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July 8, 2009

Jackson's cultural identity remains a sticky debating point

Posted: 02:38 PM ET
By Greg Braxton via Los Angeles Times
A source says Michael Jackson had "paper white skin. As white as a white T-shirt."One of Michael Jackson's most famous lyrics proclaims, "It don't matter if you're black or white." But when it comes to the late singer's identification with African Americans, that declaration becomes much cloudier.

Jackson's massive popularity was continually shadowed by his evolving physical makeover from a dark-skinned boy with obvious ethnic features to a lighter-skinned man who had extensive plastic surgery on his face and nose, prompting concerns among African Americans and others that Jackson was trying to deny his heritage.

His high-profile relationships with white actresses, his marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe (who are both white) and suspicions that he wasn't in fact the biological father of his light-skinned children further divided African Americans. Some felt alienated by the singer's actions; others dismissed them as the acceptable eccentricities of a creative genius.

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Robert   July 8th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

CNN did an exceptional job covering the Micheal Jackson Memorial. CNN put all the other networks to shame. I watched on two different networks and was not satisfied until I turned to CNN.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK


Christina H   July 8th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

R.I.P MIZZ UR MUSIC MADE ME START DANCE!!! NOW THEY WILL LEAVE U THE HELL ALONE . LOVE U MICHAEL UR THE BEST.
now for the family i wish yall all the best Because what the kids ae going thought is the same thing i wen thought so Michael Jackson Family i feel all yall pain. so if you see this blog are comment please i want to talk to all of you and see what we have the same. im 13 and i lost my father at 10 year old i miss him.so e-mail.wish for the best.


Rhonda Body   July 8th, 2009 2:55 pm ET

Think. What are you doing to innocent children? Why are you doing this? There has to be some moral responsiblity here. Every thing is not public domain. We have to be responsible when it comes to possibly harming innocents. Don't do this. You have high enough ratings. You have longivity. Your show has enough material to keep the MJ thing going (if that is what you are choosing to do) without harming or being a possible contributor to harming these children. They have not done any thing to deserve your or our prying into what respresents security for them. What if it were your children being held up for scrutiny as a result of your prior acts? Don't do this. You don't need to.


Claudio   July 8th, 2009 2:55 pm ET

Who we really want to see on your show would be the paramedics that were the first ones to arrive at the house after the 911 call and treated Mr Jackson. Now THAT would be interesting.


Carolyn   July 8th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

Larry thank you for the great shows you have had on a about the Life Of Michael Jackson I was so looking forward to his return concert. But now we are all out of luck of ever seeing that. His memorial was so sad and great at the same time just like his life. I grew up with the Jacksons even watching the cartoon that they had. I only wish that the out pouring of love that he got in death or could have had in life and then maybe this would never have happen. May God Bless you and the All the Jacksons and may the press leave his kids alone and not hunt them everywhere they go.


Lillian   July 8th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Message to Michael's mother. My dear sister in the faith, my heart goes out to you. May our heavenly father strengthen you today and the days to come as you endure the loss of your son.


Camilla Sayf   July 8th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

Hello,

with all due respect I find it repulsive that media still tosses this question around while Mr. Jackson said himself that he is a proud black man, that's whom he sees in the mirror. And in his song They Don't Care About Us he sings very clearly about his black heritage, which he later also explained in one of his interviews where he stated that in this particular song the black man he referes to is in fact himself. He also gave a powerful speech in front of the African-American community where he spoke his mind about anti-black conspiracy and racism and other such issues and it is sad beyond words that media now tries to inflame African-American population abusing Mr. Jackson's struggle with his health conditions such as vitiligo which he too confirmed on many occasions.

For all readers, please, I encourage you to read Mr. Jackson's books, listen to his speeches and interviews, he left a legacy on tape so that we can take his word against all the tabloid junk and media fuss that he disliked so much.

Thank you.

Camilla.


Teresa   July 8th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

I adore Michael, I have all of my life. Michael and I are 2 weeks apart. Whatever he chose to do with his appearance has not changed his beautiful soul, nor his incomparable talent. My only concern regarding this was how Michael felt about himself. He was gorgeous and loved from the beginning and never needed to change his appearance. I only wish he would have known that.

We all should live our own lives and not judge others so harshly. Live and let live.


Shelly blue   July 8th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

I enjoyed the coverage of the Michael Jackson service. I was done with such style grace and respect. I have always loved Michael, and belived in him thru all of the horrible tabloid headlines. He was misunderstood and taken advantage by so many. It's a shame that he didn't feel all the love here in the states while he was alive. Michael will be forever missed. God just called him so his star could shine brighter than ever for eternity!!!!!!! As a Huge fan I would like to know if we will have the chance to purchase his memorial service progam?


Charlotte   July 8th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

I am disgusted by Larry King and the other media. I believe Michael's brother said, maybe now they will leave you alone. Sadly, that is not the case.
I see that Larry King has a special to speak to his DR and to ask if he is the father of Michael’s children. What right do you have to know the answer? What right do you have to ask such a question? Have we not killed enough Legends with our gossip? Just because some people choose to be on TV, sing, make us laugh, does not give us the right to know everything that goes on in there life. Last I checked when I by a CD, watch a movie, etc. I was paying for just that, not their lives. Stars do not sell there souls to us and have the same rights to privacy as the rest of us.

I beg you, please just leave him and his family alone, before you damage his children the way you have damaged him.


JD   July 8th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Thanks Larry for all that you along with CNN have done in allowing the entire world to share in Michael's passing.

I can remeber when I first learned of his death my first thoughts were for Janet, his little sister, my heart ached for the pain she may have been experiencing. Understanding what it means to loose someone you love is a cross that we each must bear but it is that foundation of youth upon which we all can rely to get it through times such as this.

I as do many fellow beings upon this planet want to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the Jackson Family for sharing Michael with us and know that this world will never be the same without him. Smile!!!!!!


ckelly   July 8th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

The media likes to disect everything and anything in my opinion. I didn't think of Michael Jackson as a color EVER!!

I am 44 years old and I live in Canada. Of course, I knew he was African American and that his appearance was changing but I never saw it as a fascination with being Caucasian..I saw it as a way of emulating entertainment history and culture-like everything else he did-If he liked something- he emulated it..

In this day and age of diversity with interracial families and gay parents why are we so interested in speculating about the "color" of his children and why he chose a "white" mother or "white" friends...it seems subtley racist and petty. Yes, racism goes both ways..


Neriza Chetty   July 8th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

My dad "introduced"my family to the legendary music of Michael Jackson from an early age. Michael Jackson's lp's were played at every house party that my folks hosted. I loved (then) and love (now) dancing to his music, and singing along to his songs.
Michael Jackson fascinated me with his intriguing music videos. His music and dance moves were a spectacular form of entertainment that is legendary. I had the opportunity to watch Michael Jackson perform live, when he toured Durban, South Africa in 1997. I remember the evening so clearly … we were drenched with rain, the water was actually filling the seats in the stands, the ground was sopping wet – but all that was worth it. Michael Jackson didn’t disappoint – he was electrifying. What an amazing entertainer!
When I learnt he was being rushed to hospital, I didn’t think it would end so tragically. I thought the memorial was so emotional. Al Sharpton's tribute at the memorial was in one word – BRILLIANT!
Michael Jackson – a true legend who’s music transcended boundaries. Your sheer brilliance will be missed.


remy   July 8th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

I agree with blogger " Rhonda Body".

Children are to be out of reach to the media

Please let us all remember the promise the media made after Princess Diana's death,that her children were off bounds while they were minors.

So to Larry,Anderson,etc I please ask you to lead the pack and demontrate the profesionalism lacking in journalism to say NO to the exploitation of children and to be sincerely verbal about it.


Neriza Chetty   July 8th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

My sister and I were “introduced” to Michael Jackson’s music when we were young girls. All our house parties hosted by my folks, were always accompanied by Michael Jackson LP’s being played. MJ fascinated me with his intriguing music videos. His music and dance moves were a spectacular form of entertainment that is legendary. I had the opportunity to watch Michael Jackson perform live, when he toured Durban, South Africa in 1997. I remember the evening so clearly … we were drenched with rain. The rain filled the seats in the stands, the ground was sopping wet – but it was worth it. Michael Jackson didn’t disappoint – he was electrifying. What an amazing entertainer!
When I learnt he was being rushed to hospital, I didn’t think it would end so tragically.
The memorial was so emotional. I was moved by so many of the performances/ speakers. Al Sharpton’s tribute was BRILLIANT!
Michael Jackson – a true legend who’s music transcended boundaries. Your sheer brilliance will be missed.


Linda   July 8th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

Larry, I have admired YOU and CNN for seeking and telecasting the truth in the life and death of Michael Jackson. Most of the media destroyed him and still in death continue to do so. Why can't they just leave him alone? I know that the stories will continue due to his untimely death and all of the legal goings on, but I know that you will continue to broadcast with dignity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, as I have been a MJ fan for many years and never believed all of the negative things said about him. May he rest in peace and love.


laKeisha   July 8th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

It sickens me that people still wonder about this...and even that they ever did. The man had a skin disease callled vitiligo. Why would he try to change his identity? Anyone would hurt if someone stole their identity, so why would anyone try to change their identity permanently? The fact that he's gone and people still question and assume this is upsetting!


Nadagator   July 8th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

Why are people so shallow, small minded, cruel and stupid ? MJ the giant talent man humanitarian DESERVES THE COVERAGE !
I wish people would close their mouth about how much coverage he has gotten. The man died okay ?Give him his 72 hours or whatever. He's as big if not bigger than Elvis and was a worldwide example of MASS charity and kindheartedness in addition to IMPECCABLE MANNERS.

YOU keep on covering as long as your staff really sees fit-PLEASE


Debbie   July 8th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

First of all I watched the Michael Jackson memorial on CNN, no other channel is good enough. Anyway I feel so sorry for Michael's children. They are the ones that will suffer the loss the most. I just pray that the media leaves those poor kids alone. I am confused however, why Michael chose his mother and not his sisters to care for the kids. It was very clear to me Paris chose to be comforted by Michaels sister after her heart wrenching goodbyes. I'm not saying anything bad about Michaels mother. I know she's a very caring and loving person. It's just confusing. Michael can now rest in peace, and hopefully his family will be left alone to heal in peace. P.S. Larry love you and your show.


Michael Vita   July 8th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Dear Larry,
When I heard New York's Republican Peter King slander Michael Jackson on National TV I couldn't believe my ears, I said to myself: "And this a politician saying this things ? how ignorant is he?!" Larry I just want to say to the following him: Peter I bet you couldn't accomplish one tenth of what Michael Jackson has accomplished in his short life, and Peter... Michael Jackson moved the world with his presence,music,dancing,and his passion to keep giving all he could to the entire world, and I guess Peter with that statement you made, you showed people how shallow and disgusting you are as a politician. I as a law biding working New Yorker I feel there is no place or need to have someone like you representing the City of New York. RIP Michael Jackson the world would never forget what a beautiful person you were and will be for all of us forever.
Thank you very much Larry.
Michael Vita.


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Do you or the African American community question the thousands of African American men and women who are married or dating Caucasian members of the opposite sex?? So why question Michael for his preference. You sound racist. Should everyone stick to their own race regardless of how they feel about someone? I share Marlon Jackson's sentiment: "Maybe now they'll leave you alone Michael". But the sad truth is they won't.


Ashley   July 8th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

I DON'T CARE WHAT COLOR MICHAEL JACKSON IS HE WASA VERY TALENTED MAN & I WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY HIS MUSIC & WATCHING HIS VIDEOS. THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS BEAUTIFUL & I WANTED TO CRY W/PARIS. Y ARE PEOPLE STILL MESSING W/THE MAN BRINGING UP OLD STUFF? I GUESS THEY'RE THE 1'S W/OUT A LIFE OR CAN'T STAND TO SEE SOMEONE DO GOOD THINGS. I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THEY LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE & LEAVE HIS FAMILY ALONE.


LaKeisha   July 8th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Thanks Larry, for allowing me to express my thoughts. I am a big fan of Michael Jackson, and I am really sorry that I never got to send Michael a letter to let him know how much I adore him. I really wish I could meet the family and talk to them. I've always loved the Jackson family. I just want to say to Jermaine, I really think you are doing the right thing to have Michael buried at Neverland. I'm making it a point to come visit some time. I wish I could have come when he was alive. My heart is really hurting because I think that Michael and I would have made great friends.


Gail Hatton   July 8th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

My dearest Michael'
Even now your'e gone,
The love you shared,
Lives on through song,
I feel like i've just lost a friend,
But we all know, it's not the end,
The pressures gone,
You've been released,
Go dance and sing,
And dwell in peace.

God bless all the familly, my prayers are with you all at this tragic time.


