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June 26th, 2009
06:49 AM ET

Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" who was preparing for a comeback tour, died yesterday. He was 50. Send us your thoughts and memories about the pop icon.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Tony Harris
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  1. Dawn-Atlanta

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    I am a few years older than Michael Jackson and grew up in Michigan, the home of Motown Records.
    I was in love with the the Jackson 5; they are part of my generation.

    I don't think he was that complicated. It seems that his identity was tied to his celebrity; he needed balance in his life.

    He and his brothers were so famous, on the level of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

    As Michael beccme older, his popularity started to fade so he changed his appearance in order to re-invent himself to be at the top.

    He never had a "normal" childhood so his only identity was with his fame.

    I hope parents, especially learn a lesson from this; stop treating your children like "Cash Cows", trying to make them famous for your own benefit.

    His song/video Thriller was best selling but he also later became a Jehova's Witness and wanted to distance himself from that image.
    He even placed a disclaimer at the beginning of the video stating just that.

    People feel so tied to his music because he was talented and music transcends all areas of our lives; language, race, religion & economic levels.

    Please don't worship him, lets mourn him, not become absorbed his death and move on.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:26 am |
  2. Dimitri D.

    CNN enough with Michael Jackson already! Let the E channel handle his "eulogy"....I get it, the guy could sing and dance for some people's taste (not mine!). Otherwise, most of us wouldn't want someone like him to hang out around our kids!

    June 26, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  3. Rachel in Long Beach

    So sad the songs ............................. we will never acquire music as eloquent as the music that MJ and the Jackson 5 gave to the world......R.I.P. my brother................ 4 Ur job was exquisitely done...........Let us pray for world peace..........Contstant Blessings to all.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  4. Miguel Rodriguez

    In spite of all the weidrness surrounding him and the judgement that we have passed on him, we all must admit that his contribution to music will be, or already is, the strandard for other artist to be measure. His style on stage, his presence, his electricity will be unmatch. The on stage Michael Jackson was not an artist, he was a culture.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  5. Bob-Portal, GA.

    Michael Jackson was the Einstein of the music world, unfortunately I’m sure we’re going to hear many negative things over the next few weeks regarding Mr. Jackson, it doesn’t change who or what he was and the talent he shared with us.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  6. michael armstrong sr.

    1971 was when i first seen michael jackson perform with the jackson five he took the eyes off from the osmond brothers there were the two chiled icons michael jackson and donny osmond competing for greatness i guess we all know who won that race except now the race is over for michael just like elvis the king is dead .

    June 26, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  7. Brittany C

    June 25th 2009 will really be the day that music died in my eyes. The world has lost a very talented musical icon, Michael Joseph Jackson, also know as the King of Pop... I'm pretty sure everyone has had their own memories of listening to his music. Well, If it is possible, I would love to share my memories. I first started listening to the King of Pop at the age of 1 when my dad would play his records around the house. He had just about every Jackson 5 record you could think of. Even Off The Wall. The Thriller Album came out when I was about maybe a few months old, but being exposed to his music, I knew that it would have some impact later on in my life. At the age of 5, I saw his music videos and even sat through the movie, Moonwalker. When I saw him do the moonwalk across the stage, I sat in amazement because I thought it wasnt possible for anyone to move across the stage like that. But MJ made it seem so easy and just effortless really. We had just about every solo album that he came out with, from Bad, to Invincible. My favorite song, is Human Nature. But Thiller always scared me for real... But I grew to love it. I would be in my room listening to his music and learning dance moves because just like everyone else, I wanted to move just like him.. I know everyone is wondering what am I getting at with this. See, MJ had a influence musically over my life because not onl he was a great singer, he was also a talented dancer. Regardless of the legal issues he had and his"Peter Pan" lifestyle, he was still human. He had emotions just like us. I know that I will always remember where I was when I heard the tragic news for years to come. All I can do is listen to his music and bring back memories of how I came to Know the King of Pop... He was truely and influence to me, music and dancewise. and I hope that one day, I will forever do what I love the most and that is make people smile through my own music... Rest in Peace MJ 4 ever.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  8. George Pugh

    Isn't there any others news in the world?

    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  9. Jason Baumann

    Such a sad day, he will be missed. I feel like the media tried to ruin his creditability for his achivements in his life with all the negatives. He is the King of Pop, and one of a kind.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  10. Annonymous

    Just wanted to say, my flag is at half staff for Micheal, may i suggest we all do the same.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  11. tracy

    a true star who would be missed by many but his music will continue ti live on forever and he will be remembered always to his family and children our sincere sympathy and condolences.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  12. Mariana

    Michael was the best singer, entertainer ever. He was an inspiration to everyone, not only back in the 80's but people today also.
    Michael, you will be missed but never forgotten! We will continue to listen to your beautiful music.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  13. Louann

    Michael Jackson died yesterday, so did Farah Fawcett. I am a huge fan of CNN and watch it and listen all the time. Enough already! Isn't there any other news in the world other than Michael Jackson? How much can you pontificate about him? Yes he was a musically talented guy but he also had questionable problems??? Are we going to hear cut by cut a commentary on his autopsy next? Let's move on to some real news....

    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  14. 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 9:18 am |
  15. Ranelle, Ohio

    I can't believe that Michael Jackson died yesterday. He was everyone's favorite artist. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I feel so sorry for his children. I hope they are in the best care. Rest in Peace!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  16. franceska bruny

    I like many other fans is indeinal right now . Its very hard to accept that fact that not only a very multi talented artist but one of the worlds great leaders has passed. Through his music he has untied the world and touch so many hearts . In this time people should not be so sad becuse he would want us to remeber him at his best and he would want us to celebrate his life at peace .

    Rest in peace MJ ; the world loves you .

    June 26, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  17. John

    Michael Jackson will be missed no matter what some want to mention his so called "troubles" with the law.
    If we believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty, then shouldn't we believe still innocent after being acquitted (proven not guilty)?
    The system works.
    Michael has been acquitted.
    Michael Jackson is not guilty.

    Michael Jackson is a great man who lost his life at a young age of 50.
    May God bless his soul.
    We will always remember him how great a person he was.

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

    Farrah was a wonderful woman, and a great role model. She had a lot to offer, and she fought so hard for her life. She was an amazing person, I look up to her greatly. She was wonderful. She needs to be remembered as well, if not more, than Michael. And people should recognize what a strong, beautiful and amazing woman she was. I love you always Farrah!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  19. Marc

    It is a sad day to everyone to reflect on just the memories of Michael Jackson. He was an icon, who will never be forgotten. My condolences goes out to his family and close friends. Michael had impacted many lives in his era, both from the young generation and older generation. Although he is no longer with us, his music will live on forever. May God bless his soul.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  20. Tyrone Frazier

    I would first like to thank God for allowing you the time to be in our lives, You have given us all so much joy for so many Years. I also would like to thank you mom and dad for bringing you here to grace with all that you have Given. I Remeber The Time when Motown 25 was on the 13 inch TV with the Aluminum Foil on the Rabbit ears and how i was glued to the TV with every waking step that you made and that moment was nothing like i have ever felt watch someone so great. I was always a Fan but after Motown 25 I became a Michael Jackson Fan. Michael We love you and even though you have gone home you will live forever and ever in the hearts of everyone

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

    Michael will be in our spirits forever through his legacy. He"s going to be missed. I only hope Prince will do a special tribute in his honor.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  22. DeVida J. Rembert

    Michael's music was with me throughout my life...his music was there for me during my most happiest times and during my first heartbreak as a child in junior high school...I'll Be There...and he was as I played his record over and over crying when my first love broke up with me.

    My daughters, 26 and 31 came to sit with me last night as I just could not pull myself together. One might say...Michael died from a broken heart...the world sucked the life out of him in these last years. I will always remember that guy, Michael now you can finally rest, rest in peace. You didn't know me but I was "there."

    June 26, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  23. Sharon Mitchell

    It is so sad too know i have watch Micheal as a kid singing ,and too here he is gone. up to know i don't believe he is gone.tears came from my eyes this morning, because i woke up only too here on cnn they are talking about his life and death. May he rest in Eternal Peace. Sharon from Grenada W. I

    June 26, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  24. san

    The best in Entertainment is gone and looks like a part of me is gone as well since I grew up with MJ music.
    A very sad day.....

    June 26, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  25. Adam Goodwin

    I was brought up listening to Michael Jackson. He may have been just a singer to some, but to me he was an idol. It's such a tragedy to know the King of Pop has passed, but his music will never die.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  26. 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 9:38 am |
  27. Sherrell

    I rejoice at the fact that he is free from the feelings of any loneliness, depression, or anything else that got him down. Free from spectators and slanderers that trashed his name by basing their opinions of him through mere hear-say…he said, she said and Judging a book by its cover! MANY people have judged a being that they knew nothing about. Only One was with him and truly knew him and thats the One of whom he dwells with now. Now he can Moonwalk on the moon!! I pray for his family, especially Janet cuz thats my girl and they were always close! I pray that these next few days wont be days about the allegations that ruined him in life and ruin his death. I’m am truly devastated!! I love you Michael! May God be with you! ~Rellz~

    June 26, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  28. Michel

    As I'm listening to the news, I can see where this is going. Let's talk about the man's music and what he has done for all of us on a global scale. I'm so tired of the media sensationalizing his financial issues and claiming it's the public's right to know. Let me ask, Heidi Collins, what's your credit score? Wolf Blitzer, how much is in your checking account? Anderson Cooper, what is your debt to income ratio? You are all public figures just like Michael. In fact, you are even more in the public eye because you spend your lives scrutinizing and investigating people, at least Michael spent his life bringing joy to people.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  29. Mike

    You don't realize that Michael Jackson's concert tickets are selling fast on places such as ebay.

    The man is dead, his concerts cancelled and he is still selling tickets.


    June 26, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  30. Tim Smiley Jax,fl

    I'm a 43 year old African American male and I have followed michael all my chilhood life and my adult life. I have seen Mike make it through the good and the bad times. He will be truly missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  31. Reesh

    This amazing man was my idol ever since I was a toddler. It is way too hard to beleive he is gone. As soon as I heard he was in a coma I knew something was wrong. I cried as soon as they prononced him dead at around 5: 30 and didn't stop until 11:30. He was my hero. He will deffinently be missed and he will always have a special place in my heart. Michael was the true one and ONLY King of Pop.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  32. Brenda

    Micahel Jackson Will Be Truly Missed But Never Forgotten Its Still A Shocker Knowing He Is Gone I Found Out Yesterday Around 53O From My Cousin & Other People I Thought It Was A Text Chain Letter Till I Started To Hear All His Song On The Radio We Will Always Remember The King Of Pop The Legend Michael Joseph Jackson

    June 26, 2009 at 9:40 am |
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  34. Hil

    R.I.P Micheal Jackson, the TRUE king of music the only one who broke racial,generational, and humanitarian barriers and the greatest Performer of all time he will always be missed and never be forgotten!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  35. Eric Lee

    In regards to Michael Jackson:
    We all must remember him for who he was… and what he gave to us. He always had such a passion for life, which was stifled for much of his formative years. However, when this passion was finally unleashed, an unparalleled gift was bestowed upon us. “Off The Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad…” these were his gift to us.
    I am drawn back to my 1971 Motown MONO promo copy of “Never Can Say Goodbye,” which I have been playing over and over for most of the morning. It was a #2 hit for the Jackson 5 for three weeks during the spring of ‘71. Even at the age of 12... there is something in his voice that pulls at my heart whenever I hear this song. He was such a consummate performer and musician. He knew at the age of 12 the meaning of never saying goodbye. How? Very few performers have that gift.
    Sadly enough… during recent years, we pushed that genius aside. Maybe it was deserved. This has been discussed for many years., and maybe there are some indiscretions late in his life that we shouldn’t be celebrating. But on this day, we should take time to remember who we knew he was. I’m not ashamed to say I cried. He was not the King of Pop to me, nor will he ever be. To me, he will always be that little boy from Gary, Indiana who was pushed to far… and had nowhere else to go. I hope you have found peace, Michael.
    Eric Lee

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  36. Brandeis Blake

    As a lifelong admirer, I'm saddened by this. He should be remembered not only for his talent but also for his humanitarian contributions. The world lost a special gift in Michael Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  37. Barbara Jackson

    Michael Jackson did for me what my Father didn't. He made me smile, he gave me hope, he gave me understanding, he gave me compassion. He gave me music that I will always listen to, when tring to figure out why the world won't accept us for who we really are. The Urban Community Thank you Michael You are my #1 Hero. Bigger than Barack Obama. "Heal The World"! Let's help Mike get out of debt. Go Buy all the albulms.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  38. Victor

    I love the EP heidi!

    And the pen...

    Good Morning everyone...what to expect today? Last wishes

    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  39. Mary

    I have listened to Michael all my life. He had so much energy and life in him. It is so sad that he has left this world. No other person will ever have the charisma that he had. This all reminds me of when Elvis died. The whole world stands still in shock.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  40. Tina West, San Jose California

    As Elvis Presley was a legacy in his time, Michael Jackson worked very hard at what he did – unfortunately both died at early ages. Michael Jackson has touched the hearts of many in many different ways...I also remembering as a young girl dancing to his music and the song "I'll be there" was one of my favorite songs or "We are the world".....

    My prayers are for his family at this time. It would of been nice for Michael to know how much he truly was admired and loved – unfortunately this kind of information comes out after one has died.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  41. Will

    I understand the news worthiness of MJ, but lest we forget he (MJ) was also an "alleged" PEDOPHILE...And I believe most would agree, it was only his money that allowed him to dodge that bullet. Please don't think I am insensitive to the man's death...But, in life all the good one contributes can be offset by one bad attribute. For me...he will be remembered as a mentally sick and lonely pedophile NOT deserving of his enormous life achievements and recognition. Sad...very sad

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  42. Josie Riddle Brookins

    It saddens me to hear about the death of Michael Jackson.
    I grew up with Michael and the Jackson 5. Michael will always be known as a great son, father, and the first individual to break the cultural barrier with music.
    Michael was a man before his time.
    I pray that President Obama will sign into law a


    Josie Riddle Brookins – Sarasota, Fl

    June 26, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  43. Kim M. L.

    I Loved Michael Jackson, and the reason why I originally fell in love with dance music will always be dedicated to him....I grew up listenning to the Jackson 5 and Michael. I feel really bad for his family,Janet must be heart broken... and everyone who truly knew him to be a real person who really cared not only about his music . Also really loved kids in a sincere way....

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  44. jayson wilson

    i think michael jackson is a great singer dancer and writer.He went from the jakson5 to michael jackson he will still live by me.Im trying to have a reminder party for michael.I ll play all his ablums.I started collecting his ablums at the age of 7 and now im 10.I have every alum that he made he is great.I know all his dance moves.I will remimber him and always will love him.
    RIP michael

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  45. Rucha Patel

    It is so shocking and so sudden, we all feel he left a bit too soon ! I was always so proud to share my b'day with him and will always be. Not only people in the US, but a lot of Indians too share this pain. A LOT of my friends and family have grown up listening to his music and loving him as the King of POP. An irreplacable loss !

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  46. Chantal Gilbert

    I grew up with Micheal and now he's gone at a young age but he will always be remember no matter what my prayers and thoughts goes to the family and his children he's beside God looking down and smiling at all of us saying I love you all. Chantal from Quebec , Canada

    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  47. Catherine

    There is know doubt that Micheal Jackson was a wealth of talent and gave to many throughout his life. I am sort of dissappointed that you are not giving another american icon Farrah Fawcett, who also gave so much strength to people including educating us and bringing "to light" womens issues in her acclaimed movies "The burning bed ,Extremities etc. One thing she did not bring to us was how celebs can buy their way out of crimes against children..anyway that is my thoughts
    thank you

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  48. Victor

    Dear Ticket Vendors,

    I really feel you have to refund everyones money, however, I guarntee many fans will keep their ticket only if you make the refund possible with the return of the ticket stub.

    People really want michaels last ticket printed to a concert that was dedicated to the end of his career. Hott ebay

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  49. brandeis blake

    The world has lost a special gift in Michael Jackson. As a lifelong admirer, he should be remembered not only for his music and talent but also his humanitarian contributions.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  50. niamh and gillian

    Micheal Jackson is an awsome person but it is sad that he died. Most people thought Micheal Jackson was wako but he wasn't.Peaple out there here this MICHEAL JACKSON WON'T BE REPLACED.Thank you

    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  51. kavitha

    Michael Jackson was the ultimate.....he was on the top....I grew up in India ...and my dad had cassetes of his album.....we all grew up listening to his songs....and kids whoever is to sing or dance was compared to Michael Jackson since he was the ultimate....and there was nothing beyond that.....I really can't believe that this has happened......

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  52. lawrence

    all hail-the king is dead!--my household grew up with michael and i saw him and his brothers on tour in san antonio texas greatest show
    i've ever seen. just a great entertainer and artist. i loved him and his story.who hasn't emulated michael ? !

