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BREAKING NEWS: MULTIPLE SOURCES REPORTING MICHAEL JACKSON DIES AT AGE 50

Posted: 06:57 PM ET

(CNN) - Entertainer Michael Jackson has died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to multiple reports including the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press. CNN has not confirmed his death.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.

Jackson, 50, had been in a coma at the hospital, sources told CNN.

Brian Oxman, a Jackson family attorney, said he was told by brother Randy Jackson that Michael Jackson collapsed at his home in west Los Angeles Thursday morning.

Family members were told of the situation and were either at the hospital or en route, Oxman said.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m.

Ruda said Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.

Asked specifics of the patient's condition, he said he could not discuss them because of federal privacy laws.

The music icon from Gary, Indiana, is known as the "King of Pop." Jackson had many No. 1 hits and his "Thriller" is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Video Jackson "as big as it gets" »

Jackson is the seventh of nine children in a well-known musical family. He has three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying.

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phoebe   June 25th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

They say that celebrity deaths always come in 3's (1. Ed McMahon, 2. Farrah Fawcett,) – so at work today we were speculating (quite facetiously, I might add) at who was next. Little did we know what sad news awaited us after our drive home. The world of music has lost one of it's most talented and influential members ever. I grew up with Micheal and the Jackson 5, and will be playing my beloved original vintage "Thriller" LP tonight in honor of him. This loss is akin to the tragic death of Elvis. Gone too soon.


Tonya Vaughn   June 25th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

My condolences goes out to Michael Jackson's family. I would like to know where are the children, who has Michaels kids.


Renee   June 25th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

It is so sad to hear of Michael Jackson's passing. He brought so much joy to so many people on this earth. His talent, songs and persona will be remembered for many years to come. I just can't imaging a world without Michael Jackson. My prayers go out to his family. The world now has a very special angel watching over us.

Thank you Michael for the joy you have given us.


Scott Howlett   June 25th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

A brilliant but tortured soul. Now he is free from all the hanger ons that I saw first hand at Dodger stadium during his Thriller tour in the 1980s.


VLADO DURANSKI   June 25th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

REST IN PEACE MICHAEL WE ALL GONA REMEMBER YOU .....VLADO FROM .....MACEDONIA


eJay   June 25th, 2009 7:50 pm ET

One of the greatest entertainer of all time, RIP Micheal


Louie Reyes   June 25th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

Hey Larry, always loved your show. Best wishes – Louie


Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada   June 25th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

The world and the music industry has suffered a great loss since the First King Elvis Presley died. The King of Pop Micheal Jackson will live on forever in our hearts and in our music. Micheal was the world.


eJay   June 25th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

One of the greatest entertainer of all time, RIP Micheal no one can touch you now.


Monique Imperial   June 25th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

My childhood officially died today. I had Farrah hair, like most 9 year olds in 1976, and no matter what you say about Michael, there was not a teenager alive back in 1983 who didn't try to copy his moves seen on MTV!

I can't stop crying. It just is one of the saddest days ever! The only solace is knowing both are now free of pain.


Beth   June 25th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

I hope at some point in the future some television station does a special on Michael Jackson's music. Only his music, not the other 'stuff'. It would be great to see all those performances again and remember what made him who he was.
Regardless of what his reported problems were, he was a world class entertainer from the early 1960's through the 1980's at least.


J Holland   June 25th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

I find it completely disrespectful for someone to mention ungratifying occurences in a person's life on the day of their death or anytime after. The man has paid his dews and been deemed forgiven. Jeffrey toobin should be fired and should never be allowed to cover any story ever again. Talk to him Larry and teach him where to draw the line!


Margie   June 25th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

I grew up with him. I loved the Jackson 5. Michael was a great artist on his on in later years. I am happy we have his music around to remember him by. He was so talented and I loved his moon-walk and various dance moves. I will never forget the dance he did to the Billy-Jean song. I have all or most of his album...yes real live albums not cd's from the old days.


msj   June 25th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Larry
Thank you for being supportive of Michael unlike the individual that spoke before. The King of Pop has died. People like that individual are so quick to talk about his flaws. We are all human and we all have to leave this earth the same way. To the individual that spoke before you that talked about him making money of f the Beatles records or whatever; that is what you call a business man. Prior to that he discussed the molestation charges. Thank you Larry for stating let's talk about the facts. To the individual that decided to disrespect Michael; how about someone do the same to you when your time comes and you are no longer among this world or with your loved ones; I'm going to pray for you because it is obvious that you are not a child of God. God forgives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cherie (Houston, TX)   June 25th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

I just listed to Larry King talk about Michael Jackson. I want to applaud him for saying that we need to remember and focus on what he shared with us, his talent. I don't like hearing about all of his alleged problems, addictions, and "issues." The man has passed away. Please let him rest in peace. No one knew him better than his family. Let's not disgrace him on live tv for his parents and siblings to have to hear. Not today.


Steven W, Hendrix   June 25th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

I represent a medical doctor who runs a large addiction facility here in Las Vegas and who has authored a new book on the subject.
Dr Pohl canspeak about prescription drug abuse and its effects on the heart and personality.
It is wildly know that Michael Jackson has had bouts with pain killers and abuse problems that could well have lead to his untimely passing.
Mel Pohl M.D.


Dean Andrews   June 25th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Michael Jackson left an indelable mark on the MTV generation. He could be considered the "Elvis Presley" of our times, considering the way in which he passed. Yes, "Video killed the radio star" (referring to the first video played on MTV)

–Dean Andrews-art director


Donna   June 25th, 2009 7:57 pm ET

MY REGARDS GO OUT TO THE JACKSON FAMILY. I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC. HE WAS MY IDOL. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM. HE WILL BE SURELY MISSED MY EVERYONE .


Sara   June 25th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

This is a total shock about Micheal Jackson death.. He wouldn't want us to be depressed and crying but celebrate his life and to never forget him.. Micheal and Farrah are now together in heaven...

May you rest in peace the king of pop... XOXOX


Susan Oldford   June 25th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

Larry, I have never written a blog or any other news program. You nailed it tonite when you said nothing bad was proven, let's just go with what was known- he was the best musician, a genius. i don't buy into any whitewashing but given what we know about the strain on being a child star, MJ was the best performe, talented and really put forward a motion to make a good change in world=man in mirror. God rest his soul. I will will cry tonight. And < I had his posters on my wall when I was 12 and now he is still one of my standby musicians.Love from Canada.


Karen Thelian   June 25th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Larry, I watched Michael Jackson his whole career and an a hugh fan. BUT I am also a hugh fan of Farrah Facett and to hear you just a minute ago, comment on Lou Dobbs tonight that your show and others were going to do tributes to Farrah but now "This story puts that story into the past." This story being the sudden death of Michael Jackson. I am in shock about Michael just like the rest of the world and do understand about his tributes tonight. I just don't want Farrah's tributes dissappearing. Tomorrow we will all be in less of a shock about Michael, so please CNN and the rest of the media, do your tributes to Farrah tomorrow night. There are millions of us who loved them both.

Sincerely,
Karen Thelian


Margaret Johnson   June 25th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Today, June 25th of 2009 the Greatest Entertainer Of All Tymez has just perished. Tears
are falling from the Heavens as the doors open to receive him. Michael Jackson will truly
be missed by many that was blessed...Michael Jackson your music gave life a meaning for
me as well as others...your rythm flowed through our body and soul.
I know our Father is awaiting to receive Michael Jackson into the Valley in the Sky...that
is where all good souls go when they die...Yes, I will shed my tears for Michael Jackson
and for his Family as well. The Valley in the Sky where the still waters Lie only there can
Michael Jackson's soul be restored unto the Michael Jackson our Society destroyed.
Those that falsely testified against Michael Jackson for the purpose of money may our
father have Mercy on your unworthy souls. Michael Jackson could never harm a child nor
animal...shame on this Society for disgracing his face in the Media. At least where he's going now...prejudice has no place there.

Michael Jackson Was Truly A Devine Individual...You Will Be Missed Deeply

August 29,1958 – June 25,2009

Rest In Peace My King

Unique You Will
Be 4ever


Rusti   June 25th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

I'm in tears as I follow this heartbreaking story.

I watched Larry's interview and heartily agree. Here is this young man who was thrown into the limelight at the age of 5, never allowed to be a child and thus became a child as an adult.

Forget what he did in his personal life; we seem to be able to find fault with anyone and they had a field day with Michael!

Here is a young man who was so handsome and talented to an incredible degree. When he started to have his cosmetic surgeries to change his appearance, there was a warning sign for his fans. His father managed his career. Where was he?

His family wanted to start a reality show? They wanted Michael? Undoubtedly, he would have brought in a Hell of a lot of money. I find it appalling that this young man was surrounded by family who should have loved him and stepped in years ago to help him. Why didn't they? His fans could see it, and his videos show some disturbing signs down the road as he began cosmetically changing his appearance. His talent, his financial acumen, his investments, his money. Would you kill the goose that laid the golden egg?

He appealed to generations and his passing has hit me as strongly as that of Elvis. He was never allowed to be normal, and obviously missed out on realistic love. May he rest in peace and find the love, solace and nurturing that he never found on this plane.

God bless, Michael. From a woman in her senior years, my children in their 40s, and my grandchildren in their teens and 20s, we all love your incredible talent and wish you Godspeed as you make your way to the greatest stage of all. May you find the peace you so richly deserve.


Jason NYC, NY   June 25th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

One word – UNBELIEVABLE! Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, gone. This is a sad day, not in just the world of music itself, but in the entire world. He was arguably one of the top 5 entertainers of ALL time.

I can't help but be saddened, and disturbed, in the events that haunted his final years. Certainly, most people will agree, he didn't fit America's pre-perceiveded "mold". However, it is these people, such as Michael, that make the world go around.

Unfortunately, a certain California prosecutor didn't feel this way. He was quoted as saying they had a "slam dunk" case against Michael several years ago involving child molestation. The prosecutor seemed to think it was his God-given job to make another human being's life a living hell.

Michael was aquitted, but not before the damage was done. No one should ever have to go through what he went through. He was judged, damaged, and spit on, all because he was different. Let's remember this whenever we judge someone or make spurious accusations.

I pray for Michael that he may rest in peace, and for his family that their sorrows may be eased. Now he is in our God's loving and merciful hands. I will miss you, Michael. For one, I always understood you.


Margie   June 25th, 2009 8:05 pm ET

I can't help think of Dame Elizabeth Taylor and how she must be so broken today. Michael and Elizabeth were so close. He idolized her and she was a great support for him.


Nancy Hunt   June 25th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

I don't want to put a damper on Michael Jacksons death, but I don't think that (as you said) on CNN that Farrah Fawcett is in the past.
She died earlier today at 9:28am(California time). Michael Jackson is a very big name, but you paid tribute to Ed McMahon(sp) when he passed away and you are planning on paying tribute to Michael, but you need to do the same for Farrah. She has been a very big name in the news and on screen and I feel that she deserves the same as any other person does. You need to change your thoughts about this. What you are saying is that Michael deserves more attention than Farrah which is totally wrong. You are going to do what you want to do, but please think about it.

Thank you.


Paula Egins   June 25th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

I loved the career of Michael Jackson. He was a product of what we made him. We enjoyed his music. We didn't give him privacy because we wanted to be a part of the special-ness he gave the world. I thank God for all the good Michael did. I thank Michael for giving to us the way he did. Sharing his talent, his music, his lyrics, and his vision MTV and music videos wouldn't be if not for Michael Jackson.

In the 70's when little black children needed an identity the most he stood in the world for us and helped us see we had an identity in America. Watching Michael and the Jackson 5 made me believe I could succeed beyond what I saw everyday.

For all Michael had to go through, for all he suffered, for all of his success, I am grateful. My prayers are to his family. His songs made life a better place for me and many I know.


Jessica   June 25th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I am in such disbelief...he was my childhood favorite......his music will live on forever...it's something that I can share with my kids....I pray for his family and his three beautiful children. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL.....


sherry helm   June 25th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

We Lost The BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (THRILLER) TODAY... May they finelly rest in peace,


msj   June 25th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

My prayers goes out to both the Jackson & Fawcett families. I am extremely upset with the individual that spoke before Larry. Yes, we all are human; we have flaws, but the King of Pop has died and you are disrespectful and stating negative things on national tv. You have no respect for his family or children. We all have to leave here the same way. How would you feel if people stated negative things about you? I'm sure you have more flaws than Michael. I'm going to pray for you because it is obvious that you are not a child of God, because God forgives. I'm talking to the individual that stated Michael made his money off the Beatles; that is what you call a business man. You also discussed his molestation charges; you are pathetic, because he was acquitted. Do you have facts. Thought not. Larry, thank you for stating that we need to talk about the facts. Larry I love ande respect you and you are a great individual. God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rhonda D   June 25th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I have a little difficulty being sad to the degree of heart-aching pain, because Michael Jackson has had such a terribly difficult life. I deeply feel the loss of the Great Gift from God who has blessed (literally) the entire world. I truly hope that the peace and joy that surely escaped him, in our incessant need to own a portion of this man's life. I really hoped that we would have the opportunity to see him in the environment where he truly came alive. I wanted to see him experience TRUE JOY again. I only want to say that no matter what the world may think or believe about his personal life and challenges, there is no other artist/entertainer who has ever had the impact on the hearts of fans and followers worldwide than Michael Jackson. He is, and I believe always will be, the most prolific, creatitve and talented music and entertainment artist in HISTORY!!!


andrea koebernick wi   June 25th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

Loosing Micheal Jackson for our generation was like how our parents and grandparents felt the day Elvis died. The two of them had in their own way had put their mark and made music today what it is. We had lost another music icon and when people ask me what do you remeber MJ for it is going to be Thriller and his music only. I was five when thriller came out and i still remeber watching it for the first time like it was yesterday my prayers go out to his family. god bless


Margie   June 25th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

The tributes to Michael, the flashbacks on TV are tearing me up. He changed the culture not just in the U.S. but all over the world. He will never be forgotten.


James Maddox   June 25th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Larry,

I am an avid fan of yours but I must say that I was taken a back at your comments in which you insinuated that the death of Farrah Fawcett was no longer relevant due to the passing of the KING of POP Michael Jackson, im sure you didnt mean to say it the way you say but I dont think that the passing of Farrah is any less important at all, Farrah was also an ICON on her won rite.


chris cusack   June 25th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

what if mickel j had a box set of his videos
and concerts to help the family and remberance
for his fans
cjc


Dean-Laguna Beach, Califormia   June 25th, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Video killed the radio star........Rest in peace Michael...your talent as an artist will always be remembered.


SYLVIA GREIN   June 25th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

Mr King, I do not wish to open old wounds on a man who has left this world, but is it possible he was truely innocent, do you know something that was not revealed?


SYLVIA GREIN   June 25th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

Mr King, I do not wish to open old wounds on a man who has left this world, but is it possible he was truely innocent, do you know something that was not revealed?


Jennifer   June 25th, 2009 8:17 pm ET

There are no words...


Catia   June 25th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

GOOD BYE MICHAEL.....YOU'LL ALWAYS BE THE ETERNAL
PETER PAN...WE'LL MISS YOU SO MUCH...REST IN PEACE


Tim Rooks   June 25th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

I think it's sad that both Farrah and Michael died. I think the show should be devoted to both people. It's disrespectful to "bump" Farrah because Michael died too. One person is not more important than another. I feel it's because the media will focus on the negative sensational parts of Michael. I think people should celebrate the postive parts of both their lives. Both have children and I hope the media will be respectful of that fact.


Diana Andreu   June 25th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

Since I was a young child I listened to Michael Jackson's songs. I loved his music then and now at the age of 48 still love all his music. My condelences to all his family and close friends. May he Rest in Peach and may the Lord welcome him into his kingdom with open arms. He will be missed but his legend will always remain and of course his music will be heard forever.

Diana Andreu
Miami, FL


Susan Middleton   June 25th, 2009 8:21 pm ET

Saddened to hear about Michael's death...he will always been the little boy in the Jackson 5 to me...before his crazyniess and the allegations. But really, CNNNews, please stop saying that Farrah's passing is old news, blown out of the water and all attention will focused on Michael. Farrah fought so hard and was so graceful – your comments in the heat of the breaking news are tacky. Think of her family, her friends and her fans. She is the story...just as Michael is. Don't diminish her.


D.M. Taylor   June 25th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

Michael Jackson a great entertainer and a remarkable person for the artists.


Mike   June 25th, 2009 8:23 pm ET

Larry..
I think it is very disgusting that you have devoted so much time on Farrah Fawcet and then when she dies you just throw her to the side for Michael Jackson.
I believe you should still completely devote your show to her because Guarentee you will be spending the next week on Michael Jackson. It is a Grave loss we lost two idols in one day, but it is not morally correct to throw one death aside to take on a more popular just for Ratings...SICK!!!!!!!