New Orleans   July 8th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

Michael has passed and will be put to rest.
Lets move onto the costs incurred by Los Angeles for the star-studded
memorial!
The city is in the red with a huge defecit. While I feel that Michael
deserved a moving memorial, the city needed to ask each and every
A-list celeb that performed their talents live for all the world to see, to
contirbute to the cost of the memorial.
These celebs live in and around the Los Angeles area and they live in their multi-million dollar mansions.
They should donate 1 million each, but they would rather spend that on themselves than help the very city they live in.
It totally disgusts me that the city has to provide top security for these
self-indulged, pampered citizens of L.A. and they cannot contribute
to their "friend, Michael Jackson's" star-studded send off!
The California governor needs to over tax these wealthy citizens and get the city out of the red, but since they are his celeb friends, that will
probably not happen. We now know how he got elected, the celebs wanted preferential treatment as they are used to having with everything else!!!
The non-celeb citizens of Los Angeles should be OUTRAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

Now for Larry, Anderson and the rest of the CNN crew, I loved the work you did yesterday covering the Michael Jackson memorial. Great job guys!!!!!! The most shocking moment for me was seeing the casket for the first time. It made MJ's death too real. But the most memorable moment (how can i choose just one?) are with Paris, Brooke Shields and Michael's voice at the end of Jennifer Hudson's performance. Guys, again i say good job and thanks.


Gail Hatton   July 8th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

WHITE FEATHER

Like watching a white clean feather on the ground, being lifted into the air by the wind, we watched the purity and the beauty of your musical journey, sometimes hovering slowly, like when you rested a while, then suddenly darting befoe us on a gust and taking away our very breaths. You NEVER lost your purity even when surrounded by the cruelty, greed and pollution of some around you. Just like a feather you were so gentle, yet had the strength to soar to heights that we would only experience through your music. Thank you Michael Jackson, for giving and sharing your love, most people are too selfish to give as much as you gave. Memories are our most valuable possesions, and you gave us SO MANY. I love you, we all do, we always will. Rest now and be at peace....but wherever you are....KEEP ON DANCIN! x


crystal   July 8th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

I just wanted to say that we have lost the greatest person in this world.There will never be another Michael Jackson, he was the BEST! I have not stopped crying since Michael passed, he made such a huge impact in this world. I am definitely going to miss him.I never realized i was such a huge fan until his passing, I guess I thought Michael would live forever. But he will forever live in my heart.RIP Michael.No-one can hurt you anymore.


Linda from New York   July 8th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

Michael Jackson suffered from Vitiligo, he also suffered from Lupus. Can we please stop talking about him bleaching his skin. Let it go people. It seems that the media is fascinated witht hat issue, Michael's fans don't care. People are free to marry whomever they wish. CAN YOU JUST LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

To the Jackson family–
I'm so sorry for you loss, Michael meant alot to everyone because all his fans ever wanted was to protect and love him. I hope you feel the love from all of us. Mrs Jackson: No parent should ever have to bury their child, but just getting a glimpse of your relationship with Michael from the trial showed me that you had a special bond; please take comfort in knowing that Michael is not gone–he is all around you–I'm sure you can feel his energy –just sit for a minute by yourself and just listen. Jermaine, Jackie , Tito, Marlon, Randy ,Latoya, Reebie, Janet- I know you miss Michael–right now, Michael is in a better place–I know it's a cliche–but it does make you feel better-(I know it helped me when I lost my mom and my dad within a year of each other) he is with his grandmother and his brother Brandon. He is finally happy after all these years. Right now I know you feel completely numb, but believe me when I tell you that you will feel better. Just cry and scream if you feel like it. Let it out. , Paris, Prince and Blanket–I know you miss you Daddy, talk to you grandparents, your aunts and uncles- go ahead and cry all you want. It will eventually stop hurting–It will take time-but you will be okay.


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:27 pm ET

New Orleans, you sound like Fidel Castro. Furthermore, do you know how much money Michael Jackson has raised for the poor and less fortunate? How much of his own money he has given, and how much of himself? What they did was the least. I understand your concern but you shouldn't bash the dead, especially if that dead is the great MJ.


Gail Hatton   July 8th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

DESERT ROSE

Michael Jackson was like a desert rose, beautiful, strong yet fragile at the same time. Wild flowers, to me are the most beautiful, they can be scorched by too much sun, just like you Michael, the spotlight was on you too long. Sometimes you would stay away from us, gathering your strength to once again step into that blinding light. Flowers do the same, they can be scorched by too much sum and appear to wither, but given time will draw strength and bloom again...just like you. They can drown by too much rain, like you saturated by false allegations and lies, but again just like a flower you waited for the sun to shine, and grew strong again before our eyes. To me Michael, you are that desert rose...the scent, your love, the colour, your talent, the thorns, your resilience, and the roots....your music. The scent of your life will never fade and you will forever blossom deep in our hearts.

I would just like to add, to the familly, you did him and yourselves proud at the memorial, thank you for sharing something so private, I love you all, and to Kathrine, Jehovah Bless.


Jacqueline Wheat   July 8th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

I am missing, and will miss Michael.

I don't think that we recognized, MUCH less appreciated–enough, the enormous talent that graced our human existence and experience.

He is truly the GREATEST entertainer ever................... I feel as if we knew one another. The light and love in his eyes, and his kind, gentle-spirit touches me like that though we've never met.

I'm glad that spirits never die, and his loving, unintrusive "spirit" filled music punctuates the airwaves, television, and lifts you.

I count myself blessed to have occupied the same time and space as Michael.


MARIA, HOLLYWOOD   July 8th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

STOP THE MADNESS CNN, MARLON BRANDON SON LOOKS NOTHING LIKE HIM, BUT I GUESS THAT'S JUST IRRELEVANT, WHO CARES HE IS STILL WHITE...

REGARDING MICHAEL KIDS THEY ARE WHITE AND THEIR FATHER HAPPEN TO BE BLACK, A BLACK MAN CRITICIZED FOR HAVING PAPER WHITE SKIN THE CAUSE OF A DESEASE LOOK IT UP.

I ALSO HAVE THE SAME DESEASE...VITILIGO!!!

THOSE CHILDREN LOOK LIKE THEIR FATHER AND THEIR MOTHER
STOP THE SLANDER!!!
AND EVEN IF THAT DOCTOR DONATED HIS SPERM, WHICH I DOUBT, THOSE KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL...
HE MUST OF HAD SOMETHING IN MIND FOR THE NEAR FUTURE
WHO KNOWS...$$$$$$$$$$ THE TUNE OF 500 MILLION!!

I THINK DEBBIE ROWE IS A FINE WOMAN AND SHOULD HAVE PARTIAL CUSTODY WITH THE JACKSONS.

I DONT THINK DEBBIE IS AFTER MONEY, I THINK SHE IS UNDER PRESURE FROM LOTS OF LAWYERS WHO WANT THE CASE, I PRAY FOR HER.

CNN YOU AND THE REST OF THE MEDEA WONT STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH!! YOU ARE JUST NOT GOING TO GIVE IT UP, LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE.


BNS   July 8th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

CNN did a wonderful job of covering the Michael Jackson Memorial until Anderson Cooper allowed someone to come one his show to give "new disturbing details" about Michael's body that were lifted directly from a London tabloid a few days after he died. That moment took away all the good you people did.

My questions for Dr. Klein tonight would be:

"Why wasn't Michael more forthcoming about his health issues? His silence tended to just fuel the firestorms around him. If he had explained what was happening to him from the beginning, maybe we would have understood him better."

Secondly:

"How may his battle with lupus over the course of two decades impacted his untimely death? Could a lupus flare-up come on suddenly enough to kill him?"


SANDI   July 8th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

Enough with Michael Jackson – there is more important news than him


STOP THE HURT!!   July 8th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

STOP THE MADNESS CNN, MARLON BRANDON’S SON LOOKS NOTHING LIKE HIM, BUT I GUESS THAT’S JUST IRRELEVANT, WHO CARES..

BECAUSE MICHAEL’S KIDS ARE WHITE AND THEIR FATHER BLACK, A BLACK MAN CRITICIZED FOR HAVING PAPER WHITE SKIN, THE CAUSE OF A DESEASE LOOK IT UP.

I ALSO HAVE THE SAME DESEASE…VITILIGO!!!

THOSE CHILDREN LOOK LIKE THEIR FATHER AND THEIR MOTHER
STOP THE SLANDER!!!
AND EVEN IF THAT DOCTOR DONATED HIS SPERM, WHICH I DOUBT, BECAUSE THOSE KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL…
HE MUST OF HAD SOMETHING IN MIND FOR THE NEAR FUTURE
WHO KNOWS…$$$$$$$$$$ THE TUNE OF 500 MILLION!!

I THINK DEBBIE ROWE IS A FINE WOMAN AND SHOULD HAVE PARTIAL CUSTODY WITH THE JACKSONS.

I DONT THINK DEBBIE IS AFTER MONEY, I THINK SHE IS UNDER PRESURE FROM LOTS OF LAWYERS WHO WANT THE CASE, I PRAY FOR HER.

CNN YOU AND THE REST OF THE MEDEA WONT STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH!! YOU ARE JUST NOT GOING TO GIVE IT UP, LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE.

NEVER KNEW A MORE PROSECUTED MAN SINCE JUSUS.


Anna   July 8th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

To Michael's Family and Fans,
Beloved fans of Michael Jackson. As you all know our beloved MJ has just recently died. We were all devastated when we found out he was. However let us not think of this as the end for our king of pop. Let us think of it as the beginning. For he is know in a better place, happy, with our beloved father. He will no longer be ridiculed, or hurt. Yes he deserved to live longer, but at this moment, God needs his soul much more.

p.s if you agree
please add a follow up comment


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

New York, i agree wit u. MJ just changed his features bcuz he wud probably look "weird" wit Afro features and that characteristic pale"white" skin that goes wit vitiligo. He just made the best of wat he had, like he always do. he was a genius! So they shud leave him alone and let him rest in peace. Don't we all do wat we want? why should he have been different? let him be


jean ratliff   July 8th, 2009 4:44 pm ET

Debbie Rowe should take these children OF HERS away from the disfunctional JACKSON FAMILY. These kids are not MICHAEL'S with there blonde hair and blue eyes. She was PAID AND THREATENED to stay away from her kids. Michael always got his way. SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO VISIT. Why any judge ever gave these kids to him is amazing. The judge was probably paid off also.


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

Sandi, this blog is for Michael Jackson. SO WHY ARE YOU HERE TRYING TO TELL US ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT NEWS???????????? GO AND BLOG ABOUT WAT U WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Morgan O   July 8th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

Michael was the man.
He was everyones inspiration.
He ment so much to me even though I an only 12 years of age.
Jackson Family is in my thoughts .
Michael you now and forever rock the world with your music.


Glenda Jones   July 8th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

I forgot to ask...Where was Oprah, while all the other stars took a vital part in Michael Jackson's Memorial...I was sure she would have been front and center because I thought she loved him too as so did the whole world...Can someone please tell me if they saw her.....


sandra johnson   July 8th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

if MJ's dermatologist is truly going to be on, he needs to explain how the melanin in MJ"s skin was destroyed and as a medical person I have seen a lot of vitaligo but nothing where you turn white overnight. And what happened to his hair which by looking at his gorgeous brother's hair had no reason to be bald


joan nelson calgary alberta canada   July 8th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

They had a memorial service at Forest lawn before the big service. How do we know if Michael's body was even in the casket at the big memorial service. Maybe he was already buried at Forest lawn. Maybe the Jackson family wanted a private service and this is the only way they would get it. My heart went out to his daughter. I always figured the children were white and that is why he hid their faces. What a shame. Colour is no barrier to loving a child. Who cares what the rest of the world thought. Poor Michael, may he rest in peace.


george sotiropoulos   July 8th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Thanks to cnn for televising so beautifully the Michael Jackson Memorial service. God Bless all who were there and chose to view. I am reaching out to Jermaine Jackson. Please continue to fight for your brothers permanent memorial at Neverland. I swear its going to be so very important to the future. What a "living" Neverland can do, the possibilities are limitless. It would be for all peoples from every walk of life. We have to raise our voices as one. Bring Neverland to the fans, we will help to change the law and save Neverland at the same time. I believe everyone together can do it.


tara   July 8th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

i am a michael fan through till the end. i went to his thriller concert when i was 7. i am still in somuch shock i cant stop crying and im still in disbelief. larry there should be a dna test done on his body to prove that its truley his. ive heard things over the years . the family should do dna tests.
michael i love you always rip


Velina from Bulgaria   July 8th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

People say they love 1st Michael,or early Michael,or 80`s Michael.I love just Michael.I love him through his success,through his shyness,through his pain and loneliness.I love Michael Jackson in spite of, not only because !
I`ve been lied,I`ve been hurt,I`ve been lost,I`ve been ill,I`ve been injured,I`ve been depressed,I`ve been rejected,I`ve been misunderstood,I`ve been devastated...but I`ve never felt like I do now!
Thank you,Michael for learning me how to feel the music with every vibe of my body and heart.


pam   July 8th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

michael has not even been layed to rest in a permanent place yet and the media still can't leave him alone. now some off the wall source is saying he was bald. michael was not bald you could see that just by looking at him. i don't know where these people get there info from. the people that worked for him are speaking up now and bad mouthing him because they realized he left them nothing in his will. don't believbe any of them. leave him alone and let him finally rest in peace.


