June 29, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson's Friend and Marlon Brando's Son on the Michael Jackson He Knew

Posted: 06:19 PM ET

Miko Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando, has been friends with Michael Jackson for over 25 years.  Miko will be a guest on LKL tonight.  Miko's commentary is an LKL Web Exclusive.Miko-Brando-&-Jackson

Michael was my idol.  He's been my father figure since my father died.  It's strange living without him.  I will never be the same, and I don't know if I'll ever get over this loss.  It's like losing your companion, someone you always thought would be there.  It's just not right.  He meant a lot to me.  I feel like a different person than I was before Thursday.  I feel numb - lost.  He was a good friend for so many years.

I treasure the time I spent with Michael.  We'd go shopping together, go to Disneyland, take trips, spend time at Dad's house.  He'd just come over and set up camp at my dad's house for a while.  I enjoyed talking about music, eating together and having fun with Michael.  We were just good friends, that's the best way I can put it.  He was always there for me when I needed him, and I'd like to think I was always there for him.

I don't really have a single memory of Michael that sticks out.  It's hard to do when you've been friends as long as we have.  My best memories are of the time we spent talking, him hugging me, having good conversations, and making him laugh - I really enjoyed making him laugh.  I could say some things - just a few words in his ear, and I could get a laugh out of him.  And boy, did he have an infectious laugh.

Above all, Michael was a very caring person.  He had a lot of love in his heart.  He cared about everybody, especially the people on the street.  He wasn't stuck up - he had no ego, and he tried to make time for everybody because he didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.  If he thought he did something wrong, it would really bother him.  He had more love than anyone I know.

The Michael I saw everyday was one that loved his kids.  They were his main focus.  He was a very busy man, but he always made sure the kids were being looked after.

What a lot of people may not realize about Michael, is how good a businessman he was.  The tour he was planning is a perfect example.  He was a perfectionist, and he knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it.  Everything regarding the tour had to be approved by Michael.  Just because he hasn't been on TV or out in public a lot recently,  that doesn't mean he wasn't busy and active.  A lot of people have speculated he was really stressed over the tour, but I don't think he was.  He went through the same routines he did for past tours.

I've thought about whether there were any similarities between Michael and my dad, and I cannot think of a single one.  You've heard opposites attract?  I think that explains their friendship.  They had absolutely nothing in common, but when you got them together, you couldn't tear them apart.  He loved my dad, and they spent many days together at Dad's house and at Neverland.  They were very close.

Michael was instrumental helping my father through the last few years of his life.  For that I will always be indebted to him.  Dad had a hard time breathing in his final days, and he was on oxygen much of the time.  He loved the outdoors, so Michael would invite him over to Neverland.  Dad could name all the trees there, and the flowers, but being on oxygen it was hard for him to get around and see them all, it's such a big place.  So Michael got Dad a golf cart with a portable oxygen tank so he could go around and enjoy Neverland.  They'd just drive around - Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, with an oxygen tank in a golf cart.

Some of the best times I spent with Michael were just sitting on a bench at Disneyland's "Main Street."  We would just sit there and people watch.  Sometimes Michael would be in a getup so people wouldn't recognize him - but they always did.  When he was in a bad mood or a little down, I'd just say "Michael, the bench,"  and that would bring him out of it.  If I knew he wanted to have fun, or just get away, I'd say "let's go to the bench," and we were gone.

Of course, Michael Jackson in a public place like Disneyland was bound to draw crowds, and sometimes we would have park security with us.  But they weren't there to protect Michael, they were there to protect the crowds.  He was never really concerned about himself, but that someone would get hurt in the crush of people that wanted to see him.  People would just go crazy when they saw Michael Jackson.

Michael rarely cried, but I think he'd be in tears over the reaction to his death.  He'd be overwhelmed and happy that so much of the love he gave was returned by the people he loved.  I think he'd take a deep breath and just say thank you.

The family is still planning the funeral, but I think Michael would want it to be a celebration.  He would want everybody there.  He loved his fans.  I've been around plenty of big movie stars, but Michael's fans are beyond fans.  He knew the fans were what made him, and he wouldn't want to leave anyone out.  Everywhere he went, fans would be there.  He'd tell me the fans always knew what he was doing.  I don't think anyone has ever had fans like that.  So Michael would want a funeral that included his fans and made them happy.  He would want it to say: "I'm still with you and we'll always be together."  He was happy, and he wanted to make everybody around him happy.  Finally, he would want love.  Above all, Michael was about love.

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Sharon   June 29th, 2009 6:31 pm ET

I do not believe think that Katherine Jackson should have custody of Michael's children. Michael's father is a known child abuser and should not be allowed near these children without supervision. He destroyed MJ emotionally, spiritually, and physically (plastic surgery due to comments his father made about his nose) and now he will have the opportunity to do the same to Michael's children. This should not be allowed to happen.

Paul D. Jackson   June 29th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

Enough about Jackson. He's dead now let him rest in peace. Try not to forget we are still at war and men are dying every day. Let's remember them.

Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada   June 29th, 2009 6:48 pm ET

It just makes me sick to now see all the ones who turned against him and beleived all accusations against him are now crying over his death. I hope that they all stew in hell for turning against this wonderful loving human being who lived and loved the way God intended for all of his children. Michael was condemned in the court of public opinion before he was deemed innocent by a court of law. I know that one day God will ressurect Micheal and he will live forever in God's new world.

Chuck   June 29th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

Miko: I am sorry you lost your friend Michael. I wish i had some wisdom for you. I can only imagine your pain. I hope time can fill your empty space with good memories. Im sure Michael is looking at us all
and saying you'll see me again soon enough..................

Kleo   June 29th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

Miko, thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences - it comforts me to know that Michael had a good friend like you in his life.

Diane   June 29th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

I don't think the children should be with MJ's dad without supervision. Michael does not want his children to be hit and I don't think the father could use control. MJ would turn in his grave. The nanny should have the kids

Rose   June 29th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

Jordan Chandler, the 13-year old boy who accused Michael in 1993 just admitted that he lied about the molestation charges, now that Michael is dead. He said his father Evan Chandler made him do it for money. Let's clear up Michael's name. He deserves to rest in peace.

john witteman   June 29th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

I'm a soldier in the Army and I'm a medic. No one has asked this question... Why was a cardiologist doing CPR on the bed and not on the floor? Everyone in the medical field knows doing compressions on a mattress does absolutely nothing for the patient because you don't get sufficient compressions. This is a VERY basic step in CPR. Please get an answer to this for me. If the DR Was doing compressions for 45 minutes it was 45 minutes of wasted time. If he would have put him on the floor or put a spine board under him it could have saved him. As far as I'm concerned he killed MJ because he failed to follow basic protocol. This is no doubt absolutely hands down malpractice....

AS from NJ   June 29th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

A question was posted on Jack Cafferty's blog on "How much is enough on Jackson?" I really wanted to respond to that but comments were closed by the time I was ready to submit my response on that article hence I am posting it here as I believe this is a similar forum as well.

Cafferty: How much is enough on Jackson?

It's not measurable in days and hours! If our loved ones remember us for a few days when we pass away, do we consider that “too much” remembering? Should they just forget about and move on with their busy lives debating about energy, riots across the globe, health care, gay marriage etc. Don’t we all deserve a meaningful remembrance by all those who we touch and make a difference in their lives?

I would like to see more respectful coverage of this global icon. He is a universal legend and touched many hearts and souls across the globe including remote villages of Asia. I hail from one of those places and he inspired me to be who I am today. He made me believe in "magic" and that "I can do it". How many celebrities can even come close to claiming this?

His music and videos moved everyone including illiterate and educated, young and adults and across geographical and racial boundaries. He is the KING OF POP of my generation and another Michael Jackson will never come!

Agreed...His behavior has been odd. But every celebrity is odd one way or the other. That's what makes them attractive and unique. As per the accusations, I hope he was NOT guilty. But guess what, if God exists, he will take care of it and it is not for us to judge at this point since he has been acquitted in the court of law.

I loved Michael while I was growing up and will continue to love him forever...

Lisa   June 29th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Is it possible that this was all a set up by AEG?

Lisa   June 29th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

On June 10th a NJ Concert promoter Sued Michael Jackson and AEG Live for $40 milion for breaching a contract to play a reunion concert this year with other family members. That was June 10th, 2009.

Heather Freedman   June 29th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

I am a British Citizen and have been an American Citizen for the past 10 years and am disgusted at the way Americans treat celebrities, the only goal appears to be to bring them down and fleece them for money. I am sorry that I ever took citizenship as all America wants to do is bring successful people to their knees. Micheal Jackson was a wonderful talent and deserves more from the American people than he is recieving from the Media.
Anyone who is succesfull in the US is brought down by the media.

SYNDI   June 29th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

LIVID LIVID LIVID!!!!! How dare Joe Jackson try and market himself at such a tragic time. He is a lazy bum who terrified his children into fame. If that's not enough he has another infamous bum standing next to him Al Sharpton. It never fails when there is money to be made or camera's to stand in front of that bum comes out. Well they do say BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!!! Is there a good bird hunter in the house!

SYNDI   June 29th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

How sad we have lost a great person!!!!
Who doesn't want to be young forever!
I will always remember Michael as Peter Pan and one of the lost boys.
Fly high in Never Never land Michael we love you and miss you forever.
With love and great admiration for the man and his talent. We were
blessed to be in your light SHINE ON!
Isn't it amazing what he could see and we could not listen. Michael you
reached a lot of us not everyone was deaf to your loving message for
mankind and this planet. May everyone hear you now and see through a
child's eyes as you did. AS I LOOK IN THE SKY TONIGHT... SECOND STAR TO

SYNDI   June 29th, 2009 7:45 pm ET

Didn't they say Michael had a physical for concert INSURANCE!!! Things that make you go hmmmmmmm?

Chuck   June 29th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

If you are sorry you took citizenship you can always change it ! It is not America that takes anyone down. It is the American Press possibly.
If thats all u need to want to give up citizenship then give it up as fast as you can. I am sure you can get fleeced for money anywhere you may choose to live.

rhonda from coral springs florida   June 29th, 2009 7:55 pm ET

Michael Jackson was a beautiful, sweet, giving, loving human being that would never hurt a fly, he was taken advantage of by so many vulture-like people who had only a selfish agenda, a man who was still a boy at heart who only wanted love and to give love. Let him rest in peace now, by bringing to justice the father and son team of garbage that destroyed a wonderful human beings life for nothing more than their own selfish greed. What a tragedy to destroy an innocent man's life, for your own selfish greed, I hope justice takes place, and this father and son team get stripped of every penny they stole from Michael,and go to jail for a lifetime, because they deserve nothing less, they stole Michael's life,his dignity, his integrity, and his money. Michael deserves justice..

Chuck   June 29th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

The reason there is so much coverage is simple. Networks know and understand that an incredible number of people want to know as much information as they can get. Sometimes this information is good and sometimes not so pretty. Either way each of us can filter the info and form an opinion. But it sure is nice to be able to get information on people that we know so well through media after all these years. How fitting that even in his death MJ gets this much interest in his story even until his last breath. We should all be so fortunate.

charles   June 29th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

It's sad that Jackson died, and he was a great talent. However, the hype is over the top. He did things to his body that lead to his death; why is such a lifestyle lifted up and celebrated? I feel sorry for him. And his family especially is pitiful; where were they last week? Why didn't they see what was going on and try to stop it? Of course, now it's the doctor's fault. Shame on our country for idolizing a person who kills themself with drugs and an excessive lifestyle. Let's celebrate the millions of hardworking people in this country who nevery get the spotlight.

jam   June 29th, 2009 8:28 pm ET

Short and breif, being that MJ is strongly one of the greatest entertainers ever - R.I.P. That being said I have reservations on humanitary efforts and I have to do required research –In looking on the media reflecting on people from across the world. MJ,s very own ancestary has not even progressed to the modern technolgy media on a main stream basis. ie; look at the mpeg all countries across the globe were capable of express their grief except the African continent.. This is truly sad.. .this really goes beyond technology but the global social climate and intercural relations....

Ted Sharp   June 29th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform 50 concerts but Michael went worldwide anyway, because everywhere I went to buy CDs, or videos of Michael Jackson everything was sold out. If it's like that in the U.S. then it is like that worldwide. If Michael was in debt then everything should be paid off, If THEY don't steal the money from him and his family again. GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL


Karin   June 29th, 2009 8:34 pm ET

Michael is life. Life can’t go, life is always and forever, he is the life.
His love is a pearl that touched our hearts. He was so full of life, in love with life. It breaks me and it’s impossible for me to handle it, to cope with it.

from Estonia

RITA MORENO   June 29th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

Katherine Jackson has been awarded temporary custody of Michael's children but is this really what Michael would have wanted? I don't believe Michael would want his father Joe Jackson raising his children given his own history with his father. I am really concerned that the children would be subjected to the same type of abuse Michael suffered.

Penelope Bird   June 29th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

He was the man who changed the face of music! You look around at all these young singers and dancers and you see his influence in there music and moves. Usher, Justin Timberlake and even Weird Al used many of his songs to imitate.

He truly lived a totured life in my opinion. His childhood taken from him to make money and music for his father and family. What did we expect him to be, normal? He was far from normal but we wouldn't have loved him as much if he was just like us. He was what we needed him to be, "THE KING OF POP". We made a monster out of this ICON!

I'm reminded of an episode of SOUTH PARK when Britany Spears is gradually killed by the public, media and papparazi. How true that has been for this man we worshipped. He did everything he could to stay in our good graces from changing his apperance, marrying Elvis' only daughter and to make him even more normal, having children of his own.

I say this with all respect to this man who gave our world so much of his music and his life; it was time for you to go and be at peace. No one man could have held so much on his shoulders as he did and he did it with dignity and pride.


Roberta Smith   June 29th, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Joe Jackson is disgusting. It's all about the money. Why didn't this family do some intervention years ago with Michael. They are all enablers in their own way because -IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. Joe Jackson – shame on you....making money off of your son's death. You turn my stomach!!!

candace   June 29th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

Are those children really michaels? there have been talk that the children he had with Mr Rowe are not his biological children...not even sure about the 3rd child with an unknown surrogate...have there been any DNA tests???

R.I.P michael you will be terribly missed

Michelle Gemmell-Denton   June 29th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I want to say thank you to Miko for sharing his story. I know it must be hard to have lost such a close friend and i pray that those who knew and loved Michael personally find comfort during this time; i pray God catches every tear drop and consoles us all. We as fans have lost him too and we mourn and celebrate his death and life with you.

Its also good to know that Michael did have some normalcy in his life, that at moments he could just be a regular guy and enjoy his friends and family. I miss him immensly; Michael's music and artistry has played a major role in my life, i have built so many memories with his music being the soundtrack so to speak. I loved every song, every dance move, was comforted and consoled thru the music and lyrics and given happiness thru them too.
i too hope that the media would let the world remember him for all the good things he has done and acheived and not tarnish his image. I hope he is in peace now. I hope his children can be cared for as their father wished them to be and his affairs put in order justly and timely.

I'd also like to comment on John Wittman's post: i too was very disconcerted to hear the way in which the Doctor performed CPR anyone who knows how to do CPR knows that the person must be on a flat surface, what type of doctor doesn't know that. Could Michael's life been saved had he done CPR properly? So many questions with not many answers unfortunately.

I just have to keep faith that God knows what he's doing

Rest In Peace Michael, I will always love you!

angela   June 29th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Gads, all these people seem so weird, very far from normal. Thats just the impression I get, maybe they are nice but they are different. This is why people should not have kids in these situations, it makes me sick how he was able to concoct a family. NOW WHAT? He did not put these kids first, obviously. People that do put the kids first, stay alive for them.

Weltenbummler   June 29th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Please, please, please start doing unbiased coverage of MJ's death. It all goes into the same direction on all channels – that MJ was a drug addict. What happened to neutral journalism? There are soo many drugs today which can kill you, not just narcotics. And nothing is proven until the tests come back. So please start applying at least some reasonable doubt and give MJ the respect that he deserves for what he accomplished in life.

Lauren   June 29th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

MJ is an amazing soul and we were blessed to have him share his talent with us. His soul will shine on in the next world.

joanmcclure   June 29th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

lou ferrinno, m.jackson had a problem for a long time, wasen't fit,you know that. what happened, he made thoes choices.

AlexTome   June 29th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Mark my words, if Michael Jackson's funeral is public, it will be the largest public funeral EVER. THAT many people loved him so much. The world is in debt to this man for the FEELING we get when the right MJ song comes on in the club. It's always thrown in there properly. Haha. We'll miss you big guy.

Boris Sucre   June 29th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Beautiful words from Miko, I'm from Panamá, I remember seen the Billy Jean video for the first time in the 80' being in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, I spent the entire year in bed with my leg broken, this is the year Thriller came out, I enjoyed my long days seen the videos on MTV, Long Live the King

Maria   June 29th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

what you wrote is great. You should try getting a deal for a book about the person, the friend Michael Jackson.

jj   June 29th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Thank you for having Lou and Mr. Brando on today to give a REAL perspective of Mr. Michael Jackson. I am so feedup with CNN slandering this man whom I have loved and will continue to love, Let him, his family (Reebie,Jackie,Jermaine,LaToya,Tito,Marlon,Janet and Randy and of course Katherine&Joseph) and his 3 children have some "space" in an effort to find some peace. Lisa Bloom,Diane Diamond, Jane Velez, Gloria Allred, Tom Sneedon and in a small way Nancy Grace ~~~SHAME ON YOU for slandering this good man for your personal motives. LEAVE him ALONE!!!!!!

Chauncy   June 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET


Heartfelt, genuine, loving and so very kind words spoken of MJ.
Mr. Brando, I don't know you but I love you....


Lasha   June 29th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Michael Jackson has bequeathed us with an inexhaustible energy with which he has colored our lives. The world has once again lost Michelangelo, Modigliani and Picasso. It will take a long time before we fully understand his colossal impact on modern art and culture today.

Mirna   June 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I completely agree with Niko's statement. Eventhough I never met Michael, I just had this feeling about him. Everytime he talked, the looked in his eyes and that beautiful smile only reflected love. Michael Jackson is beyond a legend. He had the biggest heart and for the ones that cannot feel it, I tell you "just look into his eyes" and you will see what a blessing this man was. I will always love Michael and I only hope that Michael already found the peace and happiness that he deserves and only God can give. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL, FOREVER AND EVER...!!!!!!

Geegee   June 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Thank you Michael
I am greatly saddened by your prematured passing I will not lie. For I have lost a part of my childhood and experiencing a great sense of loss together with all who loves you globally. With great talent , you had a tortured soul.
I wish I could understand your pain and struggles, I could not, for I am emotionally strong. Circumstances surrounding your death hits painfully close to home.

The very 1st cassette tape I bought when I was 11 years old was the Jackson 5, starting my journey for the love of music. My musical taste had evolved thru time but it started with you, so I thank you Michael.

I grew up with you, watching your music videos in the 80s, singing along to every songs I love, songs that touched my heart. I remember watching you and having goose bumps on every MTV, AMA and Grammy awards, for bringing me much joy and excitement, so I thank you Michael.

I watched you rise to the top like you should and sadly witnessed your decline but the controversies you brought did not faze my love for your incredible talent. I care only about the impact you had on my life. The King of Pop did not die, he lives in my heart and memory.
May you find peace now for you found none while being on this earth. You will be fondly remembered.

Cathy   June 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Grieving the death of someone like Michael Jackson is normal. Those of us who grew up with him feel a tremendous loss. Although, there are other things going on in the world it's okay to take some time to mourn this great loss. If I pass away I would want to know that my friends and family would take the time out to remember me.

Annie   June 29th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Why does Chernoff keep saying "In this case, Michael was lucky that the doctor stayed overnight"? WHY was Michael lucky? He would've been lucky if the doctor saved him – he didn't. I don't see how he was lucky then????? This makes no sense...

Gabrielle, Denver   June 29th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

If his mother didn't take custody of the children, who would have? It is only temporary for now!

Karol king   June 29th, 2009 9:39 pm ET


There is something not quite right with the doctor. If he had found Michael with out a pulse, he would not have waited 30 min before he called the ambulance. the security on the tape said >
he was pumping him, but he is not responding".
He tried to revive him, and only after he did not get a pulse, he called for help.

Shauntai   June 29th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Michael Jackson exemplified diversity, and you can tell in just about all of the songs he ever performed. I don't for one moment feel in any way, shape, or form that this issue is "OVER THE TOP" or " TOO MUCH." If Michael Jackson was alive right now then all the attention would go to Farrah Fawcett, and that's alright considering that she was an actress. So let's be fair and give credit where credit is due.I want to continue to know more about this mysterious death because that are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the so-called Dr. Conrad Murray, and I for once don't believe he tried to help Jackson at all. Jackson may not have mean't anything to a lot of people, but I will say this his music and the way he delivered it was great, and anytime a person a come up with songs about the "Human Race" and "Making This World A Better Place," I can listen to it. It's much better than listening to rappers call ladies vulgar and explicit names if you get my drift.

christy   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am saddened about what is going on with Michael. I just recently lost my daughter, she was 27, my only child and I cannot phathom what is going on. People just need to let the family get over the shock of the loss of a son, a brother, a friend and be able to mourn their loss and make sure his children know that they are loved .

Diana   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Miko, as I read your beautiful heart warming words, tears just kept streaming down my face. I feel better knowing that Michael was blessed to have had you in his life as a dear friend and a confidant. God Bless you.

Joan   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Thank you CNN for all your coverage. Being 50 years of age I am watching your channel day and night for all the news and positive things about Michael. I share a spiritual side like him. I was born in 1958 so seeing him in the 70s and 80s and 90s and the music he made was fantastic. I could watch his dancing all day. I am playing his videos on You Tube everyday. We all grieve in our own way. Loved him and his talent and in the paradise he will have no more pain, neither emotional nor physical and he will be free.

Yvonne Peterson   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

1st of all i wanna say that Michael will be very much missed!!!! and he was someone that no one will ever come close to repeating!!! Now about his parents having his kids, the mother gave her rights away then she got them restored, the other one is a surrogate, meaning there is no contact, and that is what SHE agreed to! Now as for Debbie Rowe is there a relationship w her and the 2 kids? Would she just want to get the kids for the sake of more $$$? As for Joseph being abusive, back then ALL kids got ass whoopins! and guess what there were no where near as many kids in trouble as there are now, and at his age i doubt that he can whoop anyone's ass. As for the verbal abuse i doubt that he would do that, see once ya learn what a mistake you made in the past- he wont repeat it and do you think with Michael's kids that his mother will stand for any of that, yes she dealt withit when Michael was little but after losing her son, i dont think any of that will be tolerated! I say let his parents raise the kids with the help they have those kids will be fine,and be very loved! Enough for the man, i mean he is dead. Have a little respect, no one truly will ever know what went on w michael only him and Jesus!!!! And he has already been judged, Rest in Peace, we will always love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olivia   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Miko, thank you for your comments on Larry King tonight...Michael Jackson is blessed to have you as his true friend. Thank you for your insite into the private side of Michael. Also your blogg was great to read.
I have been a fan of Michael forever since I was a child... I grew up listening to Michael in my home land of New Zealand. I will miss Michael along with the world family. Rest in LOVE & peace Michael.

No more bad commentating about Michael. I would prefer to hear the good now he has departed this life. He deserves respect and our fondest farewell to him at this time.Once again thank you for this arena to air our views.

Michael will be missed. Farewell Prince Michael.

Olivia Aiono, California USA

Susan   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This is a wonderful window into the world of a man whose life we watched from afar. Michael Jackson's death left me stunned, but I have loved seeing how his fans are celebrating what he brought to our lives. He will be missed, but he's left us so many great gifts that he'll never be forgotten.

Gabrielle, Denver   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I love what you wrote Miko, very touching.

Shawn Gregoire   June 29th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

It is hard to read all the negative reviews. I believe God needed a special person to lead his chior in Heaven. He is singing some new songs that we will hear when we get there. May God Bless his Children during this time.

Miko I have a suggestion about the Tour over in London it is not perfect but what is the chance that Justin Timberlake do the tour and sing Michael's songs in honor for Michael. I believe he can dance like him and if asked I believe he would do it. Michael was his Idol.

May We See You Again!

MARIE PHILLIP   June 29th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

My deepest sympathy to the Jackson family for giving the world a wonderful son with so much talent and love to give to mankind. His death is sudden and tragic but God has taken his son back into his arms freeing him from the likes of the people in the media who has tried to demean him, but they are in the minority as the world pours out to moan for a wonderful person who entertained us with class for forty years.

T. Powell   June 29th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I am the same age as Michael and I grew up listening to him and his brothers. My heart aches that Michael is no longer among us. He was a gentle soul, a butterfly and a loving man. I hope those who swindelled him out of money on those bogus molestation charges rot in HELL! Michael's in Heaven now with Jesus. I guess God needed another lead singer who could be better than Micheal. Rest in peace Michael, you were truly an American prince, I miss you and love you.

michelle williams   June 29th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

miko brando what a beautiful remembrance of your friend!! and not once did i hear you call him weird!!!! which is what has me so upset with the media! i feel that even in death no matter who you are you can never still get the respect you derserve i want to scream everytime i hear the media call him weird his name was micheal!!! not weird and we as adults teach our children not to call people names and yet we as adults do it and i've heard it said many times before about people in the public eye but this times it just stings a little bit harder cause i grew up with micheall and the whole family like so many others and loved every single thing they did!! heck i was going to marry micheal or one of the brothers like so many other little girls!!!! i dressed & tried to be & do just about everything janet did coming up!!! so i say to you & his family i'm so sorry for your loss and for the worlds loss of such a great great person!!! please give my condolenses to his family & children you are in my prayers!!!!

Annette Brown   June 29th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I totally agree with the comments regarding M.J.'s father. What a miserable man. He looks like the devil when he smiles. Slick willy he is not. You guys are making me freak out talking about why an insurance company that we had to bail out for money problems might profit off a poor man's death. Makes one wonder, WTH! I don't care if he did take pain meds. With all the things he did in his life with his physical self, being his age myself, I totally understand how ole'man arthritis can get you way down. If someone had really wanted to help him they would have gotten him a maintenance plan instead of trying to hide everything. Much less if our American media would have let him alone long enough to get his life together. No wonder why some one might want to forget what's being said about them. Nervous wouldn't be the word for it. We tear them down and then wonder why they have a problem. I feel such a sense of loss and connection with him right now, it is truly sad. Those poor kids SHOULD NOT be around that crazy man JOE J. No one wants him to use them as an amusement sideshow. The last remains of M.J., pay at the door. They need to have time to grieve and have privacy not be on public display for monetary gain. M.J. would role over........

viola   June 29th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I wish people would stop staying neagative things about Michael Jackson. It must be hard for his children to hear , read or see these things on Television. Michael was not perfect but who is. He had a talent that we will never see again. He touch those he loved. He made a difference in so many people's lives. He truly was and always will be the King of Pop. IMy prayers are with his family.

melodie   June 29th, 2009 9:42 pm ET


why are you commenting. What do you mean that Michael should not be celebrated, everyone has problems but he gave his all to his fans. Michael has done so much for this world musically and financially when it came to charities and helping kids, what have you done for even your next door neighbor. Michael was a good man and all he wanted was for everyone to love one another and look out for each other. Also I think that the grandparents should get the kids because yes joseph beat his kids that was a long time ago and not to be frank but he does not want anything from these kids, he is not trying to make them into stars and the family now as more than enough money to hire help.

