June 27, 2009

Commentary: When the white glove waved

Posted: 08:55 PM ET
By Tananarive Due
Special to CNN

Editor's note: Tananarive Due is an American Book Award-winning and NAACP Image Award-winning novelist. She is based in Los Angeles. Her website is

The Due sisters -- Johnita, left, Tananarive, center and Lydia -- prepare for a Jackson concert in 1984.

The Due sisters - Johnita, left, Tananarive, center and Lydia - prepare for a Jackson concert in 1984

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Michael Jackson died Thursday, and my family gathered by telephone from Florida, Texas, California and Georgia to mourn and remember. But we began mourning long ago.

I was 17 when the "Motown 25th Anniversary Special" aired in 1983, and my parents, sisters and I first saw Michael Jackson moonwalk to "Billie Jean."

He sent a lightning bolt through our living room, and all of us leaped to our feet with shouts. He may have been the best entertainer I live to see. His music asked us to transcend race and geography, hate and bigotry, and made us feel like we were the world.

In recent months, I showed my 5-year-old son, Jason, that Motown performance on YouTube. "Billie Jean" made Jason want to moonwalk and wear a glove. "Beat It" inspired Jason to kick his leg and fling his head from side to side like Michael.

But it has been a long time since I could watch Michael Jackson videos without feeling sad. His death is only the next stage of the loss. Michael Jackson left the music world to mourn - but many of us, especially black Americans, felt like we lost a family member on Thursday. He pained and puzzled us, but we still loved him.

Until Thursday, some of us had forgotten how much.

Michael was not always easy to love. He tested us, sometimes asking us to ignore what we could see with our own eyes. We may never know fully what Michael did or didn't do, but he was like the lost relative we wished we could bring back to shore.

When Jason asked questions about Michael's changing face in the videos, I showed him the beautiful brown-skinned, bright-eyed little boy who grew up in my family's living room.

There is supreme irony in the death of Michael Jackson the same year as the inauguration of the first black president. Michael, who would ascend higher than any black artist in music history, learned a bitter lesson: Even at the top of the mountain, there is only the man in the mirror.

Jason isn't old enough to fully understand black and white, why his grandmother was sent to jail for ordering a hamburger at a Woolworth lunch counter in 1960, or how an ill-used child's soul might never find its way back home.

So I told Jason about the time Mommy, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Lydia and Aunt Johnita [now an assistant general counsel at CNN] drove from Miami to Jacksonville to see the Jacksons' Victory Tour in 1984, when Michael Jackson ruled the world. How his aunties and I dressed up for the concert in our own gloves.

After the concert, still floating from the surreal experience, we approached a stretch limousine on the highway. As my father sidled our car closer and my sisters and I pressed our noses to the window to try to see, the limo's tinted electric window slid down.

A sparkling silver glove waved out to us.

When we saw that glove, the whole car screamed - even my father, who was driving.

My sisters and I begged my father to follow the limousine...and it finally came to a stop in front of our budget hotel. When the rear door opened, a white blond-haired decoy stepped out - wearing a silver Michael Jackson glove.

If only we'd never seen past the tinted window.

If only we had a perfect memory of Michael waving goodbye.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Tananarive Due.

Filed under: Larry King Live • Michael Jackson

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Daphne   June 27th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Why hasn't anyone commented on the fact that the caller says MJ was slumped in a chair and then says he was receiving cpr in the bed? Who was the caller?

Kimberly Wagg   June 27th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Larry: There was a female reporter on your show and she had a picture of Michael Jackson on a stretcher and you asked her where did they get that? the reporter said we have our sources. I have not seen the picture since? Where is it??

Gladys DeMarco   June 27th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am shocked at what has happened. It does not make sense. i was listening to the 911 called, can any body tell me why the person who called just didn't say it's Michael jackson, what the hell was wrong with him, this does not make sense, he is describing him and saying a 50 year old man, now about a name. Also, the doctor was there, why didn't he called or take him to the hospital immediatey if he was saying he was having chest pains and where the hell was the defibliator which should have been in the home, especially if you know someone is cconstantly sick. The reason for having one is so that if God forbid he went into cardiac arrest, this would have been there to shock his heart back. This does not add up, something is veryh wrong here.

Mira   June 27th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Igrew up with Michael Jacksons music.
I am deeply saddened.
I feel for his family.
Michael woul not hurt enyone.
He was all about love.

thank you
Michael for everything you gave us.
May you rest in peace.

