questionable events in Michael's life. Yesterday he settled all of those issues with the Chief Justice of the Most Supreme Court, the court held in heaven. Let's just call each of those events a 'case closed'. Report and talk about only the musical genius of Michael. Aren't we lucky to have lived at the same time he did, enjoying all of his musical talents? His music will live on and on.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  481. Frank

    I was never a 'hard core' Michael Jackson fan, but....it's just now, today, that I'm recalling the 'goose bumps' I would get, to some of Michael Jacksons' songs. The reason for the recall of 'goose bumps'..? getting them again, in hearing Michael's songs played, even in 'snippits' while lisening to reports about him on CNN, today. Truely, it is Michael's music that will transend all the contrversy that has surounded him, as, it is the music that has surpased the contrversy that surounded Elvis, Lennon, Sanatra.. and the like. It is his music that will, forever, sturr the hearts, and touch the souls (bring goose bumps), of those who hear MJ's music now, and in the future... and in so doing, Michael will live on, even in death....

    June 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  482. KEEP MICHEAL JACKSON MUSIC ALIVE

    I REMEMBER M.J. BECAUSE THERE WAS ONE WAY MY GRANMOTHER COULD GET US TO CLEAN THE ENTIRE HOUSE WAS PUT MICHAEL JACKSON MUSIC ON THE RECORD PLAYER LIKE I WANT YOU BACK OR ABC. MY FAVORITE IS DESTINY.

    LETS KEEP THE CONCERT AND HAVE THE CONCERT OF ALL TIMES BY GETTING A BIG SCREEN AND FANS GO ON TO THE CONCERT. IF YOU TRUELY LOVE HIM THEN LETS GO TO THE CONCERT.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  483. taherea

    r.i.p

    June 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  484. Desrine Hew

    Dear Mrs. Jackson, as a mother, i can only imagine your pain and what you are going through at this time in sympathy i wrote these lines for you.

    Oh Michael so many statements about you,
    False and true
    As i sit here feeling blue,
    memories are what i have to hold, us between two,
    And things that were personal between me and you
    Moments i shared, my son in my heart
    you will always be there,
    Out of my womb, spectacular came,
    right into the hall of fame
    no matter the ridicule, the shame
    there stands your name

    MICHAEL JACKSON
    One Of My All
    My Fame

    June 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  485. Brian Rankin, Orillia, Ont., Canada

    D.O.B., 26/08/1958. Growing up as a kid I watched this kid I believe for the first time on American Bandstand, where anyone who was anyone debuted. Little Stevie Wonder was 12 when he hit the airwaves and Michael is or was just 3 days younger than me. Late '60's there was The Cowsills, The Partridge Family, The Osmond Brothers and then came The Jackson 5 and blew them all away. Never saw a show but he put one on like Pink Floyd, so that when you came out of where ever it was you saw them there was nothing you could say for 5 to 10 minutes, because they had just blown your mind, body and soul to the core. Love him or hate him for the baby boom generation of which the year he and I were born recorded the highest number of births, we have truly lost one of the most incredible entertainers ever. These kids were on the talk show circuit I believe before the term had even been coined. Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Bandstand, Soul Train, The Midnight Special and I'm sure of course The Tonight Show of which we lost another just a couple of days ago with Ed's passing. Truly a sad day in the history of Rock ' N ' Roll.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  486. Carla

    For everyone harping about Michael Jackson making news, a few thoughts. CNN, like any other network, is driven by money and ratings. Therefore, Michael is here to stay. Secondly, Michael isn't some small news story, as evidenced by millions of broken hearts uniting across the world. He changed the world of music, dance, videos, and entertainment. He holds the record for being the most charitable pop star of all time. This was a talented, great man, who dedicated his life to providing the entire world with all of his magic, this coverage is absolutely deserved. RIP, Michael. May you be at peace at last.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  487. Sharon MD in Chicago

    As a retired ER physician, I am appalled at the drivel being spouted by your "talking head" physicians, Elizabeth and Sanjay. "Cardiac arrest" is an ER diagnosis that means: The person presented without a heartbeat or spontaneous respirations and I didn't get them back–I have no clue why he died." Opiate overdose NEVER causes cardiac arrest. It causes respiratory arrest (which, like all other causes of death in the history of man, ultimately leads to cardiac arrest, but the cause of death is respiratory arrest). The two physicians I have heard on CNN are not ER physicians and they simply do not understand the jargon and are taking it literally. This is disgusting journalism.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  488. Ashley