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  53. Jaimie Fournier

    This is quite a shock. I remember him being the center of my universe in grade 2. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
    I was quite surprised /though at the recent reporting that CNN has been giving; zeroing in on his dept/financial problems. Frankly, I find it disgusting. The man hasn't even been buried yet! I think it would be wise to wait until the autopsy reports before speculating.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  54. Lynn Haley

    I would like the world to know how I feel about these kind of people, Michael Jackson being one of them

    What is a Miracle?

    Be…. a miracle – while you’re li......ving

    There’ll be miracles – when your thankful

    There’ll be miracles – when your gi……ving

    somebody needs you

    Be a miracle – while you’re living

    What is a Miracle:
    – it’s just reach out and give…..yourself

    What is a Miracle:
    – that you’ll give – when no one….. else

    What is a Miracle:
    – It’s you (Michael Jackson)


    Be…. a miracle – while you’re li......ving
    – Michael Jackson was a miracle when he was born into this world (Thank GOD)
    – Michael Jackson was a miracle while he lived

    There’ll be miracles – when your thankful
    – Michael Jackson was thankful for and towards his fans

    There’ll be miracles – when your gi……ving
    – Michael Jackson knew people needed him and he responded to (us)

    somebody needs you
    – Michael Jackson always gave to this world,
    (especially the children)

    Be a miracle – while you’re living
    – This is exactly what Michael Jackson did

    What is a Miracle:
    it’s just reach out and give…..yourself
    – This is what Michael Jackson did

    What is a Miracle:
    that you’ll give – when no one….. else
    – This is what Michael Jackson did

    What is a Miracle:
    – It’s you (Michael Jackson)

    June 26, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  55. y.d.williams

    Michael Jackson, a man, an entertainer, a person who has gone through trials and tribulations from a child til the last minute before he closed his eyes. This man had a soul just like you and I and he wanted to be loved not for what he had but for who he was and it's so sad to hear a superstar like Mike has gone home to rest in peace because he didn't have any peace here among the living. I fell in love with Michael Jackson when I was a little girl who just learning all the lyrics to "ABC". I always would had a dream of us getting married which I KNEW was only a fantasy but it felt good following his career through reading black magazines such as Right On! My bedroom was wallpapered with nothing but Michael and his many of different outfits. I will miss him and my heart goes out to his family especially Janet who I could see idolized her big brother very much. Now the King of Pop can put on his robe, sit on his throne, and tell his story to millions about how he became famous, live the life in front of the camera, and discuss how he traveled the yellow brick road to Heaven.
    Take care Mike and glide across the clouds

    June 26, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  56. Catherine

    Vicki and Louann im with you, in my earlier txt what i was trying to say is there needs to be more coverage on Farrah..... to me it is a moral issue...,

    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am |
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  58. Anwar

    America was founded by Christopher Columbus, but become famous by Michael Jackson, my condolence to his family, American people and the whole world.


    June 26, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  59. LISA N


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  60. tina coryell

    my thoughts and prayers go to his kids & family!!!!!!!
    i grew up in Michigan the home of motown records
    and grew up with the jackson 5 generation!!!
    he is the king of pop and a pop icon!!!!!!!!!!!
    i will miss Michael jackson petform his music!!!
    we have lost one of the best in the music world!!!
    i will miss him so much... god bless him and his family!!

    June 26, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  61. Rebecca in NB, Canada

    When I was 10 years old, I got the "Thriller" album for my birthday, and from there my obsession began. Twenty-five years later, I have passed that love on to my 7 year old daughter, and we listen to his music daily. It has given me a certain kind of pride to watch her fall in love with songs that I have listened to for most of my life, by a man that truly was the "King of Pop." He will be missed by legions of fans around the world, but his music will live on forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  62. Pennie Nelson

    How would you like it if on the hours and days following your demise the lies you told, the financial mistakes, all your life's obsessions and contraversies was broadcasted. The media is so insensitive. Everyone has heard the speculations and we know that all have made mistakes. This is not the time to exploit Michael Jacksons mistakes. I gratefully believe that Micheals fans who loved him and his musical message and those who new him personally and have all stated that his spirt was kind and gentle will write his legacy as a music icon and great humanitarian. He can now rest from the taunting media scrutiny. His music and his videos will now be reignited and we will relive that era and rekindle the phenomonal love and affection we have for him and his work.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  63. aaron

    I remember growing up in jacksonville,florida my mom and stepdad use to talk about mike , how he made good music and how he was very successful as a child. I can remember my cousins wearing those black and red leather jackets with gloves and curly hair. I have'nt heard anybody mention those funny imitations chris tucker did in movies comparing to micheal jackson and R.kelly. the eeh.eeh scream in the promise remix with ciara. When I heard he died I was on xbox 360 live, playing farcry, the people on live to shooting each other when they said. Hey micheal just died. I dropped what I was doing and turnd to cnn. I say people should leave that negative stuff in the past. 2pac,aaliyah,farrah,carradine,mcmahon,peter jennings, and superman will be missed but will live forever in my mind. I still play 2pac today. R.I.P MIKE

    June 26, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  64. Mary Lynne Eviston

    I'd like to address Dimitri D. who wrote a comment above..he said that Michaels dancing wasn't his far as I'm concerned Michael Jackson is THE very best dancer by far than anyone else in the 21st century!!!...

    NO ONE comes even remotely close to the myriad of talents and dancing abilities of Michael Jackson!..I am going to miss him greatly and I'm grieving as though I knew him personally,I don't ordinarily grieve for people that I've never met but for some reason Michaels' death has affected me very deeply

    ....kisses and hugs to his family and to those who were fortunate enough to have known him personally..I will never forget Michael, EVER!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  65. lorraine

    I know heaven is a musicial, and magical, perfect place. Now, God called Greatness which is" Michael Jackson" his spirit, and Love lives on in the hearts and minds of all of us that for many years, have supported and Loved him...

    what is so ironic is I did predict him Michael Jackson becoming very sick this year, but not death. this did shock me when i heard it.
    May God Bless and Keep his family, they are in my thoughts and prayers always, to "Michael Jackson" God Loves you, I DO!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  66. Melissa G.

    I was the next generation that got to enjoy Michael with the release of "Thriller". I was 8 years old and fell in love with him. I remember being introduced to a magnificant performer. He will be missed by many. I hope and pray that we can remember the positive things that he gave us and not reflect on the bad. I will be sure to pass on his music to my children so he will never be forgoten!
    RIP M.J.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  67. Cally

    Hi ! my name is Cally and I am 12 .And Michael Jackson is quite an amazing pop icon .He was famous like Elvis .And brought in millions from his career .He loved music and has inspired me so much through my love of music .I love music and he has inspired me to love it more.I play piano , tenor saxaphone ,and alto saxaphone and almost anyother reed instrument .and Michael Jackson has inspired me to go on with my music .He was a great music icon and he will be greatly missed by all people who love his music and have been inspired by his great love for music .And one of my favourite songs from his album is Black or White .The song has a nice beat .And I love how his music just all flows together .Please keep his family in your prayers .And keep lovin ' the music .

    June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  68. Jacqueline Mason

    Micheal Jackson was my idol. I grew up with his music, I'm three years older han he. I remember buying the very first album. I wasvery excited. I learned all his songs and even had most of his dance moves down. I brought and have all his music. I never stopped playing and singing his music. Just last week, I was commenting on all the songs I loved and was preparing to put all his music together and transfer them to my MP3. Micheal was like a brother to me.
    I come from a family of ten and we are all singers. My family have very similar up bringing as the Jacksons.
    I got a phone call from my actual brother around 4PM yesterday.
    My brother said, he got a text message that Micheal was dead. I said, get out of here that's not true, who sent you that message? I turned on the news, there it was Micheal went into cardiac arrest, but was in a coma. I thought ,okay maybe there is some hope, still following up with the news , later he died, I cried like a baby, I was so devastated , I was so sick. I couldn't get myself together for several hours.
    I will never ever forget him I will always remember him for the very good person he was. For the record I don't believe he harmed any children. My prayers go out his family. I can't believe he's gone.
    I'm going to draw a picture of Micheal and hang it on my wall.
    This is something I want to do. I can easily hang his photos from album covers, but I feel drawing him would mean much more to me.
    Micheal has truly been an inspiration to me. To Jackson Family,
    You have my deepest sympathy.

    REVELATION 21 Verses 3 & 4:

    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying,

    Behold, the tabernacle of god is with men, and he

    Will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,

    And God himself shall be with them, and be their


    And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes:

    And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,

    nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for

    the former things are passed away.

    Jacqueline Mason
    A True Fan

    June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  69. DR. Zoë A Lewis, Miami Beach

    Michael Jackson reminds me of the most unlikely man, considering his gifts. Perfectionist, visionary, they shared the ability to affect individuals worldwide with their words, lived lavishly, coupled many contradictions in personal choices and actions that made some recoil, or at least question authenticity, and died with insurmountable debt. Thomas Jefferson. Contradictions, enigma, greatness.
    For his children's sake, I imagine his greatness won't be tarnished by what the media will certainly dig up or make up to keep viewers on edge.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  70. Victor

    I am amazed to see how many great spirited individuals you have on air speaking to the death of michael.

    His fans are confident, educated and unbelievable loyal.

    Let that be a testament to how great of a role model he was at such a young age and to so many people while living in a glass house.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  71. Paula

    BROKEN HEART–This is truly a very SAD day for All that Love Michael Jackson For His Music and singing and being original. But I think the sadest thing is"HE DIDN'T KNOW WE ALL LOVED HIM AS MUCH AS WE DO" and just Maybe; he died of a "BROKEN HEART" because there HE was in a rented house,HE lost all he had. There were two boys who had accused him of sexual abuse, (which WE CAN HONSESTLY SAY WE DON'T KNOW HAPPENED) and he had to LIVE with that every day. HE couldn't go anywhere because of who he was, and HE got Called Names like 'WACKO JACKO' and if truth be told today I bet some of the people mouring his Death NOW,called him names. So SAD for HIM to BE so Alone,To FEEL alone. HE didn't know' we loved HIM THIS much. So just Maybe...if He knew, he wouldn't have shut himself up in a house and DIED ALONE; BROKEN; SAD; WOUNDED; felling UN-LOVED. Why do we wait until someone like Michael Dies to TELL them we love them ? Well Michael I Loved you and your music and I'm sorry WE never told you when you were with us. Paula-Louisiana

    June 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  72. 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 10:11 am |
  73. Dara

    I am very sad that someone so legendary, who I have grown up watching and supporting, is no longer with us. I must say that the reporters from popular news networks should be ashamed of the speculating and grasping at straws that they are doing. We should let him at least die in peace since he was unable to live in peace. The fact of the matter is, he died and we are NOT sure why. I pray that we as supporters or even non-supporters will not entertain obnoxious reporters who are speaking just to be heard, but are lacking in evidence. Mike we will miss you.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  74. pamela

    When I first heard this horrible, shocking news, my first thought was prescription drugs. The greedy pharmaceutical companies that pump this filth into the bloodstream of decent Americans should be outlawed, sued, bankrupted, exiled, jailed. They have confirmed that Michael Jackson was in perfect health. He was NOT sick and did NOT to deserve to die so long before his time. They drugs decrease mental capacity while increasing addiction and compromise normal bodily functions with their poisons. People who go on them get addicted and are in too much of a fog to deal with it so they never go off, making the companies richer and richer and richer with never-ending revenues. It's blood money and these crooks should be held accountable. Prescription drugs killed Michael Jackson. What a tragic shame, what a terrible loss for humanity to bear. He was a beautiful person who suffered an unjust and untimely death.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  75. Carlos Diaz

    To CNN NEWS Room,
    …….“Seek the Truth and Report it.”
    if I may contribute and pay my respect, is by telling this story of how Michael Jackson reached Iraq.

    During my tour of duty in Iraq 2005-2007, I met some of the locals and they were always pleased to see the American soldiers.
    They always looked forward to receiving candy, Pepsi and Coca Cola products, and any type of entertainment products.

    One of the many things several of the natives wanted to do is find a sponsor so they could migrate to the United States and build a career.

    I remember there was one man who told me his biggest passion was listening to Michael Jackson records. He was waiting for his papers to come in and leave for the United States. He mentioned to me that he was hoping to travel to the U.S. and have an opportunity to see Michael Jackson in concert.

    I was shocked to hear that in a war and combat environment, constant threats, and a place where water was hard to come by people were still influenced by the American Icon and had hopes in seeing him perform.

    I am a child of the 80’s and I remember seeing Captain EO in 3-D at Disneyland, and I am listening to his album right now. No matter what negative stories are published about him, this experience in Iraq showed me that Michael Jackson’s reach was limited less.

    May he rest in peace and join the other musical icons in heaven.

    God Bless Michael Jackson
    -Carlos Diaz

    June 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  76. Leland

    He just wanted to prove to people that life doesn't always have to lead to regret...That a Childhood should be the best moment of a person's life...a moment of Freedom & LOVE, & that's all he wanted...†

    June 26, 2009 at 10:13 am |
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  78. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Michael Jackson was my first love and the first I ever wrote a love letter too...I was eight years old, "I actually believed he received it" I am sure Michael was the first love of many young girls and he is still loved by many today...

    June 26, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  79. Michael Stiggle

    Michael Jackson ,

    Will be sadly missed ! I hope he is in a better place free from this worlds emotional pain.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  80. Jackie Miles

    Most people know the now Michael Jackson. I grew up with his music, his changes, his hardship, and his sadness. I feel like I've lost a friend. God Bless his family and his fans for our loss.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  81. Darlene

    It is so sad that Michael has passed and I feel for his family,as I watch all the news on him..why is no one asking about his children? Who is taking care of them and who will get custody? I pray they are in good loving hands.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  82. Lealand Thompson

    For Michael
    How can I reach out and touch you when I am far away?
    How I can I hold you and tell you that it will be okay?
    I want you to know that I will be there when you’re in distress
    I’ll be that place where you can find sweet rest.

    When the world seems like its coming to an end.
    I’ll be there holding your hand cause I’m your friend.
    When the world starves and all left is small meat
    I’ll me there feeding you making sure you eat.

    When the gods deny you happiness and love
    I’ll I lead an army and wage war in the heavens above.
    If they tear the earth and make the land hotter
    I’ll be wetting your lips with cold water.

    When the sands of time deny us our youth
    I’ll lay besides my friend in my last black suit.
    So never feel laden, carry that load to the end
    I’ll be right besides you helping as your loving friend

    May you finally find peace

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  83. mercedes

    i love michael jackson.i still dont want to believe that he is dead.he has always been with heart goes out to his family and other sad fans.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  84. Alexandra P.L.

    Michael was truly an icon, a kind individual, an I am so sad to see he's gone. It's still unbelievable. My prayers and heart goes out to the Jackson family and his three children. And may god bless him.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  85. Sabrina Gields

    Can we for one move past the negative regarding this man's life and just focus on the good that he's done. The lives he's touched in a positive way. Regarding his funeral services will it be held at one of the arenas there in LA and then it probably will not be a large enough venue, for the service. FYI my birthday is the same day as MJ's accept I was born in 1967. I loved this man and prayed for him regularly.

    Respectfully Sabrina Gields.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  86. Steven Saczkowski - Montreal

    Everyone has lost a piece of their childhood 🙁 Michael had so much love that he was taken advantage of, and made a fool of. This is the kind of society we live in. I hope the people who extorted Michael for money based on molestation are happy now. He was, he is and he'll always be innocent. Michael we'll miss you 🙁

    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  87. Denae white

    He was the greatest entertianer in the world.There are now words to describe his talent. He will live on forever in peoples heart.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  88. zorida

    Michael Jackson was another great black icon who has left us yet again with great and fond memories of his life and ofcourse his music. He'll be greatly missed all over the universe. He was also an icon to us in the Caribbean (ST.LUCIA). His music was inspirational to both old and young.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  89. Tim

    We've lost three icons - each in their own way - in the last few days. While is extremely sad that each have passed on, I wonder how it is that Michael Jackson's death can be so much more magnified than anyone else. The man was $400m in debt.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |


    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  91. Cyndi Foulkrod

    I listened to Michael Jacksons music and love him he is the true king. It saddens me that he is gone. God bless the family.

    But also I am very upset with Maureen Orth of vanity fair – OMG!!!

    He is dead do we really need to keep slandering his name!
    LET IT GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  92. Lizzy Mayer

    Although I am thirteen years old, I have grown up listening to Michael Jackson. As an extremely devoted fan, today and yesterday are the WORST days of my life. Although I have the support of my family and friends as I grieve, yesterday I watched my hero being straped to a stretcher in a bag, and nothing anyone said could change that. The world had suffered a indescribable blow as we lost the greatest tallent, entertainer, and humanitarian the world will ever see.He will live on forever in our hearts.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  93. wendy

    I am not a huge fan of Mikle Jakson . but he is a person. some people are happy hes gone but just because he made some bad choices dosn't mean we shood celibrate his death.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  94. Catherine


    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  95. Victor

    It is truly outstanding to finally bare witness to that cliche Rest In Peace knowing darn well people have unfinished business.

