June 26, 2009

Autopsy results on Michael Jackson due today

Posted: 07:37 AM ET

An autopsy on entertainer Michael Jackson has been scheduled for Friday and results are expected by afternoon, according to the Los Angeles, California, coroner's office.

The "King of Pop," who was preparing for a comeback tour, died Thursday at age 50.

Jackson, under apparent cardiac arrest, was taken from his home by paramedics to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians tried to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said Jackson's brother Jermaine. He said the music idol was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. (5:26 p.m. ET).

Another one of Jackson's six siblings told CNN that he learned of Jackson's death through his manager, Frank Dileo.

"Frank told me that Michael last night was complaining about not feeling well. He called to tell him he wasn't feeling well," Marlon Jackson said. "Michael's doctor went over to see him, and Frank said, 'Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don't know what happened.' When they got to him this morning, he wasn't breathing."

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN that a 911 call came in from a west Los Angeles residence at 12:21 p.m. Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center, Ruda said.

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lostemperor   June 26th, 2009 7:51 am ET

He is the greatest artist. May he finally rest in peace. Somehow I wasn't very shocked when I heard the news of his death. Perhaps I never expect him to die of old age. I was grateful and his music will live forever.

joey   June 26th, 2009 8:27 am ET

feel badly for the 3 children..

Joe   June 26th, 2009 9:00 am ET

Hi Larry,
I'm Writing from the Seychelles and I have been a Great fan of Michael Jacksons since my childhood.
Even thought some people doesn't know wether he is BLACK or WHITE, he was a THRILLER and super BAD and most of his songs HEALed THE WORLD.
Thank you

Michael   June 26th, 2009 9:08 am ET

All the singers in that have respect for Michael Jackson life should one by one take the place of him in the concerts that have been planned. At the least the "Jacksons" should replace the absence. The event and every 50 nights with each having an original SUPERSTAR will generate millions for charities.

Brenda   June 26th, 2009 9:18 am ET

Michael Jackson (to this day brings a smile to my face and a tingle to my heart).I grew up with the Jackson 5 & Michael. I had a small record player, could not decide whether to play ABC or Puppy love (Donnie Osmond) LOL. I also remember (my now 35 year old son doing the moonwalk at the school fair with his RED jacket at 11)... 100 on lookers! Great times….happy memories THANK YOU MICHAEL. My heart goes out to his family. This is horrific to say the least. I hope and pray he was not over medicated by another Dr.out of control. We see this type of thing constantly. Unfortunately we have Dr.’s that are legalized drug pushers. My 75 year old mother is going through this now, a Dr that wants to pump too many meds with horrible results.God forbid this was the case for Michael. If so, this man or persons should be criminally accountable, with our government setting the stage for future incidents such as this.Michael changed the world.............

Jackie Loeffler   June 26th, 2009 9:40 am ET

I`m very saddened by the loss of Michael Jackson, the world has lost a great entertainer, may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his children and the members of his family.

Donna Packer   June 26th, 2009 10:41 am ET

I was very much taken aback by how Larry King dumped the scheduled broadcast on Farrah Fawcett last night. In addition, his remarks about how since Farrah's death was expected and Michael Jackson's was not that somehow the news about Farrah was already history. No one liked Michael Jackson more than I 53 years of age, I grew up with him and loved his music. However, Farrah Fawcett was also an icon, maybe not in the same sense as Michael but still warranted being discussed and mourned on CNN. This treatment of her as yesterday's news shows a very cold, calculated news business. There was no reason not to air her show at 9 and then Michael's at 12. When did people become so disposable Larry King and CNN?

orji gten   June 26th, 2009 11:33 am ET

farrah fawcett choose the wrong day to can,t share the stage with mj.

