June 26, 2009

Liza Minnelli, Quincy Jones & Usher on LKL remembering MJ

Posted: 12:27 PM ET

We'll be continuing our coverage on the latest in the tragic death of "The King Of Pop," Michael Jackson – and we've got his friends paying tribute to him – tune in tonight to hear from Liza Minnelli, Quincy Jones, Usher, Miko Brando and others!

Here's what they've had to say so far on Michael's passing:

Liza Minnelli says: "He was a kind, genuine, and wonderful man. He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I loved him very much and I will miss him every remaining day of my life."

Quincy Jones had this to say, "I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words.  Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80's. To this day, the music we created together on "Off The Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever."

What did Michael Jackson mean to you?!?  We want to know – leave us a comment, or if you have a question for one of our guests tonight, let us know!

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Margie   June 26th, 2009 12:36 pm ET

Will Michael being a Jehova Witness play a part in the autopsy or burial plans?

christina   June 26th, 2009 12:41 pm ET

Another wierd race Jehova Witnesses AAArrrrrhhhhh!!!!!!!

CKelly   June 26th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

How did the injuries/burns related to Pepsi accident effect his appearance? Did this accident influence the way he saw himself ? Did he have surgery or treatments after the filming accident?

Lindy JoAnna Cordice   June 26th, 2009 12:48 pm 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 then 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

James Green   June 26th, 2009 12:53 pm ET

I had a small record store back in the 80's, and for 18 months in a row the Thriller album sales paid for my rent and store expenses. I will always be grateful to Michael for this. James Green Provo Utah

mandy   June 26th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

it tears me up to hear about michael i grew up listening to and still to this day listen to his music . He will always have a place in my heart god bless his family and also farrah fawcetts family we havent been hearing to much about her god bless all

Camika Bajoie   June 26th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

We all are mourning the death of the greatest entertainer of all time. Michael Jackson can't escape the ridicule from the public. Even in death the media just don't know when to quit. Why do you think our celebrities turn to drugs? It numbs the pain of humility and shame of knowing the whole world knows your down falls. So what if he bleached his skin, was abusing drugs, tried throw his son of a balcony, or molested children. Can you prove this? Where are the doctors? Celebrities are people too and they have feelings. None of you go or come home to cameras in your face with people trying to impose on you and you family. What goes on in your lives is your business, why not theirs? When it is said”, we are losing our icons and why? In the words of Neyo it’s all because of you. Why did Elvis kill himself? What about Marilynn Monroe? These and a lot more died to escape the pain of waking up to hear what people have to say about them. As far as MJ, everyone showing and playing his videos and songs as a tribute but why are you bringing his personal life into it. How frail looking he was, what’s going to happen to his kids, How much debt he’s in? How could he rest in peace when the media keep stabbing him over and over again? I'll debate anyone over this.

Margie   June 26th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Let's get to the bottom of this. People will speculate the cause of Michael's death even suggesting an emotionally broken or frail heart until the autopsy results are revealed. Will a doctor be on to explain the difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack? I heard that a heart attack is when the tissue dies but cardiac arrest is when the heart does not recieve the electrical impluses needed and just stops. Would this be due to the medication he was getting from the doctors because he was way to young to have actual heart tissue issues or a heart attack? So wouldn't the wrong medication or too much of a medication be the real cause of cardiac arrest?

Rotem (Toronto)   June 26th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

The world is empty of genuine love for everything now that you’re gone.
You’ve changed the world Michael, you really did! I wish I got the chance to shake your hand and tell you how great you are. That your calling as a human being has been fulfilled by your kind eyes, beautiful smile, generous loving heart and amazing capability of expressing yourself through writing and performing. The trials you’ve experienced throughout your life are unfair and undeserving for you gave so much to this world.
You were way ahead of OUR time.
I just really really love you and I thank you. RIP
June 25th, 2009 – THE DAY THE MUSIC really DIED.

Rose   June 26th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

Michael was not a Jehovah's Witness (and was not for a long time). He apparently converted to Islam about 2 years ago. His brother Jermaine became a Muslim 20 years ago. Jermaine said in his statement yesterday "May Allah ("God" in Arabic) be with you Michael".

Thank you Michael for all of your great music.

Alicia   June 26th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

hi im from argentina but i spent the 80's in LA .. He was trully the soundtrack of my youth . i had such a good time dancing to his music , wathching his videos ... I know there is a dark side to him but is not up to me to judge that ... i dont even choose to remember him as a person .. i will miss his talent , his music , his dance and the joy he gave us .

Brian   June 26th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

Hi Mr King
I just was wondering why are you and other people like Nancy Grace are more interest in Micheal Jackson past trials, kids, and the changing of his face. The man just died, and the news is worry about the bad part of his life. I do not know if you have to be black, some white people or from overseas to just love the man for being just a good entertainer.
I bet when Elvis had died, people was worry about him as a entertainer. And I know that he got the respect that he deserve.

Nancy Walton   June 26th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

I was very disappointed not to see your show on Farrah last night – You let Michael Jackson story overrule. That was NOT right.

Nancy Walton   June 26th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

I was very disappointed not to see your show on Farrah last night – You let Michael Jackson story overrule. That was NOT right.

freda   June 26th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

he was an angel on earth...the purest soul we were lucky enough to have grace our world but he was crucified by the mass media....hypocrites responsible for his early death.

Nancy Walton   June 26th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

Your Show tonight should be on Farrah even though it is a day LATE ! ! !

Frank E DeSantis   June 26th, 2009 1:34 pm ET

Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers of all time. I think personally he was a good humanitarian and i think a lot of the acquisitions made were untrue and unjustified. I send my prayers and thoughts to his family. May God bless his soul. May he rest in peace.

Jael   June 26th, 2009 1:34 pm ET

My heart aches so bad. I feel like I just lost a very close friend. I grew up listing to his music. I can still remember the 1st time my parents ever heard sing it was We Are The World. The words to that song describe so much about you Mr. Jackson. I love you may your soul rest in peace. Lord give him peace and oh course his family Peace.

jimmy francis   June 26th, 2009 1:43 pm ET

it's without a doubt a very sad and emotional couple days for the families and friends of Ed Mcmahon, Farrah Fawcet and Michael Jackson. All three people each left an indelliable mark on my life and many others. My mom and i watched Johnny Carson 'religiously' never missing an episode. I fell in love with Farrah Fawcett many moons ago and she'll forever be one of the best parts of my adolescence. But, Michael had a profound an almost super-natural aura about him that I never thought another human could ever emulate. Not Michael Jordan, Not Tupac. I will forever be indebted to his music, and if he really did anything to 'hurt' any child, he's seeing his 'maker' on it now. So for all the people who make a mockery of him, please allow a dead man and his brilliant legacy to rest peacefully. He's not O.J.

Rose   June 26th, 2009 1:45 pm ET

I think Michael Jackson was pushed to the limit with his upcoming 50 shows and tour. He was no longer a young man in his 20's capable of dancing up a storm. He was 50 years old and in frail health. Perhaps the issue of his debts and related problems forced him to perform. He tried to do recordings where he would not have to be on stage for so long, but the shows were the big revenue makers.

As with all big stars, the expection to produce and earn (usually for others in the business not just the star) is overwhelming. The star is a "product", a money-making machine. In past years, we've seen stars pushed to their physical and mental limits and unfortunately, many have indeed died.

The abuse of medication to get into shape faster, to stay awake longer to produce, for stamina to perform etc. all take their toll. No doubt Michael Jackson was under enormous pressure to go on stage in just 2 weeks. He wasn't well enough. Who knows what he was given that may have contributed to his early death. This is a tragedy.

robbie   June 26th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

my idol, my role saddened his childhood was not normal. Eliz Taylor gave hm support, love, friendship, etc...

Margie   June 26th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

I don't understand why posters continually call him a pervert or child molester. There was a trial and a jury of his peers exonerated him. Aren’t you aware that he was acquitted of all charges, found not guilty? And what’s wrong with recognizing his amazing talents after his death? Yes there are problems all over this world but people need to grieve if they connected with his music. He was an amazing entertainer. He was also a humanitarian and contributed so much to the music industry and people loved him. He had a short-lived life and it ended in such a tragic unexpected death. I don’t understand all these mean posters I’ve been seeing the last couple of days. Why post mean things and it’s so ugly when false information is written about him. Mean people go crawl back in your hole, go away.

Rosie U   June 26th, 2009 2:02 pm ET

Dear Larry:
Indeed, today is a very sad day for people that really cares about other peoples feelings... Despite the negative comment I read on this post, I strongly believed that Michael was innocent of every accusation he had in the past... And even if he was not, we have to leave the judgement to God. That person named Cherry Ann writing with so much anger, should look in a mirror... I am sure she would see a very unhappy and suffered face... I wish she realize that this life is not about looking to someone else's mistake to judge, but to look really deep inside of them self to see their own defects...

dave   June 26th, 2009 2:05 pm ET

well....i guess michael jackson wont be molesting anymore children anymore. maybe he conned his was from molesting charges, but now he must answer to his maker now.

Regina (Austin ,Texas   June 26th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

First i would like to tell the family my heart , prayers and thoughts got out to them. No parent should bury there child . i truely feel for Michaels mother. Losing Michael reminds me of the same feelings i had when Elvis died. These two people were and always will be the best performers in the world. Not just a singer , but PERFORMERS, that changed the world on how we enjoy and listened to music. I will remember Michael in this way, not the negatives. Sure he was in court for various known resons, but first and foremost his music is what we should remember. Just listening to his music brings back what i was even doing that year. great memories. i grew up with his music, then i had a son who also grew up with his music , and he just had to have the pants and jacket with all the zippers. Michaels music went on and on through many generations in families. Rest in Peace Michael and thank you for entertaining me for so many many decades. Regina in Austin , Texas

Regina (Austin ,Texas   June 26th, 2009 2:16 pm ET

for all who are making such negative remarks, shame on you. would you want to die and be remembered by family and friends for the bad things you did? sure this is America and you have a right to voice your opinion, but at this terrible time of grief for the family, bite your tongue . a child out there might over dose tomorrow in your family, would you want people to remember him/her like that or the good memories? my heart goes out to the family at this time. especially since it was not an ongoing desease,or illness . unexpected !!!! it was sudden and tragic. if you can't say anything nice then move on, at least do it for his poor mother , who may read these comments one day. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! who just have to make a bad remark, but i bet you danced and had great memories also due to him, ( you probably bought his albums ) during your childhood. how soon people forget and have always negative remarks to say.

M. Jarrett   June 26th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Michael Jackson, was without question an incredibly talented person. With his untimely death, the public and the media seem to have forgotten he was also a person from a disfunctional family, and one with multiple allegations of pedephilia. This great talent, was reclusive, tormented, and unfortunately allowed himself to be surrounded by people who exploited his wealth and fame and ultimately helped him to an early grave. This is a tragic and shameful ending to a talented and troubled human life.

Julie   June 26th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

Mr. King, How Dare You last night not show your segment on Farrah Fawcett because in your words: We knew she..... Why didn't you complete your sentence? Because we knew she was going to die!!!!! How dare you! Yes, it is sad that MJ died but perhaps his lifestyle contributed to it. Farrah on the other hand fought with all her might to over come the devastating cancer! She did nothing to cause what had happened to her, yet you thought it was more important to broadcast MJ. What a great message you have sent to her family and all her fans, if your dying from cancer your not news worthy!!

Nancy Ortiz   June 26th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

I can not begin to express my dismay and shock at hearing of Michael's passing. His songs and unique expression of his feelings will be deeply missed. Sometimes we don't get to realize how much of an impact someone has on your life until they are no longer in your life. I feel as if I lost a family member who grew up with me. I recall sitting in front of my residence with my friends singing along with his songs. It is a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life. My heart and prayers go out to his family. We love you of your many fans....Nansi

ebie cyril   June 26th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

i regret the death of micheal.usher u are my biggest star what did micheal mean to in your career?

Ruby Coria, L.A., CA.   June 26th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

Larry, I'm still so so sad! I'm Heart Brorken! I can't believe of the Great ones is gone. I know he is in peace now & away from the abuse of so many! The World Loves Him! I love him! I will never forget him @ Dodger Stadium, he was out of this world! No matter what anyone say's or thinks, He was & is one of the Best! OMGosh this is so so sad! R.I.P Michael King Jackson! Larry, can't stop crying. see you.

Margie   June 26th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

Have you ever heard of extortion? It happens to celebrities all the time. Michael was found not guilty of inappropriate conduct with children by a jury. There was no proof. He would have never gotten custody of his children if the allegations were true. It's amazing how there are ignornant people out there. You can rest in peace now Michael.

Tray (Bowie, MD)   June 26th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

Michael meant the world to me. His music truly touches my soul. Since I was a little girl, I have been truly amazed by his talent. He had me entranced, like he entrances many of the future generations. I remember the first time I saw "Thriller" and the first time he did the moonwalk. He always could cheer you up and make your smile no matter what was happening in your life. I am going to miss the anticipation of his new songs and new videos. But he will live on. His music will continue to touch many lives for many generations. God Bless him and his family. I will always love you Michael. Heaven just became more exciting with your presence.

Shervan A Goolcharan   June 26th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

As a long time follower of your program Mr. King, I must admit that in true testament to your character, you did an amazing job covering the sudden death of the Michael Jackson. I was annoyed at first by the many stations that choose to detail not just his death but all the controversies surrounding MJ in the infancy of his wake. Even more so shocked at the individual who decided to sell T-Shirts outside the UCLA medical facility minutes after his death. But your professionalism as we all have come to admire through the years did justice too such a heartbreaking event in history via your program. Millions around the world whose lives were touched by such artistry and brilliance that no other can ever repeat, today morn the loss of a man that was defined through perfection in his work and celebrate his life whatever way we can. Be it through singing and dancing outside the Apollo Theater, converging for a make shift memorial at the Hollywood walk of fame or in his home town. Where ever, how ever – We Morn and unite in sadness, we unequivocally rejoice for what was and is the pleasure to be blessed, to bare witness to that which was and will always be the music of the one and only Michael Joe Jackson.

Sharon   June 26th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

Michael Jackson's sudden death shocked many people that is true. In case you didn't know Farrah Fawcett died yesterday also. She had a family, she had friends and yes she had fans. You owe Her family, friends and fans an apology for what I call a very racial and biased coverage. I'm sure if Michael hadn't died She would have received the respect She deserved. My Sympathy to both Farrah's and Michaels family.

Rudy   June 26th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Musically I do not care at all about the passing of MJ. There are strong similarities with that other famous case of early passing E. Presley. Like Elvis, Michael hadd stopped long ago making interesting music or any contribution at all to show bizz. Being from the rock & roll and Beat generation, I never gave any value to the ego-tripping nonsense MJ " gave" us. Rather, I detested it. Personally his death is the biggest tragedy possible. Like many. I will cherish my latest CD by Dylan, or any Stones – record. Or ANY 60s music fot that matter. From Holland, bye !!

Rose   June 26th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Michael Jackson was exonerated of all charges. There was overwhelming evidence that he was NOT guilty and was acquitted. Court documents, testimonies, witnesses, phone records, time-lines all proved that his accusers were lying. Michael was exploited for his money. He gave millions of dollars to charities and worthy causes. His "maker" is also aware of the good that he has done. Let's go by the evidence we have and let Michael rest in peace.

Demond   June 26th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

I would also like to express my deepest sympathy to the Jackson family. You are all in my prayers. I like everyone else grew up listening to his music. I remember even watching the Jackson five cartoons. M Jackson was a true superstar and humanitarian. He co-organized and co-wrote "We are the World" (which benefitted those less fortunate). Neverland Ranch had a a wing for children stricken with cancer so they could come and have some fun without missing treatments at no cost. That is just a couple things he did CHERRY ANN (what have you done). M Jackson will leave on forever in our hearts and his music we be heard for generations to come.

Cynthia D.   June 26th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

I am deeply sadden by the lost of Michael, Farrah and Ed M. However, I do not want to see Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton all over the TV acting as though they were best friends. This will be a time for them to still some air time. Yes, I am sure they two are sadden. However, we haven't seen those two in the public eye for sometime. I would like to keep it that way. Just watch what I tell you. Jesse J. and Al S. will be in Micheal Jackson's family business pretending that they truly care. They want to be on the program for the funeral. (That's sad). Let's see if they run to Farrah or Ed M.'s family. Please keep the cameras off of them. And yes, I am a black woman speaking.

Tye   June 26th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Some says hes iconic, a legend, and celestial being sent to earth for a moment in time to bring love and innocence,yet others see him as a super nova , a supreme light that was a trail blazer and a significant atom in our global relationship through music. To me he is all this and more. To me Michael Jackson will always be in every memory I have of my childhood and my teenage years and now my adult years.

Thank you Lord for the gift of his light that shined brighter than the sun.

Rose   June 26th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Cherry Ann: You wrote "what about all the hungry children. . ." saying excessively nasty, ignorant things about Michael Jackson. As you asked what he has done, here's a short list of some of Michael's charities, for your info:

American Cancer Society, Angel Food, Big Brothers of L.A., BMI Fdn, Brotherhood Crusade, Brothman Burn Centre, Camp Ronald McDonald for children, Childhelp USA, Children's Institute International, Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund, Community Youth Sports & Arts Fdn, Dakar Fdn, Dreams Come True Charity, Juvenile Diabetes Fdn, Make-A-Wish Fdn for sick children, Starlight Fdn for children, Sickle Cell Research Fdn, TransAfrica, Volunteers of America, several health organizations including AIDs research, assisting terminally ill children. And many, many more charities.

How's that for starters Cherry Ann? You may not give a damn if he was "alive or dead" as you put it, but others who benefitted from his generosity surely did. God be with you Michael.

Demond   June 26th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

I would also like to send my prayers out to the family of Mrs. Fawcett. She was also a true star. Charlies Angels still runs on television here in Germany.

GMC   June 26th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

One would wonder how devastating it would be to be molested as a young child.

I would assume it to be absolutely life changing.

My question is the mental health of all these young boys that MJ molested as they watch the news and all these people are praising him as a God?

I would think that to be overwhelming.

Anyone with a little intelligence knows MJ was a pedophile.

Thanks Larry....GMC

Catherine Henderson   June 26th, 2009 3:24 pm ET

My prayers go out to his children and family. But his passing is not the sad part to me personally. I think about his soul being free and strong now that it is not trapped in that frail, tormented body and mind. What's sad to me is that he was lonely, humiliated and ridiculed while he was alive and it had to take him dying, for the world to realize just how much we loved him. I wrote this poem for Michael when I heard that he was in a coma, after suffering a heart attack.

This shell is keeping me from flying
To Michael

When I shed myself
of this earthly shell
my wings will unfold
and I will fly
and I will glide
up, into the sky
all the way home
and I will greet those
who have gone before
and wait for those
who have yet to come

by Catherine Henderson

sandy radke   June 26th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

Years ago and with radio to listen to a great personality could die and we could all be sorry and listen to his or her music for decades to come. But now with the internet and television giving us access to their personal lives , we feel a part of their lives-more connected-. It almost feels like a family member has died.
I really hope that we can concentrate on all the good Michael and Farrah have done. Let them rest in piece. They both deserve it!!!

Shawn Phillips   June 26th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

I am as saddened as the rest of the world at the passing of this man. He was a wonderful singer and entertainer, and certainly in touch with the mainstream formulaic pop music idiom. His extraordinary success confirms that. However, before we blow this out of all proportion with the same media glut that bedeviled him throughout his career, let us try to remain within the bounds of truth, and reality in his capabilities. All this talk about genius really bothers me, when there are people working in the music industry, both out front, and behind the scenes, that make him seem pale in comparison. (No pun intended). According to his copyrights, he only wrote 48 of the songs in his catalog by himself. The rest were with co-writers. I don't think on his own he would have been able to achieve the production quality of his CD's without the input of people like Quincy Jones, and others. We never saw him play an instrument in public. It is understood that he never seriously learned to play any instrument.

There is a lot of talk about how hard he was working as well. Listen, at this very moment, I am writing this from a motel in Gatineau Quebec, and I am on tour. I am alone on tour. I have 1/2 ton of equipment that I unload from my Ford Van, set up time about 1 hour, then do a soundcheck, wait 4 or 5 hours, do a 2 hour gig alone, tear it all down and repack it, load it back in the van, and drive overnight to the next gig. In total, I will drive over 29,000 miles in less than 3 months before I can return home to my wife and 3 year old boy in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Now, you ready for this? I am 66 years old. So don't talk to me about working hard. I too, have been making music since I was 6 years old. I have been in this business for more than 4 1/2 decades. I have made 22 CD's. All original material written solely by me. I would really love to talk with Mr. King about the music business and other aspects of life, and put some perspective on the reality of a few things. I would like for Mr. King to listen to ONE song. It is called, "The Devil's Highway", and it is based on the Pulitzer Prize nominee book of the same title by Luis Alberto Urrea. If he doesn't respond to that song, I will be quite surprised. If you will tell me where to send it, I will send an MP3 forthwith.
I am not trying to vilify Michael Jackson in any manner whatsoever. I loved his work. The dude made me move. As I said, I simply want some perspective put on the realities of his capabilities. The truth is important. Thank you for your attention to this comment. I wish Mr. King, and all his staff Health, Love, and Clarity, Shawn Phillips

Robert   June 26th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

Thank you Larry for correcting us Christians. We've been worshiping God when we should have been worshiping Michael Jackson. He was not God. The greatest person to walk on earth was Jesus Christ. His passing is tragic but so is the passing of Farrah Fawcett. I guess I'm expecting too much but I believe in fairness. Last night CNN, MSNBC and Fox wasn't fair with their coverage of Farrah. Yes Her death was expected, did that make Her any less news worthy? No not in my book. Farrah deserves an apology.

That Girl   June 26th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

The constant coverage on the Michael Jackson legacy is clearly well expected. Upon hearing the news of his sudden death, millions were left stunned and in disbelief. With his always making headlines lifestyle, through his music, career, lawsuits and molestations and famous ex wives, it's hard to pass by the news rack at any store and not see his face all over the tabloids.

Now in saying this... the only thing that comes to mind is why the very little news towards Farrah? Her legacy that she left behind was just as memorable. She has been around since the 70's, bursting into starlight through the Charlies Angels heart throb role. Millions of adolecent boys around the world had her famous red bathing suit poster on the walls and she was seen as a sex symbol. But as she became diagnosed with cancer, she put herself out there and made a very public and heart breaking documentary, sharing every single moment of her disease and sickness.

I'm not saying that Michael does not deserve this spotlight that you so very well shed on him, I'm just saying you should share it with an equally amazing person, that very much deserves more than the two lines about her death that roll on the bottom of the screen.

I also don't agree with the fact that Farrah had a memorial during the morning and as soon as the Michael news hit, Farrah was fogotten. Don't let someone who worked hard and earned everything she got be passed by.

Thanks Larry.

peter   June 26th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

michal jackson died and allday we see it on the news.1soldier died today in afganistan but nothing.what did mr jachson do for our country?he is 400million$ in dept.what a rolmodel for our younger thahnk god no more black want to be white.

Rose   June 26th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

"IF" (and that's a big "if") Michael Jackson was involved in any wrong doing, I'd like to ask where the responsibility of the boys' parents are when they allowed their kids to spend so much time with him. The parents had no issue taking expensive gifts, houses, cars, trips from Michael. Perhaps we may not ultimately know what happened, although legally Michael was cleared evidence-wise, however the parents behaved in a very greedy manner and they are responsible for their kids, where they go and with whom.

Roxanne   June 26th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

Michael Jackson one of the Worlds Greatest Humanitarian EVER… One else have ever given 300 million in charity……top that…. everyone else is landing a face are a voice anyway…

Tye ( Atlanta GA)   June 26th, 2009 4:29 pm ET

Michael Jackson"s music will always be the soundtrack of my life.

Joyce   June 26th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Not a darn thing! Unfortunately, too many are making a hero out of this entertainer. Wake up, America. Choose your heroes more carefully!!

cheryl wheeler   June 26th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

Yes, M.J. was a celebrity and to some an icon. To many of us Faraha Fawcett was also an icon. Shame on CNN for not carrying stories of her life and death.

Alejandra   June 26th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

We’ve lost a great artist,
dancer and entertainer,
a loving and caring person.
The world will not see such talent ever again,
once in a lifetime do we get to see the perfection,
the emotion put into his music, his beautiful voice,
the power he had over millions of people
whom he captivated,
the famous moonwalk that drove us crazy,
his incredible dance moves, his whole persona.

Alejandra Infante
SLP, Mexico

linehand   June 26th, 2009 5:22 pm ET

I also remember Farrah and what she gave us. Good show last night. But, love him or hate him...respect his complete acquital of charges or reject the acquital, the death of a Mozart is never trivial. Michael was our Mozart and left us early just like Amadeus. The news networks are correct to recognize that this man deposited something extraordinary in our lives. Just like Mozart and Elvis, he will continue to be talked about centuries from now.

Linda Grant   June 26th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

When Michael Jackson was a trial I wanted to contact his defense attorney and offer a suggestion: Gifted Children and adults have a psychology which is misunderstood and treated as a mental problem rather than a socila/emotional state of being. . The gifted have different social/emotional needs. The gifted child sees things in layers, things that other people do not see. The higher the IQ or EQ the more sensitive and isolated the person becomes. Gifted is not academic but rather a way of being. When people refer to Barbra Streisand as a diffucult artist becuase of her perfectionism I want to yell out that it;'s becuase perfectionism is part and parcel of the gifted world. MJ is being called a prodigy. I agree and along with that level of sensitivitity there is a price. Please visit SENG Social Emotional needs of the gifted, or the National Association of the gifted and find out why MJ was different. My son is a lonely kid who sees things other do not. Kids are horrible to him because he was talking about existentialism at 5. Larry, when they talk about MJ and the charges of sexual abuse, after reading about the gifted ,people will understand that maturity is not linear but rather a sympton of asynchronous development. He would never been able to live with the guilt. The gifted mind never shuts off. To harm someone is something they cn't do unless they are mentally compromised and he ken exactly what he was doing. I hope that people will understand MJ after reading that the gifted are not just talented peope. It;s a condition that has a high risk of suicide, drug abuse etc. Thank you for your time Larry.

john brownlee   June 26th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

with the demise of record stores/ fragmentation of playlists/ the niche marketing of internet radio, and so forth....the phenomenon of everyone loving the same song is over... we won't see this kind of communal outpouring agiain, will we? he pulled it all together/ and it's all been pulled apart within the span of a generation....hard to believe

Marty   June 26th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

What a sad day for all MJ fans! I remember seeing him in concert when I was 12 years old and continued to follow his career until now. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

No matter what scandals surrounded him in his later life, we cannot forget the true god-given talent he had to entertain the world.

