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June 27th, 2009
05:11 AM ET

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  1. mike s

    ENOUGH ABOUT THE BAD THINGS, YOU WANT US TO REPORT THE SAME ABOUT YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY!! STOP IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLZ

    June 27, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  2. Sheylah

    Michael jackson will forever be remember for many generations to come. His music will live on and so is his legacy. We should stop talking about his debt or his mysterious side but to remember him as a remarkable artist, we are forever in debt to him for changing the music industry, not the other way around.

    June 27, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  3. Sheylah

    Michael jackson will forever be remember for many generations to come. His music will live on and so is his legacy. We should stop talking about his debt or his mysterious side but to remember him as a remarkable artist, we are forever in debt to him for changing the music industry, not the other way around.

    June 27, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  4. Natasha

    I have been a fan of Michael Jackson for as long as I can remember. It truly worries me and saddens me that Michael's legacy is almost being urinated on by the negative aspects of his life that have been discussed since his passing on your station as well as other stations. I think that his legacy should be discussed more positively for what he did for the music industry and entertainment. Lets not forget that he was a great humanitarian and has done a lot to improve the lives of children all over the world. I think that if much focus is on this so called drug abuse, can people investigate how much he had helped and donated to improve the lives of other people? What about Ryan White the young boy that had AIDS? People seem to forget about that and how nice he was to the boy and his mother. You have people questioning the paternity of his three children, is this necessary or even appropriate? No it is not and its demeaning and disrespectful. I think that since his death there have been more focus on the negative aspects of his life compared to who is and was to most people. It angers me to know that his legacy his being disrespected. I also think in the larger scheme of things, some not all people want to make sure that he never gets as large as Elvis. He has sold almost a billion records and I am sure that he will reach a billion in death. People will always appreciate him, some more than others. I am not saying that he has not had his faults and issues. But that was only part of him. He was aquitted of the child molestation charges and yet that has been the focus of many segments as well as his debt. Do you talk about Donald Trump's money woes? No and it is well known that he is having money issues. I just think that because of Michael's eccentric ways, its easy for some to reduce the effect he had on the world. I have even seen comparances to O.J Simpson why is this even necessary? The coverage should be fair and balanced. Many people are upset about the coverage and the negative turn it has taken. I am not a fan that is in denial, I just feel that to whom much is given, much is expected. So in other words do right by this man. Your coverage as well the coverage of other reporters is upsetting a lot of people. Please investigate and report why so many people are upset at the coverage that you have been doing. Michael has always been relevant to millions of people, although you have these so called experts and friends (former for a reason) that may have stated otherwise. Was a comeback a possibility, absolutely it was going to happen. If people did not want to see him overseas the tickets would not have sold out so quickly. My final comment- I miss Michael and it just hurts that people are not focusing on his accomplishments like they should. He was the best entertainer ever, a great humanitarian, a son, brother, and father.

    June 27, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  5. sheyla

    Michael jackson will forever be remember for many generations to come. His music will live on and so is his legacy. We should stop talking about his debt or his mysterious side but to remember him as a remarkable artist, we are forever in debt to him for changing the music industry, not the other way around.

    June 27, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  6. Alicia

    Fundraising efforts to settle Michael Jackson's plaguing legal battles and financial woes.

    I think the Jackson family could take a few pointers from Obama who used the Internet to mobilize supporters and generate public funds to finance his campaign for presidency.

    Of course, this could occur on a much larger scale where Michael Jackson is concerned because he's a global figure who transcends racial, social, and geographical boundaries. They can set a limit of no more than a $100.00 U.S. dollar donation or its equivalent for interested parties and larger donations for a select group of donors. They should put a number out there on funds needed to bail out Michael's estate and repurchase Neverland, and further secure his children's financial future.

    The Presley family have Graceland as an enduring tribute to the legendary Elvis Presely and so too should the Jackson family where Neverland is concerned. It can generate revenue for Micheal Jackson's estate. It's also a site where fans will surely flock to - make it into a museum, a touch museum/playground for children, a recording studio, a permanent landmark, etc., and model it after Graceland. Michael Jackson seemed to be in awe of Elvis Presley and patterned much of his life after Elvis symbolically as a cultural icon. Michael Jackson also tragically met a similar ending, as Lisa Marie would tell it, he was resigned to a predetermined fate.