Cee`A   July 8th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

Whether MJ had issues with being black and wanted to be white is no different then someone wanting to change their original anatomy. Actually, it's not as bad IMO. It's really none of anyones business...I wish everyone would just STOP talking about MJ's personal life and get on with giving back to MJ ..HE GAVE HIS WHOLE LIFE TO HIS FANS AND THE CHILDREN....ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE!
HEAL THE WORLD, DON'T JUDGE OTHERS FOR THEIR PERSONAL DEMONS THAT MAKE THEM DO THINGS THAT WE DON'T UNDERSTAND!


keesha20   July 8th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

wELL EVEN IF SHE SOLD THEM, THEY WUD BCUM THE PERSON WHO PAID FOR THEM!!!!!!!!!!!! ISN'T SHE WHITE? SO WAT IF THE KIDS LOOK LIKE "MOM"?????????? SHE TOOK THE MONEY SO U AND HER SHUD SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAT'S UR FAMILY LIKE, PERFECT???? SEEM LIKE U R THE OUTCAST OF UR FAMILY! U SOUND HURT. HUSH JEAN RATIFF!!!! THEY ARE HIS WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE HIS BIOLOGICAL KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEBBIE JUST WANT THE MONEY THAT COMES WITH THE KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Apple   July 8th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

The comfort that I found in all of this is that Michael's entire family including his parents lived long enough to see him be a star one more time and say goodbye to him in a star studded way.

I was yesturday reminded that no matter what a person has done, no matter where they have been or how they choose to live their life, although we may not agree with or uphold some or none of their choices in life, we should STILL love them. This is why the two most important instructions of God are about how we MUST love each other.

What broke my heart is the fact that he may have died feeling rejected and unloved by so many. It broke my heart that he cannot see the outpouring of love and support yesturday.

To the media who hounded him and treated him with such scorn and ridicule, about time you all look into your own weird, messed up and freaked out lives and STOP murdering individuals! You murdered Diana. Almost murdered Britney Spears, Chris Rock, Mariah carey and who else?? Many in the media has blood on their hands. Just for the love of MONEY! You can be likened to Pilate and Judas! 30 peices of silver you kill innocent lives for.


debra   July 8th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

First and foremost i want to send my deepest wishes to the family and i also need to say that i grew up with micheal he is definitely the king of pop he will never be forgotten he has given so much and you know it came from the heart he is the best their was nothing will take that away we will be truly missed love you micheal


Apple   July 8th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

What does it matter who he has become in his personal life? Can we look beyond that and see what he has contributed to this world?

What broke my heart is the fact that he may have died feeling rejected and unloved by so many. It broke my heart that he cannot see the outpouring of love and support yesturday.

To the media who hounded him and treated him with such scorn and ridicule, about time you all look into your own weird, messed up and freaked out lives and STOP murdering individuals! You murdered Diana. Almost murdered Britney Spears, Chris Rock, Mariah carey and who else?? Many in the media has blood on their hands. Just for the love of MONEY! You can be likened to Pilate and Judas! 30 peices of silver you kill innocent lives for.


Glenda   July 8th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

Also I wanted to add that the whole CNN Staff did a fabulous job on the coverage of Michael Jackson...They left no stone unturned and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I started watching it when I got off work at 4:00pm and I continued watching all the stories till after 2:00am...it was great, I cried awhile and smile awhile thinking back to all the good ole days of Michael and his brothers, alot of grew up with them, so we all know most of the stories...Heartbreaking at times and So Thankful for the time that God allowed us to have him here on this earth.Thank you Michael for the good times, they will forever be etched in our heart and memories that noone can ever take away...To his family, continue to go on with life because we all know that is what Michael would have wanted you all to do...Keep close to God and he will guide you in the right path.....Thanks Again and May God Bless.....


Alannah Chase   July 8th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Larry King,

Could you please ask Niko Brando to please set the record straight regarding Michael Jackson's vitiligo condition. Michael Jackson has had to endure far too much at the hands of the public/media – it is dispicable!. I so wish the Jackson family would publically state facts on many issues pertaining to MJ so the media/public will let him rest in peace and allow his children learn to live w/o their father and adjust to their new life. I think it is also disgraceful the media/public have camped out in front of the Jackson compound. Is there such little regard for personal pain these days?. How can the children begin to settle in when they know outside the front gates is a public/media invasion.

MJ was right this world needs real healing. I can't wait for the opportunity to purchase his Heal the World anthem because we live in a very sad society.


Apple   July 8th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

In the minds of many blacks who go with whites isn't it the fact that they themselves wish that they were white or they do feel uncomfortable with themselves or feel that being with a white person make sthem more of a person?

Larry, this is debateable for every mixed couple.


Aurelia   July 8th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Frankly speaking, it doesn't bother me that he married white women because many of our African American men have done the same, even many of the celebrities. Their choice, not ours. About his skin change, does anyone get the fact that he had a disease and if they TOOK SOME TIME TO RESEARCH would learn that it is not a nice look when it is allowed to develop. African Americans need to focus on important issues like health care reform and education instead of Michael Jackson's wives, children and skin color. I pray he rest in peace because few let him do it in life!


Cee`A   July 8th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

CHARLOTTE...Very good point...i feel the same on MJ's choice to do what he wanted with his skin color...IT'S HIS CHOICE...NOT OURS TO JUDGE...we can only imagine his inner turmoil on making that decision..it could have been a number of health issues..skin issues..or psychological issues...I don't care why he did that..AT ALL..

The questions to Dr. Klein are valid as is his relationship with Deb. Rowe to this date...back when she was impregnated and how Dr. K fits into this medical mess....that led to MJ's death..

I want to know HOW IT IS POSSIBLE for MJ's kids to be his...he said he doesn't know...SO HOW IS IT POSSIBLE in the first place...and how does he tie into his death...and where do D.R. and Dr. K stand in the event of MJ's death? I thank god she was left out of his will...and I DO NOT WANT TO SEE HER GET CUSTODY...SHE IS NOTHING BUT A THROUROUGH BRED ...HER OWN WORDS...to MJ...THOSE KIDS ONLY GREW WITHIN HER FOR MONEY....

THOSE KIDS IMO BELONG WITH THE LOVING JACKSON FAMILY. Where was Debbie Rowe when her 9 year old biological daughter broke down in tears for her DADDY...in front of the world...NOWHERE TO BE FOUND...IT IS THE JACKSONS THAT CLEARLY CODDLED AND PROTECTED HER ...The only family she knows...

I have to wonder if Debbie Rowe knew she was NOT in the will of the late great MJ?


Cee`A   July 8th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

jean ratliff ~ HOW CAN YOU SPECULATE WHICH SUCH SUCH CERTAINTY ....That woman was a baby factory...FOR MONEY!!! No children of her "own"...doesn't want children...SHE IS AFTER THE MONEY...wake up!


susan   July 8th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

Larry (King), would you please interview someone like Dr. Jay Goldstein, recently retired, pain management specialist from both UCLA Pain Management Center and his own practice. He personally helped many Canadians from British Columbia Canada suffering serious pain.

Michael and all suffering chronic pain have been stigmatized by the media's incorrect focus.

Michael lived only TWO miles from the UCLA Pain Management Center!

This Center offers customized pain management. See website for details

The Congresswoman yesterday at Michael's memorial mentioned Michael visiting disabled vets at Walter Reed Hospital especially since he already suffered health problems.

My family lived 50 years with one of Walter Reed's disabled WWII vets, my Dad. They built Dad a new spine, just like they did for President Kennedy in the arly 1950s. We lived with a sufferer of intractable pain and how it disrupted his sleep which is what Michael stated several times that he was trying to manage.

Unless you have a visibly broken arm or leg, a lot of pain is invisible to the public so they don't get it. Micheal said that in the interviews, "you don't get it" when they pursued him about prescription drug use.

Also, many of us professionals over 40 years old also live with permanent after effects of general anesthesia costing us our livelihood. Research has not addressed this yet as stated by the University of Toronto, Canada.

Listening closely to Michael Jackson's interviews disclosing his two medical conditions, if printed correctly in the newspapers, he was living with progressing lung damage and likely he was living on borrowed time since his thirties and he knew it.

Sounds like physicians started helping him in his thirties during his work related injuries and may have helped extend his life long enough to fulfill his dream of having a family. Also, he may have decided to surrogate parent to prevent passing health problems to his children

While working, Micheal could have been professionally advised to keep his medical conditions private to prevent discrimination denying employment

Yesterday, the Congresswoman, said when Micheal was treated by a Burn Unit he then funded a burn unit and similarly he funded where there was a bed shortage elsewhere.

I would suggest Larry interview some of Walter Reed hospital's or UCLA's Pain Management Center specialists on private care for "intractable" pain.

This will protect Micheal's reputation and could lead to a financial legacy from Michael's charities towards better and affordable pain management and further remove discrimination for all our disabled public and vets.

The media focus on drug use may have completely missed the point and done a big disservice to many "intractable" pain sufferers who are trying to manage such pain and still maintain a quality of life and income especially knowing their life could be shortened by the condition causing the pain. They want quality time for whatever time they have left.


Cee`A   July 8th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Blone hair ..black hair...curly...straight....THOSE WERE MJ'S CHILDREN... did you not see his daughter cry her eyes out and tell the world..how much she loved "HER DADDY"...can't you wrap your brain around this child MJ as her father...CAUSE HE RAISED HER...doesn't matter how she got here...THE JACKSONS DESERVE THESE CHILDREN...they are the only family they know...YA...give em to the mother that has NEVER BEEN THERE FOR HER KIDS...take them away from the family they know as family...the ones who clearly love and protect them...DYSFUNCTION...every family has it...how dysfunctional would it be to take them away from what they know and GIVE THEM TO A STRANGER???


susan   July 8th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Larry (King), would you please interview someone like Dr. Jay Goldstein, recently retired, pain management specialist from both UCLA Pain Management Center and his own practice.

Michael and all suffering chronic pain have been stigmatized by the media's incorrect focus.

Michael lived only TWO miles from the UCLA Pain Management Center!

This Center offers customized pain management. See website for details

The Congresswoman yesterday at Michael's memorial mentioned Michael visiting disabled vets at Walter Reed Hospital especially since he already suffered health problems.

My family lived 50 years with one of Walter Reed's disabled WWII vets, my Dad. They built Dad a new spine, just like they did for President Kennedy in the arly 1950s. We lived with a sufferer of intractable pain and how it disrupted his sleep which is what Michael stated several times that he was trying to manage.

Unless you have a visibly broken arm or leg, a lot of pain is invisible to the public so they don't get it. Micheal said that in the interviews, "you don't get it" when they pursued him about prescription drug use.

Also, many of us professionals over 40 years old also live with permanent after effects of general anesthesia costing us our livelihood. Research has not addressed this yet as stated by the University of Toronto, Canada.

Listening closely to Michael Jackson's interviews disclosing his two medical conditions, if printed correctly in the newspapers, he was living with progressing lung damage and likely he was living on borrowed time since his thirties and he knew it.

Sounds like physicians started helping him in his thirties during his work related injuries and may have helped extend his life long enough to fulfill his dream of having a family. Also, he may have decided to surrogate parent to prevent passing health problems to his children

While working, Micheal could have been professionally advised to keep his medical conditions private to prevent discrimination denying employment

Yesterday, the Congresswoman, said when Micheal was treated by a Burn Unit he then funded a burn unit and similarly he funded where there was a bed shortage elsewhere.

I would suggest Larry interview some of Walter Reed hospital's or UCLA's Pain Management Center specialists on private care for "intractable" pain.

This will protect Micheal's reputation and could lead to a financial legacy from Michael's charities towards better and affordable pain management and further remove discrimination for all our disabled public and vets.

The media focus on drug use may have completely missed the point and done a big disservice to many "intractable" pain sufferers who are trying to manage such pain and still maintain a quality of life and income especially knowing their life could be shortened by the condition causing the pain. They want quality time for whatever time they have left.


terrie   July 8th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

i can not believe micheal left this soon ,thank u 4 everything u have given us !!!! 4 mj's family be strong we love you all and for the kids your dad will always be with you .

godbless, from tlc


pam   July 8th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

it doesn;t matter what color his skin was. what matters is what a loving and caring person he was to his fans and his beautiful children. and if you look at the picture of michael and blanket side by side blanket looks just like him.


Carolynn Nottingham   July 8th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

As I watch the memorial service for Michael Jackson all I could think about is how much I wanted to help him in life. I had a vision that he was sick and not going to make it about a month ago. I wanted to badly to go where he was to try and help him a minister and as a friend who wanted nothing more but the best for him. I know there were to many pressure on him already and he just needed someone to talk to and I wanted to help him. I am from a family of (9) children and 6girls 3 boys and our last name ended in J and we grow up in a very religious home so I felt that I had something to offer him. Now it is to late for Michael but I am praying that somehow I will be able to reach out to his family. I know that this is probably a dream that will not happen but I care deeply for the entire family. If there is anyway that I can talk to them please Larry King Help me to Help Them!!! My email address is above and I will even give you my phone number that is how serious about this that I am. It is (215) 741-2692 and my name is Minister Carolynn Nottingham. May God bless this family in their hours of lost and comfort them I am praying for them more than they could know. Please help me to try to help them. I am a nobody trying to help everybody in Christ.

Sincerely,

Carolynn Nottingham


herbert lerner   July 8th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a Black Anglo-Saxon.

He didn't need to try to be white;

He was the pinnacle of life!