Bonnie Lindman   June 26th, 2009 6:02 pm ET

We have heard that Michael had an extensive, intensive physical for insurance purposes (for his upcoming tour). Would they have checked his blood for drug use/misuse? Thanks for addressing this issue.

Ian   June 26th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

To Me, Michael Jackson was a kind hearted person but sadly, a troubled soul. I abhor the way in which the tabloids have depicted him over the years, painting a distorted picture of him for our children. Although Michael has had a string of peculiar behavior, don't all of us do strange things? We should reserve judgement for our own inadequacies before judging others. I marvel at the ignorance of some people, eagerly gulping down the falsehoods of 2 dollar supermarket magazines and cheap gossip. If anything, Michael Jackson was a victim of a tragic childhood and an overly critical world. I thank him for all the money he donated to humanitarian causes and the wonderful music he graced the world with.

Jennifer   June 26th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

He was and is great for me... a futurist, a visionary, one of the greatest human being ever... and I hope those families with their liar children that made false statements about his behavior, ruin him and make him lost his faith on human beings, come forward and ask for his forgiveness, especially those children that were manipulated by their parents and betrayed the friendship, and MJ's trust, .... regret blasphemous!!

Jennifer   June 26th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

He was and is great for me, I can't believe he's dead. I'm still waiting for him to wake up... a futurist, a visionary, one of the greatest human being ever... and I hope those families with their liar children that made false statements about his behavior, ruin him and make him lost his faith on human beings, come forward and ask for his forgiveness, especially those children that were manipulated by their parents and betrayed the friendship, and MJ's trust, .... regret blasphemous!!

Debbie Smith   June 26th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

I feel so sad that we lost Micheal. He was a gift to us. He entertained us all his life and that was all he knew and he did it so well. I hope someone told him thank you for giving us the gift that was him. He sacraficed his privacy and a normal life to entertain for us. There will never be anyone else who can close to what he was. With his passing we lost someone special and there is one less light down here but one bright one in heaven. He is with the angels in heaven but the all world will miss him so much.

Jennifer   June 26th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

He was and is great for me.I can not believe he's dead...I'm still waiting for him to wake up... he was a futurist, a visionary, one of the greatest human being ever... and I hope those families with their liar children that made false statements about his behavior, ruin him and make him lost his faith on human beings, come forward and ask for his forgiveness, especially those children that were manipulated by their parents and betrayed the friendship, and MJ's trust, .... regret blasphemous!!

Dannie   June 26th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

GMC – I hope that you are never unjustly accused of anything, get cleared in a court of law, and still have people call you out for what you were accused of. In THIS country, one is innocent until proven guilty...not the other way around. If any of these allegations had been founded, then he would not have had custody of his children. Anyone with a little intelligence knows that he is being praised as an iconic entertainer. Or are you upset because your are not getting the attention that you want for your contributions to society?

Regine Barosy   June 26th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

The untimely death of gifted artist Michael Jackson took me by surprise. Though gone, he will never be forgotten. From previous, present, and future generations his artistic creativity will live on. Michael will be missed around the world.

For the family, especially the children sorry for your lost. Try to take comfort in knowing that the artist Michael Jackson (King of Pop) will always be an inspirational figure that will be LOVED by many.

Loyal fan,


Judy   June 26th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

Larry, I'm so glad that you mentioned the death of Farah Fawcett last night. I think the fight she put up with the deadly cancer is much more newsworthy than the death of someone that in so many words (drugs) caused his own death. I know he had a terrible childhood and I hate that.

Farah put up a fight unlike anyone I know to stay alive and she has been completely ignored by the media. Please remind everyone again that TWO people died yesterday. Thank you.

William Courtland   June 26th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Question: if Liza Mennelli was found in a bed: in a night gown and was found with a troop of girl scouts all in gowns and nighties in the same bed: would the same question as what Michael was so corrupt to do be raised: would it be raised in the same manner?

To be more innocent than the general acceptable level of what ones innocence can be...

To be in a hostile or a dorm room: the power goes out and the buildings loose heat: people push cots together: and share blankets and body heat: is it wrong? licentious?

To understand the mindset of Pan: a young man who lived in a single room with a troop of boys which were much younger than him. Pan: with flute: Pan: who founded the ideals of pantheology... Pan who battle pirates of the seven seas so long ago... To be akin to pan... Peter? When a few boys sleep over with another boy: they might have different sleeping bags: or might all share one bed... Michael could not see the wrong in that act which society does... the thought of molestation would not enter his figure or be accepted by his character: as a kid with many brothers...

The word love to an innocent: to most people: love making enters the mindset; for true love: the respect of civilization is required... yet when all is innocent: and people only live in holy matrimony: If a scout leader shares a tent with a child: such would not be associated as wrong... He shared the place he slept: nothing more.

Most people in society have released themselves to the general evils and vices of life: Michael lived a life which was spared that: yet from such a high place: he could live of a standard which we could only imagine could exist.

Michael might not have found the respect of true civilization: never found his true love... yet his lifes innocence: should not be mistaken by a world which is sick of itself: and how they in it would expect the world would work... Micheal lived a world apart: a place almost magical: neverland... boy at heart: love of life: yet the sorrows steming of difficulties which most can not contemplate and others which many can relate too.

To have Michael rest in peace: to have our future hold in in esteem and in high regards... Michaels truth of innocence should be shared. Life separated from normal hardships of income: fame gave him much... maybe too much... a place which civilization would duplicate if it could be provided to all: a place separated from hardship. A place where Michaels innocence to share love: might be understood...

Michael will be an unquestionable artistic champion: in a future where civilization provides his unfathomable innocence to all. To witness others hardships: drove him to respond: to see starvation: yet to understand that a single fortune could never feed them all: acceptance of new hardships.

His innocence: his real beyond your understanding of what innocence is. Michael Jackson.

svetlana Chernienko   June 26th, 2009 6:56 pm ET

God is getting his most precious angel back . Michael was an angel walking among us and the lesson he wanted us to learn was giving more LOVE . I'm shocked and sad . May god protect and watch over everyone that he loved. He will finally be at peace .

David   June 26th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

"Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living beings, we shall not find peace" - Albert Schweitzer....

You people need to look at yourselves...and ask what did I do today to make the world a better place.

We dare not mention all the Humanitarian things Michael Jackson did...Nobody cares about that...

The Music was AWSOME...The Person was so giving....Not one word of violance in his lyrics in 40 years....40 years...Shut up and listen to the words...Please!

LISA N   June 26th, 2009 7:04 pm ET

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Richard   June 26th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I loved Michael, his spirit and his music. He truly wrote the largest chapter in the soundtrack of my life. I can listen to his older songs and I am immediately taken back to the days when my mama was still living. I will forever be grateful to him for that. I never stopped playing his music. Many of the radio stations did .... which was disappointing to me. I am frustrated that today all stations are playing his music, singing his praises and they never should have stopped.

Everyone does not have to love his music but that does not give you the license to put him down constantly. Just say Michael's music is not my thing. I personally don't care for a lot of genres of music. I don't like polka, opera, and a lot of country music. It is possibly because I did not have a lot of exposure to it, or travel in circles that appreciated that sort of music. Mary J. Blige said in one of her songs that if you don't like something..."no it's not for you" (she was not talking about musical taste but it is still true). You do you ... if it floats your boat, knock yourself out.

What really angers me is that a lot of people need to take responsibility for his eventual demise. I am not saying they directly killed him, but they contributed to his mental well being. It became popular to make jokes about him regularly. I could not imagine going to grocery stores and seeing the tabloids, or turning on the tv and hearing the cruel jokes, or listening to the radio and hearing the jokes about him being a white woman, or about his nose transformations. If these people really cared about him did they think that making jokes about his appearance would help the situation. I lived in a household with a parent who routinely talked about my complexion as a teenager. I had chickenpox and really bad acne as a teen. I got it enough at school, I did not need it at home. I don't know if it is true, but I can appreciate Michael wanting to alter his appearance if Joe routinely called him big nose.

Many comments are being made about his mental stability, if I experienced the same amount of ridicule I can't say I would not attempt to self medicate. He was not convicted of any crimes and the last trial was televised and I found the whole procedure laughable. I dare to say that if he was someone with a more dominant personality, it would have been forgotten. He had quirks and he was unique, so were many of our more inventive artist. If he had been a macho figure that shared his celebrity with children and the same case (the last one) had occurred people would have been ready to lynch the court officials.

Let's say that Michael had access to pain killers. Let's also assume that it was true that he had insecurities about his appearance. I say it again, if I had the ability to actually change imperfections that I was being ridiculed about I would do the same. I have psoriasis now and a history of bad complexion and I know what it is like to get the looks and stares. Why would anyone doubt that he had vitiligo, and even if he did not .... so what? Here you have a person with a unique personality and someone who was very sensitive. I can only assume he had access to the same television shows I watched and the same radio programs I listened to. All of the cruel jokes would cause anyone to self medicate. Shame on you Jay Leno. I like Jay Leno, but his incessant jokes made me tune out from him for years. Some comedy is what filters down to schools and causes bullying. It was true when I was a child and it is true now. Sure it is funny for the moment, but everyone should be more responsible for what comes out of their mouths. If you didn't like Michael... fine, that's your choice but don't use your soapbox or celebrity to ruin someone. Shame on you radio stations. You must accept some responsibility for what he may have been going through. Every one who has been interviewed who was close to him has said that he had a childlike (I prefer to say innocent) personality. He attempted to share his celebrity with those who would appreciate it. He had a love for children. I personally would not have let my child stay there without provisions, in fact, I would probably want to stay myself or at least meet him with my child. I feel when you have someone who is so nice and so innocent and so unassuming there is by definition an attraction of people who want to see if they can take advantage and get some of his fortune. It is the same as people who defraud insurance companies by planning car accidents. It is not that much of a stretch to envision that people could realize that he was an easy mark.

In conclusion, I would like to say I don't think Michael was a pediphile. Michael did not stake out neighborhoods and kidnap children and take advantage of them. If something inappropriate happened, where were the parents? Why aren't more people coming forward with similar stories? The mother in the last case was a complete joke. Just because someone is different does not give people like Bob Schieffer the right to call him a creep.

I know that everyone has opinions and I appreciate the opportunity to voice mine. I am sure there are many people that feel as I do.

Michele Nardone   June 26th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Its a sad day for all, Michael's words and music will never be forgotton, his dance led us into a new dimension. His music will out live us all. I've always wondered if he felt that all the people around him just wanted things from him, didn't want to know him personally, just wanted his name and his money. If so, it makes sense to me why he would surround himself with kids, they are innocent, they don't know how to use or abuse a friendship. Sad to say he probably trusted the kids more than trusting the adults in his life.

But I do wonder, on the 911 tape, why would you do CPR on someone while they are laying in bed? I would assume you wouldn't do that, but, I'm not a doctor either.

God Bless Michael...we will miss you and continue to love you. My prayers are with his family....forever with love...

robbie   June 26th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

the elderly, the sick, the sudden..McMahon, Fawcett, Jackeson...

David O   June 26th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

To The Jackson Family, only prayer and time will bring healing to you and your family. What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why he left this earth so soon, or why he left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that he died, but that he lived. And that his life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Our Prayers are with you.

kathy johnson   June 26th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

I was and still am a big Michael Jackson fan, the man was genius.
HIs singing and dancing talent was something we will probably never witness again; Yes he had some strange things, who doesnt? I felt he was more youthful because he never really got to enjoy a childhood. I am just disgusted with the media when remembering him always have to bring up the child molestation charges, his money problems etc; like they have no skeletons, as far as the child molestation, i questioned some of his ideas but never felt he was guilty of child molestation; i saw it as people after money. The trouble is many in the news media doint want to report the news they want to be judge and jury; and when 12 people found him not guilty, they still had him guilty; if the media is so concerned about his children; then lets dwell on his talent, how he united people, and the many charities he gave to. I dont think of the news media would enjoy someone talking about their drinking habits, maybe cheating on spouse etc. remmeber the good he did and stop the other nonsense; lets think of his family and his children and stop all the speculations regarding his death until the autopsy reports come back fully; i say rest in peace Micahel youll be missed, but your talent and music will carry on forever.

Note (Youngstown, Ohio)   June 26th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

We, as human beings, always seem to lean toward the negitive, BUT music ALWAYS cancels out that force and it takes its place as an universal tool of communication that makes people put down their walls of all the "isms" that exsist in the world today, if only for a moment. We lost the one who was able to effectively execute music's God-given purpose like none other. For that...he fulfilled his purpose.
Enjoy your much earned and deserved rest Michael...

The summer of 1979 changed my life-my cousin and I did a birthday gift exchange. She wanted Barry Manilow's latest album and I wanted MJ's "Off the Wall"-not because of Michael -I HAD to have the album where my favorate songwriter Rod Temperton had songs , Bruce Sweeden engineering,and Quincy Jones producing (I was and still am a musical nerd). My favorate singer, Minnie Riperton had died in July, so this album was going to be "the "highlight of my summer as a 12 year old. After listening to this project, the arrangements, the songs, all the guest players and singers were great, but it was seeing the mature side of Michael that I gained respect toward him-his songwriting, vocals and arranging caught my eye. (I know ALL four percussion parts to "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough".)This was my FIRST Michael Jackson album. "Off The Wall" also led me to a major discovery-it was then I KNEW I wanted to be in the music industry- that was the REAL birthday present.

Karami Rice   June 26th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

okay, mr. king i was watchin cnn today and i saw that other countries are well greatly upset about M.J. dieing. but then i guess a reporter checked myspace and twitter and all that great stuff and said that a lot of people in america aren't upset more like happy because of a few mistakes he made. it angers me because some people my age(15) try to talk about just the bad stuff when they have no idea how wonderful he was in the music world. yea sure he made dumb decisions but doesn't everybody? how come here people look at mostly the bad things? why not look back on the good things he has done?

i don't know i guess i just wish people here could look at michael in a positive way and quit making rude comments or text about him. because when someone dies it's never a good thing.

eJay   June 26th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

@ Cherry ann,your weak little words can't hurt him anymore.

Risa   June 26th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Michael did not die from drugs. Michael died of a broken heart ...from America's condemnation of him. We are undyingly famous for not forgiving the people their transgressions. Hopefully Americans will change.

Elizabeth   June 26th, 2009 8:35 pm ET

We applaud him in his death, yet we shunned him in his life. Where is the redemption? Should we not mourn our treatment of him as much as his death? The true tragedy is the pain he lived his life in, in part due to us.

connie mcdougal   June 26th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

I loved MJ. He was a son, father, brother, uncle and a very spirtual
person. He was a slice of celestial pie. Of course no one will ever encounter anyone like him again. He was sent to us from a higher power with a soul and spirit that transends anyone on this earth.

Bo   June 26th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

June 25th 2009 will now be known as the day the whole world sobbed. I hope he has found peace in death that he was never able to find in life. He was a truly talented man and his graciousness will be truly missed. Thank you Michael.

Daniel Nelson   June 26th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Michael was always a child at heart. He never had a childhood and has done all he could for other children to enjoy their lives. It is a shame that he got too close with some children and began a fetish with them,letting them sleep with him and doing who knows what with them. It has always bothered me that he had to settle with at least one of their parents because it has shown the world that he possibly had some kind of sexual relations with young boys but God and the children he had befriended only know and maybe the truth will come out some day when these children are grown and want to tell the truth about Michael. I've always wondered what Jehova witnesses believed in. I wonder if they believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us all from our sins. I would like to know if Michael believed that Jesus was his savior?

Lola Banana   June 26th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

MJ was one of my first memories in pop culture, his Thriller album was my first purchase of music I ever made. I know Ed McMahon, and Farrah Fawcett have both passed this week, the latter the same day. Some say that they should have just as much coverage. I agree they should have coverage, however neither had the global reach that MJ had. There is no denying the power of all three of these "celebrities" but think on a global view. MJ helped open our eyes to difficulties in Africa. He aided privately many different ecologically and health programs. Not only was he talented, but he cared.

Lori Amos   June 26th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

What a week it has been. 3 tragic losses, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Now MJ
I hope as I have always seen on your program that this will be a tribute to his life and not a repeat of all the things that went wrong in his life. Already the media is jumping all over Lisa Marie's Blog. Please be respectful of the familes and let him go in peace. He needed peace and now he has it. I have the utmost respect for Larry King as you always provide accurate and respectful information on your program. The media is so quick to judge instead of respect. WE lost the king of rock-n-roll on Aug. 16, 1977 and now the king of pop on June 25, 2009. They both lived huge lives and the people around them were contributing factors in the turmoil in their lives. (not meaning those who truly cared for them) Let him rest with God
God Bless his children, as they are the one's who need support now

Abdulla   June 26th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Not a single birthday party or occasion in my house passed by without playing the Michael Jackson Thriller album, Like MJ at a young age, I too was the entertainer in the family. I always sang and danced like him and i have so many family videos that show how i always tried to impersonate him. I am from the Middle East and grew up with my father playing his music back home and then here. As a matter of a fact, Michael Jackson music was the only singer that the family, 9 in total, played in the family van when going out to run errands, soccer games, or just grocery shopping.

Yet, I felt uneasy when i heard the MJ 911 tape. For those who have learned the basics of CPR, one knows that it must be performed on HARD surface.

On the 911 call tape, the caller says that the gentleman, MJ, is on the "bed", and they had tried CPR and he did not respond. With a doctor present, how is it possible that the doctor had missed this little CPR fact of placing MJ on a flat hard surface?

How can the doctor perform CPR on a bed, and not on a hard surface?

Is it also odd that the doctor dodges the question "if he saw anything?"

My wishes to the Jackson family. And it has not hit me yet, but MJ is always with me.

Loved TheKingofPop   June 26th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I cannot believe a trained physician would attempt CPR in a bed. All training tells one to place the victim on as hard a surface as possible. This was a major mistake!

Sandy Obu   June 26th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

In the 1970’s, I recall a ‘White’ Lady who participated in a ‘Racial’ experiment. She took a pill for ‘INCREASING’ skin pigmentation. The pill transformed her skin color from ‘White’ to the color ‘BLACK’ in appearance. She moved to a predominately ‘Black’ neighborhood and lived has a ‘Black’ Woman for approximately 6 months. I was wondering, “If the pill INCREASED her pigmentation, "Isn't it possible, Michael took a pill to DECREASE his pigmentation?” This is why I don’t believe the Cosmetic surgery story. I believe the pill was supposed to decrease MJ’s skin color by a few shades, instead, “It had the ‘Side Effect’ of destroying pigmentation cells.” For the ‘ILLNESS’ theory, could it be, “His skin condition was an allergic reaction to the ENORMOUS amount of STRESS from running a multi-BILLION dollar empire." Remember, in the 1980’s most People were POOR to MIDDLE Class; whereas, “Michael was a young multi-BILLIONAIRE in his twenties!!!”

Lori Amos   June 26th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I hope that as much time will be aired for the loss of the Great Farrah Fawcett as their has been for Michael. They both deserve the same respect to be paid tribute for the American People.
Her cancer was such a tragedy and she chose to share it with us instead of hiding her pain. She was such a beautiful woman and she shared the worst part of her life with us. Please share her story too, she deserves it. She aired her dirty laundry in life just like the rest of them even having her son shown in handcuffs on tape. I was broken hearted that her and Ryan O'Neil did not exchange vows before her flight to heaven. But in her heart, i am sure she was already his wife.
My heart goes out to you Ryan and your son Redmon, God Bless you, Someone out here in America IS THINKING ABOUT YOU
Lori Amos
Winters, Tx

Zlatko, a Canadian living in Frankfurt, Germany   June 26th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry. I'm 49 years old and growing up in Toronto, Canada, I rember Michael Jackson when he first started and I remember watching the Ed Sullivan show and seeing the Jackson 5 for the first time. The Jackson family and especially Michael were like family to people from my(our generation. We loved him and were happy for him for his success. Yes, he was unique and he made music for us all. Michael taught us that there should be no black or white. He gave us love and music and of course, his Moonwalk. God rest his soul and my condolences to the entire Jackson family!!

James31   June 26th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

ROSE--Thank you for listing the many charities and organizations that Michael supported. I knew he had done much but wasn't familiar with all of the different names.

Palmer   June 26th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Michael Jackson was without doubt the greatest entertainer of our time.
He experienced to the maximum degree all that fame and material success can bring.

Unfortunately, his life has proven the truth of the bible statement:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Rest in Peace Michael.

Gayna Aldington   June 26th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I belive that Michael had touch alot of lives and i now that his music will go on forever just like elvis presley but he also had alot of problems with his personal problems but he will be missed by lot of his fans i wish his family well and to keep him in there hearts.

Bruno T   June 26th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Michael is a man who captured everyone's attention, extraordinarily talented, it is the quality of the man himself, he seemed to be a pure human being, full of strength and an incredible ability to project his humanity on everyone. no matter what, Michael died with a joyful heart with the knowledge of his great achievements with a contribution unique in history that bears his name.

Paula   June 26th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I can't believe we have to put up with 3 days of tributes to a person of alledged questionable character, allegedly financially bankrupt, and the only accolades have been given by those in the industry. I don't like or dislike this person and having children, my condolences to the family on their loss, but I would love it if CNN would print the names of those who have contributed to these United States for giving up their lives or have shows such as Bob Hope (used to ) and Stephen Colbert has done to pay tribute to them and keep them in the forefront not the 'industry people' who are just entertainers and nothing more. Ask Larry King if (1) he has an Ipod and (2) has Michael Jackson on his musical list. I would be surprised. Let's move on PLEASE.

James31   June 26th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Cherry ann--as another posted, your words can no longer hurt Michael. Also, after all these years of hearing attacks like yours, I doubt you can hurt his family as they are no doubt numb to words such as yours. And to post those words at a time like this certainly suggests that you, too, are numb. Michael's work will remain with us forever; he will not be forgotten.

Gayna Aldington   June 26th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I like to give my sorrow to Ryan O'Neal how lost he beloved farrah to cancer but a lease she is not in pain anymore so keep her sprite alive in your heart and she will never be forgetting as well.

shannon phillips   June 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I’m really sad that Michael Jackson has passed on. He is a true artist and I think that he would want to be remembered for his music most of all, as his music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. I think right now the world and the state that it is in, environmentally, economically, and the lack of peace. I think that at this moment in time we all need to listen to the message that he has passed on in one of his great songs like Man in the Mirror. RIP MJ, love you.

Erika   June 26th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Michael Jackson defined the 80's for me and probably the whole world. I have known him and his music throughout my whole life. I just cannot imagine a world without him. There will never be another one like him! Rest In Peace Michael.

ANGIE WOODS   June 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

i grew up dancing and listening to michael jackson i just love to watch him dance our thoughts and prayers are with the jackson family

Ashley R.   June 26th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I think the most significant contribution has got to be the Thriller video. I was probably 4 or 5 years old when it was released and happened to catch it on a TV screen at the mall. I remember being drawn to watch the video and was just so shocked by what I was was truly a unique moment in the history of pop music!!

Timeless357   June 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

LARRY, WHY DON'T YOU STOP INTERRUPTING YOUR GUESTS? CNN is already getting on my last nerve with wanting to focus on the negatives....who gives a you know what whether he was broke, how frail he looked....dammit he is GONE! As Usher just said, think about the love he has left behind, his mom., his children, his family...I swear, I am a communications major and always wanted to be a reporter but watching you guys that is so not going to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad Liza said her piece, at least what you let her say!!!!

Kathy Adams   June 26th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

As a life long fan, I always connected with Michael on a spiritual level. How can this be so if I never met him? I somehow felt like I understood him where most people thought he was "strange." I never thought this about Michael for one moment. I wished I could have known him. I know I could have been one of those unconditional friends he tried so desperately to find. Michael is at peace now, and finally, he will recieve the unconditional love in heaven he could not have on earth.

I am truely saddened about his death, and at the same time, I feel it could have been prevented. WHERE WAS THE INTERVENTION??? There were loved ones, friends, and professionals who knew Michael had declining health! Also, damn those who hurt Michael with such evil and false accusations who destroyed a remarkable, beautiful human being. I can only hope those people are brought to justice!

Candy W.   June 26th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

My heart goes out so deeply to his Mother, brothers and sister. Even though I did not personally know him, I continually find myself crying as I listen to the broadcasts and his songs.

He was 5 years older than I... and I grew up listening to him, watching the cartoons, then watching him on MTV. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to see him in concert. He is The Superstar of my generation; a tremendous void has erupted.

Surely Grace will help you find the childhood you never had. Sweet, tormented soul; too often misunderstood and too frequently used. I listen, I feel... I never can say goodbye... the opening line of Ben twists my soul. Forever, Michael, you will be sorely missed.

Kevin   June 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Micheal Jackson was a nice man but its sad that he never had a normal child hood. His songs though were the BEST and he will be the king of pop FOREVER. We will never have a guy like M J who can sing and dance like he did.