Lindy JoAnna Cordice   June 26th, 2009 11:40 am ET

Dear Mr. King, I know you are an unbiased man, and that I can entrust this email to you. I am feeling better now because I know death is only a sleep. When I first learned of Michael Jackson's death and saw the coverage on CNN I cried several times, but the I serve the GOD of Life. Rev. Jesse Jackson said Michael is out of his pain and we are out of our joy. So true. I believe the cardiac arrest he suffered was really a broken heart giving way. I could tell even from a distance that Michael Jackson was a victim rather than a victimizer. "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled" (Titus 1:15). Because of his own childhood, Michael was empathetic, caring and protective of children but obviously couldn't know that it would accrue to him as evil. They say the truth hurts but I believe a lie hurts much more; that's why Michael withered away before our eyes. If only we had seen...and had been there 'yesterday'. I am convinced if he were a different person he could have become cynical and bitter toward other humans, but he internalized all the abuse he received in so many forms until his 'fragile heart' gave way. I am going to write a song of that title for him. That's why he only let in those who he knew were not out to "get him". How else can you term it? – that he had to give out over $20 million just to defend himself against unproven allegations, and even more millions to those who sought to take away what he had worked for literally all his life, as if it had come by whistling. He obviously had hurt heaped upon hurt, but blessed indeed are the peacemakers. I wish I could be there in his presence to speak words of life to him – like Jesus did, and His disciples did too. Remember Lazarus? (John 11, 12). Jesus promised his followers would continue his work, and I wish I could do this for Michael because in my heart I know he was so wronged for so long.

Yours, in Christ
Lindy JoAnna Cordice

DEBRA SMITH   June 26th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

our hearst goes out to michael ,his children,mother and family.iam hurt that he is no longer with us.i love him and miss him.he was a lille boy as i was a little girl,and i fell in love with him.i wrote to him half my life.this should have never happen to him.the dotor should have called 911 the night he came to his home.he apear to toa suspect in micheals death.why would he flee the scene,if he committed no wrong doing in this wrongful death.i cant get over this .my life wont be the same without him being here.its his time to rest now.I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM TILL THE DAY I DIE.

DEBRA SMITH   June 26th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

IAM deeply hurt of learning of micheals death.our love goes out to his children and family.our hearts are broken.iam very sorry this has happened.i love michael with all my heart and soul.i cant imagine this world without him.he is truly a legend,and we will always love him

Louise   June 26th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

If you compare the photos of Elizabeth Tayor & Michael that you have on your show they look alike see the chin and the nose. Was his surgery to look like Elizabeth?

kenneth croskey   June 26th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Mr. King,
Thank you very much for having DR. Deepak Chopra on your show to talk about our dear brother Jackson. Yes it is very sad for many that he is no longer with us and our prayers go out to his family, but if it was drugs that took him out the world must know if it change just one person then it was worth it. Mr. Jackson had a lot going on in his life, oh yes he might have had a hard childhood but so did his other brothers and sisters we all had it rough coming up in the fifties and sixties but it made us the people we are today able to take it and keep on going. It is my belief that brother Michael was just like his father this is why he was so driven and only those people that would go along with him would stay beside him please let the Lord use you with this story to help our people see the truth for what it is and just maybe it will help them take another path.
Your Friend in Christ
Pastor Kenneth Croskey

Lynda Austin   June 27th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a sweet gentle soul, exuding kindness and heart. Like many, he never lost heart. We live in a country that has become mean spirited, he was tortured by a over zealous D.A. for political reasons. The media joined in on the frenzy. How much can a human being take? Is it any wonder that his broken heart would give out? I think a great tribute to Michael would be too stop convicting people for personal gain, for people searching for material gain to adopt some principles, and to try to adopt a peaceful existence living by the heart and gentleness that Michael did . I know he is in a better place where he will still perform and make people happy, and one day he will be re-united with the people who loved him for him the individual he was.