Marc in Quebec   June 27th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

it is possible to expose M.J. at the nerver land and put a big boxe for men and women put money save the place and all the singer who love him create a song usa for M.Jakson

realt sorry for my englais...

Pat   June 27th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

its like loseing my son a child a baby grow into a man i fell i lost part of my heart As i watch over and over the videos and cant believe he is gone my heart is broken and tears cant fill it. as michael looks down i know he can hear the crys and tears the love we all have for him he will be miss by so many he was our baby our child our teen our man and he was takeing from us like thief who enter into our hearts in the dark of the nite and takes your child may God hold you michael you will allways be remember in your music as far as the wind can go and the sun can shine and eyes can see we will remember you [ we love you ]

kathy   June 27th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

every song he sang with the jackson 5 , every song he sang solo, all came during facets in my life that make me.. remember the times.

to his family . we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.
only god can judge him now. his contributions for black and white lives are truly.....a victory.

Pat   June 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

This is a tragic day for his family and his fans. He has left at such a young age but now he is at peace with his self. He is only gone from our lives but never from our hearts. And we will see him again in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. And the papers, media and journalist need to let the family have some private time

Phil   June 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Talk about only what he has accomplished. And that is tremendous.

George   June 27th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Michael Jackson moved me to stop what I was doing and dance since I was a kid.
I heard him on the radio, the 45rpm, the album,the 8-track, the cassette, the CD, in my car....the man moved me to turn up the volume and just dance my but off! I hope he teaches the angels to sing like he could.

Laura Gilbreath-Joyce   June 27th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Michael was a huge part of my life when I was growing up and as I got older. I will never forget him or his legacy – he was the King of Pop and I will see him on the other heaven. RIP my King of Pop and I am sure that God will be with your kids, their mother, and also your family – May they find peace in God and your fan's words. I love you, Michael. Enjoy your peace and happiness that you couldn't find on Earth. Say hello to my family in heaven for me and Thank You!!!

Laura Gilbreath-Joyce

Maria Santiago   June 27th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I am sadden by Michael Jackson death. He was taken from us too soon. I just wished that the media and the reporters stop talking about the bad things that happened in his life. I believe that he was a child in heart and that the media treated him so bad because that are continuing to say bad things about him but they should remember him for the super star and talented singer that he was. He did so much for others and there will never be anyone like him. Talk about his wonderful career and he was found innocent of the charges that were brought against him. Has anyone stopped to think you the media how he must of felt when you were saying those horrible things about him and he was innocent. Did he have a life like normal people do? No he didn't. My condolences to his family and children who this must be a very hard time for them. I believe that the Dr. has something to do with his death. He was taken from us too soon. Please reporters, media talk about what he did for the music industry and the great entertainer that he was. Give him the respect that he deserves. May you rest in peace Michael.....

Orlando, FL

eileen from canada   June 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Dear Larry:
I am devastated with the loss of Michael Jackson. I am 50 yrs old and grew up with him. I don't believe he was a pedofile, I just think he lost himself in childhood and was looking for "real" friends that wouldn't take advantage of him. I mourn him.

Rashmi   June 27th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am devastated and have not stopped crying since thursday. I loved Michael unconditionally, no matter what people said during allegations and legal trials. He always has been and always will be the KING in my heart, no one would ever come close to him for as long as I live!

Funny thing is that my grief-stricken heavy heart is being lightened everytime I see him on TV do moonwalk or his signature moves. He is telling his fans and loved ones that he will live in their heart till eternity.

jackie   June 27th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

When GOD created each one of us, it was done with a purpose to be fufilled. Michael Jackson has fulfilled his purpose on this earth and GOD said to him on June 25th ...job well done my good and faithful servant. Michael's job here on this earth is over. So, with that being said we must remember all the good things he did for this nation. May your SOUL rest in peace. You will be truly missed.

sherry   June 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hi Larry. I always watch your show and I'm a real fan! thank you for this great program about Michael. I think everybody all over the world adore him. just wanted to mention that on top pf what is happening in my country (Iran) right now, michael's death was another shock for me and I'm sure for a lot of people back home. it made me really sad! I love him so much. I remember those days that I was about 12 years old and I asked my grandmother to bring a picture of him for me from Canada. she had to hide it in her shoes to be hidden from the security guys in Iran,,,and to me it was the most precious gift ever from abroad!
we will never forget him and he is always with us because of all his great songs.... thank you

Vee   June 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Deepak is correct in taking a stance. The viewing public is interested in this perspective as well – the whys.