    June 27, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  7. Maria Vizcarrondo

    The King of Pop was an angel sent from above. Just as the son of GOD, I believe that Michael was put on this earth to give us a message. A message that the world clearly ignored. MJ said as a child, that he wouldn't sing a song if he didn't mean it.

    As so did Jesus the son of our Father, MJ shared his love for children. Through his music he tried to build unity, equality, and a world full of love, not hate. He expressed his pain and loneliness. His songs screamed for affection. He explained how he was dispized and wanted to be left alone. But this cruel world kept tackling him. One man can only take but so much. GOD sent Michael to us, and finally felt enough was enough. Michael will live on within us all forever. I just hope that the world finally see's him for what he really was... an angel in disguise.

    We Love you Michael... you can finally rest at peace!!!

    June 27, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  8. Daniel Nelson

    I think that we are spending too much time on the death of Michael Jackson and not confronting the more serious issues concerning Iran and North Korea. Yes Michael was the king of pop but his death was for seen by many who knew of his addiction of prescription drugs. He himself said that he would die like Elvis and he has. We should leave it at that and stop immortalizing him as some kind of godly figure. We have more pressing news to cover like the governments of Iran and North Korea which both have called for the death of America. We should show both country's that freedom and the nations who respect others beliefs are more powerful than that of their hateful regimes who want to put an end to democracy and freedom.

    June 27, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  9. John

    Can we just bury Wacko Jacko and move on. There are more serious things to talk about

    June 27, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  10. Victor

    Iran:

    Didnl't Obama not want to get involved, not want to comment and only commented about the welfare of the people. He only stated what he saw on the media and all of a sudden hes wearing a MASK!

    What Mask!? You see what we were talking about now McCain! It's as if to create a rip current of war, all you need is:

    Conflict in another place that does not conern us immediately.

    Politicians to speak candidly about the issue, getting a leg up in the public eye.

    And just have the president send his obvious concern......and then all of a sudden.....

    Americas responsible for everything......they created it, fueled it and now have to pay the consequences.

    Yo dogg politics be rough, B.

    BTW everyone demanded Obama to denounce the election.....Americas people included.......Its ok to say no dude.....rookie mistake.

    June 27, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  11. Brian Jackman

    i believe that Michael Jackson was born with a special gift and i dont think in lift we would ever see a next MJ ever again.....the man was just simply the best.....at times i ask my self if i,m in a dream and i hope 2 wake up out of it cuz i still cant believe that M.J is really gone. R.I.P Michael Jackson

    June 27, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  12. Victor

    North Korea:

    I bet all physiological profilers would state the same thing.....

    The Dictator is showing signs of moving towards an act of war regardless of the provocation.

    He is passing and wants to leave behind an amazing legacy.

    He probably can’t decide which son to leave everything to and just wants to split that baby in half.....or in 4 pieces.

    He is purposely provoking surrounding countries to create an act of war.

    Expect and understand North Korea is very intelligent and will put an enemy in a position where they will not be able to avoid invading personal space and therefore creating an act of war.

    June 27, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  13. Victor

    South Carolina Gov:

    Wow, Ballsy move by literally showing up to work when everyone either just wants to laugh in his face or just throw up.

    Keep you job.....and your woman shes a good one.

    Or is she to quick?

    June 27, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  14. Victor

    Air France:

    When is CNN going to give everyone the bad news that its been passed the 30 day sonar signal life span and now the "Orange Box" could be lost at sea forever.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  15. ladeevon

    Michael Jackson is or was a Jehovah witness , I want to hear if this playing in part in his death, with the autopty and buriel