Farhan   June 27th, 2009 6:58 pm ET

I remember going to a remote village in Pakistan of a population of about 3000 and the only non Pakistani singer they danced too was Michael Jackson... I remember spending 3 years in china in 1987 and the only western music cassettes available in the market were of Michael Jackson… He was the only person in this world who couldn’t walk on earth without being recognized even in the most remote place…. At times I wonder if the fish in the sea and the birds in the air all sang to his tunes without us noticing it… we all miss you Michael…

Yonna   June 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

My prayers go out to Michael's children and his family.Words are not able to describe the type of person Michael was and the impact he has on the world. His death really came as a shock to me.Although I did not know him, the legacy that he has built in the Music industry has changed a lot of lives and this music will still live on.The bible speaks about each individual's talent and if not used will be taken, Michael has used his talent and because of this the Lord multiplied it.His music was there yesterday, it will be there tomorrow and it will be there forever.The Lord smiled down on Michael and took his hands and led him out of this sinful world.Michael is now resting. May his soul rest in peace.

coran   June 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

when i was younger i watched his videos.and his performances.its just an shock to hear about his death.when i watched his videos i would get up and dance and sing, as he would on his video its just not right. whos videos am i going to dance to now? this is the most shocking news this week. i knew his songs his dances i do alot of his moves nowadays. but you know what i might be 13 yrs of age, but to me he is not leaving us hes beginning his next perfromance.and soon we all will be on the tour and stage with him, r.i.p. the greatest and my hero michael jacckson

Donna Carrieri   June 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am deeply saddened of the loss of my Icon Michael Jackson, Michael taught me how to dance, I started mimicking his dance moves from the age of 7 yrs old and am now 42 yrs old and still have a passion for dance that came from his music and him. The world will never see another Musical Genius and humanitariun such as he ever!!! I am outraged of the media having not enough respect to let him rest in peace and understand the Man in the Mirror, as Michael sang it doesn't matter if your black or white. He also sang Never can say goodbye. Never will America or the world say Goodbye Michael, NEVER!!

Rajesh Menon   June 27th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

This goes back to when I was 12 yeas old living in India. "BAD" was MJ's first album I heard . It set my feet tapping and next thing I know was I was trying to imitate MJ. Michael Jackson's magic was spread far n wide irrespective of language, lifestyle, rich, poor, cultures or territorial boundaries. MJ was full of great talent and gave a lot of everlasting music to us. Although not in person MJ’s voice, music and dance will always stay and live with us forever. MJ was a Great person and is a legacy. We will miss one of the Jewels of this world.

Jennifer Gbunblee   June 27th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

My sympathy goes out to Michael Jackson (MJ) children and family. I love all of MJ's songs especially "Liberian Girl". Liberian Girl have such a great impact on my self esteem while growing up In Liberia, West Africa. Usually, when asked where I am from? I will give a brief education of Liberia and I will proudly end the conversation by introducing “Liberian Girl”.

MJ song, “Liberian Girl “impacted my life physically, mentally, and intimately. My seven years old daughter knows of MJ and has heard of “Liberian Girl”.

A day after MJ’s died, I call my Fiancée in Liberian and he stated the citizens of Liberia are very devastated and are grieving aside with his family and other fans. I remember a few days ago, I was on my laptop listening to "Thriller" last Saturday. I love MJ and will also love him. He lived a short life; however, his life could be measure of that of a 120 year old man. MJ will be missed worldwide. MJ is the only celebrity that is known globally.

As children of the world, let us mourn and celebrate MJ for the joy, peace, and love he shared with us.

Stephanie Domanoski   June 27th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Dear Mr. Larry King:
I grew up listening to Michael Jackson.....I will miss his voice & music
I wrote a poem that I wish Celine Dion could sing to his family from me. Love Stephanie D.

Dear Michael, Dear Michael
You gave our world so much-
Your talented voice-
Your magical moves-
Your gentle eyes-
Your human touch-
When the music was playing
Your voice stirred something inside us all-
It came from the deep depths of your soul-
It took us away to another place-
You didn't even know how much you contributed to the human race...
Many people near and far now will miss a brilliant star-
The music and dancing you shared with us-
Will be missed oh so very much!
Unbeknownst to you and us, God booked the next show-
I hope all the love will fly on musical notes to you so you know-
Dance and sing and Rest in Peace, Dear Michael-
Cause the music will live on.......................................