Sad,Sad people......


Zainab (Accra, Ghana)   June 25th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

I loved and love Micheal Jackson...he was a great man. He lived his whole life under the scrutinizing eyes of the media and the world, having to deliver song after song which he always did.
He was a strong man God knows that not many people could have survived the malicious lies and allegations constanly made against him.
He is gone now and is in a better place than all of us. Rest well rest in peace.


LOUISE L   June 25th, 2009 8:26 pm ET

D ear Mr. King:

I am deceived and sad about what you said on Campbell Brown's show... it sounded like by obligation you will talk about Farrah Fawcett a little bit but give most of the air time to the death of Michael Jackson.
My husband died of cancer after a battle of 7 years... Farrah fought so courageously... and invited the world in her private live they are fighters, survivors and heroes... SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE PUSH ASIDE LIKE A NOBODY... PLEASE BE FAIR AND DO HALF AND HALF...even if you think that because we were expecting it everything is fine... If the King of pop would not have died today what would you have done... JUST THINK IT COULD BE YOU ONE DAY WITH A "MORE INTERESTING SUBJECT" HAPPENING THE SAME DAY....
Sincerely,


susan   June 25th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

LARRY,
THANK'S, FOR SAYING ALL THE NICE THING'S EARILER, ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON BUT, IT'S ALWAY'S LIKE THIS WHEN SOMEONE SUCH AS MICHAEL JACKSON DIES EVERYONE IS ON EVERY PROGRAM TELLING""HOW GREAT "" HE WAS .WELL WHY DIDN'T THEY SAY SOME OF THESE'S WOUNDERFUL THING'S ABOUT HIM WHILE HE WAS STILL WITH US, HE WAS TREATED TERRIABLE ON ALL THE WORLD'S NEW'S, LAUGHING , WHILE HE WAS IN HIS P,J,'S. I'M SURE HE WAS SICK THEN.NOW THIER PLAYING ALL HIS MUSIC,WHY DIDN'T THEY DO THAT WHILE HE WAS LIVING.SO LET THE FAMILY GREIVE AND LET HIM ALONE NOW .THEY SHOULD HAVE HELP HIM MORE WHILE HE WAS LIVING.DON'T BOAST ON HIM NOW HOW GREAT HE WAS, FOR BETTER PROGRAMING, EVERY ONE "BEAT IT" AND HUSH ABOUT HIM NOW .FAMILY U ALL ARE IN OUR PRAYER'S,


Kelly Z   June 25th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

The world has lost a true musical genius. May we remember all the good things about MJ and may his tortured soul rest in peace.


Mildred Ruiz   June 25th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Baby boy under magenta bolero hat, hid his little sad eyes, crying for love, reaching for help, looking for Neverland; Peter Pan is flying now. I will miss him dearly. Never can say goodbye.


johnny   June 25th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

First of all, I hope you read my question on your show tonight, but I just dont think you are man enough to admit what you said was wrong and disrespectful to the Fawcett FAMILY. My concern on this topic is in reference to your statement earlier this evening on CNN having to do with Farah's illness being an ongoing illness, almost as if you were saying it doesn't really matter compared to the death of Michael Jackson, only because his was sudden. Her illness took her life just like his DRUG ADDICTION brought on his cardiac arrest. I think your statement was unjust and unfair. Cancer is an ugly killer, but she didn't choose to end her life. Michael Jackson was bound to die soon due to his addiction to the medications he was prescribed. How dare you downgrade her death, and the way she left this world. I think it's absolutely ridiculous that you have chosen to override her life, and her success during her life, with Michael Jacksons. How disrespectful. I guess this is what the world has come down to....it only matters who's the most popular. I guess in this society and our world, a child molestor gets more ratings for your show, higher rank...how cliche.


Dicta Blog   June 25th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

I’ll never forget putting on my shiny tap shoes as a kid and singing and dancing around the house to “Bad.” Michael Jackson’s enormous contributions to the music industry and to the fabric of our pop culture are undeniable.


Celeste   June 25th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

Michael Jackson was not the only celebrity to die this week. We must remember the icons Ed McMahon and Farrah Facett. Please remember the icons and not the pop star.


K in Atlantic Canada   June 25th, 2009 8:36 pm ET

I can usually keep my emotions in check, but not tonight. I'm tearful hearing of Michael's passing. I danced my way through junior high school and high school to the Jackson 5 and Michael. Then as a young independent woman living in my own apartment, celebrated his unbelievable Thriller Grammy Night ! I refused to be part of the circus that has plagued him these last two decades. He is truly an icon. His fans deeply feel this loss and I can't imagine what his family and close friends are feeling. My heartfelt sympathies to them. May they have peace in knowing Michael may be gone but we will never forget him. And his influence with "We are the World" continues to pave the way for celebrity causes, to this day and well into the future. If nothing else, before you begin to pass judgement, before the tabloids print the story, before the accusations come out of the woodwork, stop and take a "look at the man in the mirror" and be gracious.


Nicki Philadelphia USA   June 25th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

Michael was The Jacksons. The world has lost a great musical talent. He stands alongside Elvis Presley and John Lennon as one of the most influencial musical legends of our time. Godspeed Michael and may your family find peace and joy in their memories of you.
Nicki, Philadelphia


Barbara J. Garvin   June 25th, 2009 8:39 pm ET

First my prayers go out to his family and also to Farrah Fawcetts family as well.

I have to say that Michael Jaskson music was loved by people of all ages and in fifty years he will still be an icon just like Elvis Presley!!!

I love CNN, Larry King and AC 360,
Barbara J. Garvin


Monica   June 25th, 2009 8:41 pm ET

Larry, why is CNN focusing so much on the negative about MJ? He just died, for God's sake. 😦 It's very disappointing.

RIP Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett.


Michael   June 25th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Arguably the most amazing talent ever- I grew up with Michael Jackson- what a freaking amazing, ground-breaking creative talent- when an MJ song appears- I know it. Would have loved to have seen his "comeback." But really, his gifts never left us. And they won't. Into perpetuity they will give, and when I'm 60, whenever, I'll still want to get up and shake it to his music. Yup. What a day


Melanie   June 25th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

As a 46 yr old white female, I grew-up to Michael. SUCH A LOSS ... my 63 yr old mother called today to tell me what happened- she was almost in tears. 46 yr old & 63 yr old white women ... Michael obviously touched our lives. REMEMBER PLEASE ... he was more than an entertainer. He was GOOD PERSON. He had a heart, a soul and many who loved him (family, friends and FANS). "Man In The Mirror" ... a fabulously introspective soul-searching song-"don't judge others until you've fixed yourself". I'm at a loss for further words ... just such a loss. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBER MICHAEL ... you will always livei in my heart, mind & soul.
Melanie in Alaska


Ericka   June 25th, 2009 8:53 pm ET

VERY Sad day in the entertainment world today. My heart goes out to Ed Mcmahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson's families on this heartbreaking day.

I think Mr King didn't mean anything harmful in what he said in regards to Farrahs cancer. It's natural for someone who was presumably healthy and dies to become headline news especially someone of his stature. We've known Farrah was going to die it did't catch us by shock, just as when Ed died has he was older and also battling cancer. MJ's death is just that ...shocking. It's sad that it seems to overshadow the others but that's just the way it is...if you asked me today when I woke up what celebrity has died. My first guess wouldn't even be MJ...he wouldn't even be on the list.

I think people need to stop being so touchy.


Irene Carrera   June 25th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

I am crushed and I feel like I have been punched in my stomach, I had Michael Jackson's tapes, buttons of him, a jacket like his, I danced in recitals' to his music. I grew up singing along with his music and watching his videos'. I hope that people, will appreciate the talent that was our Michael Jackson, he could never be replaced, he is and was our "KING OF POP"!!

Love Always,
Irene Carrera
Nashville,TN


Joyce in Ohio   June 25th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Today we have lost an angel and a King... what a sad day.


Donna   June 25th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

I rember him as i was raised in a foster home with other children.
We watched tv with him and his brother singing I'll be there,also abc's
I WOULD DANCE TO HIS SONGS ,OMG ROCKIN ROBIN was my favorit one. We looked up to him.All the good he brought for children.
I Choose to rember the good in him.All that talent.that voice .
I pray for his children & family ,Mickey rest in peice,for you will sing with the angels tonight.........


AVERY   June 25th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

LARRY KING I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR YOU. YOU ARE A TRUE REPORTER. I LOVE THE WAY YOU HANDLE THE INTERVIEW ABOUT 1/2 HOUR AGO . YOU DISCUSSED WHEN YOU BOTH RECEIVED AWARDS FROM JESSE JACKSON. YOU DISCUSSED THE ISSUES HE HAD BUT YOU ALSO DISCUSSED THE POSITIVE. THE OTHER REPORTER WHO COVERED THE TRIAL ONLY DISCUSSED THE NEGATIVE HE ACTED AS IF HE HAD HATRED FOR MICHAEL. HE WAS LIKE A ATTACK DOG. THAT WAS REALLY SAD. THEN THE LADY INTERVIEWED YOU AND YOU ARE A TRUE FAIR DECENT REPORTER.

THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU


Myriam   June 25th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Even if people try to focus on the negative aspect of MJ, he will not be remembered as a child molester

A giant has fallen, every one else is set aside, ant it's not for rating sakes, it's respect.

Farah was a star, MJ was a KING, a legend, A force of nature.


Janet LoRusso   June 25th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT ALL THE CONCERTS AND TOURS MICHAEL JACKSON DID FOR THE STARVING IN AFRICA AND SO ON


RJ   June 25th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

I`d bet my next paycheck he died of an overdose, why hide the truth? Looks like the law of karma finally met up with Mr. Jackson!


Matt   June 25th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Larry,

I just went onto itunes to see if his death would have any impact on the record sales, he has 3 albums in the top 10 in just a matter of 4 hours after his death. I wonder what it will be like in the next day.


Susan Martin   June 25th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Did we ever really know Micheal Jackson?...he was a man, a father, a brother, a son, a friend, for all those reasons I think not. We as a public wanted him to be what we wanted him to be, a superstar. I believe he was a super talented man who gave himself to the world not even really realizing it. Thank you for that gift Michael, you made history doing what you loved. My love goes to your family and friends, for they have the personal loss, not our loss as a public (although great), we should be greatful to have enjoyed and experienced you, and for that "I thank you". To your family, you have gifted us with a beautiful joy, I hope you can find peace and understanding, you will see him again.

Thank you
"


Alison Scanlan   June 25th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Michael Jackson ... The child who never could be. A star who always will be.
Alison Scanlan Oakville, Ontario, Canada


julia lucente   June 25th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

I am very sad today about the loss of a music Icon, Michael Jackson. His music has moved and changed peopels life. From the jackson 5
"ABC" to his solo music with "Thriller" he made us dance, sing and think. His songs have become an importent part of music history and the social makeup of american. As the " King of pop" he inspired many artist such as justin timberlake and chirs brown. Even threw the last few bad years the fans stuck by michael never wavering. He will be very misted and loved.
And I hope he is happy in heaven.

Always a fan
Julia Lucente


john w   June 25th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

i am just heart broken about this. michael was an amazing artist and human being. and i sure hope that people will respect his legacy and not spend alot of time bashing him over things that he was NEVER convicted of.

HE WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE KING OF POP!!!!!

RIP MICHAEL!!!!

WE LOVE YOU


Shan   June 25th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

The world has lost one of its most creative spirits. Michael Jackson was an amazing artist that brought Pop music and popular culture to another level. He had fans among all races and all culture accross the world. He opened the door for Black artists to the mainstream. The simple fact that so many people are reacting to his death speaks volumes to the lives that he has touched.

I am sadded by the media's portrayl at this time. It seems as if they just can't even let his body grow cold before they begin to rip him apart. I do no deny the contraversy that surrounds him. However, the reality is that all of us have sinned and fallen short....

Let us remember that despite the things about him that remain unknown or cannont be explained, he leaves a legacy of great music that speaks to who is really was inside. His songs speak to happiness, tolerance, self reflection and most of all love. Let us remember him for that today.

Broadcast and publish your trash and specualtion tomorrow.


Edward   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

This is a shocker! It's like the the day when they announced Elvis Presley's death! We pray for him and his family!


Nicole Eliza   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I really hope his children, especailly the older 2, will end up with someone in the Jackson family and not with the woman who sold them, so to speak, in the first place. They hopefully will grow up knowing what an amazing entertainer their father truly was.


Inalegwu Frank Uji   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I just lost one of my Heroes. MICHEAL JACKSON.
MICHEAL FOREVER.

He too was an agent of change. Though never loved by others but you cant beat. Turn your back and see whos behind you. But he did was part of the "We are the World" and "HEALED THE WORLD" with Earth song"

Micheal's life from child hood to adult show us the youth we can improve our tallent and work to achieving our dreams.


Misty Almaraz   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Michael was the greatest performer ever, I have a picture that my mother took of him when she just so happened to ride in the same train cart in Disneyland in 1983. I will cherish it always, Michael you will always live on. You will always be number 1 in my book


Irene Carrera   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Our beloved Farrah Fawcett,
I watched her battle cancer and It was hell to watch someone you grew up with go through so much pain but she did it with such strength and courage. I remember my two older brothers having her world famous poster that every young man had on there wall in the late seventies and early eightees. I had been blessed with meeting her right outside my New Orleans home in a city named Algiers, where she was filming a movie. I couldn't believe it was her and she was so BEAUTIFUL & KIND!!!!!!!!! My heart goes out to Ryan O'Neal & their Beloved son Redman and the rest of her family & friends. I have always enjoyed every show & movie she was in, the entertainment world has lost two of the BEST TALENTS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Farrah & Michael You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Meshelle   June 25th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

I'm deeply hurt by the news, but I'm more disgusted at the media. Can we please have a moment to grieve before you (Media) start speculating on legal issues. Jackson family be strong... Michael R.I.P.


Jayne Webster   June 25th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I grew up with you...danced to your songs....I may not have agreed in the way you lived your life ..however I cannot argue the fact that we have lost a great artisit and you will be missed. I never got a chance to see you in concert which makes me sad!


Vanessa Ambrocio   June 25th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

God is good...he takes the good ones a little bit earlier than many. Rest in peace Michael Jackson.


Vanessa Ambrocio   June 25th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

God is good...he takes the good ones a little bit earlier than many. Rest in peace Michael Jackson.


Krista   June 25th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I am saddened that the King of Pop has passed away, however I am totally dismayed that the death of Farrah Fawcett today has been put on the back burner and that the news has been completely overtaken by Michael Jackson. Don't forget Farrah – a true angel!


RJ   June 25th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Sorry folks , dont agree with the majority here, all I`ll be able to remember him by was the 20 million dollars he paid to a young boy to keep the sexual abuse case out of criminal court, I have no room for a child molester and I believe anyone who sits back and praises him like as if he were some kind of god ought to be ashamed of themselves!


Allison   June 25th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Very sad news about MJ. Annoyed that you are not giving equal coverage to the death of Farrah Fawcett.


t from texas   June 25th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Michael will be missed. I loved his music no matter what he had created it was a best hit. No one would be able to compare to him. It's funny how things happen. I had been thinking about buying his cd just last week and I said I would wait. It's hard to believe he's no longer exsisting. NO one knows when your time will come all you can do is just embrace it. My god always look down on his family and on Farrah Fawcett family. She was so beautiful and I remember when the first episode of Charles Angeles came on the air. I use to want to be like her so bad. The long pretty hair, her smile and the legs it's sad. I just think about how my family had to deal with the death of my uncle because he died from cancer. But no matter how you look at it or prepare its still hard and never easy to adjust to it.


BRENDA SNYDER   June 25th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

I AM SO SAD . I GREW UP WITH MICHAEL JACKSON.HE WAS A MUSICAL GIANT.
I WAS A HUGE FAN OF FARRAH. WHAT A DAY THIS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE


Kathryn   June 25th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

There is so much coverage on TV and Twitter that we are unable to tweet and contact Iran or recieve infor from #iranelection SO THE DOOR HAS BEEN SHUT ON COMMUNICATIONS TO THEM!! CAN YOU PLEASE DO SOMETHING?


diana   June 25th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

i was shocked to hear about michael. as shocked as i was when we heard about diana princess of wales. the world loses another rare gem. love to your family and children michael


Sydnei   June 25th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Speechless!


amy   June 25th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

To change your programming to honor Farrah Fawcett is inexcusable-Michael Jackson was also a great performer, but should not have preceded the tribute planned for tonight on your show-Much less respect for you-Amy Hill


SLSW   June 25th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Mr. King,
I think that both of these people are very famous, one has more hype around him. Could you really take away from someone who has been such a trooper and a person of strength? I am not suggesting we take away from MJ, but give FF her due!