Danielle Williams   June 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am continually defending Michael. Oh he was weird, he was this or thatj. Was he ever convicted of anything? He's with his maker now, he's the only one to judge. Michael was,(is) a icon. I was a graduate of 86' and our class, and my childhood was Michael Jackson, from cards in bubble gum wrapper, to posters on the wall. I am so, so, sad of this great loss.

suzie   June 26th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Michael Jackson was and will always be the King of Pop. For decades to come the world will continue to enjoy his music and appreciate him for the true artist that he is. His main contribution to the world was Love, which was the main message in all of his songs. He brought nothing but happiness to all of us. He was orginial, intellectual, and most of all a genuine person. He will be truely missed <3 we love you Michael

Karlene   June 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Michael Jackson demonstrated the meaning of perfection. He added spark to my childhood and gave me the confidence that I could make a contribution that could change the world. I will forever love Michael.

Jay DeMarco   June 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

There was alot of weirdness and controversy around Michael BUT it cannot and will not overshadow his amazing talent, abilities and contribution to the music industry and history. He was a big part of my love of Motown and Pop music partying in Georgtown nightclubs in Washington DC in the early 80's. My condolences and prayers go out to his family and his children.

Omah Awozele   June 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Micheal Jackson was an extraordinary musical scientist who proved that through music the whole human race, black, white, red, blue, gay, heterosexual and whatever, can reach a harmonious psychological connection.


Wendy Boyd   June 26th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Michael Jackson was the ultimate performer and showman. He was an inspiration to us all. I can remember being on holiday back in the eighties, walking through a camp-site in Switzerland and his music seemed to come from every trailer in the camp-site. He will be sadly missed.

Felicia   June 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Michael was so phenominal, that he could touch the lives of people aged 2 to 100 years old with his music. God knows best, my prayers go out to his family. Love eternally, your #1 fan.

Glinda Butler   June 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET


Today we lost a person of honor Michael Jackson.
A man that stood tall and stood small whom believed in all.
A man that was human and made mistakes, but who hasn’t.
His heart was big and said it all.
The world was his with each open hand.
Michael Jackson leaves behind joy for the entire world to remember.
Never forget the good things Michael Jackson stood for peace and harmony.
When the world turns dark walk outside and take a look up to the sky.
When you see that gleaming star shining brightly down, Smile and say goodnight Michael.
For Michael Jackson is a star and forever will be.
May God bless you always. Rest in peace.
From Glinda Butler

Matt   June 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I just got back from watching Shakespeare's "King Lear" in Battery Park, New York. For those of you who don't know the play, here's a brief synopsis. Lear, an older and not-so-wiser king, has slowly become, well, irrelevant. As such, he begins to lose his mind and, by the end of the play, is not the man he once was. His daughters – Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia – get caught up in the power struggle, with the first two looking out for themselves while Cordelia exhibits the most concern for her father. Some say that Shakespeare wrote the character of Lear as a sort of "self-portrait" – that is, Shakespeare himself would soon become irrelevant.

The news of the day, clearly, regarded another king: Michael Jackson, the King of Pop. After only 50 years on this earth, one of the greatest musicians of all time tragically was silenced. Like many of my peers, I grew up during Michael's heyday. He put out two of the greatest albums (yes, I still say albums) ever: THRILLER and BAD. The video for "Thriller" still gives me goosebumps every time I see it. He was an odd one, that's for sure. Who could forget the Neverland Ranch? Bubbles the chimpanzee? His sequined glove? The Pepsi commercial where his hair caught on fire? Though he did exhibit "unusual" behavior at times and made several questionable decisions (some more serious than others), one cannot argue that the man had a wealth of talent and died way too soon.

Okay, so why am I on this tangent? As I was walking, I started thinking about how Lear's life, in a way, paralleled the life of MJ. Both men were once powerful figures in their respective kingdoms: one politically, the other musically. Lear and MJ also had many people surrounding them that, while loyal to a degree, also looked out for their own welfares. However, they also shared another characteristic: eccentric behavior. While some could attribute Lear's "madness" to old age, other, less obvious factors were at work. The same could be said for MJ. He became a recluse, he married twice (once to Lisa Marie Presley – remember the kiss at the MTV awards?) for no reason whatsoever, the sexual assault scandal, and of course, there was the whole baby-dangling incident. Even his music suffered; his last CD, "Invincible," might as well been titled "Invisible" – it was pretty tame compared to his prior fare. In short, and perhaps the biggest connection to King Lear, Michael Jackson sadly became – dare we say it – irrelevant. People who once looked at him as a hero, an icon, now looked at him as a circus sideshow. Then, when he ran out of quirky eccentricities, they simply stopped looking altogether. Many of us (myself included) wanted him to regain his fire, his passion, but instead, today, we mourn his passing and celebrate his life.

When I was in college, we studied "King Lear" and also discussed the play on our class listserv (like a forum). One day, I was listening to "King of Pain" by The Police (a great song and group, I might add) and immediately was struck by the similarities between the song's lyrics and King Lear. I began a conversation on the listserv regarding this correlation that got completely out of control. Today made me think of it again, and below are the lyrics to "King of Pain" (followed by a final note from me):

There's a little black spot on the sun today
It's the same old thing as yesterday
There's a black cat caught in a high tree top
There's a flag-pole rag and the wind won't stop

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain

There's a little black spot on the sun today
(That`s my soul up there)
It's the same old thing as yesterday
(That`s my soul up there)
There's a black cat caught in a high tree top
(That`s my soul up there)
There's a flag-pole rag and the wind won't stop
(That`s my soul up there)

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain

There's a fossil that's trapped in a high cliff wall
(That`s my soul up there)
There's a dead salmon frozen in a waterfall
(That`s my soul up there)
There's a blue whale beached by a spring tide's ebb
(That`s my soul up there)
There's a butterfly trapped in a spider's web
(That`s my soul up there)

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain

There's a king on a throne with his eyes torn out
There's a blind man looking for a shadow of doubt
There's a rich man sleeping on a golden bed
There's a skeleton choking on a crust of bread

King of pain

There's a red fox torn by a huntsman's pack
There's a black-winged gull with a broken back
There's a little black spot on the sun today
It's the same old thing as yesterday

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain

King of pain
I'll always be king of pain
I'll always be king of pain

Powerful words, are they not? As I said, in my opinion, those lyrics accurately portray Lear's life and tragic end. (The "pouring rain" – at least to me – corresponds to the storm scene in the play, one of my favorite scenes in all of drama. You really need to go read the play.) Now, as I reflect on the words and the events of today, I see that they also describe much of Michael Jackson's life, particularly the struggles that he must have gone through to simply remain himself.

Michael Jackson, I mourn your passing and celebrate all of the amazing accomplishments you recognized throughout your life. We are all human beings, and thus we all make mistakes. Some of the paths you chose clearly were wrong, and they only added stress and anxiety to your life. You were the King of Pop, but you also became the King of Pain. That said, you gave us the gift of music and thrilled millions around the world. God bless you as you enter a new kingdom with an even greater King.

Michele   June 26th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am so very sad. Something has been interrupted..we're not yet finished watching, listening to, and enjoying Michael Jackson.
Michael, we're sorry...for so much. You will remain the best! We miss you terribly, and it is hurting so very much.
I am thankful, though that you are in a far, far better place.
God's loving and compassionate arms enfold you and welcome you into His paradise.

Linda Shw   June 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Michael impacted our generation in ways that cannot even be described. From the time we saw him on Ed Sullivan when he was 11 years old, we were all taken with him and 40 years later, it's like we've grown up with him, his songs, his dancing, videos, and style have all contributed to our lives. His love of life, people, and world issues has been nothing but inspirational and life-affirming. His gentle presence, pain from his childhood and fears of not being accepted as he is all resonate within each and every one of us, if we are honest. We loved him and his loss can be felt worldwide. It has shaken many of to our cores, much like the death of Elvis affected the world at that time.

Thank you for your coverage of this amazing man!


Linda Shaw

Karen Andrews   June 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Shame on you Larry King for bringing such negative comments to the forefront regarding Michael Jackson and his alleged drug use! I just want to give big kudos to Usher for speaking up and making it clear that this is not the time for that.. no one wants to hear that... My god, the man is an ICON... he DIED... his body isn't even cold SAVE THAT FOR ANOTHER TIME LARRY. You're already going to get good ratings, no need for that.

I am going to take the liberty to apologize to Michael's mother and father and family and all the fans for you Larry for your insensitive behavior.

Unless foul play was involved, why should it matter to anyone other than the people close to him about his personal business. Good job Usher for putting the media on blast like that!!! It's sickening.

My heart goes out to everyone that loves MJ and may he rest in love!

Mohammed (began listening to his music in Pakistan)   June 26th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Dear Larry,

I'm only 24 years old and I grew up listening to his music, not in the United States nor in Canada, but in Pakistan. When I moved from Pakistan to Canada, I still had his music and was astonished by one man's ability to mesmerize and touch so many people across the world. I'm one of the millions of people that Michael Jackson has had an impact on although I've never met him or gone to any of his concerts. My heart actually hurts when I heard of the news and broke down in tears. I never knew this man nor did I ever meet him but for some reason, it felt like he was with me through my childhood and helped me understand the true essence of music and showed me how to enjoy music. This man is truly an icon and to think of him and talk about him as if he was something less is a disgrace. The only proof we have is of what he left as his talent and nothing else.

Thank you Michael for everything you've given to this world.

May Allah give you a place in Heaven.

kayla   June 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

hi people im kayla im from maine i worship the king of pop and about died my self hearing about michael's death
i love michael and always will
im 11 and 1/2 and i have loved michael for 3 years but it seems like forever i feel very bad for prince michael I paris michael kathrine and prince michael II *blanket* his family misses michael very much including mother kathrine father joe 8 siblings his children and his fans
may michaels family be blessed

Rori   June 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I agree with Usher and Liza. This is man who deserved to be celebrated at the moment. Let him be remembered in Peace, at least for the time being.

HufstaderFamily   June 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry has to stop interrupting every single person. This evening's show was almost unbearable to continue watching because of what Larry kept doing. LET PEOPLE SPEAK> Liza, Quincy,Usher, Miko.
This is not the first time> We have noticed that this has been happening in almost every show these past few months.

If it continues to happen, we have no choice but to receive our news from another source.

I really hope this comment gets back for Larry to see .We would like to continue to enjoy his show, but knowing that this is the first time we have ever came to this webiste and posted a comment, should be a testament of how disturbing it is becoming to be a viewer.

We certainly cannot be the only family.

On another note though, we did like that at least Larry brought up whether it was appropriate for Chopra to make those comments.
Chopra should have been told to leave;It was not the correct format.

Joanne Mott   June 26th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I grew up listening and following Micheal Jackson. I used to put Thriller on, turn it up and clean my room while dancing. I loved him, the world has just had a huge lose. I am in shock. I have cried and have so many questions why why? I really hope we can move on in celebrating him and stop carrying on about the drugs, This was the KING OF POP! My prayers go out to his family and children. God Bless Micheal we will miss you always

Joanne Mott, Canada

Sheila Francois   June 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I do not know where to start, and I am still in shock. I am glad that he was able to inspire and contribute to the world, yound and old of various races and cultures. I am glad that he is being remembered and respected for his talent, his humanitarism, love and devotion to the human race. He has an impact on my life, my generation and will have an influence on generations to follow. I feel that he affected many lives during his time, and he will continue to do so. We, as a people, should try to continue the celebratrion and his contributions because they are remarkable and worthy. I also love Janet and the remainder of Jackson 5. Michael is there in spirit and he lives in everyone of you. I know that we, myself, his family and fans will get through this tragedy. Rest in Peace Michael Jackson.

Ana Thompson   June 26th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Never did I imagine that the possibility of saying good -bye to Michael Jackson would come. It sickings me to my core to see "The death of Michael Jackson" It feels like the moon has been ripped right out of the sky to me. Michael is my childhood, Michael was music. When
Thriller came out there was no I'm into heavy medical, rap, Michael was the center where all this groups met. I am shocked and can not grip this concept. I love him always. It was like he was born to entertain us and did the job better than if it was expected. Truly love you, will never forget. The end of an era..R.I.P Great 1

kristina   June 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Thank you, Deepak for telling the truth. These drs. must be stopped and prescription addiction needs to come out of the closet!

CarolMac   June 26th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

When I first saw The Jackson Five on The Ed Sullivan Show, I was in love with the thought of young, attractive, talented Black kids doing what me and my siblings did every day.

However, Michael stood out. He was captivating, exciting, thrilling and fun to watch.

I think people all across the country first said, "That boy can sing"!, and yelled to the family, "You'll come watch this"!

I think most people saw Michael and the Jackson Five as I did, I think people were not threatened by him in his youth, therefore accepted and allowed him to be.

Michael's music was one of the first I introduced my own talented son to. My son is 19 now and always list MJ as his musical influence.

Our family wishes peace, blessings and healing to the Jackson Family, his fans and all who were in someway touched by his incredible life.

Peggy Shaw   June 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I was in college at Vanderbilt when someone called us into his dorm room to see an incredible kid on TV. Several of us crammed into this tiny room to see Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 for the first time. Then I fast-forward in my mind to being at a party when the "Thriller" album came out . A bunch of us young professionals crowded into someone's living room to see the MTV video that everyone was talking about. I just wish Michael could have found, in his own life, the same joy that he brought to ours.

Shaunyce Hurst   June 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Mr. King, what was your all time favorite Michael Jackson song?

Erin Daly   June 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I can't remember a time when Michael Jackson wasn't a part of my life.
My favorite memory is of my nephew who was gravely sick in a hospital bed, we didn't believe he was going to recover. Then one day, we walk into the hospital and when we arrive on the pediatrics unit, we hear this loud singing of a child. It was my nephew, he woke up, standing on the side of his bed ..singing on top of his lungs for all to hear THRILLER.. We never forgot that.
Every song touched our lives,
Michael Jackson is and always has been immortal.
I never believed the charges, and I can't imagine him ever grown up.
Its all of our fault, for the bizarre behaviors. Cosmetic surgery, because a woman at the airport said "look there's Michaal Jackson, he's ugly". Michael told the story often.
He made a home called Neverland..and he invited kids to him ranch especially childhood stars, so that they could be a kid, something he never had.
He was a humanitarian "We are the World" and he was and Entertainer and Many of us believed in him wholeheartedly..ITs a sad thing that he didn't get the chance to know how much we all loved him.
I hope he's watching from the stars.
OUR country needs to change, we force our hollywood entertainers to become recluse because of the dangerous antics of the media.
We've lost so many Icons because of overmedication by Physicians..
When will be learn, Elvis, Anna Nicole, Heath Ledger, and Now Michael Jackson.. I give Kudo's to Britney Spears Dad , Jamie for stepping in and stopping it from happening to Britney.. and I believe our country needs to wake up and find better guidelines for medication. Really Demerol for a migraine.. ???? What happened to tylenol.. That doctor didn't know what he was doing wrong, he most certainly did and he should be held accountable~
Thank you Michael Jackson for defining my life and for making my nephew sing again.. May god bless you forever in heaven and may you know, we believe in you..I hope your family knows that you "are loved" and your memory lives on forever

Nathaly Rivas   June 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


Everyone, all over the world, are felling this huge tragedy, the king of pop is not longer with us, imagine not hearing a new song, not watching his fantastic perfomances, No matter what people or tabloids say, he took a part of us – His fans- With him...

My blessing is for you Mike, Moonwalk is your personal Brand, But the legacy you have left us, is what you're life is....

I'm only 22 but you have touched every generation until now... and you will keep doing it now as a Memory in the music

RIP... "the king of POP"

Cathy   June 26th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Michael's music was the sound track of my formative teenage years. Every moment of those years are memories in which a MJ song was playing. He grew up with me, I grew up with him. He will forever be a part of my life. All my memories of those years have the audio of MJ. His music is a gift I was blessed to know. RIP MJ.

RaeLena   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I wanted to give my condolences to all of Michael's family and friends – he was and still is the #1 artist of all time for me – I loved him from day one – I would have loved to see his comeback – I really do hope that someone will buy "Neverland Ranch" and restore it to the luster of when he was living there and have it open for tourists, just like "Graceland" – it would be amazing to see – I know I would purchase tickets to see it – just a thought to pass on to family and friends of Michael -- he will be missed deeply. 🙁

Kim Reese   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Michael Jackson was the Jackie Robinson of Rock and Pop! He combined two genres of music into one, engineering a musical path for any and every one who desired to be a performer. MJ collaborated with some of Rock n' Rolls greatest to close the gap on music/ racial divides. He did what musics' best producers could not do...he brought the world of music to a world of people.

Scott Stodden   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I want to say how heartbroken Iam over the unexpected death of the late and great Michael Jackson. I grew up my whole life with Michael, he was truly magical and entertaining on and off the stage. Michael I want to thank you for everything you brought to each and everyone of us here in the United States and around the world. Truly you will always be The King Of Pop and your legacy will always live on and you will never be forgotten. The magic and entertainment that Michael Jackson brought will never and can never be duplicated. The music and everything Michael brought to us all can never and will never be forgotten. My condolences and prayers and my heart go out to the family of Michael Jackson I truly hope as hard as it is that you all will be able to get over this. We will all greive with you and be there for you all and we all will be praying for you. I'll never forget Michael and everything he brought to the music industry he is definitly "Gone To Soon" Michael may you Rest In Peace and know that you will never be forgotten and your legacy will always live on

Scott Stodden(Freeport, IL)

Joe   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Michael Jackson will always be an icon in all of our hearts. I grew up listening to his music and as a musician myself I was very impress with his professional which had a tremendous influence on me. I wrote a song years ago and I was seeking out a way to get it to Michael to see if he could use it. Well, I most go on and do it myself and hopefully I can do it in honor of Michael. I.m sure he would have love it. May God Bless The Jackson Family as Michael rest from his labor,

Golden Panther   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

As a child I was in love with this star. Now I mourn him as a mother who could not imagine losing my son. His children will be left in a world that will do everything it can to hurt them. There are no words to convey my sorrow.

Of my womb,
You were my explosion, my soul.
Love you were so envied by hate.
I gave you to the world and they left you
an empty shell, a grave
Now you finally flown away.
And here my empty womb remains.

From a mother

Pat Hill-Yandell   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Michael didn't have a childhood because he was busy working to bring joy and happiness to kids and teenagers everywhere. My daughter, who is 49 now, grew up dancing to the Jackson Five and learned the dance rountines watching them that she used later with her high school pom-pom team. I only hope that the media and gossip-mongers can stop focusing on the negatives about his past and remember him for the God given talents he had that changed the entertainment world, and for his global humanitarian efforts. May he rest in peace!

Teresa Gonzlaez   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I still can't believe Michael Jackson is gone. I grew up listening to his music and followed is career every step of the way. It feels like part of my childhood was taken away. He inspired so many people,he was a beautiful person to me. Now he is in heaven singing with the angels. My prayers go out to his family he will never be forgotten. His music will live on!

Theresa Morris   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

My two daughters and I are very saddened by this tragedy, Michael was too young and still had lots of life left for him, we were not ready to loose an icon like him just yet. But it was god's will and who are we to question that, may god rest his soul and our deepest sympathy to his family, may god grant them courage and a sense of patience to deal with this great loss. Thank You. Theresa

Karen Dickey   June 26th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry my thoughts Of MIchael Jackson are to stop publishing the negative of such a great person, and to celebrate his life in his death.
My thoughts are as Usher spoke , He has a family that loved him
and will miss him dearly and I am not family.I miss him already, Michael and I were only 4 months apart in birth, He in August and myself in December but in the same year. So I grew up with MIchael.
No matter what others said He has done, He was aquitted of meaning he was not guilty. Can people see that He gave us so much in His life time, His basic message was Love. how to love each other. He has touched so many lives. His music so rich and so profound. his legacy should be what people are syaing about him that He was a humanitrian which means he strived for peace . My heart and prayers goes to his family. I can't imagine what they are going through. We have lost someone that God sent us , and the He plucked from his garden so quickly, without notice. God bless the Jackson family and give them strength in this difficult time

Peter Wright   June 26th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Michael Jackson is the icon of all times, its like loosing Jamaican Superstar Bob Marley all over again. His music will live on and thats his story, its well told, let pray for his children and family and show them respect at this horrific time.

Eva   June 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I remember when he went to Bucharest!!! most of the fans didn't understand 100% English but his aura and energy was just unstoppable!! the entire country was in a "Michael Jackson feever", people were honored and happy!! He was the King of Pop, known by the entire world and he always will remain the an icon!! God bless and rest in peace, dear Michael!!!

Greg, Toronto   June 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It is absolutely horrific that there are still those in this world that have such hatred for others that are truly blessed with a talent given to them by God. One of those people was Michael Jackson, MJ was fortunate enough to be able to take that talent and give so selfishly of himself to others especially his fans. Through everything that happen to him in his life, I truly believe that it was his fans that helped him to get through the most difficult and troubled times. Painfully some are incredibility ignorant and only focus on the bad. This includes the media! As good as there intentions my appear when giving MJ a tribute they still bring up the tragic events and show the pictures/videos to illustrate there points of view and for what ratings? For once do the right thing and do justice and truly be humanitarians CELEBRATE his life and ACCOMPLISHMENTS! And all the good he did in this world. He was bashed enough during his life must he/we continue to do it now that he has passed!

Omah Awozele   June 26th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

The tide of time rages and poured its fury on you, rest in perfect peace my friend, God is waiting to receive you. ANGEL MICHEAL JACKSON you are now the choir master wherever it is that you are. Here on earth you belong to the ages.

Adieu Micheal


Aly   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Michael was more then a legend, he was an AMAZING person. Inside and out. He had the biggest heart and it sucks that people with so much to show the world have to get taken from us so soon. Words can't even describe how great of a performer he was. He broke boundaries and opened up doors for other artists and many other artists to come. He was and is still an inspiration. We will miss you.

Adrian   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I think larry king finally got it right to respect Michael Jackson and not focus on the negative issues of his life. Thank you Larry!

Dimitri   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

everybody has something sweet and great to say about MJ and that's more than deserved but where were all those celebrity 'friends' of his when things weren't going that well financially and emotionally? Rest in peace Michael, no one will be greater.

Terrie   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I believe the biggest conflict of Michael Jackson's life was a missed childhood. My daughter & I were talking and she said, "you know, maybe he did sleep in the same bed with kids but, given how fast he grew up, maybe to him it was like a sleep over....a child hood thing that he missed out on." At 51, I have learned so much about stone throwing and casting....Michael Jackson was a human being that was put into a pressured world at a young age. People in the business can imagine but those of us who are not in that "spotlight" may think we can imagine but, we can't...And one more thought, Here was a man who strived to keep his fans would yell for things, and when he would act up on things, fans and public were quick to ridicule him...How confusing, we the people who always wanted more from him but then pointed fingers, how confusing did we make life for him..... Before any one out there judges, look at yourself and then remember, there is only One who has the right to judge.....ONLY ONE and guess is not you or me.....Michael....Rest in are with your children...maybe not physically in sight but, you are with them...and you are in a place where we all hope to be one day.

God Bless your Family and Friends....Let them have peace and serenity in knowing you are in the most beautiful place one can be and in knowing they will one day be with you.

Molly O'Leary   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It is as if Mickey Mouse died.

It is as if Batman died.

It is as if Superman died.

Peter Pan died.

I grew up watching and listening to Michael Jackson sing and perform. I gave my son my Thriller Album. We'll listen to it this weekend at his house to remember his incredible talent. I have been listening to his music on the radio, Power 88 in Las Vegas devoted last night and today to MJ.

Drug companies create pain medications that kill the living, not ease the dying. I believe this lost life is worth confronting this critical issue. It is no mystery, he had problems that he tried to ease with drugs. I understand that. I feel he left us prematurely. I was so hoping I would hear more creative music and see him live.

Won't happen.

Elizabeth   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I believe Larry King needs to let the audience know that Deepak has Michael in his best interest. Deepak is trying to make the audience aware of the overwhelming prescription drug abuse that occurs in the United States and around the world. He was trying to make everyone aware of the help Michael needed and wanted from his family and friends.

cindy lipscomb   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

lets not forget Michael Jackson was the greatest humanitarian in the entire world when he have a lot of money.we should always cherish the time and the food he donated to feed the hungry kids.Michaels legacy will leave on forever and will never be forgotten.No one can ever do what Michael have done for the entire world.God took you away so soon because you did enough. Thank you Michael from the bottom of our hearts.Now no more accusation cause you are now resting peasfully in heaven.You rock the worlds world.

You will be forever in hearts
Cindy of Temecula Ca

Tania   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I was born in only 1987, but as I was growing up Michael Jackson was on MTV while my mother was folding laundry – I would dance to the videos for "Black or White" and especially "Remember the Time." That is a huge HUGE thing that I remember from my childhood. I couldn't erase it if I tried. Michael Jackson was definitely a huge part of my decision to become a music major in college. I just graduated with my music ed degree in May of '09, and I plan to teach music in a K-12 setting, with the King behind everything that I do, the reason I love music.
I KNOW he was acquitted of his "crimes," but even if I didn't know that.. I can't deny his skill, talent, ability, heart, among other things – and neither can the rest of the world. No matter how much they try, it cannot be denied.

sassishasta   June 26th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

i am a 61 yr old grandma, but well remember when MJ started singing. I had never been exposed to black people, so had no opinion, being raised in so. california at that time, and in church schools, so was quite sheltered. I fell in love with MJ thru his music, as i was a typical teenager, but as the years have gone by, have continued to love his music. and dance. MJ had a style of his own.
But i firmly believe that through his music and his dance, he helped to bridge the gap between whites and african americans.
I know he did for me..His personal life was of no concern to me, as his music and dance was what i felt were bridging the gap. He was and will be in everyones lifes, in history forever. I pray he is in God's arms being comforted and loved as he deserves.

Shirley Nash   June 26th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I am so very sorry Michael is gone...I pray he is rest ing with peace and knows about the love he is being shown. He so deserves it. My prayers are with his loved ones. Shirley Nash

Denise   June 26th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Michael Jackson is a true legend. He was an incredibly singer and dancer and all around entertainer. I grew up with Michael ( I am 52) and always was a fan. I believe Michael was a tortured soul who lived a very lonely and unhappy life. I do not believe he molested anyone. He was truly a kind soul who helped many and who just wanted to be loved. I believe he is now with God and finally at peace. No one can hurt him again. He finally can be happy. I hope he is remembered for all the good things he has accomplished. My deepest sympathy to Michaels children, his parents, his siblings as well as his true friends.