ACC   June 27th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

It's a privileged that Michael Jackson graced this world with his talent, music & astounding performances. He is a true artist. Whatever his health condition & whatever he did with his personal time was his own business as any person would like it to be, famous or not. It's a shame, the media & paparazzi never left him alone. May his soul enjoy the peace, respect & privacy he so deserved but never got from the cruel world he dedicated his energy & life entertaining. His legacy will be remembered affectionately.

Stephanie   June 28th, 2009 12:48 am ET

This is a sad sad moment ..... I just can't believe it;
May God Bless his whole family...
Michael I will miss you

anne   June 28th, 2009 12:50 am ET

God bless you micheal you will never forget R I P

Lisa Payne   June 28th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Michael was like a father to me, he was like a brother he was just everything to me...He inspired me in every way possible. Man In The Mirrorhelped me alot when i was feeling sad...My King, My Idol is gone but his memory, his music , especially his dancing will always live his family especially his children i give you my deepest condolences and you all are in my prayers and I too feel what you feel even though we are so far apart...R.I.P Michael J. Jackson....WE LOVE YOU....My HERO...God will take great care of you til we all meet again some day...

Ebony   June 28th, 2009 1:08 am ET

I cain't explain how much pain i am feeling. Even though i am only 18 yrs. old, i cry over the loss of Michael Jackson. He was such a humble person, and contributed a lot to the world. He will be missed, and i am honored to have witnessed his performances. At least now -after all the media has put him through, he can rest in peace. Personally i can say: I LOVE U MJ, i know i'll see you in paradise. Your music will live on forever.

Francie   June 28th, 2009 1:18 am ET

I think Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer ever. He was mesmerizing!!!!!

Yolanda Holden   June 28th, 2009 1:32 am ET

Michael Jackson was the idol pf everyone young and old, if there was in America who stated that they did not love him they are liars. Michael was loved in the black communities no matter how much the reporter and the media tore him down , we did not see anything that he did we all know that he was no guilty for the charges of child molestation that was against him. We as a nation let him down we used him up until there was nothing left in him, we loved him and was quick to condemn him. I am sorry that the people that he was trying so hard to please let him down. The black community will always remember him to be the King of Pop and we loved him unconditionally.

Just like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, AAliyah, Lise (Left Eye Lopez and Elvis, we loved them at the top of their game but we hold them put them under a microscope and we they make mistake or do something strange we act as if they never did anythingt great for our generation.

the media was quick to talk about all that happened in his life but if you all knew what was goung on earlier in his life when he was younger I blame you all for not stepping in to help him get through the inter pain he felt so shame on us for look at the man who was hurt and needed us to show him that we cared about him as he showed us how much he love d the fans and friends. He gave us so much of him and we gave him so little of us, I am not surprise that he was depressed beyond repair and we the people who said we loived him are the blame. even in his death we talk about the troubles in his life , we need to look into ourselves and see that we are no different . Sorry , Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, that we have let you down by hurting your son sorry that we did give him the l,ove back that he gave us with everything he did for us through the year, sorry that you all have to li9sten to the mess that the media have created, sorry that you are now with out a son, sorry that his children would have to grow up without a father and his brothers and sisters has to go on with out their love. I love Michae, I wished that I could have hugged him and gave him the love he need he will be very muched missed.

Marcus Monserrate   June 28th, 2009 1:46 am ET

How sad and what a commentary it will be if the media coverage of MJ's passing does not allow MJ's family and all people who loved him the space and respect to mourn our heart felt loss.

But what a sadder commentary it will be if after this our media allows this rabbit that right now is out of it's hole and caught by the ears; which is the licensed medical professionals that prey and exploit us when we need their help the most. Those that cater to the rich and Hollywood; how many rotten apples are in that barrel.

Oscar Garcia   June 28th, 2009 2:38 am ET

Hello Larry, I work in a Los Angeles area emergency department and have followed your program over the past two days relative to the death of Mr. Michael Jackson. I have also followed the debates about his untimely death and the possible cause or causes; however I have a very simple theory.