Dreamer   July 8th, 2009 5:22 pm ET

I would like to make a comment about MJ and not sure if this is where it should go, and i am still new to this...but the media ridiculed and scrutinized this man for years and years...in fact eveyone has...who cares what happened to his skin or how he looked...he is dead now......let the man r.i.p


Carolynn Nottingham   July 8th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

To the Jackson Family,

We love your son for the works that he did for the entire nation. He was like a angel sent to earth a short time and while here he did what he was sent to do. I know you miss him and that you want him here but he is not present in your eye sight but he is in your heart if you keep the Faith. I don't listen to his music anymore because of religious beliefs but I do know that he was a master at what he did and a very giving, loving, caring person with a kind heart. I will miss him but I do know that if we live for God and serve him he has a better place for us then this temporary place called earth. Keep your head up through the tears and through the pain and our Heavenly Father will see you all through this. Michael will forever be in my heart because I also have a son name Michael. "Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven can not Heal."
Love and Prayers,

Carolynn


Ann   July 8th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

As an African American I have long since realized that Michael Jackson had an identity problem. Maybe he wanted to look less like the man (his father) who abused him–or maybe he felt that he would be more accepted by all if he looked more white than black. In any case, he was not proud to be black. What is even ironic is that Michael Jackson did not practice what he preached (sung). His song "Man in the Mirror" some of the lyrics asked us to change our ways and take a look at ourselves. Apparently that did not apply to Michael Jackson in terms of his own appearance and taking care of his own health (abusing of prescription drugs)–He did not change his ways. And of course his song it doesn't matter if your black or white. It obviously mattered to Michael. And even though this complicated human being surrounded himself with high profile Hollywood white women in his Will he leaves those he loved the most to the care of a black woman (after his mother)-DIANA ROSS. Go figure.


BamBam404   July 8th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

I just want to say.....when Michael Jackson's duaghter Paris spoke at his memorial.....i cryed.......evert time they replayed it last night on the show....i cryed a little more.......it took a lot of courage for her to speak.....and im sure that it touched everyone in the audience and watching their tvs too.


Lori   July 8th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I wish that the Jackson family would consider printing and selling copies of Michael's Memorial Booklet/program that was given out for free at the service. The money from the booklets could go a very long way in helping to pay for his service. This would also devalue the free ones and thus keep the people who are already making "blood money" on ebay and craigslist from doing so. There are millions of MJ fans from all over the world that I know would love to have a copy. I would love to have one, but I will not buy one from ebay or craigslist.

I cannot stop grieving for Michael and wish that the world could see and believe that there was truly a loving soul in his body that would never, ever hurt a child. My mind is just blown every time I hear one of his songs and the lyrics, particularly Earth Song, Heal the World, etc. etc. Heaven has gained and we have sooooooo lost out.


Shannon Bullock   July 8th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

To Michael Jackson's beautiful children and family, you’re in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Michael Jackson did indeed change the world in so many ways through his remarkable talent. He had a heart of gold. He loved his family deeply and loved everyone around the globe. We too loved him back. He loved the planet and animals. He was pure. I believe our Lord sends us his angels here on Earth to do amazing things and Michael was just that. He was and is now like never before, a true Angel. Our loss is heavens gain. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of need.


Tracy   July 8th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

Please leave Michael Jackson and his children alone.
Michael was an African-American.
He raised his children, he is the father. What is the difference from stars adopting children? He is listed as the father on the birth certificate.
The news media needs to stop making his life a circus.

May God bless his children


F. Demonia   July 8th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

Since the State of California is asking the fans to help in paying for MJ memorial services, my suggestion is to offer the obituary to generate funds. This funding would be worldwide. I would love to have one for a keepsake and history. I also know of others who would also purchase one since I was unable to attend service. Please ask the Jackson Family for permission.


Sam Lenore   July 8th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

Larry-please re-broadcast your story on Emmy Award-winning Detroit newscaster, Lee Thomas, who has that same exact skin disease Michael Jackson had. It is an amazing you covered on Lee Thomas last year (I just found it on Youtube), and given the current news about Michael, more people should SEE Lee Thomas' story so they can understand better what Michael went through. Also, CNN has a story about Michael's skin color: "skin color baffles"...why is there not a link to Lee Thomas' webpage, and to your Larry King segment about Lee Thomas? A link in that story to your segment would be extremely helpful. So many more people would understand more about Michael Jackson. I just saw the story, myself, and I was blown away- it makes me understand Michael Jackson so much better. Could you see about this? Thanks, -Sam (who learned a LOT by googling "Lee Thomas" just now, and can't believe this isn't more widely known by the public.)


S. Dashiell   July 8th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

First I would like to give my regards to the entire Jackson Family, especially Micheal's 3 children.
Where to begin.. My heart is broken. One of the best memories I have as a child was Michael Jackson. Although I never had the opportunity to see him, or meet him, to me he was like a warm blanket on a cold night. His songs covered me and protected me when times were rough. Growing up in a very abusive, and disfunctional family, I unfortunately had no one to turn to... But then I heard a song.. just as a small child... and it would change my life forever. When I was afraid I would hide in my room and put on my little pink record player in a box, and I would listen to Thriller. I managed to get a fake version of the red zipper jacket he had as a present from a relative, and I wore it everyday. I would read books about him, stare at pictures, and wish he would take me away from all the pain.
Now that I have grown up, and moved on from those hard times, I thank God for everything I went through because all of it made me who I am today. I thank God for someone like Michael, who I was able to look up to, and who helped me, even though he never knew it, to get through it all.
May his legacy and dreams live on through his family and his beautiful children. Hold on to the beautiful memories. Don't listen to the negative, ONLY focus on what you knew him to be.. a wonderful, loving, caring, giving individual who loved everyone... and did all he could.. to be the best he could for everyone he ever came in contact with!!
With Love, Thoughts, and Lots of Prayers,
Sunshine~


carol kesling   July 8th, 2009 5:36 pm ET

enough of you negative people on the blogs.......... if you do not want to watch the coverage on m.j. DONT WATCH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he was a great person no matter weather you like him or not. go watch fox news, they are as negative as you all are !!!!!!!!!!!! michael was THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINER ON THE PLANET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sandra   July 8th, 2009 5:41 pm ET

Hi,i am a south african living in new zealand now.Michael was unique i respecteed him and his music and talent.People who have met him or worked with him consider yourselves blessed to have known him,i wish i met him and known him.A gifted soul .Rest in peace,Michael.

My heart goes out to his children,they will miss a great dad.


Letha Williams   July 8th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

I would like to know of how can I purchase a Michael Jackson's obituary? The service was beautiful and very moving and would love his obituary to go with my collection of memories.


Lourdes - Houston   July 8th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

Watching the memorail helped me and my husband realize that Michael Jackson was in fact the greatest entertainer of all times. But in addition, listening to the many statements given by people who were close to him, or even listening to some of the interviews, especially by Martin Bashir, we saw a different Michael. This man was a victim of his own success and fame. He had the best intentions to help others out, but too often people just wanted to get a piece of his fortune. All the molestation charges were only a farse in order to get rich. No mother in a situation like that would just settle for money and walk away happy. Michael was a kid, abused by his father, deprived of his childhood, and the world misunderstood him. It took us to lose him forever to realize what a great artist and human being he was. May his children always be proud of their father, and never doubt for a moment that he was indeed a great man.


DEMECKIA   July 8th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

HI EVERYONE I JUST WANT TO SAY I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON HE WILL BE MISSED DEARLY AND THE SERVICNE WAS GOOD IT WAS NICE MY BEST PERFORMACNE OUT THE WHOLE THING WAS USHER AND JENNIFER HUDSON


Raquel   July 8th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

THIS WAS TAKEN FROM THE SUN newspaper. IS THIS TRUE? CAN ANYONE VERIFY?

THE horrifying state of pop superstar Michael Jackson in his final days can be revealed by The Sun today.
Harrowing leaked autopsy details show the singer was a virtual skeleton — barely eating and with only pills in his stomach at the time he died.

His hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds — believed to be the result of injections of narcotic painkillers, given three times a day for years.

And a mass of surgery scars were thought to be the legacy of at least 13 cosmetic operations.

Experts found the distressing evidence of Jacko’s physical decline while investigating his startling death in Los Angeles last week.

The examination showed the 5ft 10in star — once famed for his on-stage athleticism — had:

PLUNGED to a “severely emaciated” 8st 1oz. It is understood anorexic Jackson had been eating just one meagre meal a day.

Pathologists found his stomach empty aside from partially-dissolved pills he took before the painkiller injection which stopped his heart. Samples were sent for toxicology tests.

LOST virtually all his hair. The pop pin-up was wearing a wig when he died and pathologists said little more than “peach fuzz” covered his scalp.

A scarred section of skin above his left ear was entirely bald — apparently the result of a 1984 accident when his hair caught fire as he filmed an ad for Pepsi.

SUFFERED several broken ribs as frantic rescuers pumped his chest after he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Four injection sites were found above or near to Jacko’s heart.

All appeared to result from attempts to pump adrenaline directly into the organ in a failed bit to restart it.

Three of the injections had penetrated the heart wall — causing damage — but a fourth missed and hit one of the 50-year-old star’s ribs.

The autopsy also found unexplained BRUISING on Jackson’s knees and on the fronts of both shins. And there were CUTS on his back, indicating a recent fall.

The King of Pop’s once handsome face bore a network of plastic surgery scars, while the bridge to his nose had vanished and its right side had partially collapsed.

As inquiries into the tragedy last night focused on the star’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray, a source close to the Jackson entourage said: “Michael’s family and fans will be horrified when they realise the appalling state he was in.

“He was skin and bone, his hair had fallen out and had been eating nothing but pills when he died. Injection marks all over his body and the disfigurement caused by years of plastic surgery show he’d been in terminal decline for years.

“His doctors and the hangers-on stood by as he self-destructed. Somebody is going to have to pay.”


Leo   July 8th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

Michael defined my youth but let's let him go. He died from pressure. A man can't lose $400 million without help. He trusted morons who were either thieves or the biggest bunch of incompetents on earth.


michael gilley duncanville texas   July 8th, 2009 5:46 pm ET

dear larry:

I cite this not as a commentary but only as an observation:

If Michael Jackson was born on 29 August 1958, and died on 25 June 2009, then his age at the time he died was 7 times 7 years plus 666 days.

Do the math.


F. Demonia   July 8th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

The memorial service was fantastic and moving. Would love to purchase an obituary.


isaiah   July 8th, 2009 5:56 pm ET

it sucks that my hero is dead but he will always live on Michael Jackson was and still is the greatest entertainer even today i cant believe he is gone R.I.P MJ (1958-forever)


Shannon Bullock   July 8th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

To Michaels Jackson's beautiful children and family, you're in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Michael Jackson did indeed change the world in so many ways through his remarkable talent. He made such a difference to society, bringing people together from all backgrounds and bringing them together as one. He had a heart of gold. He loved his family deeply and love everyone around the globe. We too loved him back. He loved the planet and animals. He was pure. I believe our Lord sends us his angels here on Earth to do amazing things and Michael was just that. He was and is now like never before, a true Angel. Our loss is heavens gain. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of need.


Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada   July 8th, 2009 6:10 pm ET

The only thing that matters is that M.J. was happy regardless and whatever color his children may be what is important was that they were well loved and cared for. Please he is dead the memorial is over let M.J. rest in peace.


colleen   July 8th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

Gjood Job larry... It is great to see some repectful media for once.. Maybe we can all give micheals children privacy . what a great gift to him in his death....


Patricia P   July 8th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

I am a long time fan around Michael's age. I was fortunate enough to attend the services yesterday, it is without a doubt one of the most moving experiences I have ever had.

I arrived early, my daughter was meeting me there, but had not yet arrived. As I sat there, the excitement I felt turned to grief and I began to cry, my heart was understanding that we finally had to say goodbye to Michael. A wonderful woman in another row saw me and came over and gave me a hug and began to console me. I met a lot of people there who felt the same as I did, all ages, races and from all walks of life. We all knew how each other felt and that we were there to let the family, the world and god know how much we loved what Michael gave to us all.

I had a crappy childhoood myself and I always felt Michael was kind of a kindred spirit in that respect. His music made me happy. He had a beautiful smile, he seemed to care about those less fortunate and did what he could to help and make rest of the world more aware of our responsibility to the human race.

I am so happy he had his children, it really seemed like they were his pride and joy. It seems like they were a source of happiness for him and that makes my heavy heart a little lighter.

All of you Jackson haters and mud slingers, talk, lie, slander and malign all you want. You cannot hurt him anymore.

But be mindful that every hateful thing you say will be written into the psyche of those 3 inncoent children and his mother. They are the people who are being punished by the harsh words now, not Michael.

Michael wore that pain in life, the things he did to and may have put in his body, just show he was human and trying to escape his demons, whatever they were. We all have them.

Michael said in one of his interviews that he "never, ever, ever, ever took his fans for granted, ever." I just want to say, I never took you for granted either Michael. I never said an unkind word about him, even when I heard all the accusations. I kept my mouth shut and let the justice system do its work. I was elated when he was aquitted.