    Micheal Jackson holds so many places in this world. We thank everyones support. I think the doctor could be behind his death because he probably did overdose him with morphine and why would he just dissapear? There is nowhere he can be found at this moment. Charges will soon have to be made upon the lapd. Lapd is still searching for the doctor and when chages are made, everybody will not have to be aware of his death as sudden. but, age 50 is a very young age to die. May the world bring upon so many givings and we truly bless you. The king of pop will now make us appreciate what you were. Rip

    June 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  489. Luvans Stanson Delien

    beacause of the death of Michael Jackson on June/25/09 they should make that day a holiday of when he died.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  490. Sabine Jean-Baptiste

    i did not grow up with Michael, but i started to teach myself about this great legend at the age of 6. I always listen to his songs before i go 2 bed and when i wake up in the morning his voice is the only thing that gives me the courage to go to school. I also learned 45 of his songs lyricks by heart. It is a very sad day for me and for all the fans that loved him, Michael isn't dead, he lives forever in our hearts..., my prayers and courage goes to his kids and family. I'LL MISS YOU MIKE.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  491. Jeremy Cornett

    CPR on a bed or a sofa is a no no....no one is talking about this

    June 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  492. taherea

    still cant belive him just gone so y did he had to go michael u were the best of best i didnt even see u yet in real life all i did iis sell ur song and make lots of money micheal ur the best me just cant belive this me realy cant

    June 26, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  493. wtortorici

    Enough already!

    It's great that you all mourn the early death of Micheal, but 24hours of media mourning when the rest of the world has serious problems and issues that are of interest that should be shared.

    Please, the world has not stopped killing one another.

    A 3 or 4 minute per hour should be more than enough to rehash his life.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  494. Elizabeth A.

    When I think of Michael Jackson, I have many wonderful memories. I remember the first time I heard a Michael Jackson song, I was 10 years old and the song was Beat It. I remember my first concert, it was the Jacksons Victory Tour and I was 10 years old. I saw the show at Dodgers Stadium, my seat was 4th row just left of center stage. The show was incredible. I remember growing up with posters of Michael Jackson on every inch of blank wall space on my bedroom. The memory that is most special to me took place on January 27, 1989. I was 15 years old, back stage on the last night of Michael Jackson's Bad concert tour. That night I got to meet Michael Jackson. I was too stunned to say anything to him when I got to meet him, but I'll never forget the smile on his face that day. Today I was looking at the pictures that were taken that night & it makes it even harder to accept that Michael Jackson is really gone.

    Today I feel as if a part of my childhood has died. The world will never be the same without him. My heart goes out to his family & especially his children. Many people have said horrible things about Michael Jackson of the years. I hope that those of you who didn't like Michael Jackson will at least respect the fact that he was a human being with a family, keep the negative comments to yourself, give his family time to grieve, and let him rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  495. wtortorici

    Where is Farrah Fawcett, who was a human being, not a surgically created icon?

    June 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  496. Valerie

    I was shocked and saddened to hear and read about the passing away of Michael Jackson at age 50. I was 7 years old when the Jackson 5 began recording with Motown in 1969. It seems as though a part of my childhood passed away on yesterday also. My siblings and I listened to the "ABC" recording over and over again. We watched would Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 on tv as often as we were allowed. The music of the Jackson 5 reminds me of a carefree time in my life as a child. As a teenager, I would cut out posters of Michael Jackson and hang them on me wall. All the while hoping that I would get a chance to meet him because he was so cute and adorable. At that time, most teenaged African American teenaged girls that I knew would hope to date a young man who looked similar to Michael Jackson. I do express my sincere condolences to his family, friends and many fans.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  497. slimclem

    My first concert was a J-5 concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco., It was a magical night that I will never forget. I was so proud of this group. They were Black, they were talented, they represented something really good in all of us and the music just wrapped itself aound you and lifted you up You could not hear a J-5 song without feeling happy,. This is what I remember most. Thriller were like as astroid hitting the earth, Phenomenal. Truly can never be matched. I join the entire planet in grief for such a genius spirit and at the same tine such an injured soul. He will forever live in all the musicians and dancers he inspired and of course his music will never die, My heart and prayers go to his precious children, his mother, father, sisters, and brother and extended family member. He is now resting in peace. No one or nothing can hurt him anymore. I love you Michael, Thank you for the joy you brought to my life!