    June 27, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  16. brider

    The jeana 6 case is a classic hate crime in progress in the united states of america court system.Never should their be any whites on the jury when a person of color is fighting for their life their freedom.To have a white person on a jury with a person of color fighting for their life should be a crime against your human rights and your civil rights.If a black man with no criminal record was arrested for dealing drugs,(which he said the police planted the drugs on him) was standing in a court room full of whites which happens alot in america ,he is going to prison,but in that same court room with a white defendant their may be some wavering in the juries mind but not when it is a person of color.Their is so much evidence out in america that showes whites have a bigotry or a sterotype towards some people of color.I know if you gave every jury a( Implicit association test) their would not be many whites on a jury when a black life is on the line.And the ridiculous notion that people can put thoes type of fealings aside and just look at the evidence is a joke.They do not even realize that the fealings are influencing them in every day life.Implicit association test should be standerd for all juries and to not have something like that in place how can we ever get justice in a american court room.Every single person of color that has been convicted of a crime and the people behind your conviction are white you should charg them with a hate crime against your civil rights and your human rights.In the american court system you are suppose to be judge by your peirs.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  17. Sharon in Chicago

    Enough, already, with the MJ coverage. There are far more important things going on in the world. What is CNN, a 24-hour ET program? I tune in the catch the news, especially on the weekend when MSNBC is not broadcasting international news. MJ died two days ago–get over it!

    June 27, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  18. Neville

    Answer to who ever want to hear more on Michael Jackson

    CNN couldn't say enough about Michael Jackson. This will rank as one of the most worthy coverage CNN will do. Michael Jackson death is not just breaking news, it world news. This man was known by the world.

    CNN keep the coverage going on MJ. I'll be watching until this tragic event come to an end.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  19. Neville

    Answer to who ever don't want to hear more on Michael Jackson

    CNN couldn't say enough about Michael Jackson. This will rank as one of the most worthy coverage CNN will do. Michael Jackson death is not just breaking news, it world news. This man was known by the world.

    CNN keep the coverage going on MJ. I'll be watching until this tragic event come to an end.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  20. loretta

    please only say good things about Michael. People and his family want to remeber the good things not the bad nor his personal life troubles.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  21. Rodney Linder

    Micheal Jackson may have made some mistakes but he did alot of good for the music industry and i dont think this is the time to try to only see the bad things he did a lot of people loved him and he has a family that must be devestated by his sudden death and only God can rightfully judge him my thoughts and prayers to his family and close friends and may he rest in peace

    June 27, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  22. Lisa

    Michael has the peace now that he was not granted here on earth for the last several years. My heart goes out to his family! I have taught my children (14, 8 and 5) to respect, admire, and to love Michael Jackson for his talent and his humanitarian efforts. One thing I never understood about people was the fact that everyone down-graded Michael for the last several years and still his concerts sold out world wide any time he went on tour or preformed. I believe the whole world were and are closet Michael Jackson fans and it is so so sad his death is what it took for people to admit that they loved and respected him for his unworldy talent. I can remember going to the Thriller concert as a child and those memories are with me today. I also remember the Bad tour and how no one wanted to admit that they liked Michael but I saw most of my high school at the sold out concert (GO FIGURE). I have always stood up for Michael and his talent! My mother toured with the Jackson Five Victory Tour because her husband was their lighting designer and she has always said that Michael has a heart of gold that he was so kind and loving to everyone who was around him. She cried at the news of his death. My children have said mom you were right he was a living legend, it took his death for my children to understand and believe me, again so so sad. Michael deserved to know that he was still loved while he was still with us on earth. (SAD)

    I Just Cann't Stop Loving You,
    Lisa D.
    The Woodlands, Texas

    June 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  23. Sally Jaeger

    Enough of Michael Jackson. It's too bad he's died but all this adulation isn't warranted. His personal life was a shambles and certainly nothing we'd want our children to emulate.

    June 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  24. Rosie Hackett

    I AM FROM A LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA AND HAVE BEEN WITH MANY RELATIVES WHEN THEY HAVE PASSED AWAY. WHEN THE CORONER OR FUNERAL DIRECTOR WOULD COME AND PICK THE BODY UP THEY WOULD ALWAYS HAVE THEM DRAPPED WITH A VELVET BLANKET OR SOMETHING, BUT NEVER TO HAVE THEM WRAPPED LIKE A MUMMY THE WAY THAT THEY HAD MR. JACKSON. WHAT HAPPEN TO HIS DIGNITY? THANK YOU, ROSIE HACKETT

    June 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  25. Mike

    Outrageous...he produced an incredible album over 20 years ago and has done nothing but squander his celebrity status to the good of no one else but himself. This outcry, the constant headlines on this site have completely overblown what has happened...a sick middle age man died...someone who gave very little back to world that gave him so much. The gold standard for someone like Michael Jackson is Bono...here is someone who uses his status in the world for the greater good.