Rest in peace Michael, we will all keep your legacy alive. Thank you for the music and videos and fabulous dance moves that were the soundtrack of my life. I will miss you.


Steph   July 8th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

Michael Jackson was the father and mother to those kids. PERIOD!!! Don't torture the kids as Michael was. They are only kids. That's the only father they have ever know and will be the only father to them. It takes more than sperm to be a Daddy


Javier R. Sanchez   July 8th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Larry, I'm 47 and I enjoy Michael's music. Coming from someone who was poor as a child. I remember my father picking us from elementry school or from walking two miles home from school to go to work in the fields or packing houses. You name it we picked it here in Fresso Calif. and once summer was over then to the packing house. My father made boxes for the fruit and my mother made lables for the boxes. Two lable machines 3 person each on each lable machine & 3 person on the box maker machine. It was perfect for my father with 7 kids. I myself never had a child hood. I do remember from the season break always playing with kid 3 to 5 years younger them me. When I was 20 my best friend laugh so load that I can't forget it too this day saying check out Rene he's going backwards instead of forward. My youngest brother was 3 years young then me and I was hanging around with is friends that were two years younger then him. "Main Point" Poor or Rich you do get your youth taken away from you when your father takes you out of your natural play time God gave to us as children to work as men as a young boy. My wife and two young ones Michael & Matthew will miss MJ.


Angie Soliman   July 8th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

Sir, I feel so much injustice has been directed towards Michael...please, sir, please invite his close friends to the show to tell the world who he really was...

If he has been treated with injustice, then it will be the best tribute to pay to a late innocent man [not the singer, the man]

please, sir...

Angie
Cairo, Egypt


Ann   July 8th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

I want the world to just leave Michael's children alone. All I know is that they loved him and he loved them. If the birth certificate says he is the father, then that is enough for me and the rest of the world. May the Lord take care of them all.


Linda from Wilmington Delaware   July 8th, 2009 6:32 pm ET

Dear Mr. King, I was recently in California and stumbled upon a fantastic painting on a building in Compton. (I also just stumbled upon Compton, but that is another store). Anyway I would love to share it with you so you can share it w/the Jackson family and/or the world. I cannot stop thinking about Compton since I passed through and my wish and hope is that whoever painted this might be found and recognized as i found it to be a loving and peaceful rendition of MJ at such a difficult time in obviously such a difficult place.

Can you let me know how I can send the pictures to you?


Linda from Wilmington Delaware   July 8th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Revised for spelling error-Sorry.

Dear Mr. King, I was recently in California and stumbled upon a fantastic painting on a building in Compton. (I also just stumbled upon Compton, but that is another story). Anyway I would love to share it with you so you can share it w/the Jackson family and/or the world. I cannot stop thinking about Compton since I passed through and my wish and hope is that whoever painted this might be found and recognized as i found it to be a loving and peaceful rendition of MJ at such a difficult time in obviously such a difficult place.

Can you let me know how I can send the pictures to you?


linda   July 8th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

I wonder if the dermatologist is the sperm donor. And, if he is, why would they take that chance?What could make it so important, that the dermatologist be the sperm donor?I wonder if the doc, and Michael were not just close friends, but that they may have had a physical relationship, and wanted to be partners as parents as well..That would explain Debbie Rowe, she may have been just a surogate for the two, and not been the maternal parent..Just a thought, may be way out , but something to ponder...


Alex from NY   July 8th, 2009 6:35 pm ET

Hi,

I hear you are having Dr. Klein on tonight. I'm not surprised, but I'm very disappointed. I would like to point out that the subjects at hand are his now fatherless children. Don’t you think it's time to give up this freak show around late Michael?

The public has spoken yesterday loud and clear. He was and will stay a cultural icon. People who appreciate art, hard-work and overachievement know that he paid the ultimate price. He left us a lot of himself through his music, a way more than any of the very small and insignificant people now dissecting his legacy. How about just listening to his music and watch him performing? And you will have all your answers, as do we who have followed and listened to him over the decades. We understand and we are grateful.

Seriously, it's time to leave him and his children alone. These children are now fatherless and an easy target. We all know this is about money, but we expect better from you: to show some restraint and decency.

I have a great respect for you but if this keeps up, I'll be the first to quit your show and CNN forever and trust me I will not be the only one.

The other point that ticks me off is Jeff Toobin and the likes who in the last days spoke about the trial in 2005, referring to very disturbing and damaging witness accounts and video tapes presented. I cannot help but ask how come Michael was not convicted in light of such hard proofs? Please, get these people off the air, or I hope Palin gets it in 2012 and blows them off!

Best,
Alex from NY


Zaitoon Shaikh   July 8th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

As a high degree insomniac I can relate to Michael Jackson's dilemma for not being able to sleep. The fault was doctor's who so easily prescribed sleeping tablets. There are many ways to get over this painful disease of insomnia. Cognitive behavioral therapy, meditation and aurvedic treatment does help. But certainly he could not be on heroine or any such drugs because his profile of being such a perfectionist as the world's best singer or a dancer, an excellent father, and a great huminitarian does not fit the profile of neither the drug addict nor the child molester.
The plight of an insomniac has to be experienced to know what it is. And nobody understands our plight. Often such people are high achievers or extemely good hearted people. Fear of not being able to sleep overtakes the brain completely and all you want is just one night of good sleep at any cost.


Mar   July 8th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

MJ was more than just an icon, he was a person. The media constantly gossiped, ridiculed and made his life a living hell when he was alive. He had feelings, he felt lonely, let the man rest in peace and stop attacking the dead. If he was a child molester then why hasn't there been any proof? People are cruel and would do anything for money – extortion anyone? It's no wonder he enjoyed spending time with children. That is where he felt most comfortable, away from being judged by the media and by adults. He was able to relive his childhood which he lost growing up in the public eye...


JANET   July 8th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

CNN LAUNCHED ON THE INTERNET YOUR PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH BROTHER JERMAINE JACKSON AT HIS BROTHER'S NEVERLA ND RANCH.

IT WAS A SHOCK AND AWE TO SEE MICHAEL JACKSON'S FORMER HOME FULL OF BEAUTY AND TRANQUILITY AND TO KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED AND SHARED HIS LIFE WITH OTHERS IN THIS SO SACRED GROUND.

IN THE BACKDROP IN YOUR PERSONAL CNN INTERVIEW A "SPIRIT" APPEARED AND MOVED ACROSS A FIREPLACE IN ANOTHER ROOM.
I HOPE THAT CNN OR OTHERS ARE NOT PLAYING A HOAX ON AMERICA.

LARRY KING, IN YOUR PESONAL INTERVIEW BROADCASTED ALL AROUND THE WORLD AT THE NEVERLAND RANCH, JERMAINE JACKSON TOLD YOU HE FELT HIS BROTHER'S PRESENCE THERE AT HIS OLD HOME THE NEVERLAND RANCH.

WHAT DID YOU FEEL? WHAT DID YOU EXPERIENCE? WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THE VIDEO OF THIS SPIRIT?

I BELIEVE IN SPIRITS. PEOPLE WHO PASS ON BEFORE THIER TIMELESS DEATH , THEIR SPIRITS ARE PROVEN TO REMAIN AND WANDER HERE IN A PLACE THEY ONCE KNEW ON EARTH. THERE IS MUCH CONTROVERSY ABOUT THIS GREAT SPIRIT PHENOMENOM.

IF IT'S TRUE THAT THIS SHADOW CAUGHT ON CNN VIDEO THAT STROLLED BY THE FIREPLACE IN MICHAEL JACKSON'S OLD HOME NEVERLAND RANCH HOUSE IS MICHAEL JACKSON, OR SOME OTHER LOST SOUL FROM BEFORE IS STILL LIVING IN THE RANCH.

TIMELESS IS NOW TO BRING IN EXPERT PARANORMAL PEOPLE FOR CONTINUED RESEARCH TO FIND IF THIS SOUL IS TRULY MICHAEL JACKSON OR OTHER.

GOD BLESS YOU.
GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Precious   July 8th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

Though MJ is gone, he'll forever remain a legend. R.I.P


Austin K Butler   July 8th, 2009 6:43 pm ET

The amount of coverage that CNN has given to Michael Jackson is absolutely absurd. Of course his death is a significant story for the world; however, there are entertainment stations that cover the entertainment world. What about the 13 soldiers who died June 25? Where are their stories on the internet. I think that CNN has their priorities wrong right now. There should never be a day where Michael Jackson's cultural identity, his shopping habits, his kids real parents, etc... is more important of a story than our countries economic state, the wars which we are engaged, and especially not the soldiers' deaths. Get you priorities straight CNN. And as for America, who has seemingly forgotten all other events in the world to look at the casket of a musician...get off it already.


Cindy Morgano   July 8th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

How Michael touched my life:
Some of us touch the people in our own lives
but only a chosen few can thouch the world,
sharing a common bond
threaded by words and music
coming together in awesome numbers
sharing that we are all the same
under the vehicle that carries us.
A place inside
undefined by skin
nurtured by birth and life,
therein lies our soul,
our center
our core,
our very being,
what we are,
what we believe,
what we give
all starts here,
Thank you for touching my soul Michael.


J Cummings   July 8th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

Larry, after two weeks can you not find something else to do with your show other than Michael Jackson...and to give this "dermatoligist" time on your show is DISGUSTING...

The media should not go delving into WHO IS THE FATHER OF Michael Jackson's children...Those children have enough to deal with without this! And you profess to be his friend over the years?? And now you are PROMOTING THIS "STORY"... HIS children are HIS
children – and that is all that matters.

YOU SHOULD BE ASHMED OF YOURSELF... that is not NEWS...
THAT is TRASH. I THINK YOU JUST LOST A VIEWER...IT IS
DISGUSTING...YOU SHOULD BE DISCOURAGING THIS, NOT
PROMOTING IT.


LIVIA PAPAK   July 8th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

I just can't believe that people in America are so stupid,that they are letting themselfs being brainwashed.
That is so obvios,that those Kids are Michael Jackson's Kids.
It is time that stupid people back off,and give those Kids the freadom,and let them remerber him as the "BEST FATHER ANYONE CAN HAVE."
Michael was the greatest human beang on this earth,I did not know him persoaly,but someone has to be very stupid not to realize the trouth.
LOVE YOU MICHAEL,LOVE YOU KIDS.
My prayers going to the Kids,and I hope that God will protect those Children from the evil,and they are never have to go through what their Father had to go through.
LOVE YOU: Livia


Lindy Mueller   July 8th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

Larry,

Every time I read about the frenzy to identify the DNA of Michaels children, I have a sick sinking feeling. Why is that information anyones business? Do you really feel like it is your (journalist) place to go there? What about these children, what about their right to privacy. They have just lost the love of their lives, their father. I am not adopted nor do I have an adopted child, but my basic understanding of how that works is that when a child is old enough, mature enough, they decide to seek that information. Every parent within earshot of this nonsense should be outraged, I know I am.


Shannon Bullock   July 8th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

To Michaels Jackson’s beautiful children and family, you’re in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. To us it's like loosing a family member too, a childhood friend, a caring brother, a likelihood soulmate not an icon. Michael Jackson did indeed change the world in so many ways through his remarkable talent. He made such a difference to society, bringing people together from all backgrounds and bringing them together as one. He had a heart of gold. He loved his family deeply and loved everyone around the globe. We too loved him back. He loved the planet and animals. He was pure. I believe our Lord sends us his angels here on Earth to do amazing things and Michael was just that. He was and is now like never before, a true Angel. Our loss is heavens gain. He will always be deeply loved and sadly missed until our day comes when we will all be together again in heaven. God's greatest gifts return to him. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of need.


Anne   July 8th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

The saddest part of Michael Jackson's death is that it seems that everyone has something very nice to say about him now. Why on earth did these people not say these things when he was going through the toughest times of his life (such as the trial)? If everybody had stood up for him during those times, maybe, just maybe, he might still be alive. I think it is a shame that it takes someone dying to bring out the best in people and say how they really feel. God bless his children and all of his family.


tracy   July 8th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

Larry,
Please, please, please cancel the doctor. Don't give voice to those who want to confuse and harm Michael Jackson's innocent children. The doctor's intentionally confusing "denial" is evil and does irreparable harm to the minds of his children. Their father is Michael Jackson, period.


Mary   July 8th, 2009 7:01 pm ET

Greetings:
To the entire staff of CNN, i commend you on a job well done in covering the memorial of the greatest entertainer Mr. Michael Jackson.
To all the performers, entertainers, speakers and the Andrea Crouch Choir my hat goes off to you all for tremendous support to the Jackson Family.
This memorial was prepared with the most dignity and style i have ever witness. I would like to extend a special thanks to John Mayer for his extraordinary instrumental rendition of "Human Nature. When Mayer begin to perform this musical piece, oh my God, the tears began to flow and reality sat in that this is really it. This was the most outstanding performance for me. It touched my soul so deeply. I went from channel to channel just to hear John Mayer play that piece again. Larry, ask John Mayer if there is anyway possible that I can have a copy of him playing that on the quitar. It was super exceptional.
Mary--Florida


Maria   July 8th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Rest in Peace Michael. I hope your family continues to protect your children as you did. They deserve the life and peace you wanted them to have. I hope the media and other scondrels out there just leave them and the Jackson Family ALONE!!!