    June 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  498. megan chamber

    Micheal jackson the king of pop a legend i remeber little i use to be crowing around the tv with my friends just to see micheal's new songs he inspired many people aeound the world and even me my condolence to the jackson family

    June 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  499. C. Brown

    My initial response was disbelief when I received the information from a friend. My first instinct was to tune into CNN, the most trusted news. When the final report was received from the coroner and Jermaine reporting his death, I was still in denial. Like you Tony Harris, I grew up in the 1960's and was fortunate enough to have a lifetime of listening to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. My heart is very saddened by this tragedy but his legacy will live on FOREVER! I love you Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  500. Sreeram K

    What a tragedy for the world! I am a 80's guy. I remember watching MJ's "Beat it" video and wondering who this dude with these incredible moves was. I had MJ's posters on the wall, tried to practice the moon-walk multiple times, and even got a cassette tape of Bad for my birthday. We will never see another MJ ever again. RIP Michael. You will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  501. MaryAnn

    I am heartbroken for MJ's family, friends, and millions of fans worldwide. His talent is irreplaceable, his music will influence pop music for years to come, and his re-emergence on the tour circuit would have been a triumph.

    But I am grateful that Michael is now in the arms of a loving and merciful Creator, where he is beyond the reach of his demons.

    I hope and believe that he is at peace. Let perpetual light shine upon him.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  502. Paula B

    I grew up with Elvis. I was so excited for my children having the opportunity of growing up with Michael. It's a great experience growing up idolizing a KING, weather he's KING OF ROCK & ROLL or KING OF POP. It's a very life altering time of childhood. Makes you believe early on that anything is possible. Rest in Peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  503. kellyfromcanada

    I remember seeing him at the ex on stage with his silver glove and penny loafers with his brothers. i was at the end of the stage looking up at him he was so amazing there was an energy around him that I have never experienced before. I went home and practised the moonwalk. It's how I learned to dance soul train,james brown,mj and thriller ....I will miss him soooo much.....love u .....see u in heaven!!
    kelly

    June 27, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  504. Jimmie Johnson

    Michael Jackson transcended all barriers. Color, Race, Border, Lauguage. He was an Entertainer, an Icon, a Genius, a Prodigy, a Poet, an Ambassador. He made he World a better place. "Just look at yourself and make the change" Michael Jackson.

    June 27, 2009 at 1:33 am |
  505. Cesar

    Despite his contributions to charitable causes, Michael Jackson was a mere entertainer. Many people have died who contributed far more to the world through their actions in their chosen professions in science, politics, social activism (not least of which was Iran's Neda) and yet they are not mourned nor their death covered to such an extent as was Michael Jackson's. Sadly, the American news services, evidently driven by profits that in turn are driven by a disinterested public, abandons all other news in favor of covering Michael Jackson's death. People – get over it!

    I can't help but think how conveniently Michael Jackson's death plays into the hands of Ahmadinejad, Khamenei, et al who will use this lull in coverage of the fraudulent Iranian elections and the resulting protests, to complete their crackdown against their own people. Were I as much of a conspiracy theorist as those Iranian hardliners, I might even suggest that the Iranian secret service had Michael Jackson killed to divert attentions from themselves.

    June 27, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  506. Natasha

    I have been a fan of Michael Jackson for as long as I can remember. It truly worries me and saddens me that Michael's legacy is almost being urinated on by the negative aspects of his life that have been discussed since his passing on your station as well as other stations. I think that his legacy should be discussed more positively for what he did for the music industry and entertainment. Lets not forget that he was a great humanitarian and has done a lot to improve the lives of children all over the world. I think that if much focus is on this so called drug abuse, can people investigate how much he had helped and donated to improve the lives of other people? What about Ryan White the young boy that had AIDS? People seem to forget about that and how nice he was to the boy and his mother. You have people questioning the paternity of his three children, is this necessary or even appropriate? No it is not and its demeaning and disrespectful. I think that since his death there have been more focus on the negative aspects of his life compared to who is and was to most people. It angers me to know that his legacy his being disrespected. I also think in the larger scheme of things, some not all people want to make sure that he never gets as large as Elvis. He has sold almost a billion records and I am sure that he will reach a billion in death. People will always appreciate him, some more than others. I am not saying that he has not had his faults and issues. But that was only part of him. He was aquitted of the child molestation charges and yet that has been the focus of many segments as well as his debt. Do you talk about Donald Trump's money woes? No and it is well known that he is having money issues. I just think that because of Michael's eccentric ways, its easy for some to reduce the effect he had on the world. I have even seen comparances to O.J Simpson why is this even necessary? The coverage should be fair and balanced. Many people are upset about the coverage and the negative turn it has taken. I am not a fan that is in denial, I just feel that to whom much is given, much is expected. So in other words do right by this man. Your coverage as well the coverage of other reporters is upsetting a lot of people. Please investigate and report why so many people are upset at the coverage that you have been doing. Michael has always been relevant to millions of people, although you have these so called experts and friends (former for a reason) that may have stated otherwise. Was a comeback a possibility, absolutely it was going to happen. If people did not want to see him overseas the tickets would not have sold out so quickly. My final comment- I miss Michael and it just hurts that people are not focusing on his accomplishments like they should. He was the best
    entertainer ever, a great humanitarian, a son, brother, uncle, and most importantly a father.