    Micheal ended up a sad pathetic figure...

    June 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  26. Dan

    PLEASE! Surely there's more news out there other than Michael Jackson. Enough already.

    June 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  27. Rob

    Can we please stop hearing about MJ? I beleive CNN and all the other news organizatins have gone off the deep in when it comes to MJ his life, whats going to happen to his children...who really cares? You're doing the samething as you did with Anna Nicole Smith and Jon and Katie..... If this is what America is intrested then we as a nation in pretty big trouble. I know it's not a popular stand to take but let's get real people. ......

    June 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  28. Tiffany Leialoha

    From the Jackson 5 to the album Thriller and what he was today! Who didn't love his music?!? I remember numerous times blasting mj on the radio with friends. And in small country bars, people still got up 2 dance! I will always admire his talent, love for music and the way it made me feel or in his words "the way you make me feel" i will always "remember the time" Michael graced us with his music. Rest in peace michael jackson, we will always LOVE you!

    June 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  29. Anissa

    MJ IS A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME HE HAS INSPIRED ME SO MUCH, BEING AT THE AGE OF 14. THE FIRST MJ MOVIE I REMEBER SEING WAS THRILLER AND IT BLEW MY MIND I WILL ALWAYS MIS MICHAEL AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM

    June 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  30. Tope O

    I am Nigerian and i LOVE michael Jackson. He touched so many lives.May his soul rest in peace. I remember dancing to his songs right after school with my brother.my brother was the pro... childhood memories wouldnt have been the same without you.I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MJ.I have cried for days. I just wish he got things straightened out before he died. He was such a troubled soul.i identify with him A LOT....He loved the innocence of children and reached out to a lot of kids to help them. I thought my kids will see him, but his music lives on FOREVER ! i dont know how to describe him in words...i just know part of my childhood is lost..he deserves a 2 month tribute if not more...he was such a GREAT HUMANITARIAN ...people do not see that or recognize him for that, and i am sure he reached out to tons of people that needed his help. he was just a victim of so much betrayal.Life is cruel...he admired the innocence of little children and ttried to help them..but they stabbed him in the back...he was convicted of crimes, but he wasnt found guilty.....LOVE YOU FOREVER ..I'll see you some day..i just font know what to say.God bless you and ur family as they mourn your passing...i imagined you in old age...and i vouched that i will meet you someday.A few days before you died i was watching your video "you remember the time". i felt i could relate to you.LOVE YOU FOREVER...i hope God gives you HUGE HUG ! dont worry no one is after you anymore, rest well....listening to your songs, i dreamt i could be anything i want to become.START A MICHAEL JACKSON FUND FOR HIS CHILDREN AND SOME SORT OF INSTITUTION TO HELP CHILDREN

    June 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  31. Cheryl

    Let MJ rest in peace enough already you don't know so wait till you do
    Return to the place where Iranians can speak freely
    Iran, Iraq and N Korea are what I want to see in the Most Trusted News Source. What happened here?
    The gov. needs to go.

    June 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  32. brynnj

    As sad as the death of Michael Jackson is... and yes it is sad and tragic, but I cannot believe that the death of Farrah Fawcett is getting no coverage. If anyone watched 'Farrah's Story', you saw what she went thru to battle and try to beat cancer. She fought so hard and she also deserves to be remembered.

    June 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  33. Mona

    TJ: Could you please tell me why aren't you mentioning that MJ is a muslim?
    I did send an email this morning to CNN and I guess you are censoring the messages because my message did not appear.
    All I am saying is that Michael Jackson was a Muslim.
    May Allah be with you Michaeel.
    You will always be in our heart.
    Love always..
    Mona

    June 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  34. G.Miguel Martinez

    OK OK OK Michael Jackson died we will all miss him and his music will carry on.....NOW carry on CNN and give us some news on what is going on in the rest of the world ..... What happened to the urgency of reporting about the Violence in Iran....What happened with the Hate Crimes Bill? What is happening with Korea? Michael Jackson's death sad as it is ,.... is no longer news.....!!!! Stop regurgitating the same info in every news show and hour.