I would also like to extend my deepest sympathy to Farrah Fawcetts family and Ryan O'Neil. She fought so hard and suffered so much. I know now she is free of pain and finally at peace. Farrah will never be forgotten.

Paulette Shaw   June 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I just wanted to say how Michael impacted my whole families life. I am 5 years older than Michael was and I remember seeing that adorable little 11 year old. I have two daughters that are in there 30's and they used to play Michael Jackson with there friends; one would be Tito and someone would be Michael; I had to buy them his albums that I enjoyed too. He was a fabulous talent and there will never be anyone like him ! My heart goes out to his children and his family ; he will be truely missed; but his music will go on forever! I wish people would just stop talking about the drugs and all the negative and finally give him some peace! He is truely in a better place; he is not in pain anymore. May he rest in peace.

Dustin   June 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I was born in 1976 and I can remember watching thriller, beat it, billy Jean and so many others. Michael Jackson was truely a musical Icon that had reached many people have said so many negative things about him, lets remember the World relief that He helped with, and Ryan White who was a child with Aids, who live in my state of Indiana. His legacy isn't gone, but forever runs deep in the hearts of so many like him. For in a way He is the Elvis Presley of my generation. There is a club that only plays eights music, and when people hear beat it, or thriller the floor gets packed.... I believe that his legacy will live on in the hearts of his fans and the fans to come.... and in his children!
May God over look the Jackson family and be with them in their time of sadness.May He comfort them by embracing them for the joy that He was allowed to give to others on this earth, and may his children grow up to carry on a legacy that was so short and filled with so much promise.

Graci   June 26th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Michael Jackson is the reason so many people love music. He influenced several generations of artists all around the world. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to grow up listening to his music and watching the incredible entertainment he provided. His music makes me dance and gives me so many happy memories. I can't believe he's gone. It's so so sad to know that the most talented man on earth is gone. God bless his children and family. The world will never forget him. We love you forever Michael!

Ozo   June 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I agree with usher, this is not the time to talk about his addiction and troubles. this man was pushed to all these extremes because he was not given any chance/ privacy all his life. we all owe it to his children to let him be. let his children have normal life. the media killed him. they dont want him to rest in peace. that is so sad.

Natasha   June 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

The world had lost a true icon. There is and will always be only one Michael Jackson. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Although gone, he will never be forgotten. I pray Michael finally finds the peace he so deserved. R.I.P.

I love you always! Natasha

dianne williams   June 26th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I've always admired Michael Jackson's genius & enjoyed the fact we shared the same birthdate. Watching him perform, the music, the dance, flawless, mesmerizing, phenomenal. I am in shock at his death. My heart is heavy. I am angry that this tragedy could likely be from "legally prescribed" drugs, bad advice, users. We as fans & admirers elevate our idols to an impossible pinnacle & then allow them to be destroyed. I have never believed for one moment that he was ever guilty of the accusations made in recent years. This wonderful man was never allowed the childhood that the rest of us had & take for granted. He was sad & longed for what he was denied. I believe his enjoyment of children was never anything improper. Now, we should focus on celebrating his talent, his genius, his impact on the entertainment world & on our otherwise mundane lives. I am just plain sad. RIP, dear Michael.

Zoe (Philippines)   June 26th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I am a fan of Michael Jackson.
He is a great man... A great person. He inspired a nation and perhaps the whole world with his Love, class and humility. He will never be forgotten as he lies in our hearts. The people of the world (paparazzi, news) need to give Michael’s family comfort instead of causing discomfort. This man deserves to lay in peace. Even those allegations can't destroy the legacy that will forever be that of the King of Pop.
I pray for his eternal repose and my prayers go out to his children and family.
Rest in Peace Michael Jackson.

S. Fisher   June 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Back when my child was in middle school, and was being bullied, I pointed him towards "Beat it" by Michael Jackson. It seemed to be saying to "walk away from trouble" and to be above fighting. Anyway, I know it helped my child to not be intimidated by the schoolyard bullies. And having someone as "cool" as MJ singing these words made a big impression.

Patty Konstant   June 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Goodnight sweet Michael...Thank you for all your inspirational music and the way you could entertain the world with your gifted dance moves and that soulful and powerful voice you gave us over the last 25 years. Thank you for taking care of our children out there who needed the love and support that they may have not received at home. I grew up with you for the last 20 years with posters, albums and pillows all around my room...I love you Micheal, may you rest in peace, you will now be with the angels...say "hello" to princess Diana...My deepest sympathy goes to your children, family and friends. You will be missed by millions..You will live on forever!!!!

Vince   June 26th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Michael Jackson. The best entertainer of all time!

Its unfortunate, that while he was living many ridiculed him, distanced themselves from him, but now in death, these same people now come to finally understand his genius and respect him.

As a true friend of his, that he has never met, I want to thank him, for providing me with exciting memories growing up, and leaving us with true great entertainment and music.

Yesterday, the music really did die.

Nicola   June 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I was in complete shock and devastated over the passing of “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson. I cannot seem to stop crying. He was a musical genius and there will be no other performer like him. The world has suffered a tremendous loss and my though and prayers are going out to his three children and the entire Jackson family. May they find solace in knowing that Michael is in a better place where there is no more pain and suffering.

Michael Jackson “You Rocked My World”.
Rest In Peace With Your Father and The Angels In Heaven!
Devoted Fan

Teresa B; Lehi, Utah   June 26th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Michael Jackson's music bridged the gap between Whites' and African Americans' stereotypical music. People of all ethnic backgrounds enjoyed his music!

Crystle   June 26th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

God must have needed another angel...Michael was a talented, special entertainer & a very special person, I think he cared alot about people, especially kids. I think he wanted kids to have a happy moment in their childhood that they will always remember, because he missed out on so much in his childhood, he was a kid at heart even at the age of 50..your mind never gets old only your body. Michael you will be missed so much by people who really understand what kind of person you were.You will now be entertaining the highest power of all & getting what you didn't get while you were down here...PEACE!!!! my friend...R.I.P.

Cindee   June 26th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I wanted to join the rest of the world and comment on Michael Jackson's recent death. My thoughts and prayers go out to his children and his family at this difficult time as Michael Jackson was always my hero and I never for once have listened to the media as people can be very cruel? I have listened to the news non stop about this and have learned alot more about Michael and wish that I could have one day seen him in concert, but that will never be now as the pop icon has returned home to live a peaceful life, and can teach above. I think that Usher has the most class as to it doesn't matter what Michael did, how he lived and what fantasy's he had as he lived in all of our lives in this world and will carry on forever. I just pray for all he has left behind as I know that I didn't even know him except thru his music and dance, and I myself will miss him and his amazing ways with music. I can honestly say that there will never be another Michael Jackson? I hope that the world be alittle considerate of his children and family and not say nasty things that hurt, as Michael was a father, son, brother, uncle and most of all the biggest icon ever in pop music, and no one will ever fill his shoes and in my mind no one should ever try as they will look pretty silly. My prayers to all his family and friends, and may Michael rock the heavens above and continue his life journey thru the music.

Shannon   June 26th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I don't really know what to say.... I've been in shock and devistated for the last 24 + hours.

I have always had a great love for musicians... those who are part of my generation and before...

Michael Jackson is the voice of my generation... I live just outside of Detroit– The home of Motown..

Michael was the person that showed me that there is a difference between performer and entertainer.

I saw Michael and his brothers perform during the Victory Tour in 1984. That performance was absolutely awesome.

Michael Jackson is an all around entertainer.. Singer, Dancer, Actor, Songwriter and Humanitarian.

Rest In Peace

Francesca   June 26th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

My son Joel is a 34 year old developmentally disabled person who has a limited distinguishable vocabulary.
One of Joel's clearest words is MICHAEL! And he said it upon hearing Michael Jackson singing. No matter where we are or what we are doing if MJ's music can be heard Joel "sings" along and lets everyone within earshot know who is singing! Thank you Michael for moving my son's spirit to speak your name and "sing" along. It will always be the sweetest sound that I will ever hear!
God Bless the Jackson Family.

Alicia B   June 26th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I remembered when my brothers, cousins and I would watch the Jackson 5 shows and the next day we'd play their albums and lip sync "ABC" and my oldest brother, alex, would try to get Michael's every dance move down. We all grew up listening to the Jackson 5's , Jermain Jackson, Reebie Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Janet Jackson and of course the "King of Pop": Michael Jackson. I also remembered I used to sneak into my brothers room and always wanted to listen to whatever new album he had of of Michael Jackson and believe me my brother has all of his albums.

I can't belive he is gone. For now I hope people will understand and respect the music, the art, and the man who only wanted peace and happiness for all through his eyes and through his lifetime achievements. Everybody should know they all have Michael Jackson's soul in them now. He's everywhere and more then ever in our dreams and now he is home in his Neverland. He did more than touched our souls he whispered in our hearts. I always thought Peter Pan could never die. I will miss the Man in the Mirror who was a Thriller world-wide. Please let go of the hate and lets long live his legacy as he is a Legend. God Bless with Much Love and Prayers to his beautiful children and The Jackson Family .

Tracey   June 26th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I want to give my condolences to his mother and father, his children especially, and all his brothers and sisters. I am so sorry that they will not really get to know how great there father was, and unfortunately they will see how much his father were loved by his death.

He was the greatest entertainer of all times and there will never be anyone like him every again.

I loved Michael Jackson unconditionally. People always tried to bring him down and it finally wore him down. He always wanted to please his fans and he never let us down but at what cost. But to all of us that stood by Michael Jackson thru thick and then thank you we are true fans. He will never ever be forgotten.

I wish that I could have held him when he needed a hug when he just needed a friend, I wish that I could hold his children, I wish I could hold his mother and father and just pray with the family because it seem like we lost a brother. I have been crying for my brother because he has never hurt a sole he has only given love.

He was a good brother he's tired now.

Michael it is time for you to lay down and get some sleep.

Mary Anne   June 26th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

It is so good to hear people like Chopra who are willing to be truthful enough about Michael. After Ledger and others, it is time to expose what is too often happening not only with celebrities but with so many people in the general population. People need to become aware of the potential problems and consequences as a result of drug abuse that is condoned and perpetuated even though it is legal and available. Michael's friends and family want to negate this issue. But if it is exposed for what it is, might assist others who are on the same path or might be about to embark on that path. Chopra should be given an entire hour. This is an individual who can speak in such a way to help people to "get it". I had a frien who died at age 48 the same way.

DEE   June 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET








Margaret White   June 26th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Michael is only 6 years older than me. From the first recollection I have of music playing in my house, I recall the Jackson 5. We will never forget Michael Jackson, nor the last time we saw HIM, or heard HIS voice in song. Michael is only 6 years older than me. From my first recollection I have of music playing in my house, I recall the Jackson 5. I grew up with Michael and the Jackson 5. I am so sad and hurt. I don't know what to do with all the sadness. Michael is like the family. I mourn for Michael in the same way I mourn for beloved members of my family when they have passed on.

Michael annouced HIS Final curtain call to the world on the eve of his upcoming touring. Sadly the the curtain came down sooner than expected. HIS passing has touch so many of us. It personally leaves with a void in my heart. His music inspires so many of us. And if we take the time to reflect on what his talents have given each of us, we will begin to make a change. Take a look in the mirror and in Micheal's honor vow to make a change for the better.

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take a look at Yourself, And
Then Make a Change.

When one dies, and are in heaven, and looks back on his/her earthly life, it is my prayer that he/she will not see the life he/she left behind as a vigorous battlefield from which we have retired from; we shall view it as an insubstantial dream from which we have happily awoken from in the presently of the Almighty GOD . Michael Jackson is happy now. He is at peace, and finally his body, mind, heart, and soul can rest. He will be with us always through his music. And we must learn from his life that we must be there for each other. May God Bless You, and keep you in his eternal grace.

My prayers go out to all members of the family of Michael Jackson.

DANA   June 26th, 2009 10:21 pm ET


Madelline Berrios   June 26th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Coming from Puerto Rico in1981, I learned to see the two sides of this country (United States). One that will give you many opportunities to succeed if it can make money out of you. Then the other that will step all over you if you fail. I had seen the different ways Michael was treated and Im so proud of him. Everything happens for a reason,today HEAVEN has stopped... God Almighty is receiving Michael with open arms.

Sarah Riaz   June 26th, 2009 10:23 pm ET


tnequa watkins   June 26th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

he is yet still alive i was texted by someone on the other side of the world saying he died and it had to be true so i fliped channel and yes he was dead. i believe he wants the world to dance and sing to his music for the rest of the time.every since i could talk i've been his fan now fourteen i wish he wouldn't have died.the worlds living breathing boom nox to pop is gone. i luv him and his famliy s much and im celcbrating too.can yall interview salsbury we really don't get big attension. we would love to share our thoughts of his sudden death.i am sad for those who accused him even though he loved kids. micheal jackson my idol the worlds idol is still trying to change the world.his money drought will be paid off due to fans sudden rush to donate and buy his yall to death.

Martin   June 26th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

In my opinion Michael Jackson deserves a state funeral. I don't know if his family would agree to such a thing. Somehow I feel they would not. But, someone of his caliber certainly deserves it. The public needs to have the opportunity pay tribute and honour this very special person. I don't this anyone alive right now will ever witness such an amazing talent. Michael was born to entertain. It's as if the Almighty created him on purpose and put him on this earth. I respect the family's privacy, however if they simply have a small private funeral, then it's as if he's being swept into history without be given the proper honour. Presidents get state funerals, and the majority of them deserve it far less that Michael Jackson. I doubt the U.S. public would disagree with having their tax dollars spent on an elaborate state funeral for this man. They would certainly be very grateful to the Jackson family if it was allowed. After the funeral, the public could have big parties all over and celebrate Michael Jackson.

Peter F.   June 26th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

What could I say about Michael Jackson? Well, I would't call me a fan. But for sure, I liked his music even though I prefer true heavy metal. How does this match? It´s pretty simple: THIS was Michael Jackson. He was the one who made black meet white, night meet day, rain meet sun! And what is the result if it's raining and the sun breaks through the clouds? You'll see a rainbow. Michael Jackson made cultural or racial differences completely irrelevant. To me, he wasn't black or whatever. He was like the rainbow. And every time, I see a rainbow, I'll think of him.

He presented joyousness as a gift to all of us. But what about him? When I hear the talkings about his childhood, "Thriller" tell's a completely different story to me. He's behavior becomes totally explainable. The vision of Neverland becomes clear...

And the only thing, I'd like to ask all the people who surrounded him is: WHY? Michael Jackson spent joy to to the world. And what did he receive?

Now, Michael Jackson now may be in a better place.

May your soul rest in peace, my prayers are with you, Michael...

DANI   June 26th, 2009 10:48 pm ET


Michelle Bernard   June 26th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

I am very sad about Michael Jackson, I grew up with him he has written the soundtrack to my life.

I think that as a tribute to Michael, his friends and family in the entertainment industry should perform the concerts in London so that his fans can still see a concert with his music and the world can celebrate his life. What a wonderful concert that would be you could have Janet and the Jackson Brothers, Smokey, Diana Ross, Madonna, Usher, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Cher, It would be the best concert and televised world wide with all Michael songs. Just a thought!!! put it out there!

denise   June 26th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

I didn't like how the show kinda Ganged up on Deepak Chopra. He was only trying to tell the Truth! He wasn't trying to be "negative" about Michael Jackson but others seemed to try to Change the Subject which is exactly what Michael Jackson did when confronted with the allegation that he was abusing Precription Drugs. He has "Gone Too Soon" RIP Michael Jackson!

Chandra   June 26th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

My question is where were all of these celebrities when Michael Jackson was going through his molestation trial. With the exception of Liz Taylor and his family I don't remember anybody speaking on his behalf then.

Greg, Toronto   June 26th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

I totally agree with Chandra, with the exception of Liz Taylor and MJ's family. Where were you than? now everyone is coming out of the woodwork in HollyWood under the false protective cloth now that he has passed on. Oh now it is okay to speak up for Michael!!! MJ said it he was so hurt! and let down! by those that he thought were his friends! AND you know who you are! and you have nerve to step up now and give him praise! Well the truth will come out about who was there for him and who turned there backs on him when he needed YOU! SHAME

Karen   June 26th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Larry I thought you were very rude to Usher, it seemed as if there was something you didnt want to hear then you interrupted him, everyone loves Michael and is stunned by his death but if you are going to have guests to come in and talk then you should let them speak.

RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ   June 26th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

When I was 11 I fell in love with Michael Jackson. I use to go in the kitchen and dance in the dark. Once I heard a creak from the hall way I would stop and hide. I come from a big family so I'm sure someone was watching somewhere. But at the time I was to young to notice. I never danced in front of anyone. I use to stay in my tiny bedroom and dance and just dream about meeting Michael. When I finally got enough nerve I entered a school talent show. I hyped myself up by saying "Do it for Michael!! Do it for Michael!!" To a huge surprise everyone liked me and I won first place. After that dancing was the one thing I knew I could do. Anyone who knows me or remembers me will describe me as the girl that LOVED MICHAEL JACKSON. I'm a grown women now and friends and family who heard of this tragic told me that I was the first thing that came to mind, even after all these years. Everyone worried how I would take this...well like losing a family member or losing your true love your soul mate...that is how I'm taking it. The weird thing is that I never met him I did see him in concert but for some reason I have had this huge connection with him...artists and friends of Michael who have shared their pain or their memories of him I sit here with no surprise to what kinda of man he really was. I have always defended him up to this day and I'm sure for days to come. It is sad that people have respect for him now that he is gone then when it meant something, to him, when he was alive. Better late then never...i appreciate all the love he is getting and as a fan it makes you feel good to see people love him the way he deserved. I find it a privilege to have genuinely loved him and even though my heart is in so much sorrow Michael played a huge role in my life more so than anyone I actually knew in "real life". This is all so unreal and i can't grasp that he will never sing us a new song or show us a new dance move. I guess I love him so much he just can't leave the heart. Michael represented so much happiness when I was young. he made you think there wasn't anything that wasn't possible. If you had a dream, you could be whatever it was. As I grew older those dreams faded with lifes ups and down and heartaches. I wish I could go back to those days when I first fell in love with him when times were peaceful and the future was bright, so much hope, so many dreams...with all the love that is spreading all over the world for him, it makes me wonder if dreams can still come true? It's strange cause even now at this moment when I feel at my lowest...Michael still inspires me to bring about the dream...maybe one day I can finally pay my respects to Michael and honor him the way I have always imagined. It's kinda crazy when I was born the number one song in the country was "I'll be there". Michael you will always be here...all my love always, Raquel...I will miss you like crazy!

Jeff Eicoff   June 26th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

I grew up listening to MJ's music at age 11. This is another sad day for celebrities who has pressures and people with the right to write perscriptions again dont say get your perscription from your personal doctor. The responsibility of doctors is to use good judgement with there profession to treat the ill but not supply drugs to people who ask for them and be a YES person when they are asked by famous people like Mr. Jackson.


Jeff Eicoff

john scarpulla   June 26th, 2009 11:23 pm ET

first I would like to give my condolence to the Jackson family. Yes Michael will be missed by millions of people, but now is with GOD, and for that we should be happy.
My comment: I heard on the news that the town where Michael was born has asked the Jackson family to consider having him burried there ( which is a nice jesture ). At the same time I was thinking, If the developer who bought the Neverland Ranch offered to sell back Neverland to Mr Jacksons estate then Michael could be buried there. Neverland was Michael Jackson, and like Elvis, turn Neverland into a memorial where visitors could come to visit.
Thank you
john Scarpulla

Carmen   June 26th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

Dear Larry I have to say this is a first for me. I have always sat back and listen to others comments and either agreed or disagreed in silence about what the others had to say, but I felt like this one time I wanted to be the one to say something and what I wanted to say is that Micheal Jackson gave more to us than I think we will ever know. He was such a tortured soul and yet all he wanted to do was give. He was always in the spot light and always judged yet in the end he always gave back no matter how badly he was ridiculed by others, how sad that he felt like he had to leave the country to find some kind of peace only to return home to die. Is that a harsh thing to say, thats what it feels like. Yes he was different but who isn't, that is what makes us unique as humans. We are not the same, yet he touched everyones hearts from all ages to all walks of life. I'm only 4 years younger than Micheal and when I talk to my 16 year old son about the great bands and singers I grew up with like Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey, Kiss etc.... he says who, but when I talk of Micheal Jackson he knows his songs and who he is. How do you say good bye to a man who has done so much good in his short life, who has given so much and as far as I know didn't really ask for much in return except to be accepted by all. Almost always trying tp prove himself. I don't think that Micheal even grasp how wonderful, how talented, and how gifted he really was. Thank God for giving us Micheal Jackson, for all his songs that touched our hearts, for the joy we felt when we watched him perform, and for the love that he tried so hard to give to everyone. I don't know if you will even see or read this letter, but if you do thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I am sure that I am one of many of thousands who have written to you. I pray with all my heart that Micheal will finally find peace and happiness, just like the happiness and peace he gave to us with his songs and performances. He truly will be one of the greatest performers of all time. Sincerely Carmen

RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ   June 26th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I am so sick of people cutting Michael down! Let him rest in peace. He never did what people accused him of. It was all for money. People! How simple is that to understand? I don't have kids but if someone touched my child money would never be an option to make wrong right. It was all about the money he was the richest man out there and they took everything away from him. He adored and loved children and protected so many children that had nothing. His life was about music, dance, children, his kids and love. He gave everything he had to everyone what more is there to take?? Leave him alone and respect him for the man that he really was. A good, loving, and kind human being that had talent that we will never see again. MICHAEL WE LOVE YOU!

denise   June 26th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

It is so sad that Michael Jackson cannot be here to see and feel all of this outpouring of love and compassion for him as an Artist and as a Human Being. Maybe this could of saved him! We Love You Michael!

Lynn G. Hermitage, TN   June 27th, 2009 12:09 am ET

I am one a baby boomer (50). I picked up my 12 yr. old son from camp and sat in my driveway in the car today blasting Michael Jackson singing lead on the Jackson 5 song, ABC. My son watched me go from “Mom” to a rockin' mama; bouncing and singing along with the radio. And guess what? My son joined in and we sang and danced together (and he even knew all the words)! I don’t want to ever loose the feeling I shared with my son today. That is the only time since learning of Michael’s death that I had tears in my eyes.

Lyne and Mario from Quebec, Canada   June 27th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Great tribute to our King of PoP please accept our thanks

I'm writing to you Larry still in total disbelieved, and disserray. I grew up with Michael as well as so many of our family and friends. I also grew up in a violente family invirement when I had to be a perfectionnist to prove the world I could do it. pretty much the same as Michael, he has been an iccon in the musical industry. He has never had a childhood forced to performed his childhood was stolen from him. The world was so jugmental critisizing every single moves and words while interviewed.
To me Celine Dion would have not made it if it hadn't for Rene coaching her teaching her how to make to right moves where as Michael was all alone as his song portrait him. No one coaching him, leeches using their kids to make false accusations knowing how frail and afraid of court Michael was and the fact that he would do just about anything to stay out of court. he'd settle with just about any amount not to throw his name in the mood. Michael has always been innocent he did'nt have to prove it to his fans. I also believe that he was still a virgent cacause he idolised wemans around him that I found him incapable to touch woman that way. HE WAS AN ANGEL, HE WAS PURE AT HEART AND SOAL, HE E WAS KIND AND GENTLE, TO IT'S PUREST FORM HE WOULD HAVE GAVE HIS LIFE TO SAVE A CHILD... NEVER LAND AND HIS FONDATION ARE SOAL PROOF OF IT. MICHAEL WILL NEVER DIE, HE WILL LIVE ON FOR EVER.

HE is the missing link he is the only one who has bridge all generations, color and races in the name of music and love
he has done nothing but good in his life and deserves STATES FUNERAL LIKE LADY DIANA , as far as I'm concerned he was murdered by his doctors who should have helped him teach him how to live with chronic pain without narcotiscs.. i ALSO HAD A PAINFULL CHILDHOOD AND I AM PRESCRIBED AN OBSENE AMOUNT OF NARCOTICS AND IT SCARES ME TO DEATH THAT ONE DAY MY HEARTH WILL STOP LIKE HIS. tHERE IS A LOT THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE FOR STARTER ACCEPTANCE AND TO STOP GUGING IT'S PLAIN

Vickie O.   June 27th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I would like to hear from Tatum O'neal. She had a relationship with Michael Jackson AND Farrah.

cc smith   June 27th, 2009 12:44 am ET

My prayers go out to the Jackson Family. I've been a fan of the Jackson's since I was a kid and I introduced their music to my kids. One man Michael Jackson touched everyone around the world. But the thing that is most sad is that other countries embraced him as the icon that he is but our own country the United States did more harm to him than good. They tore him down mentally with all the stories and allegations trying to taint his image. The United States see that he was loved by the world it doesn't matter if he was black or white. Now Leave him alone at peace!

Whitney   June 27th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Michael Jackson was the first person I saw when I was born. He was the first person I listened to when I was born. My well-being, my imagination, my love for music and art, and self expression was becuase of Michael. He changed my life and hold mold me to be the strong-willed, determined, loving, generous, black woman that I am today.

When he died, I died, I cried for hours, I don't think I will ever be able t cope with his death. But, I believe with all my heart that Michael is dancing in God's grace right now in golden socks. I love you, Michael, my love.

CCG   June 27th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I remember being 11 years old and being so capitivated by Michael Jackson. All the posters, the silk screen on my wall. He had such a great spirit and brought the world so much love. He is and will be missed greatly! We love you Michael. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to this world and all the love you offered unconditionally.