Shahab   June 25th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

As a teenager of a very different generation than MJ, I nonetheless feel a deep sense of loss.


Sydnei   June 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Speechless! The King of Pop will always be remembered! R.I.P. Blessings from above.


Inalegwu Frank Uji   June 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry this is a big loss for all of us. And I thank you for connecting with others to share Micheals story.

MICHEAL LIVE ON 'cos he is the Moon Walker


Carol   June 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I am upset that all the talk is about the passing of Micheal Jackson We lost another very important icon today to by the name of Farrah Fawcett and I hope you don't forget about her also . I think her death will be saddly ovrer shadowed by Jacksons death and thats a shame She was a much better role model for kids then Jackson would ever be TOO much Media coverage on him as it was and is now thank you Carol


LaNae Beightol   June 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I just saw on my Twitter Page that Jeff Goldblum has also died today. Is this true and do you have any info on this? He was one of my favorite actors.
Thanks!
LaNae


Samira   June 25th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

June 25th 2009, will be remembered as a devastating day for me and for millions more. Today a beautiful, wonderfull and genius talent died. Michael, although you are no longer with us, you will forever be remembered! May you rest in peace and may God have mercy on your soul.

Love Samira


Caroline Charest   June 25th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Michael Jackson has been larger than life for years. I loved his music...my daughters loved his music...he had a persona that will outlive all of us. He created the moonwalk...his talents did not just stop at his music...but he danced like nobody else we have ever seen...he was a true humanitarian..
I truly hope that the investigation and media...does not overshadow...or tarnish the true talent and gift that this person shared with the world.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and his children.


LaDonna   June 25th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I love you Michael. I pray you rest in peace after all the hounding you have had all your life. I hope and pray that I am in your corner of heaven with you there in the choir. This is so sad and shocking. It is as if society created this thing that entertained us, we caged it, when we ignored it or analyzied it, it would change its appearance to try and please us, then finally it dies and we appreciate it. Such irony of the way we treat those special truly gifted people that entertain us. We expect perfectionism and then they kill themselves trying to live up to that standard. We should all learn a lesson of what not to do and remember the positive things Micahel brought into all of our lives.


Pat Gwinn   June 25th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Sadly I heard someone mention that Michael Jackson ranked up there with the legendary performers such as Sinatra, Presley... I believe that Jackson set the standard for any performer ever. If Presley were alive today, he wouldn't sell out as quickly or ever perform as well as Jackson. There is no comparison. Jackson is the greatest of all time.


L Grisham   June 25th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I was just listening to Celine Dion speaking about Michael Jackson....and although both are/were talented singers and entertainers, I can't believe that she could equate his passing with John F. Kennedy! It is truly tragic that Michael passed away, but let's be real....that is just a little much. Did she call up and talk about Mother Teresa passing away? A living saint who gave up her life for other people....


mario tuy   June 25th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

rest in peace michael jackson..


enabler   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

hey larry this is all to familiar in my family.
my brother was hooked on prescribed drugs which got worse and worse until one day he was not breathing and went into a coma state.
We knew this would happen seeing how may oxy-contins he took. I stayed away after talking to dr. and pharmacists. You cant have him sent to rehab unless he is a danger to himself or society. He was found one morning not breathing taken to the hospital the same way. The dr.s said he had a 7% chance of living. After two weeks of being in a coma he came out of it. He is a special needs now and has to go to therapy everyday. Because nobody would force him to get help!!!!! I feel what the spokes person is saying when they say ENABLER.


miss leanne   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Michael jackson is truly an icon...I remember watching him on my cousin's "disc video machine" in the '80's..".THRILLER"...and that's excactly what it was a Thrill!!...now I'm a preschool teacher and I watch my 4 and 5 year olds dancing and trying to master the "Thriller Dance".


Melissa   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I am so sad that MJ passed....but why is all the media on him and not farrah? is it because she put herself out there and there are no questions asked. because michael was so secretive and the whole world wants to know more. i know he was the king of pop, i acknowledge him as that, he brought me so many memories, but why over shadow another persons death at this time? i just do not understand?


Ana   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Michael Jackson is one of the most talented pop stars history has ever known. Although he no longer exists among us, his music shall for ever stay alive! May your soul rest in peace Michael!


Stephanie   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

RIP Michael, your music moved the world, your voice will live on forever!!!


Sophia Jackson   June 25th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

That low life DIANE DIAMOND was on MSNBC trying to sell her book about Michael Jackson before the body was cold!

This low life broad is so stupid, greedy and selfish that it is unbelievable!

She trashed him during the trial, never respecting his mother, children and family with her lies that she knew nothing about, and even today she was saying that the man only eats one meal a day!! How the hell does she know how many meals he eats??? She simply passes along negative information.

People with that much hate will get it back when the UNIVERSE returns what she has given.

I am in the business, and I can tell you that I block her every chance I get because she is NOT FAIR. It is on thing to report real truths but to slander someone because you think he wants to be a "GOD" (not MJ at all) is just awful!

R.I.P. Farah! You were a class act~


Shahab   June 25th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Am deeply distraught over the death of Farrah Fawcett. She made a profound difference in pop culture.


Devonte   June 25th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Greatest singer and dancer to ever lived. RIP Michael Jackson.


layla   June 25th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

My sympathy to the family. I had lots of things to say, but he's gone and we shouldn't speak badly of the dead. Having said that I don't think we should pay tribute to him, what about his behavior with young boys, and on in particular? Perhaps there is justice now.


Ms. Marquise Hargrove   June 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Words can't quite express the impact and loss of Mr. Michael Jackson. He integrated the once very homogeneous MTV, pefected the choreographic artistry of both Fred Astaire and James Brown, was an integral part of the historic "We Are The World" project, and was the most talented and influential entertainer of the entire 20th century. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


Ella Dick   June 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

A very sad day ..The king of pop and a great entertainer ,i feel a part of me missing this seems very unreal.i wish people would understand how loving Michael was with kids and around kids he was on a kids level .i will never believe he did any harm only loved all only God will make me believe different ,I pray for his family and all that loved him .My daughter Born at the same time thriller came out in 1982.she went back to work in tears ..We love Michael You will live in our hearts forever.Thanks


Marissa   June 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

The World has lost an exceptional individual. Michael Jackson was a phenomenal musician and artiste. From the fancy footwork of his dance moves to the creative illustrations of his music videos and short films, his music and style revolutionized the music industry. Despite all he is and will be remembered for the positive impact he made in the lives of musicians and vocalists worldwide. He will be missed.


Talia J   June 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Today we lost a star, a GOOD person: the one and only MICHAEL JACKSON!! I am glad to say i am a fan and will continue to be one. We will miss you and your work!! R.I.P. King


K.Hall   June 25th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I am so saddened by the death of Michael Jackson, He was someone I grew up listening to, He was an amazing performer who was so good at what he did , He danced like no other and there will never in my eyes be another Michael Jackson..not ever.....I give my condolences to his family, each and every one, Michael will live on through all his music, and his prescious children..His fans will always remember Him...I felt sorry for him for all the heartache he went through in his life, he never really had a childhood, he started performing at age 5, and he had to grow up so fast, I think that had to with alot of his personal problems, but maybe if we all would Look at that man in the Mirror we can see our own flaws also.. Michael you are and will always be The King Of Pop to me...May God Bless Your Family in this time of Need..I love you Michael.. Rest in Peace and God Bless Your soul


Frank Czumalowski   June 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Larry I am 50 years old and when I was young as a child, I was being
abused everyday but said nothing because I did not want my brothers,
and one sister to end up in the foster care system. I can tell you most
assurredly that Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 helped me to
survive those dreadfull years of abuse in my life. I always loved this
wonderfull man and never gave up on him even in the 90's after he was aquitted. He is the greatest entertainer of all time, there will no
one like him again. I believe the press killed him over the years and
people always trying to extort him for money all the time. He was a
gentle soul and a real kindrid spirit who loved everyone. I will miss
him so much. I am so sadden by his lose. Now he will be in peace with God and will be dancing in heaven with Elvis, James Brown,
Marvin, Ray Charles, and so many others. Heaven is now being
entertained by Michael now. This saddens me so to loose him on earth.


Allison   June 25th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Agree with Melissa, Farrah put herself out there, she was honest and tried to help all of us understand what cancer is like. Never giving up! Incredibly strong until her last breath.


Adrea   June 25th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I am extremely shocked and moved at Michaels Death. I find it very offensive that Cher has the nerve to get on Larry King and talk about how Michael is weird for changing his skin...Cher is one to judge someone! She should check herself!


RJ   June 25th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Making good music and being able to dance does not excuse his controversial at best lifestyle which included molesting children, endangering childrens lives! Can you people actually look over at your child and then excuse MJ for his actions, come on now, he was no GOD, quit acting like he was!


Evey,Oregon   June 25th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I am shocked and saddened over the news of Micheal's death,as are so many. I pray he knew how much he was loved by his fans and friends. It saddens me also that I do not remember all of these celebrities showing all of this love and emotion when he was going through what was probably the worst time of his life as he fought for his freedom during the trial. I'm sure he would have appreciated some moral support during that difficult time.


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I so wish tonight could have belonged to farrah alone.


Shasha   June 25th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

This is a very tragic time in the history of the United States. I think that CNN should be celebrating all the wonderful things Micheal Jackson did during his life and all the breakthroughs he made instead of mostly focusing on all the problems he went though in his life and all the mistakes we made. We are all human and have to understand the situations he went though. Still Micheal Jackson is a great man. We should have some respect. We are still alive and and he lost his life so it’s not time for negative critics


Carol   June 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I agree with Angela tonight should of been Farrahs and her's alone


Shahab   June 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

The million-dollar question: What will happen to Michael Jackson's record as the most successful music artist of all time?


Rob   June 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

This generation will never know the magic of Michael Jackson. He had a gift that reached through your speakers and grabbed you by the soul. Made you wanna sing, dance. It is rare that an artist can reach through space and time and make you feel the message and music down to your very soul. He was a gift to this world and now he's gone. God Bless Michael Jackson and I am glad I was fortunate enough to be around while he was king. The world is a little darker now but the kids of this generation won't notice unless the artist they look up to, hip hop primarily, pay him tribute as they should. Let's hope they bring his music to the people of today's world, Lord knows we could use the beauty.


Stan in Tampa Fl.   June 25th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

He was beyond talented, but unique in personality.
This is the time to remember the good things about him.
I was just taught that when someone dies, you only speak about the good thing that they did and Michael did many good things.
I hope that when I die, I am given the same respect.
Thank you.


James31   June 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I agree with others who say Michael was the greatest artist ever. The many great performers all deserve much praise, but for overall talent, top honors go to Michael.


Faree Imaan   June 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

The News is too shocking for everyone around the world, he was not just a musician or singer but the living legend and his dead is not natural. to me i am pretty sure it was pre-planned well set up assignatation due to his concerts in london ( THIS IS IT )
everyone is well aware he converted and became muslim, Even The QUEEN must be knowing about it that, if he came here to London ( her kingdom ) and did these 50 concerts would make the impact on entire UK, because he surely would have raised songs such as man in the mirror , we are the world , they don't really care about us , all the songs against what's going on in the world and surely the fans and those followers must be understanding my view that his death is not natural, it is something which QUEEN been doing 1997 with Diana made her Dirty Diana and Now Michael Jackson.

I kindly request that case should be not be folded and investigation should carried out because we didn't just lost him, to me I lost the world !

Regards ,

Faree Imaan

wake up brothers , seek for the truth it is an assignation ...
Heart arrest of one physically fit dancer,singer, who was about to perform after 14 days ! GOD use your common sense .........

ALL MY LOVE YOU MICHEAL !
he is alive and always with me in my heart in my world !


Shahab   June 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

This is the most tragic day in a long time: Michael and Farrah die on the same day!


Audrey Simpson   June 25th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I'm heartbroken by the news of Michael Jackson’s death, and it’d really tick me off if someone tries to tell me I can’t be because I’m so young (age 16). As soon as my mum told me, my mouth dropped open and I demanded she repeat herself. But I've been watching coverage of his recent death since about 3 PM PST this afternoon, and I heard a lot of interesting insight from several panels. One point in particular that stuck with me was that Michael Jackson is said to be an entirely different person when he's performing, as opposed to when he's offstage. I immediately remembered a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, which I believe is in Welcome to the Monkey House. The story is about an actor who has absolutely no personality when he isn't on stage, but he fits any role like a true actor. I remembered the story and thought it certainly related to the comment made by someone on a panel. Not that Michael Jackson had no personality away from the stage, just that he came so alive when he was singing and dancing. And that's in stark contrast to his personal behavior.

Audrey
Elk Grove, CA


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

She earned it with a brave fight which is very different than a premature death. She sufferred horribly but bravely, I just think it was usurped a bit today, actually alot. I am sure in time there will be plenty of coverage, but still....I was looking forward to reflecting on her valiant fight this evening. Not now.


Uso   June 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

RIP Michael – thank you for all the years you've given us such great music and entertainment. You will forever be in our hearts.


Hina Amjad   June 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Yea this is an assignation ......
I can't believe that he can die like that .......
come on........ oh swear i didnt even thought about his being muslim ....


Good Job CNN   June 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Thank you for remembering Farrah Fawcett too. I'm sorry for both families and my thoughts and prayers are with them, but one loss shouldn't outshine another. Thank you for your memorials to both entertainment icons.


Denise Fleming   June 25th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Unbelievable! Michael Jackson dead! I shall always carry the memories of his incredible concert I attended here in my homeland, New Zealand! Even in this far flung beautiful little country the memories of 'King of Pop' shall always live on! My sympathy to the friends and family of Michael! I shall always keep a special spot in my memory bank for Michael! Rest in Peace friend.


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

thank you Carol, I was looking for that info.


Linda Mansfield-Wade   June 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I think your show is so awesome. I watch you every chance I get before
retiring for bed and nite.

I was so sad to hear of the three losts today. I grew up with Michael Jackson and he left legacy that will never be forgotten. People loved him regardless of his misfortunes in life. My condolences to the Jackson Famiy and may God be with his children Michael Prince 1,
Michael Prince 11 and Paris.

I was once on a flight with Farrah Fawcett and she was just and beauty
but awesome lady. May she rest in peace.

Ed McMann I will alway remember him on the Johnny Carson Show.

May God Bless!!!


Faree Imaan   June 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The News is too shocking for everyone around the world, he was not just a musician or singer but the living legend and his dead is not natural. to me i am pretty sure it was pre-planned well set up assignatation due to his concerts in london ( THIS IS IT )
everyone is well aware he converted and became muslim, Even The QUEEN must be knowing about it that, if he came here to London ( her kingdom ) and did these 50 concerts would make the impact on entire UK, because he surely would have raised songs such as man in the mirror , we are the world , they don’t really care about us , all the songs against what’s going on in the world and surely the fans and those followers must be understanding my view that his death is not natural, it is something which QUEEN been doing 1997 with Diana made her Dirty Diana and Now Michael Jackson.

I kindly request that case should be not be folded and investigation should carried out because we didn’t just lost him, to me I lost the world !

Regards ,

Faree Imaan

wake up brothers , seek for the truth it is an assignation …
Heart arrest of one physically fit dancer,singer, who was about to perform after 14 days ! GOD use your common sense ………

ALL MY LOVE YOU MICHEAL !
he is alive and always with me in my heart in my world !


Theab   June 25th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

this isn't Michael vs. Farrah. May they both rest in peace.


James31   June 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry, where did they get the photo? Well, as you probably know, that would be from a passer-by who sold it to them. There's no dollar amount too high to pay for invasion of one's very private moments is there.


Purple Spider   June 25th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Indeed a shock. I remember Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.
A great entertainer and a great loss, but his music will always be with us. A time for prayers and thoughts to his family.


Kim   June 25th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

RIP Micheal...Larry I am a very dedicated CNN person. However, I was never more dissappointed in my life in CNN with the news was first breaking, it was all the NEGATIVE! Jeffrey was SO WRONG! But Thank Goodness Campbell, Anderson and crew came in and turned it around. And your show is awsome...Also, after such a strong never ending battle, may Farrah RIP...She walked that walker with more stregnth and brilliance than anyone could have...My heart is with Ryan, Redman and the rest of her family too...Please lets not let her entrance into enternal life be forgotton...Thanks


margaret in northern ireland   June 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

may god have mercy on his soul michael jackson was a legend and will live forever through his music and dance and the messages he sent through his lyrics i saw him live in cork ireland many years ago and that concert will live in my memory always my children know all his songs and think his dancing as amazing may he rest in peace


tia   June 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

SHAME ON ET! How dare they be proud that they have "the" last photo taken of Michael Jackson. Shame on CNN for actually showing. Have you no respect for his family?