Ivana V   July 8th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Greatest entertainer that ever lived, King of Pop.....Michael indeed was,is and will continue being all of above. But most of all,he was a TRUE MAGICIAN that turned 7 notes each time into a MASTERPIECE, A WIZARD that put a spell on all of us, A METEORITE that Impact our Planet. There is no way to make this spell go away neither to recover from the Impact! And Thank God for that!

Michael,
Your Body is dead,but your Soul will live for Eternity! Watch over us where ever we are!

Love you forever


Lemon   July 8th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

It's only a point of debate if we decide to judge him.

Michael Jackson made decisions. He chose outfits. He chose homes. Made a decision to have children. Chose to buy a ranch and fill it with rides and a train. Selected which business deals, antiques and paintings to invest in. Chose to sing with his sister Janet on "Scream". Chose his own camera angles. Chose a red back drop for his last press conference. Chose Deepak Chopra as a friend. Chose Tchaikovsy and James Brown as musical influences. And yes, he chose to change his face.

I personally think Michael was well aware of the statements his decisions made about him. And I think his decision to change his looks came from a desire to not be judged for being black. I have always felt that Michael seemed to create distance between himself and his black heritage, not because he wasn't proud of it... as I believe he was, greatly... but because he was just so curious. Curious about what it would be like to be someone completely different. And I don't think it was about white vs. black. I can see Asian influence in his looks and style, and French.

Michael's ideals will always elude us, because he was such a unique thinker, and dreamer. He seemed to want to create things none of us yet knew, and I applaude his courage to do this. I think to understand Michael's motivations, you have to separate his cultural ideals from his creative ideas. His personal beliefs and values were grounded in his black heritage, but, like most artists, his expression of those beliefs always needed a new creative outlet.

Heritage asks us to honor our pasts.

Creativity asks us to envision the future.

Bring a love for them both together, and you have someone like Michael.


Sandra Schumacher   July 8th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Larry,
First of all, your coverage of Michael Jackson's tragic passing has been excellent. Now that the funeral is over, it is time to further investigate the cause of his death. I am a nurse who worked in a post anesthesia care unit for seven years and have knowledge regarding the drug Diprivan or Propofol. It is to be given in a surgical setting to start and/or maintain anesthesia or in a critical care unit to put a patient in a "medication induced coma". These settings require that the patients' airways are monitored via a ventilator (applying oxygen is not enough). It is absolutely absurd that a physician would administer this medication in an enviroment other than the ones mentioned previously. The physician or physicians who are responsible for administering Diprivan to Michael at home need to be criminally charged and their licenses to practice revoked. Michael's death could have easily been prevented by simply telling him, "NO"!


Judith   July 8th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Our hearts go out to Michael's three adorable children.

We hope that Michael's wish for his mother to raise his children
comes true.Just because she is 79 years old doesn't
mean she can't hardly move.In fact many 79 year olds have more
ambition than ones in their 20s and are more softer than when raising
their own children at a young age.

As far as Debbie I hope she keeps her distance and if the children want to find her I'm sure one day they will.


Alexandra Thomas   July 8th, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Michael was an artist but more then that he was a messenger. All people had to do was open their eyes and hearts and understand. He is gone now physically but he will live on and keep spreadin the message and hopefully we can change the world and make it a better place. Sad it took all this for some people to realize how destroyed some people minds and hearts are. We need to love eachother and stop all this pain. Wake up world, it's not to late. Michael was takin thru the biggest suffering there is, being misunderstood and seen in the wrong light, pulled thru dirt. The easiest thing in life, Love, turned into something nasty. All i can say is, wake up, realize , love eachother and don't judge people. I'm not gonna say goodbye for u r not gone. See u later Michael


Alexandra Thomas   July 8th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

Michael was send to us as a messenger. Sadly this ugly world didn't understand. Open ur eyes people. He was the messiah. Ripped in pieces like Jesus, just a modern version. People don't know how to handle the good. It's time to sit back, think and realize what he tried to tell us. R.I.P. Michael. Maybe now they leave u alone


Sister Linda   July 8th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

No one in our culture (black) felt alienated by Michael. We are black people. And we can accept whatever color you are and who you are. WE MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS.


Alisha Steele   July 8th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

CNN, Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage you've given us on Michael Jackson. I've been watching Larry King who has also been giving us exceptional coverage.
I don't care how many times Michael changed his looks, I don't care that his skin got lighter over the years, I don't care that he looked or did things differently... Michael had a good heart. Michael Jackson was a big a part of my childhood and with his his passing, I feel like I have lost some of the chapters of my past. My heart is broken and I will miss him endlessly.


Laverne   July 8th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

I THINK THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS CLASSY AND HEARTWARMING, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE JACKSON FAMILY FOR SHARING IT WITH THE PUBLIC. GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM R.I.P. MICHAEL THE WORLD LOVES YOU ALWAYS!!!


Lindy Mueller   July 8th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

Larry,

If you read these messages, one should be clear. DO NOT ask that Dr. about fathering these children. It's bad enough that CNN is giving him airtime, PLEASE think like a father.

Let these children be embraced in the love and peace the Jackson family will provide them.


JANET   July 8th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

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NOW, MICHAEL JACKSON'S PASSING IS AN AMERICAN TIMELESS TRADEGY.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS, LIVE IN BARCELONA REACHES OUT FAR AND WIDE FOR OUR WORLD TO WAKE UP AND GET ON BOARD THIS TRAIN.

HERE TRULY LIVES ANOTHER GREAT ICON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WHO SHINES A LIGHT FOR OUR EARTHLY LIVES..

LET US ALL BOW OUR HEADS TONITE IN THE BEAUTY OF THIS FULL MOON . TONITE SAY A PRAY FOR MICHAEL JACKSON. MAY HIS SPIRIT SHINE UPON US FOREVER ON EARTH AND THE NEVERLAND RANCH, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA.

GOG BLESS MICHAEL JACKSON. DREAMS DO COME TRUE. MAY HIS SOUL BE LIFTED AND FULFILLED THRU HIS BODY ACUSTIC
SONGS. MAY HE BE LAID TO REST IN THE BEAUTY, PEACE, SERENITY AND TRANQUILITY OF HIS BELOVBED BEAUTIFUL NEVERLAND RANCH.

MAY AMERICA SHARE HIS SPECIAL PLACE HERE ON EARTH TO KNOWN ONLY TO MICHAEL JACKSON. A PLACE HE KNOWS SO WELL AND IS CALLING HIM HOME NOW.... NEVERLAND RANCH.

A PLACE HE LOVED, A PLACE HE SHARED HIS LIFE, FULL OF LOVE, LAUGHTER AND LIFE FOR CHILDREN...THE WEAK AND THE WEARY, THOSE IN NEED. A PLACE HE KNOWS SO WELL FULL OF FAITH..

A LAND OF HOPE AND DREAMS
THE NEVERLAND RANCH.


Kim in NC   July 8th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

Here we go with stupid ignorant statements why oh why is everything about race or gender STOP the maddness I thought when Obama got to be president we wouldnt have to make everything about race ever agoan or more importantly hear from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson I would rank them right up there with the rest of the ignorant low lives in the world all the hate groups those 2 IMO are racist and will continue NO MATTER what to make everything black and white SO SO sick of hearing it if the media would quit giving these haters the time of day and their 15 minutes of fame mabe it would just go away for good


Rhonda   July 8th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

Micheal was given to us for a reason. He was an angel in disguise. He had the most talent and dancing moves a person would ever want to see or hear. I believe that people should always think before they speak. Micheal was ridiculed, lied about and not appreciated like he should have been. Micheal just wanted someone to love him. Have someone that he could confide in and keep his conversations private. Sometimes it takes an outsider looking in to see what is really going on. I know that the stars cannot always trust their fans, but maybe they should. I would have loved to have taken Micheal in if he needed to just escape and get away for awhile and to have someone that would just listen to him when he needed it. Hang out and play games, and have fun. There are alot of fans out there that would do that for the ones they truly loved. I truly loved Micheal and always have. Please let him rest in peace now. Stone throwing should stop. He gave us his all. Micheal truly was and is an ICON and he will never be forgotten here or in my heart. Rest in Peace Micheal and may God cover you and keep you safe on your journey.

Love Always
Rhonda


kerry ann   July 8th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

It is so sad to see the king of pop gone so soon. The best way to honor this man is to preserve the body, like Bob Marley's and keep it in storage at Neverland so his fans from all across the world can see him. In that way , he'll always be with us.


silvia   July 8th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

Diana Ross married a white man but nobody made a fuss about that back in the early 70's!
Halle Berry married a whie model and has a beautiful baby
so honestly who cares?!he clicked with the he clicked with regardless of shape, color or form and you can tell by how different his friends were: Miko Brando, Elizabeth taylor, brooke Shields, Liza minelli, Stevie wonder, Diana Ross...etc
so enough ppl!


Jonathan   July 8th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Michael was a beautiful person. God Bless his family, friends, and children. Rest in Peace, Michael!


Alice   July 8th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I think you have done an awesome job in covering MJ funeral. Please dont try to feed in the hype to destroy his children. It is none of your, mines or the publics who the father is. If there is a need to know let the children make this decision. The networksthat has carried this and ones that has poised the questions has fell to a new low. If this is what it takes to get ratings then they all should be dammed. Its unforgetable. The media help to put him in his grave and now is after his children.


Dian Birkbeck   July 8th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

My heart goes out to Michaels 3 children. I have lost my husband and daughter (only child) but cannot imagine the grief his kids are going thru. I would love to have an address to send them my condolences. Maybe it would help them with their grief reading through peoples letters. It helped me a lot.
It's too bad all the nice things said yesterday about Michael couldn't have been said while he was alive to hear them.
I believe Michael will live on in his children.


Sonjanita Moore   July 8th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

1. Michael Jackson would not be the first Black person that wished they could be something other than Black (if you believe that was the reason for his changes).

2. Famous Black men get involved with White women when they rise because she is held as the prize, the taboo...that has happened since the Reconstruction era! If Black people hated all famous Black men who married outside their race, then we'd hate 98% of our famous Black men!

3. It is no secret that since slavery the whole "white is right" mentality has existed. Blacks "pass" to this day...

4. I don't fault MJ for using his money to try to look the way he wanted to...white celebrities do it all the time!


ricardo   July 8th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

michael is the best artist in the world i miss you so much michael, thanks larry!


chris   July 8th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

who cares, it is no good that he died but its been 2 weeks already get over it. my friend died today but yall aint talkin about it. it is old news move on. im sick of hearing about him on every station on t.v. rest in peace. stop talkin about him all the children are safer anyway


LaShonda   July 8th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Dr. Klein is being totally dishonest! He may be the parent to the children, but he may also be the individual that "killed" MJ.

He prescribed pain medicine to help MJ seek comfort after he injected him with the Botox and ultra violet skin toners.

Oh yeah, he was involved and it is only a matter of time before he is discovered and charged!


Jackson 5 Fan   July 8th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

We are all of the human race but God gave us the various races and hues. Michael Jackson was a black man! I am so tired of people saying the funeral was "too African American." When you look at his mother and father........what do you see? 2 African American parents that had 9 African American kids. Why do we have a problem seeing color? The various colors that God gave us are beautiful! Jesus loves the little children...all the children of the world.......red and yellow, black and white they are precious in his sight...Jesus loves the little children of the world. I am human but I am also African American and proud of it! Also, stop trying to tell African Americans how to worship. We have our traditions just like any other race. His mother planned the memorial the way she wanted it to be....and it was beautifully done! God bless the entire Jackson family!


Raymond   July 8th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a good singer. I love his music and the memorial service yesterday was excellent. The family did a beautiful job with it. Michael rest in peace


Sharon Wright   July 8th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Watching Michael's dermatologist tonight left me limp. I thought he'd be slick, professional....whatever. He is none of these. I wouldn't have let that guy near my nose. Something is fishy here and I'll bet two bits that guy is at the heart of it.


Julie Elliott   July 8th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I am a make-up artist working with people who live with vitiligo and I am amazed by how ignorant poeple are about this skin condition. i am amazed of how MJ skin condition was advertised as a change of cultural preferences during the course of his life.

Has a camouflage specialist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, working with dermatologist, pharmacist, beauty advisors in the retail market, i see a lot of people who have vitiligo on their face, hands and body, white and black people and there is no cure for this condition.

I work with a celebrity here who's vitiligo began after she was in a reality show for two months. Her immune system shut down when the show stopped and she started to see white spot on the top of her head. It started on her forehead and now she completely spotted all over. She is undergoing cream and laser treatment to make her skin look more even but until then, the condition progresses and she has to wear a lot of make-up.

We uses CoverFx foundation (80 colors from totally white to the darkest black) to do her camouflage make-up. It is easy because she is a woman and she does not dance and sweat on a stage.

I wish that the press will stop to make a case of it and ackowledge this very real skin condition of his.

Love you always MJ.

Julie Elliott


lynn moffett   July 8th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

MJ's 'light' of love shines thru his children!