    June 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  35. DLG

    I have enjoyed Michael Jackson's music from his childhood, and I am 58 so it was my childhood too, and I am sorry he has passed away, however we all have to do that someday, but my rub with all of this overwhelming news coverage is the fact that there was another famous and wonderful person who is just as much of a story, if that is the word to use and that is: Farrah Fawcett, and there has been nothing said about her death and the people that loved her becasue apparently there is no time for both of them on the news and to me it is a shame that she gets no respect and no time in the public eye for her death that just happened to be the same day as Michael Jackson. I think it would be very respectful to include her and show her her due respect and there is plenty of news in both people's life and death and at a minimum they should be covered at least on a 20/80% to show that respect of this brave woman too.
    However news is what THEY want it to be and the buck is the KING and that is just the way it is, but I wanted to mention Farrah Faucet since no one else is.
    DLG TEXAS

    June 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  36. Mike Daymond

    Being a single father of two children 24 / 7 , the tragic death of Michael Jackson hits me in many ways like the rest of the world. Not knowing his personal financial situation other than here say out there, I have a thought to myself as I think back of the genius of this man. The upcoming ,sold out tour of fifty concerts would of created a tremendous amount of money aready taken in by concert promoters. The fans of Michael Jackson who bought these tickets could really help Michael's children by donating a portion of the amount of ticket money to be reimbursed to them. As a reward for their generosity, maybe a complete triology of his work on cd could be giving to each participant by his record label or promoters. All money to be held in trust for the children and their care...Just a thought from a concered parent in Oakville, Ontario, Canada...Rest in Peace Michael Jackson...

    June 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  37. jeshua pearson

    Michael Jackson was my favorite music artisit it sad that he is gone but i will keep his family and children in my prayers mj will and always be my favorite music artist

    June 27, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  38. jmichel

    Enough all ready with michael jackson

    June 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  39. jmichel

    Michael was without a doubt a outstanding entertainer. Having said that enough already.some one suggested we donate money to help secure Neverland for his kids. Is she freaking kidding. I would give money help feed decent people who have lost their home and need to feed their children

    June 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  40. Vince Jacobs

    It's a sad day in the life of this country when the death of several highly regarded pop stars dominate the national news so thoroughly that it is impossible to find out what is going on in the world of national and international affairs. Our TV news is saturated with the death of Michael Jackson and our anchors bleed empathy as they milk the topics, vying with one another and the print media for attention, desperately putting themselves under the spotlight as they explore meaningless nuances of the death of a cultural icon. Charles Gibson and Brian Williams are especially nauseating. Where the Hell is the News? Not in the print press nor on TV. They have sacrificed journalistic integrity for a ridiculous venture into the art of obituary reporting. A pox on their houses.

    June 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  41. Donald S

    Hi I am so said to here that he had died and he was a good person. I am wishing the best to the jackson family and to his kids. GOD BLESS YOU.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  42. David Castro

    BREAKING NEWS THEY SAY MICHAEL LEFT BEHIND 500 MILLION IN DEBT IF EVERYBODY WHO SAYS THEY ARE MICHAEL JACKSON FANS BUY A MICHAEL JACKSON CD OR ALBUM DONT THE ROYALTIES GO TO MICHAEL JACKSON SONY OR EPIC SHOULD PAY THOSE ROYALTIES AND TAKE CARE OF THAT DEBT I WILL BUY 4 CDS IN THE NEXT 2 WEEKS THE DAY BEFORE MICHAEL DIED WHERE WERE WE ITS TIME TO GIVE BACK TO MICHAEL I KNOW THAT IF EVERYONE BUYS ACD THE FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD THAT DEBT WILL BE ELIMINATED IN A VERY SHORT TIME REMEMBER WE ARE THE WORLD.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  43. Adam S

    CNN is called "the best political team on television". Yet, have we really had any politics. We are constantly hearing fluff stories about some governor no one has ever heard of, or really cares about, having an affair with some Argentinian woman. How about you report about how the cap and tax bill will affect our energy bills.