    June 27, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  507. Sam

    I wanted to say that i have a feeling that he was suffering from a misdiagnosed disease which is called beriberi. The symptoms of which include sever skin discoloration, pains in limbs, weight loss and death is caused by cardiac arrest. I am not a doctor but I have read about it. These are all the symptoms that Michael was suffering from.another thing i wanted to point out was that i did not understand why the person who called 911 did not mention that the gentleman who was not breathing was Michael, looking at the videos it seemed as if it took the ambulance some time just to back out of the house. I wish a helicopter could of airlifted him and taken him to the hospital because during a cardiac arrest every minute lost is valuable. God bless you Micheal. RIP....

    June 27, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  508. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    Holy, Moly, Americans are stupid. So let me get this straight: If someone can sing and dance, they are excused from adhering to all of the social norms the rest of us are required to follow? Let's start testing all of the child molestors in prison. If they can sing and dance, we will let them out and worship them.

    Or if your Dad spanked you as a child, you do not have to take responsibility for anything in your life? Sign me up for that program. My Grandmother used to make me cut the switch she was going to use on me. I can sing too. Quite well, or so I'm told (if you like a deep baritone). So I guess I can be a complete psycho, and everyone will love me for it.

    June 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  509. Joyce

    We should celebrate Micheal's life and all the joy he's given us. He was going to give us a concert and we should honor him by giving him a concert. We should play his music for a month, celebrate the man behind the amazing music who broke down barriers. I love you Micheal I know you have peace now in Heaven.

    June 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  510. William

    Tony,
    First off I would like to say I enjoy your news reporting on CNN! Secondly, you remind me of my Step-Father who you look a whole like like.
    But My comment is on the news vs the deaths of celebrities!
    I understand and agree that Micheal Jackson was a great performer and a contributor to American Music as an industry. But I also know he had his bad side as evidenced by his numerous payments of hush money to children's families. And his trial in the same area. It's nice to have money isn't it.
    I am wondering when CNN will mention the other famous people who have died during the last two weeks. It all started with Ed Mcmahon, then Fawcett, then Jackson and continued on with Fred Trevelina the Impressionist and comedian and Billy Mays Pitchman and Gale Storm dying. But all we hear of is Micheal Jackson!
    Please tell me where the normal news is and when CNN will stop riding the MIcheal Jackson death case?

    June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  511. sheila

    Tony, thank you for a great blog about Michael Jackson ! I too have been a fan of Michael Jackson since the J5 days – I Want You Back, still thrills me to this day when I hear that awesome musical intro and I am 54 years old !!!! Michael Jackson gave everything and more to the WORLD – his talent, kindness, generosity, music, dance, fashion and his money and time to countless charities – he put his money where his mouth is !!!!!!!! He walked his talk and he truly wanted the world to be a better place !!!!!! His life and legacy has absolutely contributed to making the world a better place, there is no doubt !!! People all over the world are mourning his passing, I know he is smiling and dancing in heaven !!!!! We love you Michael and thank you for giving everything you had to us !!!!!! You will forever be in our hearts !!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  512. Tia

    I remember the time my bedroom walls were covered with J5 posters, running to the tv to see the J5 tv programs, and being mesmerized by Micheal's moves on music videos. Through Michael's legacy I will always celebrate that a gift lies in each one of us, meant to draw others nearer to truth and happiness. I will always learn that the stronger the gift the larger the attack of the enemy. Therefore, I fight to stand stronger and use my gifts to the good of God. Thanks for living your life for others to enjoy and learn from, Michael Jackson....Rest In Peace.
    http://www.theboyzmomma.blogspot.com

    July 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  513. Reg Brown

    I have never been more dissappointed in a news media than this time in my life. Your continued coverage of Michael Jackson's death has begin to sound like fingernails on a chalk board. It amazes me how little time has been spent on the deaths of the other celbs who have passed at or around the same time.I must admit i feel as though it is a BLACK thing rather than an honest reporting of a mans passing.