Phyllis A. Petty   July 8th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Enough already . . .
Elvis is, was and always will be America's King.
When Elvis left us on August 16, 1977 there was no CNN, no MTV, no cell phones, no I tunes, no I pods, no Amazon.com, etc. etc.
Elvis dies on a Tuesday and his family buried Elvis on Thursday, They didn't put Elvis on display or have Lisa Marie on a microphone.
Elvis is still so very much loved almost 32 years after he left us please don't compare Elvis to Michael. Michael copied Elvis with the gold lame suit, with the chimp, even wanted Elvis' daughter. Elvis was the originator without Elvis paving the way there would be no Beatles or the likes of a MJ.
I love Elvis and will stand by Him and voice my opinion and protect him till the day I die. LONG LIVE THE REAL KING ~ ELVIS AARON PRESLEY.


StacyL   July 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Thank you Jackson Family for allowing us into your sorrow. God Bless.


teri   July 8th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I didn't understand why/what was Jamie Foxx on BET trying to say about Michael, "He belongs to us". Did he imply he belonged to blacks only? If he did then I don't care for him anymore. MJ was loved and supported by all colors of people. All colors of people bought his music which helped make him famous. I want to thank the Jackson family for having a public memorial on TV. It helped to ease my sorrow. When I was 16yrs. old I was in a girls training school for 8 months for juvenile delinquincy. Sometimes at night they would play the radio and MJ song BEN would play. It made me cry but yet comforted me because I loved Michael and the song was sad like I was.White woman from Iowa.


LaShonda   July 8th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It is no myth, an autoimmune disease derives from your body attacking itself because it recognizes self as foreign.

Of course, he would acquire Lupus or vitiligo, the body did not recognize this tissue or acids that were being used to reconstruct his face and body.

I am ashamed of the professional medical providers that did not realisze that enough was enough. MJ lived a eccentric life, but the individuals that he accompained himself with.

Sad, betrayed, and depressed!

MJ R.I.P.


Eawanda Dixon   July 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I am a 33 year old black woman and I have vitiligo. I have had the disease since I was nine years old. Unlike Michael Jackson I am unable to afford the creams to remove the speckles. I loved Michael Jackson and I loved him more once I found out that he had vitiligo. I can provide you with pics to prove that this disease is very real.


lynn moffett   July 8th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

To Paris, Prince and Blanket,

Carry on the love for the world in spite of the ugly rumors!


Essie   July 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I will love Michael Jackson forever; he will always be in my heart and also love for the Jackson family.


Anne   July 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Amen to Charlotte – couldn't have said it any better.


ansley   July 8th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Michael Jackson was the greatest humanitarian among entertainers. His gentle soul and caring heart will not be forgotten. The world is sadder without him.


Debbie Baylor   July 8th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am so happy finally someone feels the way I feel, I agree with Dr. Klein
leave these kids alone, Michael Jackson is and always will be their father
it doesn't matter where the sperm came from all that matters is that they were loved. There has to be a line drawn in the name of respect.

Also why haven't any one mentioned or made news of the fact that the kid that accused Michael Jackson of molestation has come to the fore front to say he lied, no one has made mention of that, no because that was make Michael a good guy but the media would prefer him to look like a monster. I feel so sorry for this country.

D. Baylor / Connecticut


LiberianGirl   July 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love you more, Michael! All Hail the REAL KING...the King of Pop, Music, Entertainment...and our HEARTS!


KAT   July 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

THANK YOU FOR THE BEST COVERAGE OF MJ I FEEL AS IF I LOST MY OWN SON I LOVE HIM VERY MUCH


Josiah   July 8th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

MJ's legacy cannot easily be captured in simple words other than to say; he came with a lot, gave a lot, left with a lot as well as left a lot behind....he'll forever be remembered with great nostalgia. WE LOVE YOU MJ!!!


LOUIS   July 8th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

MICHAEL JACKSON WAS A TRUE MIRACLE.


Debbie Juniper   July 8th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Micheal your music was a gift that you shared with the world.


subhash patel   July 8th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

CNN should leave childrens out of news. They knew him as dad and that should be it . Please please leave kids out. we have lot of problem about this country and we should look at this and not gossip


meghan   July 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Michael was an angel born in a human body. Overcome by all obstacles, he achieved the best to care for people on Earth. Yet this world has been cruel, thus God decided to take Michael back to Heaven.

Blessings go to those who have recognized Michael's kind heart.

Thanks go to Larry King for allowing comments on his site.


Telitha   July 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Mj rest in peace. I pray he is finally at peace. Gone to soon we love you, we love you, we love you I am thankful your light shined for the time it was allowed God bless your family. You will be missed.


bre'   July 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

WOW!

i have watched all of you for days on Michael Jackson and none of you really get it.

it's not what is seen but what is not seen. it's not about how you look on the outside but what is in the inside.

try listening to Man in the Mirror. i am praying for our Media's. Somewhere the talking points went off the rails.

BRE', Baltimore


Jennifer   July 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Regardless of what is said and what people think, Michael Jackson will be missed by many. The memorial service was very moving-I cried through the entire thing. It was so wonderful and kind for his family to let his fans be apart in a memorial service. My prayers are with his family, especially his children and all of the people who were close to him. R.I.P Michael Jackson, I wish that soon people would finally let you rest.


JeaneenB   July 8th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Michael had vitaligo (spelling) a condition he could not help, okay he chose to get a nose job, but you have to remember he grew up in the disco era in hollywood where drugs were popular, being skinny and essentially being white. Society has worked on a lot of African-Americans. The eurocentric view of beauty is what many face with daily, what is beautiful? American standards say small nose, light skin and fine hair...Michael wanted to change some things but honestly if bleaching the skin to appear as light as he is was possible, I believe we would see more of it. Media is so judgemental because they don't want to admit that this BLACK man had a more global affect than the Pope and Mother Theresa put together. Historically Black people have always been loving and accepting of other cultures, backgrounds, etc...taking on other people's children and let's not forget the affects of slavery and having to nurse white children. It's in our nature to nuture and Michael was no different. He just had the star power to spread it far and wide. Thank you brother Michael, for all that you've done in such a short period of time..my heart and prayers are with you and your family.


michael   July 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

i love him very much and will miss him,he lived where?nevereland,who also was from neverland,who does michael tend to look like peter pan,peter loved kids and being a kid.so did michael.he was living his childhood as a bigger child.my mom made this point out to me and now as i see his thriller to now pictures makes sense.me and my mom truly love michael and all he did for our world he will be deeply missed and should not be poked or probed no more he has passed leave it there.michael.


evelyn a everett   July 8th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

LARRY:
HOW COULD YOU AGREE THAT KATHRYN JACKSON IS TOO OLD
TO RAISE CHILDREN. WHAT ABOUT YOU?. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TOO OLD? YOU AND KATHRYN ARE IN THE SAME AGE BRACKET.
LET'S GET REAL, LARRY.


Vanessa T.   July 8th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I think people should just leave Michael Jackson alone now. He deserves to have some peace! As far as the children, who cares who the "biological father" is?! Michael raised those children and they loved him very much! Most children who have a black father and a white mother doesn't always end up with dark skin. Michael Jackson's kids have a slight tan–it's noticable that they are mixed.
Anyways, the children deserve peace. Leave them be with what memories they have with their dad! As you all saw on the memorial, they loved Michael very much! The public/press should stop talking about Michael now, because eventually the kids are going to be affected and they're too young to have to deal with any of this. Michael was a great person! If people are going to talk about him, they should talk about all the great things he's done. He helped many people with his Charity–those were NEVER mentioned unlike other actors and actresses who would do something for charity and immediately, the press would write about it!
LET MICHAEL JACKSON AND HIS FAMILY HAVE SOME PEACE IN THEIR LIVES NOW!


Rae   July 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am a black woman who is so proud to call Michael Jackson my brother. Listen, Michael was black. He had many medical issues that many people are not aware of that caused him to alter his life style. I love MJ, he's the greatest. We had an Angel among us who constantly poured out his unconditional love. Please let this legend rest in peace.


T.K.C.   July 8th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I'm watching Larry King Live right now, and he just asked if Michael Jackson ever had sex!!!! What in heavens name, Larry have you ever had sex!!!! Why would you ever ask such a question, maybe because of how he looked, and his surgery, well Larry you don't look any better, you are old and shrivelled up. Have you ever had sex, have you??? Well maybe, jus maybe, you USED to look good, but heck, so did Michael Jackson and I'm sure he looked way better than you ever did. Honestly, the man is dead, he made a song entitled "Leave Me Alone" couldn't you ever just leave the poor man alone. Look at how much good things he did for the world, you don't know him, you don't know him at all. I mean the man is dead, you really need to leave him and his family alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean who cares who the children's biological father is....nobody!!!! He was a wonderful father, I mean did you not hear the words of his daughter, he may not have been bioliogically their father but he was very much so their father. I mean what are you gonna do when you find the man, I mean come on just leave them alone, you want to know everything about the man's life, that's a little thing we like to call PRIVATE INFORMATION, and it seems you don't know what private seems to mean. Would like it if someone came up to you and said, Larry have you had sex before, who are your children, are they bioliogical, have you even had children and going into your very personal details. Well I don't know If you would like that, but if you love people talking about your personal life then tell the whole world about it, like any one would really care, and leave Michael Jackson alone!!! Honestly now. Respect their privacy and respect their life, then again you probably don't know what respect is, I mean as I am watching you I begin to respect you less each day.


LiberianGirl   July 8th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Larry King is a phenomenal journalist. He has traditional values of asking the appropriate questions and leaving his personal opinions out. He is objective and reports the facts. I truly respect you, Larry. Thank you for covering Michael Jackson (and others) over the years with such integrity.


Katrina Wiser   July 8th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I think I'm still in shock over this tragedy, as I grew up listening and watching Michael. I am very saddened and my heart goes out to his family and everyone else who loved him. He is and always will be a legend, and had given so much to the world. So full of talent and such a big heart. He will be missed, but as Stevie Wonder said so well-We needed him here, but God needed him more. Rest in peace, Michael. There will never be another.


Cheryl Josephs   July 8th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I am thoroughly disgusted and disappointed with CNN. It is unbelievable that a medium such as CNN has become nothing more than a dirty tabloid. Why is it so important to tear apart the Jackson family and MJ's children? Is it possible that you all find it so impossible to believe a BLACK man could be as talented as Michael and so feel the need to do this super analysis of him even in death? I was horrified that on the day of MJ’s memorial service Anderson Cooper felt it was important to chatter about the rumored condition of Jackson’s body


FEMY   July 8th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

JUST ONE THING TO SAY ABOUT THIS EVENT. MICHAEL JACKSON HAS SHOWN TREMENDOUS GOOD DEEDS TO THE WORLD SPECIFICALLY HIS CHARITY WORK. HE DELIVERED HIS MUSIC AS AN INSPIRATON TO NEXT GENERATION AND THIS WILL LIVE ON FOREVER.
NOW THAT HE'S IN HEAVEN, HE WILL REST IN PEACE AND WILL HAVE THE CHILDHOOD HE EVER MISSED AND WILL NEVER BE RIDICULED AND BE DESPISED OF HOW UNIQUE HE IS.
HIS LEGACY WLL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.


Rae   July 8th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I Love MJ so much. We were blessed by his Angelic talents for many years. Please let this legend rest in peace. His presence will live forever in our hearts! Peace and Goodwill to all.


lynn moffett   July 8th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I am friends with a former friend and band member of Elvis Presley........MANY, MANY friends, family members and band members tried to help Elvis with his addictions, who like Michael was using intraveniously...........anyone who dared try to intervene was dismissed, fired...........alienated................SO PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.................give MJ's family a break.....what I have just said is FACT about Elvis...........and I am sure true also of MJ...........my prayers are with you the family.
Do not dispair.....he is now FREE........I had a very vivid dream last night that I was present .......watching MJ try on white suits for heaven!!!!!
PLEASE Jacksons.......come to Kentucky for a getaway...no one will bother you on my 50 acres farm!!!!


lynn moffett   July 8th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

PEACE


karen v new york   July 8th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

i do believe that Paris was couched also the children have acting school under their belts already. Not one of them had tears running down their faces. nor wet red eyes. not saying much for their feelings. Money is a bad thing to go for from the dead. As if he did not leave you all enough you want more. weather it is where you put this young man to rest, or his songs, or his kids. please they have had and will have a hard enough time on their own with out the family adding to it.


Koreana   July 8th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

It is a common sense that Michael Jackson kids are not his real biological kids. The man was so great to love these white kids as his own. Michael Jackson doesn't need to explain to the world that his children are not from his own sperm. Those kids came from his heart. I don't know why the issue of black and white never stop in the US. And also the issue of Michael Jackson skin color and his plastic surgeries.


RocKett   July 8th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

July 8th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

I am disgusted by Larry King and the other media. I believe Michael’s brother said, maybe now they will leave you alone. Sadly, that is not the case.
I see that Larry King has a special to speak to his DR and to ask if he is the father of Michael’s children. What right do you have to know the answer?

I agree with you Charlotte...It's none of media's business or ours. After watching the interview with the Dr. He did explain MJ's illness and he did tell Larry to leave the kids alone. However, he also said that he advised Debbie Rowe to seek custody of the kids, however not admitting he was or was not a doner for the kids. I see him as another leech who together with DR is seeking to control a percentage of MJ's assets.