Candy   June 27th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I'm still in shock. I remember my Mom being upset losing artists and celebrities from her generation when I was younger and thinking my icons, Michael Jackson, will live forever. Unfortunately life does not allow us to live forever physically , but we can allow Michael to live forever in our hearts through his music and various contributions. We should only feel honored and privileged that we were able to witness one of the GREATEST performers of all time. We will miss you dearly Michael. We love you.

Patty Boyle Delaware   June 27th, 2009 12:51 am ET

MJ was the fun in my growing into an adult, his music was the part of
many a party that Ime and my friends shared, and loved to sing and dance. I feel like I've lost something, maybe part of my memories has
just lost the heart beat. My favorite song was "You are not alone", it
bought me thru a time after I lost my dad, and personal private things I lost. I'd hear this song, and it gave me this spirit to keep going. But that's just one song. I hope MJ's kids, family and friends know how lucky they were to have him in their life. We've lost a legend, someone who just wanted love in his life, and take care of those he could.

TERRY LONG   June 27th, 2009 12:51 am ET


M Phelps   June 27th, 2009 12:51 am ET

M.J did what few people are able to do, and that was bought all people together, all creeds, and colors. He was loved by all ages. It is a sad time for us all, more so for his family. But for what it's worth w we wanted M.J here for his music. But GOD wanted him More. Let his music play on for us. NOw he makes music for GOD.

Donna H G   June 27th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I was glad to hear Deepak Chopra say what needed to be said..the "enablers" are to blame...for the drugs, excessive was not being negative, it was necessarily's a shame that an already sensitive, fragile person was surrounded by people that did not his best interests at heart.

Rey   June 27th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Even before We Are The World, the Thriller album I think, was the definitive music album that introduced American music to the entire world! People and children in Africa, knew very few words in English, but they knew Michael Jackson! The worldwide impact of Michael Jackson could not be matched anytime in history. He was the true definition of a World Ambassador.

Lori Farlekas   June 27th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Michael Jackson was an icon and changed the world with his music and dancing...I wish everyone would remember him that way...and stop talking about his controversal past...we should focus now on all the good things that he has done for everyone...we need to support his family...and his family would appreciate it...i was a fan of Michael's since i was a kid...i will miss him but i know he is singing with the angels now...God Bless Him and his family

Jennifer Hewitt   June 27th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I believe that beautiful bright light that was Michael Jackson, is now at peace, no one can hurt him anymore. He gave the world his heart and never less, and in return we called him a freak, i think we do not mourn for him for missing him, but for our own selfish reason. However he is now enveloped in glorious light and happy!

Diane Cannon   June 27th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I would like to say that Micheal Jackson will be missed, I grew up with his music and love all his music and those moves. No one will be able to replace him, My prayers go out to his family.

Christine   June 27th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Michael Jackson to me the most fabulous entertainer of our lifetime.
I don't think there will ever be another artist like him. Unfortunately he was used by many people in the industry. He was also persecuted for his love of children. He never had a "normal" child hood and he felt so much admiration and love with children. Those who accused him of being a pedifile is so untrue all they wanted was money. I know if it was true and it was my child, no money in the world would make it better.
I am now 48 and I was fortunate enough to meet Michael on June 10, 1977 when I was 15 in a Hallmark card store in NYC, right before The Wall came out. He was the most kind and sweetest person, he even asked me to be in the photo with him (I would love to send this to you but you do not have an attachment).
Michael spoke to others through his music. As soon as you hear his music you just feel happy all over, not many artists effect people in the way Michael Jackson did. He touched your heart, and may his soul rest in peace.

Mandy   June 27th, 2009 12:57 am ET

he meant a lot to one of my special adults that i work with and i like dancing to his music. he will be in my prayers always and my heart goes out to the family for the loss of the king of pop. I will always listen to Beat It when i am in the mood to dance.

Neal Verwys   June 27th, 2009 12:58 am ET

Michael....... You stopped before we got enough. God be with you and your family. Neal (Las Vegas)

Lisa Homer   June 27th, 2009 12:58 am ET

I would just like to say that I give my deepest sympathy to the Jackson family, and friends, especially his children. He was a great icon and I loved him and his music. I grew up with him and his music and I will always have fond memories of him. He was one great man with some out of this world talent and he will be sadly missed. My prayers are with him and his family. May he rest in peace.
I love ya Michael!!!! Thanks for all you contributed to this world.

Lisa Homer
Avon, NY

Cina   June 27th, 2009 12:58 am ET

R.I.P Michael Jackson

It doesn’t matter if you were black or white
You will be in our hearts as it has always been.
I hope you have found the peace that you were looking for
Leaving behind the craziness of the world.

I bow my head to you in sadness
I cry the lost of you in a state of mournfulness.
Drops of tears are falling from the sky
The world stands in commotion and cry
We will miss you so.

You were special all the way
On your craziness and kindness
Everything has its own purpose to be so
Pointless is to point fingers
When we all have our own sins.

It doesn’t matter if you were black or white
Like tattooed or pierced people,
Gays or lesbians,
We are all made the same
With a heart and a soul to explore
And a body to adorn.

We love you Michael! I love you!
You Rock the World!
We will miss you so!

Rusty Rucker   June 27th, 2009 12:59 am ET

What he meant to me could be summarized in one word....'LOVE'!

I was thinking what could God have wanted with Michael Jackson now? Could it have been to send a message/reminder to us all that our time on this earth is not known, but while we’re here we need to LOVE and not hate? The reason to love this man is given…but the shear hate of this man (witnessed on media outlets and even amongst my Facebook friends is appalling and very upsetting. I can’t believe (well …yes I can…considering all the hate and exploitation going around in this world) that upon this man’s death that people are still focused on “skin color, surgeries, legal charges, financial situation, etc… No one is perfect! His physical self is no longer with us…so why is any of that still relevant? MJ brought, displayed, and shared love through his music and rare interviews. He was an innovator…a son, brother, uncle, father and God’s child…who in my opinion was and will always be an epitome of LOVE. When will people decide to focus on God’s real gift to us all…love.

ciana   June 27th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I have been on just about every site, and i will say that some of you are sooooooooo cruel. Of all of the comments i've seen, none have touched me and REALLY expressed how i felt, untill i read Ms. Lindy Cordice. WELL WRITTEN! Stop being judgemental people. He was HUMAN like you and i. Rest in peace Michael Jackson. Your love was unconditional and i strive to be as beautiful and human like you.

bren   June 27th, 2009 1:00 am ET

We've now had two full days and nights of CNN's coverage of Michael Jackson's death, and surely that is enough! I personally can't wait for the network to get back to reporting on what is going on around the world where far more important and troubling events are occurring than the death of one singer no matter how talented me may have been. If this continues I'll have to resort to watching the sports channel god forbid!

Dawn   June 27th, 2009 1:06 am ET

June 27th, 2009 12:25 am ET

Like much of the world I have been a huge fan of Michael Jackson my whole life. I heard of the news and actually received condolence phone calls from people who have known me for the last 20 years who just knew this would affect me. I spent a large part of the day and still am watching the coverage that the media is offering. I have to say , much like when Michael was with us, the media just won’t let up on this man. I am increasingly noticing that friends of Michael’s who have known hum such as Liza Minelli and Usher actually have the tone of disgust that I think alot of Michael’s loyal fans do. We heard enough about the dramatic circumstances and allegations and negativity that had been placed on him when it happened. This is not a time for that. I feel that all of the media outlets are just doing what has been done to him forever and riding the coat tails of this tragedy as a ratings boost and a competition between the news networks and talk shows. Who can get the best scoop… who can get the best guests… and lets not forget the pitiful photo that was shown of Michael’s last moments. I don’t think it is right to have anchors and reporters talk of the respect they have for him and how he was a part of all of some of anyone one of your or my joyful life experiences..yet be a part of such a display of disrespect. And I also don’t understand why every news outlet seems to be pulling people out of Michael’s life who haven’t seen or spoken to him in years. I can see individuals like Barry Gordy, who had a direct impact on his future..But Cory Feldman? He hasn’t spoken to the man in 9 years.. If you died would you want someone who has no idea who you even are anymore to go on national television and tell the world their opinion? It just seems that although there are many tributes being done..that all of the media…unfortunately CNN not excluded, is continuing the same behavior in putting Michael Jackson under such a critical microscope…. that has apparently ultimately led to his death. And although I appreciate updates out of my concern and due to mourning… it angers me that you all still only seem to be concerned about the personal gains of your networks. It’s like what I am sure all of our Mom”s said as we were growing up…..”If you have nothing good to say.. then say nothing at all.”

Lucile Owens   June 27th, 2009 1:06 am ET

Michael meant the world to me. I've followed his music for over 40 years. Since I'm only one year older than him. I remember having
the Jackson 5 posters and loving their cartoon show. Also watching them sing on The Ed Suffivan Show.

So, people of this world, if you have one part of care in your heart,
then you will focus on the love of this great man and his music.

I agree with Usher, we don't wanna hear the negative things.

There are a lot of people who really have not really been true to
Michael. In spite of that, he is still loved and will always be remembered. We will cherish his memory through his music.

Lisa Homer   June 27th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Larry, I would also like to add that I hope this doctor and whoever else enabled him gets what is coming to him. What kind of doctor doesn't know CPR isn't done on a hard surface, and I agree where was his NARCAN. He needs to do some time in prison and lose his license to practice. Please I hope the coroner does Michael well in his investigation. This hurts really bad. But I will continue to pray for his soul and his mourning family and friends.

Lisa Homer
Avon, NY

Terry Stalkfleet   June 27th, 2009 1:09 am ET

I' am very sad to here about Mr. Jackson. But I am most sicken about society and there holy than tho comments. Mr Jackson has come a long way. He has done well for him self and for the children. And I think the media need to find something more creative to write about. And most of all it is hard to be someone who is famous, with out all the not so needed dredged up crap, just to see who can make the most money off of any performer. What they don't realize is the damage they cause the family's, of the deceased. To the family of Mr. Jackson I am so sorry for your loss. You may not see right now but things will get better and there is many who hold you all close in the heart, and you will be on the minds of many for years to come. GOD BLESS YOU ALL and keep you safe.

Richard   June 27th, 2009 1:10 am ET

I grew up during the same time as Michael Jackson, but did not care about his music. But I do recognize him as loved person by many. So Mr. Larry King, I think it is in very poor taste to have Jackson’s best friends sitting their on your live show while you have some Meditation Doctor make unconfirmed claims about drug use. To me, that is just wrong. Why don’t we have the next show of Larry King Live talk about your wife entering rehab for addiction to painkiller. That should make for an interesting show.

Sharon Broughton   June 27th, 2009 1:10 am ET

I would like to thank God for Usher and Liza for standing up for Michael Jackson! He is gone now and to focus on the negativity is simply ludacris!! Michael has touched so many lives and to talk about addiction, drugs, and whatever else is so wasteful! I am 32 years old and I grew up listening to MJ. If anything these people should be more sensitive to MJ's family that is left behind to deal with such an unexpected death. MJ in spite of his faults (nobody's perfect) gave so much of himself. The love that he gave is unspeakable. He taught me in his song "Man in the Mirror", that to change, I first need to start with myself. Judge me first! I say to the people who are focusing on the bad instead of the great things that he did, JUDGE YOURSELF FIRST! THE NEXT TIME YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, ASK YOURSELF WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP SOMEONE, BE AN EXAMPLE FOR SOMEONE, OR WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?? SHAME ON THE ONES TRYING TO MAKE THE MEMORY OF MJ SO DARK!! MICHAEL HAS HIS "ANGEL WINGS" SO HOW ABOUT YOU WORK ON GETTING YOURS!!! MAY GOD BESTOW PEACE UPON THE JACKSON FAMILY. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL JACKSON. GONE, BUT YOU WON'T BE FORGOTTEN......

Christine Kastanos from NY   June 27th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I wish that this out pour of support was shown when he was still alive and I wish so much that he knew how many people truly cared and loved him. His songs and performances will be embedded in his fans minds and hearts forever. May you rest in peace MJ! and may your music "Heal the world".

Kira W   June 27th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I just wanted the family of Michael to know that they are in my thoughts & prayers! I am 26 years old! I always wanted to see him or meet him. I thought he was a great performer, and he will truly be missed! May God be with him and his family through this time of mourning, and may they have the respect as you or anyone else would want for their loved one!

May god bless you all!

sean   June 27th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Michael Jackson committed suicide.
In the end he was a failure.

Sara   June 27th, 2009 1:16 am ET

I just wanted to say that it's a truly huge loss that Michael Jackson isn't with us any longer. He was an amazing entertainer and a Phenomenal performer. I will miss him. I enjoyed his music and his videos and I'm saddened that there will be no comeback now. My Deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Pop Music won't be the same without Michael Jackson.

LaWanda   June 27th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Hi Larry,
You are just great, Thank you for all that you do and the guest you have on your show!!
You know, I cant think of a favorite song of Mlcheal's, all of them were just "Great", he's the Amadeus of our century, a little boy who came with a gift, and left us all with beautiful"Presents," "Him", he now has his Wings..
Thank you. May Peace Be With His Family and his oh so beautiful children..


Melanie   June 27th, 2009 1:22 am ET

I am a nobody, but if there is anyone who can do this request it is you. MJ was planning a concert for us. May I suggest a world wide concert for him. One date, one time, one song “We Are The World”. Just as we do on New Years Eve. Brodcast around the world. Many of us would have loved to see him in London, now the whole world can attend.

Larry, could you pass this on to Quincy and all else who reads who can spread the word. I am unable to twitter! 🙁

Sandra   June 27th, 2009 1:27 am ET

Regardless off all the negativity that surrounded Michael Jackson in his life here on earth, there is NO DENYING that he was amazingly talented. His talent was obviously God given. His purpose on earth was to entertain us and he delivered BIG TIME! We love you and we thank you for being a WONDERFUL part of our lives here on earth!

Janet Sombra   June 27th, 2009 1:27 am ET

I still can't believe Michael Jackson is gone.
I'm still in denial and I can't accept the fact that he's completely gone. He was such an incredible artist, and his music and soul touched everyone around the world.
I'm sixteen years old and I have never met Michael in person, I've never been to his concerts but I have listened to his music for many years.
He's an inspiration and such an incredible person with a warm heart, for his family and his fans as well.
I don't believe everything I used to hear about Michael because I think that one has to be in his position and see what he sees. His life wasn't perfect.
I will always cherish all your hard work and I wont ever forget you.
It feels surreal, I can't believe that you're gone.
I can't even imagine what the world would be like now that you're not here, knowing what you could've been as you got older.
People will try to copy your style but there will never be anyone else like you nor can anyone ever replace you.
You weren't one of the greatest ever to live, you ARE the greatest and will always remain as that.
Even though you're gone, the memory of how special you were as an individual will forever remain in my heart.
Your music and spirit will live on forever..
You'll truly be missed and I hope you're resting in peace because you deserve it.


JALAL (Saudi Arabia)   June 27th, 2009 1:28 am ET

I’m so sad for losing such an icon whose music will remain for such a looong period of time. His songs were as a tourch that made people come together.
i’m writting thoes words with eyes fill of tears for loosing my #1 artist, singer, and most of all, the angel of peace. He was as a peace dove that flew all around the world to give us 1 of the most valueable gift ever. He made us believe that music is the tourch which makes people becoming as one. he Broke the Barlin wall that kept people away from each. He broke the wall of race, skin color, language, and religion. His Songs gave us the spirit of life.
As an Arabic young man, I'm sooo proud to be 1 of his biggest fans and will never forgot the inspiration he gave me in many ways. Thanks to him, I learned English which was my key to communicate and understand other's feeling.
I might have a lack of expressing my feelings due the vocabulary, But what i Can say is that few words wont be enough to be wirtten for such an icon. I'm speechless.

Rest In Peace Michael

You Will Be Always in our Hreat

God Bless Your Soul


Brenda Goldsmith   June 27th, 2009 1:29 am ET

Deepak Chopra IS NOT MICHAEL JACKSON'S FRIEND. For him to get on your show with such negative, disrespectful comments is like spitting on Michael's grave. He doesn't belong on CNN, he belongs on Fox News!!! Shame on you Deepak for claiming to be a friend when you are clearly a backstabber. If you were so concerned about Michael abusing drugs, did you report the so called "enablers" to the Medical Board to get their licenses revoked or even investigated. If you thought a child was getting sexually abused would you simply tell the child...I don't think you should allow that to happen to you or would you report it? Strangers report animal cruelty and you didn't report the so called "enablers" to the proper authorites (remember, Michael was your friend) ??? If I can recall-you are in violation of what you swore to do and uphold as a "doctor". Maybe you should be investigated. And, since you did not report the "enablers" – you, too, are an "enabler". SHAME ON YOU. You are not and never were a friend. SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!

Kim Kelley   June 27th, 2009 1:33 am ET

I was one of the many dancers hired by Michael Jackson in the '80s for one of his music videos. He will be greatly missed.

Barbara   June 27th, 2009 1:35 am ET

I was deeply saddened by the terrible news yesterday. Michael Jackson was a true ambassador of good will as he bonded people of all nations no matter what caste, creed or color through his music, dance moves and songs. He will always live on in our hearts and minds. The world has suffered a tremendous loss – may his soul rest in eternal peace with the Lord!

Rosy Zee   June 27th, 2009 1:53 am ET

1. Michael Jackson & Farrah represented a big part of what America was about to me before immigrated to the US. Before I knew English well enough, they brought joy, happiness, beauty, wonder & fun to me.
Not too many people on this earth could bring my spirit up like they have for as long as I could remember.

I am very thankful.

Dacing to Michael's & Jackson 5's songs (& didn't really understand those words), was the best fun, & did that everyday from when I was 10 to 40. I am now 48 working longer & longer hours like most Americans. Going back to it! Not going to let the joy stop now.

2. Selfishly, I feel very sad about their passing, but, then they are now without pain that only human nature could bring to them.

I do have something to say to the folks that have accused Michael Jackson a Child Molester – 'If it ain't true, don't live with it for the rest of your life. Look in the mirror & do the right thing.'

I do also have something to say to the media – 'One of the most important way to bring ethics back to America, is through mass media nowadays. Stop pretending that you do not know the power that you have. It is up to you, should not be up to your shareholders. Look in the mirror & do the right thing."

Let's be human, go back to basic for ourselves, our children & our future. There are so many things that are far more important need fixing. Stop help the spread of actions somehow related to or based on greed. That is making us sick!

3. Michael never knew how WE truly are. He was so curious about us, & he knew he was different, but didn't know how.

The purest of pure creative energy & the ultimate talents were therefore so concentrated.

He enjoyed it & shared it with us. I wish he knew that many of us enjoyed it way more than he, for what he's created were untouchable.

He did not know that since we know we are judged every second of every day by others, & that knowledge basically dictates how we behave & think. We play safe because we can,.... & then foolishly thought we have the right to judge since we are safe.

At the same time, he did not think he could play it safe. He knew, however, that he eagerly wanted to share & to please. He lived love, faith, believes, courage, kindness, fear & loneliness. I would have been broken by such extremes & gave in real soon. He's stronger, & much stronger than most.

For Michael & Farrah, I will always remind myself to be kinder, braver, & truer. A Star & an Angel in Heaven – Thank you both, & thank your families!

I can see Michael dancing with Fred..... : )

Melissa   June 27th, 2009 2:00 am ET

There are no words that can really explain how much he meant to me. Michael will always be a legend despite the negative press he has had in this life. What he brought to the music industry and the world will forever be remembered. I still wish this wasn't real but I will always love michael and his music.

sandi   June 27th, 2009 2:37 am ET

I think I'm in a state of shock about Michael Jackson's death, I can't wrap my mind around him being gone FOREVER, I can't cry yet.
I loved Michael from the moment I saw him perform at the Michigan State Fair in 1966 was I was just a year older than he was. He looked to be about 8 y.o., just a child, yet he blew the crowd away. You just had to be there to witness his greatness. Hailing from the Motor City, I was raised on Motown music. My Gramma lived half a block from Motown studios on West Grand Blvd. Everyone in the audience gasped, "WHO IS that incredible little boy, singing and dancing his vibrant little heart out? I wish Michael could see the world's reaction to his passing, how deeply loved he really was and always will be. But he deserved these accolades when he was alive, now its too late.
I think he died of a broken heart and depression over the isolation this massive kind of fame brings to people of his genius and talent..
He was a beautiful soul. I hope Gods arms are wrapped tightly around Michael forever so he never feels alone again.
In the end, Michael, you ARE IMMORTAL. The only way to cope with the death of a loved one is to realize that no one ever dies, they only transcend the matter-realm and become the stuff their heart-soul put forth into the universe. Michael's eternal spirit was based in joy and love and he will be showered with it now, in a much better place.
Michael WAS LOVE, a wise old soul, and therein lies his beauty.

Suzanne   June 27th, 2009 3:04 am ET

What did Michael mean to me? Since we are months apart in age, I remember wen he was on Ed Sullivan~a Sunday night treat~and couldn't believe that someone who was 10 years old was so amazing. Growing up his music was always connected to my life. What an amazing artist~that is undisputed!! As life went on there were allegations. I never made a decision on that. If they were true, I hoped that he would be punished. If they weren't true, then I hope that the "accusers" feel the guilt. None of us know the truth for sure, but I can't help but wonder that there were people who could make false accusations. We will never know for sure and I am on the side of whoever is telling the truth.
Michael, what an absolute incredibly gifted person you were. Your songs take me through much of my life. You had incredible gifts that were so appreciated by so many. I can't imagine how hard it must be to wonder what people's intentions really are. I am so sorry that you feel like you had to change yourself with surgery because you were loved by who you were born to be. I'm so sorry that some people took advantage of you, instead of helping you with the pain you dealt with. I don;'t know how I feel, I just know that Iwish you could have known on this earth how you were loved. I believe that you are now at peace and thank you for touching this earth in your magical way. You really did make a difference.
I'm just so sorry for those who take advantage at the expense of others. I'll leave my anger out of this and just remember the goodness you brought to this world through your music, your moonwalk, your gentleness...Live free in heaven Michael and share your true heart finally...At least now you can be the person you knew you were deep in your heart....

Greg, Toronto   June 27th, 2009 3:21 am ET

Wow! Freedom of speech is alive and well! And the American justice system is doing the job! Innocent until proven guilty and so MJ was never charged of these crimes. Those that did press the charges where just another coach car in the gravy train of greed taking advantage of a person status and financial wealth! We may never understand those that where considered strange only because what society does not understand they label! Because your ability to think outside of the box and see a bigger picture is beyond your own minds ability! And you never had such the life of someone like a Michael Jackson does not give you preference to judge. May you never rest in peace and find salvation in your own hell! Your just part of the problem and not the solution in the 21st century!
Stick and stones may break ones bones but NAMES can never hurt them! BLESS it be those that society could never understand but given the times they lived in had been considered BRILENT and Geniuses! Those like Mozart! Beethoven! MJ was childlike as he was robed of a childhood. He could never have done what he was accused of and the truth will truly come out one day!

Tina Marlene   June 27th, 2009 3:34 am ET

I can't even put into words what Michael meant to me. But one thing that does come to mind is that he was life. He was such a big part of everyones, and it just feels like the world should stop spinning or something. I am a great fan of Farrah's and have loved her dearly for many years. But I'm just still in shock about Michael. Farrah we knew was very ill. But Michael....??? Here's hows I'd like to think of them both:

She waited for him at the gates. He met her and they walked off arm in arm, moonwalking, flicking hair and flashing them pearly whites!

Travelle   June 27th, 2009 3:52 am ET

michael jackson means alot to me he is my role model...I will dress like him all time i still do to this day...when i heard he had passed away i was really shocked and I was thinking its a game mick didnt pass but i turned to all the tv stations and he was on all of them....i always wanted one of his jackets...see im 13 I been watching michael jackson since i was a so sorry for his mother go bless her.....

WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heather   June 27th, 2009 3:54 am ET

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for all of Michael Jackson's family, friends, and fans around the world. This is so very shocking and hard to believe. I have many memories of Michael Jackson from my childhood. I was lucky enough to see him in concert, just one time but it was one of the most exciting times of my life. We stood in line from about 3am to get our tickets. Way before the internet age. He was a kind and gentle soul. May he rest in peace. Thanks for the memories Michael. I love you.

Lowie   June 27th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Jeez, I hope I don't start crying again as I write this.
It seems as though most have nice words to say about a person when he or she has passed, but I strongly believe that Michael Jackson should have received nothing but praise from his childhood. I can't think of another person with so much harnessed talent, that could INTERNATIONALLY influence GENERATIONS with signature music, ideas, and of course dance moves. I'm almost eighteen, so I know I cannot say that I grew up listening to his music, but I have watched the fingerprints of Micheal's work trickle into those of some of my loved artists, musicians, choreographers, entertainers, performers, humanitarians and actors. I am sure he has convicted millions upon millions to innovative ideas of all areas. It is truly inspiring to just see his work. But Michael was more than his music. I am glad to have been alive to see what kind of person he was. His kindred spirit for humanity was unreal. Even with all that ridicule many put him through, he still came up smiling and fighting for his fans. We can all learn a thing or two from him in this day and age. Of course, we will all miss him and will always love him for what he has done for our world. I hope you can finally rest in peace now Michael. "Teach those angels how to dance!" I love you very much, and I hope that God, and the memory of your amazingly kind heart will comfort your family in this difficult time.

Kagiso Nhlapo   June 27th, 2009 3:58 am ET

when jesus comes back...Michael will be sitinng on his ryt hand side......and this talk of him being ONE of the greatest is an insult to the man...(phrases) like legends ..icon,one of the greatest...are used carelessly nowadays...he is MICHAEL JACKSON!!say this name three times and u will get it...beyond icon...legend...M.J.J

kiki   June 27th, 2009 4:06 am ET

He was such an inspirational artist who captured the world with his amazing talent!!!
And it’s a tragic lost; it’s sad how the media portrayed him for the last decade.

Sylvia Zirk   June 27th, 2009 4:06 am ET

I was born in 1963 and gre up with Michael Jackson's music. What really irks me is that ever since he passed away i don't recall hearing any-one talk about what he tried to do. Look at his video Heal the World? Has any-one really commented on how he tried to help these children?