    And seriously, this Michael Jackson coverage has to end. If you want to do a 15 minute piece about him, go ahead. But this constant 24 hour news cycle of Michael Jackson this, Michael Jackson that. If you really don't have any news, just run commercials for an hour.

    CNN has the best news, period, when they are reporting...

    June 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  44. Flower

    Ever since I was a child, I knew nothing but Michael. Love him. Adore him. Can't get enough of his music. But the king of pop is gone. May he rest in peace and may CNN realize people in Iran are being beat and murdered because they want Democracy. So maybe, its time to start focusing on something more important.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  45. Antonio Matier

    I am just very saddened with the way Michael has been handled! He was lonely in life and is lonely in death! no one rode in the helicoper with him or anything! its jut very sad that he was left in the care of “strangers” I have been stuck to the tv whatching CNN and have just been very unhappy with the way he has been cared for by his family! Something special should have taken place!! I know Michael would not have wanted an autopsy! he was toooo private for that! he had a probelm when they had to take a pic of his private area, when he was going through the trial series of events! its just sad!! i feel sooo sorry for him as he was a very giving person and loved everyone!!

    June 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  46. Jasmine Skunk

    Drugs didn't kill him... We did. Michael Jackson died of a broken heart. I will miss his presence on this planet.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  47. Helen Smith

    Goodbye Michael! See you in heaven.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  48. S

    Michael died of a broken heart. But he bravely touched all of ours before he left.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  49. Joan Langer

    Who made the 911 phone call when Michael Jackson was dying?

    June 27, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  50. Cara

    ...jon and kate who??????????

    June 27, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  51. Sm

    Michael will be missed forever. His music was all from the heart. It's very sad that he passed away, it just doesn't seem real. My mom grow with his music and usto skip classes to listen to his music. WE LOVED HIM! Still do. Rest in peace Michael Jackson.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  52. lynell

    i love michael jackson and the jackson five.and i sent my condolence to the family. michael will be miss by everyone. i hope that the family will let his fans see his service on tv like they did james brown .because we all love him .i am setting in the livingroom watching the american dream now. mrs jackson you said the fans made them and you alway want show love so please take in mind of that even those press is trying to put michael down. his true fans love your son. may god bless you and family from ga

    June 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  53. Josie

    MJ was a true icon of music. The entertainment world was taken to new levels due to him. But as a person, I don't have many good thoughts about him. Lets face it he bought his way out of his troubles. He lived above and beyond his means. Wow will the taxpayers pay for this too. And now all we see is MJ MJ MJ. I do feel sadness for his family and kids for their loss but that is it. What about someone like Farrah Fawcett that passed that morning due to a fight that all of us will possibly have in our lives or already have. I guess it means nothing, her fight and her struggle to beat a disease that only has one purpose, to take life and too early usually. Wow I wonder what would happen if Walter Cronkite, the greatest newsman of all times. He cried on TV announcing that President Kennedy had been assinated. I guess that would mean nothing either compared to MJ. MJ brought death upon himself. Let it be, too much. Lets remember others that passed as well. RIP Farrah Fawcett and my thoughts and prayers to Ryan, Redmond, her father and the rest of her family and friends.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  54. Geri Russell

    I believe, as a tribute to Michael Jackson, the tours should go on! They should postpone the dates, ramp it up and use hologram imaging of Michael-like they did with Elvis and Celine Dion on American Idol. This tribute tour should go world wide. Fans would come out by the score and revenue would come in and his debts could be paid off. Who wouldn't want to attend this tour? May Michael rest in peace as his legacy lives on.

    Geri Russell
    Apopka, Florida

    June 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  55. Karma

    I'm am very sad of the death of Micheal,I grew up listen to Micheal Jackson had his and Farrah posters on my wall. I raised my children listening to his music I will truly miss him and he will live on in everyone heart. I will keep his family and children in my prayers, he's in a better place and the angels are watching over him now.

    Karma

    June 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  56. David

    Is anything happening in Iran? I would never know it from watching CNN today.

    Yes, Michael Jackson's death is news. However, people being shot in the streets struggling for their freedom is infinitely more important than a pop star.