Jessica   June 27th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I am only 17 and have never been to a Michael Jackson concert. I do know his songs though and have enjoyed his music. There aren't to many memories of sitting down with the family and watching his videos, but I have done it. It sickens me that within the first 2 hours of his death being annouced I recieved many texts joking about him and the troubles he had gone through as far the child cases. Yes I was around when those cases were going on but it didn't overshadow the fact that he was a great musician. I loved him a lot because he had a lot of great videos and I have caught my self looking up concerts and things like that. I once watched an entire concert of his and I was amazed. His legacy will live on and will always have an impact on a lot of things in the future. Other artists like Usher & Justin Timberlake have followed him and Michael Jackson seemed to have influence them. Bands like Fall Out Boy and Cobra Starship have made cover songs of 'Beat It' and 'Billie Jean' but they will never be as a good as the original songs. R.I.P. Michael Jackson and my sympathy to the family and friends of him! He was a great entertainer and I can only imagine a great friend aswell.

Vee   June 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Michael went from a chair then to the bed? Why was he in bed during the 911 call? Shouldn't he be on the floor for CPR?

carrol lewis   June 27th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

My heart goes out to the family... his children and his Mother in particular. To lose a son under such tragic circumstances is beyond pain. She knows she will see him again... he will be there to entertain us... he will see the world as he always wanted to believe it was... he will be able to trust again. So my sister/friend take heart and know there are those that do understand. I watched and knew why you were always there to support him through the sad times when people wanted to believe the worst. A Mother knows her son as no-one else can.. we never give up on them. I am thankful God is not as merciless as people sometimes are.
"All those in the memorial tombs will come out......" to a world without the pain and hurt..... a promise yet to be is the end of a chapter but not the end of the book.
I am heartened by the love expressed by those that knew the real Michael.

Kabir   June 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

It's still surreal to me that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, the Man in the Mirror, the icon who gave so much to the world, is now dead. I want it all just to be a dream that I can wake up from and then forget about later–it isn't, though. I've only really known Michael for a few months now–after endlessly watching his videos and listening to his songs since January. And I'm just barely a teenager. However, I cried and cried when he died–for the love he had given to the world, for the explosive art he had created on stage, and for the revolutionary pop icon who single-handedly broke down the musical racial barrier, and for so much more as well.

I think instead of talking about how he died, we should all remember how he lived. I mean, on CNN the "title" is "Remembering Michael Jackson"–but all I hear is "How did he die?" or "What was he taking" or "He was already so weak", etc. Why can't we all just stop for a moment, and remember the music, dancing, flair, and extraordinary Michael Jackson?! Michael and his family both deserve that much from us as fans and admirers.

He was a man who could beat it, thrill people, talk about his love and compassion, yell about his badness, and hust be himself in the fiery and passionate way we loved him on stage.

May God Bless Your Soul Michael, and Rest in Peace.
Your fan and admirer,

johannessen   June 27th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

your talking about M.J's problems what about not talking about his problems and only talk about the good thinks he's done and let him R.I.P

fm   June 27th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

At this difficult time words cannot express the sadness we are feeling for the loss of a truly unique and talented icon. Michael has left a large void in our lives and his family. We take comfort in having known such a beautiful and unique person and will always cherish our memories of him.

Michael, shine your birght and beautiful light on us from above. You have gone home but will remain in our hearts forever.

Yolanda   June 27th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

This hurts so much, and the pain will never go away for family, friends and fans. If you put on your favorite (Michael Jackson) song and listen to how much he wanted to make us happy. If he only knew how sad his going, would have made us. He would never have gone away. Oh !~!! the concert in heaven today!! I'm going to be good so one day, I can get tickets to see MJ again!! Rest well Micheal, you have done
what GOD sent you here to do.

Shirley from Texas   June 27th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Watched him from the beginning and watched him grow. Whether you liked him or not there is no one that say he was the Greatest Entertainer of All Time. I loved Elvis but Michaels showmanship far surpassed Presley. His music changed the course of entertainment forever. Forever rest in peace Michael, there you will no longer have your fears.

shirley from Texas

Sherri McGee   June 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

From the 8 track to the IPOD, Michael Jackson has touched my heart and spirit with his music like no other entertainer. As a little girl, my very first tea set was shared with Michael while listening to ABC. Although his spirit is all around us like "Peter Pan's wings", I still miss him deeply and can't imagine a world without him in it. A very deep condolences to the Jackson Family. We Love You!