He co-wrote We Are The World trying to make this planet a better place. And what did he get in return? Ridicule!!! He was deemed a pedephile and a dangerous father because he wanted to show off his child. Isn't that what any PROUD parent wants to do? So he did something he shouldn't have. Holding his child out over a balcony. Does that really make him a bad father? I don't think so.

And another thing. Why is it on Much Music last night the only people they talked to were young kids? They never grew up REALLY knowing Michael Jackson and his music. They weren't there through his childhood and knowing what he went through. All that they were asked is what impact did he have on their lives. Who cares. What about the people who aren't famous? What impact did he have on our lives? Does any-one really care? NO!! Why? Cause who are all us little people that mean nothing to the world? All I have to say is that without Michael Jackson where would pop music be today?

He impacted more than just the new and upcoming pop artist , and that is where I think the focus should be.

Shannell   June 27th, 2009 4:09 am ET

You know sadly but true this is the most ive watched the news or cnn for that matter. But i have something i want to say, This is a very difficult and hard time for millions of people all over the world, and especially the whole Jackson family, Im angered by the way Mike is being portrayed all over the news. We all have secrets, govorners dipping out for 5 days we dont hear of that. But this wonderful man that changed so many lives has passed on and all that can be worried upon or spoke on is his faults and his differences? The next day, this saddens me, but please for not only me, but the millions that agree and are going through this difficult, heart wrenching time, as Usher expressed, CELEBRATE his life and all he has done his entire sympathys to his family.....RIP Micheal, i love you 4Ever

chris24   June 27th, 2009 4:15 am ET

Every time I look at a video or hear a song I still can't believe he's gone. I remember loving Michael Jackson when I was little boy. I used to try to do the choreography from the videos. I will really miss MJ, but I know he's gone to a better place.

Sophia   June 27th, 2009 4:26 am ET

MJ, represented an era in my life that was fun and happy. His music till today still brings out good memories of fun and happiness. I would say that I enjoy all his music till today.

His most recent albums to me were just as good as the earlier ones but with more depth and had more meaning to them even though critics generally did not acclaim them, they were always compared to thriller, but the lyrics mean a lot to me.

I wish his kids, the family and everyone who knew him my sincere condolence and may he rest in peace. I love Michael Jackson, always will and I know he was a special person who brought joy to people through his music and talents. How great is it to achieve your God given purpose at an early age and inspire others, that is what we should aspire to achieve.

Shannell   June 27th, 2009 4:27 am ET

This is just not real.... is all i can keep sayin.
i can remember growin up watching the rerun of The Jackson 5.
Me and my lil brother. I fell inlove with Micheal then, and being multiracial (african american,indian,and white) when black or white came out, it gave me so much pride. It wasnt as common for us mixed breeds as it is now so i was young in elementary and had some racial confrontations. But since i heard that song and felt the words I have never been more proud to be multiracial. But It just saddens me that everybody is draggin him and he only passed but yesterday. This man was brilliant and did so much and was so soft and kind and loving. I wish so bad i could have had the chance to know him personally. I love him though as if i did.. We need to be celebrating his life not dogging it, this isnt directed just toward you either Mr King.

Chris   June 27th, 2009 5:34 am ET

A person that says they are your friend is there for you , by your side both in good times AND in bad. I am curious, how many of these people that are all coming out of the wood work to pay respect to Michael Jackson and say how much he meant to them and how much they will miss him, how many of them were there to support him during his public child molestation trial? Im pretty sure he could have used these so called friends then right? If you look at the old footage of Michael at the court house dancing on the top of the car after he was found not guilty, look and see how many of these so called celebrity friends came to the court house to support him. Im sure there are some that called to offer their support, but ultimately, most of Hollywood turned their backs on him, FACT. If they want to see a hypocrit up close, they all should just look in the mirror after they make thier phony comments on twitter.

spiros   June 27th, 2009 5:44 am ET

Another king fell off their thrown,not too many throwns left nowadays and not too many entertainers capable to fill them.We will always love you Michael.

Fariba rasooli   June 27th, 2009 5:58 am ET

Michael jackson has been and will be the ever best entertainer of all times. Such talent is found no where else. I know what music is because of him. He will always stay alive in my heart. May god be with you always. always love!

Jermaine Chapfiwa   June 27th, 2009 5:59 am ET

Michael Jackson played a huge part in my growing up and childhood . I recently lost my father in January and most of my childhood memories with my dad were through watching his videos and trying to dance but i never could dance like him . A piece of my childhood has now gone but his music lives forever in our memories . Thank you Michael and Rest In Peace

Nnamdi N P   June 27th, 2009 6:00 am ET

When michael sang even the God of music Apollo did the moon walker with him... When i heard of his Death i told myself thank goodness this happened his name would be immortalised in the anal of time...
I miss him so much but i know he is in a better place...
I love you michael

Nnamdi from Warri-Nigeria

Brenda Thomas & Family   June 27th, 2009 6:00 am ET

Michael will truly, truly be missed. It is as if we grew up in the same household. My heart goes out to his family and his three children. Even though he was not aware of me part of my spirit went with him. I never believed any of the stories about him with children. I feel that his gift to children was something that he did not recieve in his childhood and that he was reaching out for acceptance and love. So now he is with his father in heaven who truly loves him. Rest in Peace Michael.

Stephanie Ventling, Switzerland   June 27th, 2009 6:02 am ET

This all seems magically like the THIS IS IT tour- beyond death the light of Michael Jackson, the King Of Pop shines beyond We are the World and all of his pain, brighter today than his final tour in upcoming July 2009 might have ever made possible – shocking, tragic, godsent, genius, God Bless'...may his children and his family find peace and fulfillment all inside. May the world's consciousness reach out and rise again on this occasion to one heart, one world. In memoriam Michael Joseph Jackson 29.8.1958 – 25.6.2009. I loved him when I was a girl, my first LP record was the Jackson Five. An incredibly talented and break-through entertainer, whos music and gift ran through his body like liquid crystal and will continue to transcend the world.

Deji Doherty, Lagos. Nigeria   June 27th, 2009 6:08 am ET

The biggest leaving creature just departed, a man that used his talent to bring together people of all races (only football came close to this ranking), no one in our time has been so loved by all, a cross the globe.

The legend of our time just departed, see that in the way everyone celebrate him moments after he passed on even at the very young age of 50. The world has lost a legend, a gem and a saint (true).

To those in the heavens, I know there Halleluyah will be alarming to us on earth, we say fairwell to the Legend.


My warmth to his children and family especially Jermaine and Janet.

Stephanie Ventling, Switzerland   June 27th, 2009 6:25 am ET

Inspite of all negative comments.... I beleive that his death will uplift awareness and consciousness, he is one of those souls like Lady Di, radio stations and television stations all over the world are playing his music in special tributes and will create a band, a bonding of hearts. I do honor Deepaks honest words, because inspite of the mourning period he speaks truth coming from a caring place and this is dearly needed.

Melissa Anthony   June 27th, 2009 6:26 am ET

Although I was never fortunate enough to meet him, Michael Jackson was not just a pop star to me, he was a hero.

He had touched so many hearts and had such a magical aura about him.

Even as I struggle now to deal with the reality of his death, I still hope and pray that he is now rid of all his suffering.

My deepest condolences to his family and close friends.

I'm sure I speak for all the Singaporean fans when I say, Rest in Peace, Michael. You were unbelievable.

You will never be forgotten.

cheryl scaife   June 27th, 2009 6:34 am ET

I am so sad and devastated about the loss of Michael Jackson at this premature time. I can't help thinking that whilst had so much fame and fortune, he really never found peace. I feel a very similar grief to the death of Elvis who also seemed to have so much inner turmoil despite his incredible influence on the world. I still cry about Elvis and no doubt will continue to cry for Micheal. Thankyou for your once off talent, heart and brilliance Micheal. I will always treasure you and I, along with the world, recognised the kindness and love you showed throuugh your music and your actions. I feel for his beautiful children who have lost their father before time. G

cheryl scaife   June 27th, 2009 6:35 am ET

God Bles you Michael.

Gillda Popescu, Bucharest/ Romania   June 27th, 2009 6:39 am ET

FAREWELL, my wonderful & unique King !!! My world will be sooo empty from today on without you in it ....

It is Friday, 26.06.2009, 04:39am here, Bucharest, Romania time. I have more than 6 hours since I saw and read the first news on the arrival of Mike to the hospital, then on this death announced by I tried, I think as all your fans did, to reject this idea and I tried to find over and over, more and more news on this subject, trying to find smth to confirm that your death was only a bad-joke. I even started to hope, a little, when I saw on UCLA's webpage they did not confirmed the news.

But now??? What can I do now??? How to lie myself that all this is only a stupid nightmare and when I wake up, my world will be again an wonderful one, as it was since I met you and your music?? How to lie myself now, when your brother, hardly stopping his tears, officially confirmed your death and asked people to understand and respect this difficult moment your family is passing through?

My world will be soooo empty from now on. I lost the Idol of my childhood; I lost the man that cherished up my soul, that through out my sorrows, the man who sent away my tears with his music – the one and only, the unique, the unmatchable King of my music world – I lost you, Mike!

What's the point of this life if we are losing one by one the people we love, people that ment the world to us???

May you rest in peace, my dear King! Now, no one will hurt you no more! These days, you will really see how many souls are breathing for you!

What can I say more? We ... lost you. The Heaven – gained one more angel!

May God keep your soul in His glory! Heaven will be happy from now on, all angels will be smiling every day as they will be able now to hear your live music!

FAREWELL MY WONDERFUL & UNIQUE KING!!! :((((( From my heart and my soul, no one will be able to remove you – not even the time!

My soul is kneeling again, again and again.....

Juan Carlos in Paris   June 27th, 2009 6:40 am ET

It seems people tend to see one side or another of Michael Jackson. We either see him as a genius or a criminal. I see Mister Jackson for what he was: human, with extreme examples of human greatness and human weakness.

i recognize that whilst I might remember him with a smile each time I think of him on the Ed Sullivan show, there are others who will remember him and cringe and still others who will bubble with anger.

My condolences to those who will miss him and likewise, my condolences to those who had to experience his "other side."

Ramya   June 27th, 2009 7:19 am ET

My heart goes out to michael and his family. Only they are going to go through the true impact of loosing him. Michael was a brilliant artist whose talents were endless and he is the greatest performer there ever will be.

Another victim of money and fame. The time is not to point fingers but pay our respects to him. Respect he truly deserves. Lets do a small deed today or even a small gesture show him we cared, show him we will continue trying to make this world a better place.

Peace be with you michael.

The King lives on....

Nma Onuigbo   June 27th, 2009 7:36 am ET

To the world's most special being, Michael Jackson.

My holiday in London has turned into mourning and sorrow since Thursday evening. Michael, you touched the lives of many (young and old) around the world with your music and dance steps. You're a household name to many families around the world, the news of your death is shocking and shattering, I wonder if I can ever control my emotions. My brother and my two younger sisters have been ill since receiving the news on Thursday. It's definitely going to be tough for us to come to terms with this reality.

Knowing that you never had a childhood has always been painful to me. You are an incredible, talented and special human being, a legend, and your legacy will live forever. I just can't use 'was or were' for you, Michael because for me you're still alive. There can never be another Michael Jackson, God be with you.

Love from,
Nma Phil Onuigbo

Yamyna   June 27th, 2009 8:12 am ET

An angel found his peace...

He ruled the world... my world... and even though he left, he will always live among us because he is immortal in our souls.

We will remember and forever love you, Michael Joseph Jackson.

Michael was a good person, he loved kids, but not in a inappropriate way; he loved them because they remembered him about his sad childhood and that's why he wanted to see all of them happy. He was protective and acted like a father with them.
Every story about child abuse was ment to extort money from him; those things tried to ruin he's image and little by little went to the decrease of his fortune.
We should remember his as he was : a great, talanted and complex artist, full of goodness and love.


Roimata Templeton (Hamburg Germany)   June 27th, 2009 8:16 am ET

I am so sad, I too cannot stop crying. He was wonderful – a wonderful musician, singer, dancer, artist, performer and person....a perfectionist who actually managed perfection! A kind and beautiful soul. For these things and for his love of us all and his love and caring of the world he shall be remembered – forever.

I defy anyone to speak bad of him. May your bad news and twisted words fall like lead to the ground never to be picked the poison they are. As Liza said 'He did not do it'.

Michael I love you. I hope you know and feel the sheer volume of love, respect, honor and marvel the majority of the world is sending you right now. We mourn your passing. You are in our hearts and always have been, roimata x

Louise Pino   June 27th, 2009 8:23 am ET

Yesterday was the last day of school, and one of my fifth grade students came into class and immediately asked if I knew that Michael Jackson had died. Another student across the room commented, "Nobody likes Michael Jackson." As a teacher, my reaction and duty was to tell him that it doesn't matter whether you like a person, it's not nice to say that about someone who just passed away.

That comment by my student is testimony that the general population doesn't see celebrities as regular human beings. In my opinion, Liza Minelli seemed upset on your show last night explaining that we should be celebrating and mourning–not focusing on abuse of medications. Celebrities want to be treated like regular people, but they're not. They devote their lives to entertaining, and in turn it's like they give up their right to be treated like a human being. They belong to the public. They want to be liked. In reality, you cannot expect everyone to like you, and you can't let that break you.

I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, and love his music. He died long before his time. But, I didn't like the way he looked. Obviously, he was different. Why he needed to change his appearance was an issue that he should have dealt with in another way. It doesn't seem that he was happy with himself. He, like a lot of other people, try to find happiness externally, but that is not the answer.

So, people who adore Michael, will grieve. But those who didn't like his music or style, may not feel the same. Not because he's not a human being, but because he was a celebrity.

ladeevon   June 27th, 2009 10:39 am ET

Michael Jackson is at peace, he will feel no pain. I just see his idols doing a double take when he gets up there. Jackie and James take care of him, I think he was missing you guys . Music just wont be the same

Lonna   June 27th, 2009 10:59 am ET

I think that it is appalling that anyone would have negative remarks about a man that gave so much beauty to and for the world. with the world being in the state that it is in we all need to learn how to respect and love one another. Michael Jackson will always always be in are hearts no matter what. I will love him for the kind and humble person he was.Focus on the positive of Michael Jackson. For he who is without Sin. I really can't beleive that President Obama has not made a statement regarding Michael Jackson a man that truly is a legend, and not leave it up to his aids to do so. And for the people who have something to say regarding Elvis Presley & Michael Jackson. they stand on there on merit. Elvis is Elvis And Michael is Michael. We all know their will never be another Elvis And their most definitely want be another Michael Jackson. Michael touched generations I love you Micheal Jackson. President Obama you really need to speak about Michael Jackson. An make him a national treasure. Micheal Jackson crossed Continents.   June 27th, 2009 11:07 am ET

I only Wish I could have sat down and just had a conversation with MR.Miachael J.. A very misunderstood soul that had the biggest heart. Michael withdrew but gave his all to the people and the children. He needed unconditional love and understanding. My Hope is that he honestly understood how much he was deeply loved? He gave his all to the point of exaustion. May all of his Children and Lisa move through the pain and grow. I am not a groupie but just someone who really knew him from the soul.

Thank you Michael J. for the Gift you gave to so many for so long. You always gave All.

Cindy Weiderer

Sheila   June 27th, 2009 11:29 am ET

Michael Jackson passed away on June 25th 2009. Michael Jackson's soul died during the court room drama. As nice as it is to see so many celebrities paying tribute to him, I think if they had done that back then, he'd still be alive today. My heart goes out to his family and children. Personally, I can't bear to watch the news or hear his music so I can only imagine how those who knew him personally feels. My life long dream was to meet Michael. I have camped out at Gelsons Market on Havenhurst in Encino a time or two and the closest I came was to meeting Michael was meeting Jermain at a Lakers game. I couldn't even talk to Jermain because I was so busy thinking about Michael and I didn't want to hurt his feelings. I was even one of the girls that auditioned for the childrens version of the dating game when Michael appeared on it. Not knowing he would be the date. The TV station heard a mouth full from me when it aired and I wasn't picked. I will love you always Mr. Jackson and you will truly be missed. Your REAL number one fan.

samantha   June 27th, 2009 11:37 am ET

Larry – I found it very disturbing that Liza Minelli got so upset in regards to Dr. Chopra's comments about Michael's drug use. Especially, the Doctor's in CA enabling the "stars" drug use.

If I was such a good friend of Micheal's as Liza stated, I would want to know what killed my best friend who some say was in perfect health.

Makes me wonder if Liza is worried about a little shake-up with the Dr.'s in CA! Who knows, she might just be on one of the Dr.'s list.

I commend Dr. Chopra for telling the truth! That is something we rarely hear anymore.
BTW – I have always been a huge fan of Michael Jackson's! I have a feeling this is going to play out just like "Anna Nicoles" death. If it does, I hope all those so-called "Doctors" aka "Wack jobs" get what they deserve.

Katherine   June 27th, 2009 11:57 am ET

I am 4 years older that Michael Jackson and a fan from the beginning, so I remember very well the start of his career. He had an inner brightness from the beginning and a pure love for what he was doing that radiated from his very soul. I think that is what contributed to enormous talent. I’d just like to say, thank you, Michael, for all the years you brought such happiness to the world. May you rest in eternal love, and I hope your soul has found the total peace and tranquility that seemed to elude you at times in this life.

Lisa   June 27th, 2009 11:58 am ET

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

Katherine   June 27th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

What will happen with the Beatles catalog?

sinisa mrkajic, serbia   June 27th, 2009 1:36 pm ET

since my birth, he was in my life, through my brother at first and then through knowing his musical genious,, the biggest entertainer, tallent, artist in legue of his own,,,he is my hero, my role model,its been real honor to be live in michaels time,,despite his turmoil about his life, he remains untouchable ,,,i m so sad, , its hard for me to listen his songs now, becouse it hurts ,,,but its legasy remains in our minds and our harts,, through his music, through his magic of sound and dance,,you will never be forgotn, love always ,,,

Rose   June 27th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

I am shocked that no one has mentioned the very eerie similarities between Michael Jackson & Elvis Presley's death. The fact that we all grew up listening to both of them over the yrs whether it is a generation apart or not. They both died suddenly in the afternoon & had no illness reported prior. Both were a shock to the world. Elvis was found at 2:30 PM in his home & Michael was pronounced dead at 5:30 PM. Michael was born in the month of August. Elvis died in the month of August. Elvis owned Graceland & Michael owned Neverland. Lisa Marie tried to help Michael with his use of prescription drugs as Priscilla Presley did the same with Elvis. Michaels locks may have been longer but they both wore their hair down onto their foreheads. There were jokes about Michael changing his looks & was made fun of which bothered him. Elvis towards the end was constantly made fun of him being over weight. Both were shy individuals off stage & like lightning bolts on stage as great entertainers. I believe Elvis had 18 # 1 hits & Michael had close to that or the same. Elvis was the King of Rock n Roll. Michael was called the King of Pop. Elvis was getting ready for a world tour the night before he died. Michael was preparing for a come back to do 50 shows before he died. They both had personal Drs prescribing them medications. I have thought of many more similarities between these 2 extremely talented people we lost too soon but not enough room to write it all. A bit eerie!! Rose

Melissa   June 27th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

Michael Jackson will of course live on forever. I send my condolences to his family for the loss of their brother and son. His legacy will be that he united ALL people together to enjoy his music and awesome dance routines. His lyrics were always positive and focused on humanity and choosing peace instead of violence. If you pay close attention to his videos, there were always underlying messages of the battle between good and evil. For example,
"It don't matter if your black or white", in the bar scene for You Rock my World there was a sign that read, "no violence", "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself", "We are the World", "Beat It" was about saying no to violence. It goes on and on!
Gosh I'll miss him so much!

Just a day after his death, I watched the news and saw people of different colors and cultures singing "Man in the Mirror" together in front of the coroner's office in Los Angeles. In Harlem people were dancing together like him. In Indiana young men of different races were dancing together in celebration of him. To me that's a small miracle because one person was/ is able to bring people together!

I truly loved him and I'm overcome with shock. Let's remember the legend as a person who promoted love and peace through his one-of-a-kind talent. He spoke to everyone around the world.

Federico Iglesias   June 27th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

I suggest that the 50 London concerts already scheduled and sold out shall happen.

It could be titled: Michael Jackson Concert Series: Encore & Memorial

Michael Jackson: 50 years old ... 50 concerts sold out ...

Concert number 50 shall be special ... since at that age he left us.

Concert number 50 shall be special: WorldWide Transmission via MTV or the like ... PayPerView with proceeds going to charities Michael favored. ... Michael would liked that.

On these historic concerts the whole production but Michael will play, plus figures like The Jackson family and friends would honor Michael, his music and his legacy.

I am sure that if media and producers survey ticket holders to choose if they would get their money back or rather have a special encore / memorial concert, they will choose the later.

What do you think.?

Regards from Monterrey Mexico ! ... btw: there is no more virus in Mexico, come and visit.

Patricia Michel   June 27th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Michael used to come over to Evensong Drive in Santa Monica, to Steve Hofflin's,his plastic surgeons house and friend of his, and ours. He felt safe there and would write music. I remembered on more than one occasion how good he was to the children. My daughter was around 14 or 15 and he would come out into the Cul-de-sac and walk with her and Diane, Steve and Craig, our neighbors children. He giggled and shared some quiet talk with them. I still can see him walking in the street. He too was a shy child. He had the most infectious giggle. Also, one day while he was there at Steve's, house my daughter, Kristina, made up an excuse to go and borrow some sugar from Steve. What a thrill when Michael Jackson answered the door. I will never forget Michael or my daughter's joy. My daughter died a few years ago and know I know they are dancing and singing in heaven together. So sad, sad sad. My heart hurts.

And how surprised, stunned and excited he must be to see the celebration of his life played out in the media all over the world. I am sad that people did not give him the love, reverence, and compassion he needed when he really needed it. The last trial, I believe did him in. What a joy it would have been to see his comeback. I guess he needed to go and do his angel work in heaven.God Bless you Michael you are soooooo missed.

From my heart with love, Patricia

Barbara Maria Gonzalez   June 27th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

Michael Jackson was an inspiration to me. I am 52 years old and feel I grew up with him as many fans do. I had the privilege of meeting him twice in my life – once in NYC at a religious convention where he said "Keep up the good work"; another in Miami during his 'Victory' tour. My mother stood in line about 4 hours for those tickets and my whole family and friends went to see him perform – a spectacular concert at the Orange Bowl. He visited the local congregation my family and I attended and it was so moving when he carried a baby to see his compassion and sweetness. I still have the concert tickets in my scrapbook and still own the original 'Jackson 5 Greatist Hits" LP. While I was living in NYC through the early 70s and singing in school talent shows, the program included songs such as "I'll Be There" and "ABC" performed by classmates – songs that especially now still move me to tears. I will miss you Michael – your talent – your fabulous voice, your incredible dancing and most of all, your caring heart. I am so glad you were a special part of my life and I will never forget you, the 'King of Pop'.

Kathy Adams   June 27th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Sheila nailed it...Michael's soul died at the court room.

Maverick   June 27th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

I just cant believe what I've heard and seen. When I first heard of Michael Jackson's death I thought it to be a Hoax, nothing more than a publicity stunt. But sure enough, I turned on the news on Thursday, and all I could hear was news reporters confirming his death. I still don't know what to think, or what to feel because it just hasn't hit me yet. I think for fans all around the globe feel the same way. What makes me happy though is to see all of his fans, friends, and loved ones come together to celebrate his talented life. I, along with all of you, grew up with Michael, and I think the best part about him was how he touched all of us with different flavor of music, from " Rock with You" to " Remember the Time" to " Stranger in Moscow". I can easily say that NO other entertainer will ever reach as much stardom let alone respect that Michael has achieved throughout the generations. Thank You Michael Jackson, for your endless talent and soul driven music, you may not be here with us, but we will forever feel your heart and soul through your music. May you finally Rest In Peace.

Evelyn   June 27th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Michael Jackson "THRILLED" us with his music, made us dance to his "BEAT IT" and will FOREVER live in the hearts of those he touched with his gLOVE. NO MATTER IF YOU'RE BLACK OR WHITE!

My prayers are with his family and Fans around the world, but mainly with his children.

R.I.P 🙁

Lynn Menzies   June 27th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

I, no different than millions of others, am still trying to "accept" the untimely passing of Michael Jackson.

Every time I turn on the tv or pass a newspaper stand, I am reminded all over again, that his greatness is no longer with us. It still hasn't registered. That's what happens when such an exceptional person is no longer among us, but no doubt doing greater things in another place.

I am 50 years old and I grew up always loving Michael Jackson...starting with staying up late, in my pajamas, to catch a glimpse of the Jackson 5 on the Ed Sullivan show.

I flew to Toronto, Canada, to see him on the Victory Tour, where the hype was unbelievable. It was so exciting to be a part of.

A few years later, I was compelled to go to Minneapolis to see him on his Bad Tour....the best concert that I have ever seen in my life.

His music was such a big part of my life and it's memories.

I am so sad for his children, parents, siblings and the rest of his family, as I can't imagine their pain.

My prayers and sympathies are with them all.

Deloris Harper   June 27th, 2009 6:47 pm ET

My wife, Deloris and I are sadden by the premature death of Michael Jackson. The God of Heaven and the Creator of mankind strenghten and grant peace and comfort to the family. My wife made the comment that if today entertainers are grateful for Michael Jackson and his contribution to the music industry, and that he transcended racial barriers, and that he influenced or inspired them to launch their career, then why dont they consider paying off his debt.

Surely, most of them are very wealthy and have a lucrative career. This would be a good gesture of showing honor. You say he was the 'King of Pop.' Yet, he needed your help financially and emotionally when he was alive. Some of the entertainers knew him personally. If he meant anything to you, then prove it with your giving.