Anila Khan   June 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Investigation should be done .... against QUEEN too and her X wife.....
it could be possible that this is an assignation not what we see it on the TV !

as Micheal said himself ,

just because you see it on the TV sceen,
you think and make it actual .....

just because ! he said himself ! smooth criminals
what more

May God Rest His Soul In Heaven !
Ameen.

He will always live as legend ......


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Oh no, please, the assasination theories, well , what do you expect? Frankly, I am surprised he made it this far.


Jef S.   June 25th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Larry, Thanks for touching on the passing of Miss Farah, She was also loved by millions and I am glad you touched on her passing during this tragic time. Thanks Again,
Jef from Kitter, Maine


Jackie   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I can not believe a quality program like Larry King Live chose to post the picture of Michael Jackson trying to be resuscitated by paramedics. The world does not need to see that! Michael Jackson, the MAN, not the pop icon deserves dignity in his death and CNN disgraced itself with that picture! Shame on you!


Essie   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Any word on where his kids were at the time he collapsed? Will his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe take the kids?


heartflet   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Please Larry, do NOT show that picture of Michael being taken into hospital, let us remember him for his music. That is so disrespectful!


Danielle   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Michael Jackson, was a icon, humanitarian, and a real loving guy, though he had some rough times throughout his life, he was really a loving and caring soul, when you lose your childhood, and be forced to entertain even when you love to- he was bond to go through some backlashes. but overall, he will be missed and never replaced!!


Vickie Bosley Erlanger, Ky   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

This has been such a sad week in Hollywood first Ed McMahon, the Farrah Faucet, now Michael Jackson!!! May they all rest in peace, they all have had a tough time the last few years!!!

Vickie Bosley
Erlanger Ky


Linda   June 25th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry
When I heard I cried like a baby, I remember when he first started with his brothers, Even then everyone knew he was special away from his brothers you could see it, and when he went solo with that first album "OFF THE WALL" man, there was no stopping him.
He was the Greatest, Greater than Elvis, Greater than the Beatles, No One, No One could touch Micheal Jackson, he could do everything. And someone said he was a poor soul, You don't know what a Genius this guy was, what a Blessing that we could hear something/someone like him, There will Never Ever Be another like him


Jen   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry,
Where are the children? Were they with him when he died?


Crystal   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

THAT WAS LOW DOWN DIRTY AND DISGUSTING! That photographer that took the picture of Michael Jackson dead in the ambulance! You took the mans pride to privacy in his dying moment. Like you didn't take enough of that his whole life. The papparazzi never get enough.


Andrea   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Michael Jackson's music was a huge part of my childhood and life in general, and I am very saddened by his death. However, I do not think that showing the photo of Michael while under the care of those who tried to save him was very tasteful. I understand that news reporters and photographers try to get the most intimate photos and details of a news story as possible, but this was just too far. Michael Jackson was such an important figure in our generation and deserves more respect than that. We want to remember him as the young, vibrant King of Pop, not as he was in his final moments.

I hope that his family and friends will find peace in this difficult time.


Jennifer in Alabama   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Shame on Entertainment Tonight for obtaining and airing the photo of Michael Jackson as he passed away and CNN should not have put it on the show...SHAME SHAME SHAME


James Michel   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

On June 25 2009 at 2:26 pm, Our Lord God in Heaven called his Angle, Michael Jackson, back to the Kingdom. I thank you Lord, for the 50 years for this gifted Blessing you gave us. You gave us Jesus to save are soul, and Michael Jackson to entertain our body. I know I will see him again. Thank you Lord. Nothing can change my love for you Lord Jesus.

Wake Up In Peace
Michael J. Jackson


Deidre   June 25th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Michael Jackson was definitely the undisputed King of Pop. He even mesmerized the world to the point that the world forgot his was a black man. His 2 oldest kids ARE WHITE! They are not his! He may have had them with Debbie Roe and sure Debbie is their mother but Michael Jackson was NOT THEIR FATHER! If he had been anybody but Michael Jackson, he would have been prosecuted for buying children but he got away with it. I can't be the only person on the planet that sees a major problem with this! For his third child, who knows. I am glad these 3 children have some money so they can get the psychological help I am sure they need after being raised by Mr. Jackson.


Jeannie Klever   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Regarding the photo you just showed of Michael Jackson being rolled out of his home by paramedics: Good journalism? Larry, come on. It was in bad taste! Please don't show that photo again. It's offensive.


Julie   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am COMPLETELY APPALLED that you would show the ET picture of Michael Jackson with the paramedics. This is a human being with A FAMILY. That is not good journalism, that is complete disrespect. How would you feel if that was your father, brother or son shown on TV in that manner. NO matter what the profession, that kind of so called journalism is inappropriate and unprofessional. HOw do you all sleep at night?


don baker   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

find it very disrespectful for cnn to post picture of michael jackson intubated in cardiac arrest.


Mary   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am disgusted that you are showing the picture of Michael Jackson on his way to the hospital on your network. This is in extremely poor taste, and I hope the family does not see it. Please do not show this photo any more. Have some decency!!


Susan Hanmer   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Have you no morals why would you show the last video of Michael Jackson in an ambulance.


Tanya of Omaha NE   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Shame on Larry King Live. I just tuned in to hear Cher focusing on what a good teen Michael Jackson was and how weird his kids were being handled. What's worse is Larry King focusing on why Cher thinks Michael was always changing hisself and what brought it on.
Larry King, you want some answers. Look at the footage you've shown on the show. I see a boy, who worked harder than any performer I've seen, while dealing with the constraints and abuse in his private life. He was a professional. Much like I thought you were, until today.

Shame on you Larry King. The WORLD is mourning. We know what has happened in his life, and right now it doesn't matter.

WE are greatful for what Michael has contributed to our WORLD. WE are praying for his family, especially his children and we don' give a crap about whether he changed his skin color. IT DONT MATTER IF HE WAS BLACK or WHITE.

Tanya of Omaha, NE


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Michael wasnt happy. Nobody really knew him. If everyone loved him so much they should be happy for him now, that he is in peace finally.


RJ   June 25th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

if you sit back and excuse MJ and show praise over shame then you must believe what he has done in his private life is not only ok but you would condone his actions with one of your own children!


Julie   June 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Showing that photo was incredibly poor taste.


Ni Rodriguez   June 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

It is still a shock to me that Michael is gone... after hearing the death of Farrah, My husband and I just turned the channel and it sent a chill through my arms that he is gone. There will never be another Michael Jackson. The entire world is in mourning. Just like the way we mourned the death of the "King Of Rock n Roll" Elvis Presley, " The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, Now we mourn again for "The King of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Who will be taking care of the children. This is also another battle to see who will be the legal guardians of Michael's children, His Parents or the Children's Biological Mother? If he (Michael) had any income left, who would be the beneficiary? Will a Judge grant it to his children? *Again, if he had any money left*

My heart goes out to his Mother. It's a terrible feeling for a child to die before his/her parents. I can only imagine the pain she is going through right now. Condolences to the Jackson Family and his children.

Everyone hear in the Bronx has his music playing outside in front of our homes.


john w   June 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

something i find weird is not one word has been mentioned about janet jackson at all. im wondering whats that about.


Brian   June 25th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Wow! What Larry just described as "good reporting" for the last photograph of Michael Jackson, i would personally describe as a huge invasion of privacy and bad judgement to show that photograph on television.


Diana DelGado   June 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am appalled by the photo a CNN correspondent showed during Larry King's Michael Jackson coverage minutes ago (it's currently 9:36 EST).

It showed MJ as he was being resesitated by medical workers. King asked the reporter, "How did you get that photo?" The female reporter answered, "You'll have to ask my producer... we are on top of things" (or something to that effect of being in-the-know).

I am offended at CNN producers thinking that showing the picture of a possibly dead MJ on television is a proper thing to do. Please, stay ethical and professional in your reporting, if the public wants scandolous, insensitive photos they can go to the thousands of gossip websites or watch the one or two television programs which still exist.

Remember, you are supposed to be a "news" channel, not a gossip channel.

Thank you.


RJ   June 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

he friggin overdosed , bet on it!


Jen   June 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Very rough night for all of us. Farrah was a real trooper and we loved her, we will remember her strength and the empowerment she gave women around the world. Rest in Peace Farrah...you did the best you could and more....Ryan and family..God Bless


Penny Cannon   June 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Shortly after tuning in, I heard the ET reporter proudly announce that ET had obtained the last pic of Michael Jackson....then wham! The pic of Michael Jackson was displayed with all the tubes and resuscitation equipment attached. There was no warning from her or Larry King. I can only hope Mr. King was not aware of the graphic nature of the photo. I have been an RN for twenty years and have seen many deaths, both peaceful and tragic. A family/loved should have the option of how they want to remember their loved ones. Plastering pics like this is the ultimate sign of disrespect. Honestly, would you want your picture like that for the world to see?


jake Marino   June 25th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry you guys should be ashamed for showing the photos of Michael Jackson on the strecher dead. Whats next are you guys going to film the autopsy.


Jackie   June 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I'm with you Brian...."good reporting"...its disgusting! I turned from CNN after that!!! They owe the Jackson Family and the public an apology!!


Janet Hogemann   June 25th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I just can not believe this. It feels like a bad bad nightmare, I just can not stop crying. I have Loved Michael Jackson from the very first time I heard him. He was an Idol to me as well to others. He will be missed dearly but no one will ever take his place, nor will anyone be anywhere as good as he was. He Was and Will Always be The King Of Pop! My Love and Heart goes out to his Children, may they remember their Daddy as a great man and know that he Loved them dearly. To the Jackson Family, I am so sorry for your loss.
The world has lost a very Loving and Talented Man.
Rest In Peace Michael.
All My Love Always.
Janet Hogemann
Moose Jaw
Saskatchewan Canada


Carolyn   June 25th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a genius. RIP Michael.


pam catanzarita   June 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

could the news be anymore tacky ??? poor michael jackson's body is being plastered on tv being resusitated and in a body bag !!! doesn't anyone deserve a little dignaty ??? this is in very poor taste, shame on cnn


James31   June 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

RJ, Carol, Angela--no one of us who passes from earth do so without our trials and tribulations. I think Larry is doing the appropriate coverage tonight. Farrah has had a lot of coverage and will continue to receive coverage given the beautiful, talented person that she was. Michael's death is a shock and unexpected whereas Ed's and Farrah's were not. It truly should not be interpreted that anyone is being slighted. For those posting very negative comments about Michael, I will just hope that you are perfect. There's a time and place for everything. Tonight is not the time and place for some things.


Katherine   June 25th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I can't believe he's gone, but I'm sickened by the photo that was just shown on Larry King Live by an ET reporter.
NO ONE should be showing that photo.
He had a family and friends, and that is disrespectful and wrong.
That's NOT reporting! That's just plain sick.
If it was my loved one, I wouldn't want to see that!
Please don't show it anymore. Have some respect for his family & friends.


Josephine Sapp   June 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Michael Jackson was the all time greatest music icons but more important is the way he touched all our lives. He made the world a better place. He was willing when most were not to touch the lives of aids patients especially that of Ryan White. He was a unsurpased advocate for the underserved populations of the world. He will be so missed. His loss is unimaginable. Again, he left us with a better world because of his music and advocacy.


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Donner Summer....ya gotta love larry sometimes


Miranda   June 25th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I remember being around 4 or 5 years old when I saw my first Michael Jackson video and I was in awe.... My mom had his tapes and vynil records and I would take the tapes up to my room and put them into my tape player and turn up the music and dance and sing!!!! I listend to thoes tapes so much I actually ruined them!!!! Most of my best childhood memories involve Michaels music, from dancing to singing to putting on concerts with friends and there is the car rides that were always fun because of Michaels music. I cant believe this...... Its surreal and this is our generations Lenon.


Robert Zamora   June 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

The body bag!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN LONGER BE SHOCKED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is there no decency left?????????


jack   June 25th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a very talented performer and may he rest in peace. Many famous writers, actors , and musicians have died in recent years, yet they never filled all the news networks for hours with tributes. He was a talented musician, he is not the messiah. If he died from one of the synthetic poisons that we see advertised ad nauseum on TV, it is another reason a harmless herb should be legalized. Had Michael been using the harmless herb, he could never have OD'd. Yet people lump nature's medicines with the lab created poisons, and call them all drugs. And as for saying nice things about the man, this is the right thing to do. I wonder why the media has turned on its frenzy machine. There have been many famous people who have died , and witht the exception of Presidents, or the violent death of John Lennon, we do not see this type of media overkill. Many have died today , make mention, have sympathy, then move on.


RJ   June 25th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

taking advantage of children has no excuse, what would God judge MJ on, his music, dancing, or actions taken with children, I think no contest, yeah yeah he made good music but that does not make what he did OK, what part of that dont you understand there James?????


Robert Antonichuk   June 25th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I grew up with Michael in my youth. He was as big a star to us as anyone. As years passed he was always remembered when we heard his music. Throughout the years he overcame obstacles in life and unfortunately in death he will become bigger than life once again.

So even though he didn't make it to his comeback concerts... His albums are being played all over the world right now.... as much as they were played when he was an icon or even more tonight.

I sit with my wife listening to his music while burning candles and remembering him for what he was.

The one and only... Michael Jackson.


lainy   June 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Michael likely had demons even more than we're privy to. However tonight we should focus on his music, his larger than life persona, his incredible dancing and singing and how he changed the face of music for all of us.

Tonight we should remember that he had three little children who will miss him, an entire family who will miss him and all of us, his fans who will remember him through his music forever.

Michael you are free and you are now at peace and you will be missed!

lainy in Colorado


TIARRA   June 25th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I GREW UP IN THE 80'S & MJ'S MUSIC WAS THE MUSIC OF MY LIFE. I FEEL LIKE MY CHILDHOOD DIED TODAY. IT IS A GREAT BLOW TO THE WORLD. RIP MICHAEL.


maura   June 25th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry, I am disgusted that cnn and your show would display that last picture of Michael Jackson in the ambulance. That was a dying man, a man who has a family and friends. He was a performer but in that moment he was struggling for his life.


angela   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Oh Jack, you are so right, may valid points. it is so obvious. And sadly, he did handle his life as if he was really truely invinsible. Farrah did not take one minute for granted, so just the huge difference in the two is interesting.


Tammy   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Why on earth are you spending so much time covering the death of Michael Jackson instead of Farrah Fawcett? Farrah was such a wonderful person and a true person...Michael was possibly the most fake person on the face of this earth. Yes, his death is a big news story for you but enough is enough, it's time to show coverage of the loss of someone that was truly wonderful in life and stop with the fake dude!


James Michel   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

On June 25 2009 at 2:26 pm, Our Lord God in Heaven called his Angle, Michael Jackson, back to the Kingdom. I thank you Lord, for the 50 years for this gifted Blessing you gave us. You gave us Jesus to save are soul, and Michael Jackson to entertain our body. I know I will see him again. Thank you Lord. Nothing can change my love for you Lord Jesus.
Wake Up In Peace
Michael J. Jackson


shobha   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

hi Larry

I feel we cannot compare Michael Jackson with any of the other
singers . He is one of the greatest legends of the pop
world


Phebe   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Only a few people are granted immortality. He is one of them.


Jess   June 25th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am saddened by the news of the death of Michael Jackson, someone so young, but someone that seemed to be so troubled, and while tragic, you seem to have forgotten about another ikon who passed away today, Farrah Fawcett.

May the souls of these two individuals rest in heaven. My our thoughts and prayers be with their families at this most difficult time.


Leslie   June 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

RIP Michael, may you find the peace you deserve.

Larry, I am so dissapointed in you showing the photo of Michael being wheeled out of his home. It wasn't a necessary photo. I turned your show off at that point.


Erica   June 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Artist wish they could be as big as Michael Jackson. There is no generational gap, people know about the Jackson5. I am still in shock, and my prayers are with his family, friends, and fans, he was loved by so many.


Nicola Rajack   June 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

This is not just about a famous man dying but moreso about the price he's had to pay for his fame. I would like to leave you all with a quote from Francis Bacon that rings so true.

"Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid."


Lucyna Wojtas   June 25th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

As I am watching Larry report on Michael's death I was overcome with his comment / or praise of ET being able to grab the last photo, a photo of Michael being resuscitated. Do you have no dignity. Michael Jackson was a man, a son, an uncle, a father and somehow instead of showing him dignity you are more interested in the last photo op. We do not need to see that last ET photo. Shame on you for even showing it. (yes his eyes are closed, yes he is dead). Respect the dignity of the man. Michael Jackson is an icon...however he died...he died....leaving a family, friends, fans. I am heart broken and please do not disrespect his death.