Another thing I must say is that all who believe Michael was guilty of those accusation and do research on the 93 case. I found so much evidence that should the family was trying to get money so once again do your research.

lorane   June 29th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

so sad most people didn't get to know the loving, caring person MJ was

Tgreen   June 29th, 2009 9:42 pm ET


These are some of the most touching thoughts I have read since Michael's passing. God Bless you and the Jackson family. We all lost so much on June 25th, 2009. May Michael rest in peace.

Eve   June 29th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

We truly had a soldier for god among,
with all my love

Maryann ca   June 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I believe that Michael Jackson was an innocent, a sensitive soul, highly creative, and original. Due to his celebrity people who were negative looked to take advantage of him, by suing him and making up stories that weren't true. He did not realize he had to watch his behavior, so people couldn't burn him for their own greed. I don't believe for a moment that anyone was ever molested by Michail. I beieve he wouldn't hurt anyone. His children should not go to his father who abused him growing up, and if the mother is with the father she should not have custody either. Perhaps one of his siblings who have it together should get custody, someone who is young and has their own children perhaps. His mother is too old to care for them, they need young parents. Also I think it is despicable to see and hear his father talk about his record company he is starting and to push that at this time is unforgivable.

Earlean   June 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I would like to say thank you to Miko for your wonderful thoughts, I am also a fan of Michael's and have been throughout the years. I am 63 years old but I have loved Michael and his family for decades, I feel like they are part of my family. I have 2 grown daughters and they love this family also. Our hearts goes out to the Jackson family in their time of mourning. Take care of Michael's kids as I know that you will. Thank you cnn for keeping me updated on what is going on in this great man's life.

sunshine   June 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

i think everybody needs to leave michael and his family alone, let the legend have peace in his death, you all harassed him enough while he was living. michael loved his family and his mom. we need to celebrate the music he gave us.

mary   June 29th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Michael Jackson is and always will be remembered by all of us he was an innovator and genius of music, and endless talanted dancer and singer...thank u Michael for living your life to inspire and educate and help people who strive to be the best ,,,,AND TO SHOW UR LOVING HEART AND INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE!! Words can not express our sorry but as his fans we will have him in our hearts and listen to his music and videos for all time!

sandy jones   June 29th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

God has control of how and when we all die. He was generous enought to give us Michael Jackson for 50 years. He has done his duty here on earth by bringing the world together to make it a better place. He is now on that Neverland Ranch in the sky where he will be forever young and we will see him again. We love you Michael.

Katherine Chisler   June 29th, 2009 9:46 pm ET


Yvonne Peterson   June 29th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Of us born before 1980, who can say that they DID NOT get an ass whoopin that by TODAY'S standards would be classified as child abuse? Michael may have felt abused but honestly i dont see his father doing that with his deceased son's kids! Give them a chance! I hope that those of you who are saying some real ignorant,disrespectful things know that Karma really does come back!!! Just a thought!

angie   June 29th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

to Miko–
thank you for sharing your memories of MJ. i hope that you and others who truly knew him continue to spread his message of love and keep his spirit going. the media is continuing to re-hash old controversies at a time when we should be focusing on all the amazing things he did for music, for his fans, and for humanity.

to others above who are upset regarding Joe Jackson–
i agree; the decision to grant temp. custody to Michael's parents is disconcerting, as it is well-documented that Joe Jackson abused MJ physically and emotionally growing up. we can only pray that he has worked out his demons (although the greed one still apparently remains), and will treat those children with respect. i hope a permanent solution is resolved as soon as possible, which is more safe for them.

peace & love to all who are grieving the loss of the wonderful Michael Jackson. may we continue to celebrate his life, music, and legacy of love.

Olivia   June 29th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

PLease report on Michael Jackson from a positive point of view from now on. It is heart breaking to hear the garbage that reporter's want to ask guests about who knew Michael. Larry King was doing that tonight, harping on the same thoughtless questions...ENOUGH ENOUGH


Olivia Aiono
California, USA

Eddie Platz   June 29th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Thanks to Mr.Brando we have an honest inside of who MJ really was. A loving and caring-beyond humane- person. On the other hand, when MJ was among us, the media would call him "wacko" "perv..." ,but now that humanity is mourning a great human being, he's only regarded as a "controversial" man.
G..D bless him.

Eddie Platz

Andrea d. Robinson of Harlem, NY   June 29th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Please, Please, let Michael rest in peace! Michael is gone and he lived his life and did a success with it. Be it if he was happy or sad. He is gone, so stop with the negativity for he can't defend himself now. Let my boy rest in peace. Please people, leave him alone.

Susan   June 29th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I hope Michael Jackson has a Will. The family seems to believe that they are entitled to 100% of the estate funds. I hope they abide by any Will established by Michael Jackson particularly if he "gifts" his loyal friends and employees who have stood by him for all these years.

The family should certainly have guardianship of the children. Their financial reward is the love and care of these children. The financial estate is a personal choice of Michaels and too big for this family to handle. The children should be educated and exposed to the lifestyle Michael wanted for them.

Lets not fmaily love hide an underlining issue of greed.


Hazel Liverpool   June 29th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I am very sat at the passing of Michael Jackson. I would just like to know where were all of these friends when he was going through his trial, i did not here all these good coments when he was charged. I did not here any comments from his so call best friend miko. My prayers go out to his family and children and i do hope that Mr. Jackson will treat his grand children better that he did his children. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL

Lisa Crossland   June 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

My heart feels so broken.He will have and be in peace now!He will also see what a beautiful person he has always been!The whole world will celebrate his life!

Carol Fox   June 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Unbelieveable.....Michael Jackson's father is being interviewed, says "everyone is fine?' and then he starts promoting his company? Unbelieveable.....shame on you "daddy!" You should be ashamed of yourself, but I'm sure you're not.

My son grew up listening to the Thriller album.....he's an amazing Bass player now, playing progressive jazz.....there's times when that "Michael Jackson" beats pops out....what a fine influence you were Michael!!! You will be sorely missed.

Carol in Indiana

nagila   June 29th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think that michael jackson will leave a very big gap in the world and i belive that it will never be another one like micheal jackson He will be missed. may he rest in peace.

Dianne in Virginia   June 29th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Thanks Miko for sharing your story of true friendship. Just remember that Michael will always be with you sitting on that bench... I only wish that I could have had the rare opportunity to have experienced Michael's friendship as you have. Please continue to share your experiences with the world.

mj fan in winnipeg   June 29th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

The blog from Miko Brando is lovely and shows the real MJ. We need more of these types of stories.

Mary   June 29th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Let's end this charade. This was set up by AEG. Do not listen to anyone that was in Michael's 'inner circle' because all of those people during the last few months were on the pay roll of AEG.

I firmly believe that Michael had become manic depressive. He no longer wanted to perform, but at the same time, he needed the cash flow, otherwise he would have to sell his most prized possession (half of his sony catalog, as well as the part of Neverland that he still owned...

AEG had Michael on a string, because they wanted the concerts due to the money involved.

Again, notice that everyone in his 'inner circle' was hired by AEG. The doctor was on payroll by AEG, the stage crew, the dancers, the physical fitness trainer...everyone!

They are all reporting that MJ was in such 'excellent' health, because they know that if they reported the truth, AEG would not receive the insurance money to cover the ticket and promotion reimbursements that were shelled out.

They are all in this together.

Secondly, MJ was truly a kid at heart. Over the course of his life, he spent excessively (but not just on himself, on others as well). He purchased homes for family/friends, and gave almost 300 million to children foundations across the globe.

He was a great philanthropist, but he also suffered from an extremist personality. This is witnessed in plastic surgeries and general spending sprees.

Lastly, the children should not be at the Jackson family home. Joe Jackson really messed up his children. The only normal person seems to be Janet and perhaps Jermaine.

Sorry to say, but the Jackson family is really a piece of work. Joe Jackson spent much of the day discussing his new music studio plans, while his wife Kathryn in less than two days already filed to control Jackson's estate.

Why didn't they intervene when he was living? If that was my child, I would have barged into that house and forced him into rehab.

And one last comment, Miko Brando was one of the many leaches that drained Michael of everything. He stated that his role was to 'look after Michael.' I think that says it all...

Olivia   June 29th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

The Immortal Legend Michael Jackson
May thy spirit soar through the heavens
bringing joy to those spirits long gone before you
as well as those who went beside you
Heaven is so very lucky to have the greatest son
who lived on earth fifty years to liven the heavenly gates up these few days.....we await the celebration of Michael Jacksons life.
It will be a celebration never before heard of or seen in this life time...
God bless America, the world as we come together in say GOOD-BYE to the son of Mr * Mrs Jackson......


Olivia Aiono
California USA

sherryphifer   June 29th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

yes, I would just like too say michael was love by everyone ,and will be miss dearly.I grew up loving michael ,as a child I remember my mother had a afro wig on a head in the living room.I had went too sleep,and then got back up,and peak in the living,and thought michael jackson wasin the house.... I scream so loud I woke everyone up. everybody thought I was crazy,but what they did'nt know how crazy I was for michael jackson. I will always hold this memory
close too my heart

William Cameron   June 29th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Miko,you sir,are a class act.My condolences to you and the entire Jackson family.I too feel better knowing MJ had a friend like you.I know when you remember Michael it will be filled with love and laughter.So, when you're ready Miko, go seat on that "bench" smile and light up a Cigar.

jan   June 29th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I was wondering why Larry doesn't press Miko Brando harder on the drug issue. I was really impressed with Deepak Chopra for refusing to write Michael a prescription for oxycontin and found it interesting when he said that Michael stopped taking his calls when he kept trying to convince MJ to stop taking drugs.

But I found it disturbingly odd that Michael's great friend, Miko Brando, was silent during all of the discussion and didn't want to comment on Michael's addiction. It makes me wonder if Miko was one of the "enablers" who helped Michael get drugs in order to be his friend. Just an impression I got from the interview. If he did help him get drugs – or stood back and did nothing to help him stop taking drugs – then he really wasn't much of a friend.

Lupe   June 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Miko, thank you so much for sharing. I spent my week-end crying, but now your comments have made me feel better. Michael is loved and will be missed. His talent will never come again.

Emily   June 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I wish I could adopt Michael's kids and continue to give them the love and attention that their dad gave them. He was a good man and I hope that people can remember the good in him and stop pointing out his flaws. He is gone and no one should be judging him for his wrong decisions with prescription meds. Michael was like a child in many ways and we should all be so lucky. Life apparently is too short and tomorrow is not promised to anyone no matter how rich or poor you are. You can't cheat death! He will always live on in his music... and passion for life and his loyalty to fans. Always wanting to give us more of him...I will miss you Michael and I pray that I will meet you in the sky one day...and we will celebrate "love". Love that God has given us all to share but very few truely share it or experience it....

olga davila   June 29th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

commenting on any subject is a first 4 me let alone to the media or a show, but the issue that the doctor that claims to have been with michael when he was taken to the hospital, is throwing me off, DIDN'T HE KNOW THAT THE POLICE WAS LOOKING? I saw ur show for the whole 2 hours even when they towed the doctors car he was nowhere insight.

Judy   June 29th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

(Ontario Canada). Miko, I too thank you for sharing with us a glimpse into what kind of person Michael was outside of the public eye. It's a heartwarming picture you have painted for us and those of us who didn't know him thank you. I'm only a couple of years older than Michael but I feel like I too grew up with him. Like everyone, I watched the Thriller video over an over again. I have to comment on seeing Joe Jackson on CNN. He sure doesn't seem like a man mourning his son. If this is any indicationn of what life was like with him and how he "loved" his children, then it's no wonder Michael grew up to be a troubled man. Parents don't always understand how important it is to choose your words carefully when dealing with your children in the formative years. Obviously if Joe criticized Michaels appearance as a had a lasting affect on him throughout his life. Changing his appearance seemed to be an obsession. Joe seems so cold and unloving. On the other hand his mother Katherine and his sister Janet seem so loving and "normal". He was eccentric but what caused this pain and sadness. I'd start with Joe Jackson.......

jackie   June 29th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

miko it somehow makes me feel somewhat better knowing that michael had a good,loving, unselfish friend who loved him for who he was and not what he had. i am also glad that you had a friend like that in your life, you had something many of us will never have. love and prayers to the jackson family he will never be forgotten.

Lauren   June 29th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Reading this story makes me happy to know that MJ had such a good friend. He was a world-wide famous musical and kinesthetic genius, of course, but let's remember that he was only human. He had a tough early life that likely influenced his bizarre lifestyle. I feel so sorry for his lonely and abusive childhood experiences.

He will forever be missed. May he rest in peace.

Sarina Kavanagh Ontario, Canada   June 29th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I have grown up with Michael Jackson all my life. My mom introduced me to his music when I was just a little girl. Imitating his moves, with my leather jacket and white glove. I just wish that I would have gotten the chance to have met him personally. He seemed to be the most gentle person with a "BIG HEART".

My mother on the other hand has been a MJ fan forever. She listens to his music and videos on a daily basis. She babysits for a living and there isn't one of those kids that doesn't know every single MJ song ever written. If there was ever anything negative said about Michael Jackson she would defend him to the end. He was her Idol and she cared greatly about this man.

He has been a great role model and still will be forever. I have three kids and I can't wait to show them the most talented and loving person that ever lived. I send out my condolences to his family and friends. RIP Michael and hopefully one day I will finally have the honor to meet you!

Love Sarina and Family

Rachelle York   June 29th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Since the beginning of man kind, we have been blessed to have angels walk amongst us; Jesus, Mozart, Rembrant, Michael Angelo and Michael Jackson to name a few. As human beings we need to take a hard look at how we treat God's angels. Why is it we ridicule what we don't understand.

Michael Jackson was unique. He had a heart of gold filled with love and compassion for those that were less fortunate. There is not a human that has walked this earth that hasn't had or doesn't have flaws. Each and everyone of us could stand to be more like Michael – instead of ridicule we should be reaching out to those who need a helping hand.

Michael I love you and I am blessed to have shared your earth walk with you.

Ms L   June 29th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I loved and will always love MJ. As an immigrant, I just want to say MJ was never hated or believed to have molested those kid outside USA. Only in US people believed the money hungry monsters, outside US we all know it was an opportunity for them to get rich. R.I.P MJ

jj   June 29th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I am going to investigate the possibility of a "CLASS ACTION" lawsuit in the name of MR. MICHAEL Jackson for the slandering, harrassment,defamation of character and the INVASION OF PRIVACY into this wonderful mans life. I AM SICK OF THE MORALLY INEPT "faces" ( because you aren't journalists) on CNN~~~~~~LEAVE HIS REPUTATION ALONE~~~~~SHAME ON YOU~~~~where is TED TURNER????????????
Thank you for having Lou and Mr. Brando on today to give a REAL perspective of Mr. Michael Jackson. I am so feedup with CNN slandering this man whom I have loved and will continue to love, Let him, his family (Reebie,Jackie,Jermaine,LaToya,Tito,Marlon,Janet and Randy and of course Katherine&Joseph) and his 3 children have some “space” in an effort to find some peace. Lisa Bloom,Diane Diamond, Jane Velez, Gloria Allred, Tom Sneedon and in a small way Nancy Grace ~~~SHAME ON YOU for slandering this good man for your personal motives. LEAVE him ALONE!!!!!!

Lizzy in San Pedro   June 29th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Thank you Miko for telling us about your friendship with Michael. It's nice to hear some positive information about him and his life outside the media stupidity. I pray for your pain as well as the pain for his kids and family. My prayers are with all of you.

I wish I was able to befriend him, I know I would have LOVED him too. I grew up listening/sneaking to Michael's music even though my Mom and Religion wouldn't allow me too. I adore Michael and I know that he is looking down with a smile and saying to us in Heaven...."I Love You Too". 🙂

I will miss you Michael, and I know that your legacy will never die. Thank you for the gift of music you left for all of us and our kids, our kids kids too. You will NEVER be forgotten. Those of us that really LOVE you will make sure of that!!

For anybody that ever said any negative things about Michael.....Just remember......Karma always comes back in some form or another!!!!!!

Carol Heneghan   June 29th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Billy Mays did NOT have something hit him on the head when an airplane had a hard landing,go home and tell his wife he had a headache and was feeling groggy and go to go to bed only to die and have doctors say the cause of death was his HEART. The cause of death was the same thing Liiam Neeson's wife died from when she visited Quebec to go skiing. Why the cover up?

Jane W   June 29th, 2009 10:05 pm ET


Judith Hutchings   June 29th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

My nephew got married about a year and a half ago,the DJ played some Michael Jackson music and my sister and afew other girls . We danced like the monsters and while the music played , i noticed all the catering staff were watching us dance from around the corner ot the buffet room. When we were done they all cheered and clapped. It was so much fun and we would like to thank Michael for giving us such fond memories wherever we were throughout the years when his music was playing. Thank you Michael for the wonderfull memories.

Tonya   June 29th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I Love Michael I will miss him dearly I wish me and my family had gotten a chance to see him I do not believe that Michael would ever hurt anyone people need to leave him alone and let him finally have peace that he muchly deservers I grew up with his music he was is and will always be the greatest he will always be in my heart I'll never forget how much of a kind caring giving loving person he was and I will always try to live like his heart for people and life that he lived Iam sorry that Michael will never know how much he really was loved by people I know heaven opened up the doors for him so maybe he does know and is smiling down upon us all My thoughts and prayers go out to his children and family people now need to think of what they say when it comes to his children please think of them now. Thank you Mr King

Joan   June 29th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Thank you, Miko for sharing your life and times with Michael Jackson with the world. Everyone should have a friend to speak canidly with, have a good belly laugh, cry a good cry, or just sit in silence. A friend you can call anytime for anything and vice versa. I am so relieved to know that our beloved Michael had that kind of love & undersanding with you. I extend my condolences to you as well as his lovely family, All of his fans are grieving too, as we have grown up with him and loved MJ through his concerts, music, videos, interviews, and morsel that would come our way. This is still something that seems so unbelievable to me.

Dorothy   June 29th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Ed Chernoff said that Dr. Murray knew how to do CPR. So why didn't he do it properly?? On the floor, not the bed.

Pam M M   June 29th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I agree with Sharon...that man can't get close to those kids.
He doesn't even deserve their love.
I really hope Miko that you can do something about that.
I'm sure her mom will be great, but this guy will still be around...
When I listen to him @ the BET awards red carpet I wanted to punch him...started talking about his own record label...unbelieveable...
He is all business...that's all he wanted from Michael.
hta's why Janet was chosen to talk...not him...He loved her and the rest of his family, but pain and only pain came from the mention of his father's name...
Sad, I hope Michael will finally be in peace!

alexandra   June 29th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Dear Miko,

Thank you sharing your thoughts and experiences of your close friend Michael Jackson.
I've been a fan of MJ for a long time... when I was a kid, he inspired my passion for dancing and I had the pleasure to see him live in two concerts. However, what fascinated me most about him, more than his brilliance and tremendous talent, was his incredible kindness. Even though I obvioulsy never got to know the person Michael Jackson, I always felt that he was a truly warm-hearted, kind and caring person... with a soul too good for this world.... now, I hope he rests in peace, truly loved and with eternal companionship so he never will feel lonely ever again...My heart and prayers go out to his family, his children and to his true friends.

Marcy in WV   June 29th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

I, too, thank you, Miko Brando and Lou Ferrigno, for sharing your friendships with Michael with us. It is a comfort to know that Michael had friends like you, and your father, Miko. You have confirmed what people all over the world have always "known" about Michael. Bless you both for standing up for Michael, the man he chose to be, and the man he was – a shining star without equal here on Earth.

As to normal? Normal is boring. Reality? Boring! Michael was magic, and I'll take magic over normal every time. I hope that those who have persecuted and harassed this most gifted, loving man reap the malice they have sown and continue to spew like poison against Michael. They can't touch Michael now or ever again. Michael probably forgives them; I never will.

Where there is love . . . that's where Michael is now. You're the man, Michael, and you always will be. Keep dancing and singing, Michael. We're watching and listening. We love you, Michael.

Martha Bond   June 29th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Thank you for sharing your wonderful life with Micheal.
Keep telling us your memories.

DeSa   June 29th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

This is a very sad time for the entire Jackson family. It would be nice if all, but especially the press, be mindful of those three children, those babies, who have just lost their father. I'm sure the family is helping them cope with their grief and at the same, trying to shield them from all the press, both positive and negative, about their father. I understand the press has a job to do, but I just hope that the family's feelings, especially his children, are taken into consideration during this time of mourning.

marie   June 29th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Thank you Miko for being on Larry 's show.I am soo glad michael had a friend like you and i can tell that you are sincere when you speak of your friendship with Michael I pray that God will give you peace in your heart and comfort you in your loss of such a good friend. I loved Michael and his music and i never believed those allegations ! Michael had soo much love! Rest in peace Michael you will live forever in my heart and through your awesome music!

Jane in Florida   June 29th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Miko: thanks for sharing this with us. I love Michael Jackson and I always will. I hope someday he can rest in peace and people will stop focusing on all the negativity and focus on all the talent this young man shared with all of the world. There will never be anoher Michael Jackson. I will keep his children in my prayers and pray that whoever takes care of them will think only of their welfare and treat them the same way their father did, with kindness and love. Michael
was and always will be a musical genius. We love you Michael and
may you rest in peace. God Bless your children, family and your memory. You will never be forgotten. May you finally find your eternal

ophelia   June 29th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Thank you micheal for all the beautiful songs.Thanks for letting us into your life and shareing it with us, the world has lost an amazing and talented man he gave everything he had to his craftand we thank you for that. Let us not forget everything you did to help the worlds childrens from their pain and let also not forget how much of you time and money you gave away, you did'nt have to do that you could of just turn your back and look away like so many of us do but you did and i will like to thank you.When i listen to some of your songs like heal the world and the earth song i hear how much you truly care about what happen to this plant. Micheal i hope where ever you are tonight i hope you find peace i hope you get the respect in death that you could'nt get in life, may God bless and keep you safe until we meet again. Love from ST.KITTS. P.S to the girl angela how dare you said that if he loved his kids you would have stayed alive that is so wrong my mom loved me and she died even thou she wanted to stay alive for me but when it is your time to go you do not have a say.

Amber the OKIE   June 29th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

First of all, Joe Jackson is A PIG.... That man single handidly is responsible for the way MJ ended up. He tortured that child and man and physically, psychologically and emotionally destroyed him. MJ has said since he was a small child with the Jackson 5 how he hated and feared his father. He talked about how lonely he was and said numerous times that he wanted to die. His father caused him to be anorexic, suffer from body dismorphic disorder, neurotic and have OCD and ADHD behaviors. He said in several interviews that his father made him vomit just by being in the same room with him. Then the media tortures him and brings up his horrible memories and feelings and experiences by asking him the same painful questions over and over, and even after MJ asks them not too or starts crying they continue to talk about things that really upset him. The media is a bunch of PIGS too. Then MJ has everyone under the sun suing him for everything and anything. Of course those kids made up the story about being molested by MJ. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I can tell you sexual predators do NOT molest two kids when they spend their entire life surrounded by kids. There would have been hundreds of kids from all over the world with those claims and not just two. I would not be surprise if they made up having cancer too. I am sure their parents are slip and fall types and sue everyone for everything. MJ's two oldest kids can speak for themselves. They would tell if they saw or experienced anything like that. I doubt MJ ever let anyone see his body period. I would not be surprised if the man died a virgin. You have to know what Vitaligo and Lupus does to your body to understand, but anyone who has suffered from an eating disorder or an OCD condition will tell you, you do NOT show our body to people. I do not think MJ ran around in the sun and on the beach covered from head to toe just to be weird and different. I truly believe he had conditions that made him feel it so necessary to hide his body. His love of animals. Well that came from not wanting to be judged or criticized. Animals love unconditionally and as for him wanting to be around kids and stay a kid. I bet he never emotionally developed past about 10 years old. If MJ was anyone but who he was, he would have been receiving counseling and possibly taking medications to keep him chemically balanced and he would have gotten the help and intervention he so desperately needed. I wish he could have known me and some of his other fans personally cause I doubt we would have let his life spiral out of control the way the music industry leaches he was around did. He spent his entire life being exploited and being used. His father called all the shots, and even with all the hell Joe Jackson put him through, MJ up to the very end strived for his love and acceptance. Of course Joe Jackson NEVER gave it to him. The PIG was promoting his new record company and did not show a lick of humanity or grief toward his son. MJ was nothing more than a cash cow to him, and I am sure he is already trying to figure out how to get money with MJ's two sons now. Joe Jackson wears sunglasses to hide the dollar signs in his eyes.
Secondly, MJ really did suffer from Vitaligo, and some say he suffered from Lupus too which is a horribly debilitating disease. Both are triggered by traumatic events and I think (this is just my opinion and I am no medical expert) that when Jackson was burned during the Pepsi commercial that triggered the Vitiligo. If you look back, you can probably notice that most of his changes and the time that he withdrew and started to appear and act different was after that accident. He also always hated how he looked not nly cause his father constantly told him how ugly he was (when he was actually drop dead GORGEOUS) but when he was young, black was not seen as beautiful in our society and so I am sure he was teased and taunted and he participated in what a lot of young blacks participated in which was straitening their hair, and lightening their skin and trying to make their facial features more European. After he was burned, and had scars I am sure his eating disorder and BDD went out of control. Then he was in pain with both the burns and the Vitaligo and so he started using drugs to fight the pain and still be able to dance and then one thing led to the next and before you know it, he was no longer capable of making decisions or managing any aspect of his life. The people who PUT themselves around him (he was not choosing these people with a rational, or logical mind) were determined to keep him as high as a kite so they could get him to sign checks and give them money.
Third, and finally, in my opinion, MJ decided to end it all. He was completely fed up and had nothing left in him to fight anymore. Anyone who says that he was in shape and healthy and all that are lying through their teeth. The man was emaciated and weighed like 110 pounds or something which is small even for MJ. The man was like 5 8 or 5 9. My son is 11 and weighs 116, and he has an athletic build. Then he was in a lot and I mean a lot of pain. He was not eating and had said many times he wanted to be dead. He was tired of Joe Jackson pulling his strings and he was tired of smiling on the outside while dying on the inside, and I think he went home from practice and took some pills, and laid down and went to sleep and for the first time in his almost 51 years finally got some peace, quite and rest. I think that is one of the reasons he has allowed the media to take pictures of his kids lately. He knew he was no longer going to be around to protect and sheild them and so he wanted to get them used to being photographed by the media. He himself, quit covering his nose and mouth. He no longer cared if he contracted something, cause he knew he was going home to God. I hope now that he is in heaven he will be HAPPY. I also hope that when the time comes for Paraside to return to earth, MJ is front and center doing his moon walk and his 50 degree lean and all his fans can walk up and hug him and tell him how much we love him and how worthy he is,.... because he has earned and deserves that more than anything else.