Kathi   June 27th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

I retract my recent cranky comment here about Dr. Drew. He nailed it on your program last night for all of us who hope Michael Jackson didn't die entirely in vain. I can't quote Dr. Drew verbatim, but essentially what he said was that he hoped the medical facts of Mr. Jackson's death, when fully elucidated and publicized, would cause Americans to entertain some very serious second thoughts about their reliance on prescription drugs. Thanks Larry for your interesting coverage and for having compassion not only for Mr. Jackson but for those of your guests and viewers who are experiencing his sudden death as a painful loss.

Shandelle Hull   June 27th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Would someone please ask about the 'caller'? You know, the one who called 911? What about his identity? How long had he been on the scene, and where did he go?

Yes, I want to know about the Dr., too. And why a doctor didn't know that 'it's elemenatry, my dear Watson", that you administer CPR on a solid surface. And if he collapsed, (which I assume that he collapsed on the floor), why was he moved to a bed?

But I REALLY want to know about the CALLER, and why no one else wants to know either????

Larry, would you please ask?

Cheryl Parkinson   June 27th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

i have been watching the coverage of Micahel Jackson and my question is: Why do so many people persist in stating that Michael Jackson's behaviour was not "normal"? Was Michael Jackson "Normal"? Do all of you "normal" people out there create dance moves that no one else has ever seen before? Do all of you "normal" people out there write songs and create music that no one else has ever heard before? People are asking if Michael Jackson was as great as Elvis Presley. Michael's talents totally eclipsed Elvis Presley's talents. Elvis had an amazing voice and an outstanding persona on stage, but he didn't write his own lyrics or his own music. Michael was weird because Michael was a genius. Most people who care to look into it, come to the realization that every genius walks a very thin line between sanity and insanity. It was the people who demanded he be normal, who pushed him over to the side of the insane. Michael Jackson can in many ways be compared to Mozart. The adults in his life when Michael was a child demanded he be an adult. He NEVER had a childhood, so he wasn't RELIVING his childhood in his later years, he was trying to experience something the rest of us took for granted. Before you judge someone, please learn the facts.

i have been impressed, for the most part with CNN's coverage on Thursday night and Friday, but today I turned it off because it is too much like the tabloids. I will watch Larry King LIVE though, because thus far he has shown respect for an amazing man...thank you, Larry King!

Susan Mona   June 27th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I am devistated to hear about Michael jackson as is the world. Has anyone heard a statement from Diana Ross and/or Elizabeth Taylor?
Thank you.

Faye   June 27th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

I have listened, danced, and sang to all of Michael Jackson’s music since the 60’s. If I had the money, I would pay Michael debts. Since I do not, it would be a wonderful idea if Michael’s celebrity friends got together to help pay some of his debts.

Christine   June 27th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

All I can do is just think of the great music that came Michael. I loved his and their (J5) music ever since I was a little girl, I'm now 48. Just to think of what came out from him vocally, lyrically, visually and musically. In my lifetime I don't think there will ever be another like him.

I also find it appauling that there are people who post comments that are negative and in poor taste and using quotes from the bible. If there are those who are so religious they should remember this quote:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Matthew 7:12).”

wendy   June 27th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

i was watching your show om friday night,and you had michael's friends on and you had the dr.on that was a real good friend to him,he made the comment about all the drs. that just give these stars any painkiller they want and its the drs that are keeping everyone addicted to painkillers well i agree,i live in pa and the give out painkillers like they were water,something needs to be done about these drs.may-be michael and all the others would still be alive today,instead of giving him a shot he should of taking him to the hospital the night before when michael said he wasn't feeling good,i really liked michael and his music.i always belived that he was innocent.he will be missed by everyone, i grew up listening to heart goes out to his children and everyone needs to let him rest in peace.his children need to deal with the death of their father.not all the bad stuff people have been saying.let them have there peace.

Dana   June 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Michael showed that no matter what abuse or pain inflicted upon him he could overcome and became the icon that he did because of his creativity, talent and the drive to please and entertain millions.- HE LOVED!

He was human and had his own pain just like everyone else in the world. HE IS AND WILL REMAIN AN AMERICAN and a CHILD OF GOD! We can easily love him, guilty or not! He is US!


Roy Rawls   June 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

LET MICHAEL JACKSON RIP....HE'S GONE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL MISS HIM...and for the people saying that he paid the parents off well if they were good parents like mine..they would never accepted the money..they wouldnt have slept until he was put to that PROVES that they just wanted money

Norma Johnson   June 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I was just in awe of all of his music and I thought that he gave the world so much and I will keep his family in my prayers.

Patricia   June 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I want to tell Michael's family that I am soooo sorry. He meant so much to us. It's like we lost a part of our family. He will never be forgotten as 'the king of pop'.

Greg T.   June 27th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I think the most impactful thing about Michael was EVERYTHING about him. His level of vocal performance and dance was unprecedented and remains one of a kind. Although it was just a small piece of Jackson's huge repertoire of dance moves, it is undeniable that the Moonwalk he created not only helped propel him to being "The King of Pop," but it also revolutionized dance for all time. If you can look at one single vocal pop star and say that they haven't somehow been influenced by Michael Jackson's life and work, then you would have no idea what you're talking about.

Ronald Richards   June 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What a legend Michael was & always will be. The world has lost one of the greatest entertainers ever. The world's heart felt sorrows go out to his family & friends. God has called home one of his angels. He will be missed & loved forever.

armin memisevic   June 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am sorry for his death and my prayers go out
to his family and he was a great singer and dancer and he was
a legend and a pop icon and may he rest in peace

Angel   June 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

WOW! I'm still in shock I can't believe our king of pop, Michael Jackson is gone. I can't stop crying everytime I hear or see something on T.V. I grew up listening to MJ's music I still even have his records/tapes and I remember sitting w/my mom watching the music awards and Michael did his famous moon walk. I know that I surely will miss him, his music and dance. May he he rest in peace and may God bless his children and his family

natasha de gale   June 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

he was a great man. i loved and still love every move,song and performance he did.he will be greatly missed by me and millions. am still crying and mourning the loss of a perfect human being.

Doug Johnson   June 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

He was just a ton of fun to watch and listen to. Watching him again and again in the material that is being broadcast after his death make me realize what a talent we are saying goodbye to. Of course he'll be missed but he has left so much for us all to enjoy. So long Michael!!

Joyce Cunningham   June 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Michael Jackson – the one man who made the world's childhood memorable and magical, but never had a childhood of his own. And perhaps that is why the world never understood him. We robbed his talents and raped his privacies for our own guilty pleasures. Yet, when he needed our support most, we shunned and turned our backs to him while privily admiring his genius in our homes, our cars, at parties, at clubs, restaurants, work, you name it!

Michael, you will live on for generations to come. Your style, talent, and genius was unique and timeless. May you rest peacefully in the arms of God – the only place true love can be found.

Sandra Rojas   June 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I grow up listening Michael Jackson's music. I´m a witness of his great talent in every way and every thing he did. I ´don't believe it yet and it going to take me a long time to realize that he is not here. No one will ever replace him.

His private life must be privated and now more than ever. It must just belong to his family.

What a pity. The world won't be the same ever again.

Lissette Mckenzie   June 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Michael Jackson is really a gift from god, he brought so many people together with his music and kindness, he did so much for the world. Its amazing how no matter what country people came from they loved and understood his music even when they didnt speak english. Michael you will be MISSED by all and may your soul rest in peace. As for the Jackson family my condolances. Love always Michael.

carrie carper   June 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I am 30 years old and have been a fan of Michael my entire life. Every decade was laced with his music, many of his songs have been on my ipod regularly even today. My 4 year old new the lyrics to MAN IN THE MIRROR at two years old...simply because I like him to listen to music that means something, that says something...and it remains a favorite of his. I was watching the news the moment his death was broadcast and my son knew who he was, the "Man in the Mirror" guy. He said "mommy – that's your favorite guy." And then he wiped my tears away for me. That alone speaks volumes.

Michael was a man who wrote music with real lyrics – who was transparent in his desire to change the world and be the best he could personally be. Michael was talented, graceful and humble and was the initiator of some of the worlds greatest moments, including the We Are the World mission.

Michael was hunted. He was troubled – it was clear he was an amazing performer and brilliant musician – but also a struggling human. For that, I am sorrowful. For that my heart aches...just as it did when I watched the videos of Michael reaching out to us – trying to describe the investigation and search processes he was forced to go through. His heartache was so powerful that I remembering crying, quite hard...for this gentle man...this gentle soul. Am I aware of the downfalls of his life...sure...but he was never convicted. Do his downfalls make me think less of him. No. They make me feel for him.
To those who mocked him moments after his death, said a good riddance to him, I say "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

The world feels empty without him. I have been watching countless videos and there's not one moment of my life that I don't link to them. This is a huge moment in time, a sad moment, a shocking moment....

Thank you, Michael, for what you brought to this earth. May you sing with the angels in heaven and feel the relief and true joy you've searched for for so long.

Susan   June 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

How many people have to die at the hands of doctors who write out prescriptions for the asking? These doctors have a license to kill and no one is doing anything about it.

joanne   June 27th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

micheal was a GOD when it came to entertainment , the vocals, the moves, the dresscode, the performance, the videos, the message in his lyrics...he was buddah , john lennon and elvis were big but i dont think the world was paralyzed like this, micheal touched the world corner to corner , he was a budha when it came to music: a great muscian great perfomer , an exception to the general rule ,he was MUSIC hard to accept hes gone

Lean   June 27th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Michael is an international icon. He is irriplaceable, and cannot be duplicated. No one has his abilities or even remotely come close to his talent. It's unfortunate that he gave his entire life to the world unconditionally and did not receive the same back. Instead some try to dehumanized him. He was in so much pain and an unfortunate situation that he had to leave us so soon. He has been an inspiration to me and in my life. I truely love him unconditionally with all my heart, and I do hope he is with the lord. With all my sincere love. Lean

sweety   June 27th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

I am a fan of Michael.... I love his voice and creativity....
I have a question: some people now say that they were very close to Michael Jackson and spent lot of time with him. But it is know by all of us that he was depressed and he was feeling lonely.... I am confused that if he had such a big number of close friends and he was spending time with them then why he was depressed and lonely? Why didn't they help him to come out of depression and addiction to drugs?

Malissa D   June 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I don't even have the words to explain how devastating his loss is. His music was such a huge part of my teenage years. Michael's music and dancing had a magical way of transporting your sorrow and misery into peace and happiness. He was so incredible and magical. It's just too hard to say he's really gone. I will forever miss his presence in this world and only wish our future generations would be able to experience him as I did. Our world has lost a beautiful soul and humanitarian. There will never be one like Michael. Rest in peace my friend.

Belle   June 27th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I can wipe away my tears, close my eyes and dance with you forever. You have made a huge impact on my life, since I was a young girl.
I'm now 55, a mother and a grandmother. I loved to listen to your
music at work, it took me away ! Thank you Michael for all that
you've given the world ! Rest in Peace and I love you.

susan   June 27th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

my thoughts and prayers are with michael's family and children first . as for how he died that is secondary but you can be sure to blame the doctors who were giving the prescription under a microscope your entire life and people trying to take advantage of you has to be very differcult. these doctors make a lot of money off of famous people and do not want to say no to a star. from the days of elvis to anna nicole when will the world learn that there is a problem in this country with prescription drugs.this does not only happen to stars to regular people too. when doctors do not know what medications one is taking and patients doctor hop this becomes a deadly combination.i have a family member addicted to prescription drugs and has not spoken to me since i confronted her!

Phyllis Wallace   June 27th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

The entire world is mourning the loss of Michael Jackson. Last night at the Stevie Wonder concert in Kansas City, Steve shared his grief and integrated Michael's music into his program. It was exceptional.

Please consider interviewing Steve regarding the loss of Michael Jackson. His message is unique and news worthy, and different from other interviews on your show. Steve is on his way to Milwaukee and Montreal to complete his tour. I am sure you know how to get in touch with him for your show.

Cindy Auerbach   June 27th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

My heart is broken. I feel I lost a family member and best friend. I am praying God will send Michael's family strength. I cannot imagine their pain.
Michael was too good for this world.
My sincerce sympathy and love,
Cindy Auerbach

Teresa G   June 27th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

My heart aches for his family. I am truly saddened that Michaels life had a price to pay for his unique talent, gifts and love towards the children. I believe he understood the position and most important aspect of a childs life to be lived out until you reach adulthood. The innocense and truth he recognized is priceless. May we remember his tender heart and outstanding love of music and the arts…….he truly is leaving a legacy and will be remembered forever!

Delores   June 27th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

My heart goes out to Katerine, Joe. Janet, LaToya, Rebie, Marlon, Jackie, Randy,Tito and Jermaine. I know that his children Prince Micheal, Paris Micheal, and Prince Micheal II "Blanklet" may not fully understand everything that is going on but I know it is hard and my prays will be with all of you now and forever as they always have been. I love Micheal as a child and that love has not faltered thoughtout the years good or bad, ups and downs he has always been my idol, icon, my everything. I LOVE YOU MICHEAL AND I KNOW YOU NOW HAVE THE UNCONDITIONAL HAPPINESS THAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED THE WORLD TO SHARE.

Gail DeLay   June 27th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Michael you sacrificed some of your happiness to give happiness to us. I feel partly responsible because selfishly I wanted to see you and hear you all the time. I like others, had a crush on you starting with ABC and I Want You Back and lest we forget Rocking Robin. But what a price you paid to make us happy. When you wanted to play, we wanted you, when you wanted to be a kid, we wanted you more, when you wanted to change, we wanted you to stay the same little boy we fell in love with. Michael I will miss you, you are gone too soon. Forgive us for our role in any of the tragedies in your life and may you now rest in peace.

SSDavis   June 27th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

The first concert I ever attended and the first record album I ever bought, at age 10, was by Jackson 5. I had their photos plastered on my bedroom walls. I would line up at the record store each time a new 45 was released. Attending Michael’s concert as an adult was even more thrilling than seeing him for the first time as a child. Dancing was a huge part of my life as a child and was one of the first white persons on Soul Train. My passion for dance went well into adulthood – and one of the most incredible experiences for me was watching him with backup rehearsal dancers on Smooth Criminal in 1988 – as an alternate dancer.
Watching Michael's dance moves was like experiencing an artist create a masterpiece. The fluidity of his floating dance moves are unparalleled.

His artistry broke through racial and musical barriers that will transcend time. His humanity and charitable spirit will always be remembered the world over.

Denise in Beaufort SC   June 27th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

My condolences to the family, I am 50 years old and remember going to a Jackson 5 concert at Madison Square Garden when I graduated from 6th grade, I still have the banner. I was looking at my Got to be There album, I forgot about these songs. Michael was a great entertainer, I will remember him for all the Good he has done, that other stuff is between him and God. For his kids let talk about the Good and leave the rest up to God.

Donald Tasker   June 27th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Thank you for allowing us to leave our thoughts. I am 52 years old
so I grew up watching the Jackson five and in a round about way
watch then and read about them and listened to their music which
lifted up so many of us. Michael Jackson will be remembered as
one of the greatest artist who ever lived. One needs to understand
that he came along at a time in this country when black and white
were so far apart and it was not just his music that brought races
together it was his spirit. He was always so humble and so kind.
When you live life long enough one finds life is unfair in so many
ways. God blessed Michael Jackson with such a special talent.
my heart breaks because the world lost a wonderful human being
who was always misunderstood. As a black man I am proud of
Michael Jackson for opening the door for so many of the artist we
have today from all over the world. I pray for for his children that
the public will show them love because that is what Michael showed
all of us. He is at peace now no more does he have to listen to
those who judged him and yet never knew him. No more does he
have to be treated with the unkindness by so many who live to make
fun of others. Michael Jackson thank you that you always used the talent God gave you in a positive way to show others what the true meaning of love is. As I look at the all the other nations in the world
and see and hear their stories about how much the world loved and
loves Michael Jackson you are the winner and you have always
been a winner. Shame on those who only can gossip and speak unkind words. Even those who claim they are his friends. I say this
allow Michael Jackson to rest in peace As for me Michael will always
remain in my heart just like all the great ones. I am happy he brought black and white closer together through his music and with his wonderful kind and loving spirit. The world in more empty without
Michael His music and videos will live forever. There will never be
another Michael Jackson I will always remember the many years
of my own broken heart and rivers of tears, it was listening to his
music that brought me though many difficult times. And I know many
others who can say the same thing. And to the Parents and brothers and sisters and to his children my love and prayers go out to all
of you. And to CNN thank you for allowing me to leave my comment.

patricia morrissey   June 27th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

i am truly saddened by Micheal Jackson's passing, my heart goes out to his family.. i enjoyed his music, his unique entertaining, let's face it, he was one and only, a great entertainor.. my children grew up adoring him. i also would like to say this, i never believed he could ever harm a fly, to me he represented a kind gentle soul, i always felt he had some inner pain in his life, and maybe this would be the reason he changed his appearance so much, but think about it, lots of women and men have cosmetic procedures to change things they don't like about themselves, so whose to criticize, if it made him feel better, this is what he needed to do, i would hope we can remember him for the joy he brought with his tremendous talent, and all negativity should be let go of... pray for his soul, i'm sure he's in a better place, free of stress, at peace and with eternal happiness..

joanne   June 27th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

im really hurt im sore...3dAYS DOWN IM STILL CRYING....

Mira M. of Conn.   June 27th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

How can I feel so much loss for someone I never met? I am heartsick that God wanted Michael Jackson now instead of 30 years forward. Michael's lyrics, his dancing and his music wove a spell around me that I will never shake. I was blessed to have seen him perform live in concert and, each time, I sat transfixed ... mesmorized ... like a child is when he sees something magical for the first time. The only difference - I was a 25 year old adult.

From the first day I witnesses his genius, I was convinced that Michael Jackson was a sensitive soul who was misunderstood by many and maligned for profit. They say the lessons are toughest on the teacher, and MJ worked hard to teach us, didn't he? If such a thing were possible, it seems as if Michael came to Earth from God knows where to share his gifts with us ... sort of like John Travolta did in the movie "Michael." Hmmm, I never thought of this until now. The spectre of Michael Jackson's talent was something we have never seen before and I doubt we will see again.

For sure, I am going into debt buying every sealed, original release of Michael Jackson's that I can win on eBay, except I will pass on one particular unopened CD that is being auctioned for $1,200. Each eBay seller and all other retailers who sold out of Michael Jackson music and videos by 6/26 should give some of their profits to Michael's children or to child care organizations, if any want to share the money they make on releases that originally cost $15. The last auction I won for his BAD CD cost me $74.00. But, years from now when I am rocking in a rocking chair, I will still be listening and dancing as best I can to Billie Jean.

My prayers and condolences go to Michael's children and his family, loved ones, business associates and everyone else. Rock on Michael. You are gone too soon.

Shirley Boerstler   June 27th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Hi Larry, In this sad time for us all with the passing of Ed, Farrah and Michael just this week we want to celabrate the precious life that our living God has given each of us.
The countless memories of seeing Michael perform was incredible to say the least!
I first saw The Jackson 5 perform at the Ohio State Fair . Michael was around 10, I was 19. Standing in front , not more than 5 feet from the stage, I saw the most incredible youngster sing, dance and just WOW! the crowd. I am now 60 years old and the tears wont go away! I loved Michael and cried at watching the Motown 25th show in '83. when he
performed the moon walk !
I loved Michael and his talent. Im in disbelief like everyone. He forever changed the music industry and was so naturally talented. Im so heartbroken at his passing and send all my love to his children, famiy
and friends. He is singing now with Elvis and Lennon! I love you Michael. Know that you are forever loved and truely missed by the world! Rest in peace! You brought tremendous happiness to countless people. You were a beautiful person!

Dorothy Johnson   June 27th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

All the way from Austin, Tx, Our deepest symphony to the Jackson family.

We remember June 26, 1984 when Michael was doing a show in Dallas, Texas , we stood in line at the post office to purchase tickets for my husband, two daughters Susan and Tracey and myself. It was such an ordeal , we were interviewed by John Kelso a news reporter from the American Statesman Newspaper. ( the tickets had to be purchased in fours) Then on the day of the performance we took the 3 hours to Dallas, TX, what a performance !!
We've been in love with Michael ever since. We have nine children as do the Jacksons.

Michael, gone but never forgotten, his children and family will always have a special place in our heart..

Gone, but never forgotten

August Alexander   June 28th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Michael Jackson was a wonderful man as well as a legendary artist an a musical icon. His loss saddens me but he will live on in my heart. I just want to take this time to give my deepest sympathy an condolences to his mother as well as his family. May god be with you Michael an i love you. You will truely be missed.

Val   June 28th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I am an avid Jackson 5 fan, be it the Jacksons, Jermaine as a soloist, Michael as a soloist, Latoya, Janet, Marlon, Jackie and Rebbie, I have all of their albums, cassettes, and cds. This is the greatest group to have ever record, therefore, I thank God for blessing Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Jackson for blessing them with this talented family and allowing them to bless our lives with beautiful meaningful and clean music,.

Michael will surely be missed, but his music, will live on.

Many blessings to the family.

Fradrione Chatman- Tompkins   June 28th, 2009 12:38 am ET

MJ meant the world to me and I am so sad I never got a chance to meet him. My parents couldn't afford to take me to his concert. Last week I asked my husband to take me to his concert in London. A couple of days ago me and my husband watch the Jackson 5 life story telling our kids about our Mj jacket and clove we use to wear. Monday I asked a friend of mind to put all of my shows of MJ on DVD. Tuesday I bought one of his CD, wed I got save in church when pastor Tim Storey was at Living Faith in Nj, thurs I got the bad news about Mj and my world turn up side down I will never be the same. When I listen to his music I let go so much stress and just dance and dance until my feet falls asleep. Now, I just can't stop crying. He was like a brother I never had from far away. My heart goes out to the Jackson family. I wish I was dreaming and this is just a bad nightmare. Love you, Larry king I will follow your show to the end. Thank you,

Tammy   June 28th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I am 47 years young, I remember the Jackson 5 cartoons back in the day, getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch them. I was around for the launch of MTV and Micheal Jackson finding a true calling he was a video pioneer. You know the good, the bad, or the ugly that EVER surrounded this man can never derailed the genious that was his music. Without him alot of the artists that we have today wouldn't have gotten a foot in the door of any producer or record label. EVERYONE has an opinion of the scandals he has been through, right or/and wrong it no longer matters(He and God know the true). Money makes people say strange things. It is very sad state of affairs when it takes a death of an icon for folks to come together. Micheal and family MAY YOU FINALLY REST IN AND AT PEACE~ Love a long time fan

Tam   June 28th, 2009 12:51 am ET

I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON. NO, ABSOULTELY, NO OTHER MAN CAN DO OR HAS DONE WHAT HE HAS. I thank God that He gave him uncomparable talent. May God continue to bless him infinitely. He gave his ALL, no current entertainers do that to date. HE gave the current black entertainers opportunity and pathways to explore, and made white people consider blacks. Thank you Michael for being so strong.

Sharon Steinbarger   June 28th, 2009 12:52 am ET

For what tallent Michael gave to the world, we should honor, and remember that people ,like he and Elvis, they were not perfect, but they were forgiven ........................

Carolina from Chile   June 28th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Michael, I never bought one of your albums, but I know all your hits, all the lyrics because they are the soundtrack of my childhood. Thank you for letting me grow listening to such amazing music, now that you are gone those moments are more precious than ever...

Nikki R.   June 28th, 2009 1:02 am ET

Michael Jackson was the "Ultimate Champion". He did not show fear, doubt, pain or regrets during his career when in public, and it is this attribute which has inspired me to believe in the power of positive thinking. Michael Jackson was a part of my family in Africa (not literally speaking) and is a part of my family here in the U.S. My 9 year old son recognizes his songs and is already a fan – I had no hand in it. Michael was a friend with whom I never spoke but who spoke to me and comforted me with his songs of love, life and happiness. Like any true Champion, he poured his mind, body and soul into his work and gaved us excellent pproducts. He lived his music – he didn't just sing for the money. I always saw a genuine love in Michael whenever he performed for the public – it was deep in his soul.

May the Almighty God keep his soul in peace!!!

Lisa Wilkins   June 28th, 2009 1:02 am ET

The media never mentions the fact that Michael had a true medical condition of vitiligo and lupus. I have lupus myself and it is a very debilitating disease. I understand all the pain that Michael had to endure. I know that his appearance was also the result of multiple plastic surgeries, but he was in the lime light the majority of his life and having these two diseases must have been like death to him. If his father was displeased with him over simple things growing up, can you imagine how he would react if Michael's career had ended before the age of 30! Having lupus myself, Michael's death has raised a deeper awareness of my health and state of mind as I deal with it. Like Michael, I constantly push myself and I can understand how easily Michael could become dependent on pain medicine to control his pain. Please let the world know about the real reason for his physical and mental problems. R.I.P. Michael. We love you.

Kathi   June 28th, 2009 1:10 am ET

I apologize for the error in my previous post. I just listened to Larry's program again and realized that the comments from Dr. Drew about the public health significance of Michael Jackson's death that I had referred to were made on Anderson Cooper's program, not Larry's. The comments were related to what Deepak Chopra had to say on Larry's show, but Dr. Drew's take on the whole thing was actually more relevant to the broad base of MJ fans who might stand a chance of taking home an important life lesson from this. He was talking about the need for everyone to be cautious and well-informed about any medications they take, whereas Dr. Chopra was focused on the narrower problem of sleazy and very non-Hippocratic behavior by the doctors of the very rich. Of course those are parts of the same whole: a health care system that leaves much to be desired.

jamestown,ny   June 28th, 2009 1:16 am ET

Micahel Jackson and all his wonderful fame will never in this worlds history be repeated EVER! He will be sadly missed by many and for all the select few that choose to focus on the few rough curve balls life threw his way, might i remind you that Micahel WAS NEVER proven guilty of any crime. Moreover i stongly feel in my heart that he fallen pray of extortion by a cash straped family that was looking for a channel to make an easy buck and SHAME ON THEM! I grew up listening to Mr. Jackson and he inspired me to be the man i am today. I extend my deepest respect and condolences to all family and friends of Michael Jackson during this dark hour!