    Celion Deion said it best...he will never die.

    Everyone please witness the truth to that statement.....he will live with us forever with his music and choreography and knowing that he was such a lonely man.....we can truly say hes finally resting well and can finally live on through his music.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  96. Chike Odiari

    Michael Jackson is the greatest man of all time in music world, he understands life and the need to share and help people all over the world, His contribution to music touch lifes expecially we africans ..The world can never have a replacement, there is one in a century and i wonder if the world would ever have a replacement..

    My heart goes to his family and kids..

    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  97. tara jordan

    michael was the best thing ever i can't live with out him he was my idol my insperation i want to be just like him i crie my eyes out i can't stop

    June 26, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  98. Aaron

    I was sent this in an e-mail from a dear friend.

    "Michael Jackson was a great impact on the world...he defined a generation of music lovers. And now, because of his death, the music world has been, not just the music world, THE world has been terribly traumatized. However, as you know, the deeper the wound, the darker the scar it leaves behind. And thats exactly what Michael left...a huge scar to remind us that because of this one man, the world has been different from what it could have been. Whether his influence was good or bad, he has left us a scar to remind the rest of us to continue his legacy, to continue to create the best music we have to offer, so that we don't disappoint his family, who are probably more grief stricken than most of us.
    I admit I wasn't a fan of Michael, but even I came to realize that he was important. But because of his importance, after we recover from this devastating shock, we will never forget his music nor his impact, both which will live for ever as long as there are humans on the Earth."

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  99. Keisa Harris

    I am in shock! I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. Growing up I lived and breath Micheal Jackson. I had all the posters, newspaper cliping, the glove! lol...the thriller jacket. I often got in trouble by my mom for messing up the walls with MJ's posters all over them, I remember there was no more wall space left so I started putting them on the ceiling. The greatest memory of my life is when my step father surprised me with the thriller album. I was so happy, I drove my mother crazy blasting it all day everyday! I am such a huge fan. . I feel like a member of my family has died. My heart hurts. My prayers goes out to the Jackson family. My message to them is to stay strong and in prayer. I know how they are feeling right now, b/c I have experianced the same hurt. My sister which was a year older than me was suddenly taken from us by a accidental shooting. That is a pain that's undescribable. To the Jackson family I know it's hard right now but through prayer and faith you will find peice. I'm am so sorry that this happen. I can't believe that Micheal is gone. Again, my prayers are with you.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  100. Emily

    Michael Jackson was everyones hero but, now his death has brought back memories from when he was so young until he was 50. I will never forget you Michael and this day you died Thursday, June 25, 2009.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  101. Victoria A.White

    I will always remember this day.I myself grew up on listening to all
    of Michael Jackson's music.I will truely miss all the memories I have
    had of this man.Put all the things aside of all the drama he has been
    thru and let us just remember him for who he was.
    I have 4 daughters that would play his songs from time to time
    and loved his music.Actually when this story broke i had no clue to
    what had just happened.My 20 yr old daughter called me and I could
    hear sadness in her heart.Now if that ain't caring,i don't know what
    it is.......I will never ever forget this man

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  102. BahamaJournalBoy

    Michael Jackson's death has left shock across the entire Bahamas. The legacy that he has left behind has inspired a number of Bahamian artists. His unwavering dedication and exceptional talent, has touched the lives of many Bahamians who just still cannot believe he is gone!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  103. John T Marker

    Both Don Lemon and CNN should be a bit more professional when attempting to translate or use the spanish language (or any other language for that matter) which is the second largest language in this country , and the number on in LA, where Mr Lemon is reporting from. While recently commenting on the headlines for the papers on Mr Jackson{s death, he said that La Opinión´s Headline (El pop de luto) means (sic) "The Pop is gone". It does not. it means "Pop (music) mourns). A twitter or google translation, or just asking somebody next to him in LA would have prevented the mistake. Cheers, John. T. Walker

    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  104. Kim

    Michael was and will be known all around the world as the Greatest Pop Icon of our generation and more generations to come. It's very sad.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  105. tara jordan

    we all love him we all care please take care of him R.I.P <3<3

    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  106. Jay Settle

    We have lost a great icon. Michael Jackson will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of sorrow. May god bless them.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  107. Linda Owens

    My heart goes out to the family. i grew up listen at michael,and his brother's music. i love all his moves. michael touched everyone's heart.on his song's,dance's an speech's. michael jackson live in all of us.michael jackson were and still are an unique person. he will nver be forgotten.remember the good in michael jackson,cause it's out weigh the you michael jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  108. Adrienne Z

    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. Michael was a superstar on earth. He is now a true start somewhere in the Universe as well. What a legacy! WOWWW!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  109. Lacy Miles

    Michael Jackson was the king of pop. I remember ABC that he wrote with the Jackson 5. He was inducted in the rock n roll hall of fme with Jackson 5 and by himself. We all knew who he was and loved the songs that he wrote and recorded everyday. My mom grew up with listening to his music and knowing every word that he wrote. Michael Jackson was a music icon and inspired many singers like Justin Timberlake. He even inspired Snoop Dogg. Michael Jackson will surely be missed by his family, his fans, and even his kids and brothers will miss him the most.

    Rest In Peace Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  110. Kalie Richards

    Micheal Jackson is a true American Icon. His music as well as him will always remain alive. He has inspired many people by his outrageous talents. This is definitely not a thriller, but Micheal himself is definitely one of the greatest thrillers of all time!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  111. Lyn Frew, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Michael Jackson was a very misunderstood, complex individual, who had everything, but had nothing. I believe that his only real wish in his life was to have the love and childhood that he was denied. Michael you will be missed, always remembered, and remain in the hearts of
    many. Good keep you in his light and God Bless you.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  112. Tahisha Pack


    June 26, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  113. Tina Sewell-Smith

    When I first heard the news yesterday my heart filled with pain. I had the priviledge of seeing Michael in concert on his Thriller tour. The talent that one person can have is just amazing.

    Although I was born in 1968 I always was around the J5 music, and then later as I grew up I just took the infatuation to anotherr level. Even though the whole family was very much talented, Michael just stood his own from day one.

    I would like to send my condolences to the Jackson Family and remember God will put no more on you then you can bear.

    Michael May Your Soul RIP...............
    Truly your #1 Fan
    -–Tina Sewell-Smith

    June 26, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  114. Steph V

    Michael Jackson was, and will forever be the King of Pop! his influence on all forms of music can be seen today. He has inspired so many people to follow their true passion, and he is the only artist that I know of that is incredibly known and famous in third world countries where they dont even have a TV.
    MJ is a legend, and an inspiration, and will be for years to come!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  115. André Mailloux, Montréal

    I owe to Micheal Jackson the biggest hug I ever received in my life, it was from a 5 year old boy at Christmas when he opened up his gift and saw the copy of Michael Jackon's Red jacket from the Thriller video; the kid almost snapped my neck, So today I return this hug to you Micheal. RIP

    June 26, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  116. De

    I am truly saddened by the death of Michael Jackson. This is such a sad, sad day. I cried, Michael passing hurt me to my soul. I feel like I lost a close family member. My heart aches for his family, his friends, and his fans. Michael Jackson was truly adored by the world. He was an awesome entertainer and person, and will be truly missed.

    "In the pain of loss
    reach deeply into your being,
    access the love that resides there,
    that will sustain you
    until you meet again."

    June 26, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  117. Ronnie Edmonds

    We all know and understand that everyone who is born will one day die but I don't think the world nor myself was ready to see Michael Jackson die.My heart goes out to his family and friends and Michael himself. I pray that up until his last breath that he had a loving relationship with God.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  118. 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. God Bless and thank you for your time.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  119. noel nelson

    U media guys built him up then crucified him because you didn't want to understand him like his fans. The only thing MJ was guilty of was honest love.

    Please forgive them MJ & RIP.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  120. Leilani Houston

    Michael you have brought so much joy to so many people through your precision of music and dance. Rest Michael, there is no more stress to please others anymore. I don't think the world really know how much you loved them. I only hope they can see it now. I'd believed in you through all the controversy, so sad so many others didn't. We could have enjoyed more of your amazing talent. You will be missed. Blessings go out to your children and family. Finally rest your broken heart Michael. I luv U!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  121. Victor

    or at least american fans?

    June 26, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  122. 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 10:42 am |
  123. Matthew

    RIP MJ
    Hopefully bands will do tributes for you. I know DMB will.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  124. Laura Johnson

    Please stop the non-stop coverage of Michael Jackson! Let's remember that there are two wars going on, turmoil in Iran, and many other actually newsworthy stories out there. How can you call yourself a news station when these other pressing issues and events are ignored for the death of one man who was by all accounts most likely a child molestor?

    June 26, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  125. 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 10:44 am |
  126. Ken

    I always appreciate how CNN approaches MOST newsworthy reporting. However, in this instance, you seem to be spending a lot of time on the not so positive aspects of Michael Jackson's life. He has not been dead for 24 hours, can we spend a little more time on the positive aspects of his life?

    June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  127. Ashley

    I was Shocked myself that michael jackson is gone now he was my favorite singer his songs touched my heart sometime he will be missed by a lot of people

    Michael May you Rest In Peace you will be missed alot

    June 26, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  128. Lucky

    Michael Jackson was a true bright and shining "King." I am truly mourning the loss of Michael. He was the "Greatest Entertainer that has ever lived." His singing, dancing, and charity work broke boundaries and set the bar high for future entertainers to come. His body of work was astounding. His string of hit songs goes on and on. Some of his most exciting and entertaining videos included: "I'm Bad," "Smooth Criminal," "Thriller," and "Remember The Times." I just loved the Egyptian costumes and dancing in the "Remember the Times" video. Michael's legacy and impact on music, culture, history, and the world will live on forever. My prayer goes out to his family, friends, and fans. God Bless you Michael Jackson!!! Our modern-day King:)

    June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  129. debbie warren

    I will forever miss this music icon I can remember when I was a kid I had his posters plastered all over my bedroom wall even my kids grew up with his music. my deepest condolences to his family.

    Debbie from Toronto

    June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  130. Jasmine J.

    Michael Jackson was/is the greatest entertainer of all time! I am shocked and hurt by his death. I remember being a kid watching him perform "Remember the time" from a chair because of an injury, and he still was amazing. I don't think anyone will ever top him. He broke barriers in the music world, being the first Black performer on MTV and I'm so thankful he was able to teach the world with his music. He will TRULY be missed FOREVER.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  131. Yolanda Hairston

    I am 42 years old, and I remember in the 80's, when i was a young girl, i use to act as if he where my baby dolls daddy. I would cry because all I wanted was to tell him how much I loved him and wished I could just meet him for only a sec. He will be missed so much. We all love and will miss him dearly. Wow!!!! Just so sad right now and there will be a void in all of our lives. He was the best ever.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  132. Jes

    Forget the lows of his later years – His failed and publicity-stunt marriages, his baby-dangling episode, his finance problems and molestation allegations – No one has ever reached the world-wide status as he did. How would anyone know how to handle that pressure? I can't judge that. Let's remember the good 'ol times in the 80's where he came out with hit after hit and became the symbol of a generation. We'll miss you Michael!

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

    The world has lost another legend. MICHAEL YOU ROCKED MY WORLD with THRILLER, BILLIE JEAN and BEAT IT. I REMEMBER THE TIME, when I saw you on tv singing ABC, you couldn't tell me I wasn't a P.Y.T. (PRETTY YOUNG THING) singing with MICHAEL JACKSON. It's only HUMAN NATURE that we NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE. R.I.P. MICHAEL**KING OF POP** JACKSON

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |

    we all love michael jackson fans from all over the world . iam 50 yrs old and to this day i love him and his family never met him are his family. but i grew up and the 60 and when they were discover. i know mike had debt problem ,but he help alot are family and the world so i would like to start a michale jackson debt fund to help his kids and family to keep his possession it belong to the family he was love by million are fan in if we all gave $2.00 each we can clear his 400 millon dollar debt . i ask cnn to help us do this for the love he gave to other let return the favor to him, and let him know that we care for him to. like mike said before we all the world so pls all the fan help me save his possession, for the kids and his family. ps help us
    start a michale jackson debt fund. $2.00 per fan and i goal will rase 400 millon to pay his debt. because we all love him. mr danny carr san jose ca 95123.pls help us to help him and the kid are mike the family are mike will control the fund/with we want to give back to him for what he did for family all over the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  135. Victor

    the whole jumping on the car thing during that trial made absolutely no sense until yesterday!

    What a way to keep his life up to date with his wild behaviour

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  136. La Rhette

    I think that Michael Jackson was an amazing singer and dancer. Especially when he was a kid. He was very talented and gifted in his work. I am not sure what my favorite song is of his, but he was a legend. Although I didn't like what I heard about him, I still believe in the dream of pop, rock n roll, and other styles that he performed to. I mean really Michael Jackson had some amazing footwork in that song Thriller that he performed. Even on America's Best Dance Crew they had the crews on one season to perform after him. So I just give great honor to him for everything that he has given us.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  137. Debbie Golden

    It is amazing to me how when someone dies we seem to forget all the horrible discussing actions they chose to make in there lives and he made alot of bad choices I feel no loss what so ever in fact the world is better off what sickens me the most is his children will probably be raised by people who will exploit them and we will end up with more Michael Jackson`s lets pray all they get from thier father is his talent because that is one thing I will give him in his day he was an amazing performer.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |


    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  139. Reesha Moore

    Michael Jackson was my idol and my superstar. I called him my best friend too because of his kindness and just the way he was with kids. I am a 12 year old girl and I will always love him forever and i will never forget this tradgic day. 🙁

    R.I.P Michael, my best friend, you will always be loved and missed truly. You are and always will be the true and ONLY King of Pop.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  140. michelle

    My heart goes out to Michael's family during this time of grief expecially the children. his music is an icon and all gernations love his music. he will be missed

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  141. Alan Williams

    Thank you Michael Jackson, for reminding all of us that "We are the World" and to start with the "Man in the Mirror" when we want to change this world. You inspired a generation of my peers not only in the United States, but throughout the world.

    Thank you for being the world's greatest entertainer, and being the true Thriller for the world.

    Alan Williams
    State Representative, Florida
    Michael Jackson Fan Forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  142. Tishan lynch

    I cant stop crying to know that hes gone and never coming back he was the best in the world i love him so much.


    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  143. Alana Adams

    Waking up to stories that one of my idols has passed is still shocking to me, even after staring at my t.v. screen all day yesterday. In my opinion Michael Jackson is in a better place right now, he will always be dearly loved and missed, and he will ALWAYS be alive in my heart singing Beat It. Rest In Peace to the King Of Pop.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  144. Carlo De Rosa

    What a shocking loss! I saw him (with a young Sheryl Crow) on the "Bad" tour at MSG in 1988. Incredible!!! I watched all night as celebrities and people from all over the world shared their stories, experiences and thoughts on Michael Jackson. The vibrant and unbelievable talent that he possessed came at a very high price. He was a very lonely man. I can't imagine the sadness of being that alone for that long. It's heartbreaking...
    I hope he receives that love now from beyond. R.I.P.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  145. Tiffany Earl

    Hi my name is Tiffany I am only 17 years old but Michael Jackson was a huge idol to me! I am going to miss him in my life.. When my mother past away I turned to the music of michael Jackson.. Just this past May my friend Kayla and I was dancing to Thiller... My favorite song... I am foingto miss him. His family and friends are in my prayers tonight...

    R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON!!! I love you always and forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  146. Lizzy Mayer

    Although I am thirteen I, like many other Americans, free up listening to Michael Jackson. As a very devoted fan, today and yesterday have been the worst days of my life. Although I have the support of family and friends as I grieve, yesterday I watched my hero, in a bag being wheeled away on a stretcher, and nothing anyone said could change that. The world has suffered a heavy blow, as we just lost THE GREATEST tallent, entertainer, and humanitarian the world will EVER see. He will NEVER die in our hearts. Michael, I LOVE YOU MORE!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  147. Marcia

    The island of Jamaica sends condolence to the Jackson family. Death is never an easy thing to go through.

    Personally, when I heard yesterday I just shrugged it off, then when the radio stations here started playing his music, an unmoveable sadness has overtaken me ever since.

    May his soul finally find peace!!


    June 26, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  148. 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 10:49 am |
  149. Delana Reynolds

    Michael Jackson had so much in his life, and yet,
    so little of his life.

    As for me and my generation he will be missed,
    but the footprints he left are embedded in time

    A Baby Boomer of 63

    June 26, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  150. 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 10:51 am |
  151. JDL


    June 26, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  152. Joseph Paquin

    Hello Heidi,

    I was watching CNN 360 last night. I kept seeing pictures of Michael showing the German fans his new son. How negative! You as well Heidi, keep talking about his child molestration trial. You at CNN are so negative. Around the world, they show the music and talent of Michael Jackson but not CNN, always the dark side, the negative side of people. You take pleasure in destroying people's careers. You should look at what other news broadcasting networks do around the world, you will see that you are negative people and not at all in touch with world reality.