Travis   June 29th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

First off thanks, Larry King for continuing to cover Michael Jackson's story and legacy; and not just simply forgetting him. Miko, thank you for sharing with us in your own words; your private relationship which you had with your good friend MIchael. So sorry, for your loss as well; you are very fortunate more so than the rest of his fans to have known such a great performer, muscian, and human being. The way in which you described the relationship you and Michael had; suggests that the two of you were like brothers. Listening to you Miko describe how great and kind a person Michael was; confirms the truth none of the media nonsense. You knew him better than many of his family members it seems. Ytou are one of the few and fortunate to have known the real Michael the same kid who destroyed the MOTOWN 25 anniversary stage with Billie Jean performance. Thank you for sharing with us once again I am going to save this article; because, I beleive that you have the most honest definition of who Michael really was thankyou!!!

Meredith   June 29th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Why was the doctor doing compressions on the bed? I'm not even a doctor and I know from a simple babysitting class that doing compressions for CPR on a bed is ineffective. I have not heard anything about this blatant error in the news. MJ's doctor should get in trouble for malpractice.

Sylvia   June 29th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Thank you Miko for speaking to Larry's listeners about Michael. I am happy to know Michael had such a friend. I love you for telling the truth. I wish you peace of mind.

Thanks Larry for letting us hear and read what Miko has to say.

ophelia   June 29th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Am sitting hear thinking about my childhood i lived with my grandmother and she did not have cable one day she came home with a copy of the jackson 5 album and she put it on to play me and my cousin sat on the front step and listen to his album it was wonderful to hear i fell in love from that moment with micheal eveything he did was great i dance to his music i make love to his music but most of all i cry to his music, when my mom past away it was his music that help me to grave with my lost so for that i say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. REST IN PEACE MICHEAL no one can take away what you gave to the world LOVE AND MORE LOVE.

LouisaMayC   June 29th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Hi, With the Passing of a LOVED – ONE – it is quite common to feel numb, it is because the world, has become a different place, and your mind is trying to adjust to the changes. Time seems to slow down at
first, like it's a dream, and – or – a nightmare. I am very aware of the
mourning process, because of all the family that have Passed ON, in
my life. It seems like I have had to deal with a lot of loss. First, as a 7 year old kid, I lost my parents, then my great – grandmother passed, a few years later, my grandmother passed when I was a young mother. Then in 2003, my son was shot and died, and finally, 3 weeks after my son passed on, my grandfather passed. So, you see I have had lots of time to mourn, and would like to try to help others at this time.
When WE pass on, it is how WE go HOME. I think the family should have a private funeral. Have their time to mourn. Then make plans for a public memorial. The kids need peace right now. WE all share loss together, and hold each other up, at times like this. These are the things Michael would sing about.
May you see HIM in ever color, hear HIM in ever song, and always feel HIM in your SOUL. Pray for LOVE, so WE can HAVE NICE DAZE ....

N Irving   June 29th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Michael Jackson is a living example of the Love and Life that God intends for us to have. He was one of the most giving and caring people that I myself have ever known anything about. I have never heard of MJ being disrespectful towards anyone, I have only seen him give love and be persecuted. The media cares about no one. The paparazzi cares about no one or their own personal right to have privacy. And who gave Angela the right to judge anyone? You have no proof that Michael Jackson did anything harmful to anyone or himself. The post that you left is a prime example of the hatred and persecution that drives people in any famous position to doing harmful things to themselves, and hurting others while doing it. You have no God given right to say that he did not deserve to have children. If he had no right to children, they would not be here on this earth breathing.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

God has once again called home on of his beautiful Angels sent here to do his work to rest. Regardless of what we may every know, God knows all and if it were not Michael's time, he would be here today.

evie   June 29th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Its refreshing to see someone be a true friend, and not try to damage their reputation just for 15 minutes of fame.Good for you.

B.J. Viet   June 29th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

It is my pleasure to post a comment!! Michael Jackson, if he died at the hands of drugs he was a victim of years of giving to everyone and not taking from them. I can say that all the lyrics in HIS songs have never promoted drugs or sexual mischief. And that so many artist bring out in their songs, So I can say this is a "GRAND TRIBUTE TO HIS LEGACY".
PLEASE THINK OF WHAT HE HAS GIVEN AND NOT WHAT HE COULD NOT CONTROL. THE PUBLIC ENJOYED HIS MUSIC AND YET WE ONLY WANT TO SHOW FAULT FOR HIS ACTIONS. And not for his discretions he showed in his songs that he presented to our children. Judge not for one day you to will be judged.

Denise   June 29th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Miko's Blog and comments sound sincere......however, he is one of Michael Jackson's "celebrity cronies" who is very likely one of the enablers, so aptly named. Michael Jackson was obviously awe struck by Marlon Brando. Brando's children (Miko included) are products of the Hollywood dysfunctional family trees.....Remember Brando's other son, may he rest in peace, who shot their sister's lover-followed by the very public trial, incarceration and untimely death? I'm sure Jackson felt some of the similarities in his friendship with the Brando family and Miko.
I was also taken aback, but not surprised that Miko was and continues to be on Jackson's Payroll? Michael certainly had extravagant tastes for spending.......even buying his so called friends.

May the "King of Pop" rest in is a doggone shame that the most talented celebrities NEVER find peace until they depart this world of deception and greed.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

TSAF   June 29th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

This was the most beautiful letter written, you couldn't have said it any better. I never met him or ever attempted to meet him but I have been profoundly affected by his music and his family for all of my childhood and adulthood. His songs were my santuary. I always knew that he was about spreading LOVE to the people. His illumination was also my shining example, this is why I try to tell people to love each other everyday because tomorrow is not promised to us all. Thank you for your letter and thank you to Larry King as well as Anderson Cooper for always bringing to us viewers such a shining and enlghtening coverage of the Jackson family and Michael Jackson's death, I really appreciate it and I hope other newscasters would follow his example.

Also, I wish people would stop turning their noses up in the air as if they lead a seamless and perfectly error free life, do some introspection please people. WE ARE ALL IMPERFECT and we are all striving for perfection to our very end (death). And if you are such a perfect human being then please take a look at your family tree, there you will see that you are related to people who are different or abnormal according to society's standards and you will see that they too hold different values than your own. Instead of being critical of another human being, I would work on myself first. I had hope that Michael would someday be received well again with love and open arms especially by the American public prior to his death, still I am happy that he is receiving is due in death and hopefully the horrible scars left on his named will be removed in time with just PURE LOVE and adoration.

As far as everyone criticizing Joe's Jackson behavior, please leave the family alone. Everyone grieves very differently and some of us do not grieve the same for every death that occurs in the family. Please stop putting people in a box and let them handle situations as is. Stop using professional theories to define people all the time.

Michael was a very gifted individual and an INTUITIVE SOUL that was send by God to us to teach us many lessons and I do hope that when all the negativity subsides people will see him for who he was and what his life's work was and still is. He was different like many geniuses of the past (not abnormal or eccentric) and he was a very special human being. He loved humanity wholeheartedly but their reception was not as he had hope or expected, therefore, the outcome could have created his embattlement which was exascerbated and and still is exaggerated by the media. This could have led to what was considered by some to be so called bizarre behaviors and created his distrust which is okay under any circumstances generally in life. Many of us will never live the type of life he had lead, EVER, so who are we to scrutinize him for being himself. HE LED the life of a genius with a tortured soul which is typical of them all. It will probably take me the rest of my life to get over his untimely and tragic death. I am glad to have been apart of this generation that was able to witness his life's body of work. I will have stories to hopefully tell my own children and grandchildren. His legacy speaks for itself. His legend will live on for many generations.

Jay T   June 29th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

We're at war? With what, the constitution? Shove your phony war on terror. They'll keep doing this crap as long as there's idiots out there that buy anything the G tells them.

RIP Michael.

Amber the OKIE   June 29th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

here are the definitions to some of the conditions MJ suffered from. When you read these, and if you do more research, you will actually wonder how the man lived as long as he did. WOW did he suffer!!

dy dysmorphic disorder (BDD) (previously known as Dysmorphophobia[1] and sometimes referred to as Body dysmorphia or Dysmorphic syndrome[2]) is a psychiatric disorder in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by an imagined or minor defect in his or her physical features. The sufferer may complain of several specific features or a single feature, or a vague feature or general appearance, causing psychological distress that impairs occupational and/or social functioning, sometimes to the point of complete social isolation.[3] It is estimated that 1–2% of the world's population meet all the diagnostic criteria for BDD.

Individuals with very obvious and immediately-noticeable defects should not be diagnosed with BDD, however culture and clinician bias may play a significant part in the subjectivity behind determining what physical appearance is considered 'normal' and in whom the disorder is diagnosed.[4] BDD combines obsessive and compulsive aspects, linking it, among psychologists, to the obsessive–compulsive spectrum disorders. The exact cause or causes of BDD is unknown, but most clinicians believe it to be a complex combination of biological, psychological and sociological factors.

Onset of symptoms generally occurs in adolescence or early adulthood, although cases of BDD onset in children and older adults is not unknown. BDD is often misunderstood to affect mostly women, however research shows that it affects men and women equally. The disorder is linked to significantly diminished quality of life and co-morbid major depressive disorder and social phobia. With a completed-suicide rate more than double than that of major depression, and a suicidal ideation rate of around 80%, BDD is considered a major risk factor for suicide. A person with the disorder may be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both. Research has shown cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to be effective in treating BDD. BDD is a chronic illness and symptoms are likely to persist, or worsen, if left untreated.

Vitiligo is a relatively common chronic disorder that causes depigmentation in patches of skin. It occurs when the melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation which are derived from the neural crest, die or are unable to function. The precise pathogenesis, or cause, of vitiligo is complex and not yet fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors. The population incidence worldwide is considered to be between 1% and 2%[citation needed]. Non-segmental vitiligo has a greater prevalence than the disorder's other form(s).

The most notable symptom of Vitiligo is depigmentation of patches of skin that occurs on the extremities. Although patches are initially small in size, they can often start to enlarge and change shape. When skin lesions occur, they are most prominent on the face, hands and wrists. Depigmentation is particularly noticeable around body orifices, such as the mouth, eyes, nostrils, genitalia and umbilicus. Some lesions have a tendency to hyperpigment around the edges. In a more general sense, vitiligo is similar in appearance to leprosy, and as such (in countries where leprosy is prevalent), individuals with vitiligo can be stigmatized for the similarities in appearance.[1] In regards to psychological damage, vitiligo can have a significant effect on the mental health of a patient.[2] Psychological stress may even result in an individual becoming more susceptible to vitiligo. Patients who are stigmatised for their condition may experience depression and similar mood disorders.[3]

[edit] Non-segmental vitiligo
In non-segmental vitiligo (NSV), there is usually some form of symmetry in regards to the location of the patches of depigmentation. New patches also appear over time, and can be generalised over large portions of the body, or localised to a particular area. Vitiligo where little pigmented skin remains is referred to as vitiligo universalis. NSV can come about at any age, unlike segmental vitiligo which is far more prevalent in teenage years.[1]

[edit] Segmental vitiligo
Segmental vitiligo (SV) differs in appearance, aetiology and prevalence of associated illnesses. Its treatment is also different to that of NSV. It tends to affect areas of skin that are associated with dorsal roots from the spine. It spreads much more rapidly than NSV and, without treatment, patches of depigmented skin remain throughout life
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder and it effects organ systems, skin, joints, and internal organs. Lupus can effect both men and women, but it is eight times as likely in women. It can also occur at any age, but the typical age range for someone to get Lupus is ten to fifty. It is normally more common in African American people as well as Asian people. This is a disease that is usually hereditary, but in some cases there is no family history of Lupus.

Lupus is a disease that turns the body’s defenses against the body itself. Lupus occurs when antibodies attack the healthy cells in the body. Certain drugs can cause Lupus as well. Most cases have some family background to them, but in a few cases there is no apparent cause for the disease. The disease has been heavily researched and has been linked to other disorders, but only in theory, nothing is definitely stated for fact.

Symptoms of this can vary in a wide variety of areas in the body. In the muscloskeletal area it affects the joints and causes mild to severe joint pain. Lupus is known to cause athritis in the hands. The skin is affected by rashes, skin lesions, and painful nodules that appear to be raised bruises. Kidneys produce protein deposits and can have renal failure, leading to dialysis. The Nervous System can cause mental dysfunction, seizures, psychosis, and severe headaches. Blood clots can occur as well as pulmonary embolism. The heart could produce chest pain, endocraditis, and myocarditis. Which the symptoms in the heart could also have something to do with the effects Lupus has in the blood, with the clotting that can occur. Shortness of breath and even pleurisy can occur within the lungs due to Lupus.

Shelly   June 29th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

To Paul Jackson-comment:
We have been in this unforgivable war for YEARS! Because we are paying respect to Michael Jackson, doesn't mean that we have forgotten the women, men, Iraqi civilians, reporters and those in Afganistan, etc who have lost their lives!

My suggestion, if the coverage and conversations about Michael are too uncomfortable for you, turn the channel.


jj   June 29th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

OKIE~~~~~your compassion,admiration and love for Michael Jackson is wonderful. I agree with your mindset. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WRONGED HIM have a judgement day coming. ~~~WHOA to wicked EVIL (( CNN&FOX)) people and as I said before, specifically:Janet Arvizo, Jordan Chandler's father, DIANE DIAMOND, JANE VELEZ, TOM SNEDDON, Los Angeles County, the city of SANTA MARIA, LISA BLOOM~~~GLORIA ALLRED--ESPECIALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`and also MARTIN BASHIR.

jj   June 29th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

OPHELIA~~~~~it's love isn't it that many in this world don't want. TOO Bad for their lonely existence. MICHAEL JACKSON is LOVE~~~~~

jj   June 29th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

OKIE~~~~this was TOO MUCH pain for the SWEET spirit that we know as MICHAEL JACKSON~~~~~~~~~~~~to God, Allah~~~I say "asante" for loaning him to this wretched world.asante asante

APRIL CASON   June 29th, 2009 11:09 pm ET


Lasha   June 29th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Michael Jackson has bequeathed us with an inexhaustible energy with which he has colored our lives. The world has once again lost Michelangelo, Modigliani and Picasso. It will take a long time before we fully understand his colossal impact on the modern art and culture today.

Melv   June 29th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Anderson just asked MJ's pass lawyer what he think happened......I am not sure why, since we all see the negative media pushed him to his death through all the stress......even Deepak who claims to be his friend for over 20 yr have told the media negative things which in my opinion gives true meaning to "confidentiality" Deepak can now say, "I have my fame and I got it all at MJ's expense.." Who was he before MJ's passing.......never heard of him but now he is every where..he is like the Dick barely knew what he looked like while he was in he is always on the TV...
I know Anderson have done a lot of charity work and he is an extremely kind person, but there is other media outlets out there that are only interested in the negative..let us follow BET footsteps and do a positive show about MJ....stop talking to his father who hinders more than help.....let us concentrate on MJ" legacy and give Katherine mush respect because one god knows her true condition at these troubling times....I hope as a spiritual woman, she stays away from the media and grieve for her some with the help of her other kids....
god bless the Jackson family.........
I was never a true MJ"s fan...but I am a mother and I truly feel for her...Joe should be home holding/comforting her and helping her through these times instead of feeding this frenzy media.....

ang   June 29th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Michael seemed to be such a kind, gentle soul and such a giver, always trying to heal the universe through music. Giving his all – his heart and soul in his music -with the hopes of changing the world for the better...what a lost ... To find someone to compare Michael's kindness and gentleness of spirit, the one person that comes to mind is Mother Theresa, for her years of undeniable giving of herself unselfishly; that to me describes Micheal, giving his ALL, for most of his life...loosing his childhood, and all forms of normal life, but, always seems to want to give of himself unselfishly through his music to help others for whatever the cause maybe, trying to make the world a better place, starting with himself. So few left in our society, in our world with those unselfish qualities.

jj   June 29th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

LASHA~~~ I know; I've been "DAZED" and crying since June 25th at 3PM. NOT MICHAEL~~~anyone else (including me)~~~~but not MICHAEL. I'm very familiar with grief. I'm watching his LIVE AT BUCAREST concert. My plan was to see him in the United States because I have always missed his concerts. I've loved him since 1967.

carol kesling   June 29th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

i will miss michael jackson forever!!!!!!!!! the only way i can find comfort is to know he is in gods handsnow and no longer in pain .........his father is a jerk and did not deserve a son like m.j.

jj   June 29th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

JOSEPH should have done MUCH BETTER. hotep

Shena J   June 29th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Miko, thank you for sharing your intimate memories with us. I know it is hardest for his family aand friends...but please rest in assurance that Michael is at peace in God's House.

I believe that God sent us this beautiful, caring, angel, Michael, to help us learn to accept each other...and when it was time for Michael to go home the Lord called him.

We are all grieving right now because we will miss the physical Michael, but I take solace in knowing that he is not in any pain physcially or mentally and that he is with GOD.

Miko...I understand the medias job to report everything....the good, the bad, and the ugly; but please understand this... WE KNOW THE TRUTH AND WE ARE SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR...BOO BOO. 😉 These new agencies can not change our minds.

Miko...I am 13 yrs younger than Michael and I always sung his songs & dreamed of marrying him like so many young girls. Now as a mother of 2 young children...all I want to do is protect children and I see myself craddling a young Michael and keeping him from harm (physical & mental).

Michael is at peace now and his children will be loved and cared for whomever they are with, because the world will be watching.

Rest in Peace, Michael. I love you and the world loves you.

Pam Mueller   June 29th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Miko, I'm sad for you to lose your best friend. I too have suffered a loss of a loved one due to cancer. Your loss will never subside or go will always be there deep in your heart . As time passes it becomes a bit softer and does not hurt as much as it does today, We all loved and respected Michael especially for his immense talent and integerity. May we always remember the power of this bright star and entertainer. God Bless you Michael, we shall miss you, but never forget you. Miko, I pray these following days, weeks and months you will remember the good times you shared with Michael and know you will be together again.

Miriam   June 29th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

For Miko:

If Tears Could Build a Stairway

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken.
No time to say "GoodBye"
You were gone before I knew it .
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you-
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more:
To remember all the happy times,
life still has much in store

Since you'll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today-
A hollowed place within my heart
is where your'll always stay.

Miko for you read it keep this with you... Much Love....

Robin Porter,Brunswick,Ohio   June 30th, 2009 12:06 am ET

I've been going on just about everyones blog and reading the good and bad about Michael Jackson. I don't have the words to express how sadden i'm to know that his man Michael Jackson has gone to the angels .Michael Jackson song "Gone to soon" should be played in remembering him cause he wrote it and he's gone to soon. Michael Jackson what a wonderful performer and dancer what a shame that we couldn't show him how much he was loved when he was alive.Michael Jackson is that shining comet light going across the sky making music up in heaven and having concerts up in heaven.Miko, i'm sorry for the loss of your dearest friend,brother Michael Jackson will never be forgotten he'll live on forever,forever. My prayers go out to Miko and his family. Michael Jackson their was only one superstar like him and know other star who could dance like Michael Jackson .

Russell   June 30th, 2009 12:22 am ET

Last night Gerlado Rivera had a panel of experts on with the four possible causes of death. The forth was murder by the concert promoters who realized Jackson could not perform the concerts. Allegedly they had insurance that covered his life. I am a regular CNN 360 viewer. Why have I heard zero from CNN on murder as a possible cause of death?

Joel Mathew   June 30th, 2009 12:25 am ET

God bless you Michael Jackson, the world as a whole finally knows your worth, I love you Michael.

Heather   June 30th, 2009 12:31 am ET

Hi Miko, Thank you very much for taking the time to write that, especially at a time when you must be so full of shock and grief. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences go out to you and the rest of Michael Jackson's friends and all of his family. I have many childhood memories of Michael Jackson. Seeing him in concert for the first time in 1984, which we lined the streets at 3am to get tickets for, watching his videos at sleepovers. I almost feel like I grew up with him and that a part of my life is now missing. You were one of the few lucky ones who got to know the real Michael. May your memories comfort you. Michael will always be in your heart. I hope you know that people from around the world are thinking about you, and remembering your great friend Michael for not only the superstar that he was, but for the kind and gentle soul he was.

Debi   June 30th, 2009 12:32 am ET

ok enough is enough...yeah MJ was very talented and known worldwide, but he was obviously very disturbed but this guy isn't the Pope or the President, let him RIP & give his family a chance to grieve w/o having to deal with all this press!

Gisele   June 30th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Beautifully written.

piyum   June 30th, 2009 12:38 am ET

hey Miko,
thank you! what a lovely tribute to a wonderful friend and even a more wonderful being. MJ will live for ever !!!!!!

Ruby   June 30th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Thank you Miko for sharing your stories about Michael. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michaels children. There NEVER will be another person like Michael. He will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Michael.You are so loved.

Rochelle   June 30th, 2009 12:39 am ET

I don't think Joe Jackson lives with Katherine. CNN stated that each were listed with a different address (Joe's was TBD) on the temporoary custody papers. I've also heard that Joe lives in Vegas. I think Katherine will take care of her grandchildren.

Lyric   June 30th, 2009 12:39 am ET

I am so sorry about the loss of this amazing and beautiful human! ... I watched the BET awards last nite, and in a way.. i was happy that so many celebrities came together to do something special in the memory of Michael Jackson. BUT, another part felt a little bitter, sad and maybe even a little angry. For the simple fact that, it took his passing for something like that to come together. Why didn't they ever dedicate something like that for him when he was here with us and very much alive??? I believe something that touching would have modivated him so much more, and i'm sure he knew that so many of us loved him and appreciated him.. but something like that, would have reminded him a lot more. I am so hurt, that so much of the news at the end relating to MJ was about the disgusting lies and evil thoughts, words, images etc. I don't believe he was weird at all, and I can say that with all the belief in my heart. He was just a person who needed the love of the world. To be sheltered by all of our hearts and be nothing but positive for him. I've had my own encounters with saddness, hurt, sorrow, pain, etc... and altho i am finally happy and at peace with my life..and where i'm at now.. the painful memories still surface from time to time..and it's those moments when i need my husband the most.. and it isn't that he doesn't make me happy.. it's just that your life will always be your life..and the painful memories or moments you once lived..will always be there INSIDE OF YOU. no matter how hard you try to never know what may trigger it. And I think maybe that's a little bit of what MJ went through. I'm sure his children, friends and loved ones gave him more than enough love.. but, we are all only human..and the saddness does not have mercy on any of us. We all know he had a painful and hard childhood, how he wasn't ever able to enjoy a normal childhood. In the end though, I believe he is in a much better place, and i believe he is finally able to rest. And i'm sure he is smiling down on us..and i'm sure he knows and feels how much we all love and miss him dearly.

Brenda in Edmonton,Alberta   June 30th, 2009 12:40 am ET

If the Jackson Family were to have a CELEBRATION of Michael's life to include fans, as Miko Brando suggests Michael would want, where would they have it? It would have to be a HUGE venue.

Michelle   June 30th, 2009 12:40 am ET

This deeply saddens me and my condolences to his family, children and close friends. I grew up loving Michael Jackson and this really hurts my heart. God bless him and I hope that he is in peace. Thank you for your wonderful comments Miko...I can tell that you were a great a friend.

Nelly C   June 30th, 2009 12:42 am ET

I'm just in tears after reading this blog thank you Miko for giving us an inside to the beautiful person Michael was. It was a privilage for me as a fan to admire such a great star and today he shines brighter then ever. Michael you are greatly miss but you'll legacy will forever be with us

Neil, Ontario Canada   June 30th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Miko Brando, that was very nice, I am sorry that you lost your dear friend, Michael Jackson....Many of us, feel that we also lost a friend, I grew up on MJ, he was truly amazing, a genious, simply the best.....Over the past few days there have been mostly good reports and of course with all the good, some bad and negative has to come with it....No matter what is written or reported about Michael Jackson, we all know what to expect....and I guess just as MJ did, just live with it....My complaint about this sad story is that too many people have to much to say...Michael's Kid's are in a safe and secure place with Mrs. Jackson and I am sure that Michael's Mother has alot of help from the other brother's and sisters...people base their opinions on what is written in the magazines, I am sure that despite all the positive and negative written about the Jackson Family, that there are some decent respectful people in this family, I truly believe that the kids are in the right place. As far as the Jackson family having a spokeman, Mr. Joseph Jackson should not be this person.....with all due respect to Mr Jackson, one of the siblings should take over or have someone do the speaking for the family....when your son dies and a television network is holding a tribute for your son, you do not, promote your record company....I am afraid that if Joe Jackson continues, and the funeral is not announced soon, there is going to be a backlash......

Joe   June 30th, 2009 12:44 am ET

Hey Miko... Your words for your friend are very sweet and very strong. I had a life long friend named Dave... Dave and i go back 30 years. Last wednesday Dave and I played golf. I kicked his but twice. We laughed and i teased him about his horrible putting. dave dropped me off at truck and drove 3 blocks and was killed in a car accident. I have the same feeling you have of just not knowing how to act right now...Im numb and i cant seem to pull myself out of it,,or do i even know which way is up or down. Im feeling your pain friend. Im trying to just get thru these few weeks and hope that things will fall in place. Be well Miko..remember the good times.

Tonja Odegaard   June 30th, 2009 12:44 am ET


I share in your loss. I can see by your appearances that you and Michael had a friendship that will transend through time. Keep your memories about you and Michael close to your heart, because you willl see him once again when our Loving Lord brings you home to him. May God Bless you and your family. Please give my condolences to the Jackson family.

Michael, we love you and will NEVER forget you.


Stacy   June 30th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Hearing these stories only breaks my heart even more. I always believed in him, like many of his loyal fans did. I always knew that the love and humanitarian work Michael Jackson did was usually anonymous. I just hope that in the midst of all controversy that surrounds him, people remember that he was not only just the most gifted artist of our lifetimes, but a loving father who leaves behind three beautiful children, who LOVED THEIR FATHER as much as HE LOVED THEM!!!! I hope that "reporters" and "journalists" keep that in mind when they cover this story. HE HAS CHILDREN WHO MAY BE WATCHING OR LISTENING TO YOU, and if you can't respect their father who I may add is no longer here to defend himself, at the very least respect them as his MINOR CHILDREN.

jessie   June 30th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Miko, thank you for sharing such a humane side of Michael jackson. May God keep him in His fold. God Bless!