    July 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  514. Anita

    It's amazing how one individual can reach across cultural, generational, and racial lines and touch the hearts of so many people throughout the world. Michael was truly the most talented person I have ever seen. He did not have to die this way. I blame the doctors who care more about money than they do the lives of their patients. If Michael was sleep deprived, then his doctors should have admitted him to a sleep clinic so they could determine the true cause of his insomnia. This was medical malpractice at its worst. Prescription drug abuse is so widespread throughout the USA. I wonder when the DEA and FDA will crack down on doctors that prescribe any and everything a patient wants.

    July 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  515. Theresa S

    Thank you so much Tony for your memory.

    Perhaps, I too, should stop reading most of the blog comments about Michael. Most are positive, but the angry blaspehmous ones I can't stand. I had to cut things off with one friend so far because of this.

    July 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  516. Kim Nghiem

    Hi Tony,

    It would be so right if the world could "Remember the Time" when all of Jackson's "friends" stepped in to give whatever it took for the most dignified funeral service and Neverland burial imaginable. But maybe the world would be happy to "Remember the Time" when CNN celebrated all that Jackson gave –his music (those lyrics!), his giving heart, his life– by doing a telethon in his honor, focusing ONLY on the good he did. Let the fans give back. CNN should do their part. The world is watching...and waiting.

    July 3, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  517. Kayla

    Tony, thank you so much for your post on Michael Jackson! My memories are much like yours. I grew up adoring Michael Jackson as well, and am devastated by his death. I didn't think I would be so devastated, so I've surprised myself. But it feels like I've lost a part of my childhood. Or a dear friend.

    Michael Jackson gave me music for every time in my life, entertained like no other, and will be missed dearly! I think for me, knowing that he was lost in such a senseless way, makes this tragedy much harder to bear. I too blame the doctors! They broke their hypocratic oaths when over-medicating, and maybe even the law if they gave him diprivan. I'm a writer and know how as an artist your mind can stay awake well after you want to be sleeping, but there had to be another way to treat Michael that was not life-threatening.

    I, too, remember "the change" and I admit to sort of distancing myself from Michael somewhat through that time. I never for a second believed the charges–parents were out for money (and even Larry King was witness to such a conversation by the lawyers and was supposed to testify on Jackon's behalf). But I did find his physical changes hard to take. He was perfect at the height of his fame when Thriller was on top. A doctor said he might have suffered from a disorder where whenever you look in the mirror you aren't happy with what you see, and that makes sense.

    But like an eccentric family member who dies, his death has reminded me how much I loved him, how much his music has meant to me in the past and always will. Michael Jackson was THE icon of my generation, the biggest icon of the world, and it's ridiculous for some people to suspect that the attention given him now is because of his race. Michael transcended race, as true icons do (think Princess Diana). It's his incredible contribution to the world of entertainment, the way he blazed trails, and the way he has died that has the entire world grief-stricken and immensely interested in reporting on this story.

    It's also ridiculous for anyone to expect the news media to be any less interested in Michael Jackson's death than they are. This story is HUGE. When the greatest entertainer in the world dies, it doesn't get a mere snippet of attention. It gets huge attention. And on the eve of a comeback, it's only more tragic and therefore more newsworthy. Like it or not, there is no other way for this story to be handled but in a big way–and I've been watching as much as I can. But I agree that I'd like to see only the positive about Michael Jackon...all the reasons why he is the world's greatest entertainment icon and likely always will be. All the reasons why people love him so much and are in such mourning.

    Michael, I miss you so much! I am still trying to deal with your sudden loss. But thank you for your music...you will live forever in my heart!