    Joe from Canada

    June 26, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  153. Georgia

    Hi my name is Georgia I am 47 years old. I live in the south in a city called Huntsville Al. Where there was plenty of music to listen to. We had our on radio station name Weup. When the Jackson 5 was introduced to the world the little black children in the south had a dream come true. We had our own black heart throbs. They gave us hope!! Most of all they let us know that you can be what ever you wanted to be. The whole world is mourning the lost of such a great legand!!! People do not understand what kind of effect this little boy had on the whole world. When this child opened his mouth to sing the color of this child did not matter. I thought wow!! All of that came out such a small person. And he was the same color as me!! I was amazed. Then when they performed on the Ed Sullivan show, and he and his borthers performed. That was the greatest day for the world!! They had let loose a legand and didn't even know it!!! I have loved the Jackson family from day one. I thought when Michael went out his own what was going to happen. Was he going to fall flat on his face without his brothers. No this youg man had a lot to share!! This was just the beginning. He has done so much for the world thur his music and his free caring heart. He gave back to so many!! Than when all of these cases came up. The american people that supported him. They turned there backs on him. But I never believed any of the things that was being said about Michael. The only thing i could think about is how is his going to deal with the negative things being said about him. Because to me he was still young in the mind. When I was outside playing like a child was supposed to play. He was all over the world performing. So you see he really never grew up!! Not until his children came along. These blessing were giving to him. Because God knew he would be a great father!!! From what i can gather and grasp he loved his children no matter how the children was conceived. This is the only father thay know. Please let them mourn the lost of there father! In my conclusion i would like to say. Thank you Michael Jackson for giving a poor little southern black girl hope!!!! You will always live in my heart ,my childrens hearts and my grandchildrens hearts. You will never be forgotten!! Sleep well my friend!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  154. JudgeU

    (RP). Michael Jackson, transition that we will always remember, the only star that shines with a gentle heart, music that reached across the rhythm of many hearts, dance moves that spark motions in every body. A man that spread acceptance of the art of "color" the mystery behind his eyes, the pain that's hidden, and the personality that sets people in total amazement. Rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  155. David Charles

    Michael jackson was my idol if it was not for him I would have never thought of singing or dancing I wanted so bad to be like him he will be missed but never forgotten

    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  156. Anita Glover

    I was shocked I think I cried all day. Michael was loved all around the world nomatter what hapened everyone wanted his music.I always said he and Tina Turner always put on the best shows. The whole world loved him and will miss him but we will never forget him may his music play forever.My sypmothy goes to the family just no he loved around the world.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am |

    06/25/09 the earth is suddenly darker,heaven has taken back 1 of it's brightest star; we are now saying good bye to the light that went out and in so doing left darkness up on this earth,the great and lagendary MR.J.JACKSON!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  158. 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 10:56 am |
  159. Barbara

    There will NEVER BE ANOTHER MICHAEL JACKSON... EVER. Michael will truly be missed. His music is legendary, he IS legendary. There is no other entertainer, past, present or future that will EVER reach the heights that Michael Jackson reached. My heart goes out to his family, his friends, and his fans around the world.

    Thank you CNN for your respectful and tasteful coverage of Michael Jackson's life and terribly and sad untimely death.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  160. Sondra Irene

    I dont want to know how Michael died but how he lived. He was a beautiful person and he will be missed dearly. My heart go's out to his children and family. We Love You Michael R.I.P.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  161. David

    It just seems to me that after Farrah Fawcett passed away and then Michael Jackson we need to treat each other a little better in this world. Not that it's all so wrong, but we never know what adversity will be coming at us and there are great and beautiful things about each person and we want those things to survive and inspire people.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  162. Bobby Carter

    In regards to Micheal Jacksons death.
    Micheals dealth is such a tragity to the world. To me Micheal is not dead, because his loving nature and music will live in all of us forever and we should all learn a lesson from him Love never dies. My first concert was going to see the Jackson 5 in Flint MI. I shall never forget it. My sincere condolensis goes to the family, I know how they must be hurting right now, but I know he is away from this world and gone to be with the Lord and that is what we all should be trying to accomplish.

    Micheal we shall miss you so much until we meet again.

    Bobby Carter, Pine bluff,AR

    June 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  163. Rosie Fernandez you will sparkle from above....Love you....

    June 26, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  164. Ferede

    I am deeply saddened and devastated by sudden death of Michael. He was my hero and to billions of people around the world. He was the one who introduced me to America through his music when I was 10 years old boy and living in Africa.
    He is the King of all music, yesterday, today and tomorrow. There will never be another Michael Jackson. His enemies have never given him a break. They were out to get him.
    MJ we love you now and FOREVER. He was genius and creative and his fans love this musical legend for eternity.
    MJ, we will remember you for EVER. RIP.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  165. Jennifer

    Call me crazy but I am not sad...acquitted or not, you do not give someone hush money for something you did not do. If he was a child molester that didn't happen overnight and that to me outweighs anything good he did no matter when he did it! Let's concentrate on Farrah someone who fought a courageous battle, or better yet be obsessed with some of the real newsworthy things happening in our world!

    June 26, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  166. Donna Stewart

    I am so sad as I watch the news and see videos on MTV and Vh1 all I do is cry ..... Michael Jackson was and always will be a huge part of my life, he will always be remembered in my heart and his music will always remain in my soul for the rest of my life....... RIP Michael you are deeply missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  167. Marcia - Jamaica

    I hope Michael's soul finally find some peace away from the externally imposed pressures that came into his life.

    We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, so no man has the right to judge him.

    We all have shortcomings in our lives, it's just that his were blown out of proportion for the entire world to see and hear. How many people on this earth would be able to handle that kind of pressure?? I dare say .....NOT MANY!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  168. Rosie Fernandez you will sparkle from above....Love you...Rosie

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  169. Tahisha Pack

    i am still shocked that that god has picked another wonderful soul to complete his garden, micheal j. jackson was a innovated person with talent well beyond his years, his legacy of music spans from his countless songs made as a member of the jackson 5 through his own solo career becoming the king of pop, i feel that some people were to hard on him and passed jugdement on him, saddenning his heart, i will surly miss him and i would like to send my deepest sympathy to his family and children and note to the world we have suffered a great loss, there will never be another like him in this lifetime.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  170. Montel Swaray

    Well am still shock of words but the few i have to say is that,MICHAEL JACKSON was a special creature made by GOD for bringing excitement to us through d music world n behind.Am from far far away,West Africa LIBERIA n wen i was growing up i hardly believed that there were a world out there called U.S.A but i knew there was someone great out there called MIchael Jackson.with all my child hood memories,half of it is remember by his music n hes gone,that leaves me wit tears drilling through my eyes,dont care wat nagative they say about him but to me hes was d greatest of all time,no one is gonna b like Mike..We love u Mike..R.I.P

    June 26, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  171. 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 11:05 am |
  172. BeHumble...

    Goodmorning Heide! I would like to wish peace and comfort at this difficult time to Michael Jackson's family and friend's and last but certainly not least, thank you, thank you to Joseph and Katherine Jackson for sharing their son with us...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  173. petrenia Taylor

    MICHAEL JACKSON... my musical hero. Has a child growing up i saw my uncle trying to coping his dance moves his songs the red jacket and all the other stuff. I grow to love Michael songs, his dance and him as a person. It does not matter what bad things people say about him Michael will always have a place in my heart. Fair well Michael, fair well.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  174. Clarence

    Michael Joseph Jackson is the greatest musician, entertainer and public icon of all time. He's music has touched fans for decades and will continue to touch people for years to come. As kids growing up, we danced because Michael danced; we sang because Michael made singing look easy. He's style, his moves and his generous heart will never be duplicated.

    He is the original 'MJ'... the artist that all past and present artists aspire to be. He did for music what 'Mohammad Ali' did for boxing and Black Americans – he made the world take notice to his music and not judge him by the color of his skin.

    We've lost the most decorated icon in music history. My condolensences goes out to his family, children and all of his fans who knew the true man, artist, father. He's beginning a new journey and if you know Michael – he'll entertain and sing for the almighty father as he did for us. Rest in peace MJ – you will be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  175. Jennifer Ganzy

    Michael Jackson is a true legend. He proved that in the 45+ years of his life. He has changed the music entertainment world forever, and has made it that much easier to those following him. One thing that I am having a hard time with is, if Michael was sick early Thursday morning what exactly was his symptoms – which made the doctor not send him to the hospital, but instead treat him at home. We will ever know if those symptoms were indicators of something more seriously?

    Michael, thanks for the memories. You will truly be missed, but never forgotten. To the Jackson family, my heartfelt condolences goes out to each and every one of you. As you grieve, don't let the negative take away from all the positive memories of Michael that you all have.


    June 26, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  176. Betty

    Micheal Jackson will always be remembered as the King of pop. He has always devoted himself to the people of whom love and adore him all over the world. He will be missed by everyone. I remembered first seeing him in the MTV video back in the 80's and will never forget the memories of my friends and I dancing to his music. I want everyone to just step back and allow the family privacy to mourn and not get so caught up on terrible negative statements made by jealous individuals. Please I beg of all of you to let the family mourn for MJ. Love always Michael rest in peace. Betty

    June 26, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  177. Louise, Long Island

    I always appreciated Michael Jackson's contribution to the entertainment industry. Loved his style, some of his music, and his pop iconography.
    However, I thought CNN was supposed to report the news in a balanced way. What about our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan? Aren't they our real heroes? Are we so shallow that we need to wallow in Jackson's life and death at the expense of real news? What's wrong with you people? If you need to delve so deeply into this entertainer's life, go work for E!
    I'll watch my local news today to see what's really going on in the rest of the world.
    Shame on you.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  178. O

    The biggest death since Jesus Christ.... I mean really... think of another death that shocked the world more...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  179. Debbie Lim

    Michael Jackson was and will always be the soundtrack of my life.

    Media – Here is a Question for you............In stead of concentrating on interviewing the young people/fans, why not interview the Baby Boomers???!! WE are the ones that IS the generation of the Jackson Family. We ALL have a love for Michael Jackson, but the Baby Boomers have history with him, his family, and his music.

    -Debbie Lim of Detroit Motown, Michigan

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  180. phil c

    Michael Jackson died. Who cares?

    The earth still rotates and the sun came up this morning.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  181. petrenia Taylor

    Fair well Michael fair well. coming the Island of Antigua

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  182. tasha-kay

    im all the wat from jamaica peple and trying to disbelieve his death.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  183. jdelong

    Taking nothing away from Wacko Jacko, can someone tell me how a person that is 400 million dollars in debt be able to afford a rented mansion in LA that is larger than the sum of all the house on my block.

    And what is up with his brother Jerhmain(sp) praising allah. Maybe we out to send his but to Gitmo

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  184. Susan Elton

    This news is so unexpected and shocking. I admired Micheal Jackson and now he's gone. I hope he will be appreciated correctly. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A GREAT PERSON.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  185. austin

    Michael was a good person he was a huge popstar but he just died to early. I'm in horrible sorrow because he was my idol.

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

    I'm 21 years old, and I've always heard my parents say they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when Elvis's death was announced to the nation. I'll always remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard about Michael Jackson. He really was this generation's Elvis! This is a truly sad day for his family and all us fans. Rest peacefully MJ! <3

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

    I am still in disbelief and i want to cry so much but i cant because he is in the hands of the lord now. I just hope that the Jackson family will allow us fans to attend a public funeral for him. Michaels fans are his second family. My whole mood is jus down and out. I just want to say God Bless him and he truley was a star since he was in the womb. RIP Michael Jackson.

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

    Michael Jackson is my inspiration for my love for music & dance. I grew up with his music when I was 6 or 7yrs old. I can no believe that he is gone!!!!!! I always dreamed as a child to celebrate our birthday together.(8/29/89) I was suppose to go & see him at his concert in mid July in London.....but I guess it wasn't meant to be. I am a HUGE fan of his music. I love foerver love Michael. R. I. P. I was just thinking few minutes ago which I think they should put this on air!!!!! On his, "Blood on the dance floor" album he wrote a song called, "Morphine" & if you listen to the words carefully,'s really disturbing. He also mentioned demerol in the song...... Is this a clue that he was on or using this kind of stuff?????

    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  189. Jenna

    Micheal jackson was amazing the world will never see the likes again I am only 11 but know how painful this is!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  190. Cyndi

    "King of Pop" Michael Jackson 1958-2009
    We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought of you yesterday,
    And days before that too.
    We think of you in silence,
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories,
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memories is our keepsake,
    With which we'll never part.
    God has you in his keeping,
    We have you in our hearts.

    Keep singing and dancing in heaven Michael ..... PEACE

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  191. Rashad Shabazz

    Michael Jackson was a great light that shined among us, may almighty God be pleased with him...R.I.P

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  192. Doris Cooks

    Good Morning World,
    I am very sad about Michaels passing. I love him and his music. And I did pray for his family. Keep up the good work CNN.

    In Christ Doris and Family

    June 26, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  193. Debbian Sherwood

    I am so saddened by Michael's death. He's the greatest pop artist of all time. He has influenced the world. The emotions in his songs, his performance, his whole craft is superb!! He will be sadly missed. R.I.P Michael, condolences to the family

    June 26, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  194. George C

    I'm very sorry for the loss of Michael Jackson, but is NOTHING else happening in the world that might impact the US and its citizens? Has North Korea dismantled its nuclear program? Has Iran continued its crackdown on democracy advocates? Any economic news of significance today? What part of Cable NEWS Network have you forgotten?

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  195. Amy

    i am deeply saddend by this event i found it hard to wake up this morning my mind keeps on saying hes still alive but when i look at the tv it feels like a nightmare all over again his impact on my life and so many others has been extreme he will forever be missed , born to amuse,to inspire, to delight here one day gone one night,


    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  196. Nancy

    Yesterday was a shocking day, today is a sad day, tomorrow ??? I am deeply sad about this tragedy and I just can’t stop crying…

    He was the best and only King of Pop and I thank him for that. Michael changed my childhood and he gave me hope with his beautiful song like “We are the world”. His music changed our lives and we lost an amazing artist.

    Michael, you may Rest in Peace. We love you and we will always remember you for the True Artist you are. My prayer goes to his family, kids and friends.

    Michael you are my King of Pop for now and for Ever… Love xxx

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  197. Dan Kelly

    When I was young I used to listen to the Jackson 5, I came from a family of 12, 6 sisteers, they owned evry Jackson 5 albbum, I now own some of them original albums, I loved listening to them, and hearing them now it stll impresses me.
    I grew up on Rock n Roll, Stons, Led Zeppelin, Rush, my best memory of MJ was Beat it, with Steve Lucather on Rythyn and Eddie Van Halen on lead, Eddire said it was the only time he sat down to play, loved it

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  198. chiqui guidry

    My message to michael even your candle burned early,you will never be forget as long as you name will be with us.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  199. jdelong

    "The biggest death since Jesus Christ…. I mean really… think of another death that shocked the world more…"

    quote from O above. Biggest since JC, how about the following

    1. Elvis
    2. John Lennon
    3. John F. Kennedy
    4. Santa Claus
    5. Easter Bunny

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  200. Hilda Lemieux

    I am sitting and rembering my daughters' wedding in 1989 and seeing my 6year old son doing Micael Jackson dances and laughing out loud, we had a great time. Michael will live in our heart forever, there will never be any other music like his ,it was magical. We will love Michael always. We are asking God to bless his children and the whole Jackson family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  201. JAY.JR

    Tears Drop my eyes as I type. It's still unbelievable his gone. I grew up listening to him, watching him do his dance moves and now his dead. I can't help the way I feel right now knowing that's the last we ever dee of him. Rest in peace MICHAEL "You Are Not Alone"

    Jay.Jr 4om NYC

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  202. Lameese

    I just can't believe our beloved Michael is gone...................He was a legend worldwide and will forever be remembered by his fans through them he will live on in our hearts. God bless his family. May his soul Rest In Peace, God bless you Michael Jackson you ill never be forgotten

    June 26, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  203. Jason Ruder

    I have always liked Michael Jackson and always will. His music has touched me so much. He was such a great person who loved to help people. I had a red jacket that looked something like his he wore in the music video. I had always wanted to be like him. Rip Michael Jackson you will never be forgotten.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  204. Peggy

    I am saddened to hear about the passing of Michael Jackson....I loved him and his music so much.....I have cried every since I have found out that he was gone....He will always be the KING OF POP!!!

    I will keep his family,especially his kids in my thoughts and prayers....