Fernando Evangelho   June 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Dear Michael, I have always adored you as an artist. You continued to amaze me with every new song you came out with. I grew up in a world that you were a great part of and I cant imagine a world without you. You will be missed tremendously.There will always be a special place in my heart just for you. God bless you and your family

Elizabeth Doubleday   June 27th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

What a tragic end to such a talented singer and dancer.
My thoughts are with his family, especially his children.
God Bless you Michael for all your stunning performances.
We will miss you.

Joan Bates   June 27th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

IT seems odd to me that a paramedic when told Michael was being attended to by his Dr. who was giving him CPR to take him off the BED and put him on the floor??? As a cardiologist shouldn't he know to do that ??

Sanjay   June 27th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Dear Larry:
I am absolutely heartbroken with the loss of the legend Michael Jackson. He definately provided teh soundtrack to my life, ultimately I'm grateful for he's supported me through the ups and downs in my life, my life will never be the same and can't bear the pain and suffering that I, his family and fans are going through. For all he's provided; I am in debt to him and feel useless as my desire and wish is to provide some sense of support for his family, as I feel we all owe something, unfortunately location and finances hold me back from this.
The fact that I won't be able to bear witness to him is devastating, I was greatly eager to his upcoming concert, my love and devotion for him even meant booking two tickets; one for my birthday which was going to be ultimately the greatest and happiest moment in my life, Now here i am, left devastated, greatly attached to him, bearing a lack of sleep in which i sit watchin your show at such an early hour daily, continuing to mourn him and suppress the tears that uncontrollably keep coming back.
I pray for his family, having recently lost someone so close to me, i can understand the pain they go through, my thoughts and love are definately with them, for no mother should have to buiry their child, and nor should his children loose a father at such an age.

My final thought.... a true Legend is lost...R.I.P. Michael Jackson'll be remembered for my won't be the same but I will always love you...and may you continue to Thrill us all as your memories and legacy prosper!

Sanjay, 20, UK

Rose Brown   June 27th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

Hello, my grammar is not perfect, but i just wanted to tell you. I'm just a longtime fan of michael jacksons and the pain i feel is as if we were siamese. i haven't felt such pain since the death of my mother. I never seen him, never spoke to him or never attended a concert, but his death is like having a part of me amputated. You never know your little toe is there until you bump it, well mines definitely been bumped. I'm grieving right along with his family. My vocabulary fails to express the grief and pain this lost has caused me, but i do know he will be missed greatly and his song that is my favorite(Remember the times) That i will do for the rest of my life.
Sign: Still in shock and weeping in Georgia

Suzi Kasarda   June 27th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I' feel like a lost a brother. I was born in Gary Indiana on July 3, 1958 in the same hospital as Michael Jackson one month apart. I grew up with him and always felt a connection. My heart feels lost and the tears keep pouring from Michael, who will never see his children grow up and all of they[re special occasions. My heart is broken for his children.
I have had great respect for Dr. Deepak Chopra for years however, I feel his words calling Michael a drug addict to be extremely unfair. I have fibro-myalgia and go to a pain management doctor. My body is also addicted to the narcotic medicine prescribed by my doctor. I see a drug addict as someone out in some crack house or shooting heroin in a homeless situation. I think when describing Michael, referring to him as a Man who's body was addicted to narcotics by his doctors is a much more respectful description.
In his death, I hope all who appear on your program and others will be very careful of the words they choose out of respect for his children. And of course, in memory of this kind and gentle soul.

Kindest regards,
Suzi B.K. in TX

johannessen   June 27th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

in shock and weeping in the faroe island

pamela marie jackson tanner   June 27th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

just cannot believe Micheal Jackson is gone, he was our hero, we grew up together since we are the same age...the news of his death has left me speechless and i cannot stay off the the family my prayers are with you always and as everyone says your son will never be forgotten he has brought us around the world. where none of us would or could have ever been. He has opened doors for many black and white americans...with his talant and the tours he conducted all over the world no black man has ever family just think about where we are now...we have a black president...we are the world is what Micheal would be singing in July at his first concert and Micheal had the entire world in his hands. god bless you and keep you strong during these difficult times yet to come. My heart has this emptyness that we all are feeling around the world today and my heart goes out to you, i feel all your pain and your childrens pain, god be with all of you! I will be watching everyday, this is not over your son was murdered/overdosed...pursue that doctor that was with Micheal when all this happened he murdered Micheal, do not give up on this, Micheal should still be here with you and his darling children. You have the support of the world.