    Kayla Perrin
    Toronto, Canada

    July 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  518. wallace

    represenative Pee King wasn't saying nasty things when michael jackson was giving concerts and new york got tax money and jobs. how many got paid from michael's concerts.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  519. Charlotte

    As a white woman, I wonder why the African-American community would embrace so thoroughly two men who couldn't stand their Blackness and ran away from the very heritage they were born to. I refer to O J Simpson and Michael Jackson, who at least from the outside did everything they could to NOT be Black. O J, until the time of his trial, hung out with white people, married a white woman and did nothing for the African-American kids who so looked up to him. And then there's Michael, who tried so hard to be white that he underwent numerous surgeries to alter his appearance. This isn't a facetious question, it is truly an attempt to understand why everyone who is talking today about how close they were to MJ, when he certainly seemed to step away from close personal interactions (ie, his wearing masks and gloves in an attempt to establish barriers) So why do African-Americans identify with these two flawed men, who seemed to try so hard to NOT be African-American?

    July 7, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  520. Dan Coogan

    I remember as a young boy watching the Thriller video and thinking " is this a video or a movie ? " What a performer !! We lost another Great one to early.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  521. Kari

    Thanks Tony! That was beautiful.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  522. Marisol Rivera

    I rmember as a young lil girl watching his movie ?

    July 7, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  523. Rosa

    I will never forget the memory when I was 13 years of age and it was 1982 I was walking in the mall over the weekend and suddenly
    I saw a big crowd around one of the stores( radio shack). I thought maybe someone got hurt and I really didnt know what was happening, so I went over toward this big crowd and there is a small tv on display and mickeal Jackson's video "beat it " was on.And the people were watching with their eyes wide open and smiling and shocked that someone could dance and sing like that. I carried that memory with me always, I will never forget what happiness he brought to so many people. I dont think of what they said or say of him all these years, I think of the good and the happiness he did for so many people,cause I am one of those many people!

    July 7, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  524. ashlyn

    I "remember the time" when I watched "scream" ,Michael jackson's video with his sister janet jackson. i loved how he sang and danced in this video. the beat itself was very catchy, and the dance moves were amazing. I will never forget you Michael Jackson!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  525. Lovelace Adde

    Michael is really the king of pop. I remember him as a child in Ghana West Africa with his music YOU ARE NOT ALONE.I love him he was really heaven sent to the world to change racial boundries and his mission is accomplish in this world.He is being welcome in heaven.Since some people did not appreciate him.He is in fathers care. May his soul rest in peace and may the family have peace in their heart too. God bless all the fans who are grieving with the family. And those who are still saying nasty things about him may they find God in their lives.God bless.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  526. that_guy

    USELESS COVERAGE ... we hear a description from commentators about what the limo procession looked like ... BUT NO VISUAL ...

    July 7, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  527. Lovelace

    We love you Michael.On behalf of the Ghanaian communuty Nyame do wo mike.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  528. Gail

    I think it is apalling all the attention this is getting. He was not a god, and people are acting like he is. Read Exodus 30:3.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  529. Carolyn Millar

    What's wrong with you people??? We are watching Michael's service only to hear hoots, hollars and WHISLTLES from the attendendees. This is not a free concert people!!! Is there no respect anywhere in the States?

    July 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  530. ED HAMMAN

    THE WORLD IS NOW A BETTER PLACE, WAKE UP CNN 80% OF YOUR PEOPLE ARE GLAD HE GONE!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  531. Prince David AmaGEDOn

    or maybe Jesus wanted to listen to some good music for a change?I think I can understand why He would not release Michael Jackson, because He wanted Him, in His bosom. Just like We do.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  532. Maxine

    Carolyn Millar, you are so right!!! Michael who shielded his children was put on display today. Michael's sister said that their father was abusive, by the way that is now who will be raising Michael's children. The Jackson family still living off of Michael Jackson even in his death. And the brothers wearing matching outfits. Such a mockery to a great singer who try to lead a private life. I did not watch it except highlights on the news. Wonder how long it will take for their attorneys to start sueing each other.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  533. ren

    It was reported in Savannah, Ga that turn out to MJ's memorial was not a good one . Well first of all, it was not advertised that a memorial was
    schedule to be held any where in Savannah, also at jobs everywhere
    tv's , computers where on and we watched so we celebrate the life of MJ in Savannah no thanks to WTOC. I was also on wtoc blog page and saw nothing that was schedule here in Savannah, Ga so down with the false reporting and give it up to the King of Pop. Savannah Cares

    July 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  534. rich

    I hate to break this news to everyone but people die everyday. Get over it and get back to reporting news and leave this coverage to the entertainment shows.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  535. Brenda Hunter