Nahkene Hurst   June 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Michael Jacksons death breaks my heart. He was my idol my all time favorite musical artist. Michaels legacy will live on forever. Having had no siblings he was my brother, my comfort, my friend. The world will stand up and he will truely receive the respect and adoration that he always deserved. I will mourne his loss,the loss of his genius, his greatness will never ever be forgotten. The world has lost an exemplery individual. RIP MICHAEL(the true king of Pop)


Jenney   June 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

~My heart goes out to the Jackson family~

The picture of Michael that was shown of him with the tube down his throat made me very upset. Most people would rather remember him the way he was! I think that was very disrespectful..Usually i dont complain about CNN but that was very upsetting. Honestly, would you want one of your family members that passed away to be shown like that, or have people remember them the way they were?


Kevin Eubank   June 25th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I hadn't realized what a large part of the soundtrack of my life Michael Jackson has been. His song, "You Are Not Alone" has seen me through more than one heartache.
The world has lost a voice that spoke directly to our collective heart.
I for one, will miss him.


D Bonds   June 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I watch your show every day Larry. I don't think anything have been mentioned about Gordon Keith of Gary, In . I too was from Gary and can remember when we were kids we all worked with Gordon Keith who was a fireman. Gordon is responsible for the Jackson 5 's first HIT RECORDING called "BIG BOY" on 45 record and the other side called " You've Changed". I still have my copy of the "BIG BOY" 45 recording. I would love to see Gordon on your show and he can tell you a lot about Michael from the beginning. I am a musician who played sax with Johnny Jackson, Keith Jackson, Shawn Jackson,Ronnie Rancifer and Claude Jackson. Johnny & Ronnie were with Michael for 23 yrs. These Jacksons are Michael's Cousins of Gary. If you would like to hear "Big Boy" , I can email you a copy.. I am very sad for the family and could not believe it... bye...DBonds


Vallary   June 25th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

lets remeber the music. He had his issues but please keep in mind his family and his children. this a human.

Put some of his music on and do your best Michael Jackson moves.. Feel good for a little while


Nancy   June 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Michael will be grealy missed!! He was a great singer, dancer and song writer! His collabration on "We are the World" was amazing. His "moonwalk" will always be remembered!!

I have been watching CNN's coverage and have been impressed, but I do wish you guys would stop showing the video of him dangling his cihld over the balcony!!! We need to concentrate on his positive influence not the negative. Larry said that the tabloids will take care of that so let them!

I have seen several pictures of Michael with Dianah Ross, but no comment from her, does she know?

What about Donny Osmond? I grew up with both the Jackson Five and The Osmond Brothers. As Michael and Donny got older, there was always a since of competition between them. Once these two got older it was obvious they were friends, so I wonder what his thoughts were.

The comparison of Michael to Elvis is a good one. Elvis was the "King of Rock and Roll" and Michael was the "King of Pop". They were both lost tracially and too soon!!

My prayers go out to the Jackson family.

My prayers go out to the Fawcett family also. It is a wierd tragedy that Michael's death is overshadowing the death of Farrah Fawcett. Farrah was her on icon – and the story Cher told about how the guys on the crew became "idiots" was a perfect description of what Farrah became known for. She was a beautiful lady and will be grealy missed.


Cindy In   June 25th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

What about Farrah? I think it is terrible thast you give Jackson all this attention with the way he led his life and someone like Farrah who led her life so honorably is getting nothing from you!


Amika   June 25th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

R.I.P...MJ we will miss you, you are the greatest performer ever, period!!! There is no comparison.


john w   June 25th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT CNN JUST SHOWED MICHAEL JACKSON IN THE AMBULANCE BEING WORKED ON. THATS JUST LOW.

thats something you would expect from FOX NEWS.


Jackie   June 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

CNN...acknowledge on the air your poor taste! Acknowledge the views of your viewers. At least let the public know that you are deeply sorry for poor judgement in posting that photograph!


Allison   June 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

So many Family members hurting tonight. I agree, stop the attacks on MJ. From what I have seen he had a horrible life. He is in a better place. It would be great if the press would NOT show his body being removed from the helicopter. Maybe Farrah's family is luckier tonight. Wish them all a little privacy while the grieve, no matter the circumstance.


TM   June 25th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Larry

It is a great loss should it it true that MJ is gone. He was such great entertainer, the bercon of what black people can achieve should they be given the chance. However what pains me the most is the fact (to me) that MJ was so embarrased with his being that he tried so many things, some of them aurgably the reason of his early death, simply because he could not accept who he was, and that is a black man with a "flat nose".
Im not saying this as deragatory because Im also a black man with a "flat nose" but I would never imagine myself having to go for surgery because of that.


Kare   June 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

The woman i mentioned of course is Farrah Fawcett. and I see that I am not the only one disgusted by larry and his show and not remembering a true, wonderful brave woman, Farrah


joseph w.   June 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

my thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire jackson family. also, in remembrance to farrah fawcett, my prayers also goes out mr. ryan o'neal and his children, especially tatum o'neal, to whom has 2 loved ones in farrah fawcett and michael jackson, in which she was also at one time was very close to the "king of pop".


Freya Fernandes   June 25th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Dear Larry,

My idea to honour Michael Jackson would be to do a tribute concert for him. Celebs like Justin Timberlake, Usher, Britney Spears, etc... could perform his songs.

If donations could be made, then it be given to charities that Michael Jackson supported!

The concert could be called "Heal the World" taken directly from his own song, " 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 it a better place for you and for me"...


jack   June 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Now, that a respectful, and more than usual amount of time has been devoted to this particular passing, why not get on to other big news stories? Iran, North Korea, the further lies of Govenor Sanford of SC, where it appears he admitted to using taxpayer 's money to divert his trip to see mistress and there are many other stories, and as the earlier blogs mentioned the death today of Farrah?. ,


Dolly W, Texas   June 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I am sadden by the death of Michael Jackson. However, heaven forbid you die on the same day. I think it is horrible you have bumped your show on Farrah Fawcett. She was a wonderful, beautiful woman and deserves the recognition you are giving to Michael Jackson. I know Farrah wasn't as controversal as Michael however, she deserves her day for mourning and recognition. I am from the Farrah era and just feel a real connection with her. I send out my prayers for her family on this night. Thanks Farrah for the wonderful, beautiful person you were.
Larry you and CNN should be ashamed of yourselves.


Linda   June 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I know some people are upset that Larry King devoted so little time to Farrah Fawcett, and my heart goes out to her family too.
But we or people look at it so of this way, say a mayor of a famous city dies, of course thats news but if the President dies on the same day, of course he will trump the other. I mean no offence and I really liked Farrah Fawcett but stop getting mad at Larry King for reporting the news according to what is considered more breaking and more news worthy around the world.


Cerissa H   June 25th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Carol ....Sorry that Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett both died on the same day. Sorry that you were so inconvienced!


Carol Bounds   June 25th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a very talented man. He is truly going to be missed by he musical world. There will be no other artist to come along, and do what Michael has done. He was a Rare find for Motown, and there will be no other entertainer has great has he was. I know he had his problems, but I do not believe one word of that he molested children, thank to he article in GQ Magazine, was Michael Jackson framed? I believe if that article was in a magazine like the Ebony. more people would have read it, and they woould have a different opinion of Michael Jackson. You can still read the article, just go to GQ Magazine, and put in ,was Michael Jackson Framed? it will come up. Michael is the only entertainer who deserves greatest Icon, in the musical world that lived.


Cindy In   June 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

A person accuse of child molesting is more news worhty than one who battled cancer made the world aware of this horrible disease? Excuse me Linda but I think someones priorities are teriibly off kilter!


Alicia   June 25th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry

I was watching your broadcast and was disgusted when you showed the final picture of Michael Jackson courtesty of Entertainment Tonight. That photo has no place on CNN. Please, show the family some respect!


Dianne   June 25th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

CNN. I cannot believe you would sink so far for ratings. Have you any decency? Somethings should remain private such as a human being fighting for their life in a private atmosphere not to be publically displayed.


Carol Bounds   June 25th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

We also lost a great actress, Farrah Fawcett. May God keep and bless your family in there time of need


Tammy   June 25th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I so agree with you Cindy In. He had plenty of news coverage for his wrong doings in life and enough is enough. Move on to the one wonderful person we lost today, Farrah Fawcett.


Cindy In   June 25th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

YOU GO BRAD!!!!


jack   June 25th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

All I am saying, is Michael Jackson was a very talented performer, and was quite an interesting individual. But why don't you save the hours long tribute for documentaries where you can organize the material and people can learn perhaps new information? You guys are mostly rehashing the scandals for more viewership. Again, why do you pay so much less attention to other famous writers, actors and musicians when they die? Why are you ignoring other significant events that happened today? Sure, we loved Michael, but you seem to be set on idolizing him for viewer ratings.


Tenorra Hughes   June 25th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I am deeply sadden and lost for words. Michael was such an inspiration to me and all of my family members. To know that he is gone crushes my heart. I will miss him dearly and keep his family forever in my prayers and in my heart! To the Jackson family, I love you all and will continue to keep you in my prayers as i have always done! I leave you with this scripture ROMANS 14 verse 8. Love you always

Tenorra


Sandy Brinker   June 25th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

What about Farrah? The tv was on for a 1/2 hour before I knew she had died. She was a strong, courageous woman who fought valiantly against cancer while being surrounded by so many people who loved her.


James Taylor   June 25th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

My wife Sandy and I send our condolences to the Jackson family. May gods grace and strength be yours.

James / Sandy Taylor


Carol Carothers   June 25th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

All I see on TV is about Michael Jackson. Farrah Fawcett died today also a lot of women love her and appreciate her courage. Can we see some clips about Farrah's life and not Michael Jackson.


Ralph   June 25th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

BREAKING NEWS: Michael Jackson showed up at the Golden Gates today and St. Peter told him to BEAT IT


Cindy   June 25th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Michael, your music became part of my soul as I was growing up. It still is and always will be. God bless you and love you.
Cindy, age 54
Ithaca, NY


kara frazier   June 25th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

what i will miss most is his passion for children. Michael unfortunatley did not get the opportunity to be a child in that he was swept up in his talents. He rediscovered his childhood through children, his sensitivities were evident and his lack of this gentle loving time was robbed from him. The accusations caused him great stress and I believe is the result of an early death because his intentions were to relive his lost childhood through the children he invited to his home.
His love of childhood will be treasured with his memories.
Kara Frazier
Trabuco Canyon, CA


b lane   June 25th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

not a huge mj fan, but the grammy performance of 'man in the mirror' had to be one of the greatest live performances any time, any where.


Cathy Eller   June 25th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Michael, we will miss you.
Michael never had a childhood, and that's all he wanted
Is to be love, not because he was a star, but who he was as a person,
so now he will be love as a person, because God loves who we are not for what we did for a living,
We love you as a singer, but I also love you as a person,
Cathy and Family


Dianne   June 25th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Michael Jackson came on the scene and changed music forever. He has actually entertained the public from the age of about three years before he became famous. His entire life has been about entertaining and music. He never really got to be a little child. On his back, he worked hard and in away financially supported his family. Not to take anything from Farrah, but over the year we knew she was sadly dying. She had interviews and spoke of her illness. But, Michael's death was sudden with no apparent major illness. There was not anyting for him to speak of his life- the highs and lows. It only seems as if he did not have the time to put life in order. I will miss you. My sincerest sympathy to his family and friends.


Larry Keyes   June 25th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Three gentle souls are gone this week. Who can doubt that Ed and Farrah and Michael had talent and genius and heart? But, let us not forget the best part of them; the gift they offered so freely and so often – the child within them. These three kept alive that precious element that far too often is squashed by the reality and responsibility of an adult world. In these three we were allowed to share the innocence and vulnerability and honesty nourished by their laughter and humor and humility. These three indeed do go gentle into that good night, leaving us with a direction to follow...toward the second star to the right, and straight on till morning...to that undiscovered country within each of our hearts.


E. North   June 25th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I am horrified that the passing of the truly courageous and beautiful Farrah Fawcett is overshadowed by Michael Jackson's death. Yes, he was undeniably talented, but his actions against innocent children should exclude his from receiving the constant media attention he is getting today.

How can we ignore that the bravery and strength of "Farrah's Story"? Now, she has passed on to a place where she is no longer in pain and can forevermore remain beautiful inside and out....and basically be ignored by CNN. Shame on you too Larry. You stated that your original intention was to devote your showtime to Farrah until Jackson passed. I think you mentioned Farrah in passing maybe three times. Very sad!

Is this what America has come to? Ignoring strength and beauty.


Amanda Whiting   June 25th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Although I was only three years old when Thriller came out I would dance in front of the tv and imitate his moves and sing along my mom would say be good and you can watch Micheal Jackson and as I grew older I grew up with him he was a man that faced great trials and got through them but was an inspiration to us all both musically and as a person he will be missed and there will never be another Micheal Jackson he was the King of Pop as well as the Heart and Soul. My heart goes out to his children and family and all of those who have lost a great man. And my heart goes out to Farrah Fawcett as she was a true angel who fought with bravery and courage. The world has experianced two great losses today but they will live on in our hearts


Brian Maritn   June 25th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

To Michael`s Mon and Dad; I can only explain your loss through lossing my own Dad . The nightmirrors of his death, the nightmirrors of his fuunerl, has etched a menory that I can not let go. Perhaps the Jackson`s family has realized the same sort of menory. God Bless the Jackson family and God Bless Michael, may you be with our saviour, Jesus Chirist our LORD .

I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU MY PEOPLE


joey   June 25th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

who will raise the children, Larry?....feel badly for them...do not know if they have lived a normal life, I hope so....


Cerissa   June 25th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Geez people...do you really not think that BOTH entertainers are not going to get media coverage? The world has know that Farrah Fawcett's passing was impending. Michael Jackson's passing is a shock. Not saying that when you know a loved one is dying, that when their time comes it doesn't seem sudden...but come on. CNN, if you are so proud of your final photos of Michael Jackson, where are the ones of Farrah? Do any of you see a problem with this? People, If you want Farrah to trump Michael, submit your photos. Two people died today...EVERYONE knows that......Start your own network and put on the stories that you want to see.


DEISI HERNANDEZ   June 25th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

IT IS A VAER SAD DAY, I AM IN SHOCK AND COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WHEN I HEARD IT. ITS INSPIRES ME TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOVED HIM ALL OVER THE WORLD, SOME PEOPLE LOVE HIM AND SOME DONT HAVE NICE THINGS TO SAY. THERE REALLY IS NO POINT IN BEING NAGATIVE., BECAUSE WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT HE WAS A HUMAN BEING JUST LIKE US AND ONLY ONE PERSON JUDGES AND THAT IS GOD, AND GOD FORGIVES. I LOVES HIS MUSIC AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS. LETS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES.


Cerissa   June 25th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

@ Larry Keyes – Very well said!!


Allison   June 25th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Wow, Ralph, your comment about St. Peter to MJ was really disgusting!


Whiz   June 25th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Hey Larry...
As someone that is the same age group as Jackson and can remember the start... why is nobody asking Donnie Osmond what he thinks. The Osmonds appeared when too many of us white kids were listening to the Jackson 5. I take nothing from the Osmonds..Lazy River rocked. But Donnie and Michael were put into a competiition back in the day. They helped create each other.


Margie   June 25th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Something stinks! Anyone else think there is foul play...like Anna Nicole Smith? This is to sudden, unexpected and at a young age. Are the police investigating if it is a natural death, accidental death, or fowl play?


John, San Antonio, TX   June 25th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I am a product of an earlier generation and so I guess I saw Michael from a little different perspective. His music clearly moved millions and I doubt there are more than a few human beings alive who have not heard his name or his music. I know he had some problems in his life but don't we all? My prayers are with the Jackson family tonight as well as the family of Farrah Fawcett. Michael and Farrah don't need our prayers now as they have gone on to their reward. What really strikes me is seeing so many of the people I have looked up to pass on before me. Farrah and Michael were both younger than myself and I should have been there to meet them (I hope). I respect them both for the good they accomplished in this world.


Felicity, Boise, ID   June 25th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Who doesn't have a place on the soundtrack of their lives for a Michael Jackson song? He crossed the huge divide of race with his music and despite his eccentricity he was a gift and will remain a legend.
May god bless his children and family with fast gentle healing of their hearts while they mourn his loss. The world was blessed to have been touched by his art.


jane24   June 25th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

When Paris Hilton was arrested and then released and the news led with this and over and over, i thought to myself: "is this real?" "are the most serious news channels really covering this?" "isn't this something for extra,or E! news to cover in detail?" and then there was the death of ANS and it lead the news for a few days. i believe they all deserve some coverage, but really all day? i believe that michael jackson, was an amazing entertainer, and truly the king of pop, and i myself grew up listening to all his music... but when there is so much more happening in the world, i just cannot believe that the news and especially news station such as CNN and programs like LKL are leading with and covering this in such detail.... how important is it for us all to see the chopper that landed on the roof top of the corner's building? I keep turning to CNN to see real news coverage, but all i get is the coverage of Michael Jackson. My condolences to the jackson family, i would not wish this sorrow upon anyone.... but really, is there nothing more to say/cover on the new?
What happened to the coverage of what is happening in Iran, the youth that are fighting anddying for freedom... maybe we can cover that?