Mary   July 8th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

I read that MJ suffered from vitilago, a skin disorder that destroys pigment in the skin. Andy Warhol, who did a famous portrait of MJ in 1984–I think a magazine cover as well, also suffered from vitilago, hence his extreme "whiteness". I think MJ was a proud black man. Lots of black men prefer white women...so what? A Caucasian family member of mine prefers black women...again, so what?


proud american   July 8th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

michael jackson was an african american who had a skin disorder. a skin disorder doens't take away your ethnicity, just the pigment on your skin. it didn't make him any less of a black man. he had 2 black parents and 8 black brothers and sisters. he was born a black man. so, if someone has a physical condition (no matter what it is) they can't help...does that make them less of a person? and who cares he got his nose done, that's his business. i'm sure farrah fawcett got plastic surgery, lots of people do this.


Charmaine   July 8th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

The world has not only lost a brilliant entertainer but also a good samaritan, someone who loved kids and showed them respect and treated them like they were meant to be treated. He was a kind, gentle soul and yes his kids have lost an exceptional dad.

Those people that exploited him for money and enabled him to come into possession of the drugs should be dealt with appropriately. Who else are these doctors exploiting for their money and how many Hollywood Stars should lose their lives before these doctors stop being enablers for money.


D. Drummer   July 9th, 2009 12:03 am ET

I agree that Michael was very much aware of his race, embraced it and was proud to be an African American. This is evident in his numerous visits to Africa and his charitable giving to the UNCF. I also believe that he loved everyone equally. It didn't matter if you were "black or white," young or old or anyone else. He just loved people. Isn't that the ideal world???????????????????


Eric   July 9th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Yesterday will go down in history as the world watched the greatest entertainer memorialized. Michael Jackson said and his theme was THIS IS IT, and it truly came to past. Instead of him going on tour he was honored and praised by millions of people for years of service in music and his giving to humanitarian causes. Now Mike can finally rest in peace. (THIS WAS IT).

Eric Williams


Sheila Dupree   July 9th, 2009 12:26 am ET

This drug propofol is used by vets on animals everyday and it is not controlled at animal hospitals very well. Why is no one looking in that direction for the doctors who supplied him the drug.


Wanda Paiva   July 9th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Micheal Jackson was a wonderful person....He will be missed by all nations.


Wanda Paiva   July 9th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Micheal jackson ...GONE TO SOON.


Nathanielle   July 9th, 2009 12:51 am ET

this reminds me of jamie foxx's statement on the BET awards this year... he said something like "he was ours, and we shared him"
in response to this me and my cousin were talking about how michael jackson spent 50 years, his life, trying to break down racial barriers and in one night foxx and everyone that agreed with him built it all back up. they keep saying michael jackson trancended gender, age, race, and ethnicity. but when people focus on and debate on the subject of michael's skin its like bringing him down to our level and he's better than that.
The first video i ever watched of michael was "remember the time" and right after that was "black and white," (the full vid). As a little girl i was seeing an incredible performance and a message of tolerance. Thats how he was introduced to me and thats how i'll always remember it.
Rest In Peace Moonwalker.


surb atwal   July 9th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Thank you Michael for all that you did for the world. There will never be anyone like you again, rest in peace sweet angel. You will be missed in Canada and around the globe!!!


Rose   July 9th, 2009 1:03 am ET

The world has lost an icon, a musical genius, the greatest entertainer ever, a great kind human being and a gentle soul. God bless and protect his precious mother, family and his blessed children. I believe with all my heart that those children are his and they favor him in my opinion. It doesn't make any difference he loved them and they loved him.

I only wished i could have been his sister, his friend and could have been part of his life. Those who had that honor are so lucky, My heart is breaking at the thought of not getting that honor ever. In my heart i loved him like that friend or that sister even though we never met. I stood up for him all through his trials and my faith in him never wavered. Thanks to his mother, sisters ,brothers and children for sharing his memorial with us. I hope i can stop crying. I love you Michael now u can recapture your childhood and no one will ever talk bad about u again. You are now in the arms of angels and your talent will live forever. I can't wait to see you in heaven my brother in the lord.
Fly and sing with the angels
Michael
love your fan and friend,
Rose


Kristi   July 9th, 2009 1:37 am ET

Love the show and I have a pressing question and I hope you Larry, can clear up this up for me. First, I have always liked MJ and I am a grown woman and I never even knew just how much MJ had influenced my own childhood sadly, until now. That aside, I have also been thinking more about these child molestation allegations charges since his death. I was thinking about he and his whole life and to of course make sense of it all.

On Saturday, June 27th at 10:15 PM EST on Power 99 FM Philadelphia, my friend and I heard a news report, that a grown accuser of Jackson felt he had ruined Michael Jackson's life and continue to support the reasons he felt this way. It included that his father forced him to state that Jackson had touched him when in fact Michael Jackson had never touched him nor did he ever see Jackson ever touch any child inappropriately and he did it for the money. He chose to come forward now that Michael Jackson has died. To me this is big, big news. Why haven' t I heard more about this? My friend and I looked at each other in shock. This is important for the world to know. Please share it if it has any validity. You always paint and honest picture of the facts.

Please tell me more once you find out more and again, share it.

Thank You,

Kristi


Malauri   July 9th, 2009 1:49 am ET

I set my vcr to tape 6hrs of CNN memorial service for MJ . . . got home and sat right down to watch it, you can pause or stop a VCRs right? . . . not on your life I watched the whole 6hrs . . . Great coverage . . . beautiful tribute to a SUPERSTAR.
I wonder if the reason that MJ left 40% of his estate to his mother Katherine, but did not mention his father is because his father has a daughter with another woman and being that MJ or any of the other Jackson family members (as far as I know) have never mentioned her, perhaps this was his way of trying to make sure that she did not get any of his estate


marilyn   July 9th, 2009 3:14 am ET

Dr.Arnie,Klein, when people are lying they tens to look away, twitck and or twist thier thumbs. Mr.King, maybe you should have your guest take a test for for liying before you interview them.


marilyn   July 9th, 2009 3:28 am ET

blog correction–Marilyns, blog should read__ tend to look away or twist their thumbs


Holly Ruth Rasmussen   July 9th, 2009 5:33 am ET

Ok my question is this:

Who did the work on his face here??

My concern is that here is smile is no longer sweet and genuine.


francis oguntuase   July 9th, 2009 6:09 am ET

the gem is gone micheal jackson is my menthol because he believe in his self and he realy love his children i realy miss him may his gentle soul rest in peace, francis from Lagos Nigeria


Carmen Milu   July 9th, 2009 7:47 am ET

Maybe nobody will read this but I have to tell someone all this about Michael Jackson.
I am born in Romania and he's being here two times but unfortunately I did not see him because I did not have money for the ticket. But I did like Michael Jackson very much like artist and like human being.
Romania is a poor country from east Europe and for 50 years was a communist country that's mean we did not have access to anything: music, movie, etc. so Romania discovers Michael Jackson late but never forget him. Romania loves Michael Jackson!
Michael Jackson comes in Romania when nobody knows that my country is on the maps. But Michael Jackson doesn’t care. Michael Jackson comes and he made a tremendous and incurable impact with his masterpieces shows and with his unbelievably personality for such huge megastar.
Michael Jackson offer us so many masterpieces, so many incredible moments of joy and happiness, we are astonish about what he can do on the stage because he did not only sing and dance he create unbelievably shows and he has al 70.000 or more people on his hand, everybody has the impression that he perform only for him, he smile on him, he look at him.
Michael Jackson has a huge social impact in all over the world, he open our eyes about poverty, starvation, HIV, environment.
Michael Jackson teach us what love is or how love must be; and he teach us love for the children, our children and world children and this is the most personal, sincere and sweetest feelings that Michael Jackson shared with the world.
And now Michael Jackson gone to soon!
Somebody said, and I cannot be more agree, that Michael Jackson was a gift from the Got and He sent Michael Jackson on Earth to make us happy, but we people swear him, invent wired and painful thing about him, we humiliated him and we make entertaining of him (sure not us his fans), so Got took his gift back because we didn’t deserved.
Yes, we didn’t deserved a really sensitive man, most sweetest that anybody can be, positive and shining person, shy and with so many good breeding, with his gentle voice and sincere and goodness look, an absolutely beautiful man, a man who made charity for so many people and offer so many love, and of course his music, his dance, his amazing performing and all he create and invent for his shows.
Now, all the world it’s mourning, all worlds it’s in pain, we are really said, so many people it’s absolutely devastated like the best friend of us gone, many people cry like everything stop and nothing isn’t important. So am I; I can sleep, I can’t think at anything else but Michael Jackson, I am crying and I am singing his song and I watch his videos, concerts, movies.
And I am thinking of Michael Jackson children “Got bless them” and I hope that when they grow up will defence his father about all stupid thing about him, I really hope that. It will be like a victory for all Michael Jackson fans. And Paris already did it and it was painful but so beautiful to hear her speak about his daddy and I thinking Michael it’s really proud of Paris, Prince and Blanket.
Michael Jackson changes our life in many ways by everything he did on spotlight and back stage. And if we didn’t do anything for the others I think now is the time to do it, to continue his work with our power and how much we can do it.
I want to engage myself in humanitarian affairs.
Thank you, Michael Jackson because you give me so many beautiful moments when I watch you performing, sweetest moments when I see you smile or with children, saddest moment when you’ve being in pain, laughing moment when I watch your private home movies, in fact you give me the most powerful moment of my life and it was really a privilege for me to be contemporary with you the megastar and with you the most wonderful man ever exist.
Michael, I will never forget you, I will be your fan for eternity, I will always admire everything you did for us, and I want you to promise that I will be a better person and I will try to change badly in good.

Got bless you!
Rest in peace, Michael!

Thank you,
Carmen


Lee   July 9th, 2009 9:58 am ET

A big thank you to CNN for the memorial service live coverage. The live streaming was perfect. Without CNN, I was unable to watch the memorial service in Borneo. I don't mind to watch right up to 4am our local time. Also, the event organizers were doing a great job, everything went on smoothly and very touching too. Oh dear , it's heart broken seeing the children cannot play with their daddy anymore for they loved each other so much. Nevermind MJ was black or white, we always loved him for he was a brilliant entertainer and justified to be called KING OF POP. Even though most of the time we listen Chinese or Hokkien Song but MJ concerts were the best and nobody can match. His vocal, dance, dancers, background music, lighting system, all blended in perfectly. So sad that the world is losing such a talented and loving man for he has proven he was a loving and caring father for his children. So unfortunate that he has to carry a big cross and was driven to death though he just wanted very much to be as simple as small children.
I hope the world will not be cruel to his children and just leave them with Jackson's family according to his will. Asian men will do the same, if wife is not around, he will leave his children to his mother as she is the only person he can trust. Leave them as one family. Don't split them into one or two. Very cruel.
MJ we continue to pray for you and rest in peace.


Linda from New York   July 9th, 2009 11:50 am ET

Why is everyone so fascinated with the parentage of Michael's children. Who cares, He was the father they knew-let's just leave it at that. Let's just focus on that. I do wish the media would stop with the negativity. Michael is dead; can you let him rest in peace. Michael got no peace from the media when he was alive; no matter what he said he was lying–now that he is dead, the media still won't leave him alone. I'm really glad that it was closed casket because I would hate to see Michael's picture on the front pages of every newspaper and then forever on the internet. I am hoping that Michael is not laid to rest at Neverland, because after the police raided Neverland, I don't think Michael wanted to have anything to do with it. As much as he loved it the investigation turned it into a horrible place. As a longtime fan of Michael Jackson, I would love to have a place where I can go to pay my respect, I was not one of the lucky ones to get a ticket to the memorial. I strongly believe that Michael is buried already and the family will keep it a secret. I have to say when I saw Latoya Jackson on stage, I wanted to throw up because she was one of the ones that came out against Michael during his trial–I guess all is forgiven, but I have to wonder if Michael ever forgave her.


lemang   July 9th, 2009 1:56 pm ET

MJ might have had extensive surgery on his face but now we know he had vitiligo and until we understand and appreciate his efforts at trying to deal with the skin pigmentation, then everything will be about race...ag shame.
adopting white kids, he has a right to, when white people adopt black or asian kids, no one makes noise about it.


Gail Hatton   September 9th, 2009 1:37 pm ET

You know 3 months on, I thought it would get easier....wrong!...I cant stop watching the videos Michael released, Being a former Jehovahs Witness myself, I believe, that he never forgot the TRUTH!.. My heart breaks every time I listen to his songs....I got divorced recently, after 15 years of marriage, and the pain of losing Michael hurts MORE. I grew up in pain, listening to the words he wrote, taking console in what he said, and I will never forget the times I put on his music, when crying and felt myself smiling, knowing someone KNEW how I felt!. I bought HUGE posters last week and had them framed...Is'nt it sad, that we only realise how much we love someone....until they're gone.........Every night I say goodnight and God bless you wherever you are Michael. Michael was treated like a freak, while with us...only because he was so innocent and genuine....and because today it is odd to be so HUMAN!...I love you Michael, you have left a massive void in my heart, To his familly, your'e so lucky to have had someone so precious in your life. God Bless, be safe.....and NEVER FORGET!


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