    June 26, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  205. 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 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 11:21 am |
  206. Karly Hindman

    I remember when I was about 5 years old. My mom and I would watch the Jackson's movie on Vh1. I fell in love with the Jackson 5. I love all the songs and to this day if it comes on we watch it and sing along to it. I love some of his solo music, I am not a big fan. But I know that he will be truly missed by all of the fan all over the world. As well I will miss him too. He was not prefet but no one is. I am praying for the Jackson Family as well Farrah Fawcett's family!!! God bless you two family's!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  207. Brenda, Oklahoma

    It is such a sad thing to know that no one will ever have the chance to see Michael again and that such an extreme influence to the world has been lost forever. i remember seeing special about Michael on t.v. where he spoke about his first love being Tatum O'neal who is Farrah Fawcett's step daughter, kind of wierd. It makes one wonder how things might be different had he still been with her.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  208. cheyenne


    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  209. jdelong

    what ever happened to Bubbles the chimp. Who gets custody of him.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  210. Candace Braxton

    My love and prayers go out to Michael Jackson, his children and family. He was truly a legend that touched the hearts of many people all over the world with his extraordinary musical talents. His sudden death was a devastating shock. He will be missed, but his music will continue to live on in all of our hearts forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  211. Marrium Mohsin

    Hi, my name is Marrium and i am 12 years old living in West Bloomfield, Michigan. I have heard of the most shocking news last night at 7:15 P.M that Michael Jackson has passed away from abusation of drugs which caused his unfortanate cardiac arrest. I felt very shocked, and very surprised of the news. This made me feel really bad and i knew how all of his other fans felt when they also heard this news. Before, I never really knew the real Michael Jackson.. I never really knew why he was so loved around the world, and i never knew why he was known as the "king of pop and legend" but when i knew that his songs and his talented dancing
    (which i really enjoy) touched and cherished fans hearts around the world, thas why i knew he was a real guy who joined all races......he wasnt just a guy...he was an extroadinary guy who had a heart of love and passion, and determination.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  212. Dahrol Perry

    It is very sad to hear about his unexpected and shocking passing. I grew up with his music, my mom being the huge fan that she was. She idolized him, we as a family idolized him.

    When I think about Michael, I only think about the good that he did, and the millions of lives he impacted with his sensational and breathtaking performances. I remember another favorite entertainer of mine, Usher, performing on stage not only with Michael, but also with the late great James Brown, who is another enormous larger than life icon who has left us.

    Back in May, for our annual "Saturday Night Live" event at our High School, we started off the show with our own rendition of his record-setting hit, "Thriller." I cherish that now more than ever, and I am glad that I was able to be apart of it.

    I keep telling myself that this isn't real, that it's a dream and he isn't really dead.

    Although this musical legend has no doubt passed away, he will forever live on in our hearts, and through his iconic and spectacular music.

    R.I.P. Michael Joseph Jackson. You will be deeply missed by billions of people worldwide.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  213. 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 11:25 am |
  214. angie

    i cant believe it . theres no way i can stop crying .even though i'm only 13 michael jackson was and is my life .i love you michael and i always will. i hope you are now in a better place reliving your childhood the one you never had , and for all you sick people out there who accused him for molestation and for many other things i just want to tell you that you are the most ignarant envious people in this whole world and that i despise you !i'll always believe in you michael i love you.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  215. Ora

    Michael Jackson is truly a legend and may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will definitely be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  216. Farah

    Yesterday, i was out and when i came back home, my parents told me the sad new... the king of pop died. i couldn't believe them. i didn't wanted to believe them. it wasn't true ! so i went on the internet and found out that they were right... i didn't wanted them to be right ... i cried the whole night and wishing that it wasn't true. i was terribly shocked. MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD! i still don't realise it because it was so unexpected! he planned his comeback and i was supposed to go see him for the first time. now i'm very sad that i never got to see him. michael jackson will never die. he's somewhere hereand his music will continue to be enjoyed by the next generations. yesterday, we lost a legend. he was a very lonely boy, without any estime of himself. he was wrong to have no self estime, he was amazing! and he will continue to amaze everyone on this earth. actually, i'm crying at the same time i'm writing and i'm trying to write as much as i can (well i'll have to stop somehow!) i'm heartbroken for his children and family. God bless him.he was so young to die! he's a hero and as i was actually saying, he will never die. he had to live under pressure and spotlights since he was 5 and i don't think he handled it, that's why he passed away. On June 25, 2009 we had a great loss. we're all thinking of you MJ and we love you so much ! i gope you feel better where you are. you're amazingly talented. we miss you so much <3

    June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  217. Debbie

    In hindsight, my husband and I thought about it this morning. MJ's music planted seeds in children. My son, knew all the words to "BAD".We were so tired of hearing it. The song took on a meaning of its own with him. Now, he is a 26 yr old african american first year resident at Massachusett General Hospital. Need I say more. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Godspeed.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  218. anita johnson

    I am still in the state of shock my hole family loves michael jackson and when i heard that he was dead i throught it was a lie . my favorite song is beat i remeber when i was young kid.i feel that every thing that he has been through has had a lot to do with his dealth and i know that he's in a better place now! God blesss his family and his kids!R.i.p. michael jackson!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  219. N. Bell

    The passing of Michael Jackson is like the passing of a family member. He has been in my life since I was eighteen years old; I am now close to 60. His music transcends time, it was music that reflected periods of my life, it touched all phases of growing up-from childhood innocence to adult issues. There will never be another "Michael Jackson". His life personified "love". It is too bad that the scandals that tormented his later life is still a topic of conversation. I, myself, never believed he would hurt a child in that manner. But money doesn't have a moral conscience and people only see the dollars and not the person. He will forever be loved and remembered by me for his genius in writing songs that mattered, singing them from his heart, dancing with high energy and conviction, and helping me to escape to a better place while watching and listening to him sing. Rest in peace Michael, God has your back.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  220. Evelyn

    Yesterday was a heartbreaking day in Michael's passing and my Condolences to his family and the individuals who were by him through the good and bad times. What is upsetting and sickening to me is when Michael was going through those horrific accusation no one step up and came to his defense. He was alone..... Now all of sudden so many are coming to light and claiming their friendship and love... Where were these individuals when he truly needed them? Come on people, let’s show some respect and don't use this sad event to get free publicity. During his life he never got his privacy and peace. At least during his death we should have some humanity and give it to him. A true fan who saw HIM as individual and not just the King of POP. Evelyn from NJ

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  221. Monika Emad

    I remember the time, sitting with hundreds of people from all over the world on a staircase directly across the Eiffel Tower. Moved by its magnificence and the uniqueness of the moment, someone started singing “We are the World” and instantly the rest of us joined in this amazing human unity hymn. Michael was one of the few people who truly wanted to better this world. I hope we can unite in the spirit of love for humanity and remember him by trying to do more good.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  222. bianca

    i was crying all day i thought micheal jackson would never die. but now he is gone. but i still fill him in my heart. i miss u micheal jackson and u would never be forgotten. love your number 1 fan

    June 26, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  223. detroit-matt

    no doubt the man had talent. i own all his good music which ended after thriller album. since then the man became the strangest person on earth. on top of that he was a child molester whether you fans want to believe it or not – go to the a website and read his initial arrest report from the 90's. it is a highly disturbing read and i suspect very similar to the case that he was aquitted on a couple years ago. anyone who has made that much money and dies cash strapped is an idiot. now i will be stuck listening to psycho tributes from other hollywood types (liz taylor) saying how amazing he was even though he died a very isolated and lonely man....but i loved the jackson 5 and "off the wall" without doubt

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  224. Temi

    hey i just might be 10 but i listened to micheal jackson all the time.heck im listening to dirty diana right now,me and my friends listened to beat it,thriller,black or white,heal the world,smooth criminal, and alot of other songs that he made 🙁
    hopefully he was a Christian or someone preached the gospel to him sometime in his life... because knowing the fact that another soul went into Heaven makes my day brighter.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  225. linda

    i have watched michael since day one. he is one pop star i listened to. (country music is my choice} . i never have and never will believe he did anything wrong with any child. it was a scam to get money from him. and i blame his father for half of his problems. the man never got to be a boy first. you will be missed. have a safe journey.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  226. Marrium Mohsin

    I also like to add that how i knew him was when he was accussed of child molestation in 2005. Yes, we all know what he did was wrong, and how he had a serious realtionship with a child younger than him and how he dangled his baby child off a balcony in his Ney York Hotel. But that still doesnt mean he is bad....of course all celbrities do these things but deep inside he loved helping people and he cared about them. I am listening to his songs, and i could tell he is was a very talented musician and recording artist. I want give my love to his three beautiful children and i just want everybody to know that we should think the Michael Jackson isn't dead. We should think he will always be in our hearts forever and that he will always be an inspiration to all of us and to his fans out there. He showed everybody that as a black, he kept his head held high and he faced many rumors and scandals and challenges in his life. But i still think he is awesom and i know he was an motivation and inspiration to others and told peple to keep their heads high and never give up. To Michael Jackson: I know you cant read this, but i just want you to know to all the songs you've sung in the past has reall made people know the real you, you opened up your real talent to us and tha is just what we will always remeber forever. May god bless you so much and may people remember you forever.

    Marrium Mohsin

    June 26, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  227. Samuel

    Michael IS, Was, And Always will be the greatest performer the world has ever seen and most likely will ever see in this lifetime. He was a ICON and a vigilante to all. He broke molds as well as took down walls to bring all of us the entertainment he felt we so deserved. God Bless you Michael and may your family have all the blessings that God can provide for them.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  228. cheyenne


    June 26, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  229. sophie

    you are in all of our hearts we will never forget you please rest in peace and god bless you WE LOVE YOU

    June 26, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  230. Kara A.

    I have never wrote on a blog about any celebrity before but I felt compelled to now. Contray to what people may think this was a human being that had problems like anyone else. But I believe that we witness something macnificent & simply magical. This was a wonderful trip that Im so glad to have witness in my life. Michael Jackson will truly be missed!! My heart & prayers go out to his children & the rest of his family.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  231. Joseph Paquin

    The world news knows that it was an anti-pain drug that was giving to him just before the heart attack. Yet you choose not to talk about it. Maybe other world news networks know more then you; and are less personality bashing than you; highlighting his good musical moments like at the Superbowl. Stop bashing him!!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  232. rayvone motley

    I am from charlote n.c. You will be missed. But heaven is rejoyzing.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  233. anita johnson

    people are so mean and disrespectful , this man has always been the center of negative action ,For the past 10 years or so .just because he wanted to be diffrent doesnt make him be this crazy man people wanted to believe that he was. i truley believe that the media help cause him to want to become more on the edge .he was just like any other human being on he was a star! in most case i feel that people saw him as strange because what they made him out to be!can we please get pass all the negative andremeber him for his legacy! the way he would want to be remeber and stop talking about the bad .i love you always !

    June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  234. Carlene Gaines

    What a shock! It is like a bad dream. Michael Jackson was the heart of the universe. I will always be a fan. R.I.P. Michael, I love you and may you have peace forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  235. sophie

    michael jackson we love you and will always love you you had lived a good life but we lost you but its ok because i will never forget you

    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  236. Emily Lakeram

    Michael Jackson was my hero! Michael was almost everything to me. Michael Is the best talented singer and dancer i have ever seen. I am only 10. I was born in 1999 on January 9th. Since i was five i have started to listen to Michael Jackson's music. My favorite songs of all time by Michael Jackson are ABC, Want you back, Thriller, Don't stop till you get enough and Black and White. On Thursday, June 25, 2009 i was so shocked that my favorite singer has died caused by his health. You are nothing like Hannah Montana or The Jonas Brothers you are so famous since you were 10 that i know of. You are my roll model. My brother is into your music also he is 16 now and just seeing what happen on the 25th on June in 2009 was so heart broken. I can't believe this has happen. It is so far for you to die but it happen. From this day on ( Thursday, June 25, 2009) I will never forget you or your fantastic music ever. This moment was so shocking for your family. Your family was so proud of you that since you were so young you have came so far with your music. Take care soon Michael. I know everyone in this world loves you.


    These memories will never leave my heart

    June 26, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  237. Barrie Kaye

    I grew up with Michael Jackson. His music was a part of my life and a part of my childhood memories. There will never be another Michael Jackson. May he rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  238. stephen

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Time to release; put this world to the side.
    Had a beautiful life and a wonderful ride.
    Now he is gone but lives on in our hearts…
    He impacted our dreams and our lives.

    Celebrating today for this iconic man.
    Saddened we weep; we don’t understand.
    Why did he leave? It’s just disbelief…
    He lives on…
    …and we grieve…
    …who will wipe the tears away?

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  239. Tom

    I an very sad to hear about his dead im was living in germany when his triller cd came out now living in nevada there will never be one like him long live the king of pop

    June 26, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  240. Sallah

    America lost it's bob marley today . .MJ to me was one of the most underrated human rights activists to date. " We are the world " Was not a song , It's was a massage,. " Heal the world " Was not a song, It was massage . .Good Bless the visionary.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  241. Lynne P Hollingsworth

    We are hearing about the questionable (at best) choices Michael made in his life– remember this; when you are no longer restrained from making any choice you desire, when you have the money to so, the entourage to make it happen, and no one who wants to lose income by saying no to you.. well, we have all made bad choices in our lives, but bigger money, bigger life, perhaps bigger bad choices? I grew up with Michael– I remember my neice having a poster on her wall of Michael in the 80's– she was so surprised that I too, an 'older' person LOVED it, and loved him–he not only transcended race and gender and music styles, he transcended age divisions.. I miss him

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  242. Charles C.

    "Like a flower quickly fading. Here today and gone tomorrow" A life short lived. From his early age to his sudden death, he gave everything he had in humility for others like me. I've really appreciate his life and impact that he has had on my life. Part of my childhood is lost but this is the beginning of a new chapter for the future. I will NEVER forget him. As long as I sing and dance, he will always shine through me. Thank you Michael! I will miss you!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  243. Terrie

    This is a great shock to everyone. Although I have never met Mr. Jackson he was a part of my childhood as well as my childrens. I am 46 years old, so I feel a real loss, "no way, not to Michael Jackson" It's just unbelieveable. My children who are not 26 and 29 would imitate his dancing when they were children. It is really shocking to them as well. MJ will be missed, my prayers go out to his family. I hope they find comfort in knowing what every pain Michaeal may have had, it is no longer hurting him, he is free to be himself in the arms of the Lord.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  244. Chris

    I remember listening to Michael's music as a child and noticing that it didn't sound like he was trying to make a hit song, it didn't sound like he just wanted to make money, but it sounded more like he wanted to change the world. That is the most inspiring thing I remember about Michael Jackson.

    My tribute to Michael, along with other responses from YouTubers –

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  245. Allyson Rocha

    Michael Jackson was my childhood superstar best friend. I remember falling asleep every night with his "Thriller" album, he looked so handsome in that white suit. His voice took me away to a place of peace and harmony. How lucky my generation was to have such a talented, God gifted man share his passions with us. The world will never be the same without him.
    May all the splendors of heaven comfort him forever more. Thank you MJ. You are loved.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  246. 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 11:54 am |

    I was born in 1980 and Michael Jackson's music is a huge part of why I am in the music industry today! From owning the Thriller LP, to the Bad tape and then the Scream CD, I owned, loved, danced and sang along to Michael's music. My children also have listened to him since they were born and are very upset at the news of his passing. Like so many have said the music of Michael will be played way beyond his years. I hope that he had peace in his heart at the time of his passing and that his children will know his love for them and not just what the media had portrayed...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  248. Lynne P Hollingsworth

    Michael's bad choices? what about the choices made by his family and friends and those surrounding him? I think a mother knows her son, and I heard that his mother had said Michael was naive and a target–she couldn't protect him. and if anyone needed protection who didn't have it, it was our precious and confused Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  249. Judith Rivera

    As smart as the experts call themselves to be, nobody figured out that Michael Jackson never grew up mentally, he was still a child, not a molester, is the reason he was attracted to children, he tried to captured the childhood he never had....

    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  250. Ramell McKenzie

    I have to share the most amazing thing that happened yesterday. My daughters (ages 27 and 26) and I were walking into the local Walmart when both of their cell phones went off indicating a text message. They each read their text and gasped. I asked what had happened and they both said Michael Jackson had died. I felt like someone had just punched me. I asked how but my daughter was already replying to the text with that question. The answer came back "Cardiac Arrest." We continued into the store feeling numb. Just as we walked through the door cell phones began going off all over the store. You knew when the person had read the text because of the gasp. The words "Michael Jackson is dead" were being uttered everywhere, then the same question I had asked. Our experience was being repeated everywhere. We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about Michael and the joy he had given people. Then my oldest daughter said the most touching thing I have heard since the tragedy, "I don't know how to feel. I've never not had Michael Jackson in my life." To Michael's family, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you and we, like you, mourn his passing. We'll miss you, Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  251. Francine Taylor

    I am in total shock over the death of Michael Jackson, total shock!!! I got up today in tears and as I think about Michael I think about my own son who has gone through so much and compare some of his situation to Michaels'. He never got treated the way he should have been from the media and from some of the people who said they loved him. There were those who hanged on to Michael like friends and all they were there for was a slip and fall to sue him. It was always sue him sue him and make up stories to get money from him. He is in Heaven with the Angels, may his soul rest in peace! I pray for his family and the good friends, the honest and good ones.