Just one viewers opinion and humble request.


Nicola Rajack   June 25th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Margie, I've followed Michael very closely throughout the years, and I have a very strong sense that it may be a possible suicide because he was prone to being a very depressed individual. No big surprise there. Fame could ruin any man!!


Kay   June 25th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I was very disappointed the there was very little coverage on Farrah Fawcett. I had seen advertisement earlier in the day that there was going to be a tribute to her on Larry King tonight. I think that was very disrespectful the way Farrah and her family were treated tonight. Anyone that is interested the TV Guide network is doing a Farrah special as we speak. May God bless Farrah's family.


Ruby Coria, LA. CA.   June 25th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

It's a super sad day, a two Super Stars die, I'm Super, super sad.., It's hard to think the King of Soul/Pop/Rock is gone. So Sad!


Jill   June 25th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Wow Larry what a loss. The end of an era. Will you be talking to any Osmonds or Macauley Culkin?


Patty Chandler   June 25th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

I was sad to her Larry King say in essence that since we knew that Farrah Fawcett was going to die her death wasn't as sad as Michael Jackson's passing. In my eyes it was disrespectful and callous on his part. Even though I knew that Ms. Fawcett was going to pass away from her battle with anal cancer it was still a shock. Michael Jackson, I think made his life much harder than it had to be because he was unable to "man" up and take what life had to offer him. In the bad times you have to become strong and in the good times, enjoy every thing that there is to enjoy. I think Michael Jackson's life was wasted on sadness created by his own-self. Great entertainer, I don't think I would call him that but he did play into a major contributer to the music industry. I pray for his family and small children.


Rhonda   June 25th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

I loved Jackson in the day......BUT............I have a real problem with the coverage tonight........Michael was tried for being a child molester.......Farrah was a wonderful person and never had problems.......SO WHY does Jackson have 3 times more air time than Farrah?????????
Seems to me that in all things........the most known gets the most air time.......SUCKS!! The BEST person should get the most air time!


Whiz   June 25th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Also, Forget the other stuff they have said. The kid that died today to me was the one that sang..."I'll be there"....anything else he is answering for now...or not...That may be why the kid seemed more like an adult...and the adult seemed more like a kid...Back in the day he only had that angelic voice...and we all loved it. Later it was a combination of the voice...but older..and the dance steps. Maybe the adult kid just wanted to go back to the day that he only needed his voice. It was his real talent. It was all we needed back in the day.


Rachel   June 25th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

I honestly don't know what I would of done without the inspiration of Michael Jackson. I lived in a place that was judgmental and I felt secluded. I found a man who had struggled through his life, and without any excuse was simply him. Simple. I started dancing at the age of 5 watching Michael Jackson. I imitated him and inspired to be a dancer due to him. I spent 6 years in Ballet, 5 in tap, and 10 in jazz dancing. I entered competitions with dances inspired by him and won. I spent hours and all my allowance in my public library finding articles and making micro fiche copies for my Michael Jackson wall in my room. He was there when my parents divorced, he was there when my brother almost died, and he was there in my fall into a depression that sent me to treatment. He WAS THERE, like he said he would be. My high school years were spent watching, reading, understanding him. And most of all, RESPECTING him. His dance moves were part of my video submission to a dance academy in New York. I was accepted, and in that is in due respect to Michael Jackson. Within a few months of my acceptance I found out I was pregnant at age 19. I had to decline the offer and continue on with my current life. I never looked back and have no regret. Michael Jackson kept my dream going, and kept me strong. Life changes, and you take it as they are. He never lost his love or his heart, and neither did I. I love him, and loved him in what who he was. He is what to be remembered as someone that mattered, not for his controversy. He was human as you and I. Never forgot someone that dared to be real, and made your mind open and blossom. He will always be in my heart. xoxo R.


Amanda Whiting   June 25th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

Though Micheal had problems with deppression I do not see his death as a suicide. Belive me when I say that people who are suicidal and want to take thier life are not going to go to a doctor or have a doctor come to them like Micheal did they will go and they will make sure that there is no one to stop them. I know this because my ex boyfriend of three years commited suicide last year and there was no stopping him though I tried. Micheal had a lot of life left in him and loved his fans truly and his family and was always willing to give more of himself each time now he has given us a final gift of a great legacy to pass on to other generations.


Amanda Whiting   June 25th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

I had a Farrah Facett head that I dyed her hair pink to make her look like punk star if I had only known what I was doing as a kid but I loved playing with her hair and making all kinds of crazy styles with it.


Debbie   June 25th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Debbie I am totally disgusted! I grew up with Michael Jackson and adored his talent...I also grew up with Farrah Fawcett....To not run the show you had planned for her is very disheartening and frustrating. This lady has let millions of people into her life at her worst possible moments and it was ok for everyone to take advantage and cover the story then. This amazing woman lost her toughest battle and because Michael died unexpectedly he is covered in two spots.... The hell with Farrah. I think it is totally disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourselves. Give this amazing woman what she deserves. Because we knew she was going to die doesn't make her any less important.
Absolutely terrible. I can only imagine how her family feels about this.
Debbie


Susan   June 25th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

Larry,

I thought this quote was an apt way to describe Michael and his view of the world:

Music has been my outlet, my gift to all of the lovers in this world. Through it — my music, I know I will live forever.
~Michael Jackson on his work, Ebony Magazine December 2007.

I really hope generations to come will still understand the charm and integrity Mr. Jackson had in is legendary body of work. May the world mourn.


Allison   June 25th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

God Bless them all and their families


Devon Boulden   June 25th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Stop Stop Stop. I should have beedn dead before him. I didn't lead this life. I didn't make this money. My career has desolved to be just a janitor. Why didn't I go before him? Isn't that they way it should work for rolity? Michael, I always thought you were better than men and so did the rest of the wold. Why are you gone? I just don't get it and so doesn't the world.

I'll miss you. You inspired me.


DivaLasVegas   June 25th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

King of Pop

This generation's idol,
This generation's teacher,
If you didn't get to know him.
While you lived through your teen angst,
Let the mystery intrigue you,
Find the ghost in lyrics past.

If only you had known him,
If he hadn't been alone,
The masses still lamenting,
This King will never lose his throne.

So now they'll buy your music ,
Though they loved you so before,
You were a living tortured artist,
Feeding on your every sore,
While your reasons still evade us,
They are worshiping your pain.

They'll read it in your music,
Listen close to find the key,
While they're studying last photos,
Of the soul that's finally free.

Copr.

Rest in Peace Michael. Thank you for all you gave and for the wonderful memories you were a part of in my life.


Kody   June 25th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

I will miss this Man, he was much more than Elvis and Sintra. He Broke barriers as well as dance moves. He went out in style and contraversy as was his character! RIP


Anila Khan   June 25th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

God Will Judge him and reward him for the work he did
for mankind and humanity. " Heal the World " organization
and songs which still shake the souls ! he will always be
the king of pop and he was no less than angel who spread
the message " it doesn't matter if your black or white " be
thankful to him that today OBAMA is president. he did beyond
anyone's imagination.

I wonder what about his children? hope he left HIS WILL behind
to his lawyer and should come up with honestly .

he accepted Islam couple of years back, which i guess is the major
doubt in my mind that it could be assignation not natural death because the facts and the figures which doctors are saying on television that he showed no signs and he been through medical check up for upcoming concerts even last night he was practicing how the hell is it possible that suddenly heart arrest ? guys use your common sense its pretty obvious to me atleast that there's someone behind it and it's an assignation silently proving that he died natural death.

May Allah have mercy on his soul. amen.


Beatrice C.   June 25th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

I am extremely saddened by the news of Michael Jackson's death. I admire him as an international music icon because he has forever changed the music industry. We will never have another artist like Michael Jackson. I will remember him for the rest of my life. My condolences go to his family, friends and fans from around the world. R.I.P. King of POP!


Melissa   June 25th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Did Michael Jackson personal doctor administered the deadly dose of Demerol on drudgereport.com...look at the time line.


Tony   June 25th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

Very intelligent comment Kevin


Traci   June 25th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Michael Jackson has touched my life is so many ways. I remember the MJ dolls that I received at Christmas, the first time I saw Thriller, and the anticipation I felt each time he released a new video. I remember the first time he did the moonwalk. He never ceased to amaze me. Why aren't the greatest ones blessed with longevity? You will live forever, Michael. I know that I will glance at the stars at night to see them shake because of the dances you will be performing in Heaven. God Bless you and your family!!! You were the greatest.


WaltinAZ   June 25th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Hats off to MJ for an extraordinary career, talent, heart, and life!!! He gave us his all!!! Thumbs down to Jeffrey Toobin (and anyone else in the media) who wasted our time today by taking pot shots at the "King of Pop". Jeffrey (and the rest of you), MJ was found innocent of the molestation charges because he was innocent–i.e., the facts did not support conviction. The first round was settled because he did not want to go through the type of crap and humiliation that he went through in the latter case. Was he eccentric? Yes. Guilty? No. I remember questioning a very conservative female friend as to why MJ would settle the 1st case and stating that "he should have fought it with every ounce of his being". She simply stated, "He just wanted it to go away. In his position, I would have done the same thing–if I had the money." At that moment I was profoundly enlightened. But let me not digress, much love to MJ and the wonderful gifts he shared with the world for so many years! All hail "The King of Pop"!!! Moonwalk in the peace that you were not allowed and I hope it makes you smile to see that its like the world stopped (along with your wonderful heart) because your beautiful light was snuffed out too very early for so many of us. To your critics and haters I say, "People often think the worst of others because of what they see when they look at 'The Man In The Mirror'." Peace.


Keasha   June 25th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Michael Jackson will always be remembered he is the King of Pop. He will be truely missed. My prayers goes out to his family and kids. He was a great performer.


Robin Wood.....NC   June 25th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

Larry,

What about Pop King Michael Jackson's family? What will happen to his beautiful children? How are his brothers and sisters? It's so sad and ironic, just today at 11:00am I was showing my co-workers my rehearsal of the "Thriller" dance (that I've been practicing for 4 months) I was going to surprise my husband with at his 50th birthday party. The "Thriller" dance is the cool and hip thing to do a weddings and birthdays just google it. I'm heart broken....:(


Talya   June 25th, 2009 11:52 pm ET

Our High School Graduation Final Dance Show was to the Michael Jackson Song "Don't Stop till you get Enough" this was 24 years ago in TEL AVIV ISRAEL. Very sad day today! Hope he is in peace now.


william sawyer   June 26th, 2009 12:03 am ET

my heart goes out to the jackson family..may mj rest in peace.


JudgeU   June 26th, 2009 12:04 am ET

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


Mike   June 26th, 2009 12:04 am ET

Please don't show the "last picture" of MJ anymore. It is not good journalism! It is disrespectful, in bad taste and inconsistent with the rest of your show. Please DO keep up the rest of the great, and very respectful, coverage.


Paul   June 26th, 2009 12:07 am ET

From Kingston, Jamaica

Godspeed MJ. Your are truly and ICON and a LEGEND. You touched and united the world with your music.

It is a sad day in the lives of the entire world. Thanks for the memories – Thank you so much...

RIP MJJ...


Tim Agren   June 26th, 2009 12:07 am ET

Micheal in his day was a great entertainer, but he hasn't done much over the last 10 years, other then defend himself over child abuse charges. Yet there is 2 other stars who have passed away and almost nothing is said about them. Maybe you should spend some time on Farrah and Ed, and on the children who are being abused instead of taking up all the air time on a child abuser. Shame on you all


Anahita   June 26th, 2009 12:09 am ET

He was my generation, the most talented and the most misunderstood.
He was a tourmented gentle soul.
I was 26 years old and on a spiritualJourney in Nepal in 1990, one day I was on my way to Tibentan boarder trying to get a glimpse of Mount Everset, I was so mezmorized by the beauty and the mystery of the place, when my diver turned up the radio to it's max, on Micahel's "BEAT IT", it was the earriest moemnt for me, up in the Himalayan mountains listing to his music, it echoed the mountains, I'll never ever forget that, then the driver turned to me and with his broken English said, you from American, I like Micahel.
This is how huge he was, people listend and danced to his music in the most remote places of this Earth, he was one of the true children of our earth, they never understood the child whitin him, my be now they will.
You are free now Michael.


Jesse   June 26th, 2009 12:11 am ET

The greatest entertainer of all time and the best there will ever be. I grew up watching him and will continue watching him and so will my children. There isn't one artist in the world that had a career span 45 years and still have millions upon millions of adoring fans – people who came after him for having a heart should be ashamed of themselves. His music will live on forever. We love you Michael – Rest in Peace

Hong Kong


Rosalyn, Dallas   June 26th, 2009 12:11 am ET

The entire world should be mourning the loss of this muscial genius and legend. Even as a young child, he stole our hearts and brought so much to the music industry. He was a person who loved and needed to be loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family. We will miss you, Michael, but I know you are now at peace. We thank God for his life and his legacy. His music will be an ever constant in our lives – whether through his own track or through other artists.


John in Evanston   June 26th, 2009 12:13 am ET

My immediate reaction was 'Genius is next to insanity' so I Googled it. Apparently no such quotation really exists. The best I could find was Senaca's: There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Michael Jackson was clearly such an enigma:

His music was transcendant and revolutionary: I courted my second wife in the 1980s to the strains of 'Ben'. Who would ever have guessed that this was a song about a rat!!

He was iconoclastic in many dimensions.

Unfortunately, of late, the world's tabloid predeliction for his cosmetic surgery foibles, and the far-right's (unsubstantiated? ) suggestion of pedophilia, surpassed his true brilliance/genius in transforming, nay metamorphosising, music as we knew it.

We are, as a nation, far less for istening to such media-driven drivel.

We don't get to see too many Michael Jacksons in one lifetime. He stands alongside such giants as Mozart.

And, just like Mozart, we don't have to like the whole package but we should acknowledge the essentially instantaneous change that this individual wrought in our lives.

Transcendent change is rarely free of cost. Michael Jackson's personal idiosyncracies are qapparentl extreme, yet I would suggest, as much the artifacts of the tabloid world in which we live, and thus quite easily forgiven given the enormity of the change that he catalyzed.

John


Deborah Bethea   June 26th, 2009 12:15 am ET

The death of Michael Jackson saddens my heart, and his family has my deepest sympathy. I grew up watching Michael's life and listening to his music, and he was a brilliant musician. Please show Michael and his family respect, by not showing images of his resuscitation and his body's journey from the hospital to the morgue. I was very disappointed in the media for that coverage. Let's strive to remember the good in someone instead of harping on the negative things in their life to increase your ratings.


Nareema, Guyana/Canada   June 26th, 2009 12:15 am ET

My sister and I grew up with Michael…It is surprising how much sadness I feel for someone I have never met!…May God bless you Michael – there is no one like you…We love you!


zoe meisner   June 26th, 2009 12:16 am ET

I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson and I really like him. But it is just sad when I look at the tv and i know he's gone. There is still something I can do.


ivaravi   June 26th, 2009 12:17 am ET

I grew up adoring MJ. My first encounter with the legend was the video 'Remember the time' from Dangerous album. I am from South India and it was just at that time that we got cable connection. Ever since I watched all his videos and his songs are what i listend to when feeling down, when studying for exams, when I am happy and when I felt great. It has always been my childhood dream to meet and shake hand with him. My dream has been shattered today. I was desperately waiting for his comeback and was hopeful that there would be another album. But he will always be alive in my mind and he is INVINCIBLE! I I LOVE YOU MJ.


jason hough   June 26th, 2009 12:23 am ET

My dad stood in line in the rain for the victory tour it was the first concert I had ever been to Micheal will be known as the greatest entertainer ever he touched everyone and if you say he did'nt touch you in some way then your lying to yourself he will never be surpassed rest in peace.


Victoria San Diego Ca,   June 26th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Words cannot even say how I am feeling.
I am so saddened today on the loss of the beloved Michael Jackson.
The world has lost yet another greatest icon. My heart and prayers go out to his family and other people in the world who is feeling the loss of this wonderful human being. God Bless you Micheal your music will live on for many generations and in my heart. Your legacy will live on for many more years to come. God bless you...