Liz   June 30th, 2009 12:51 am ET


My sincere condolonces are extended to you. Michael Jackson to me was a great performer, a great dancer, and singer, but through the eyes of all his friends, and family, it appears that we, the public missed out on knowing a great human being.
I don't for a minute believe he touched children inappropriately, as how could a man that gave so much in the name of children betray a child's trust in the most deviant manner? He loved humanity, the earth, and life itself. And true he was an excentric person, and not normal by the press standards, but I say why be normal when you can be yourself.
One of my favorite songs from Michael is The Man in the mirror, and the american press should take the lyrics of that song and put them to good use. I hope with time you learn to live without your companion and friend a feat I know will be difficult to do. I didn't know him personally, but after listening to you and Lou speak about him, I wish I had. Not the celebrity just simply Michael. God bless you and Michael's family, and I am elated that you are standing up for him against the Media, and all this "Drug Addiction" scandal they are so obsessed about.

Lewis   June 30th, 2009 12:53 am ET

Just let him rest in peace, remenber Michael in a positive way. Not in the way the media is doing with his pass and debt etc.... I grew up watching Michael and his brothers as the Jackson 5. As a solo artist he was great also so for now give him and his family there due respect and let them mourn there son, brother and father.He is just a man that left this world in a way we never expected. alot of us figure he would live forever. I mean I'm 46 yrs of age Micheal was 50 yrs old four yrs older than me I've been watching Micheal for 41 yrs.So Micheal when you get up there and God and you to perform and moon walk remenber you be on the biggest stage of the world. REST IN PEACE.....

Cathy Ohio   June 30th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Michael was truly a gift from God to the world. Look at the effect he had on all people everywhere! I'm sorry for all the suffering he endured throughout his life, but it made him the compassionate human being that he was. Watching the Tribute from the inmates...brought me to tears...who else could cause such an effect, that a whole prison of inmates come out to dance and honor him!!!
Joe, two words for him....IGNORANT, and SELFISH. But we wouldn't have had Michael without Joe. The mysterious ways of our Lord!
Miko, thank you for being there for Michael!!
Rest In Peace, are loved more than you could fathom!!!

Jacqueline   June 30th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Michael RIP You will be greatly missed!!!

Sandra Williams Dale   June 30th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Can we not see that Michael Jackson was abused by his father, the media and the money makers in the exact same way. This is a glaring sad statement about the values that drive a large portion of our society. There are many who have shamelessly shown no second thoughts about exploiting and using Michael if they thought it could earn them $power$. When people talk about his father as abusive they really need to have a look in the mirror. What a gift it would be if Michaels death is what is shown to help our society to truly discover what changes are possible. Thank you Michael for reaching those of us who are brave enough to listen.

Kim   June 30th, 2009 12:59 am ET

He was dear and kind man with nothing but love to give. I am sick of all the negative comments. I grew up listening to this man and idolized him as a teen. He will be sadly missed by the entire world and it touches my heart to hear all his friends who he also touched deeply. May he rest in peace and watch down on his children who he loved with all his soul. I still can't get a grasp that he is truly gone.
RIP you wiil be missed

Penelope Notson   June 30th, 2009 12:59 am ET

RIP Michael J. Jackson, may God grant you passage and wings!! From living 36 years, I was born just as Michael was hitting the stage at 10 years of age. His death hit me like a ton of bricks weighing on my heart. I do have a few questions:

First, why does law enforcement keep returning to the house he died in when there have already been moving crews there? Isn't the evidence tainted once non-law enforcement touches a scene? How can we guarantee that the medications they found today (after receiving a tip from LAPD) weren't planted?

Secondly, it was a stated fact at the beginning of this case that Michael stated many times that he wanted the nanny to have his children. Does this not apply due to a will not being found?

Third, Joe is the only person speaking for the family. No disrespect meant, but I would prefer to listen to what Janet or Katherine have to say. They were closer to Michael and would know what he wants best. And really, does anyone truly believe, if Joe is out for the money (which is a pretty good bet with the way he's attempting to use this as a way to promote his new record label), that he would let anyone see a will if it was produced? Especially, if it contradicted ANYTHING he wanted??

Fourth, can we get some more recognition on "We Are The World" and "Childhood"? These were two songs Michael said many times were his favorites, and no one is talking about them.

Just some food for thought. I'm not understanding the drug use either. Michael would not be able to perform on Oxy, Demoral, or Morphine. Get a clue press!!! These are highly addictive drugs that put the users in a state of disphoria. Addicts normally cannot even move, let alone dance, sing, and perform while on it.

I don't for one minute believe this global legend of peace and love could do that to himself. I understand, more than most, where Michael was in his life and it is a terrifying place. Out of his family, I truly believe the grief is worst for Janet, Katherine, and Jermaine (not sure about Tito or Marlon). My prayers and blessings to the entire family and children. I hope, some day soon, the family will have the answers needed to move forward. God bless!!

Fran   June 30th, 2009 1:00 am ET

I can understand and feel the loss also. My consolation for such a loss is that his suffering has ended. With this thought, I can move forward.

Knowing how much emotional and spiritual pain he was in, I find solace knowing that he is at peace and at rest – finally. That no amount of money hungry leeches can sue him for everything he had worked so hard for.

He had paid his debt in full.

As for all these celebrities who speak so highly of him on national t.v., where were they in his darkest moments? Why didn't I see them during his trials? Why surface now?

Miko, I share your grief and sorrow. Keep in mind though, Michael lives on in Spirit. His talent is unmatched. There will never be another Michael Jackson!

Kayla illinois   June 30th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Michael Jackson was in inspiration to me. omg! this is sooo hard to talk about. I've been crying every minute of the day since Thursday. I've always wanted to go see one of his concerts. He is a amazing singer and dancer. It bothers me the most that I'll never be able to meet him, but i know he will always be with me in my heart and prayers. I know this has to be the worst thing to have to go through. My prayers go out to his family and his 3 kids. Those kids deserve to be with Michaels mom, not their "so-called mom." To Miko: Hello. I read your blog. It put tears in my eyes. I know how much he meant to you. It's so amazing that you have all these wonderful memories of Michael, and i know that you meant the world to him to. When all those aligations went on when those boys n their parents was comming at him with that stupid stuff, I knew it was not true. He would never do anything like that. I could see that he loved his kids and i know he would never do anything to hurt them or anyone elses. I'm very sorry for you loss. I think now that he's in heaven, people shouldn't be talking bad stuff about him. We need to celebrate his life and what he did for pop culture. He's an amazing dancer and singer. WE NEED TO CELEBRATE his life, not put him down. Michaels family and friends you and him will ALWAYS be in my heart and prayers.

rochelle   June 30th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Miko thank you for sharing your wonderful memories with us. I will miss michael. I wish somebody could have saved him. I just hope his kids and family are doing okay. he will forever be rememberd as the one and only king of pop. I Love you Michael Jackson, RIP

Paula Jean   June 30th, 2009 1:04 am ET

How did that little boy sing with such intense emotion, such polished vocal perfection, such adorable sweetness? And why did that handsome young man on the cover of 'Off the Wall' despise his own face so much that his quest to erase it eventually overshadowed his music? These questions will never be answered, and it's time to let them go.

Michael wrote the songs on 'Off the Wall.' The first song, "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" begins with this line: "Lovely is the feeling now." I can hear it in my mind, the joy of it. That's how I choose to remember him.

ML   June 30th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Miko I appreciated reading your sincere blog and was very happy to know that MJ had someone there he could talk too and make him smile. He was the most talented person that I know of ,in so many avenues. AMAZING, is the only way to describe MJ! If most could not see the LOVE in MJ's heart and eyes then they are just plain BLIND. He gave so much of himself and got nothing in return but, heartaches. Vultures with only one goal MJ's money. Sad, Sad very sad! But, every dog gets their day. Michael may the guiding light shine upon YOU forever! Peace! "YOU" and what you gave us will absolutely be missed. Rest in Peace, MJ you deserve eternal happiness.

Lisa Michele   June 30th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Our family cat "Cash" was shot down by our neighbor w/pump gun on June 22, 2008, My Father had to put him down. I cried for my Dad who missed his buddy/companian. I lived with him. Calmly he said "I miss my cat". 14 days later my Dad was killed on his motorcyle, it was INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4, 2008. This is the 1year mark for me loosing my entire world, my father, my love, my life. My condolences to you Miko, I'm praying to MJ (as I write this) I wish he could talk to my DAD. Tears stream as I witness how MJ bringing every one together in CELEBRATION of his life & I want to feel that way. It touches me deeply to see the awesome power of love & music. I saw no tears. MICHAEL JACKSON PASSING lifted the shrooud of darkness & negaticvity tha had belfallen me 1 year ago. Because of the that awesome kind gentle sweet soul that MJ was. Personally I want to thank him to the high heavens. I was on my feet over the weekend & danced my ass to "Living OFF THE WALL". It took my breathe away & my spirit feels a strange mix of joy & soorrow. But mostly I am glad my Dad has a date w/ Farrah & MJ is the GOD of all GODS mixing a h symphony sound of funk & railroads for all of ETERNITY. God Bless you Miko & the entire Jackson Family.

lsm   June 30th, 2009 1:17 am ET

its very nice to hear all the incredibly nice comments coming from people. this just shows how many hearts he has touched with his music.

i just can not believe his father though. what kind of a person is he to promote his business at a time like this? wasn't his abuse enough?
and i do think that his mother having the custody of his children would be good for them instead of having them separated and living with a mother they have not known.

he looks like he is very healthy and in good shape in the pictures taken two nights before. it somehow seems absurd that he is no longer with us. i am still in shock and feel as if this is all a very bad joke. his long time friend miko itself says he was fine the night before. the question is what exactly happened between the time he left them after practice and before the 911 call?

also with regard to the doctor if he stayed the night at MJ's house, then it was to take care of him and to make sure a situation like this would not occur. i do feel that the doctor is at fault here.
no matter what kind of medicine one practices i am sure that they are to go through the 1st steps to giving CPR. fine the lawyer says he was in shock at seeing him there not breathing, then it is his duty as a doctor to stay calm and handle the situation, not panic and kill his patients. i am actually surprised that he has not killed anyone so far.

an what kind of an excuse is "there wasn't a land line in his room" or "he did not have any coverage or signal in the room"
and shouldn't he have called 911 the second he saw MJ not breathing? fine even if there wasn't any coverage or a land line, he could have still called for help then not 10 or 15 or even 25 minutes later. also why is it that no one mentions that it is MJ who isn't responding in the 911 call? and i hardly doubt that they would take 25-30 minutes to send help. wasn't the hospital just 6-10 minutes away?

also if he was a close friend why didn't any of MJ's other close friends not know him? why hasn't the rest of the people in the house said anything? i am sure you can find out if they were questioned or not specially the security or the cook who made the 911 call and apparently spoke to the doctor.

i do hope that these questioned will be answered. and that justice will be served.

is it also true that the boy from the 1993 child molestation case has said it was all a lie?


Carna   June 30th, 2009 1:23 am ET

Thank you for being a true friend to Michael Jackson.
I am sure Michael knew without a doubt you are the true version of a loved and trusted friend. What I don't understand is all of the negative publicity that is being televised about Michael Jackson?
Last night I went and read all of the words to ALL of his songs, which clearly have a message in them all. What a genius! He is incredible.
This man was clearly about love. When you look at all of his achievments and accomplishments and all of the impact that he has had on the world, still....the main focus is negativity! Who is anyone to judge Michael Jackson? I always knew he was innocent of the child molestation charges, and my heart ached for him as he had to endure all of the negative press coverage and all of the negative comments about his behaviour &,appearance. He's human being like the rest of us, of course this type of negativity would beat anyone down over a course of time. Let's not forget about Joe Jackson. To show no respect and love to his son. Obviously his record company is his first agenda! Michael was his meal ticket years ago, and now he is trying to profit from his death. I wonder if this is what Lisa Marie Presley meant in her statement about all of the unsavory vampires and leeches that surrounded Michael Jackson? Mikko, for the sake of Michael Jackson's children I hope you will remain an important part of their lives. My heart and prayers go out to you & Michael's family & children
RIP Michael ....A true Angel

Nancy   June 30th, 2009 1:25 am ET

I love what you wrote and it is so true I could have not put it in better words. I belive everything you said is just MJ all over. Thanx for describing how I picture MJ!!

"SYNDI" June 29th, 2009 7:42 pm ET
How sad we have lost a great person!!!!
Who doesn’t want to be young forever!
I will always remember Michael as Peter Pan and one of the lost boys.
Fly high in Never Never land Michael we love you and miss you forever.
With love and great admiration for the man and his talent. We were
blessed to be in your light SHINE ON!
Isn’t it amazing what he could see and we could not listen. Michael you
reached a lot of us not everyone was deaf to your loving message for
mankind and this planet. May everyone hear you now and see through a
child’s eyes as you did. AS I LOOK IN THE SKY TONIGHT… SECOND STAR TO

I also do agree that we should focus on all the good things he did and if we do at all focus on any negative...I hope it's for a good outcome and they can actuall save life's that are in the hands of people who want to "PLAY GOD". Let MJ's death be the last to be taken by "painkillers"....we need to do something about this people who call themselfs "Dr's"!!

You gave us 50 plus years of your life and what wonderful years they were(THANK YOU)!!I'm sad that you had to be gone for a lot of us to realize what a wonderful person you were.Some of us new it from the start but others it did take us a while but we got there. I'm sorry for what you had to go through in your childhood but I'm glad that you are in a better place and do know that those people (JOE JACKSON(specially) ) are going to pay for what they did to you. We will miss you and you will forever be in our hearts..thanx again for all those great memories!! We love you and like SYNDI said, " AS I LOOK IN THE SKY TONIGHT… SECOND STAR TO

M.J....Look over all those kids for us!!!

Nancy   June 30th, 2009 1:30 am ET


Thanx for letting us in to your personal life with what we only new as, "THE KING OF POP"!! We new only what the media wanted us to know and I thought he never once had a joyful memory but thanx for letting me know that he did. Thanx for sharing those memories with us. Thanx for letting me know how simple and sensitive M.J. was. Thanx for being one of the few good things in M.J.'s life....your a great friend but M.J. probably saw you as more (BROTHER)!! GOD BLESS you MIKO!!!

Lisa Michele   June 30th, 2009 1:33 am ET

PS: OFF THE WALL my fave.

Although I don't expect my comment to be posted. But should it make it to your website...would you let me know. I got my dads family back east who also loved Michael Jackson. My cousin she has his initials tattoed on her back & she bought plane & concert tickets for his London show. My cousin request I go to Hollywood & get a picture of MJ's Star & Memorial.

♥♥♥♪♫♥please dont stop the ♥♫♪♥♥♥♥

Our family cat "Cash" was shot down by our neighbor w/pump gun on June 22, 2008, My Father had to put him down. I cried for my Dad who missed his buddy/companian. I lived with him. Calmly he said "I miss my cat". 14 days later my Dad was killed on his motorcycle, it was INDEPENDENCE DAY July 4, 2008. This is the 1year mark for me loosing my entire world, my father, my love, my life. My condolences to you Miko, I'm praying to MJ (as I write this) I wish he could talk to my DAD. Tears stream as I witness how MJ bringing every one together in CELEBRATION of his life & I want to feel that way. It touches me deeply to see the awesome power of love & music. I saw no tears. MICHAEL JACKSON PASSING lifted the shroud of darkness & negativity that had befallen me 1 year ago. Because of his spirit & the awesome kind gentle sweet soul that MJ was. Personally I want to thank him to the high heavens. I was on my feet over the weekend & danced my ass to "Living OFF THE WALL". It took my breath away & my spirit feels a strange mix of joy & sorrow. But mostly JOY… it brings me peace to know my Dad has a date w/ Farrah & MJ is the GOD of all GODS mixing his light & illuminating brilliance to the universe & a the symphony sounds of funk & railroads for all of ETERNITY. God Bless you Miko & the entire Jackson Family. & to Dr. Deepak Chopra…NAMASTE.


deb   June 30th, 2009 1:40 am ET

Miko, you did a good job. Nicely written. I am sorry you lost your friend, but he's still with you somewhere.

For those that don't want the children to be with Michael's father, know that the father lives in Vegas and Michael's mother lives separate from him (in California??). From what I've heard, his children would be around other family members' children and it might be a wonderful life for them. Bless their little souls.

RIP, Michael. I keep thinking of the song, Vincent, by Don McLean, "this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you".

Pramis Montero   June 30th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Hey Larry, Miko and fellow Bloggers!

Miko I just read your story and it is heart warming. Thank you very much for sharing. To fans like me -whom never met Michael- it's just great to be able to read stories like these. So again, thank you very much.

I just love Michael Jackson, his music is the true soundtrack of my life. He is one of the earliest memories I have and I will never forget him, ever. I love you Michael, thank you for everything, and may you finally rest in peace!


Dara Stone   June 30th, 2009 2:01 am ET


Walter Wynn Jr.   June 30th, 2009 2:03 am ET

Today, I mourn the death of Michael Jackson. He represents to me goodness exiting this life. He has brought joy and excitement to every generation for at least four decades. For his life to have ended this way was certainly unexpected and for the image builders in the American media to sum up the life of this vibrant and energetic man as frail and weak is unwarranted and very misleading

Shena J   June 30th, 2009 2:10 am ET its best....

Michael wanted so much to heal the world and bring us together....look around people. The death of Michael Jackson has brought us together if only for our grieving. Hopefully, we won't forget about Michael and the lesson he was sent to teach us...I know I will never forget him.

We love you, Michael.

Martha M. Trescott   June 30th, 2009 2:34 am ET

I was just writing my post when it was cut short. I was saying that i have been closely watching all the programs on Michael since his death, some several times, especially Don Lemmon's fine "Man in the Mirror." I also appreciated Don's interview with Michael's father before the BET awards, which I thought we might get to see some of at the time. I was saying that w. r. t. his untimely death, things don't add up and that I'm glad there is a second autopsy. I also hope that the FBI will investigate this carefully. Whenever someone who is famous and who has property, including intellectual property (as has been one issue in my own ID theft case) dies unexpectedly and untimely, there are questions, of course, and I think the FBI and other investigators need to look carefully at all who had access to him or who could have had access to him at the end. Who stood to gain the most by his death, if anyone?

There is no question that Michael was a genius, as many have said. I personally think in dance and choreography, he still had so much to give, as well as in songwriting. He could have easily continued in these things and in production of videos and films until old age. I think he should be listed along with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in contributions to dance and perhaps especially in choreography, an area he may have just been on the brink of contributing so much more to. I have loved John Travolta's Saturday Night Fever dancing, but I think Michael was a true choreographic genius, as well as being a very fine songwriter and singer.

When I think of his life, I am mostly sad. I think he really missed his own childhood so much. As I believe Tina Turner said, when you think of Michael, one thinks of the child on Ed Sullivan, where I first encountered him. Maybe that was Cher who said that, but I think all of us who are about Cher's age will always thiink of Michael that way.

In Don Lemmon's interview with Joe Jackson, Mr. Jackson said that the world has lost a superstar. To be sure, but what about a beloved son and family member, as Janet Jackson so lovingly commented at the BET awards? In an interview with Oprah, Michael earlier answered that yes, he was beaten as a child. The fatherapparently said he used only belts and such and not large sticks. And I've understood, from my own knowledge of those days, that yes, belts and such were rather often used in disciplining children. But those things often terrorized children, too, and hurt physically.

I fell that Michael and the other Jackson children didn't have a real childhood. Regardless of how excellently they came to perform and all the recognition and wealth, how incredibly sad.

Someone commented on TV that the marriage between Michael and Lisa Marie was a "sham". I didn't see it that way. I do think Michael admired Elvis and got a lot of moves from him that he adapted. Larry King was asking a week or two ago, before all this terrible tragedy, about our first concerts. Mine was with Elvis at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and was it ever a madhouse! My dear mother loved Elvis even more than I did, and she was very excited to take a carload full of screaming teenage girls to see him. When he came over close to us with all his moves and great satin outfits on stage, we screamed at the top of our lungs and kept on! I have to admit I hyped it up a little to get the others to keep acreaming!

I recall not only the rise of Michael Jackson but also of Elvis Presley. I recall sitting in a booth in a restaurant in Lake Dallas, where we had a summer home, and seeing on the jukebox selections "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" and others by Elvis ("Train, train, comin' round the bend") and saying, "Who is that? What a strange name." He really was an unknown. I also recall the rise of the Clovers, the Silhouettes, the Diamonds, Jackie Wilson (whom Michael apparently admired) and others in rock and roll. In fact, I recal the advent of rock and roll and of rock. I don't recall the advent of R and B, but I do recall the rise of Jimmie Reed, Lightnin' Slim, Lightnin' Hopkins and others, and I remember combing the record stores in the black areas of Dallas as a youth and also trying to get into Jimmie Reed concerts as a white person. Couldn't do it. Dallas has quite a unique and great Jazz and R and B history, much of which was lost when those interesting parts of town were torn down for high rises. I think Michael would have enjoyed all that and learning about the unique Dallas black artists and songs.I spent most of my youth and allowance in record stores and amassed quite a collection!

Michael didn't seem to discriminate. I think he said so in "Black and White". He certainly wasn't into ageism, and some of his closest friends were older people. I recall the rise of the star Elizabeth Taylor, someone he loved and admired. I don't think he would want us to diss each other the way some do today nor to diss older people.I hope that as a lasting tribute to Michael Jackson, we can call a moratorium on dissing and put downs.

I believe that whatever his faults may have been, he had a good soul. I think he wanted world peace.. I think he truly loved his fans and that he really meant it at the end when he told the crowd at his announcement of "This Is It," I love you all. I really do."" His fans saved him over and over, I think. I'm so sorry that his life was as tragic as it was. I honesly never saw the "dark" side in him because, as others have said, there was always the music. It was so melodic, even in "thriller" and such productions. I'm sure, as has been said, he had a kind and gentle nature. When I think of Michael, I can't help but see the little kid who perfomed on Ed Sullivan and sang like an angel.

Martha M. Trescott

Malcolm Hayes   June 30th, 2009 2:35 am ET

Who cares about the people at war... jeez a true legend dies and you want to forget? Those people at war are idiots for signing up for the army.. it's sad yes that our country chooses to send them to dead end projects but I would trade a million dumb soldiers for one Michael.. final answer.

Rosa Ned   June 30th, 2009 2:38 am ET

I don't think Miko could have said it any better, Michael Jackson is love. He loved everybody! Here I am five years older than Michael and I remember when he made "ABC, I want you back, The love you save, and I'll be there." I was only 10 years old. Michael was ideal. I enjoy his music so much. Later years he recorded "Thriller and Black or White" in which change some of the racism through his music. He was awesome!

It seems to me, we have lost sight on what really matters about Michael Jackson. Instead of appreciating what he has given to a whole world, here we are like crabs in a can worrying more about his estate, his finances, his will, and who gets what. All of these things truly are not our business. In all honesty we have not given Michael Jackson or the Jackson Family as a whole the rightful respect they deserve. Michael is an icon all over the world, and we the people of the United States of America are the ones to have hurt Michael most. People closes to Michael knew him best.

Everything surrounding Michael Jackson living or now dead has always been about Michael Jackson's money. He was an easy target to swindel and lie on because the focus has always been his money. I personally do not believe Michael Jackson ever did or tried to molest any children, and I'll tell you the reason I believe this. I, as a child growing up remember when I was around the age of 5 to 6 years old, I remember my brother and I sharing a bed together because we were small then. I believe Michael may have been raised in this same manner. During these times black folks barely had three bedroom homes and if Mom had 5 or 6 kids in the house, she had to make sure every kid in the house had a place to lay there head. I feel we are to quick to jump to conclusions. Many white children were not raised in the same manner as black children. Black children tend to be very respectful to white people. We were trained to respect our elders, so our training came naturally and freely. We could not call an adult by there first name. To our parents that was considered disrespect. When we answered our parents, we answered "yes sir or yes madam or no sir or yes sir." We were raised. Michael was raised although he may have considered what his father did as child abuse, but where was child abuse back then? Michael was not the only child spanked of his times. I was spanked and many other black kids were spanked just as we were. Back then we caught spankings in school and when we got home we had another spanking waiting. Our parents raised and taught us morals and values. This is what made Michael the child he was. How could he be so kind, compassionate, and caring if he hadn't been taught morals and values? How could he be so disciplined, if he had not been taught as a child? Jermaine, Tito, Janet, and Latoya are all kids from the same block that were brought up learning morals and values. In this day and age children call whippings child abuse. I believe Joe. He said yes I spanked Michael. Perhaps Joe may have been a little hard on his children, but I had that same kind of father. My father was firm. My brother and I had better do as we were told by our parents, otherwise, we were punished or spanked. I am glad my parents spanked me. It made me the person I am today. I do not practice being disrespectful to my elders nor to anyone who treats me with respect. However, I am outspoken in which this is my inherited trait.

Back in my times and Michael's time, our parents put us to bed together. We were only 5 to 6 years old, but there was not enough room in the house, therefore, we had to share bed together. Not any of this signified we were child molesters. Todays parents are just as wicked as their children. Many of the parents get together with their children to see how they can rip off somebody. Michael was an easy target because he cared so much for people so these people who took Michael to court for child molestation knew every bit of what they were doing. They knew it was a way to get his money and so they use their own children to do just that. It was then, and still is a motive to get Michael's money. Where is the media's focus? Isn't it on his money? His children's money? Didn't the news media stress follow the money and the children was the key to whatever money Michael had left. Isn't the media beckoning on the mother of the children to come forth? Why do you think this is so? As I see it,regardless of what Michael owes, Michael still has money, and the greatest concern of the media is Michael Jackson's money, which isn't their business. The media isn't grieving. The media is searching for avenues they can use to hurt Michael's family. They don't like the fact that this black man has all this money. I say this to the media, you are Michael's family worst enemy.

Wendy   June 30th, 2009 3:01 am ET

Michael Jackson was a true superstar like Elvis....there will never be anymore true superstar's and super people like these anymore...they just don't make them like that anymore!!!!!!

Martha M. Trescott   June 30th, 2009 3:14 am ET

I meant to include in my post that in my earlier post that was cut short somehow, I had mentioned LIsa Minellli and her comments about Michael and the Jackson family on Larry King Live. I thought they were particularly insightful and well taken, and speaking of a star's rise to fame, as I was doing in my earlier comments, I do recall hers. My mother recalled that of her mother, Judy Garland, and really, really loved Judy. I did, too, as I came to know her performances later. Lisa and Michael were apparently very close, as he was with Miko, and I'm sure they will miss him most dearly.

Colette Gray   June 30th, 2009 3:36 am ET

I was only 4 in England when Michael Jackson began his career. He had a similar childhood to myself and I completely understood why he was the way he was. His music touched me throughout the many decades. He was a genius and will be missed greatly. How sad it is that his children will now be raised by his abusive Father. Scary thought!! His father is repulsive for using his son's death to promote a new music business. I was disgusted. Seems he is still abusing his wonderful son. MJ will never ever be forgotten and he will live on through his music. I am saddened that we will not get to see him in the 02 shows. He looked amazing in the most recent pics. His children should be proud and they were blessed to have him for a Father. No matter what negativity the media spews, they know what a loving man he was. He was and is a true icon. I will always always be grateful to him for the music that helped me through many sad times. Thank you for the music Michael. We will always love you!!!