    Peace and Love Michael, Peace and Love

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  252. Vicki

    I remember watching the Jackson Five when Michael Jackson was the cute little boy with a big voice.
    As he grew up and changed his physical appearance, I paid less attention to him. His music appealed more to my children. I heard bits and pieces and saw videos now and then but it was just part of the noise in the background of my life.
    When his appearance became macabre, I thought of him as a joke. He was weird. I judged him without knowing the facts. Now, after his death, I am learning a lot about him. I'm sorry I judged him without looking at the man behind the mask.
    His death is a loss to us all.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  253. Mary Lou Long

    When Michael sang at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, I went to see him by myself. I was not a kid and was brought up with Elvis, but Michael was the closest to Elvis as an entertainer. They both were so unique and bigger than life. When I had the chance to see Michael when he came back with his brothers and played a week at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, I went every night to see them and paid $75 a ticket. I took my son with me. My son was so inspired by the music that he became a musician. We would go to his Encino house regularly and watch the family go in and out of their family home there. I will miss him and will never forget the joy he gave me with his music and enthusiasm and uniqueness.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  254. Jeremy Witte

    The real issue is not the destiny of Michael Jackson's spirit, but ours. God knows MJ's heart & is acting accordingly. Question is, "What about us?"
    I encourage EVERYBODY to read Genesis chapter 3... About the fall of man... Adam & Eve's fall, is our fall... Which explains the reason Michael Jackson passed away.... & the only way to keep from our eternal fall (Hell) is acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour.

    Jeremy Witte- Columbus, Ohio

    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  255. Nadia

    When I heard of the news my heart dropped. I am 22 years old and i will never forget how he rocked my childhood years. Michael Jackson was this star that brought the family together regardless of what generation. HIs heart was generous maybe too generous but i am so glad that i was able to experience his existence. Michael: You will be missed by the world. May Allah be with you always! ameen


    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  256. 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.


    June 26, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  257. Cheryl A. Williams -NY, FL & VA Beach

    There are no words to express the feelings that I feel for Michael Jackson's death. It has impacted me a great deal and my family. I must admit that I grew up with his music, however, I never believed I would be so greatly affected by his death. He was supposed to be here for a long time. Michael was a great legend of Pop. He inspired the whole world, and I don't think he even expected to have had such a major impact on the millions and millions of people that he did. He will be greatly missed by many. Michael Jackson's lyrics has always made a difference, especially through his inner pain. We could never even imagine what he has suffered deeply within his soul, and we may never know.

    I would like to send my deep deep deepest condolences to Michael Jackson's family, friends and most of all to his loyal fans.

    Cheryl A. Williams – NY, FL & VA Beach

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  258. ben

    I remember seeing Michael for the first time as the Jackson five on the cartoon show the Jackson five on Saturday morning and then on Sunday morning I would watch the Osmonds and their front man Donnie Osmond.

    Once Michael left the Jackson five and went out on his own it was entertainment destruction. Yes, he experienced a huge amount of success. He was musically gifted and that was his downfall. He was told by those who saw a mint in the making that he would never reach the heights of success which he are destined for unless he changed his face. Remove your blackness. So he went out and had numerous surgical procedures done to his face disfiguring him taking away his blackness in order to make him more like the people who were purchasing his records. Then the brutality which existed in his home during his upbringing came back as he felt it necessary to begin playing with young children in most inappropriate ways. He bullied Paul McCartney into selling the copyrights to all the Beatle records.

    Michael Jackson dies a tragic figure.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  259. garyhallentertainment/LOS ANGELES

    Michael jackson is the greatest performer that has ever lived, his impact on modern american can be seen and felt in most of today's current artists, I have been in the entertainment field since the age of 6, my career started right around the same time as michael's did, i remember the first song that i performed was at kennard jr high school, and i sang "who's loving you" in front of the entire school, i have been inspried by michael jackson since then, and i really admired his showmanship and musical talent, and i will be working everyday to continue his legacy, michael's music will live in the hearts of millions of americans and fans all over the world and that will never die GOD BLESS MICHAEL JACKSON AND HIS FAMILY.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  260. JSP - Geneva, IL

    Michael's death is very sad, and so is the death of Farrah. Both deaths were tragic and untimely. No one will every replace them May they both rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  261. nancy w.

    I am emotionally saddened by the passing of Michael. I grew up in Gary, Indiana. My family moved to Los Angeles when I was ten.

    I may have gone to Bannerker or Ernie Pyle with Michael, I do remember the sandbox at our elementary and playing with my classmates. I do recall humble beginnings in Gary and that we were not allowed to go into their neighborhood.

    I am 50 years old now, so we share alot of childhood memories. My own children now listen to his music-how much he has touch all our lives.

    I had a dream eariler this week-someone had passed, people came from all over the world...I couldn't have known it was Michael. Ironically, the day before his dying I purchased Michael's History I CD, somehow, it was in my soul that he would leave this world and pass into the next on June 25, 2009. Rest in peace, Michael and may God bless his family in this time of mourning.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  262. Khadjah

    I am from Guinée conackry( west africa) its sad a day ,sorry to the Jackson family may god help you get tru these hard time.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  263. Anastasia

    Michael Jackson have been such an amazing inspiration for many people as well as myself! I have been his admirer since I was a teenager, that's half of my life. He is the true reason I even speak English and have a successful career in the USA now! I am from a fogeign country and started to learn english because I wanted to understand his beautiful songs. See where I ended up?

    When times were hard I would listen to his music filled with love, compassion and kindness. The songs Heal the World, Keep the Faith, WiIl You be There have influenced my lfie and character tremendousely. I don't know where I would be right now if not for Michael Jackson music's presence in my life and his magic touch!

    People needed to appreciate his genius and love him more when he was alive instead of bringing him down. Michael will always be an inspiration to me and my family! I love you Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  264. Aaron

    I remember Smooth Criminal and the Moon Walker music movie. I remember "We are the world" a song that mobilized millions to act on the suffering in Africa. Such a star that shined so bright has now dimmed to a flicker. God gave us gift in the physical for 50 years but he left us blessing that will last forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  265. cynthia nkem

    i'm listen to the Jackson 5 i'll be their and I hear micheal's voice tear just start following from my eyes micheal why did it have to be you .
    you were a wonderful person I wish i was born in the 1970s so I could have seen you perform this song you sound adorable
    the world miss you Micheal you were an inspiration to all you embraced us in so many ways your talent and your perfection was indescribable I wish I got to meet you in person ..
    thank you for still making music for our generation

    yours truly
    Cynthia Nkem

    June 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  266. Rosie Soto

    I grew up with Michaels music, as I write I can,t stop crying. His music soothed my soul when momma was diagnosed with cancer and died. I was 13 then , I am 48 now, the pain I felt then for that loss is the same I feel now . God bless you MJ

    Puerto Rico

    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  267. cb

    I have reached an all new level of disgust with the press. As a Beverly Hills nanny I never could understand your mindset that it was OK to rush celebrity children on a playground or at a school, thereby scaring the heck out of multitude of children. Lately, I thought it went beyond bad taste when the press showed up after the death of Natasha Richardson and shoved the cameras in the face of her two young grieving sons. Yesterday, once the press heard that Farah had "gone" they did not have the good grace to say "Sorry" to Ryan and leave him in peace, instead they surrounded his car and badgered him with more questions. But, it goes beyond all human decency to show photos of Michael Jackson in the last attempts to revive him. At what point do you press junkies say enough is enough and let people have dignity in their final hours? You are proof that mankind is devolving.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  268. Bryant Wilson

    Michael Jackson was my life, my inspriration and if it wasn't for him I would have never picked up music. Michael you will be missed I felt you as part of my family, and My prayers to the jacksons family

    June 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  269. vfreeman

    Micheal Jackson was my first and only concert that I was privileged to see as a child. I was in disbelief when I heard about his passing. I will never forget the way he made me feel. He has touched my life in so many ways. He was stronger than many people give him credit for. The prosecution he suffered was more than many of us could have beared. I truly believe his kindness was taken advance of. He is in God's hands and I pray that I will see him in heaven when the Lord decides it is my time. I do not know anyone that did not adore him. My parents, silbings, children, cousins, friends, and everyone I know love him. He will truly be missed. I employ everyone that love him to pray for his children and family that God's will be done.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  270. Mildred Ebron

    I'm very sadden of this great loss musical but most of all the person I hope he is at peace I hope god has him now I feel he only ment good in the world we are not the ones to judge that is between him and god can't we and the media leave that to him please lets concentrate on the possitive things he has done for the world and each of us individually remember he has 3 childred and mother,father and brothers and sisters we all know the trials he faced it's over lets talk about the good and talk to possitive people who knew him media i know negative news makes news for you but please try if you can put yourself in his families shoes Michael God speed your in a better place my favorite song I'LL BE THERE much love

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  271. Shaunte' Smith

    Jesse Jackson said it best " we are out of our Joy and Michael is out of his pain".... with all that has been said, Let's take time to acknowledge the Lord for depositing such talent into this young man....Such an EXTRA- Ordinary being in the flesh. He is the example of "Child hood memories"....a talent never to be duplicated. The world must remember that he was Michael Jackson to us but he was a son and a brother and a father and a nephew... we all know what it is like to loose a very close family member and for the world to acknowledge that such as you live... you must pass on....My prayers go out to the Jackson Family and my childhood memories go out to Michael Jackson...I am 35 years of age and he has not just impacted my life and my husbands life, but also the lives of my children. How many men here on earth do you know that can bring the world to a halt with just his Name...?.. Many Blessings to the family and to the nation as we celebrate the Life of Michael J. Jackson

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  272. Khadjah

    You Will be missed .

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  273. Louise

    I remember the story my father told of a young Michael, my father had the honor of being Michael's Body Guard...of all the box's filled with fan's warm wishes Michael could only talk about his love for animals.
    He would rather be surrounded with furry friends, then all that mass fan attraction...He adored all of us I always felt that. His fans really did it 4 him, he loved us all. My father was one of the first to see him grow, he was a little boy, with the cutest cheeks EVER, we could checha bella him all day we are Itialn we do this a lot, my father adored him.
    I did not know this untill I was an adult, I spent my entire life loving Michael that love will go with me to my grave. The world is at a lose, I am at a lose my heart is aching. My deepest sympathy to the family, my pain for this to soon lose is Soul Deep. Love, Peace, God Bless and Be Well. Your 4ever fan.poet2two

    June 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  274. Terry

    I grew up with MJ. I have been unable to stop the tears from flowing since I heard the news. I am 3 yeas older than Mike and I remember seeing him first on the Ed Sullivan Show.... and the pride I felt.... as great as the Speriment gun twins .... for the brief moment that commerical was allow to play in the South... two beautiful black twin girls and.....five handsome black talented young men...... they changed the world by stepping up and stepping out to represent us all... I can never remove the music from my heart and soul. My children all grew up in awe of Michael and the ol' school music that continues to express our emotional feellngs, ties and views of the world......they are 29, 27, 26, 17 and 14......and it hasbeen as if we all lost a close famiy member.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  275. 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 12:14 pm |
  276. Nadia

    Judith Rivera, i'm glad that at least someone has noticed this.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  277. Victor

    You know Barry, I kinda feel not having a black president wasnt necessarily due to a racial issue more than i feel a argument issue.

    You see when we argue we show different interest and the world sees an inner focus.

    So now that we look more united and now the us appears to have no more found some new ones.

    I honestly would be so concerned with the North Korea Deal only if I knew you had kept up with that man Kim jou li.

    Media you still have not explained to the american people as to why he looked so different and how did he got in that condition so quickly without every seeing his transformation.

    Just sayin dude

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  278. Lois B. Walker

    I am stunned and heartsick over Michael's death! It unbelievable!

    Michael Jackson was a musical genius. His music and performances touched the world. Michael grieved for his childhood and you could sometimes see the loneliness and sadness in his eyes.

    My mom took my brother and I to see the Jackson 5 when we were little. I had a crush on Michael back then. As an adult, I wished I could have met him.

    Michael, may you rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  279. Cheryl & Keith Williams - JAM, NY, FL & VA Beach

    There are no words to express the feelings that we feel about Michael Jackson's death. It has impacted us a great deal and our family. We must admit that we grew up with his music, however, we never believed we would be so greatly affected by his death. He was supposed to be here for a long time. Michael was a great legend of Pop. He inspired the whole world, and we don't think he even expected to have had such a major impact on the millions and millions of people that he did. He will be greatly missed by many. Michael Jackson's lyrics has always made a difference, especially through his inner pain. We could never even imagine what he has suffered deeply within his soul, and we may never know.

    We would like to send our deep deep deepest condolences to Michael Jackson's family.

    Cheryl & Keith Williams – JAM, NY, FL & VA Beach

    June 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  280. patrica

    micheal jackson was the best artist and entertainer to ever grace this plant. HE set records, broke records, won awards, had amazing performances and more. so i fell like his death is his very last performance and the WHOLE WORLD is watching ! I LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON and the whole world do. to the jackson family you are an everybody prayer. AND my god bless your family.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  281. Marcus Ransom

    Ugliness killed Michael Jackson. A pure heart was allowed to enter our mist and bring beauty into our otherwise ugly lives. We destroyed Micheal with our inability to recognize and understand the innocence of a pure heart. Like hungry lions, Michael's innocence and naivete was viviously devoured by ambush preditors of exploitation. Our own innate preversions tainted the essence of this childlike spirit. A heart which warmed us with such magical and moving music cannot be filled with the ugliness we have tried to attribute to it – ugliness cannot produce beauty. The king of pop is dead. He died of a broken heart – we killed him with our ascribed ugliness.

    Marcus Ransom

    June 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  282. Shanda

    Who can touched people from India to Africa to China to Iraq to New York to Lil 'O me in Macon, Georgia......... NO ONE but Michael Jackson the entire world has lost something

    I can remember growing up with my dad on Friday nights, while frying fish, he is telling me to do the "Michael Jackson" for his friends!!!! Hahaha

    Thanks Mike for the memories!! I lost my dad 7 years ago

    June 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  283. JAY.JR

    Michael gave to the world what the world didn't give him. Most part of what I call music died yesterday.
    He was the King of pop not by words but by Achievement. He ernded it full time. I will forever miss him.


    June 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  284. Tina Freeman

    Michael Jackson was a wonderful person who did so much for people. I was so in awe of his music as well as his performances. They're aren't too many people in the world like him. My husband and I really admired him. Michael you will be greatly missed. You are one of those people we never expected to leave this earth even though we know that everyone has to do it one day. Now you're in heaven letting your wings soar like the angel you were here on earth. You will forever be remembered in our hearts and minds. Your music will live on forever and just know that there will NEVER be another that can even come close to being the icon that you were. May your soul rest in peace. May God comfort and strengthen the entire Jackson family in their time of grief. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. Just remember that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Michael Jackson came into this world to touch as many hearts as God allowed him to while he was just passing through. We will always love you Michael Jackson.

    The Freeman family from Waterford, Michigan

    June 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  285. Heather

    Michael Jackson's music was such a huge part of my life, growing up. So many good memories with close friends, a simpler , innocent and carefree time. I don't pretend to know the pressures and stress he was under. What is clear is that he was a talented performer and a gifted artist. He gave 200% to his craft and I think that is why he was so successful. He had songs about making a change, healing the world, and of course, Love. Instead of dissecting his life, let's just celebrate his contribution to music, dance, philanthropy and so much more. Even though, our culture never really gave him the opportunity to be a flesh and blood, human being in life. In death, can't we at least give him his due? Can't we just love and respect what he brought forth? I know I will...Thanks Michael, for the music and the memories. You are one of a kind and you will be missed!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  286. alma

    This Man was a good,caring,loveable,nice, human being, and ppl should see that, and not the neg. Cause if we the ppl of this world would all get together and not be so nasty to one another, this place would be a better, and we would not be having all kinds of war,sicknesses, and the planet would also be better..He was also the best in his field and no one can and would change that...May he be in a better place, and at peace with him self... R.I.P. Micheal...

    June 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  287. Lorna

    It is always sad when someone we love is no longer with us. We mourn and celebrate the lives of those we love often, without many people being aware because they were not in the public eyes.

    When Icons like our dear beloved Michael departs our lives millions of lives are touched. He shared his life with millions, enjoyed fame and notoriety, took the scoffs and scorn of those who were either jealous, vindictive, gold-diggers or piggybacking off his status; he has been a symbol of hope and comfort for many, taking into consideration those that are less fortunate and always seemed to be putting others first. His smile, his personality, generosity, in helping to deal with the issue of hunger all over the world, his talent and selflessness will always been etched on the minds of all those he has touched who mean and wish him well.

    Those who are bent on destroying and tearing people down with their negative remarks need to look into their lives and be cognizant of the devastating effect that this carelessness could do to someone, and they will have to give account for this crime (yes crime) committed against others if they don’t ask for forgiveness. Michael has in no doubt suffered negatively from those whom he has even trusted and would call friend. Many of their negative comments and actions have definitely added to the stress and depression that he had to deal with.