Noelle   June 26th, 2009 12:24 am ET

Am I the only person out there with really is not upset in the least about the fact that Michael Jackson is dead? I mean, boo f'ing hoo, another pedophile is dead. I find it SAD and SHAMEFUL that people are flat out forgetting how despicable a human being Michael Jackson was. I understand this is a whole media event and all, but seriously people, get real and stop kidding yourselves. Michael Jackson was not a "great" human being – he was not even a human being in my opinion.


Vanessa   June 26th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Dear Larry King,

I have to begin by saying I have always respected you as a leader in the entertainment world. You have always been a reliable source, reporter and interviewer. Today however I have lost all respect for you as a human being. How dare you show those disgusting photographs of Michael Jackson's last moments on this Earth. Do you want your children to see photographs of you posted on television when you die?? You proved how morbid and pathetic our society has become. You and anyone else who posts photos of dead celebrities will only continue to victimize these people after death. He was a human being with a life and a family. You should be ashamed of yourself. His children did not need to see those images and neithered did anyone else. Is nothing in this world sacred anymore??? May the three icons we lost this week rest in peace and finally find the love and compassion they so badly craved here on Earth in heaven.


Jeff Anderson   June 26th, 2009 12:26 am ET

I was fortunate enough to grow up in the same time frame of Michael and the Jackson Five. I am 52 years old now, and watched Michael grow from a childhood entertainer into becoming the adult King of Pop. His warm heart as a person and musical genius was so important to me, because his music allowed me to remember the times I shared with my mother and father as a family. I lost both of my parents within two years while I was as a teenager before graduating from high school. Being the only child, it was very difficult for me to cope emotionally, in fact, I was so traumatized from their deaths that I actually couldn't remember my childhood for several years from my teenager years to adulthood. I am so thankful that I finally am able to remember my wonderful childhood. That is because I am able to relate Michael and the Jackson Five's music with what I was doing with my mom and dad in our home, etc. and how happy I was living in a loving, close knit family. From the cuts " The Love You Save " to "Never Can Say Goodbye" allowed me to remember the happiness I shared with my mother and father when they were alive. I will hold on to his music forever, because it was music that allowed me to remember and feel the great times I shared with my mother and father. I never had the opportunity to express this to Michael Jackson and his family, but in your deepest hour, always remember that Michael truly touched my soul, and allowed me to feel my family through his music. I will always love Michael Jackson and the Jackson family y for allowing me to remember and feel my family again. God bless you all, and my deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to your family and friends.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,
Jeff


jason hough   June 26th, 2009 12:27 am ET

micheal was the greatest my dad stood in line for 3 hrs to get tickets to the victory tour the first concert i had ever seen the glove the sound awesome he is the greatest if you hate on him your lying to yourself he was the ultimate entertainer 100 million albums "thriller" game over do that miley cyrus do that. RIP BABY ROCK WITH YOU FOREVER.


Lori Trout   June 26th, 2009 12:29 am ET

My Dear Michael, I will truly miss you and any future opportunity I hoped for to see you again and share this with my son. We Love you & will miss so much for any brief word from you or about you, rare yet so tresured. When you speak I am more tuned into you then if the president were to speak, if only 2 words. My heart goes out to your family, and my deepest sympathy to them all, most especially your precious children. The devestation your family must be feeling,seeing you come into this world and now to see you leave. You will always be The best, greatest, & most talented artist ever known. Peace be with you. Deepest appreciation for all you have given us, I'm so sad this tragic day. With all of our Love, (Love You More) Lori & Joshua
I wish Joshua could have seen you in person,he loves & admires you so.


ashante warren   June 26th, 2009 12:31 am ET

MICHAEL JACKSON AS BEEN AROUND AND HE HAS MADE SONGS THAT THE WORLD LOVES HE IS THE KING FOF POP AND THUS DAY WILL BE A HOLIDAY TO ME I LOVE U MICHAEL REST IN PEACE


Dianna   June 26th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Michael's music has been a sound track to some really cool moments in my life. I think about an event in my life and his music was playing in the background. I would like to say I am shocked at his passing but I am not. He is now at peace and does not have to suffer any more. I want offer my condolences to his children and his family.
Thank you, Michael for giving me many moments of happiness, joy and love through your music.

Rest in Peace


KEN DUNCAN   June 26th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Much is being said about the trials of Michael Jackson but, we forget great men have great faults.


ashante warren   June 26th, 2009 12:35 am ET

MICHAEL I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT MY SIS WOKE ME UP AND TOLD ME I MAY NOT BE FAM BUT U WERE LIKE A FAMILY U WILL BE MISSED GOD BLESS AND I WOULD TO SAY TO HIS FAMILY I AM SORRY FOR THE LOSS


T.D.Perry   June 26th, 2009 12:35 am ET

To MICHAEL,
As one of your most compassionate and dedicated fan, may your heart and mind be finally at peace. Cast your loneliness, sadness, and hurt aside because you have reached eternal rest, peace, and freedom. Don’t worry, you have left your mark on humanity and your legacy is IMMORTAL.

To Katherine, Joseph and the entire family, may the grace and peace that you are praying for reach you immediately through this trying time.

Sincerely,
T.D.Perry


JOSNPORTLAND   June 26th, 2009 12:40 am ET

I cannot believe that the majority of today's media attention is devoted to Michael Jackson with just an honorable mention to Farrah Fawcett. Of course, Michael Jackson was an icon and a much larger star, but are we forgetting the fact that this person was accused MORE THAN ONCE of molesting a child? Just because someone dies does NOT mean you should glamorize them for what they were or were NOT. I know that he paid off at least one of the cases, my question is who gives money to someone when they are innocent??? Farrah Fawcett suffered for so long, she has never been accused or sued for anything, could it kill America to give the proper time and respect to a person fallen today that was decent and loving and not give priority to someone who was more famous but a complete pedophile who molests children????


Dennis Dobie   June 26th, 2009 12:41 am ET

So Michael Jackson died. That should be worth about five minutes of news coverage and then get on to other news. His death is not the only thing that happened today.


Lori Trout   June 26th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Please remember the gentle, kind person Michael was. He has been tried and through the ringer from past events & cleared, please leave it at that. In respect you tell the goodness of the person, and should not be talking about a devasting part of his life he had to suffer thru. Fans do not want to hear anything negative of their precious idol they adore. Remember the great performer and entertainer he was.


molly   June 26th, 2009 12:44 am ET

I loved his music.....I will never forget the night I saw him sing
and dance to "Billie Jean".....He had a beautiful way about him and
I admire all the work he did for charity.

He will be missed. My sympathy to his family and children.

A sad day.


als   June 26th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Larry King keeps asking why MJ changed the way he looked. All of hollywood changes the way they look at one time or anotherJoan Rivers comes to mind. They want to stay young. Michael Jackon also had some skin disorder. Michael will always live through his music for generations around the world and thats a big achievement that will never happen again in this lifetime. World Iconic Legend R I P Michael Jackson.


Magally   June 26th, 2009 12:56 am ET

today is a very sad day... big loss for the entire world, is very sad I still can't believe he is really gonne I am in shock! OMG I grew up with his music even this morning I was listening to "the greatest hits" he is gonne.... Michael we are gonna miss you. my prayers are with the family and rest in peace Michael....


Leslie   June 26th, 2009 12:58 am ET

You have a relationship with Lisa ......has she had a comment??? Can't you get her on air?


Allen G.   June 26th, 2009 12:59 am ET

As a musician and a songwriter I want to express full agreement with Diddy's comments and would like to say that CNN and the rest are doing some real harm to those who love and cherish Michael's memory by dragging the controversy out on this sad day. Better to listen to and appreciate the positive music and leave the rest to the past.


Jason Villar   June 26th, 2009 1:00 am ET

What a sad day.
We'll never see the return of the king.


willie f griffin   June 26th, 2009 1:00 am ET

Its a very sad day, I allways waited for the day when micheal would make his big comeback. But in a way i gues he did. I bet he is up in heaven teaching Jesus the moonwalk right about now.


Giselle from Brooklyn   June 26th, 2009 1:12 am ET

Kudos to Corey Feldman for choosing not to discuss the ugliness that tore him and Michael Jackson's friendship apart, but instead praised and remembered the person that was his friend.


jack   June 26th, 2009 1:16 am ET

willie@ Michael made his big comeback, he has tripped the light fantastic...RIP


ed in vancouver canada   June 26th, 2009 1:29 am ET

let's be fair here.jackson was before the courts for molestation charges and bought his way out of it.
karma gets you in the end.
alot of people are happy he is gone.
whacko jacko


Leslie   June 26th, 2009 1:35 am ET

Larry, please get ahold of Lisa Marie.


Lori Trout   June 26th, 2009 1:39 am ET

RJ.................why are you so tuned in and attentive to someone you care so little about........You made alot of sh-- coments and it is so disrespectful. I guess you are still being entertained by Michael. He is keeping you tuned and entertained and not even alive. Top that jerk! You give respect to someone who has passed and to their families. Still trying to drag him thru the mud??? They did that already, and he was cleared of any charges, its over and I would trust my own son with him. He would not hurt a child, he loves children and has done so much for them out of the kindness of his heart, and just tried to be a kid with them. My son of 14 thinks your a D- too.


Igalious Mills   June 26th, 2009 1:42 am ET

Michael was a great mega star but truly a instrument of God. The world will miss him. I'm a artist here in Port Arthur, Texas and will be painting a collage painting reflecting his life journey, if approved by his family. If someone could get this message to his mother and father I would appreciate it dearly. Others that I've done special goodwill paintings consist of the late James Byrd Jr. family, the late Bob Hope, the late Johnny Carson, Bill Cosby, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the late Corretta Scott-King, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, current NBA player Stephen Jackson (Golden State Warriors) and Queen Elizabeth II to name a few. We thank God for sending us Michael Jackson.

Sincerely,

I. Mills
Artist


allen Mckinney   June 26th, 2009 1:49 am ET

Im going to miss Mr. Jackson very much this is my first time on your blog however the lost I feel make want to do something. for me Im 47 and this is as big as the lost of Kenndy, Dr. King this will stay in my mind forever. Allen M Dallas TX


Imelda   June 26th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Larry, w/ regards to the question to include or not the portion where Bruno-from the title of the same movie-interviews La Toya Jackson and tells her “you sound like Michael”-the answer is: it must NOT be removed from the movie. We humans and Michael Jackson fans might not like it-but I know he does not mind. And people should understand that he will love it and will have a blast laughing. I believe in souls still lingering around after we die so I know he wont mind. I believe he encourages us to tolerate the movie and life-as life. I hope he comes back as the same person he was: with a big heart & incomprehensible talent but w/ a more stronger will not to be used.


Kelsie   June 26th, 2009 1:50 am ET

I grew up listening to Michael Jackson thanks to my dad and when I heard of this tragic news my heart just broke. It's like hearing that Elvis is dead but only for my generation. I am praying for his family. We will forever miss you, King of Pop!


amanda   June 26th, 2009 1:58 am ET

did michael really die or is he just in a coma?


Queen   June 26th, 2009 2:01 am ET

All things you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith"
I just want to say to the family hold your head up,I know this is a hard and sad time but he won' t have to suffer anymore. We will miss Michael , But we know you will miss him most. .Brothers, Sisters, Father, and Mom .Lots of others relatives and friends. I grew up with The Jackson Five so that makes me a baby boomer which makes me one year old behind Michael...... RIP..........We will never forget you and always love ya........


myangel82   June 26th, 2009 2:03 am ET

What a tragic day with both wonderful people passing today.
I do not understand why they would take Michael so fast from his family. I did not get to be with my son after he died because a Hospital chaplain told me over the phone w/o knowing who I was. I would have given anything to be right by his side and stayed for a long time. Please take your time and spend time with them before you do the funeral you do not have to do the funeral in 2 or 3 days. Spend your last precious moment for as long as you like. Take it from someone who really knows this. Sorry to be so forceful about this but I am so thankful we did ours a week later cause I got to spend more time with my only precious son he was only 23. I will be praying for all the family.


sivakumar   June 26th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Facts of M.J's Power all over the world
In my younger days(in malaysia) there were M.J die hard fans who can't neither speak nor write english, but they can sing M.J songs so fluently.
That was the power M.J had.

Lastly I hope those who had any problems with him when he was alive will forgive him and let him R.I.P


Christina Murphy   June 26th, 2009 2:33 am ET

IMichael was a year older than me..Growing up in Nova Scotia, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next teen magazine...my bedroom was bomabarded by huge posters of Michael. I have a vivid memory of that paoster where he's wearing that brown hat and vest..He was a liegend. I've learned in many different countries and all loved him. Michael, you have now found your quietness and peace. It's a sad day..God bless you


Christina Murphy   June 26th, 2009 2:37 am ET

Sorry for the typos...I was writing thru tears as I watch CNN and all the images of Michael. My room was bombarded by his posters as a young teenager, with him being a year older. He was a legend and there will never be anyone who can come close to his talents. He's finally in his quiet place. God knows he didn't have any level of normality from the time he was a young child. Your are at peace now, no more loneliness. God bless you


Ella Dick   June 26th, 2009 2:42 am ET

I didnt think this would affect me as much as it has ,i'm in shock,seems he left to suddenly without any warning .So has many of the people we loved .i just wasnt ready .I wish his kids all the best and his family .i know what they are going through my heart feels there pain ..you are in our players ...


carol kesling   June 26th, 2009 2:57 am ET

my thoughts and prayers go out to the jackson family.... i loved michael and got my grandkids hooked on his THRILLER dvd, my grandson nicky loved his dance moves...i grew up with him and loved him dearly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on another note for those PEOPLE WHO HAVE "NASTY" THINGS TO SAY SHOULD STAY OFF THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!those of you know who you are............... jerks and slimebags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Craig Ohlsen   June 26th, 2009 3:08 am ET

Truly a Remarkable and inspirational human being that has through his compassion,love, and creative talent connected people from all over the world. Michael Jackson innovative and unique artistic abilities has shaped and redefined music culturally. His charitable contributions have brought blessing and life in providing food and medicine to countless millions of impoverished needy children,women,and men. His music will forever more will be a inspirational and important part of music fans lives. I would like to thank michael jackson for the joy his music has brought to my life and also just send my prayers and blessing to his family in this most difficult time.


Adrian Duggan   June 26th, 2009 3:09 am ET

R.I.P Michael. Your music influenced a generation so much it scared a Government.Ever since he became political with his songs about racial equality and saving the planet (not the best advert for those with other political agendas), the American Govt tried through whatever means possible to silence him...slurs and accusations,especially those to do with Children, are a common tactic to destroy some one with so much influence on all races and creeds of the common man,especially a black man with more recognition and cross over around the planet, than had ever been before!!
His music inspired not only the masses,but also the musicians,artists and creative generations that followed.
I will miss his music as will millions of others.
Adrian Duggan. Cyprus


Patti   June 26th, 2009 4:06 am ET

I was shocked Michael Jackson's sheeted body outline was shown while transferred from the hospital. Usually such areas of dead celebrities are draped. The sheeted form of Micheal Jacksons thin body almost looked as tho there was no body under the sheet. Do people really need to see that?


Marry   June 26th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Michael Jackson was surely a great artist. In that regard his death is sad. Young people might take his talent, his work, and his basically nice personality as a positive – but all the other parts of his live where very crazy, dump and sad. He had a difficult live as a young person and it probably effected his live. But, he has not been a good example for young people. To be so out of touch with live, with his own personality, his own body, his surroundings can only be called disastrous. Since he did not live a healthy live, his death is not a surprise. Where I feel a death is tragic I look at a young woman like Neda killed in Irak.


Patrick owens   June 26th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Well said Carol people are always attacked by the insecure when they make it. long live Michael


Don Robertson   June 26th, 2009 4:22 am ET

Larry,

Like millions of others around the globe, we grieve for the untimely loss of Michael Jackson, and pray for his family. But my wife Elaine and I also grieve for the loss of Farrah Fawcett, and will pray for her family, as well. We also feel she deserves just as much coverage as Michael is getting.

Is CNN giving the huge coverage for Michael because many suspect there were drugs suspected with his death? I'd sure bet on it.

When will CNN give Farrah the coverage she so rightly deserves?

Best,

Elaine & Don Robertson
Ventura, CA


from Larry Hart   June 26th, 2009 4:53 am ET

FROM LARRY HART:
It is with deepest sadness today that I have lost my friend,
Michael Jackson. Michael was my business partner, who became
a dear friend. I am the only composer on earth that Michael Jackson
ever attached his name to a project that was not of his creation.
Michael was the Executive Producer, Presenter and investor of my
stage musical "Sisterella", and with his support, Sisterella went on to
do great things. While in Los Angeles, Sisterella received rave reviews,
16 N.A.A.C.P. Theater Award nominations and 8 N.A.A.C.P. Theater
Awards including best Play and Best Director. In Europe, Sisterella
was voted show of the decade.