    I think Michael was a good caring person, who lost a lot not being able to be a child. Also not having friends, but remember God said judge yea not . The same people thats saying bad things about him or just judging him , need to be careful because they may have children are grand kids, and what they are judging him about there grandkids are children might be that same thing and they don't no it. My heart goes out to the jackson family, but thru it all god is the alfa and omega the beginning and the end and he is the juge and ruler of us all. prince michael, Paris, and Blanket, i no you had a good father and god will see you thru. Brenda Hunter
    Marietta , Ga

    July 8, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  536. Ken Ingles

    The City of Los Angeles should Partner with AEG to promote the sale of the programs from the Michael Jackson Memorial. It would definately help offset some of the cost the the city has absorbed to provide security for such a massive and historic event. It was a very touching memorial and I know myself and many more people around the world would love to have that program from the memorial and most wouldn't mind paying up to $25.00 for one. They will make well over the two million dollars needed to repay the city.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  537. Jennifer Wood

    I too am surprised at myself. The death of Michael Jackson has affected in a way I would have never thought. I grew up with Michael & the J5, being just two years older than Michael. I thought he was a genius at what he did, although, his changing appearance was a little off setting at times. I don't think he ever really knew who he was and maybe by getting the cosmetic changes he was trying to find himself. I pray for his blessed little children and hope they never forget that their Daddy loved them. I know he never wanted to leave them. I pray for the rest of his family also. May God give them peace and solace in this terrible time. If only someone could have stepped in and helped Michael, he perhaps would still be with us on earth today. I know that he is in the hands of God and would be pleased with the memorial yesterday. I thought it was in very good taste and reverent for the most part. God Bless you Michael. R.I.P. We will NEVER forget you and will love you always & forever.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  538. Mari

    "I Remember the Times", when my cousins and I would do the moonwalk and listen to Michael Jackson's records in the living of my uncles house and since it was carpeted we would bring in a cardboard box. My cousin had a Micheal Jackson jacket (Thirller) and I had the white glove. We had so many favorites but our all time favorites were Thriller, Beat It, and Dirty Diana.
    -El Paso, Texas

    July 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  539. Eric

    Yesterday will go down in history as the world watched the greatest entertainer memorialized. Michael Jackson said and his theme was THIS IS IT, and it truly came to past. Instead of him going on tour he was honored and praised by millions of people for years of service in music and his giving to humanitarian causes. Now Mike can finally rest in peace. (THIS WAS IT).

    Eric Williams

    July 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  540. Diane O'Dell

    No matter what you may have thought about him, he was still a human being. His family is hurting like any other family would. I hope they heal. He was talented. It seems his father is to blame for most of his inner demons. He has to live with that! A mother should never have to bury her child. The service was BEAUTIFUL!

    July 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  541. Maria Swait

    I, love Micheal Jackson, I remember when I saw back in 1982 when the Jackson 's where on tour together and Teto Jackson gave my dad five free tickets to see them live. My father said that could get new clothes or see Micheal Jackson. I told him I would rather see Micheal Jackson bout I would rather get new clothes and then he told me he had free tickets. I was so happy. I love Micheal with all my heart. God be with his family and friends. My Favorite MJ Moment is when him and the Jackson performed at Micheal's 30th Tribute to Micheal.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  542. C.Hall

    Re: comments made by rus-rus

    Do you know who or what Michael Jackson was? I think your comments were very harsh and disrespectful to a man who did more that make music and entertain the world. Michale Jackson was beyond another "pill popping" entertainer".

    Ask yourself this question: If Michael Jackson had never had to face those maliscious charges (charges in which he was found not guilty) what would my response be on his death and the pain his children and family are going though?

    We are so quick to judge a person, has any of you who had something disrespcetful to say about this man ever took the time out and ask youselves, of all the years this man has been helping sick children why is it only two children, i mean two children parents, came out with these accussations? Shouldn't common sense tell anyone if not all that maybe, just maybe, these people wanted his $$$? One whom actually did, not because MJ was guilty but because his "legal team" at the time advised him to, MJ wanted to go to trial to prove his innoncence, just as he did and succeeded in 10years ago.