Mr. Jackson simply overdosed on narcotics analgesics while under the care of a licensed health care provider!

Someone provided or administered a dose (or combination) of prescription medications that were simply too much over a short period of time; as Mr. Jackosn was seen well just a few hours before.

After the administration of the medications, Mr. Jackson became dyspneic, then apneic, and finally hypoxic, which led to the subsequent cardiac arrest.

Whomever witnessed the progression of the symptoms above, simply did not identify them earl as they should have, did not know how to manage the airway and provide adequate ventilations (help him breathe) and did not call for help in a timelly manner, while help arrived. They simply waited too long and then panicked . . . .

The above sequela caused his cardiac arrest and subsequent untimely death.

What Now?

Dawn Morgan   June 28th, 2009 3:27 am ET

Michael Jackson was a wonderful person with a heart bigger than this earth. It is a great lose to each and everyone of us. He was a fifty year old child because he never had a chance to be a child as he was growing up. I don't believe he did any of the things he was charged with, I know this because he was a innocent soul and someone like that couldn't do those vile things. He was right when he said we need more of the bonding and love for our children. We love Michael and will never forget him................ I send all my love and sympathy to all his friends and family expecilly his three beautiful children... We lost a great Man....

Jake Guidry, Leia Guidry, Donna Dugas, and Trent Patin   June 28th, 2009 4:22 am ET

People may Judge Michael, But he was and is still and inspiration to Children, to adults, and to every race and culture. He will live on forever. Michael will never die. He and his music will live on forever!!!

Johnny-Bucharest   June 28th, 2009 5:57 am ET


I'm Johnny from Bucharest ,Romania.As you know we became really free after 1989 1983 we were young and under a brutal dictator Ceausescu, we don't have much rights.....and no radio station......i listen to radio Kuweit and VOA voice of Americe, off course it was forrbiden but we take 1983 i heard for the first time Michael was unbelivable......I want to hear my friends Michael but i don't have a recording device at that time to record Michael from Radio Kuweit....i wanna tell you TV is almost full of Ceausescu all the time,no music ,no have no ideea what it's like...we do....we watch Bulgarian television.....there was a litlle bit more western was New Year Party 1983-1984.......we saw in program there's gonna be sing Michael Jackson......i remember we were in the ather room dancing.......somebody came and tell us Michael Jackson is on TV.......on Romanian Tv with Billie Jean......we couldn't belive our eyes.....we were thinking is the bulgarian television...but was romanian television......we couldn't belive the move Michael was unbelivable......the rest of the New Year Party we were spend just talking about this man......some year later in 1992 i saw him live in Bucharest.......i can't belive is gonne.........there's not many people to be known an every island of this Michael Jackson....sincerly i think HE wants everithing to ends like this....I don't know...i dream that somewane is making a shot with somethink ...becouse he wants so......we never knew....i love this bad is gonne...

Joyce Otto   June 28th, 2009 5:59 am ET

Michael Jackson is my hero and may the legend of pop R.I.P

sumedha   June 28th, 2009 6:00 am ET

The best that could have evolved out of very difficult and extreme circumstances. Far ahead of his times in his art. A highly evolved artistic energy comes once only.

Joyce Otto   June 28th, 2009 6:05 am ET

I am truly sad and full of sorrow as my all time favourite singer ,the legend/king of pop has died.
I found it hard to believe at first and was crying every time I heard or saw his music and his friendly smile.
I pray for him,his kids and his family.
may he R.I.P and let the lord bless his soul

Dolly   June 28th, 2009 6:10 am ET

Dear Larry, I watch your show a great deal and I am always impressed by the careful way you handle people and the information that you draw from them. I feel that there was nothing out of line on your questioning of Deepak Chopra last evening. We all loved Michael Jackson's music and loved dancing to it. It is incredibly sad that we lost him. The message to be recognized here by our young people is that we could still have Michael if he hadn't fallen prey to all of that. He could have lived a very full life and continued to make himself and his fans happy. As a teacher of 42 years and a fan of Elvis in my younger life, I say to myself when I hear his music–why did you do that , Elvis? You were doing the right thing when you probed about the drugs. No one wants to do and say the right thing anymore. Bravo to you! Love you , Larry , don't leave us! Our young people of today need to hear these things and no one wants to say it.