Michael Jackson changed my life with his belief in me, his support,
and his extraordinary talent. I learned many new techniques in the
studio while recording the cast album for Sisteralla from Michael,
and my days working on the album at Sony Music and at MJJ
will always be cherished. Michael influenced so much of Sisterella,
from the music, to the costumes to the choreography by
Raymond G. del Bariio. Sisterella was, in many ways homage
to Michael. It was an extraordinary time in my life,
made possible by an extraordinary friend.

To celebrate the success of Sisterella, when it opened in Los Angeles,
Michael hosted a celebration at Neverland, and invited my family
and the whole cast. That visit became the first of many.
On closing day, Michael came to see the show and see us off before we left to go on tour in Europe. For the European tour, Michael again was the Presenter and Executive Producer of Sisterella. To this day, I attribute the extraordinary success of Sisterella to Michael, his friendship and support.

The last time I heard from Michael was last October. He left a voicemail message for me to sing Happy Birthday. I hadn't heard from him in a while, and that message is more poignant today, as it was surprising and touching then.

I will miss my dear friend Michael. You changed my life and I will always love you.
Larry Hart


Antony Abraham   June 26th, 2009 4:57 am ET

Hi There.... As we all know MJ is the King of pop. I pray
that his soul would rest in peace. Though he had a few
issues/ controversy in his life, I still believe that he was
really good at heart. You can imagine the talent that he had (unique)
and also how he nurtured it. Singing, music and dance, truly
a great person. Also its pathetic, that how many of us tried
to pull him down by simple gossips, media blunders, talks
etc. End of the day he is just a man and like anyone of us
he is not perfect, so we shudnt pin point at simple mistakes
that any of us would have and could commit. Hope
he is remembered by all as a good person.
MJ you still ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in our HEARTS ...


idzan ismail of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   June 26th, 2009 5:03 am ET

Al-Fatihah (Muslim prayer for the dead) for MJ.
May Allah be with you always.
May you be in heaven with his blessings.
I pray you will be buried according to Muslim rite.
Hope your burial be conducted as soon as possible.
Muslims like Jews must be buried soonest after death.
Will miss you Michael.
Thought we will grow old together.


DEEPAK KOTNIS   June 26th, 2009 5:20 am ET

what is the need to call off the tour in London. if every musician owes something to Michael Jackson, why cant they come together and perform on his numbers and give him a well deserved tribute. that would be just the little bit that the international music industry can give back to the legend.


Connie Bin-Rella   June 26th, 2009 5:33 am ET

I hear so many speak of the love and all this great stuff regarding Michael Jackson and can t help but wonder where all this love for him was over these horrid heartbreaking years? i believe he died from a broken heart and this death is so similar to Princess Di's, perhaps because both expressed such love for others and wanted all of us to come together and do the same..........May he rest in peace.


Fred Buhl   June 26th, 2009 6:04 am ET

I never knew Michael Jackson, but I wish I had. I experienced his music and his songs. I’ll Be There is a beautiful song. Thriller changed my life. Michael seemed complex and sensitive. He was a musical genius and an icon. His childhood was lost to him. He was human. He made mistakes. He touched the lives of millions, and gave us all he had. Though I never knew him, I feel as though I did. He was my friend, and he shall be sorely missed.


Natalie   June 26th, 2009 6:06 am ET

Michael Jackson's dynamic stage performances were like watching a painting - the stage being the canvas, his body being the brush, and the various components of the performance (such as the other dancers, the singing, and the choreography) being the various components of a painting (such as color, value, perspective, form, and composition).

Whether you were born in the 1960's, 70's, 80's 90's, or even in the 2000's, you know Michael Jackson's music . He "etched" his work into the culture of the world - it never went away and it never will. His greatness seems to be unmatched by anyone in the history of the entertainment industry . Still, it seems as though most people, not to mention the media, has taken this artist for granted. For instance, it wasn't that long ago that a reporter on one of the news channels made fun of him regarding his planned comeback in London in July... If Michael Jackson had not been taken so for granted by the media, maybe then his death had not been such a shock after all...? Maybe then members of the press would have been able to "see it coming"...? (but many journalists may have been too busy engaging in negative talk about him, and now it seems like they feel guilty...). It seems as though it may have been too easy for those with voices in the media to poke fun at Michael Jackson at almost every opportunity possible, and to assume that the accusations against him were true, for instance. Back in 2005, it appeared that very few reporters spoke from the point of view of that the singer might be innocent. If they knew he would die four years later, would the tone have been different then? I doubt it, because just as there were many people who loved him, there seemed also to be a fair share of those who loved to hate him - to judge him and belittle him just for the sake of hating, judging, and belittling...

When it comes to this giant's legacy to entertainment, personally, I think his contribution to the world of dance has been just unbelievable (I attended a performing arts high school in the late 90's/early 2000's and it is amazing the influence Michael Jackson's dance moves had on the curriculum being taught at that school - for instance, it seems that the entire genre of jazz dance had almost become "Michael Jackson dance" by then).

Michael Jackson was a great artist. What seems so evident in all of his albums and music videos is the kind of artist's vulnerability that makes art art - that makes his songs touch the very core of a listener's being. He seemed to have that same kind of vulnerability also offstage, in public as well. At least, that was how I think he came across, not as a boasting person at all - but rather as the opposite. My guess is that he might have been as a self-critical artist who took his work very seriously and aimed for only the best result. In my opinion, some people of ordinary abilities themselves could not accept his greatness - they sued, accused, and exploited this man. The kind of vulnerability that makes an artist an artist (it is something that comes with having artistic talent - it is part of who you are, it is nothing you can control - it's just there), is the same kind of vulnerability that can easily be exploited by others. Non-artists do not seem to have this kind of vulnerability - they don't produce work where their soul and inner thoughts go on permanent display, so therefore they seem to be more able to possess the kind of toughness that is needed to be shielded from exploitation by others.

Extreme negativity and outrageous lies and fabricated and/or exaggerated stories about oneself by others, often total strangers, can kill creativity and the artistic spirit for a while. If the negativity by others against the artist becomes too intense, serious, extreme, or dangerous (such as accusing someone for a crime they know the person has not committed), they may kill more than just the person's artistic spirit and inspiration temporarily - they may start the process of killing the person. For a person with artistic vulnerability, his or her physical health (the mind/body-thing, you know?) may also be affected if there are too many unnecessary hurdles placed there by others.

If anything could be learned from the tragic death of the legendary superstar Michael Jackson, I think it is the issue of valuing the artist in society. Whether you think a particular artist is weird or don't like him/her (although you most likely don't know the person at all...), let it go and let him/her be - let artists be free to be the way they are - accept them for who they are (just as you want to be accepted for who you are and not lied about by strangers...). Artists are a gift to society, and also a necessity. Without artists, I doubt there would be any words such as "culture..." Without music, for instance, what would members of the human race do...? Artists, such as musicians, for instance, take the problems and concerns of ordinary people (non-artists) upon their shoulders and externalize them in a way that no other human is able to do (because each artist is unique, with their own personal style and technique).

I strongly believe that, for an artist, being dragged to court when you know that you are 100% innocent of what you are accused of, is such an overwhelming emotional experience that it may completely attack the artistic spirit, and probably also your physical health. For an artist, a legal trial against them is an experience that is never really recovered from regardless of the outcome . Facing legal accusation against them takes more of an emotional toll on that person than the typical non-artist will ever be able to understand.

Remember, artists put themselves on "trial" every time they promote a new piece to the public (every time they publish a book, release a recording, or show a painting), knowing that there might be criticism in the media the next day (which is totally OK - to criticize the person's work, as opposed to attack the person). Isn't that enough? Doesn't that in itself take enough toll on a person, you think? To put yourself out there with part of your soul exposed in your work?

You see, for many artists, being an artist isn't a choice - it is who they are - they simply cannot function without creating.

Please don't kill that spirit in the next artist who is up for public scrutiny for one reason or another (other than their work, of course). I strongly believe that artists give of themselves in their work much more than the average non-artist does in their work. Creating art is very intense - it involves the whole being and for many artists, creating their art is an ongoing mental process around the clock. Artists should be protected by the society they serve - not be exploited just because they are vulnerable. Remember, it is too late to make things right with a person when that person is no longer with us.

Please know also that artistic talents can neither be bought, stolen, nor won in a court of law. A person is born with it or not - and when the artist dies, their unique approach to their art also dies - nothing more will be produced by that particular person...

Natalie, from Nevada


lola   June 26th, 2009 7:07 am ET

he just was not happy....hope he knew he was loved..


MICHELLE   June 26th, 2009 7:14 am ET

Michael did a song called GONE TOO SOON, now whenever i hear this song it willl bring tears to my eyes, truly Micheal you were GONE TOO SOON.
For those of you on here who are talking about him in a negitive way, please remember we all have some skeletons in our closets, let us remember him for the gift of music and dance that he gave to us.
This was a person who never had a childhood, he was tortured soul, maybe if we all had reached out and offered comfort and understanding, things for him might have been different.

Farrah, Michael and ed, GONE TOO SOON
May you all rest in peace, and now may you all be comforted


lostemperor   June 26th, 2009 7:56 am ET

He was always there and his music was part of my life. R.I.P. Michael


Cerissa   June 26th, 2009 8:23 am ET

CNN, thank you for posting a comment from someone who seems to get it! Natalie from NV, you are absolutely on target! Thank you kindly.


Michael   June 26th, 2009 8:45 am ET

Hello all,
It seems that all the celebs are making the correct comments. Well how about about this. Use the set up for the 50 concerts that has been done and all these celebs can demonstrate there love by singing in his absence for free with the money going to kids charities. The TV rights will make millions.


ge ontario   June 26th, 2009 9:10 am ET

people like elvis and micheal jackson never die they just move on


brian   June 26th, 2009 9:19 am ET

I too am absolutely disgusted and disappointed that you chose to show that picture of MJ. Good reporting?!?!? What the heck were you thinking? Have you no decency? How could you be so thoughtless? It completely negated anything nice you said about MJ. That was totally off-base Larry and I will never watch your show again. I'm still shaking my head the next day.


Farah (Guyana/England/Canada)   June 26th, 2009 11:53 am ET

Michael is my favorite singer from childhood. I have fond memories singing and dancing along to his music. I remember my mum buying a bunch of t-shirts, posters and jackets for me when I was younger. God be with you Michael. You may have left this earth but you definitely made an impact.


joseph w.   June 26th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

noelle and rj are cold hearted inconsiderated a-holes who do not have a degree to be a judge . nor was there during michael jackson's trial for being accused. how many times have you been accused and you know that you didn't do it. but people accused you anyway. before you try to take the splinter out of michael jackson eye, get the extremely huge out yours first. mister & misses faultless jerks..... R I P Farrah & Michael


O.J Ohiare   June 26th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Personally, I feel of all the people Michael Jackson Influenced, Usher comes closest in matching him in talent and vocal ability but ofcourse that is not all there is to Michael Jackson- what about the history; what about the lifetime of a constant build up of a lagacy and that body of work. What about the personal connection and the goose pimples one felt the first time of exposure to his music. I am going to miss the greatest entertainer of all time.


irene, from Spain   June 26th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

i am 38 years old, and i grew up being a fan of Michael. He has kind of been there all the way through my whole life, and i am going to miss him terribly.
God bless you Michael, and may you rest in and find peace. God knows you deserve it.
With all my love, respect and admiration,
Irene. From Spain.


David Kirkland   June 26th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

Michael Jackson:

Never served his fellow man. Slept with little boys
Never lived Christlike. Died without Christ.
Will live in eternity without Christ.
What a waste.


Kathy Orozco   June 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I haven't felt this way since President Kennedy was shot. He was a
child because of abuse from his father, may God Bless him and may
Michael Jackson rest in peace. He was "spectacular" in my opinion
and I am sure his heart was very pure, I can feel it. My condolences
to his family and friends, it is such a great loss to the world.


Kathy Orozco   June 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Have to say this to David Kirkland, neither are you, if you believe
in Jesus Christ then you would never judge Michael Jackson, you
would pray for him. How do you know he died without Christ?
I believe he did and he is in Heaven, sitting with Jesus, having
his promise. I hope you think about your comment, ours is not
to judge but walk the walk. God Bless you David and all!


James31   June 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

NOELLE--sick you are; feel better soon.


TheNewFrontier1   June 26th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Twitter – TheNewFrontier1: We are deeply saddened by the passing of "Moonwalk" legend, Michael Jackson. His extraordinary talent spawned a new genera of space enthusiasts.


Stella, NJ   June 27th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Joe and Katherine,
Thank you for the years. The two of you have shared your children with us as well as much greatness, and for that WE say Thank You. May God bless you and keep you.
Prayerfully, Stella/NJ


Della   June 27th, 2009 2:03 am ET

I am a 71 yr. old white grandmother who thought MJ was a creative genius. His music and dancing made him a performer like no other. This mysterious man obviously had flaws and faults, but now is not the time to be trashing his legacy. His family and children deserve some respect and peace during this sad loss.


Leslie   June 27th, 2009 3:55 am ET

Thanks for posting Lisa's response however why isn't she live?


Leslie   June 27th, 2009 3:56 am ET

What's with Liza M......she looks and acts likes she's wasted on something???????/
Why can't you get Lisa Marie live?


Leslie   June 27th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Can Larry not respond to these comments?


albert robert heesen   June 27th, 2009 6:48 am ET

Hello America, Here is Europe.
Michael is with God now.
He was a great musician, and from another planet since he was born.
Remember the Song "Ben" or "Heal the World"
Since I have children i support children fund raising.
I founded soschild.com and i think Michael did a lot for the children.
The greatest loss will be his 3 children missing their papa.
Let us pray that their mamas, his mother and all the family will support in this and that they can live with his loss.

All the world will miss Michael Jackson..


Carole G. Reid   June 27th, 2009 10:03 am ET

To all, There should be a Michael Jackson Day...But first,MY deepest Condolences to "The Family Of Michael..I too, lost my son,at an early age. He now is your ANGEL & will always be with you,when you CALL On Him...He is & always will be The King Of Pop...Just like Elvis will always be The King Of Rock...ETC...His untimely death is a shock to us in the Heavenly Way ,music is to those who LOVE it...I could write so much,but at this time ,I,m at a lost for words.He now is in no pain,he is with Jesus Christ,& I know his children will be well taken care of..Jesus said; you have to have the heart of a child,to enter the kingdom of Heaven..Isen,t that how Michale lived...God Bless him !!! Carole...


vera   June 27th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

for years he is crying for help.. all this guy needed was a little tlc.. and altough you dont need to be a psychiatrist to understand all the pressure he was under(concerts, getting ol and still need to dance like at 25, financial pressure, a lots of people around wanting money only, new pop singers competition and losing his ranch) shame on his mother .. shame on his brothers… shame on his friends!!! that should lead us to the conclusion.. how many like him? with no moral support.. and i am not talking about doctors and institutions..


Kathy Orozco   July 6th, 2009 8:39 am ET

I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE ARE SCALPING MJ'S MEMORIAL TICKETS ON E-BAY!!!!!!! I wanted to go because I grew up with his music and
believed in him and lousy scalpers got picked "randomly" is there ever
going to be justice for MJ?????
As for all the talk on the MEDIA about his child molestation case STOP!
MJ went to trial MJ WAS ACQUITTED!!!!!! I GUESS IN AMERICA THAT
DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING ANYMORE!!! WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO
PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY???? UNBELIEVABLE!
As for Republican Peter King from New York, how dare him!!! He represents our government and doesn't believe in our court system???
RIP Michael, I hope the scalpers choke on their tickets!!!!!!!!


Kathy Orozco   July 7th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I was one of the "lucky few" that got tickets, unfortunately I received notification at around 12 noon yesterday and was in Cabo San Lucas, so my daughter became one of the "lucky fans" that attended the memorial today. I watched the MJ Memorial on CNN and was also on the live feed so I could talk and interact with fans around the world on facebook.
My deepest sympathies to Michael's parents, brothers, sisters, but most especially to his children. It was dignified and spectacular. Although I cried through most of it (really since June 25th) I sobbed after watching Paris, how my heart breaks for the children, especially since Michael was such a loving, wonderful father. You all are in my prayers, may God bless you and your family, especially Michael's children.


Kathy Orozco   July 7th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I am wondering which "doctor" killed Michael?? Why would you keep giving someone drugs, his blood is on the doctors hands!


Kathy Orozco   July 7th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Where was Oprah today?


Kathy Orozco   July 8th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

I just came across a great quote by Teddy Roosevelt which reminds me of Michael Jackson and I quote:
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiams, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Teddy Roosevelt


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