    This is really outrageous, watching the country completely forget about a struggle for democracy against fascist leaders in Iran, with CNN leading the charge with wall-to-wall coverage.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  57. Abigail

    With all due respect, could we please allow MJ to RIP now that he is gone.
    Please put some news back on the air. How are the protestors faring in Iran? What about N. Korea? Afghanistan? Sudan? The heat wave? Global Warming? Perhaps the best books to take to the beach this summer?
    I am waking up in the middle of attempting a moon walk on my ceiling, and find my husband has been mulekicked out of bed and is clinging to the sheet in hopes of breaking his fall.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  58. Kathie Wright

    Michael Jackson, fortunately for us will live forever in music and videos. He was not only the King of Pop but a compassionate. humanitarian for all! May we all learn a few lessons from him and treat EVERYONE with respect and love! There will never be another reach the depths he has!
    May he rest in peace and his family have the time to mourn.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  59. claude

    I am shocked to see the amount of media attention given to the death of Michael jackson while at the very same time other burning issues are happening around the world... Iran, North Korea...and more... all over sudden, these issues became secondary news and we are being fed with Michael's death news.... May his soul rest in peace but I don't see how his, or anyone else's, disappearance is so much more important of the above issues to justify the total eclipse of all the other news... which were front and center before Michael dies... I wonder where are our priorities are people...

    Claude, fort lauderdale FL

    June 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  60. Stacy

    Like many fans, I am still in shock that MJ has passed. I was in high school in the 1980's, and when the Thriller album, and video, came out, it's all people talked about. What a talent, and he could move on stage like no other. As much as his talent inspired us, his humanitarian work was even more inspiring, before it was popular for celebrities and performers to do so. I also think he brought races, nationalities together like no other. He accepted everyone as his fan/friend, all over the world. Anyone who has been misunderstood or felt they didn't belong, had him to look to. You will be greatly missed, MJ. The world is better because you were here.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  61. John

    CNN (and all other news sources) have lost all credibility in focusing so much energy on this poor man. Granted, he was a star performer/ He was also a child molester and a heavy drug user and is not deserving this almost worship-like devotion that the media is giving him.

    He did not bring world peace, he did not promote unity, he did nothing for the poor, he was not a teacher, a leader or anyone with any sort of common sense would follow.

    Let the poor man rest in peace and get on to focusing on the REAL problems in the world. We'd all be better off

    June 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  62. Kimlee Hewey

    My deepest condolences to the Jackson Family . When I recieved the news that Micheal Jackson had died I said MY Micheal? I met Micheal while he was here in Bermuda. He was kind enough to sign an autograph for me. I love the way his heart and soul which is still heard in his music spanned throughout the world and the outreach from all around the world is nothing less than amazing Maybe people should focus on the love he has spread through the world and all of the contributions he made to charities instead of celebrating any hardships he may have had. Listen to the words of Heal The World and focus on that. Still A Fan Kimlee

    June 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  63. Trish

    I am numb to hear of michael jackson's passing.
    I am not surprise because great people have to
    die for their greatness to live on in all of us.
    Michael and I share the same birthday
    August 29th , he's 5yrs older but I grew up
    Listening his world of music and style of dancing
    Imulating some of the people he admired.
    He's misunderstood by most people,he has
    a good heart that made him an easy prey
    but his reward will be greater !!!!
    R.I.P. FREE AT LAST !!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  64. N. Baker

    Michael Jackson was a great performer. BUT 3 solid days of reporting on his death seems excessive. Has nothing else happened in the world? Is Iran still there? What about Washington?

    Other performers have died and we are always sorry to loose their talent. This continual coverage is too much.