Rev.Howard Clemens   June 27th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson Family,who happens to be America's family.I deeply regret your lost,MJ was the best at what he did and i along with the entire world would like you to know that regardless of what happened,the guilt,hurt,shame and alledged defeat he endured at the hand of men,GOD has the final say.So to the most beloved family in the world, hold your heads up high and look to the hills from which come your health,trust and know that GOD makes no mistakes.Michael went home with GOD and he is in very good hands.Weeping may endure for a night,but joy comes in the morning.

lp   June 27th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Michael Jackson had a gift that he shared with the world and he could bring a smile to my face when I heard his music or watched him dance. God put him here for a purpose and God rest his soul he has been called home. Whatever pain he was suffering is done, he will be missed greatly. We were blessed to have him for a time and now it is his turn to truly rest in the arms of the Lord.

I pray the Lord holds the Jackson family close during this time of loss.

denise kirilo   June 27th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Michael you might be gone
but your name will live on
never can say goodbye
you'll be in my heart until i die
eyes will cry and hearts will break
your music and spirit they can’t take
they will live in our hearts and minds
cause you are one of a kind
you are the king of pop, rhythm and soul
now the World is left with a big hole
your soul can rest in peace
thank god for that at least


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Rev.Howard Clemens   June 27th, 2009 11:08 pm ET

Hi beautiful people( The Jackson Family), GOD said in his word:COME TO ME ALL WHO ARE HEAVY BURDENED AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST." On the 25 day of June our dearly beloved brother was called home to serve&sing in the Heavenly Choir,he ( meaning Michael) knew what time it was and he gladly excepted the honorary call to service.His legacy&life should serve as a reminder to all who wish to meet the MESSIAH one glorious day,to do good to those who despitefully misuse and abuse you,love your neighbor as yourself,spread joy&peace throughout your life and do the right thing while you have time.

Arnold Belasco   June 27th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

As a representative of Pepsico in the 80's I had the opportunity to meet with Michael Jackson prior to the first concert of his Victory tour at Madison Square Gardens. As I have found with other celebrities, when meeting with Michael Jackson prior to the concert for a meet and greet with customers that I was entertaining I found him extremely subdued, friendly, polite and nice enough but low energy.
Fifteen minutes after meeting with him and now sitting in front row seats watching, Michael Jackson the entertainer and superstar came out on the stage. The most amazing concert and high energy I have ever seen. The man on the stage did not seem like the man that we had just met with in the back room. What ever energized him on that stage I am sure Pepsi would have like to market........What a concert.
When the tour came to Houston, my home market for three or four nights, I had to go to his concert every night, every night was great.

The man that I saw on future documentaries explaining his relationship with little boys was not the same man. This was obviously a sad day as is his death.
As a 52 year old white male I will remember Michael Jackson as the Greatest Entertainer that ever lived, Elvis could not touch Michael Jackson's talent, unfortunately he too was flawed and it cost him dearly too.
Michael will be missed and I for one do not see another like him on the horizon, Long Live The King Of Pop......

Julia S. Butler   June 28th, 2009 12:44 am ET

This is about Michael & Purvis Spann at the Regal Theater, Chicago in June 1967. There were Wed. afternoon talent shows. I was in 8th grade, one wk. before graduation. 4 classmates & I came to the show, which had a regular stage show immediately thereafter. We attended Sherwood School on 57th & Wells. WE SAW THE JACKSON 5 WIN THAT TALENT SHOW THAT DAY, and I recall, as an avid WVON listener back then, that the song 'BIG BOY' was made as a result of winning. I'm glad that Mr. Spann is getting his due on the REAL DISCOVERER of the Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson. I don't know what caused them to fall out and move on, but he definitely deserves his credit. I'm sending this message to CNN, MSNBC, and all the rest. So far, only Channel 5 WMAQ have acknowledged this historical fact. As far as the way Michael died, I know it will eventually come out that the doctor was plying him with everything but the kitchen sink, instead of looking out for his best interests and pursuading him to get HEALTHY. Usher was profound on Larry King's show; he said forget the addictions or anything negative, when this man REVOLUTIONIZED THE ENTIRE MUSIC INDUSTRY, SINGLE-HANDEDLY. Lest we forget...