    Michael was young at heart and the child-like personality that we see sometimes was comforting, as we know that unless we humble ourselves like little children we cannot see God. Michael was humble. God be with him. He did not take his life despite all of this. He bore it all, suffered, withdrew to the point of even being an iconic recluse, as there were those who were willing to do or say anything to promote themselves at the expense of destroying Michael; even those he trusted would be guilty of this.

    This is SUDDEN and SHOCKING. May they all do the right thing by his children, and not cause them further harm, and award custody of his children to his parents and family, than to award them to the State and others who are not concerned about their long term welfare.

    May God who sees and judges everyone embrace Michael and look beyond any faults he had and welcome Michael as His own. His name is not just Michael for nothing. He was chosen. This is evident by the lives he has touched and the work he has done in this life in such a short life span. May his family and friends take comfort in the fact that no one else will be able bother him. We thank him and thank God for the work Michael has done all over the world to help stop hunger and helping to give hope and comfort to all. May his soul rest and now they could JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE

    June 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  288. Gladstone Brown

    Michael Jackson is the Obama of music!!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  289. Ronald Butcher

    A tremendous lost of a huge talent that will never be witness in our lifetime. Rest in Peace Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  290. Fourchon

    Michael Jackson Hero Made Legend Remembered. RIP MJ

    June 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  291. dana

    i am distraught beyond words....michael was and always will be THE BEST entertainer there ever was. i pray that he didn't suffer; i pray that one day i will see him again. i can't even imagine what his family is going through right now. I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to them. Please know that Michael touched so many peoples lives and left such an impression on people that right now, last night and for the days and years to come, people will still mourn him...including me. He was a great person, entertainer and humanitarian and we loved him so much.
    RIP Michael. You will truly be missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  292. nashme

    just want to say we will mis u and we are our king and will always be,always look up to u as my inspiration and my blood,am just sayin thank u for every think u have give to us.may d lord be with u now and always.bless you.michael thank u,your memories will live on forever n ever.miss u.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  293. Michelle

    I am shocked and devasted by this tragedy.
    I remeber being awed when the Jackson 5 burst onto the airwavesin the 60's. We watched the J5 cartoons in the 70's, Ben", The Wiz, Michael's solo career and his videos on the then new, MTV. As kids we danced to "Rockin Robin, ABC, Little Bitty Pretty One, I want You Back, to name a just a few.
    I was among the crowds in the 80's, dancing to Michael, & watching his dance moves on the big screens at nightclubs.
    We cruised while listening to "Off the Wall".
    We wanted to be with him, dance like him, dress like him.
    We were white kids from a small northeastern. suburb. Michael Jackson bridged any race gap, he wasn't black, he was "Michael Jackson", and we just loved him.

    He not only grew up with us, he was supposed to get old with us.

    I was so looking forward to his comeback and seeing his enormous talents once again. For him to reaffirm his rightful place in the music world, as the unparalleled entertainer that he was.

    I cannot watch all the tributes on TV or listen to him on the radio right now, it is too painful. I am crying my eyes out without watching.

    To those who criticize him, deny his impact, genious, and talent, feels personal to many of us, it is diminishing our history and how we felt about Michael through the decades.

    I cannot imagine what life would have been like without the Jacksons and their contributions to the music industry.
    I am not alone in feeling like part of me has died. For many of us, Michael was always a part of our lives. We literally grew up with him, and his death is the death of part of what we lived, and who we are.

    I feel such sorrow for the Jackson family, their grief and heartache must be beyond comprehension.
    I pray for them, that they can find some peace.
    I hope they know that we grieve with them, and are thankful for Michael, and all he has given to us. He was so loved, and will live on forever in a special place in our hearts.

    God Bless the Jacksons at this time. .

    Michael, Thank you, rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  294. Ekwueme

    Michael will always be the king in every way ,it takes very smart people to understand him and all his fans around the world do. R.I.P GENIUS/INVENTOR.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  295. DeCarlos Rasheen Manor

    Hey Cnn News.

    My Name is DeCarlos call me Carlos also and iam deaf. I am loss of interest by Micheal Jackson. When i am born still hear his sweet angel voice when he was toddler like 5 years old or 6 years old. Before He become 10 or 11 years old keep sing sing sing before i am born smile but i am become 10 years old or 11 years old i listen his song and movie like sliver robot in my life never stop who try stop him as superstar or normal celebrity person on earth. Well He is not celebrity or star. He work on music life for World Save. Like Big Brother or Music Brother's Keeper.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  296. Susan Vaughn

    Having grown up in the 70s and 80s when Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson were the icons of that era, I can’t help but have my youth flash back in front of my eyes after the events of yesterday’s sad news.

    I have suggested that everyone make a donation to cancer research in tribute to Farrah Fawcett and to make a purchase 1 or 2 Michael Jackson songs or an album of his to help his children erase his almost $400M debt. We made a purchase of an album of his number 1 hits. A sad day it was – so many memories come flooding back where my life was affected by the music of Michael Jackson and the smile and the hair of Farrah Fawcett.


    June 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  297. Cindy

    I am 47. My entire life as I remember it, was filled with Michaels music and dance. Everywhere I have gone, there he has been. Making me smile, dance, laugh, sing, cry, fall in love ... all over again with lyrics that define my generation. There will never be another and all will compare to him ... the MEGA SUPERSTAR that is our beloved "lil Michael Jackson". May you finally find the peace that you could never find in this life ...

    June 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  298. Astro

    I want to say this man was the GREATEST not one of the Greatest but the GREATEST to ever entertain the world! It seems to me that you guys want to bring out all of the negative in his life all day yesterday talking about his debt and all of his flaws. To me it seems like you (CNN) is trying to defame his character and that is not right. I don’t see you talking about how much debt Ed McMahon was in, Just for the record I have never seen anyone die without being in debt. So do me, Michael, his family and the rest of his fans a favor and let him rest in peace without any negativity. The world is aware of all of his short comings so celebrate his life and all of the positive that he has done for the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Again he is the GREATEST to ever do it nobody before him and nobody after him will ever top him and what he has done in the music industry or in his personal time with charities so on behalf of me and my family Michael Jackson Rest In Peace!

    June 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  299. Alma Church

    I am so sorry for the family and frends of Michael Jackson .I hope the news media will put to rest all of the negative talk and go with the postive work that Michael did in his life time the man was a true artist may god reward him in heaven.All our thoughts and prays go with his family..,

    June 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  300. Cthompson

    Michael will be missed terribly, he created music, not just noise with no message. He gave and gave until the well was dry and yet everyone wanted more. There was no one there to refill the well, and it ran on empty for far to long. He is in a much better place now. To bad there will be nothing but money grubbing people still taking and taking and taking trying to cash in on the legend. May God take him and cradle him in his arms and give him the peace he could not find on this earth.

    June 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  301. Bill

    Enough! The world is on the verge,Our econemy is collapsing, and all You hear is insight to afreak.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  302. pamela

    michael jackson, gentle angel,
    sent to earth to do god's work
    made of love, transcending darkness,
    you were one who taught the world
    selflessly you gave your wisdom,
    showed us all a better way
    showed us we are all just children
    brought us to a bright new day.

    Michael, we love you, we need you more than ever in these troubled times. Please continue to guide us with your open heart and mind, may your lessons of love and aid endure throughout the ages. You are amazing, please accept all the love the universe is sending to you now, better late than never. This is a terrible time for the world, all we can do is our best to honor and respect your legacy and your message of hope and purity. As an artist you made pure magic, we hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did. MAMA SE MAMA SA MAMA COO SA Say it to the world! xoxo pamela in NYC

    June 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  303. Linda Booker

    We will always remember where we were when we first heard of Michael's death...just like Kennedy.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  304. natasha lynch

    michael was allways an insperation to me ever since i was a kid and throught the years i never stop believe in him. a lot of people never could understand him and because of that he has been through a lot all michael wanted was to be loved he have given so much and got little in return only michael and god new his pain, god sees that he have been through so much and was still going through a lot, michael my kids and i mist you alot iam still crying but god new whats best, he relief you from your pain on earth so you can be on his angels honour roll in heaven rest in peace my icon.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  305. Brendon Nicolas

    Michael Jackson may God be with you and rest in peace

    June 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  306. Mary

    I just heard the 911 tapes on CNN.. If there was a Dr. there why in the heck didnt they have MJ on the floor doing CPR? Instead they had him on the bed? The so called Dr. should of known that you dont do CPR on a bed, the body needs to be on a hard surface.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  307. Damola

    His death was a real shock and hit me harder than I thought possible. He will be missed and is greatly loved.
    He is an inspiration and playe d a huge role in my love for music and brought joy and smiles to my face growin up and watching him perform.. Smooth Criminal 🙂 Billie Jean 🙂 Thanks Michael.

    I pray he is in a better place and his soul rests in peace. Please observe a moment of silence and say a prayer for THE GREATEST MUSICIAN AND ENTERTAINER THAT EVER WILL LIVE!

    Words are not enough to describe the emotions felt by his death but i'll borrow those of Femi Ajets's in IMMORTAL – A TRIBUTE

    I thought you were immortal
    I thought you were immortal
    I thought you would forever be here
    I never knew the day would come
    When I would look around
    And you would no longer be here

    I remember the very first time I saw you
    I was but a baby when I saw you then
    I saw you all dressed up
    Falling like a star from the sky in our black and white TV
    Wearing a tuxedo and dancing to
    Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

    It was magical!
    I thought you were the most beautiful thing ever
    Even to my childish and untrained eyes and ears
    I was entranced by you
    Then you asked me to Rock With You
    And I did – all night
    I was in love with this guy in the short black pants and the single white glove

    Along came Thriller
    And I was blown away
    I couldn’t get enough of the Thriller video and its dance moves
    You asked me to Beat It but I still wouldn’t move
    But when you told me about Billie Jean
    It was all over – I was mesmerized!

    I was ready to go to the end of the world with you
    I remember how I’d run to the nearest TV set whenever
    The sound of Billie Jean came on
    I did the Moonwalk so many times
    I could have blamed it for stunting my growth
    I would have been a six-footer
    If not for my obsession for getting the Moonwalk right

    I loved you as a Jackson 5
    I screamed to I Want You Back
    ABC, 123, Baby you and me
    I danced to The Love You Saved
    And I romanced to I’ll Be There
    When I first heard Ben, I thought it was the most beautiful song

    You were the music of my adolescence and of my youth
    You gave me a song for every stage of my life
    And for every thing I went through growing up
    You asked me if I had seen your Childhood
    And I felt your pain because I could relate to it

    I fell in love several times to The Lady In My Life
    Which I thought was the most beautiful love song ever written
    I still think so till this day
    And I’ve cried and endured numerous heartbreaks
    While singing She’s Out Of My Life
    Till this day I’ve not stopped looking for my Liberian Girl
    I couldn’t understand Human Nature until you explained it
    And I still wish I had that PYT to love

    You spoke about the Man In The Mirror
    And he inspired me greatly
    So much so that I desperately wanted to Heal The World
    For We Are The World
    Even though I had no idea how
    But you told me to Keep The Faith
    That although it was Dangerous out there
    You would not slither away like the Smooth Criminal

    I got the call today and I was stunned by the news
    I confirmed it and I couldn’t stop crying
    You touched my life in more ways than one
    I have never cried at the loss of an entertainment figure
    And I hope to never cry for one again

    You were a colossus
    You bestrode the world of entertainment and my world
    You transcended music
    You were an icon
    A legend

    I first saw you in black and white
    And till this day
    I couldn’t tell if you were black or white
    Not that it mattered to me anyway
    Since you transcended race

    You captivated me
    You mesmerized me
    You inspired me
    I remember all those battles I had back in the day because of you
    And how I hated Prince because some friends would say he was better
    And I would say, “Other than Purple Rain, what else?”
    It’s all so silly now – looking back

    They called you weird
    They called you wacko
    I have no interest in discussing all the allegations and trials
    True or false – only you, the accusers and God knew
    It is not my place to pass judgment on you
    I love you for the man you were and for the great music you made
    And the only name I’ll remember you by is genius

    I couldn’t stop crying
    Then I asked myself – why was I crying?
    Twas then I realized that I was crying because of my own mortality
    That if you could die, then I wasn’t gonna live forever
    Twas a shock to my system
    Because I thought someone like you could never die
    I thought you would forever be here

    You are not alone
    Because you will forever be with me – in my heart
    For you rocked my world
    In ways I couldn’t even begin to describe
    And for that I will always love you

    I thought you were immortal
    I thought you were immortal
    But wait…

    I guess you are
    Your music and your memory
    Will live on long after I am gone

    You are immortal!

    Adios Michael Joseph Jackson
    August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009.

    Damola aka Don X

    June 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  308. Valerie

    I was shocked and saddened to hear about the passing away of Michael on yesterday. I have cried all day today. It was as though a part of my childhood passed away too. I was only 7 years old when the Jackson 5 began recording with Motown in 1969. All of the children in my neighborhood went willd over Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 at that time. Whenever I listen to their earlier songs, it reminds me of my happy and carefree childhood. We listened to the Jackson 5 recordings and watched them on tv as often as they would appear. Michael Jackson stood out from among the rest of the group because he was very cute and extremely talented. As a teenager, I followed Michael Jackson's music career primarily by listening to the radio and reading the teen magazines. I would cut out the posters of Michael Jackson and Foster Sylvers to hang on my wall. Most young teenaged females at that time used to dream about getting a chance to meet Michael Jackson in person. Also, any guys that we became involved with had to look like the handsome teenaged Michael Jackson. He will be missed. I do express my deepest sympathy to his family, friends and many fans. Sincerly, vak. 6-26-09

    June 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  309. Mary-Jane M.

    MJ was and still is an amazing artist. He changed the world with his revelotionary music and performance. He is an insperation to many of today's artists. But first it was, Elvis then John Lennon, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Freddy Mercury, now MJ! .But although his death was tragic, he deserves the peace he received. R.I.P Michael... We'll miss you, old friend...

    June 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  310. Karen Cleghorn

    When i heard of Michael Jackson passing, i felt and immediate emptiness in the pit of my stomach. Michael Jackson was a man of great talent, vision and strength. However, due to his unhappy & lonely childhood (thanks to his daddy dearest) his life was at most times empty. Did he truly know what a real friend was? Has he ever truly had someone to care for him outside his family without getting payment? I guess his heart just could not take the turmoil and emptiness anymore. He had given so much to society in the past 4 decades. How has society repaid him in his last years? His song "i'll be there" will no longer bring smiles to my face but rather tears for years to come.

    June 25th, 2009 will be remembered as the day we lost OUR KING. Our Elvis.

    Michael i wish you a peaceful slumber.

    June 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  311. David Charles

    Michael jackson was a big inspiration on my life and a good hearted person who always gave 200 percent to his fan if it wasn't for him I would have never thought of dancing or singing he will be missed but not forgotten

    June 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  312. Maria Vizcarrondo

    This is just so sad and upsetting! Michael Jackson, the one and only "true" King of pop, gone! I tried to intake this trajic situation over night & I actually woke up this morning in hopes 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. It's a shame that the critics couldn't see through his bizzar actions. It was obvious that the Pop Icon was full of stress and needed not torment, but the same love that he shared in his music. I'm sure that many of the choices he made were due to the fact that his life was tainted with hate. Of course, Michael was adored by people nationwide, but he was also dispized and steriotyped in many ways. The obscene name calling, false accusations and public humiliation in which he enndured, where enough to drive anyone mad. As I sit back filled with emotion, all I can do is feel the pain and loneliness that he endured. He 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! The "hate" and "greed" 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 finally have the peace and tranquility that you well deserved. You will be missed, but will "FOREVER" live within our hearts!

    We love you!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  313. mary

    will farrah get the same coverage as micheal or is this the same as hillary got

    June 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  314. Jay

    A lot has been said about what Michael Jackson did for children and what many might say he did too them, but what I can't understand for one example, is the reports about him paying millions to a family who lay claim on him for molesting their child, has anyone stop to think that if he did commit such an act, what kind of parent or parents would accept money from such a person.? I mean, don't you think that wouldn't come into play here.? If I had a child and someone did this to them I would spend my life trying to get them jailed, not accept money. I will never believe Michael could do such a thing, he has always been misunderstood as many people are, and I'm not saying he all clean, I don't think too many people are, but come on, really.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  315. Jay

    May God be with the Jackson family. Michael, may you rest in peace, your song's will live on forever in our minds. Remember The Time?

    June 26, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  316. Jamie

    I have watched your newscasts all day and have just watched you speaking with the forensic pathologist. I just want to comment that his statement about 911 being called sooner might have saved his life. I am a paramedic in Indiana, all ambulances are equipped with state of the art equipment and medications that can bring people out of cardiac arrest and the paramedics on those ambulances go through very rigorous training to know what to do in these situations but if 911 isn't called immediately then these attampts can be futile. Every second counts in cardiac arrest. I mean no disrespect for doctors but I have worked with enough of them to know that a doctor by himself in a situation like this one is not equipped to do anything but CPR and believe it or not a lot of doctors don't even know how to do CPR the proper way.