Melanie   June 28th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I remember Michael Jackson most during his Thriller album. I was 11 years old, and I was mesmerized by his dancing and there was just something about him that was so captivating to me. And, I saw the famous performance of Billie Jean with the moon walk!! To me, when I saw him, I didn't see the color of his skin. I loved his music and loved watching him perform. I just fell in love with everything about him as a person, and he was a huge part of my life growing up. We didn't have cable television with MTV, and I remember seeing his Thriller video when it first came out being shown in a department store with my sister who was then 18, a senior in high school. That was such a huge event. He was in my hometown in Knoxville, TN in 1984 for his concert tour with his brothers, and I was so sad that I didn't get to go, especially now, but I'll never forget that he was here! I am so saddened by his sudden death. I think I am still in shock. It's like closing a chapter of your life, the end of an era. You never think of someone like that leaving so soon. I hate the negativity that has surrounded his life, but Michael Jackson brought about so many good things out from his music. I know he touched people's hearts by the songs about humanity, and his We Are The World proceeds. It breaks my heart, because I think he was just so misunderstood. People forget that he had no childhood. Music was his whole life. It's a celebration of his career but also so sad, like he was robbed of things that he always kept trying to get back in his adulthood, and I understand that. I want to remember all the good things about him, and I feel that he is in a better place. No more pain. Thank you, Michael for breaking down barriers, entertaining us and touching our lives. Your extraordinary career, talents and contributions will never be forgotten. God bless you and we will always miss you. With love – A true fan.

GMC   June 28th, 2009 1:21 am ET

This is absolutely troubling, that there is so many people praising MJ like he was a God.

If we were allowed to......... we would burn any other person, be it a priest, cop, grocery bagger, teacher, etc., on a cross if they ever touched young children........RIGHT.

So why are we giving MJ a pass?

I guess being able to sing and dance gives someone the right to be a pedophile.

Somethings wrong here people.

Azure   June 28th, 2009 1:22 am ET

Sharon, Julie,'s understandable you're upset that Farrah's death was overshadowed by Michael's death. But keep in mind that Farrah's struggle with Cancer has been reported on numerous stations and shows for the last several months. Those of us who adored her followed her story and grieved for her even before her passing. Her documenatry "Farrah's Story" was shown a few weeks ago, and again last night. Her story sadly came to an end yesterday, and perhaps the timing was a blessing. The family, unlike Michaels' can grieve in Peace.

Russ Leach   June 28th, 2009 1:26 am ET

Just so you know, CNN has always been and will always be my news network of choice. Like so many people in the world I am devastated by the news of Michael Jackson's death. However, so far as we know Jackson's death was not the result of a civil rights issue, but rather an unfortunate medical tragedy. My question, why are you allowing Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to hijack the agenda of Michael Jackson's death coverage? Please don't turn this horrible tragedy into a circus with ringmasters Sharpton and Jackson. Sincerely, Russ Leach

Jim and Bonnie   June 28th, 2009 1:26 am ET

It saddens both of us to hear of Michael's death. We too lost a son to prescription drugs. Our son was taking Oxycotin, Ambien, and Norco to relieve his pain. On Feb. 28, 2008 those drugs took his life. When will people learn that you cannot put chemicals into your body and expect it to continue? Try putting sugar into your car's gas tank and see how far it runs. We would like to suggest to the people that purchased tickets to his concerts let them keep the money to give to his children. Our son's children lost everything.
To the one who commented that death is sleep (Lindy JoAnna Cordice) , that is not correct you have a soul that goes on it its eternity, whether that is in heaven or hell. Read the book 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese. This was a man that spent 23 minutes in hell and he wrote this book to warn people of its existance; and there is a heaven too this is a literal place –read the book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper. This was a man who died, was dead for 20 minutes and returned to talk about his experience. Our prayer is that Michael is in Heaven resting from his work.

Anastasia   June 28th, 2009 1:28 am ET

Michael Jackson, to me, was something special. I just loved him like I knew him. He had this attractive personality that if you didn't know him, you'd really want to get to know him, or at least dream of it. His music lives on, his legacy lives on...he is missed so much...I know as a huge fan of his, I definitely miss him. The music industry, undeniably,has lost one of the greatest entertainers that has ever graced this earth. However, I am upset that people still continue to act as vultures and try to feed off his death in an attempt to drag his name in the mud as they did when he was alive. Stop digging up or making up things and celebrate his life. Have respect for his name and his family. People are grieving and the only thing these "vultures" can think of is slandering Michael...if these people had any shred of decency they would leave him alone to rest in peace.

christa   June 28th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Michael Jackson dedicated his life to the society, to the world! What did society, as a whole, do for him in return?

It is an understatement to say that Michael Jackson gave us the greatest of performances, never before dreamed. Just when we thought no one could top his performance, he topped his own prior performance by giving us yet an even greater performance, and another, and another,… We, as a society, expected him to outdo himself with each new performance, and he did. He exceeded society’s expectations in every way!

He was born, almost bred, not to merely entertain us, rather to teach us about the beauty in life, in people of all cultures, in entertainment, in creating, and to lead us to unity.
He gave every aspect of his life to each of us! He gave us the best, most unique experiences that allowed us to break away from the troubled world in which we live, feel his love and joy, and feel alive for the time spent with him.

Society demanded more and more from Michael Jackson, and he continued to not only live up to society’s demands, rather he far exceeded them. He was multi-faceted with great talent and flare. Though we truly know very little about Michael Jackson, we can infer that his talents included song writing, singing, dancing, producing, directing, choreography, stage design, fashion / costume design to mention a few. He changed the common music video of watching a band play, which was actually unheard of at the time, and created “short movies” to create the entire spectrum of entertainment as an adjunct to his music. He chose not to just perform or entertain us; he chose to give us a full range of life experiences.

With his passing, society should continue to learn from him – it is sad that society did not treat him as he treated society! It is said that hind sight is 20 / 20. Let us pray that society better understands the lives of those who provide us with great life experiences, with entertainment, and treat these gifted individuals with dignity and respect. Let these special people know how appreciated they are during their living years, for in all reality, they have given up all rights to a “normal” life in order to enhance ours.

Michael Jackson is second-to-none! He changed the world, the music world, and the world of entertainment. One of his greatest talents was to transform the lives of society and show us that anything is possible. There will be no greater person or entertainer than he.

Christine   June 28th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Jamestown, are right. I was trying to convey this in an earlier post, but some scrutinized me.

MJ is deceased and we (most of us) are here speaking about him and celebrating his life, and feeling sad as he brought so much love and happiness into peoples lives. He gave so much to charities.
Lets not forget what he did with "We Are The World" and other charities. He held concerts for the Nego College Fund and many many more.

I was lucky enough to meet him in 1977, I will never forget as he was so gracious and lovely.

He is resting in a good place, no photographers are following him, he is at peace.

My deepest sympathy to the Jackson's family and friends.

Toni   June 28th, 2009 1:41 am ET

I am terribly saddened by the untimely death of a very talented and special man. Most people don't realize how loving and passionate Michael really was, you didn't have to know him to see that, it was in his songs, his voice, and his actions. I just can't fathom how tsome people could believe the allegations concerning the 2 molestation cases. That was not his character. The parents should be ashamed of themselves and they will be judged for those false allegations, they owe his family an apoplogy because this may have contributed to his death by way of stress and debt. My heart goes out to the Jackson family. Michael was truly loved.

Azure   June 28th, 2009 2:00 am ET

Michael brings back memories of my Betamax. What a time!
We'll miss you Michael. You deserved better and I hope you're finally at peace.

JenLC   June 28th, 2009 2:06 am ET

Beautiful Michael, Shining Star! To those who love you, never far. Thanks so much for all you gave, you enriched our lives with your music, dance and sweetness of heart. May you remain in God's Peace, Protection and Love until you are reunited with your loved ones again. That's my prayer for you and your family.

I'll keep playing Michael's songs the rest of my life especially remembering the great times my family, friends and I had through the years listening, dancing, working and playing to his rad, sweet, rockin' music. How can even thank you be enough for all the joy this man's music has given us. I don' t know but it seems like I just have to say it. Love and prayers to the dear Jackson family.

Pam Hinkle   June 28th, 2009 2:11 am ET

Michael Jackson reached far into the hearts,souls& spirits of every person directly or indirectly..knowingly or otherwise??........

it's "as if "his life seemed to cast a shadow" or," more-so,a bright light radiating from is heart across the whole world,bringing out the better and unfortunantly the worst of humanity in some way...shape..or form?.

And depending on the "type of person we are"?..out of our mouths spewed our reactions and/or comments about Michael whether it was "loving, rude,politically correct or politely quiet & reserverd?", he would always " touch our lives".

I feel saddened for him. and his family, (as I often had before),
and from my heart I do believe this Man was always unfairly
missunderstood,miss-read, miss-construed??...' by an unloving world and MISSED–NOW"

I just wish for him that he was able to have known it while he was alive like he deserved!

I am the same age as he is now; 50,no groupie just an averaqge person in this Will Always Be Missing that he won't be in someway blended into my world?, either with his Music/humanity/ media- jibber-jabber/scandals
( unfortunantly)/& mystery,......... MY loss", and all I can say is that
Michael was "TOO Good For This World..."

And ....This World Didn't deserve him!!!!"...

"shame on us".

God Bless You Michael And Family,

I'm So Sorry.

with Love.


Kathy in Sacramento   June 28th, 2009 2:57 am ET

First, my deepest condolences to the Jackson Family and Michael's dearest friends. Second, thank you CNN for providing us (the public) with this blog so we can express our feelings. Each one of us is finding a way to cope with the loss of our beloved Michael, and being able to write what we feel is very helpful.

I grew up with the Jackson's music. When Michael went solo, he always came out with a song that ended up being a favorite, a song I would dance my heart out to at the night clubs. People are comparing Michael to Elvis...huh, there is noooo comparison–not even close!

I was waiting for Michael to make a come back, despite all of the horrible things that happened to him in the recent years. But since that will not be possible now, it would be so wonderful and awesome if the Jackson Family got together to perform a tribute to and for their brother. I will be waiting for that now.

In remembrance of Michael, I listen to his song, "You Are Not Alone." You should listen to it, listen to the words...

Kathi   June 28th, 2009 3:12 am ET

... one last thing I must say, having listened to the program for the third or fourth time: I think the handful of posters here complaining about Larry "interrupting his guests" were not paying enough attention to what was happening on that show, which from a technical point of view was a circus with too many rings. Larry had his hands full there, and maybe he'd have been better off with one less guest, but it would have been a less interesting show. Even if they'd all been in the studio with him I think he would have had to cut people off at times, because most of them were in a state of emotional arousal and we're all prone to ramble on in that state. He can't let people ramble on; he only has an hour. It's his job to interweave the threads and make them all tie up neatly at the end of that hour. And in this case, that job was harder because everybody except Miko Brando was coming in on some kind of remote feed. I suspect the reason he had to yell out "one at a time, guys" at one point is that there was enough of a lag (delay) on the audio in all directions that the guests didn't always realize it when they were talking over one another or when Larry was trying to end a segment. Not his fault, and while he directs his guests as a good host/interviewer should, he's never been rude.

Gilbert Elian   June 28th, 2009 3:56 am ET

I did not know Michael Jackson personally. I am white and middle aged and not exactly considered in his demographics which of course is nonsense.
His passing brings many tears to my eyes and my heart as I remember him as a gentle and illuminating soul who brought so much light to the world. His talent knew no bounds – he was far the most exhilarating entertainer I have ever seen. We all mourn for you Michael, but we know your soul and energy are eternal. God bless you, your family and all of your special friends.

Claudia   June 28th, 2009 5:51 am ET

The day Michael died, a huge part of music and history died. I was very shocked about the bad news, cried all morning long. He guided me through the most important time of my live, he showed me how to dance and his lyrics where always special. He was a genius. One of a kind. A few days before his death, I took a ride on his Colorado Adventure Thrill Ride in Phantasialand near Bonn in Germany. And while I was on this ride i screamed out loud: I love you Michael! and yes, I will always love him and his music. He will forever remain in my heart! He changed a lot in this world. He started with the the man in the mirror, himself. And he did a lot of good things for the poor, sick and dying people all around the world. I will miss him! but carry on his music and pictures and his life story to the future generation! My he rest in peace! Never forget!

Serti   June 28th, 2009 5:52 am ET

Michael Jackson was a nice part of my childhood and youth, and with his death is this part of my life also dead. he was a genius. may he rest in Peace.

Philip Oyok   June 28th, 2009 5:55 am ET

As a little child growing up in the 80s in Nigeria, one of the names you hear often that's synonymous with achieving greatness from MLK, to JFK, to Ali, was Micheal Jackson. The man was a legend. He was like the fist that broke down the Berlin Wall of how Pop Culture ought to be perceived. You talk about M.J. like you'd talk about your brother. His shadow touched ever city, every small town and every village in Africa, way before the world heard of the likes of Prince or Micheal Jordan or Barak Obama. He was a supernova in the sky, and there's no one down here who doesn't miss him.

Truly, he's with the angels now. Rest well, M.J. Rest.

Yvonne Held From Berlin Germany   June 28th, 2009 6:09 am ET

My thoughts goesto the entire family Jackson and the Kids.Iwish them sttenghts for the lost of their brother,son,and lovely father.

Michel R.I P.
When i hear the news i pray to god let him live.But Michel give us somany Joy with his music.his heavenly father says: his job is done on earth , he wan't him to com

I will never never forget you.

Sonya Rebelo   June 28th, 2009 6:20 am ET

I grew up with his music, it's a very sad day to learn that his gone. Unbelivable...I’m from Bulgaria and for me growing in the communist country we were not allowed to listen any music from the west or watch a movie. Great artist, great soul he will be mist there is a whole in my heart that I don't know how to forefeel.
Condolences to his family and kids.
Your son/father was and always will be the One and only "KING OF POP"!!!
Love, Sonya Rebelo.

Joe   June 28th, 2009 9:42 am ET

I am so sick and tired of ignorant people that is trying to make Michael a pervert. I don't believe for one bit that Michael was having sexual relationships with kids at all. I do believe that Michael was trying to relive his childhood as stated. And some of you critics if giving a chance would have slept with Michael yourself. And that's still wrong. Michael wouldn't have to find a child to sleep with and force anybody to do anything such act. There are too many volunteers out there who would have been willing. Let's move on and stop being so fake. Most people that are so critical of others are living secret lives themselves. Sin is Sin. Fornication and Adultery is just as wrong in the eyes of God just like anything else. DON'T GET IT TWISTED!

Pavithra   June 28th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

Michale jackson had been an inspiration for me from my childhood days. The sudden death has hit me very hard. I came to US hoping that i could someday see his concert. I love his dance and so do lot of people in india. Most of the competion held in schools and colleges will have atleast few competitors dancing for his songs.

I pray the almight that he should rest in peace. where ever you are michale we love you and you are always close to our hearts.

Joanna Konopnicka   June 28th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

There's no such word to say what I'm feeling. I still can't believe that HIS gone. I can't even imagine music world without Michael. He was a genius and he always be!
He will be always with me through his great songs, his music. It's impossible to forget HIM!
I'm really really sad.
I hope that some day HIS kids will be so great as He was.I hope that they will be a great singers,dancers and musicians like his Father. I hope to hear them and feel happiness.
I'm polish and I'm writing from Poland.
Sinking feeling-we all feel it.
I just want to say goodbye for Michael as a person, great person and I know that I will never forget him, because I love his music!

colleen   June 28th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

Dear Larry

I would just like to express my thoughts ..I am sadden by the death of MIchael Jackson,I am most sadden for his family. it is the hardest saddness in life to loose a loved one. I hope that we all celebrate his memory and realize that we should respect his family in this hard time. They not only have to mourn his lost but share that mourning with the whole world. Please give them space . Mike had problems but what people dont think of is why was he so private with his kids. Just for example the media goes to far. The entertainment tonight"s last picture of him is very distasteful and probably very hurtfull and shouldnt be shown.No other station is going in this direction and they should just let his family mourn because this is a hard time for them. I lost my father and brother in the last few years and there is no pain like this.. Please send the message of who cares about all of the politics , wierdness, for a couple days . Mike was a positive for music. If you realize that all the people he influenced would learn for his music and make it postive and go in his direction what we could accomplish in bringing positive back in music.. Thanks for letting express my views and hoping that people just show some class for once.. God Bless to his family and friends.

Pamela Wells   June 28th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

Dedicated to Michael
Soft Spoken, Singing, Dancing, Entertaining Powerhouse

Love abounds.
Something to be taught,
To our World, to Humanity.
What will it take? When will we finally learn?
To return to innocence,
So that we can truly and fully experience,
The energy of peace, love, joy, and wonder.
There are few who know this,
And they were put here on this earth,
To teach us to be innocent.
To let go of self, to let go of ego,
To love one another, unconditionally.
Without judgment, with an open heart,
So we can truly know and experience one another,
As the beautiful spirits that we are.
And that alone is all we need to know,
To have peace on earth.
We are all great,
Each and every one of us, with our light that shines.
So let’s share and accept each other’s greatness and uniqueness,
And be united as one.
One energy, one love, one peace.
It’s time to make a change.
We will never forget.
We will always remember.
Your beautiful spirit.
That is soaring high.
And your message of peace, love, joy, and wonder.
Love abounds.
Something to be taught,
To our World, to Humanity.
Soft Spoken, Singing, Dancing, Entertaining Powerhouse.
May your beautiful spirit forever soar.

by Pamela J. Wells

Angie Shekoo-(Africa)   June 28th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

Michael moved mountains. He organized USA -AFRICA global help. He gave from heart and with a smile. He loved people, peace and music. "His legend shall ever be !." We have lost a genious, a humanitarian, a brother and a hero. I will forever treasure his memories.....Here today , gone tomorrow, gone too soon, but gone to a better place.- we love you Michael. The world will miss you.

MJ fun angie shekoo (Africa Nairobi Kenya)

carolyn leeper   June 28th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

I grew up with the Jackson 5 & Michael. It is a great loss in losing Michael. It felt like I had a piece of me die. I also have his Off the Wall album & a 45 record with Bad on it. Michael will live on forever. My thoughts & prayers are with the family

Ruby Coria, L.A., CA.   June 28th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

I just don't want to hear any negative stuff about the Great King Michael Jackson, the negative stuff should be talked about all those who used & abused him! I hold Michael in the higest regards, a great wonderful, loving person. The World Loves him, damn the haters! R.I.P King Michael Jackson.

Michelle   June 28th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

Michael was an amazing superstar. I grew up with his music and have always known how hard he worked. His life was all about his music.
The allegations of child abuse in my eyes was nothing more than extortion of money. He wanted children to enjoy the "Magic" of Neverland due to him missing out on his own childhood fun. I think his name should be used for a cause to benefit children. Like maybe a "Michael Jackson House" For families of sick children similar to a Ronald Mcdonald House.
God Bless his family, friends and fans in this difficult time.

Kathi   June 28th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

I'll second that emotion, Ruby... but to any and everyone who's getting all bent about Deepak Chopra, please, step back a little. Let's assume, and I'm afraid this is a valid assumption, that medically inappropriate use of analgesic drugs caused Michael Jackson's death–either through gross error, or communication failure, or because MJ's doctor was incompetent, or because MJ, not being a doctor, didn't fully appreciate the risks of playing it a little too fast and loose with his multidrug juggling act. Do you really think our fallen star would not want that brought out in order to try to save other people from the same fate?? Of course he would! I submit that if you don't think he would support that, if you feel that he would think Dr. Chopra had "betrayed" him, then you might not really get who MJ was. For anyone reading this who's not a medical or pharmacy professional and is interested in getting more of a feel for the kind of thing that may have gone wrong enough to kill MJ, go to the Scienceblogs site, select "Terra Sigillata" from the blog list, and when you get to that page, scroll down to "Death of Michael Jackson: How could Demerol (meperidine) cause cardiac arrest?" Demerol is a really yucky drug... and only one of several he was probably receiving.

Jay Jay   June 28th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

Michael AMAZING artist, dancer, singer, songwritter, father, son, brother performer and so much more. Michael set the standards higher then anyone will ever reach. He is a god in the music industry and will continue to be because of his amazing work. His legacy and dreams will continue to live on through the people who love him the most. Michael is flawless and cannot be touched when it comes to his career and achievements. We will never see the end of MIchael Jackson because his music will be here forever. Our prayers are with the Jackson Family in the terrible time but we will not forget to celebrate his amazing life. Rest In Peace Michael, you ARE and will continue to be THE KING!!

Bridget Bullen of Auckland/New Zealand   June 28th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

My heartfelt thoughts of sympathy go out to Michael’s family, children and close friend’s, the news of Michael’s untimely passing is just heartbreaking! His immense generosity with his humanitarian work and his genius as an entertainer will inspire many generations to come. Sadly this planet has lost the King of Pop, but his wonderful legacy will live on forever………..thank you Michael! God bless .…and may you rest in piece. xox

Sophia E. DiGonis (The Gypsy Poet)   June 28th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Upon my radio show earlier today, I made a statement about Michael Jackson that I hope sends an impact to the rest of the world.
Langston Hughes wrote a poem called Heaven that states: Heaven is a place where happiness is everywhere" and Michael Jackson was the epitome of that statement. In everything he did, dancing, singing, even speaking, he illuminated a happiness in all the lives he touched. From his music, to videos, he was and will always be the musical spirit and one that reminds us of what happiness is...Inside of us, and everywhere...

Shirley Lenfesty   June 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I grew up with Michael Jackson. My mom reminded me how much I cried when he got hurt in the Pepsi commercial . I feel sad for him because I feel like noone tried to understood him or at least accept him as he was. I beleive that all he wanted was love and he seemed like an extremely sweet and giving person....
But no doubt in my mind everyone had a fascination for his unique talent and persona. He's a legend just like Elvis was. They were both people that will stay in our hearts forever. I hope he did feel the love in the last minutes of his life. I am grateful that he was part of my generation. Thank you Michael for your generosity.

Robin Hansen   June 28th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

I am stunned by Michael's death. As a mother I am devastated for his children. As a fan I am devastated for all of us who truly understood his absolute genius. I have spent this weekend watching all of his great music videos. He is likely the most incredible performer I will see in my lifetime. I was 5 when Elvis died and I always enjoy his music with a little pang in my heart. Today I imagine that is how I will feel every time I hear an MJ song or have the great pleasure of seeing him dance. Only now I know I will never again see a new dance from him. My condolences to his family and everyone who loved him.

carol kesling   June 28th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

god thank you for loaning me MICHAEL JACKSON for the short time i had him.... he trully touched my heart in a way no one else could or would !!!!! may he finally rest in peace and be WELL !!!!!!! he went through so much pain in his later life, what a private HELL he must have felt, all the popularity and still a very lonely man.... i will cry for a long time but will find comfort knowing he is in your loving arms and please take care of my very special angel !!!!!!!! GONE TO SOON !!!!!!!

Stacey   June 29th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I am writing from Milwaukee, where I just came back from seeing Stevie Wonder in concert. Stevie paid many tributes to Michael Jackson tonight, and even broke down on stage. He appeared very broken up at one point and seemed to have concerned a few that an assistant, and then his daughter come from back stage to make sure he was ok. It was really something.
He also played a song he just composed within the last few days, in memory of Michael, which he plans to 'give' to the Jackson family. It is a beautiful song...still a bit incomplete, but an incredible tribute in progress.
Stevie also told the crowd tonight to disregard all the negative comments we keep hearing in the news about Michael, and to remember only the good.
It seemed to be a special night for Stevie Wonder- remembering his friend, playing his music throughout his concert.....It was all very moving.

michelle   June 29th, 2009 3:03 am ET

Why isn’t any one bringing up the fact that micael Jackson converted to Islam 6 months ago The news about it is all over the web with witnesses such singer cat Stevens now known as yusuf Islam who is listed as one of 5 people to witnessed his conversion of m/j to Islam in November of this past year in Los Angeles Though Michael is deserving of all good it would be a real shame if his family did not honor his faith...

Bill Carr   June 29th, 2009 5:55 am ET

Enough Already -Yes a rather talented individual who was also rather weird, has died -not nice -, but why this orgy of public grief on CNN and especially LKL to the point of nausea?
It's driving me to watch Fox ???!!
Please be a little less relentless (or a lot less would be even better) – do we really need to know what MJ meant to EVERYONE in the world?,,, and have their comments / reaction endlessly force fed to us??

Reza   June 29th, 2009 6:54 am ET

Michael Jackson, Iran and me!
I loved Michael Jackson. When Thriller album came out, i was a young boy
studying at Tehran University. I tried to look like him, sing like him and dance like him.
Other students called me "Michael" because i was such loyal fan. One day after the
class, some pro regime students(Basiji) caught me while i was doing the famous
Michael's feet-moves. I was beaten up, my nose was broken and they cut my precious
Jackson-hair! The next day i couldn't even walk but my loyalty to Michael never broke.
All these years i had the dream that one day Michael comes to free Iran, he will have
a concert and i can tell him how badly i was hurt because of him. Today my dream is
buried with Michael, but his spirit and his cry for hope help me fight for free Iran.
Love and Peace,
Reza from Tehran.

Liz   June 29th, 2009 7:24 am ET

We are all born to die, and I think that because of who he was and the impact of his music and persona it is magnified. His fathers comment on how he wished the public recognized Michael in his life as we are reacting in his death is absurd. Michael Jackson was rewarded for his talent and we love his music, but Larry please bring up the fact that his so called family did not step in to see what was going on with this man. He was troubled and Michael was so far removed from his family ,and has anyone asked why? Michael was the voice of the Jackson 5 and I think that when he decided to go solo ,that created a problem with his father and his brothers. There must of been jealousy and who knows what went on in that house. There was a lot of money to be made and I hope his family doesn't try to capitalize on that ,but they will. It was his time to go and I think he has found peace.

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