Donna Longo   June 28th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I am deeply saddened over the death of Michael, I grew up with his music he was the greatest performer of all time and his music will live on he will alway's be alive. I am sending out prayers for Michael and his family. I adored Michael. I just wish everyone could let him rest in piece and let his family be at piece and not have to hear all this garbage about drugs till the results of the autopsy comes back. He was a great artist of all time he could do anything and be great .

Thank You,

A loyal fan of Michael Jackson

Lindsey Parker   June 28th, 2009 12:48 am ET

I just sat with my 4 year old cousin and watched as he was mesmerized while watching Michael's videos. Despite my heavy heart, this made me smile as I was reminded how Michael Jackson is timeless. He has touched the hearts and souls of millions and will do so forever. Thank you for everything MJ. Teach the angels to moonwalk*

Olivia Jones   June 28th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I grew up with the Jackson Family as I danced to their music and danced to thier songs. My heart aches every minute of the day as I cry endless tears. Michael Jackson was a very special person whom I belive was put in such a position by God to help change the world. He was a Noah from the past. Since Michael's death, I ponder at the thought of having the POWER to turn the hands of time back to reverse this tragic.

Olivia Jones

Anna   June 28th, 2009 12:58 am ET

He was the best and he will be missed, and my heart goes out to his family and children. R.I.P. Michael Jackson we love you.

fo trovato   June 28th, 2009 1:06 am ET

I think Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer! He was mesmerizing!!!!

jamie   June 28th, 2009 3:40 am ET

you know the saying God's gift to the world? In thiscase i truly believe Micheal Jackson was one of God's gifts. Words cannot express the profound sadness I feel right now. Although he was older than me, I have often had a strong desire to mother him and be someone that would truly listen to him and truly understand his pain and sadness. We loved him but he paid a really high price to become the greatest entertainment genius (Prince being a close second) the world has ever known.

Lakeill   June 28th, 2009 4:20 am ET

I am deeply hurt by this. Like others, I grew up watching Michael Jackson trying to learn every dance step in every video. It is day 4 and it’s hard for me to turn off the television. I can’t stop crying. He is the greatest entertainer period. No one would ever reach his level. The man is amazing. My eyes are glued to CNN but I’m also disappointed that they are getting into negative topics about Michael. Please stop, his family (close or not) is watching. They are hurting enough. Have some respect. It’s ridiculous. Your words can never hurt that man again, God is protecting him. He is at peace now. No one wants to hear about that. Michael has always been loved and the world is showing that. R.I.P Michael Jackson. We will always love and miss you. To the Jackson family, you're in my prayers. Thank you so much from Michael, he is very special. The LEGEND.

Barbara Gavin   June 28th, 2009 5:48 am ET

To "The Jackson Family"

Mr&Mrs. Jackson & Family,

I along with the rest of the world I'm so saddened by the loss of your son,brother &Father. I grew up listening to "The Jackson Five". Today is only the beginning of the world mourning the untimely loss of a great musical artistic and genious "Micheal" who was larger than life. He touched many many lives through his songs.
Please take comfort in knowing Micheal earned his wings during his time on earth and is now resting in peace. Canada loved and is mourning the loss of Micheal.


A huge Canadian Friend,


Barbara Gavin

Rest In Peace Micheal!

Barbara Gavin   June 28th, 2009 6:06 am ET

To "The Jackson Family"

Mr&Mrs. Jackson & Family,

I along with the rest of the world am so saddened of the loss of your son,brother &Father. I grew up listening to "The Jackson Five".
Today is only the beginning of the world mourning the untimely loss of a great musical artist and genious. "Micheal". He truly was was larger than life. His spirit live on through the many many lives he touched with his songs and contributions to the less fortunate.

I grew up listening to his music and when I became a Mother of two I exposed my children to "The Jackson Five".
When my son was in pre-school I dressed him as Micheal for party they were having. He had the had, the suit and of course "The Silver Glove.

Please take comfort in knowing Micheal earned his wings during his time on earth and is now resting in peace. Canada loved and is mourning the loss of Micheal. His legacy will live on and on and on!


A huge Canadian Friend,


Barbara Gavin

Rest In Peace Micheal!

Unknown   June 28th, 2009 6:41 am ET

Any idea when Obama will have any words for this tragedy?

Mark   June 28th, 2009 7:27 am ET

Larry: Here's a topic for your next show...

Heath Ledger, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Nichole, Jimmy Hendrix, Margaux Hemingway, Michael Jackson.... How quickly we forget.

I could go on for days listing famous people who died from complications that resulted from their doctor's prescriptions. When will the law start to prosecute these doctors who are supposed to save lives?

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