    June 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  317. Tessa Shaw

    The Dr. on today's show was absolutely right that Michael Jackson should have gone to hospital the previous night .However, even if the Dr. there did suggest it, Michael may have refused to go, particularly as there was a Dr. present, he may have thought that was enough. Who knows?


    June 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  318. Nancy

    Let’s remember MJ greatest work he did for us, for the World

    Here are some lyrics of his most inspirational music. “Heal the World” “Men in the Mirror” and “We are the World”: Heal the world make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living make a better place for you and for me…

    I’m gonna make a change for once in my life it’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right. 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 to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a CHANGE….

    There comes a time, when we heed a certain call when the world must come together as one, there are people dying, and it’s time to lend a hand to life the greatest gift of all. We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s start giving, were saving our own lives…

    He was a true and real genius artist of all time… Peace and love for ever you will be my King of Pop music MJ

    June 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  319. Nancy

    We will keep you for ever in our Hearts Michael

    June 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    Words can not explain how i feel about michael jackson death.I dont know whether im happy that hes gone and hes not suffering anymore or that im sadden i know that hes gone. This is really hard to deal with.Im only 16 years old and i loved michaels music.My parents didnt really allow us to listen to alot of music that was negative but to music that you can enjoy and that has meaning to 3 favorite songs of michael was "Man in the Mirror"."Black or White" and the song "Speechless".The song "man in the mirror" and black and white really had alot of meaning to it.One some talks about change and the other said basically it dont matter what your enthic is we can all get along and like the same things.THE SONG "SPEECHLESS" was talking about how someone he loved and how they made him feel and it said that in the most beatiful way as possible.One of my dreams was to meet him or to be able to see him in concert. But now i will never get to a opportunity experience that.He didnt even get to say his good byes but thats a good thing because everybody knows that its hard to say good bye.Where not going to use the word good bye because that word means that the memory fade.So where not saying goodbye to M.J even though you are truely missed but where saying "I'll SEE YOU LATER" CAUSE WE KNOW YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE.

    June 26, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  321. colin

    What saddens me is that people fail to realize that, like many Americans, Jackson's accomplishments must be viewed thru a lens of realizing that he arose on the shoulders of enslaved ancestors. Up until the mid 1990s, ask anyone the question, who was the richest Afro.Amer. family in America? And, they would have responded "The Jacksons." In fact, many sociologists argue that prior to the mid 1990s there was no black-Amer. person or family who rivaled the Gettys, Vanderbilts, Morgans...except for the Jacksons. Now we have Oprah and a generation of Hip Hop musicians who made money promoting negative behavior, but Jackson to his credit sang about LOVE and PEACE. As Americans we see Michael as a mega Icon, b/c he represents what those who are descended from slavery can accomplish...this is something that no matter how hard he tries, our beloved President Obama will never represent. God bless you Michael, all Afro-Americans understand your tribulations, and we shall continue to celebrate your accomplishments.

    June 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  322. nonconformist

    You rather focus on Michael Jackson than talk about a sex scandal involving republican governor, right CNN?

    June 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  323. Star

    To Those Who Would Be Judges,

    Michael Jackson was a gifted human being who yes have made mistakes as we all have and for those on here who want to say that he is a child molester be careful how you judge others...your secrets that we the world may not know could be worst than anything Michael was accused of and never found guily of. I cannot say what he is guilty of because I am not his judge but based on our system of law he was acquitted and if you were in the same situation and acquitted would you want it constantly thrown up in your face. I pray that if he did do anything wrong he asked God to forgive him and the people he may have hurt bot for their sakes but for his own.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  324. Star

    Michael even if your Father never realized how blessed he was to have you in his life and to show you genuine love know that I love you not because you are the King of Pop but because you are a child of God who may have lost his way by being in the spotlight for so long trying to find love in all the worng places and things.

    May you find the peace you were seeking and may God bless your soul! Goodbye Michael and thank you for sharing your gift with all the world!

    Ti Amo Michael!

    June 26, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  325. Grenette Gillespie

    Micheal Jackson was solded into intertament slavery as a child . His parents love of money over looked his pain,for micheal soul was sold for riches and gold;While the public looked on and saying or doing nothing to help him,but enjoying the labor of his pain. When micheal became of age, he was freed from slavy,but it was to late,for he was just a shell;his soul was gone,for he only knew how to be a puppet;so he went back into this slavery ,because it was the only life he knew;but not knowing that he would have to give up his shell( looks) to please a world,money hungrey managers,fans,ect. Micheal died a long time ago,but we did 'nt see it,because we wanted to be intertained. We all killed micheal jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  326. Katie

    Michael Jackson will be remembered allways. Especially in my heart, I know alot of people who are happy, they are WRONG. Michael was a GREAT person and maybe some people can't see that but I know I can. R.I.P. MICHAEL JACKSON 1958-2009. YOU WILL ALLWAYS BE REMEMBERED.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  327. Barbara Smith

    Like everyone else around the world, I am deeply saddened over the loss of Michael Jackson. I can NOT believe he is gone, DON'T WANT to believe he is gone. What can I say about Michael Jackson: "Ain't NOBODY bad, like you bad Michael..."

    Can't wait to see you in Paradise. Won't be much longer now...

    June 26, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  328. Vylse Davis

    This is a tragedy and great loss to the nation. In news reports it has been mentioned that Michael Jacksons physician and the person who made the 911 call where the only ones present when he collapsed. Who was the person who made the 911 call and where was he and the physician not there at the time the peramedics arrived to explain what had happened? something doesnt add up.

    June 27, 2009 at 12:31 am |

    I am very shocked that Michael jackson has left us and now one of my favorite song was gone to soon and a whole lot more songs that I love is when he was talking about his life growing up and he wanted to be outside where the chilkdren were playing and Michael want to be out there instead of practicing the music.

    May God be with you all the Jackson's Family and my prayers goes out to you

    Patrice Daniel the biggest fan of ever!!!

    June 27, 2009 at 1:02 am |
  330. Rose Munford

    To Dr. Gupta,

    On hearing the 911 call on M. Jackson with the idea and understanding that he had a cardiologist at his bedside. As an RN red flags go up knowing they were giving CPR with Jackson lying on the bed. You are taught to put a person on a firm surface in order to render proper CPR.

    Also it has been noted in recent reports that Lidocaine was present at his home. Was there an AED connected to him? You should not give Lidocaine to a patient without some type of monitoring system in place.

    Instead of foucusing on a possible drug problem as being the cause for his death someone should be looking into the doctors medical abilities. I would like to know your thoughts on my questions?

    Thank You!

    Rose Munford

    June 27, 2009 at 1:57 am |
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  332. Gary B

    Why isn't anyone talking about the fact that 911 was not called until an hour after MJ's heart stopped?

    Its insane – the paramedics have the equipment that could have saved his life.

    June 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  333. Constance Gibson

    Michael Jackson is the biggest and most influencial performer of all time. For black Americans of all ages it has been like losing a close family member. He open doors for all black entertainers and, in my opinion, helped bridge the racial gap. He challenged us all to do our very best. I was a featured dancer on the TV show "Upbeat" when he and his brothers hit big in 1969, and he definately influenced my style of dance. Michael, I love you and will carry you in my heart and soul forever.
    Constance Gibson

    June 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  334. Aaron

    Michael Jackson was the first person I saw dance and I wanted to be just like him, I think everyone is inspired by him and looks at him as the standard of what anyone can become in this world of entertainment. If my turn comes to become a star I will make people remember him through me every time I perform. I remember my mom telling me that when I was 2 years old I watched the August 24, 1997 performance of "Billie Jean" on television, I would mock and imitate Michael's moves and fall on my butt trying to spin like him ha. That night I watched the thriller short film and man I was so scared I peed in the bed and had nightmares. Now I dance, sing and do my own music, I have been dancing ever since that performance R.I.P. Not to sound selfish but I always wanted to meet you Michael and now I know I will when it?s my turn to leave this earth! Thank you for showing us the best music, the best dance moves, and more...R.I.P Michael, you are the best and always will be...the KING OF POP!

    June 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  335. Natasha Frasier

    I just want to say that Michael Jackson to me will always be known as the man, the myth, the legend. He has contributed so much, not only to just the music industry ,but to the world. I am glad that Michael is at eternal rest because the scrutiny that he received here on earth no man should have to endure. I wish the media would focus on all of the many contributions and positives things that he has done in his life instead of all of his trials and tribulations. If you could not respect him in life, please have the decency to respect him in death. I am glad the Michael is in peace which was something he never got here on earth. Rest in peace, Michael . May God welcome you home with open arms. Your music and spirit will live on forever . I . God bless Michael Jackson!!!

    June 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm |


    June 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  337. Kathy J

    I sat in front of the tv devestated by Michael's passing... My husband called me to see if it was true.. He was working with Pete W and they couldn't believe the news.. Our family has know him for 22 years so we feel like we lost a friend. My husband handled his security back on the BAD & Dangerous tours and worked at the ranch.

    Our memories of Michael include an extremely generous man, brillant, caring, devoted to his friends and loved a good gag. Its heartrenching to hear everyone bad mouth his behaviour when they never met or talked to him. I was profoundly moved to read Lisa Marie's comments about her ex-husband. My husband spent so much time with the two of them and he believed in their love for one another. I am so happy to read about her true feelings and how hard it was to walk away from someone who meant the world to her.

    Our family would like to extend our condolences to his family, children and friends. We were going to try and attend the shows in London for my daughters graduation but now her dreams of seeing her idol will never come true... She is heartbroken...

    We have always loved you Michael and always believed in your integrity...Thank you for trusting my husband with your life..We will miss you so much!! God be with you!!


    June 27, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  338. ashanti Scott (grenada)

    i was shock and heart broken. Icouldn't stop crying. its more than i can bare. I belive MJ was telling the truth all along and i have good instincts. You will be missed. you will always be in my heart. my entire family was devastated, its like we lost a brother or a child. On father's day we played your song We are the world for long , long time, and i felt so good to see every one coming together to sing that song. You were truly a blessed and gifted man.I got a headache and every time some one mention your name tears would roll out of my eyes. I cannot express enough how i feel. Words are limited. but i do know that we love you and we will surely miss you. I can gaurantee that you will never be foegotten. may your precious soul rest in peace and God will watch over your children. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL

    June 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
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  340. Wendy Holmes

    My heart goes out to the Jackson family and the Jackson children we are praying that God will comfort you and be with you during this time of a great loss I grew up watching Micheal and to this day like his music and it came to a shock when I heard the news. There is no words that I can say that will make it better other than I wanted to let the Jackson Family and all the fans they are in my thoughts and prayers

    June 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  341. eric moyles

    wake up all you michael jackson lovers! michael loved to share his bed with children! only because of his celebritey status is the reason he was found not guilty. just remember.... michael payed close to 30 million dollars years ago to another kid he shared his bed with! IT WAS CALLED HUSH MONEY! so stop wasting tears for M.J. and shed some for his alledged victims!

    June 28, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  342. Thomas

    It is sad that the death of Michael Jackson overshadowed the pro-democracy movement in Iran. That is something much more important to much more people and to the security of the world. If the legacy of Michael Jackson is to take the focus of the people of Iran, such as Nada, that have died for freedom in their country, then his legacy will truly be as perverse as his life seemed to be.

    Please let focus on actual news and leave the fluff to E! and other entertainment programs. This should had had as much coverage as Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett's death.

    July 3, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  343. Mariella

    I was born in 1981, the same year that MTV was born. Many children grow up pretending to be Super Heros or cartoon characters, but as a child I thought I was Michael Jackson and Gloria Estefan. He is ingrained in my memory, and in my childhood. I was influenced by his passion for peace and humanity. "Heal the World," "Man in the Mirror," "They Don't Care About Us," "Earth Song," etc. The list goes on. I look back now at the subjects of his music and I can see he genuinely cared. I think the state of the world caused him pain. And finally it was too much for him too bear. It is tragic that we will never see his comeback performance. But at the same time I'm amazed when I look around and see Michael being remembered for the good he did, and for the amazing and talented performer he was.

    July 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  344. larry

    Thanks, Tony, "for remembering the times" and taking the time to reflect. I met Michael in Los Angeles not long after the "Off the Wall" album, at the Hollywood Palladium ... got a picture to prove it. He was very gentle, introverted, soft spoken, shy, etc. He only came out of his shell long enough to show his like for Marvin Gaye, who had just been announced to perform. Michael came to life at that moment by smiling broadly, tapping his feet, popping his fingers, gently swaying his head. After the performance, he went back into his shell. I was standing right next to him with very few people around, except for Jane Fonda, who had invited us to her "Stars Come Out and Shine for Solar Energy" awareness and fundraising campaign. It is so surreal to me to think (and know) that he is gone ... but not even remotely close to being forgotten! Keep fighting for Michael; no one but Michael could know what it was like being Michael Jackson ... transformations and all. He now can sleep peacefully and not have to worry about what anyone thinks of him! He has nothing to prove ever again!

    July 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  345. Preeti

    From past few days i am listening to the comments that people are making about Michael Jackson, no body cares what he gave to us, to this whole world, he tried to bring all of us together. People are making comments because he was an entertainer not a politician or something, if he would have been a politician probably than people would be adoring him saying he did this for us, he did that for us. I just want to say this to people, if u don't want to morn for him then don't do it but don't say harsh stuff too specially on cameras, there is a mother who has just lost her son. Michael Jackson is a angel, God took him away from us because we didn't care about him. LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

    July 6, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  346. Gail

    RE: MJ - I'm sorry for his family and friends, but ENOUGH ALL READY!!!!!!!!! I am so sick and tired of hearing about him that I just change channels or turn the t.v. off.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  347. Al Mirochnick

    Don't "yeah yeah" a New York representative when he says MJ is a pedophile and you put to much into it. The general public is sick and tired of hearing about him , his life, and how he died. Focus on something important to society and set a better example for everyone.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  348. mike

    hi there i think this whole michael jackson fiasco is a joke first of all people are worshiping this guy as if he were mother teresa. in fact lets stay on that trail mother teresa as far as im concerned was a saint and she never got 10% of the coverage that this guy is getting. are we as a society saying that this guy was bigger than mother teresa and if so then our morals are out of wack. we seem to idiolize the wrong people in life. whether this guy was a pediphile or not that is for another day, but we seem to be praising this guy for everything he has done in is life, and for this it is wrong. yes he was a great singer dancer and performer and yes one of the best, we we seem to be getting caught up in this for no reason. remember out troops

    July 7, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  349. Larry Johnson

    I remember Michael Jackson, when he was 8 or 9 yrs old, he may have been older. My ski club at that time booked the Jackson 5 to proform at one of our events in Chicago, on King Dr in the 48 hundred block on the second floor. This is before Motown or any other company booked them. One of our ski club member lived in Gary Ind.and she booked them for us. Michael made a statement to me , that he didn't know that Blacks skied. May GOD blessed him. He will be remembered forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  350. michelle in Georgia

    You know Michael Jackson did more that just give us music, and the media/people that are questioning why we are holding him so high need to think about his other MANY accomplishments in life and the many people that he helped. He didn't leave his talent at just singing and dancing. Michael loved the world and wanted to help everyone. He gave to Charities, created a place where children can be children and experience the wonderment that they otherwise would never be able to. He gave children what was taken from him, his Childhood. Michael Jackson was on loan to us from god, and while here he made a difference in so many peoples lives sacrificing his own life to make a difference in the millions of lives that he touched. You will be greatly missed Michael, We Love You and will never forget you, your legacy lives on through all those you left behind. We will see you again soon

    July 7, 2009 at 10:43 am |
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  352. camazia

    when i think of michael jackson i think of the young michael and how his childhood was stolen .i also think of hearing of the sexual relationships with those children and thinking why would someone say that. i just want the family to be in my prayers. rip

    July 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  353. michelle in Georgia

    i had no probem donating money to pay for the funeral because we the fans wanted that. I am sure the Jackson family would have been happy with their private service. I think that the tickets should have been paid for not given away. We as fans wanted to be a part of the service and say our goodbyes that was done for us. And look at how the so called fans are doing they get a FREE memorial program book and look at how much they are going for on ebay, they are making money off something that was given to them thats GREED at its best. Those people aren't fans they are just in it to make a dollar, so why shouldn't they donate some of that money to help pay for all the FREE stuff they got, while us TRUE fans had to watch it at home. I would love to have been able to go and recieve a memorial book that i would cherish forever not try to make a dollar from, or in their case thousands of dollars.

    To the family I thank you so much for sharing that time with us, and giving us the opportunity to say our goodbyes. I watched it with my children and we were glued to the tv, as i have been this last week. I will continue to keep you in my prayers as i know god is with you at this great time of loss . We will continue to keep Michael alive in our hearts, and through his music as i know i will pass it on to my children and grandchildren. He was one of a kind. and I feel blessed to have been able to share in his music all these many years, and live in time with a true legend and humanitarian. Thank you so very much and God Bless You!!

    RIP Michael Jackson

    July 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
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