Suchibaksmita   June 30th, 2009 3:40 am ET

I am from India, when I heard this news, i was totally numb. I couldnot believe what i heard. How can he die. He has yet not lived fully. When I heard about his state at the time of death, it pained me even more, how can people let him be like this. why didnt his doctor stopped him. Why was he made to die like this.
He has always remained a magic for me, who was invincible.
Now the thought of his death and other selfish people who were behind all this makes to scream out loud- how can people let this happen.

Donna   June 30th, 2009 3:43 am ET

I can't believe anyone would let Joe Jackson have any custody of those children. He used and abused Michael since he was a young child and still in yet Michael, the loving man that he was still forgave his father and always financially took care of him till the day he died.
How dare he disrespect his son by promoting his new venture in the entertainment business. I was livid when he was speaking at the MTV awards, promoting himself. Can't anyone see that this man only thinks of himself and his monetary gains when it comes to Michael. I feel so terribly sad for the rest of the Jacksons for they have to deal with their father in some level with his actions. Especially at a time where they are grieving so much. I just hope they have the strength to stand up to him and handle the custody of the children, the estate with love and dignity as Michael would have wanted. One last think, as for PDiddy at the BET dumb was it of him to say that Michael paved the way for President Obama. Martin Luther King paved the way for African Americans. Credit Michael rightfully for paving the way in the entertainment field. There goes two people that need to keep their mouths shut as far as I am concerned. Michael, thanks for all your music, love and humanitarian deeds. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace....finally. Donna

liz barfoot   June 30th, 2009 3:47 am ET

I've always been a big fan of Micheal Jackson , an it was a big shock to hear of his sudden death, his music will live on . There wil never be another Micheal, he was an amazing performer. Micheal , you will be missed , your legacy will live on. Deepest condolences to the family and your children. God bless you . signed , One of your biggest fans from day 1. YOU WILL BE MISSED

Marieno   June 30th, 2009 3:50 am ET

thanks for your Love., Michael was a lucky man to have a friend like you....Thanks for you support and love of Michael Jackson

Paul   June 30th, 2009 4:18 am ET

This is the Michael the media should have revealed, they tried to accuse him but failed. Someone who wrote such inspiring music, contributed so much to society, and had a host of friends that could write books on how good a friend and person he was-deserves to be remembered for all of this.

I am training professionally in university to become an opera singer, a genre completely different than what MJ was accustomed to, yet even I was impacted by his music. In the midst of a painful life growing up, one filled with suffering, I would listen to songs like heal the world and find utter peace in my soul, something only God could do, I think God inspired MJ in many of his music and works

Michele   June 30th, 2009 4:34 am ET

Thank you Miko for your sweet words and insight. I'm grateful that he had you to count on. I am so sad .. I can't even imagine how painful this must be for those who really knew him, loved him.

Regarding those who pick, poke, and ridicule .. if any of you had your wits about you you'd do a little homework and come to understand that Michael, like other children who have suffered significant abuse .. he displays very ordinary, classic and common symptoms of low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypervigilant behavior, and even self-loathing. Many children who suffer abuse will later in life try to be as different from their abuser as is humanly possible .. in as many ways as possible .. and since plastic surgery was available to him he started with the man in the mirror. Can you imagine what it must have been like to see in your own face the face of someone that you don't like? Someone you have deep anger and resentment against? You're in a good mood and then you do something as simple as brushing your teeth, or washing your face while checking yourself out in the mirror and all that old anger, resentment, frustration comes out .. what a mood killer! Roseanne Barr knows .. that's why she went under the knife. And there have been many, many others. Check it out. Read people! I know you can do it!!

He started with the man in the mirror .. erasing the visual triggers that never let him forget the pain, the trauma, the deep anger and resentment he must have experienced each time he saw his own reflection .. 'cause when he looked at himself he also saw his father's face .. for he so closely resembled his father. Come on now, think! He was only trying to, quite literally, trying to carve out his own persona ..

Michael .. Oh God how we let you down .. hyper-sensitive, loving, running .. escaping .. into perfection, creating brilliance, sharing it with us .. we love you and always will. Our prayers go out to your children, your family, your friends, and to us your fans. We love and miss you but will celebrate you always!! Rest in peace Sweetie. HNK.

Yvonne Von Bowman   June 30th, 2009 5:06 am ET

Dear Miko, thanks so much for sharing. Anyone with a heart discerns the depth of Love Michael Joseph Jackson HAS for humanity, For, Life begins in God, and has no end! The messages in his music and his monumental executions of his vision for the world, through the medium of music and entertainment, written, choreographed, planned and performed for literally everyone on the planet have an undeniable affirmative meaning. We do well to fortify the inner man when facing tough times. It's truly a beautiful thing that his spirit touched so many all over the globe and that he demonstrated inner qualities that would indeed "Heal The World" if emulated and that fact brings a deep Peace within and it is comforting. I'm keeping MJ's entire family and extended family in prayer. Put a handle on it, God speed!!!

Olayinka   June 30th, 2009 5:47 am ET

I was away in another state and stayed up all from 111pm to 5am when the news of Michael Jackson's cardiac arrest and eventual death hit the news stations. I called my husband to tell him the terrible news, the sllep simply vanished from his face. I stayed up on facebook chatting with friends and following the news. It hit home and at the same time, it didnt. It seemed alomst unreal that Michael was dead, gone from this earth. I'm in Nigeria and I can say Michael was as huge as he was in europe, America, Asia and the rest of the world. We dreamed of the day he waould come to Nigeria. Michael was to alot of people, a friend to the world, he appeared to have unfailing and unwaivering love for people. He was giving and appeared undemanding. My whole family followed his trial and my mom said a prayer for him everday at devotion, my entire househole did not for once believe in the lies. If those people believed Michael was harmful to their kids and molested their kids, why did they keep returning. They are all woves, looking out to have a piece of his wealth. Michael was and would remain an unparallel genius. His talent unbeatable. Its sad that hehad to go this way and now. His legacy will live on forever and remain in our hearts forever. My husband and I have been playing and dancing to his songs with our 9month old baby. Just as people in America are devasted, the loss is huge to us here in Nigeria. Despite our problems as a people, we followed Michael's life and loved him dearly. Michael was bigger than anything and anyone put together. We love him and will miss him dearly.

Anita   June 30th, 2009 5:48 am ET

Thank you Miko,
it's beautiful what you wrote
Thank yopu that you were always there for Michael, that you for being a true friend
May his soul rest in peace

Veronica   June 30th, 2009 6:52 am ET

You dont know that Michael is a child abuser. Are you there to witness the scene? So please dont pass comments like that. Especially that Michael is not here to defend himself.

I am a mother and I feel that the grandmother will be a good caretaker of the 3 children rather than the 2 mothers that they have never spend time with.

My prayers with be with the family and friends of Michael Jackson.
We love your music, Michael.
Rest in peace.

Nitaidasa Baba Tunde   June 30th, 2009 7:00 am ET

He Was A Great Man, Such Men Appear In Rare Cases In This Planet Earth.

exit1979   June 30th, 2009 7:15 am ET

From my observations over the past few celeb deaths, watching crowds at self-consciously sombre candlelight vigils, bawling their eyes out at public gatherings, I've come to the realization that most Westerners (particularly Americans) are:

a) comically too emotional; or
b) partial to exaggerating their anguish

especially when the media cameras are rolling.

Why not cry for better causes?

As if the world is a much colder, sadder place without him. Please.

He was a very talented entertainer. Who died. Get over yourselves. No one REALLY wants to know your little pathetic anecdotes about what his music and his life meant to you. Move along people.

Billions of people around the world deserve your tears and prayers more than this dead singer and his wacky family. Leave it be.

Lori   June 30th, 2009 7:22 am ET

Beautifully said Miko ...we are so sorry for your loss. It is wonderful that Michael had such a true friend even at the end. It is so sad to see all these vultures trying to get their 15 minutes of fame by saying negative things about Michael. Continue to share the LOVE he shared with you and your family and hopefully people will see the true kind wonderful man that he was. Michael should be remembered by his amazing talent and good nature and not by the horrible press he got from people that lied to get his money.

Alex Dikkes   June 30th, 2009 7:27 am ET

Miko, thank you for this walktrhough of your friendship with michael.
Goosebumps raise in my neck everytime i read the part where your father and michael drive around neverland.

I've seen michael once a long time ago and he touched me forever.

This man never did wrong and the world just cannot deal with people so pure as michael.

i miss him and will miss him everyday.
i take him as an example of softness, kindness, purity and love.

thank god for letting michael be with us for so long.

ROCSHON D. GREEN   June 30th, 2009 7:47 am ET


Dimitris R Gougleris   June 30th, 2009 7:53 am ET

King is gone...U in a better place now Mike – With all my heart from Athens Greece.

annie momus   June 30th, 2009 9:23 am ET

Paul D. Jackson: correct, but michael is the king of pop, and soldiers are errand boys.

AR   June 30th, 2009 9:26 am ET

MJ's father and mother do not live together anymore. They are still married but not in the same abode. Matter of fact, they don't even really see each other. And finally thing, Joe Jackson is like 114 years old. I think those kids could do circles around him. I think Prince, Paris and "Blanket" will feel safe and comfortable in the arms of their grandmother.

Mimi   June 30th, 2009 9:27 am ET

Joe Jackson is a fraud. He is the patriarch of this family in his mind and he has the audacity to show his face at the BET awards with his earring and bling bling and entourage and call press conferences to talk about his son, who he destroyed mentally, physically and spirtually? I am outraged.

Just so everyone knows. Katherine and Joe Jackson are divorced. Joe Jackson was a self-centered philanderer, adulterer, abuser and a tyrant. He doesn't even live with Mrs. Jackson. He lives in Las Vegas and has for many years.

What this 80 year old man needs to do is to soberly take a seat and reflect on his participation in his son's demise. At 80, he'll meet his Maker sooner rather than later. If he truly looked at the man in the mirror, he wouldn't be looking into the camera any time soon.

Rest in peace, baby boy. They can't hurt you anymore.

God bless Michael Jackson.

LT   June 30th, 2009 9:29 am ET

disgusted about Joe Jackson plugging his business as the world mourns the loss of a musical genious! Fans around the world worried and praying for the family. . .then the Dad goes out and plugs his business?? The protrayal in the movie The Jackson's: An American Dream is obviously spot on.

Mare   June 30th, 2009 9:31 am ET

I too believe Joe Jackson should not get custody of those children. It nauseates me to think he would be any where near them. If anyone wants to know what Michael's problem was, just look towards Joe Jackson. I believe he is an evil person. Michael may have forgiven him, but the damage was done – – some people in this world have very fragile psychis – – he was one of them. His brothers were older, but he was so young and so abused mentally and physically by that monster (let's not forget the beatings with the strap if their rehearsals weren't up to Joe's standards). I feel so sorry for what happened to Michael. It is so sad and so sad for this children. As sure as I know it will get dark tonight, mark my words that bloodsucker Joe will turn this thing into whatever it takes to put money in his pocket. I cringe that he will once more be able to exploit his son, as he had done so many years ago.

It makes me sick.

agree   June 30th, 2009 9:32 am ET

Thriller was my first album 🙁
Ya I agree with's not a secret that Joe Jackson was physically and mentally abusive...why would they get those children??? It's very bothersome!. I notice that they say "Katherine" is getting custody and not mentioning Joe at all...I wonder if thats why they don't mention him....because of the allegations against him from his own children.

Lisa   June 30th, 2009 9:33 am ET

I know the death of Michael Jackson was a tragic and terrible thing. I think enough is enough, the media needs to let the family mourn and grieve. He was a great music icon, he was also a human being. Why bring up everything bad let him rest in a peace.

Rudy   June 30th, 2009 9:33 am ET

A man came to this earth and like any other his time was over. Lets move on and let his memeory linger softly in our mind. This bulding news coverage would do injustice to his memory. Lets move on now.Enough is enough

Mary Ellen   June 30th, 2009 9:34 am ET

Michael did love his fans and I am grateful for that. He was not afraid of his fans and did not distance himself from them. I was at an event in th 1990's that Michael invited a small group of his fan club members to.

At the lunch afterwards which had mostly his staff and business people at Michael came up to me and hugged me and thanked me for coming. I was so surprised, I had assumed he invited the fans just as a nice gesture. But, he really did care. Michael then asked his photographer to take some photos of us. He later had the photos forwarded to us. What a nice day, what a special man. I will miss him so much.

Angela Moffatt, Canada   June 30th, 2009 9:34 am ET

Michael Jackson's death is a loss to all. He was a sad soul with a brilliant gift.
I also wanted to respond to a comment made by Heather Freedman, who critisized Americans for the way that they treat celebrities.
Princess Dianna. Nuff said.

Kamera   June 30th, 2009 9:35 am ET

That was beautiful.

tommyboy   June 30th, 2009 9:35 am ET

michael will be missed...what a great talent

dmosher   June 30th, 2009 9:35 am ET

Michael will forever live in your heart, and you are truly blessed to have been able to take his mind off of things, and bring some much needed joy in his life. Kudos.

Joe Jackson, stay away from those children. You already damaged one generation of your own children, don't you dare do it to a second generation. You should have been behind bars long ago. You are a dispicable man who is trying to take the focus off your son and on to yourself. You should really go bury your head in the sand for a very very long time.

Michele   June 30th, 2009 9:36 am ET

Are we now celebrating every dead pedophile or just the talented ones?

Stephanie   June 30th, 2009 9:37 am ET

Michael Jackson was so much a part of my life, that I can't hardly breathe just thinking about him being gone. I'm not a fanatic, but I loved him and the music he gave. It was always so heartfelt. It's terrible to think that people couldn't understand that he was about love. That he would never hurt children. This is such a great loss. My heart aches.

rowdygirl   June 30th, 2009 9:38 am ET

If all these people loved him so much, why didn't someone help him? I know that you can't force someone into recovery, but with all the resources available to him there seems to be no excuse for this to happen.
Apparently he had alot of issues that maybe no one really understood, and might not have been able to help with. Hopefully his children will live a healthier life, but it's doubtful. The whole family is strange, and unfortunately, the kids probably have no chance for a normal life.
It looks like most of the people who cared for him were also in denial about what was happening in his life, on multiple levels.

Maybe someone will look at his life and the drug issues, and get help for themselves. If so, then it won't be for nothing.

Rachel Sears   June 30th, 2009 9:39 am ET

I don't believe that Katherine Jackson lives with Joe Jackson anymore. Joe Jackson lives in Las Vegas and Katherine Jackson lives in California. They are separated.

There's a reason that there's only one name (Katherine Jackson) on the petition for Michaels' children and the estate.

MB   June 30th, 2009 9:39 am ET

Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace. That is all that needs to be said. About his children and his father. There is no proof only allegations of his abuse. That is no reason to keep those kids from their grandparents. Let the family mourn their loss and leave the rest to God.

val   June 30th, 2009 9:40 am ET

Miko, you mentioned on Larry King last night that Michael paid you very well and that now his estate is paying you. How is a good friend like you can even consider to be paid now for the "work" you do from Michael's estate? When you bring money into this relationship, especially now that Michael is gone, one will wonder.

PAUL   June 30th, 2009 9:42 am ET

Hey Heather Freedman, get your ass back across the water. The problem with America is letting to many of you SOB's come here.

Wilma Wonka   June 30th, 2009 9:45 am ET

1. Katherine and Joe do not live together. If Joe is involved, Katherine will not get custody. This is why only she has filed for temp. guardianship.
2. Michael was a businessman. Of course, there's a will.
3. Don't forget about the nanny who was ever present. I predict that Katherine will get custody only if the Nanny is involved too.
4. Michael was an entertainer. Yes, a great one but he was a 50 year old man who was bound to have some health problems given his grueling schedule. I have to ask why he would have a cardiologist on staff. Why not a General Practitioner? Why a cardiologist. hmmmmmm.
5. Perspective: If this much fuss over an entertainer? MJ is legendary but with all that's occurring in the world, how long does this continue to be the top story? British citizens were arrested in Iran. Combat troops are ending their mission in Iraq. North Korea has a nut in charge. Is this story really the best the media has or is it just that the general public is so superficial that this is their main focus.

begee-NJ-   June 30th, 2009 9:48 am ET

Michael Jackson has been in the public eye for many years, I really hate to draw this conclusion,, but Michael was the meal ticket for Mr. Jackson,, and I couldn't even imagine all the other related incidents,,,such a shame to have so much talent, and really be good and kind,,,,,,god bless his children,,, and he finally got what he so deserved all these years,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,peace he is finally at peace.

Michael   June 30th, 2009 9:49 am ET

re. Sharon's comments (June 29th) thoughts, exactly. Why do people sweep that crap under the rug and hope it goes away? The stench (of child abuse) doesn't go away. I think all of the kids are still afraid of 'dad'.......and they probably wouldn't say anything about the abuse: But Michael has mentioned it many many times: He said he "vomited" thinking about it. Besides the abuse; there's also the consideration that if Michael's parents become the surrogate parents......those kids will probably lose them both before they reach adulthood. Not fair to the kids at all!


ellie   June 30th, 2009 9:54 am ET

Miko, thank you very much for your lovely thoughts on the special friendship that you shared with Michael throughout all these years. I am sure you were a very special friend to him also. Thank you for such positive, loving memories.

Yvette   June 30th, 2009 9:55 am ET

I would like to say please let him rest in peace. The media, of course is making a circus out of his memories. He was a wonderful person. It is such a shame that he had to leave us so soon. When Janet Jackson got up on the BET awards and said what she had to say about her brother, it broke my heart. I have not stoped crying. These people are greiving terrible so we all should respect them. To Janet and Family it's like a part of me is missing, so I can imagine what you are going through. My heart and soul aches for you all. You all will continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All. Always remember the good times you all shared with MJ. I love you all.

CLJohnson   June 30th, 2009 9:55 am ET

Momma Katherine did the right thing – she took control over Michael's children, that's what any grandparent would do. For the comment mentioned above regarding Joe Jackson being a child abuse – he doesn't live at the house in Encino, he resides in Las Vegas. So get your facts straight. Another thing, the courts gave Mrs. Jackson custody of her grandchildren for a reason. These children do not know their biological mother, they only know who she is – she hasn't been around them. They will be better off with Michael's mother. I'm sure as this case goes on Janet will step in also if needed. The children are in very very good hands.

Johan   June 30th, 2009 9:55 am ET

Since being a small boy growing up in South Africa I always wanted to see Michael Jackson perform. We never had the chance to see him perform though but we will forever be fans of MJ.

Denyse   June 30th, 2009 9:56 am ET

I am so so sad about Michael’s passing. who are you all lots to judge a guy who went through more in is life that most of us will in our. Anybody else in his situation would have gone bananas and sent to mental health institution. You american are crazy with all the press and paparazzi and garbagge magasine.

Let him rest in peace now, well deserves i might add…I’m sure is dancing and singing with the angels now,,

In my heart always Michael!

Shari D.   June 30th, 2009 9:56 am ET

Michael Jackson was the most awesome and talented entertainer ever. Let's remember him for that incredible talent and for the love he shared with everyone he met. I am grateful that he doesn't have to hurt ever again. He went through so much pain and he did it with dignity and grace. God bless his family and friends who grieve for his loss during this expecially hard time. Know that the world loved MJ. He will forever be missed and can never be replaced.

Rich from Rockland NY   June 30th, 2009 9:57 am ET

The KING is gone.... No one will be like him. MICHAEL was put on this earth to show people how to LOVE. That's why he always had a heart of a child of innocent of pure love. MICHAEL loved everyone, he loved LIFE and planet earth. We have lost a GREAT person. May the LORD forgive those that have HURT MICHAEL JACKSON.

sharon K   June 30th, 2009 9:59 am ET

Not to worry too much about the kids and Joe. Katerine Jackson had the good sense to separate from Joe Jackson long ago. He lives in Las Vegas and she in Encino.

Michael loved his mother and she has had a relationship with her grandchildren in the past.

Jacko   June 30th, 2009 9:59 am ET

Amazing the amount of retards that love to voice their opinions, like oh say , maybe, SHARON, who believes that in his senior age, Joseph Jackson will turn Michael Jackson non blood related kids into Michael Jackson lol Look we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors, like Eddie Murphy once said in either raw or delirious, Michael Jackson could be a bad mutha fu*ka behind closed doors lol the point is, we don't know why mike turned completely white, we don't know how bad the abuse was, we don't know what made mike lose it, what i do know is mike Jackson became a pill buddy , which is basically some one who is addicted to the narcotics. by the way, brandos kid, what a disgrace, to see Brando in his prime and then to see that fat , very feminine bone head run his pie hole. Hey Brandos kid, why don't you put the ho ho's down i cant hear my self think!

tom   June 30th, 2009 10:00 am ET

Miko WHO? Jackson really did hit rock bottom when he took up with this Looser NOBODY

Mariah   June 30th, 2009 10:01 am ET

Just so you kow Sharon, Katherine and Joe jackson have m=not lived together in over a decade and they are legally seperated. She is the sole custodian. I think that we should give his family their privacy and worry about our owns issues and everyday problems within our own lives. All we need to do is either love him for the entertainer and Icon he is and leave his personal family matters to his family. It's not our business thats whats wrong with the world today you, we are too into everyone elses business. God Bless Michael and his family and thanks for giving us hit after hit Michael.

sarahwaters   June 30th, 2009 10:02 am ET

this guy is sentimental; he would never admit michael was a drug addict.
secondly, dr. murray and his attorney are liars period.
the only one person i believe is deepak chopra, i think he is honest and courageous.
on larry king last night was lou ferrigno, he was in lala land, like there was nothing wrong with michael, what a waste that interview was.
and as far as jack cafferty is concerned, when is enough, enough. he is so ignorant, michael jackson as described on lou dobbs last night was so true, james brown, elvis, and the beetles were all wrapped up into michael jackson. michael jackson could sing anything. for example, i listen to the Elvis Channel everyday on XM, he sings his songs fine, but when he branches out say neal diamond, etc., he cannot pull it off. jackson was a genius, i didn't appreciate his work when he started, i was already in my late 20s but his songs, his writings, his videos, his clothes, and most of all, he had the most beautiful voice.

garey   June 30th, 2009 10:03 am ET

He was a pervet crotch grabing he is dead...get over it...

Tomas Kincaid   June 30th, 2009 10:05 am ET

I saw the show last night. Its funny how he said he "worked" for him but with really no responsibility. Larry should have asked him if he was actually ON the payroll. What a waste of money. And now that they have gone thru the house and have taken Medications, do people really think that Michaels "employees" didnt go thru that house first and do a LOT of flushing??? Come on. They threw out everything that would have been questionable.

Luis   June 30th, 2009 10:05 am ET

Believe it or not, the children need to be with the grandparents. I know about Joe Jackson, and all the things he is.

However, the children's mother is not involved, never has been, and could care less. She only had Michael's kids for money, financial security and she cares more about her farm animals. She would not have the first clue about how to properly raise these kids. Did you hear her rant the other day? She is a loathsome, strange and unfit human being. Just do a little homework on Debbie Rowe and you will agree.

mthomason   June 30th, 2009 10:06 am ET

I was so sad that Michael passed away too soon. I have always been a big fan. I am Asian and now here in the US. I was soo hoping and was even telling my friends that as soon as he does a concert here in the US, I would definitely go and watch him. I was too young when he did a concert in my country. I loved his songs and will continue to love him and will let my kids listen to them, he was a musical genius. Unintelligent people only see and understand what their little minds could understand, what they see on TV, what media feeds them. But the more intelligent ones, the people who are not just intellectually intelligent but also emotionally intelligent, will understand why he became what he had become. Not all people can understand weird. Most geniuses are weird, if not for weird geniuses, we won't have remarkable inventions from surprisingly weird and eccentric people in history.

Yashar   June 30th, 2009 10:06 am ET

I can't stop thinking about MJ. I'm so sorry for your loss. He is not dead beacouse his songs are still alive . I miss you

Debbie   June 30th, 2009 10:06 am ET

I just want to say that I think Katherine Jackson is the right person to have custody of Michaels 3 children. She has been one of the only family members to have had a long term relationship with them and they love her dearly. I think that all 3 of them should be kept together and if the 2 oldest were to go live with their mother, Debbie Rowe,that would mean they would be separated. Debbie Rowe has never even had a relationship with those children and if they were to be placed with her, it would be devestating.

You don't really have to worry about Joe Jackson being in the picture, he and Katherine have seperate residences, she being in CA and him living in Las Vegas!!! Joe is just out to profit from Michael where Katherine truly has the childrens best interests at heart I believe.

Princechell Johnson   June 30th, 2009 10:10 am ET

Michael has ALWAYS been my favorate entertainer. I love his music, no one has ever come close to matching his abilities on stage and no one ever will. I hate the way he was treated when he was alive,
I hope all the people that drug his name through the mud feel bad, they was just jeleous of this wonderful exceptionally tallented man.
Michael, Rest in Peace always. I love you and your brothers and Janet Jackson. Thank you for all the years, I never knew you, but I feel like I grew up with you and I am still crying over what happened to you. I feels personal to me like I knew you personally. I don't believe any of the lies that was made against him and I pray for his kids and his family. Joe Jackson, I believe you did the best that you knew how to raise your children. You may beat them too much and you may have said things that you should not have, but, hey, back in the day, that's how we was raised. Our parents called up stupied, dummies, good for nothing, they beat the hell out of us, but, most of us that had parents that was not strung out on drugs or was alcoholics grew up to be decent law biding citizens. Joe was strick because he had a goal and was purpose driven but I believe that he has seen the errors of his ways and I don't believe that he will abuse Michael's kids. The kids need to remain in the environment that they are used to. They lost their father and to lose the rest of the family will just be too much. They have grand mother, father, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, to take that away from the kids is just plain wrong.

Michi   June 30th, 2009 10:10 am ET

I have to say to Shannon. Yes, Michaels father was a known abuser. He might have said something about his nose but I do not blame his plastic surgery on his dad.. they ALL have nose jobs. But maybe he is different with his grandchildre, or maybe Katherine is a stronger woman. I would say that those three kids have a better chance with Katherine than with a mother who was not in their lives and paid off twice (yes, she took the money and ran).
I myself had an abusive mother, and we went almost 8 yrs with not contact. But now as adults, she respects me and ADORES my kids. And my kids adore her.
Lets stop going with the tabloids. You are the only person that will ever now yourself 100%.

MJ Ringo   June 30th, 2009 10:10 am ET


This is probably the most touching rememberance of Michael Jackson I have ever read. It is wonderful to know that he had true friends out there-not out for anything but pure friendship and it seems you were one of the few. I feel for you and his children and this most difficult time.