    So, in conclusion, I say again my condolensces to the Jackson family, his children, and faithful fans he has proven to still have. The memorial service was done in great taste, fit for a KING. Micheal, your songs will forever bring back memories my sisters and I have from when you were Micheal with the afro, Michael with the jeri curl, to Michael with the perm. We love all of you!!!! Your job is done here, and job well done it was. You have taught me that no matter how bad they persecute you, how much they lie on you, how much they think they have knocked you down, to always take it with a smile on your face and your head held high. You did that, and you did that very well!!! R.I.P. Michael you are greatly missed already, and will be always!!!!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  543. JANET C. Farrell

    Everyone has ups and downs but it seems that the world has double standards for people like MJ. Guilty until proven innocent and he was proven innocent. What do these others have to hide that they attack someone who cannot defend themselves. MJ helped All children NOT select few. He has done more in his so brief time with us than any of his accusers. I remember the time he was awarded recognition for all of his charity work. His legacy is more than music. It is about healing this planet and its people. Shame on anyone looking for their five minute flame of fame by tarnishing the bright flame of such a wonder man.
    janet

    July 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  544. mike G

    Tony,

    Regarding Health care, when you remove the people who DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE THAT MAKE ENOUGH MONEY AND ILLEGALS, there is only a small number of uninsured people that cannot pay for it. We are making a HUGE MESS in every way, not to mention breaking the bank over this issue. We must SLOW DOWN and think this through. Not everything is a CRISIS as this Administration wants us to believe. How about giving a donation from our WITHHOLDING TAXES and make it a charitable contribution from the donor and the Federal Government to pay for the legals that NEED healthcare and cannot afford it. Americans will rise to the occassion as we always do.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  545. concerned

    It is not about what Michael went thru to get the drugs ..But what the doctors had them doing to cover their own tracks ....this is all on them doctors ....

    July 10, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  546. Miriam Dyer

    Hi, Tony. I was listening to your topic about the Medical crisis, and the cutbacks to Medicare. Whatever happened to Social Government Medical Insurance? Sure we are supposed to allow the government to do the cutbacks. Do we even have a choice in the matter. NO.
    As they are making the cutbacks, can't the government establish a medical program. The money that they say we will say, or pay our debt. The equation is simply. Why can't they take some of that money and transition into a Government Medical System? All they do is talk about all the bad money issues, putting blame on everyone. If the transition is simply then the rest of us will transition just fine. If Sweden can have this system in place, why can't we also be that progressed???? Sincerely, Miriam

    July 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  547. Bridget

    Thanks, I too, fondly "Remember the time" of my growing up with Michael Jackson. You speak for many of us, both black and white, who feel the media have often latched on to Michael's bizarre behavior and not given him a fair and balanced view of the truly great and generous behaviors he has also exhibited. He was a person of extremes, which is what we loved about him. I choose to remember the great singer and entertainer whom I've admired for his unrivaled talent. It is a shame that he allowed the negative press to guide his choices and to overshadow his potential. It is sad that he passed away before he could show the world what he still had to offer.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  548. Bridget

    I agree with Mike G. Congress is naive when it comes to the reality of our healthcare crisis. No matter what they do, there will always be a large portion of our population who CHOOSE not to access insurance even when it is available. These fall into 2 categories. They don't want to pay for it or they don't have the money to pay for it. The rest of us will always have to foot the bill for them. I resent the fact that I work everyday and pay my bills and the pres. thinks that I am "rich" b/c I choose to educate myself and work. The healthcare industry needs to reduce their costs and stop expecting us to pay for them to get rich. The reform needs to come from the healthcare industry, not the working class.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  549. judy correllus

    BRING BACK THE LUXURY TAX OF 10%. WON'T HURT THE POOR, AND THE RICH CAN AFFORD IT

    July 22, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  550. Rick

    Tony,
    The Government already purchases and/or influences directly or indirectly 60-70% of the health care in this country,,,lets see ,,,we have medicare, medicaid, the child heallth program, the VA Health system, the public health system, government employees, military health system for active duty, Tri-care for retired military,,,,and our elected officials in Washington are well cared for,,,,hmmmmm,,,so what am I being asked to give up that I already haven't

    July 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  551. Prince David AmaGEDOn

    Michael Jackson could have had any woman he wanted, why did he not hire a professor of genetic reproduction get the right woman and have children of his own without some of his features that he did not like? now we have lost him and his genes and because of that we will never have anyone like Michael Jackson again. With all of his money he could have at least cloned one of himself?now we lost his blood and his bloodline what are we going to do now for entertainment? my for children are still suffering from his death, they played his music every day and still do, they can moon walk and copy a lot of his dance moves but they are not Michael Jackson. When Michael was under heavy artillery fire, I asked all my children who wants to go spend the night at Michael Jackson's, they all said "I do" and then I asked them who wants to sleep in the same bed with Michael Jackson, they all said "I do" innocence to innocence what more can I say.

    July 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm |

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