    June 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  65. Annabelle Lee

    God Bless Michael Jackson. He has been a profound influence on my development in the entertainment industry. He has been the standard to which everything else is compared. I do have to point out that Michael Jackson was a fifty year-old man who was being placed under prolonged repetitive catastrophic stress. Psychiatrists and Psychologists know that the end result of untreated catastrophic depression and stress is heart failure. Compound this with a 6 hour song and dance rehearsal regime which pushed the heart rate repetitively into the danger zone. Any aerobic instructor and personal trainer knows that the repetitive spike in heart rate and blood pressure leads to damage to the heart and cardiovascular system. He is a fifty year-old man who may have been pushed beyond his physical limits. I am also questioning his management and financial team about Michael's $500 million debt. Michael Jackson is a legendary performer who can sell out 50 consecutive concert dates in 10 minutes. He had the capability of making millions of dollars a week in concert revenues alone. Why didn't Michael Jackson perform for over 10 years? Most of the legendary performers I have been associated with performed regularly throughout their careers. It appears to me that his career may have been mismanaged. Michael Jackson has influenced generations of entertainment industry professionals, broke down color barriers and changed the face of popular music forever. He will be greatly missed. God Bless Michael Jackson.

    June 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  66. luis

    I think Micheal Jackson is a classic example of someone with depression. The amount of stress he had, would just be too much for any human to deal with. I think if you had a doctor talk about depression on cnn it would help people to better understand Micheal. Having a better understanding of depression in todays world would help a lot of people. Most people don't even know their suffering from depression.

    June 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  67. Jones E The Entertainer

    "If you never take the opportunity to see what I see, you have passed up the chance to truly understand me"
    ~ Jones E The Entertainer
    Quoted in memory of Michael Jackson ( The Greatest Entertainer ever )

    See/Hear more at :myspace.com/jonese2u

    June 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  68. Jones E The Entertainer

    Jones E says.. " You never know when your time is going to come. However for the time that you are here on this earth know that here is a time for everything. Laughing, crying and dancing. If you are well in your body and still have a piece of mind, I encourage you to DANCE like there is no tomorrow. Have fun and enjoy life! Michael Jackson you will be loved and missed, but know that we as your fans are still here. May God take care of your soul. You were truly The Greatest Entertainer ever!"

    ~ Jones E
    See/ Hear more at: myspace.com/jonese2u

    June 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  69. Luis

    I'm in total shock and deeply sadden to hear the unfortunate passing of the greatest entertainer in the world Michael Jackson the king iof pop. I was a huge Michael Jackson fan and he was one of the singers that I admired growing up and enjoyed his music very much. Michael was an Icon, a legend, one of a kind, and very unique. I don't care who comes and goes but there will never be another Michael Jackson he was in a class all by himself it's like an end of an era, Michael was magic and everything he did turned to gold. He was what every singer in the music industry strived to be. He paved the way for many singers, if it wasn't for him there wouldn't be no Justin Timberlake, Usher, Chris Brown, and others. One thing I will always remember about Michael is that he was a good man, he loved his fans, he cared about people. He cared about sick children and he always did the best he can to help children around the world, Michael was about peace. We lost a great human being and I like the fans around the world loved him and will miss him deeply. We will never forget Michael Jackson, his music will live forever and entertain the generations to come. Thank you Michael for the memories and you will always be in our memories and hearts forever.

    June 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  70. Rob

    If CNN devoted as much time on the Bush's Admidstration as they are on MJ we wouldn't of gone into Iraq because the thruth about WMDs, ties of 9/11 to SH would of been exposed and GW would of been impeached over the wire tapping of Americans. The people at CNN need to get a life and reports the news...... Yes it's sad what happened to MJ but there more impportant things going on the world for CNN and the other news organizations to investigate and report.

    You've become an entertainment channel instead of a news channel.... I think it's time for me to find another sourse of news....

    June 28, 2009 at 7:25 am |
  71. tumasang melvis

    I wish could articulate my reaction to MJ's dead. This was some one fate never gave me the chance to meet, yet he was 'a member of my family'. i must say i'm fortunate to have lived in his era, to be blessed an inspired by him. As a kid, i grew up in house where Jackson's music was the most played or listened, where my brothers room was perforated with posters, cd's and magazines of Mj.

    Yes, i grew up with a Michael Jackson junior. I watched my brother, who untill date is called 'MJ' in Buea/Cameroon, replicated Jackson's dance steps, style of dressing, and perfomed on stage in school shows, local night clubs and social gatherings.

    He was indeed a member of my family. As we celebrate his Life, we pray God rest his soul. THANK U CNN FOR THE FAIR COVERAGE.

    June 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm |

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