Catherine   June 30th, 2009 10:11 am ET

No Will? Didnt he have a boatload of lawyers he was paying?
The Doctor is a joke.
I feel so bad for these kids.
What mess.
Sad sad mess.

Steve Eide   June 30th, 2009 10:11 am ET

Reaction to Paul D. Jackson's post:

Most people are capable of dealing with many issues in life. Because they are discussing Michael Jackson's life/.death does not undermine their concerns for or diminish those events' importance.

LoveMJforever   June 30th, 2009 10:12 am ET

May your soul rest forever with God. See you again.

Tony   June 30th, 2009 10:12 am ET

I have a feeling this was suicide like Elvis was.
I blame Religion for it.
When we die we go to a better place and we meet People that we liked on Earth and all that crap that no one knows if it happens or not.
So when things get a little rough down here what the hell Exit stage left.
Jacson saw what Happened to Elvis after Death and unlike Elvis who would never guess what happened after he died.
MJ knew and had a good guess what would happen and it is the only way to go to the next level.Immortality.

Alda   June 30th, 2009 10:12 am ET

It's amazing how one man could arouse the feelings and emotions of millions all around the world...he was divine, there will never be someone to replace him, no matter how hard they try, they're only amateurs compared to him.
Always loved him and always will, you're in my heart Michael forever.


andee   June 30th, 2009 10:12 am ET

michael has many brothers & sisters. isn't it possible with those families for the kids to be with the cousins?

Marge   June 30th, 2009 10:13 am ET

People that actually accomplish something in their lives are celebrated. Michael Jackson made a true contributiion and left behind an unbelievable legacy. IMHO the 'hype" is warrented. For those that believe its too much,I suggest they not participate in the mourning and celebration of his death/life.
Michael made us happy wirh his music,sad and sometimes angry with the storys about his personal life. He electrified us with his showmanship which was second to NONE. He touched many people through his talent.
To those of us that can appreciate his contribution,we mourn and celebrate him. I feel this is befitting an artist of his caliber. The media in death as in life are trying to make a fast buck off of him. Right now there is a serious backlash brewing towards the media for some of the negitivity they insist on in their reporting.
At the end of the day..Love him or Hate him,He Is the Undisputable King of Pop. Nothing written,or spoken can change that.. The Ultimate entertainer. The world of music has lost a very bright and shinning star. We will never see the likes of a Michael Jackson again.
RIP Michael,

Alexander   June 30th, 2009 10:14 am ET

So many point out his perversions, but how many of you would be branded freaks if every minute of your life was captured on film?

wonderamber   June 30th, 2009 10:15 am ET

Michael Jackson was a genius. Most geniuses are wierd because they are not on the same level of normality most of us are on. Despite his personal life, he was amazing and busted out barriers!! MTV refused to play any African American artist....until Jackson. The videos he created could NEVER be duplicated. Every A list celebrity wanted to work with Michael at some point in his career. In my personal opinion, all of those child molestation accusations thrown at him were simply a way for money hungry individuals to take advantage of his wierdness. And what made him a wierd adult??? That would be his childhood, or lack thereof. The childhood he was never allowed to have. The childhood that was physically beaten out of him. He did NOT want that for his children, or other children in the world for that matter. He didnt want his children in the press. I can only hope that Michael's wishes for his children are carried out. Im hoping he did have a will and Im hoping that he wanted Janet to raise those babies. Katherine is 79 years old. Once she passes, those kids will have to go through this all over again!
I am a big music lover and concert goer. When MJ annouced his final tour in London, I just knew he would come back to the US. I will never get to see him perform live. I hope he can finally rest in peace. His life in California was far from peaceful, thats for sure. Michael, you will be missed.
Amber in Texas

Sandra.G.   June 30th, 2009 10:16 am ET

First (Miko) sorry for your loss as well as the loss for the world...

You're story is beautiful and in that alone he remains in your soul to be remembered as such...

For those that seem to think ( enough already he is dead) one thing for certain is he has passed but neither you or anyone else can comprehend the love, the music, the talent, the spirit, and the effect (Michael Jackson) meant to the world and how he moved us then and how he will move us forever.

His Legacy will never ever be forgotten and because of that it is never enough to speak of him or what or how much he meant.

So let us mourning for him no matter how long it takes, sometimes a heart is broken for the love of someone so meaningful that you can't put a time frame or ( get over it now) in mourning...

And for the media to say negative things of someone so profound in these times of mourning is sad and disgusting, I pray that when you lose someone you can totally understand how it feels when someone speaks negative things of them so in the future you'd restrain yourselves from being so callus.

I am please to see Kathrine with the children, regardless of what some people think, those kids are in the right place. I seriously doubt that whatever Joe Jackson did to his own children then, that he would do that now to his grandchildren. You people always find away to discredit someone for what the past was then to appreciate what today is and brings to one. Granted I do not like Joe Jackson because of his greed and selfish ways, but this isn't about him, it's about what's best for the children, AND SERIOUSLY IT'S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS

Maury Povich   June 30th, 2009 10:19 am ET

"What a lot of people may not realize about Michael, is how good a businessman he was."
I just spat my coffee all over my keyboard when I read that.
It' s interesting how we are reduced to selective memories when someone passes.
Next thing is is how great his babysitting business was...

Elizabeth   June 30th, 2009 10:19 am ET

Will someone-one of his close friends, an attorney...someone trustworthy, honest and loyal-step up IMMEDIATELY to assist this poor family in removing Joe Jackson and that pretentious show boat Al Sharpton from the media spotlight, in order that they may grieve for their loved one- a gift to the world and a legend no doubt, but also a son, a brother, a father, a friend, a nephew, a cousin...a man- in peace. It is still, six days later, shocking that we have lost this incredible human being, but let's not make it worse by enabling those who would think nothing of capitalizing on his death for their selfish interests, one of those, shamefully, being his own father. Rest in peace Michael and thank you for the many unforgettable moments.

Chris   June 30th, 2009 10:19 am ET

Thanks Mikko.

I think Kathryn is a good choice for now but as she is almost 80 years old, a secondary caregiver needs to be thoughtfully planned ahead.

This forum is to discuss MJ so if it bothers those who would prefer to discuss war, go to the comment section of the war stories and leave your opinions there....not here.

matt D   June 30th, 2009 10:20 am ET

I have to agree with Mr Jackson, enough, let Michael rest in Peace.. There are plenty of kids dying overseas that we don't talk about 24 hours a day......

Bakari   June 30th, 2009 10:21 am ET

It is important to remember that Joe Jackson and Katherine live in seperate cities. SHe knows very well the type of man Joe is and will prevent the children from suffering the way that the Jackson's did under his tyranny. I think the children will be safe with their grandmother to guide them. She is a good, strong woman who loves her entire family.

andee   June 30th, 2009 10:22 am ET

i think janet would do good with the kids. it would not be easy for the grandma to take care of them. whatever about mj's father.
if there were no cousins, aunts – uncles then with his parents. but there are many aunts uncles, cousins...

Chris   June 30th, 2009 10:23 am ET

Oh and someone correct me if I am wrong but the last I heard, Kathryn and Joe Jackson don't live together so the safety of the children as the world watches them under a microscope looking for an inkling of abuse is not nessessary under these arrangements.

michael   June 30th, 2009 10:23 am ET

joe jackson is an old has-been( or a never was) and he will hopefully die soon. the only reason katherine jackson wants to raise the kids is to get her hands on the money

Marge   June 30th, 2009 10:23 am ET

garey June 30th, 2009 10:03 am ET

He was a pervet crotch grabing weirdo…now he is dead…get over it…
Did he grab your "crotch" ((garey)).?
How many people will celebrate your life? WHAT contribution have you made that will be remembered?
Perhaps YOU should get over your distaste of the massive coverage of his incredible life. If you don't like it then don't paticipate...Hundreds of Thousands of peopleI are mourning this man,and for good reason...He was/is The King of Pop....I guess when you're a NOBODY this type of adulation is hard to understand.

erlinda   June 30th, 2009 10:23 am ET

Michael May you rest in peace for now you are at a better place with no more pain , we will miss you in this world but, shall be together when our time comes God wanted you now he saw how much you were suffering so he took you he only takes the best!!! May you rest in peace!!!!

Linda M   June 30th, 2009 10:23 am ET

Sorry to have to say this but Joe Jackson looks a little too happy. He likes being in charge and in the spotlight. And now he will be in control again of putting on a show with his sons funeral. I hope someone will call DYFS on him if he lays a finger on those kids! Im sure Michael told them stories about his father. They are probably afraid of him. They deserve a normal life...God Help Them!

lala   June 30th, 2009 10:24 am ET


bill robert clanton   June 30th, 2009 10:24 am ET

A good business man? What ? He was 400 million dollrs in debt. Read the new Rollingstone piece. He lived in a leased house. Neverland was foreclosed on. Yes MJ changed music but he could not add. Get a clue Brando. Yes we all LOVED him but lets not make him look like a finacial genius. That he failed at.

Katherine   June 30th, 2009 10:24 am ET

Michael's mother and father have been separated for many years and no longer live together. She wasn't able to protect Michael from evil Joe, please Gold that she will protect Michael's children. MJ was a brilliant musician and a deeply flawed man/boy. I think he's at peace now......and no longer will be used by others for financial gain.

dianne nyquist   June 30th, 2009 10:26 am ET

This is really cute. One drug addict calling another drug addict a father figure. Where has this world come to.
I respect the talent the MJ had. But the fame, talent and so called friends, threw him into a bottumless pit from which there was no escape. I have lived with bi-polar family members and saw MJ's similar affliction. It is too bad that those that said they loved him didnt do anything to help him. Were they afraid of getting tossed off his money train?

Donna   June 30th, 2009 10:26 am ET

Sharon, those are not Joe and Katherine children so there is no need to paint this man as a child beater. I am quite sure Katherine will not let that happen because that is like having Michael around. Everytime she look at those children, she is looknig a loving her son. So please stop the nonsense.

Red   June 30th, 2009 10:27 am ET

I agree with Sharon, the first person to post here. I don't know the family but Michael himself made it clear in his Oprah interview just what his father did. Even in adulthood his was still haunted by those years with his dad and I hope that the courts take this into consideration.

abt   June 30th, 2009 10:27 am ET

Heather Freedman

Go back to the UK if you do like the USA! The UK media is WAY worse than the US.

MJ – rest in peace and Miko I am so sorry for your and our loss!

jim   June 30th, 2009 10:27 am ET

Believe me, Heather, we are all just as sorry as you are that you came here. Why don't you go back to your real home, the land of the genteel press corps. LOL!!!!

Geeta Singh   June 30th, 2009 10:28 am ET

There will be only ONE Michael Jackson in this world. Nobody will ever be there who would reach his level for another 100 years.

MJ, May your sould rest in peace.

With deep sorrow

David R. Ph.D   June 30th, 2009 10:29 am ET

I am appalled that MJ’s father continues to promote his new record label. I have never heard a person promoting their business during the mourning of a love one, not to say it never happens. An example, MJ dies, father passes out business cards at the funeral, and now I can buy Michael Jackson’s music from Marshall Thompson Records and The Other Guy Name Joe, Inc. Moreover, I do believe Janet Jackson’s statements were directed towards her father at the BET Awards. It appears that the family sent Janet to the awards after her father’s statements about his business; to clean up his mess. The family needs to hire a real PR firm!

Trin   June 30th, 2009 10:29 am ET

I watched the Martin Breshier (Sp?) documentary last night on NBC. I saw NOTHING in this documentary that was disturbing.. What I saw was a very loving father.... from when his son asked if he could runin the hall to his daughter saying, I just want to hold your hand daddy.... It was evident how much he truly, truly loved his children. He appears to be a child like man, very soft spoken and shy, however, when he got up on stage and got ready to play – he became Michael Jackson – superstar, it was like an alter ego. RIP Mr. Jackson.

Amanda in Ohio   June 30th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Lets take a little time and remember Farrah, she was a strong woman to fight like she did with her cancer. Wacko Jacko, well less can be said for him. Lets not forget he was a prescription drug user, not once but twice accused of MOLESTING LITTLE BOYS, used some kind of drugs or bleaching to become snow white, dangled his child over a balcony. I mean common people this guy was a basket case. He does not deserve all the media attention. I think he was a great artist when he was part of the Jackson 5 but once he went on his own is when he the end began, HE MAKES ME SO SICK. WE WILL MISS YOU FARRAH!

Ashleey C.   June 30th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Micheal children is not with his dad they are with his mother...Katherine and Joe are seperated

Clipurihot   June 30th, 2009 10:30 am ET

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Diana   June 30th, 2009 10:30 am ET

My heart is broken and I can't stop crying. I will truely miss Michael and I agree, all the people who called him names and laughed at him are now sad? I never believe the lies about him and I never will.

Aamir S Bhatti   June 30th, 2009 10:30 am ET

Michael Jackson lives in us ALL for ever!!
May he lives in eternal peace!!

Alpha and Omega   June 30th, 2009 10:32 am ET

Michael Jackson is on the other side of the great gulf. Can he come back and tell us what he is now encountering and/or enjoying? According to biblical scriptures, he cannot.
The writer wanted us to concentrate on being ready when death comes a knocking. Are you ready? Incidentally, ready or not, Death is inevitable. If we are not right with the Almighty, will our earthly efforts have been in vain?
The lessons to take away from all this hoop-la over the life of MJ are that while in living he was a pleaser of man, did he please his Almighty – King of kings and Lord of Lords – Jesus the Christ? Surely, he was a philanthropist of unconditional standards – he gave to mankind – did he render to Jehovah that that He required?
The Bible teaches that when a corrupt person turns to walk the path that pleases the Almighty, that man is deemed righteous and his sins are forgiven and forgotten – his sins are never before him.
While researching this young icon, has he lead a life that pleased the Almighty?
Unfortunately, man looketh on the outward appearance while Jehovah God, the LORD looks on the heart.
Taken a step further, MJ reached a population whom we don't actually cater to. The outcast and low self-esteemed felt a sense of forgiveness in his music and that he truly understood the situation.
I can remember, "One Bade Apple Don't Spoil the Whole Bunch, Girl." That song lifted me when I was going through difficut times with my marital woes. I undoubtedly overcame that situation by walking away with my head hed high. While family and friends may not fully understand, the lyrics stood for an understanding by the listener that made it all right to be amongst the living and making a living to support my family. Yes, his gifting has helped this someone along life's way. His living was not in vain according to me! To God be the glory.
In all of his music he does not glamorize sexual gyrations and the life sex unfolds behind closed doors. I haven't seen or heard it in his products. That is very noteworthy! He appealed to the family.
His personal lifestyle is what I cannot comment upon. Only God knows.
I do pray that he had had time to ammend his ways to meet his Maker. I give glory to the Lord for his life!

Celia   June 30th, 2009 10:33 am ET

To those who can only quote something Michael Jacskon's father "did" over 40 years ago: To you it is my fervent wish that anything you do wrong in life will follow you for LIFE and that no one will ever forget it just as you did.

Amanda in Ohio   June 30th, 2009 10:33 am ET

to Luis, I agree Debbie Rowe is unfit but so was MJ and his family. I think the children should go to someone away from all this publicity. When they get older and learn about their family, I think they will need years of therapy,

A True Fan   June 30th, 2009 10:33 am ET

First of all, Joe Jackson is repulsive. Second, to the person who thinks Michael's Mother shouldn't have custody that is ludicrous. Joe does not reside with Katherine in the home in Encino. He spends most of his time at the home in Vegas. For all practical purposes I guess you could say they are separated. It has been this way for quite some time. While Michael despised his father, no one can dispute the love he had for his Mother or the love she had for him. She is the best person to look after the children because she will not be driven by the money that everyone assumes come with the children. I'm sure at some point Debbie Rowe and the surrogate (Blanket's mother) will think of the money and put up a fight for the children... children neither of them ever wanted and willingly gave up their rights to.

No matter what anyone thinks he has done in his personal life, no one really knows the truth. The little boy says he lied, we don't even know if that's the truth or if he's trying to get publicity in the wake of Michael's death. Regardless, he was an ICON to the world. I've never seen anyone who elicited such a reaction from fans.

He will be missed and he deserves all of the coverage he is getting.

NancyE   June 30th, 2009 10:34 am ET

Everywhere I go people of all ages are humming his songs. He was the soundtrack for my youth and I'm sure that is true for so many of us. I can't help thinking that we should have been doing all of this when he really needed us- when he was accused and never convicted of child molestions. Sure, a handful of people showed up for support, the rest of us let the media mock him and his plastic surgeries. I am angry he was so frail and ill at the end of his short life. Was there no one around him who was interested in caring for him? I feel sorry for him and sorry for us all- Good night sweet prince
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

Kiddo   June 30th, 2009 10:36 am ET

My heart and soul goes out to the Jackson family, especially his mother,
I lost a brother in 1996 and it feel like you loose a limb on your body, that's the only way to describe loosing a sibling. It's like you know that part suppose to be there but it's not. I hope everyone just let the family grieve in peace, Michael will be missed.

Luvenia   June 30th, 2009 10:37 am ET

All I know is I am Michael's #1 fan. I'm just devastated. I loved him then, and I will always love him. He is a legend. A musical icon. The greatest. The King of Pop! And He will never be forgotten.

Nadine   June 30th, 2009 10:38 am ET

R.I.P Micheal, !!! you have so much love from people all around the world. You will neva be forgotten...the message I will alwayz get from you is about Love, peace and treat each other like yo want to be treated....your legacy continues and whateveva pple say about you...only God can judge you.

Misty   June 30th, 2009 10:38 am ET

@ Rose:

Why post nonsense about Jordie Chandler recanting? He did not. By all reports, he lives in NY managing the settlement money he got. If he were to recant, his father, at the very least ,would be up on charges, and now that he is an adult, he would be too. He'd also be sued, and have to give his fortune back. Maybe on his own death bed he might recant – if he lied in the first place. That is something we will never know.

Billie Bob   June 30th, 2009 10:38 am ET

Enough already.

This is too much. A lot of people died, and some of them are important.

Time to shut this coverage down.

Plus, his dad should be on trial for child abuse. Let's get that going, and his dad looks almost as weird as Mikey did.

Barney   June 30th, 2009 10:39 am ET

Miko, I feel for you bro. Time is our worst enemy and greatest friend. Soon time will turn sorrow into joy and memories. As for the coverage: The reason Michael Jackson is still the to story with everything else going on in the world is simple. Michael Jackson reminds us all of a better place and time. He reminds us of the magic of music and entertainment. He brings out the God given gift of musical and artistic expression in all of us. The reason is that we are sick and tired of the world and the world's leaders screwing up our earth, our environment, and our economy. Not to mention the hate that exists in this world. Michael was all love. All groove. And all talent. And shared it with everyone. There's a lesson in there. If we all took our gifts and passionately used them for good, we'd live in a better world. Michael may have had problems, but we all do. That did not make him a bad person. He was full of love. And that's right on.

LC   June 30th, 2009 10:40 am ET

To The Family of Michael Jackson-The lost of a love one is never easy; so I want to let the family know everyone is not out trying to judge Michael–we all have our demons. Living in a world were there are so many perfect people; being imperfect is a crime. I applaude Michaels Mother for wanting to take care of her Grandchildren and keep them together. They are her GRANDCHILDREN and she wants the best for them. All the talk about Joe Being abusive...there would be a lot of Parents in my mother/grandmother generation who could wear that title. We are so self righteous....Michael was right it's time to look at the man in our own mirror.

TM in CO   June 30th, 2009 10:40 am ET

Enough about Jackson. He’s dead now let him rest in peace. Try not to forget we are still at war and men are dying every day. Let’s remember them. Paul D. Anderson

Hey Paul D. I think your comment was uncalled for. I have not forgotten the troops that have died in Iraq for another country's freedom or whatever the reason Bush gave to justify that war. You cannot ask people who were close to Michael Jackson to just say "Oh he's dead now let's move on".

Miko – Thank you for sharing your story. I am just a few months younger than Michael and I "grew" up with him. I never believed the allegations that were made against him. People just want to look for the dirt in everything. God rest your sould Michael.

A lifetime fan

Lynn   June 30th, 2009 10:40 am ET

To allow Michael to rest in peace would be to ensure his children are being protected and loved – not something I think is taking place right now. Listening to his father being interviewed the other night before the BET awards was a sickening experience. It was clear during those 4 minutes when Joe Jackson spent more time touting his new and latest business proposal than he did on the subject at hand, his own late son, that those children's futures are not going to be happy ones. He referred to his son as the entity he was rather than as his family member. Thank goodness there are people like his close and true friends who will speak the truth, not that it will do any good in protecting his children at this point. Rest in peace, Michael – if only he could!

Donna Ramkaran- Tulsa, Ok   June 30th, 2009 10:40 am ET

So sad the your great life was short lived- you were America's Royalty and your memories will forever live on. I hope your sons follow your footsteps to be a bright star like you were. I would love to see that, then your dreams would live on forever. Maybe now your family could get together and save Neverland. What a good way to preserve you legacy. May you Rest In Peace Michael Jackson. Sorry you had to go so soon

Andreak   June 30th, 2009 10:40 am ET


I do not normally comment on I guess this will be a first.

Thanks for sharing your story. So often we forget...beyond all of fame, Michael Jackson was a real person (also reminded in Janet's words of thanks at the BET Awards). I absolutley loved his genuine.

Sometimes I sit and try to fathom HOW BIG GOD IS...and I realize my mind is so limited...

I could never compare MJ to God, however, I realize his impact on the world is unthinkable.

I cannot say that I would pay money to see too many musicians, but I have dreamed of seeing two stars in motion in my life...Prince & Michael Jackson. I was able to see Prince a couple years ago...and I will have to be satisfied with imagining my MJ.

May his soul be at peace...with love, Andreak

cw   June 30th, 2009 10:42 am ET

Michael has left us physically, but will always be with us in our hearts and in thru his music. He was in pain emotionally and physically most of his life and didn't seem to enjoy his own fortune. He paid a heavy price for his stardom. It seems that one is constantly in the spot light as long as they are doing something negative. Michael was naive, trusting and never had a chance to really grow emotionally into the man he could be. It almost seems that he was in so much pain he wanted no reminders of his life as Michael Jackson from Gary Indiana. He tried to erase the pain through plastic surgery, but it was always with him. May God keep MIchael in his memories. Sometimes as parents we dio our best and sometimes it is not enough. We are all imperfect and make mistakes.....Lets look for the good and contributions he made to the music world. Like most celebrities they make bad decisions without giving it a thought to how much it affects other. Even in our private lives with our children, if we are honest; we look back and say I wish I could or I would have done this differently. I am sure Michael and his parents have thought the same. The past is over and lets celebrate his presence and gifts he gave us and pray for his family.

Robyn   June 30th, 2009 10:43 am ET

Miko..thank you for sharing your story. It's nice to know that Michael had a great friend like you. Friends like that only come around once in a life time. I know that your dad and Michael are dancing the streets of gold in heaven and singing with the angels. The world has lost a great artists and my heart goes out to his children and family.

Julie   June 30th, 2009 10:43 am ET

They were saying last night that Michael's father lives in Las Vegas and has not lived with Katherine for many years. I am sure that had something to do with her getting temporary custody.

Eddie   June 30th, 2009 10:43 am ET

Why was the Cardiologist doing cpr on the bed? That was a waste of time, He had to know that was useless. He should be stripped of his liscense. He definitely played a part in Michael's death.

M5 sport   June 30th, 2009 10:44 am ET

chill out Paul J. – it's Mike's time. He didn't get all the love he should have when he was alive. Some people need to learn how to walk and chew gum at the same time.

bob   June 30th, 2009 10:45 am ET


Tito Jackson   June 30th, 2009 10:45 am ET

To my cousin Paul Jackson 2 posts down. Paul, you've always been Jealous of Michael ever since we were little boys and now you are commenting on articles by his friends Miko on CNN, trying to take away the love of the people who are mourning him. Paul, Michael is dead now and this needs to stop. The family loves you and wants you to be part of the love we share again. RIP to my brother Michael. Paul please stop know my number. Call.

Tito Jackson

Jan   June 30th, 2009 10:47 am ET

First to Miko, Im sure that Michael is smileing down at you right now, I wont say that he was lucky that he had you, I will say that you were lucky to have each other, strong friendships are rare. He lead an unsusal life, Im glad to see that there was someone whom he could call on anytime day or night.
I got a glimpse into the effect that he had on people while watching a video about his life and he was in a parking garage where there were a few people were standing around. Michael was casually talking and this woman asked if she could hug him, so he did, she just broke down and sobbed, the video segiment ended before she she could contain herself. My 16 month old granddaughter loves to watch him sing and dance, that is the effect he had and will continue to have.
I enjoy his craftsmanship as a musicain and a dancer, but most of all of his human spirit. The whole world will miss him. God Bless all his family, friends and fans.

Ritesh   June 30th, 2009 10:47 am ET

I agree with Sharon. MJ's father was responsible for all the depression and craziness which the family had to go through ( inlcuding the nose job most of the siblings took on due to their father's taunt).
MJ's father should not be any where close to his grandkids..It will be a sad repeat of the past !!( I sincerely hope not, though)

Reign   June 30th, 2009 10:48 am ET

Joe Jackson was a tyrant of a man, but I believe he loves his family. He's no different than the corporate father who works all the time to provide for his family and then find he's sacrificed his family for his job. The family lives well, but the father is never there. When you're molding greatness, there's going to be sacrifices...MJ's childhood. I don't think MJ understood that the magnitude of his gift to the world had to have a sacrifice and that was his childhood. And back in the day, every family beat the crap out of their least in the Black family they did. That form of discipline was passed down from slavery. We're getting away from that now, but during Joe Jackson's time, that's what you did to make the children behave. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but I don't think he was as horrible as MJ made him out to be. And don't get me wrong I LOVE MJ, cried like a baby last Thursday and Friday. I just don't think he received the proper counsel to help him work through and understand his lack of a childhood and his pain and sacrifice. And I also think the pain might have been necessary to bring forth the magic, the compassion, the edge, the love, the brilliance of his music and his humanitarianism. And Joe is not going to harm MJ's children. He LOVES those children and would do anything for them. The man is fierce about his family. He's comes across a little silly or strange at times, but he's old school! And who among us doesn't have a flaw in their character? Americans just want something to be angry and negative about, they never gave this poor soul a chance. The very people he tried to help took advantage of his giving heart. The parents of the children who took millions of dollars and trashed his name need their behinds whipped...they're the real idiots, not Joe Jackson. And the American media has always been and will always be horrible, negative, nasty and evil towards people of color. That's what they do! Any chance they have to paint a negative image, they do it every time. The man was found innocent from all of the molestation charges, there obviously no evidence to back up the claims. But did that stop Americans and their media from painting an image of guilt? I mean dang, your own criminal injustice system found him innocent, what more do you people want? I don't see people getting this crude over catholic priests who constantly rape young boys. You people are twisted...inhumane even.