Tanya   June 28th, 2009 7:15 am ET

Michael Jackson, was, is and always will be the GREATEST singer in the world. Music industry lost a unique talant and an extraodinary performer. Rest In Peace, Michael

Joseph Aituaje Ahamioje   June 28th, 2009 9:01 am ET

One of the Greatest entertainers of showbiz is gone. Am SPEECHLESS or should I SCREAM? This is 2BAD better still a THRILLER? I REMEMBER THE TIME when THE MAN IN THE MIRROR said he could HEAL THE WORLD and Everybody saw it as a DANGEROUS move, but he kept on WORKING DAY AND NIGHT trying to help THE LOST CHILDREN. Now hes GONE 2SOON. Friends please DON'T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH of MJ's JAM. RIP

Ameenah   June 28th, 2009 10:18 am ET

Michael made such a huge impact on the entire world. I still can't believe it!! I never had the pleasure of meeting Michael Jackson up close and personal but there was still a connection. This is a time to reflect on all the positives aspects of his life as there were so many. I hurt so much inside and the thought of what his family must be going through make me hurt even more. I love you Michael, you will be in my heart forever. Rest In Peace.

Wanmark   June 28th, 2009 10:50 am ET

Dear Larry,
Having read these posts, I have to say how much of an impact Michael had on our world! It amazes me to read posts of poetry with such support for a wonderful human being. I just wish Michael had known before his death how much he was truly loved and cherished! He was the most kind man, with a loving and gentle soul, may he rest and have peace! Love, from Michigan

Laura Taylor   June 28th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

I can't believe he is no longer with us, he always was and always will be one of a kind....... UNTOUCHABLE. I just wish more people would have realized just how wonderful he was. He will always be known as "The King Of Pop"... he should also be known as "The King Of Hearts", because he had one of the biggest one's, too bad so many people kept breaking it. May you finally Rest In Peace.... you will be missed and always loved. Good Bye

butch   June 28th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

I watched the show on Sat evening and was impressed how no questions were held back even though a few of the guests were unhappy. It shows the true person that he had faults as we all do and not hiding the things that made alot of people allianate him as I once did. Now I share in his loss as many orhers do.

Robert Wells   June 28th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

We grew up together. I saw his very first performance on t.v. with my family, I just remember my mom was so incredibly entertained with the Jackson 5 and especially Michael Jackson and I was too. He was more than just an entertainer, he was and will always be the KIng of POP, and an entertainer by which others are measured. We must more importantly remember that Michael Jackson was a Humanitarian, he gave to many wonderful causes, was kind and the list goes on. Michael Jackson most of all had a very soft heart and was a child (forever). He was sometimes misunderstood because of what some people expected of him. Michael Jackson was a man, a beautiful child (forever), King of Pop, Super Star. He Will be missed. A little tiny piece of my heart died too. Celebrate his life in his videos, music, charities and the mention of his name he will live on!

Thomas   June 28th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

After the death of MJ my wife and I were watching tributes to his life from 5-50. My wife said to me afterwards my that almost seems like a carbon copy in a way of your life. Although many things were so similiar and the way I perceive things is about the same way MJ did. I am from a middle income family and had more interaction with the outside world more than Michael but I can understand him better and it helped me to understand my life better. By no means, anything actions or comments made ever wrong it is just the way people think. I think with the comments of all the stars who really kne him explain that. We all learn and perceive things differently, but the positive impact we leave or in Michaels case around the world says alot about the person. An untimely death of a man who definitely had many more years that could have been impacted more upon this earth remains a tragedy.

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