Ryan   June 30th, 2009 10:49 am ET

Those people at war CHOSE to be there, with all due respect.

natalie   June 30th, 2009 10:50 am ET

What a beautiful way to remember Michael Jackson. For the person he actually was not what the media conjoured up to sell thier trash magazines.

Thank you Miko, your story was heart warming and one I will tell to everyone as proof of what a pure, kind, warm, wonderful person Michael really was.

NotNowMooky   June 30th, 2009 10:50 am ET

This reads like an overly-edited Reader's Digest article. Couldn't you have just left it in Miko's own words?

Robyn   June 30th, 2009 10:51 am ET

I loved him......

melvin   June 30th, 2009 10:51 am ET

everybody quit hating for a second and think about the death of michael jackson . the mans death is a mystery some people say the doctor gave him the wrong medicine which i think is because when they to look for him he was gone thats very suspicious don't you think

Z   June 30th, 2009 10:51 am ET

In all my life i have never felt this hurt by the news of a celebrity passing away as i did when i heard about MICHAEL. Everytime i read articles about him, see news clips i feel pain and tremendous grief, almost wishing it werent true ... that in some way it would all change. HE IS THE GREATEST ! Is because there never will be another.

I feel that guy Martin Bashir is the Worst human being on this planet for taking advantage of Michael's innocence and abusing the trust he placed in him by granting him the interview. I wish his conscience wakes up and makes him lose his mind.

As for Michael's father and Janet Jackson i cant believe they attended BET Awards 2 days after Michael passed away. HIS FAMILY DID NOT DESERVE HIM !

The world is not the same without MICHAEL JACKSON. I wish it wasnt true ... I wish he could do those concerts and Smile seeing the love people have for him ... i cant believe MICHAEL is no more !

jc   June 30th, 2009 10:53 am ET

I am so saddened that we as a race have become so critical of one another. Why is it when innocence looks us in the eye we try to find a way to soil it?
Michael Joseph Jackson was an innocent. Because he desired to live his life in a child like manner in the company of other innocents(children) does not demean him in any way. Jesus Christ himself said"Suffer the little children to come unto me" ..shall we call Him a pedophile also? Did we not go out of our way to destroy His innocence also. Shame on us! We have learned nothing about love and acceptance! Our hearts are filled with judgement and destruction. We have lost an innocent....let's reflect on his goodness and his love for all of us.... .never asking for a moment if we were worthy but including each and every one of us with no judgement as to who was worthy or who was not. Reflect for just a moment and look at who YOU are when you look in the mirror! God Bless you Michael J. Jackson for your love and contribution to us all, and God forgive all who tried to make you into something else because their hearts were so full of envy and hate. You will be remembered forever and always loved. Rest while you can for one day we will all be there to hug, shake your hand and thank you personally for all you gave so unselfishly.

Angela   June 30th, 2009 10:53 am ET

Miko, Thank you so much for such a great story. It brings tears to my eyes. Of course I never knew Michael, but like so many others, I loved him and feel like I have lost a good friend. The memories you have of him are so special and I only wish more people would be so nice. I can imagine them together driving the golf makes me smile.

Finally now he has the rest and peace he never had here. It is so deserved. He will be missed by so many people, I hope he knew how much we did love him.

janet jones   June 30th, 2009 10:53 am ET

To say that Michael's kids should not be around thier grandparents is crazy...Joe Jackson was a disciplinary and not an abuser. If anyone messed Michael up it was this crazy media and the fans, never giving him private time to grow up or just do some of the normal things people do. May he rest in peace and I believe in my heart there will never ever be another ICON that has meant so much to many differect people in this whole world....Please lay off his family and Michael and let them have this time for grieving.

Alaina   June 30th, 2009 10:54 am ET

What Miko wrote was very kind and a wonderful,tribute to his friend, Michael. I'm sure this description would bring tears of joy to Michael's eyes. It did mine. Thank you for sharing it.

Suzanne   June 30th, 2009 10:55 am ET

Thank you so much for sharing your personal memories with all of us that truly cared about Michael. You must be an incredibly wonderful person yourself to have been Michaels friend for so many years. As with many of Michaels fans, I cared deeply about him as I could feel his pain through his songs and through some of my own experiences. I never believed the negative things I heard or dismssed many things as none of us has a perfect life but we don't have to have our lives under a constant microscope. Through all of the media negativity I kept remembering what a gentle soul he appeared to be. I am a 62 year old grandmother a former business owner very active in my community and have listened to Michaels music and watched his musical short films for many years. I am upset that his father keeps saying "where was all of this love when Michael was here"..........many of us always cared about him and never left him and I think he knew many of us always cared about him. Honestly , I think his fathers remarks are more his own thoughts or should be about where was his love for Michael when Michael was here. As a grandmother I'd like to think Katherine would be able to play an important part in lives of the children but it does seem that it would be best if the nanny would come forward and ask for custody and you could be there for the kids as well. Obviously, this is what Michael would have wanted since this is the environment he had them in and the nanny. I will pray for the peace and comfort that only our Lord Jesus Christ can give to you. God Bless !

bob rak   June 30th, 2009 10:55 am ET

Beautiful tribute, Miko! Thanks for sharing your insights with us all!!

carleeugh   June 30th, 2009 10:56 am ET

michaels dad i feel shouldnt be with this kids...let the nanny have them if she wants them...and everyone knows that the doctor did it the picture fits together to well! they said dont lok at dr. murray as a suspect but till the toxicology report comes back im determined that the dr injected him with demoral at 11:30 and as a result jackson died of cardia arrest at 12:30

Annie   June 30th, 2009 10:56 am ET

Miko, those were beautiful words about Michael. I am shocked and saddened by Michael's death. I never knew him, but somehow my heart understood who he was through his music. If only I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, and change everything. Bless you, Miko. We love you, Michael. We will never forget you.

Pamela   June 30th, 2009 10:56 am ET

I don't really think Katherine and Joe are together. I think she will raise him without Joe being part of it.

They are alledging today that his will left everything to his mother, his kids and charity and not one red cent to his father. I guess that says it all.

Don't worry, his mother will do right by the children.

marcia   June 30th, 2009 10:56 am ET

joe jackson is a bum.
no child should have to be around him.

andre   June 30th, 2009 10:56 am ET

Well one less pedophile in the world...
goodby MJ you where a talented SICKO....

Maria Guerra   June 30th, 2009 10:57 am ET

Michael , God saw that you were sufferering
And as you prayed to be set free.
He slipped his arms around you and set you free.
And he whispered, “Come home with me*
You're being called from above to entertain them that is where you need to be
I love you.

J. Georgino   June 30th, 2009 10:57 am ET

Thanks for your memories and sharing your thoughts of your dear friend with us. So many in my community are saying we are "taking this loss personally" for some reason....similar to Princess Diana. Just such a shame and a death that need not have occurred.

PS In this instance, I have NO problem with seeing him dance and hearing his music ALL over the media right now....very different than Spears, or any other celebrity flash in the pan or passing out there....very different. For that matter, I don't watch Fox anyway! hah!

lcm   June 30th, 2009 10:57 am ET

I don't think anyone has been listening. Katherine and Joe live SEPARATE AND APART!

Amy   June 30th, 2009 10:58 am ET

This is such a sad time in history. I can only join in the millions that are celebrating Michael Jackson's life. What he did for music, our society that needed more messages of inspiration, people who faced barriers, and those born into disadvantaged lifestyles is unparalled. His passing has re-inspired me to give and give in abundance! I will continue to remember MJ for the passion he showed for life through his music, the message of peace love and respect, and the purest soul this Earth has ever known. – RIP Michael, you will truly be missed

Julie   June 30th, 2009 10:59 am ET

The response to Michael Jackson's death has brought back memories of how the world responded when Diana, Princess of Wales died.

Dezerine   June 30th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Thank you Miko for sharing your memories of Michael Jackson. I am happy that he had someone like you to look out for him. It gives me some comfort to know that he had some happy times in his life when so many people tried to drag him down. Words cannot express how much I miss Michael. I grew up listening to Michael, and watching him on TV. He had such a magnetic personality. When he smiles it lit up the room. His songs were about love, acceptance, happiness, and healing the world. I know Michael was innocent of all those charges that were brough against him. It is unfortunate that the media to this day continue to report those false alligations, and so many other lies. He was treated like less than a human. It makes me so upset to see what is happening. What is wrong with some people are some people so uphappy that they live their lives by trying to make others unhappy too?

His kids should be with the grandmother. I am sure that she will let no harm come to then.


Pamela   June 30th, 2009 10:59 am ET

And if you were from Gary, Indiana, like I was, you would know that Joe did abuse them, mentally and physically when they were growing up. Parents of that age, thought that was the right thing to do, but it wasn't. Messed up plenty mid-western children. Takes you all your life to recover from him. But some of us did and some of us didn't.

Michael was the victim of circumstances and I hope in time people will understand that.

Suzanne   June 30th, 2009 11:00 am ET

In response to Heather Freedman's post (I cut and paste her post below), the whole "ohh you horrible Americans" thing is getting old. The British press is just as bad and you know it. Who gave Jackson the nickname "Wacko Jacko", which I've just read really bothered him? It was the British press. Who hounded Princess Diana over EVERYTHING SHE DID? It was the British press. Quit scapegoating America. If you're so sorry you took citizenship here, then leave. No one is imprisoning you here.

"Heather Freedman June 29th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

I am a British Citizen and have been an American Citizen for the past 10 years and am disgusted at the way Americans treat celebrities, the only goal appears to be to bring them down and fleece them for money. I am sorry that I ever took citizenship as all America wants to do is bring successful people to their knees. Micheal Jackson was a wonderful talent and deserves more from the American people than he is recieving from the Media.
Anyone who is succesfull in the US is brought down by the media."

Rob   June 30th, 2009 11:02 am ET

Hey people,

Lets not forget this guy lead a very questionable life when it came to little boys in particular. Everyone seems to be stepping over themselves to say great things about him. I personally wouldnt feel comfortable with a 45 year old man playing with 5 year old son.

Lisa Thompson   June 30th, 2009 11:02 am ET

All I can say is...didn't watch LKL but I did see the clip w/Miko on CNN. From that I believe that Chopra is the most truthful and after reading the posts here I can't believe that Miko didn't step in w/ the Nanny if it's true that she wanted to do an Intervention w/his mother and sister. That's a TRUE friend. Like they said about Brittney's family doing when she went bonkers and she's still with us. That's what it takes BIG folks to do...step in when the going gets tough...don't go out and get more drugs or look the other way.

ms p   June 30th, 2009 11:02 am ET

I don't think ms rowe should get the kids, it is all money movivated, she has had no contact with her kids in years, I think the mother is the one who should get them, because it is not about money with her. because once everything get setteled those kids are going to be worth billions. ms rowe has already been paid for the kids and if she gets them they should get about 25 thousand a month for both of them and the rest setup in a trust fund that the mother are her attorneys have no access to it, then you would know what money will make some people do. when was the last time that she seen her kids that should be taken into factor.

TONY   June 30th, 2009 11:03 am ET



G   June 30th, 2009 11:04 am ET

First, we know there are troops dying, duh! However for those of us that truly loved Michale, grew up with him and honored him, this is hard, how about respecting our feelings.

Secondly, who is perfect? Do you think trrops don't commit crimes, rape, murder, etc. of course they do, are WE supposed to let it go because their chosen profession requires them to serve our country, PLEASE!


justagirl   June 30th, 2009 11:06 am ET

Very nice to see his memories of his friend. I don't care to watch any of the news that is constantly on tv about this. However, this gave me a much better sense of who Michael Jackson was.

I can see that Michael Jackson had his difficulties. I believe he is at peace now, and I think that he would want us to be good to each other. No posturing, as I have seen happening in the past day, just be kind to everyone.

fitprinciple   June 30th, 2009 11:07 am ET

America is a land of opportunities. Americans can bring you up and they can also bring you down or possibly kill you. My opinion, they kill MJ.

G   June 30th, 2009 11:08 am ET

To all of the brainwashed poor souls, SHOW ME THE PROOF!!!!!!!!!!! At this point the only thing Michael was guilty of was letting too my greedy, shady leeches in. There has been NO proof that he touched anyone in a sexual way other than Lisa Marie....and seriously haters he admitted to sleepovers, common sense would tell anyone if he was guilty of ANYTHING he would have kept his mouth shut about it.

I LOVE YOU MICHAEL! We didn't deserve you, but are so glad you let us in!!!!!!!!

Diane   June 30th, 2009 11:11 am ET

There will never be another Michael Jackson. I have loved his music from day one- he was truly a very talented performer- his dancing- his music. My kids grewup in the 80's, and we had all his records.....
I could listen to them over and over again...and his dancing- could never be matched. Rest in Peace Michael– we will love you forever.

Nicki   June 30th, 2009 11:12 am ET

Amen SYNDI on the Joe Jackson comment...

linda   June 30th, 2009 11:13 am ET

The Jackson's parents can't wait for him to be in the ground, before they want control of his kids and money-what a greedy bunch of people.

Autumn   June 30th, 2009 11:15 am ET

Joe Jackson is 80 years old, I highly doubt that he will beat MJ's kids. You people should really chill out. Certainly you don't think that his children should be with their mother who does not even want them?

What about Cory?   June 30th, 2009 11:16 am ET

What about Corey Feldman?
Didn't he and Mike have a 'thang' going on?
I heard that when the big earthquake hit, or was it 9-11, they left him off the family bus, in a strange city.
whats the scoop on That?

Trixie   June 30th, 2009 11:17 am ET

One can not judge. A grandfather is different from a father. I seriously doubt that Joe Jackson would abuse his grandchildren. Katherine Jackson will not allow that. Anyone who has enjoyed their grandparents knows that grandparents are rarely the same as they were with their own children. My parents are a lot more lenient with my children then they were with me. I doubt that anyone could love those children more than their grandparents. Joe Jackson is not going to push the children to be successful singers. Katherine should not be kept from her grandchildren just because people do not like the way Joe Jackson raised Michael. I often wonder if Michael was such a great performer because his father made him excell. I have no doubt Michael would been a wonderful performer but would he have been as great as he was. Michael had a lot of natural talent. Joe Jackson made Michael actually reach for the stars. This does not mean I agreed with Joe Jackson's methods but I do wonder if Michael was as great as he was because his father was strict. Granted some of MIchael's social problems were a result of Joe Jackson's methods and that is the tragedy. Still it is not our place to judge since we were not involved to see the whole picture. It is not our place to judge what type of grandparent Joe Jackson is. Obviously MIchael did not keep his children away from his parents. That in itself speaks volumes. Those children are better off with their grandparents because they will be able to make sure that the children continue to know who MIchael was and how much Michael loved them. Katherine Jackson will look after their interests in a way that no one else will because the love she had for Michael is deeper than any love that anyone else appears to have had for him. She will protec t those children because they are the link to her son. And believe me, a wife determined can not be pushed around by a husband. I have seen it in my own family. Women are stronger than they are given credit when they are protecting their own.

Barbara   June 30th, 2009 11:17 am ET

As close as Miko was to Michael he had to know what a tortured soul he was and that he used drugs, to mask the pain of his heart and soul. While the tabloids exploited him so did his so called friends. Widely reported if you didn't turn a blind eye to his "prescription" drug use, or enable it, you would be ignored or replaced. Amazing all these friends claim they never saw Michael use drugs.......or be under the influence. These people have tremendous guilt as they should!!!
Friends intervene in a meaningful manner, friends are more concerned with your well being then their's and their pocket books.
Michael was the cash cow the gravy train and still is. Those being honest about Michael should be commended, those hiding the truth of Michael's suffering are hiding their own guilty conscience of which there are by far more of them. So all these friends share these "great" stories of the good times, while Michael is dead, from exploitation, enabling, selfishness and incompetence. This exahlted spirit, fragile, loving, kind and genius is gone from this earth.....thanks to his "friends"

Miah G. Lakke   June 30th, 2009 11:19 am ET

I miss him a lot, I cry unexpectetly I don't understand this wet stuff on my eyes. I have not followed him for years. I was in love with him as a teenager and young person. It's like losing someone close. When I think of it, I look at his videos on my lap top from time to time. I like the egyption one the best with Amond and Eddie Murphy.

Chandrika R.   June 30th, 2009 11:20 am ET

Thank you Michael....I am speechless...THANK YOU for all that you have given.
Thank you Miko for putting into words what I cannot much Love.Thank you.
Thank you CNN for posting this wonderful letter from Miko and covering this amazing life of Michael Jackson
What a teaching for all of us. Isn't it amazing how we as a collective can shun a human being and then find forgiveness and understanding and love the next and mostly after death?
Michael is teaching not to wait to forgive and accept.
Thank you Michael...this is your greatest gift.

Anna   June 30th, 2009 11:22 am ET

Michael Jackson's parents are separated and have been since the 80's. Because they are in his mother custody does not mean they are in his father's custody two. They maintain 2 separate households, from what I've read. I think the fact that MJ stayed in contact with his mother but not his father speaks volumes and the kids are in good hands. RIP MJ.

Kerry   June 30th, 2009 11:23 am ET

Miko's comments about his good friend made me smile.

He clearly was a good friend to Michael Jackson, it shines through in every word.

Jeanne Marie   June 30th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Miko's story is very moving, compassionate and heart felt. His deep love and respect of Michael is obvious. I never had the opportunity to meet Michael but have loved him for forty years. I, like Miko have this deep hole in my heart and a sense of overwhelming sadness. I also agree that his funeral should be open to all of his fans, those whom have loved and stood by Michael throughout his life.

It troubles me that Michael's father is using Michael's death to once again benefit himself. He should not have been at the BET Awards as the famiy appointed Janet and I believe that was fitting because I believe Janet and Michael were close. Michael's father is disrespecting Michael and needs to stay out ot the lime light. It is horrible to speak of new ventures while the world mourns the greatest performer of all time.

Diana   June 30th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Who ever the real biological parent is need to step in and take charge (this may exclude both Debbie Rowe and the Jacksons). The biological parent should also provide financial support. This would solve the problem. Lets see who will now come forward.

SM from Ontario, Canada   June 30th, 2009 11:25 am ET

Last night my cousin and I were discussing the MJ tragedy again. We were watching CNN talk to that doctors lawyer but then I brought up something which we both thought about actually and we both raged. Why didn't this doctor have an AED (Automated External Defibrillation) handy with him. Its very inexpensive for someone like Michael Jackson. I'm pretty sure they have a fire extinguisher around the house and a first aid kit. Something like this SHOULD be a no brainer for a personal doctor to make sure thats handy around the house.

For those that don't know what an AED is:

Automated external defibrillation, the application of an electric shock to a heart that has stopped beating, has been proven to one of the most important tools in saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest casualties. New technology has resulted in machies that are truly portable, safe, easy to use and easy to maintain. As these devices become more popular and as more students are trained in their use, the survival rate for cardiac arrest will increase dramatically.

Did this doctor just think he could just friend Mike up and chill with $100,000 salary for the rest of his life. I can't go easy on this guy. Cause I remember my teacher talking about this in CPR training, anyone could get it.


Doing CPR on the bed is beyond me, but as I scrolled down on here I seen that was addressed.

The RealRoss   June 30th, 2009 11:26 am ET

I grew up to Michael. Vultures truly took advantage of him. We truly didn't deserve him. God bless Micheal jackson. Say hello to my younger brother if you see him up there. Jermaine Lorenzo Reynolds. He loved you as well. Prayers to Jackson family. Words can't express but I feel your pain truly.

Robyn   June 30th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Rest in Peace Michael. I am sure you are in a much better place now
You had a very sad life and short. I hope your children will remember you as their father and not by all the bad things that happened to Michael during his career. I feel sorry for Michael and can only pray that god can forgive his sins and walk with him in the kingdom of GOd.


latoya   June 30th, 2009 11:26 am ET

I agre with paul Jackson. Michael Jackson gave us Thriller and he gave us a fear in who we can trust with our child. but can we focus on more serious things now that he has passed on? Like the men and women who our fighting for our freedom to express those opinions on Michael Jackson. Or North Korea threatening America. Or just concentrate on real life things that are happening. Michael Jackson made some great hits, they aren't you're hits, they are his. He passed on. Everyone crying about will not bring him back. He has died.

Jacqueline Carter   June 30th, 2009 11:28 am ET

Michael Jackson will truly be missed!  I will miss that soft voice…letting everyone know how much he cared, and that he loved them from the bottom of his heart! Michael was a beautiful man, inside and outside. He is in Neverland – God Bless Michael and his entire Family! Love you MJ!!!

Theresa S. of Newark   June 30th, 2009 11:28 am ET

I do not believe MJ did anything to anyone especially a child. I have heard rumors of one of these so called victims recanted his statements, saying his father made him lie. How could this man have done such a thing to MJ or to anyone for that matter? I hope the Jackson family once they have finanlized the arrangements for Michael, his estate, the children and Neverland THEY HANDLE THIS...Michael deserves a public apology from these people and the money plus interest needs to be returned. In heaven I hope Michaels heart has healed, I believe it has.

To all the negative people keeping bringing up bad things I have this to say, remember death escapes NOONE and you will have your turn, I wonder what will people have to say about you?

If I had 3 wishes one would have been to have met MJ in person and had the opportunity to have hung out with him at Neverland.....

Peace to the Jackson Family.......Sincerely, Theresa S. Newark NJ

Wendy   June 30th, 2009 11:29 am ET

First of all, Heather Freedman, you can go back to Britain and give up your American citizenship, please do!!! If your not proud to be an American, then by all means please leave the country.
I would like to comment on Jamie Foxxs' comment at the BET awards the other night. He made the remark that they, as African Americans, SHARED Michael Jackson with us!!! How dare he say that, I do not think MJ would like to be thought of as being shared. I guess that means that we have shared Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt with you. Obviously MJ did not want to look like you, Jamie Foxx in that he changed his skin color to become more light-skinned.

Sylvia Guice   June 30th, 2009 11:29 am ET

I was 2 years old when I first experienced Michael Jackson and I still remember walking through the house singing "Bad". Michael Jackson's death has truly changed my life. I feel as if my best friend is gone. My heart still aches when I think about him being gone and I can't stop the tears from flowing. Michael's many talents were truly a gift from God. There will never be another Michael Jackson. His life, love and music will live forever. I love you Michael and I truly "Never can say goodbye."

Touie   June 30th, 2009 11:30 am ET

MJ's father is an idiot without an education. He pushed his kids to be famous so HE could walk around in glory. MJ suffered the most from the abuse because he was the most stubborn.

I know this, my parents and MJ's parents argued several times over us back in the late sixties.

MJFAN - FOREVER   June 30th, 2009 11:31 am ET

LOVE U MJ – Rest in Peace. – good he had a true friend

Now the world know the truth about your dad. He's a creep!

Cynthia Howard   June 30th, 2009 11:31 am ET

Thank you Miko for sharing your memories with us. I'm fascinated. It's hard to believe that such a complex man enjoyed such simple and ordinary things. I watched you the other night on LKL, and I could feel your pain. I'm sorry for your lost. . . . What a beautiful man we've lost.

M - Stop Judging Joe Jackson!   June 30th, 2009 11:31 am ET


I really wish people would lay off Joe Jackson. Joe Jackson is obviously loved by his family, and I don't think we have any proof about the abuse allegations that have have been thrown at him over the years; and yes, some of those accusations have come from his children, who are hardly credible, especially when you consider that fact that they have retracted theses abuse claims over the years.

All you people out there stop and think about what Joe Jackson did for a minute:

1) He put aside his dreams of becoming a musician
2) He married his pregnant teenage girlfriend
3) He worked laboriously in a steel mill to care for his 9 children
3) When his children showed talent, he led the way in fostering that talent.

Now all you people out there who want to judge him just STOP! Because had it not been for their father and mother the Jackson men and women would have stayed in that Gary Indiana neighborhood just like all the ones who are still there talking about how they knew J5 when they were babies...Joe isn't perfect, what parent is, but he had a dream for his boys and by all account he did what the black fathers of the 70+ percent born out of wedlock and raised by single mothers are not doing for their children today.

A lot of Michael's problems were Michaels exculsively...we will never really know all the answers to the questionable behavior of this man, but one thing is for certain; He was a musical genius, and historically there is always a shadow of madness that follows their souls. May his family find comfort in a merciful God and the resurrection hope, and may Michael Jackson's tormented sould rest in peace.

Tracey from Pennsylvania   June 30th, 2009 11:31 am ET

ENOUGH ALREADY! I am really appalled by the ignorance of people. This ignorance is primarily due to what you don't know.

Michael has always taken care of his mother as well as his other siblings. That's what appreciative children do. Katherine doesn't need Michael's money, it appears many of you are jealous because you want it.

It's bad enough that the media is all in their business and bashing Michael Jackson. Michael was a good man, a caring person but he never professed to be a perfect person. Only God is perfect.

To the Jackson family, stay strong and may you be blessed. Take care of those babies, I believe that is what Michael would have wanted you to do.

R.I.P Michael Jackson – your work is done down here, now go on up to heaven – dance, sing and shout – take your rest.

G   June 30th, 2009 11:33 am ET

No, "What About Cory" they didn't have a "thang" going on, Corey Feldman has addressed that multiple times, they were friends...people can be just that.

Robin   June 30th, 2009 11:34 am ET

God Bless America and the ability of Freedom of Speech. No matter what color you are, what religion you practice, or what gender you are, Michael Jackson was a part of you body and soul. I am eternally thankful for his music and his talent that he shared with all of us. I wouldn't change my childhood of growing up the Jackson 5 for anything in the world. They brought Black n' White together ! May he rest in peace.

As for Joe...somebody pull that fool away from the camera. He can't speak a lick of English. Why would somebody allow him to be a spokesman for the family at the BET awards? Did you hear him say, "Michael was loved by all the people in all the countries of the United States'? The United States is a country you IDIOT and it's made up of States not Countries." No wonder Joe forced his kids to entertain, he was obviously too stupid to get a job himself. Also, everyone knows Michael hated his dad so why would his dad want to take center stage? Selfish b@stard!! R.I.P. Michael ! You will forever be with us in spirit!!!

Tony   June 30th, 2009 11:35 am ET

Joe Jackson(Michael's Father) does not live with Katherine Jackson(Michael's Mother). He lives in NV and she lives in CA. The grandmother SHOULD BE allowed to care for the kids along with the live in nanny they have always known growing up. Debbbie Rowe has NOT BEEN a part of 2 children lives she gave birth . The other male child has a unknown surrogate mother. So people let these kids just try to maintain a healthy childhood now and grow up happy around the only loving family they know. It's sad how quick in America how people are quick to rush to judgment and label people. It's strange how the truth comes out eventually in the wake of death. I do TRUST that MJ's name will be cleared of any wrongdoing in those past cases. Then Nancy Grace and Diane Diamond will have to finally SHUT UP AND ADMIT THEY WERE WRONG ABOUT MICHAEL!!

A.D.Robinson   June 30th, 2009 11:35 am ET

We will all miss MJ. My prayers go out to the family, this is a lost that will take time to deal with. The only thing that will get you through is prayer.
God sits high and looks at all that is going on, and everything that he allows to happen may not set well with us but there is a devine reason. Keep this thought in mind if MJ was saved he is now in Heaven at the side of the God of the Universe with a new life and new body. MJ has gone were we all have to go beyond this Life.
Prayer, concern compassion,sincerity,love and understanding is what is needed at this time,not rumors,lies, speculation and evilness. Remember we are all Human, so be careful what you say and what you think. To the Jackson Family, I am so sorry for your lose. Hold your heads up and walk in the light and strenght that God gives unconditionally. May God comfort you today and all the days to come.
Peace – love and Understanding

Kathleen   June 30th, 2009 11:35 am ET

I think Michael's mother is the best person to take care of his children.
She is older and I am sure she will not allow anyone not even her husband to let any harm come to those children. My the lord bless the family and be with them at there time of need.

Gail Ann Pandori   June 30th, 2009 11:36 am ET

shut up sharon!

J.J. Jatson   June 30th, 2009 11:36 am ET

May Michael Jackson's sould rest in perfect peace – Amen. God loves him so much that he made him the most popular musician the world over. Almost in every home, be it in Asia, Middle East, USA, Europe, Africa and the entire world know the name of Michael Jackson. One thing I like most in him, throughout his life he never says he is popular than Jesus.

I know he is in heaven now for he made so many people the world over very happy, both Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans etc. the world over like him. God please give him a place in heaven.

J.J. Jatson

anne   June 30th, 2009 11:36 am ET

Can you imagine if the Dr who lIved with Michael was white, His father would have the race thing going. I think his father Joe is pathetic, shows no emotion, I bet he cant even spell his own name, he is seen talking to the nedia about new stuff he is doing & what the hell is Al Sharpton doing out there. Hes another mess. Where is Tawana Brawley Sharpton is a big fat crook

CAROL   June 30th, 2009 11:36 am ET

Give it a break. Jackson's dead. RIP GOD gave him a life and talent. He had plenty of time to make the best of his gift. His wasteful useless living was shameful and an afront to GOD. There are lots of entertainers that are alive and using their life and GOD given talents as HE intended.

Bella Leblanc   June 30th, 2009 11:38 am ET

Rose (or anyone), where idid you see the Jordan Chandler's retraction about the molestation?

Diana   June 30th, 2009 11:39 am ET

Robin, If you watched the BET awards, it was Janet who was elected to come out and represent the family. Joe Jackson was there just for the ride.

Char   June 30th, 2009 11:39 am ET

This is such a Awesome story. It's to Bad that ev1 couldn't see that he was all about Love and wouldn't hurt anyone. Just because it was out of the ordinary for him to Love children the way he wanted to, which was harmless, and ev1 had to make it something it wasn't. It's so sad they did all that to Michael.
I truly believe that he never did any of the thing's they accused Michael of. God know's the true story. And now Michael can Love all of them with the Love of Jesus, and God. God Bless Him. Michael will be missed immensly, But he's in a better place. He can do anything he want's without negative people. Into the Light Michael.

Realist   June 30th, 2009 11:39 am ET

I'm stunned by the number of people here who really, truly believe that they "love" Michael Jackson - that their hearts are broken, that they can't go on, that life has lost all meaning for them. Not meaning any disrespect, but you "love" only the public face of an apparently very private man. You do not know Michael Jackson, and you cannot "love" someone you don't know. (I'm not talking about the posters who are using "love" in the normal sense of the word, describing the feelings someone would have who lost a person who had a large impact on their lives - that's perfectly normal. But people who honestly believe that they truly loved him...that's another story.)

Jen   June 30th, 2009 11:40 am ET

Hey Joanne Osinkowski, you hope "they stew in hell"...I find it insane that people speak of God in the same sentence that they're talking about others burning in hell. Don't know who your God is, but mine probably wouldn't care for me making such condemning comments towards people. MJ – forever rest in peace.

VB   June 30th, 2009 11:40 am ET

RIP Michael Jackson...I am so sick of you political know nothings bringing up the war whenever a celebrity dies. No one is less aware of those who are dying fighting for our country, however, there was only one Michael Jackson and 100 wars would not stop the love, support and heartfelt loss of the King of Pop.

JEFF   June 30th, 2009 11:41 am ET

Enough about Jackson. He was a great musician. Lets report on real heroes who made the ultimate contribution; soldiers that give their lives.
Enough speaks volumes how shallow we are as a people.

BC   June 30th, 2009 11:42 am ET

Yah, nows the time to pick Michael and his family apart. Why don't you all find positive ways of helping those you believe need help or do things that might comfort others instead of relieving your anger over any world or country on a national blog. In layman's terms, find a better way. Michael, I hope you can feel all of the love that you didn't even know was here for you. It's here now and forever and I choose to do good in my name and yours and anyone else's who wants to make our world full of love and peace. Naive? Likely. Hopeful? Always.

aimee   June 30th, 2009 11:42 am ET

you will be missed !!!!! god bless!!!!!

susan056   June 30th, 2009 11:44 am ET

Michael Jackson you have shaped my world in such a positive have brought me so many good memories that i will hold on to forever....your music....your voice....your dance.....the kind and gentle and caring person that you were here on earth.......although you seemed sad many times and this is due to just being human on this earth, I am though so very happy that you were surrounded by so many people who really did love you such as Marlon and Miko Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, your entire Jackson family and many many were a very special child as Cher said and you deserve the world to celebrate your life but at the same time mourn your loss....Michael Jackson you will never be forgotten, you are now in a much better place........a place we will all be at one day and hopefully we can see you again........Arrivederci for now.......Riposa in Pace.......

Katherine   June 30th, 2009 11:44 am ET

My deepest sympathy to Michael's mother, father, children, brothers, sisters, and his friends that knew him personally. He gave from the heart. May his soul rest in the eternal peace and find the serenity that sometimes eluded him in this life. May his light shine on.

Mr. Cairo   June 30th, 2009 11:48 am ET

I stopped reading this article when I read the line that Michael Jackson was a father figure to Brando, a man well into his 40's in his own right. I cannot fathom how MJ would be a father figure to ANYONE including his own children. We were forever hearing from MJ about his tragic "lost childhood" and that he never knew what normal was. So what does he do? He treated his own children like objects to be possessed, denying them the right to even see their own mother. He gave them ridiculous names (Prince Michael and Prince Michael the Second.....puh-leeze). He paraded them about in public wearing Halloween masks and veils, thereby ensuring that they had a more freakish upbringing than even himself. He dangled one from a balcony with a blanket over his head. I am so sick of the over-the-top reaction to this man's death.

anonymous   June 30th, 2009 11:51 am ET

such beatiful words – just like his music

John P   June 30th, 2009 11:52 am ET

What a nice story about an amazing human being.

Michaels legacy will live on. People are quick to rush to judgement and assume many things about MJ. I watched the Martin Bashir special a number of years ago. Bashir's ultimate goal was to paint a picture of MJ as a freak who liked children in an innapropriate fashion. For me he failed. I saw a man, deeply scarred – who just wanted to be a child. To have a childhood he was denied. There is nothing wrong with that. I sincerely believe that Michael Jackson was good man. People spend too much time looking at what's on the outside. It's human nature. Maybe we could all learn a lesson from this tragedy. We could all learn to appreciate what we have, because it can be taken away from us at a moments notice – without warning. MJ had a huge heart and he was an amazing entertainer. It's a shame he had to die for some people to realize that and forget about what he looked like and realize just how special this man was.

Michael... you are amazing... you will be missed. Riposi in pace.

nataliya vassileva   June 30th, 2009 11:55 am ET

I loved him and his music. He was a gentle soul, lost among us. Do not try to undestand his life, every person is a universe. And please stop with the stupid question regarding his skin, nose. Leave him alone. It was his body, his life. Be grateful he shared his music with us. God bless his soul!!

karen   June 30th, 2009 11:58 am ET

MJ will be missed by so many. his talent was outstanding!! God please take care of his 3 kids. thank goodness they are with the family now. MJ mom dont need the money-she just wants them safe and sound. his dad-well that is another story!
let MJ rest in peace and some of the news media and others have to stop putting him down.

Michael-rest in peace and you just went to early!! i know you will be watching over your children from Heaven

Sundiata   June 30th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

I so sad with Michael's death I live in Costa Rica and here's a lot of sad people cry out his death for ever he will be my idol we all going to miss you Michael, Rest in Peace God Bless You, PURA VIDA. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU

Marie   June 30th, 2009 12:03 pm ET


-What wonderful memories you have shared of your friendship / bond
with Michael, THANK YOU!

-Like many others, I too am disgusted with much of the media coverage, there is NO PLACE for such cruelty. Lets show respect for his family, especially his three small children.

-Michael, may you find peace.

Linda from New York   June 30th, 2009 12:04 pm ET

I along with all of Michael Jackson's fans are truly greatful for all the hours you have dedicated to him. I was in the 8th grade when The Jackson 5 performed on The Ed Sullivan show; and the next day at school everyone was talking about it and asking each other "did you see them", "did you see them" meaning the Jackson Five. Everyone was commenting on who their favorite was. Unfotunately, I missed that episode of The Ed Sullivan show. I made sure I didn't miss another appearance by The Jackson 5 or Michael Jackson ever. I didn't know Michael personally, but I always felt like I did. I always loved Michael Jackson. I always felt that Michael needed protection because he was such an innocent soul. Unfortunately, he was alway surrounded by leeches who took advantage of his goodness. Let me also say that I never believed any of those accusations. When I heard the news about Michael's passing on Thurdsday, I was devastated. I cried alot and then finally on Friday, I decided to go the Apollo Theater to be with other fans who would understand if I started crying. when "Ben" and "I only want to be where you are" came on I couldn't hold the tears back. Unfortunately, I cannot attend the Memorial at the Apollo today. I wanted to say to Miko Brando, that I know you were a friend to Michael for years, and I too am greatful that he had someone like you in his life. Thank you Miko for being there for Michael Jackson. It feel really strange for me to be saying R.I.P. Michael, that means that he is really gone. God bless you Michael.

Katie   June 30th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

I am 30 years old. I have 2 older sisters and 1 younger. We all grew up listening to Michael Jackson. I was in love with him for the longest time. I was going to marry him! 🙂 I was listening to country radio when it broke in and said he was dead. I didn't believe it! I went home and immediately turned on CNN and found my fears confirmed. I then turned to VH1 Classic and for the next two days I let this station run continuously on my television. He was probably one of the most beautiful men of the 80's. I loved his dancing!

I pray for his children and his family that they find their ways through this unspeakable tragedy. I don't know the truth to the abuse Michael Jackson went through as you never heard much from him on the subject but if it is true then those children shouldn't be raised by the grandfather. I would hope that he wouldn't do it to another generation of children. I pray for Janet as she seemed to be the closest to Michael.

Thank you for everything Michael. Your beautiful voice, your dance moves, the great music that will be listened to forever. Even your hot bod... don't act like it wasn't! 🙂

Franck   June 30th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

My condolences Mr Brando. I'm still in denial and cannot believe he's no longer with us. His music will never ever die.

Jerry   June 30th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

You people get over yourselves. Joe Jackson is an exploitive abusive father. Michael Jackson was not a saint, an angel, or "love" as so many of you sycophants keep raving. Michael Jackson was a talented performer who as life went on had all the pressures that many other humans have and they affected him the same way they do others. He was an example for our children nor a symbol to be worshipped. He was a human with a great singing voice once and an equal dancing skill but things fade with time. Respect his talent but don't ignore the dark side as well. Most of you people need to get a life of your own and quit living vicariously through the lives of some performer who you never truly knew.

Janette   June 30th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

Thankyou so much for sharing your heartfelt letter about your best friend Michael.

First of all, I would like to send my condolences to the Jackson family, to you and to all of Michael's other close friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them as they go through this difficult time. I just lost both of my parents within one year of each other.

The first time I saw Michael perform was with his brothers on the Ed Sullivan Show when I was a young girl and I remember having a huge crush on him back then. Since then I, like all of his fans, have watched him grow into what I believe was the most talented artist of all times. Michael will never be forgotten and his music will live on forever. My heart goes out to all of you.


Michael   June 30th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

OK enough about Joe and Katherine where are his siblings why aren't they stepping up. Janet, Jermaine , Randy, TIto- they gained fame and fortune from him. Just Keep them away from Latoya Everytime they needed money he did a reunion tour with them. Michael lived a full life- he did everything he wanted to do and traveled the world. He socialized with the elite and had fame beyond most peoples dreams. But right now its not about him. Its about the kids? Someone needs to step up and make sure those kids are well cared for and put on the right path. I wish those kids the best and hopefully the memories of their father will be positive.The one thing we should all do is stay away from any money making schemes from the rest of the Jackson family regarding his death.

Lori   June 30th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Hi Miko,
You don't know me, however I knew your brother Christian in the early 80's. We went to the Victory concert together at Dodgers stadium. I had met your father a couple of times. I know that you were a good friend to Michael as was your father. Thanks for sharing

DETOUN   June 30th, 2009 12:11 pm ET



Alexandre Gagnaire   June 30th, 2009 12:11 pm ET

I would have loved to watch this, but I can't record your shows, where can I buy DVDs from your shows???

Cynthia   June 30th, 2009 12:13 pm ET

Michael RIP. To those who complain about Joe being around Michael's kids, who was the man with Michael at his trial? Joe. One man's abuse is another man's spanking. And since it only recently became politically incorrect to spank your kids (1980's) Joe was disciplining his kids like most black fathers did while Michael was growing up. Joe did the best he could with what he had. Now if parents nowadays would spend some time instilling a work value in their children and discipline maybe our world would be a better place

Empress   June 30th, 2009 12:15 pm ET

I believe Michael Jackson is finally at peace something that he could not have in his life. The media and the people that so called were around him and loved him are still dragging his name through the mud and making him out to be this horrible, drug addict person. There is not one person in Hollywood that has not had an addiction what ever form of that addiction may be. Rather drugs or alcohol. I wish the media and fame seekers will get a life and let his family deal with his untimely passing in peace. He will truely be missed no one has ever touch the human race like him in the US or in other countries. His music was phenomenal and his talent should be the only thing that is focused on not his personal business that is irrelvant and always has been.

None Of Your Business   June 30th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

I like the tradition that decent people follow when someone dies – remember the good things and don' t say anything bad/coarse/tackless. He was one of God's creatures just like the rest of us...let his family have peace during their grief without all the wild and unproven accusations.

No one cares what you think of his parents either – the courts will decide as THEY see fit. The peanut gallery is unneeded.

Lupe   June 30th, 2009 12:21 pm ET

He was there when I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles. He was there when I was in elementary school, middle school and high school. I listened to his music and watched his music video premiers along with everyone else through the years and those times brought vitual strangers together, watching Michael dance and sing and bring a smile to faces all around the globe. He was there when I had my first, second, third and fourth child. I really didn't realize how much he meant to me until he was gone. I guess I took for granted he was going to live forever. I thank God he left so much behind to help me not to feel the big gapping hole he left in my universe. He was a good, kind man. No one can ever fill his dancing shoes. There are too few people in this world who cared about others the way he did. He will be sorely missed. 🙁

Empress   June 30th, 2009 12:24 pm ET

I agree with you Shelly. I could not have said it better myself. If parents is this day in age will rule with hard fist and discipline their children maybe they wouldn't be running around getting in trouble or welcoming trouble their way via the internet. Parents that discipline their children are teaching and showing love. Parents that don't are saying in my opinion I don't care what happens to you and how you turn out. God disciplines his children because he loves them.

Ruthie   June 30th, 2009 12:31 pm ET

Oh my gosh, I just read the article with Miko Brando{Marlon Brando's Son}. How moving!! Now this is a gentle man who loved his dear friend. Miko if you read this, Thank you for being such a great friend to our beloved Michael. Everything you described about Michael is,"him " all the way. My heart is not as heavy now that I know he had a friend like you to love him. The world is very proud of you and of our Michael. God Bless you, And may all the angels embrace Michael as he joins our Father and your Father in Heaven. Love Ruthie

sandy b   June 30th, 2009 12:31 pm ET

This is in responce to garey-If you dislike Michael Jackson so much why are you even reading this article--It's ignorant people like you who create hate in this world. Didn't your mom teach you anything-If you have nothing nice to say keep your trap shut!

raven21   June 30th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

Berry Gordy was on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS last night and said something I found very intriguing. He said that even when Jackson was a boy at Motown ; "Michael always knew what he wanted". According to Gordy; Jackson "was always in control" he was "smart/genious". This does not excuse the abuse of his father, but to a large extent Michael Jackson controlled everthing around him "all of his life." For the sake of argument let's assume he didn't molest Jordan Chandler or Gavin Arvizio." I'm sure Jackson helped them, especially Arvizio. I do think these boys parents were greedy ingrates. Here's my problem: Jackson's personal actions; GROWN MEN DON'T' SLEEP WITH OTHER PEOPLES CHILDREN LIKE THEY'RE JAPANESE COMFORT WOMEN!
No one can dispute Jackson's talent or many of the good things he did for children. But the totality of the man; and things he did against children he "sleeps on the floor" with CANNOT NOT BE EXCUSED by rational people! Berry Gordy said that when Jackson was a child he "stood in a corner, watched and learned" Michael Jackson didn't grow up to be a stupid man; but he did learn how to willfully and skillfully control people and events in his own life. There is NO comparison between dancing backwards and causing children harm. For the love of God ; Michael Jackson was not a victim; HE MADE VICTIMS!

Realist   June 30th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

And all this stuff about "just wanting the childhood he never had" or "the childhood he was denied"...please, the MAN was 50 years old. Fifty. Years. Old. A great many of us didn't have the childhood we wanted; some had childhoods far more horrific than that of Michael Jackson. When you're 50 years old, you grow up and learn to deal with the fact that you didn't get what you wanted, or perhaps even what you needed, as a child, and you acknowledge that it's time to move on from that, to learn to get what you need and want NOW. Not to spend your whole adult life giving yourself what the "child you" wanted.

Lisa Thompson   June 30th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

Will the ALL enablers please step forward? Maybe someone could come up with a list of the people who were close with him on a daily basis...that would be a start.

i know   June 30th, 2009 12:45 pm ET

I had the great pleasure of meeting Michael Jackson & his brother Tito. What sweet kind gentle people they both are & were. I believe Michael allowed himself to be set up by people because he took his heart out & put it on the table. When one does something like that users will take advantage. He was too naive sometimes, but it happened. He is dead now but his spirit will live on & on through his music & charms.

Sylvia Guice   June 30th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

Joseph Jackson has and always will be a vulture. The man couldn't even speak from his heart regarding his own son's death! The whole world is grieving over your son and when someone asks you about your feelings, you have someone read a statement??!!! Come on!! Plus he wants to talk about a record label???? Get real.

Monia   June 30th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

Rose: I agree with you whole-heartedly! Anyone looking to get money from Michael Jackson should be condemned to hell! Michael worked hard and endlessly to get where he is today. This type of sacrifice he understood after sometime, he did start in this business as a child and grew to be an amazing, unforgettable music icon. Respect the G.O.A.T! In 93' the child lied for his parents to exort money..the trial was another blantant example of extortion not just by the accusers, but the media and the likes! Regardless of what you haters may say and do, you will NEVER ERASE MICHAEL JACKSON FROM YOUR THOUGHTS. REST IN PEACE MJ FOREVER!!!

sandy b   June 30th, 2009 12:52 pm ET

You know what "Realist"- reality is- that every one is different and reacts differently to situations. How can you judge anyone when you have not walked in their shoes. It's real easy to talk the talk. Unless you lived the exact same life Michael Jackson lived then you may continue to throw stones. Oh I'm sure you live in a glass house. Everyone is different and thats what makes the world go around.

PaulMofATL   June 30th, 2009 12:53 pm ET

Here is some of the proof. He built an amusement park on the grounds of his mansion for the sole reason of seducing young boys.

He was a pedophile who admitted that he enjoyed sleeping with boys. I think the term he used was "It's a beautiful thing".

His dancing on top of the SUV after his acquittal in 2005 was disgusting. I hope he enjoys hell.

Sylvia Guice   June 30th, 2009 12:56 pm ET

There is no concrete evidence of any drugs or anything. It's all speculation. People should realize that the bible says we aren't supposed to judge others lest we be judged. No one knows what happened but Michael and God and people need to leave it that way. Millions of people around the world are mourning the death of this great man. There will never be another Michael Jackson and if people feels that this out pouring of love is "nonsense" or whatever else they want to call it then they should move to another planet!!!!!! And as far as him not being happy about himself , it's people who MADE him not feel good about himself. People criticizing his every move. The media always following him around. The media talking about him getting old. The media talking about his nose, his skin, his face. Since Michael was a little boy he had been taught that his image was everything and that he HAD to make other people like him and he HAD to keep them happy!!! All he ever wanted was for people to like him, the way he looked, the way he sang, the way he danced and even the way that he raised his children. Just leave him alone and let him rest.

digginthis   June 30th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

All of MIke's friends are posting great things about him but where where they wehn he was going through addiction and the trial? It's easy to 'love'him now. And as for Joe Jackson, keep him away from those kids, Please!! We'll miss Mike so much. xoxo Karin Contovasilis

scott   June 30th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

to sylvia guice: by calling MJ a "great man" you are judging him too. I do not judge him to be a great man, just a great entertainer. you cant have it both ways, if you dont want him to be criticized, you shouldnt praise him in the face of the evidence that he did terrible things to little boys.

digginthis   June 30th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

How do you spell ENABLERS?

WTH?   June 30th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

I know some people don't want to hear about the negative on MJ or his father but guess what we are not in FRIGGIN IRAN!!! We get to have an opinion and voice those same opinions on public websites... And who did Joe Jackson convince to type his defence on here talking about he gave up his musical dream...that's all it was was a dream! He pushed his kids to do something he couldn't do period! Love and Miss you Michael Rest In Peace Angel!

sjmarie   June 30th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Thank you Mr. Brando for writing this piece. It helps MJ's fans in the grieving process.

Sylvia Guice   June 30th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And a court of law found him to be innocent. So that's that.

corrine   June 30th, 2009 1:05 pm ET

RIP Michael were a true genious in your music and dancing! You will never be forgotten!

judy hill   June 30th, 2009 1:07 pm ET

I think Miko Brando is what is dear friend is !!!!!! Larry thank you for always being a professional and making your guests and your viewers comfortable. Miko I see why Micheal Jackson loved you. Larry thank you,thank you for all of this. The world has lost a friend but through vessels such as you two,his memory will beat like the vibrant and brillant heart that Micheal was.His life was without words, IMPRESSIVE but with people like Larry King and Miko Brando being objective but sincere he will be loved until the end of time.

sandy b   June 30th, 2009 1:18 pm ET

raven21: If you did not see Michael Jackson with your own eyes commit the crime then you don't know for sure. You do not know that he MADE VICTIMS. You like other people, pass judgement. He is gone now and will face judgement with God--the only one who can pass judgement.

marc   June 30th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

Michael was a gift giving to us by GOD and he was called home by GOD. We were blessed to have for the time we did. Love and prayers for his family.

Stacy   June 30th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

To Mimi

Thank you and many others for clearing up the issue with regards to Michael's parents being together or apart. I thought that they were seperated, and if that is true, then I see no reason why his mom shouldn't continue to raise his children with the same type of love she gave him. I think that maybe Janet would be my second choise as they were from what I understand extremely close, probably closer that he was with his other siblings.

As for the people who don't believe that his children are biologically his, it really doesn't matter, because in EVERY WAY that means ANYTHING he was their father. I myself have a child who is biracial, and at 10 years of age he just know is slighter darker than Michaels kids. Genetics are funny, you never know what someone will look like just by seeing their parents! Supposedly he was to sing a duet with his eldest son, well if he wasn't Michaels biological son, then "what luck" Michael had with those genes.....

I still cannot believe that he his gone....too soon, much too soon. I will always remember him in the yellow sweater and bow tie poster that hung on my ceiling, and remember the first time I saw the Thriller video, at my cousins Michael Jackson themed birthday party. Whenever I play his songs, especially MAN IN THE MIRROR or CHILDHOOD I know I will feel the love he had for all of his fans worldwide.

Michael physically you may be gone, but in the hearts of all who loved and adored you, forever you will remain alive and well.

Rest in Peace are an angel now fly away, fly away, fly away....I love you

LM   June 30th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

Michael has given me and my family so many wonderful childhood memories, and i'm sure that goes for many people. His musical genius was way ahead of our times. I hope that in some point in time someone might come along with that creative talent to inspire this generation of children.

Michael was a gift to this world, and for those who tried to put him down, they were just not ready for the kind of love and dedication he gave to this world. How refreshing to hear music with "meaning", and a cause to make this world better. To see someone who gave it there all as a performer!

It is truly a loss to loose someone as inspiring as you, but thank you for leaving us with so many great memories of your work. I hope that you are resting in peace, and I hope that you are watching over your children. I hope that God leaves them in good hands!

Kean   June 30th, 2009 1:45 pm ET

woow...that was a heart warming story from Brandon! Thank you so much Miko!!!! Michael, you are still with us and in our hearts!! I've cried during theese couple of days, but now I come to realize that no matter how much tears are shed, one is proud to be a fan of yours, cus you gave us love and happy moments around the globe. You will never be forgotten, but even more rememberd for all the things you did for us fans and this world!!!! Keep on Moonwalking and enjoy your other life in heaven looking down on us while smiling!!! I love you!!!! we ALL love you!!!!

Michael Schmid   June 30th, 2009 1:52 pm ET

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us! Even though there a only a few people who knew Michael Jackson personally as well as you did we all feel like we knew him too and the fact that he is gone hits all of us hard. For me, it feels like a part of my soul died with the passing away of Michael Jackson. In part because he embodied my youth and childhood. It seems like a sad reminder that all things come to an end, we all grow older and we are all mortal. But that did not save me from the tears that I wept. I will do my best to remember him through his wonderful music and tell everybody to put his record on every once in a while!!
We will never forget Michael Jackson!

Realist   June 30th, 2009 1:55 pm ET

Sandy b - I'm not sure what "stones" you mean. I don't think it's a "stone" to say that it's not a normal response to reality for a 50-year-old man to try to return to childhood because he didn't believe he had one. I'm 47 years old; I didn't have a normal childhood either, thanks to alcoholic and abusive parents, one of whom left the family when I was 7 and the oldest of four kids. But I have a child of my own now (not even three, the way MJ did, just one), and if I surrounded myself with stuffed animals and Hello Kitty, screamed myself hoarse over the Jonas Brothers and swooned over whoever that guy was in Twilight, and held giggly slumber parties with prepubescent girls, because I didn't get to have that when I was a child, I don't think very many people would think twice before concluding that there was something wrong with my wiring.

Sylvia Guice   June 30th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

Michael never "lived" like a child. It's deeper than not having a childhood. He was never a child. Normal adluts can't understand that but I do. I share some of his hurt.

sandy b   June 30th, 2009 2:20 pm ET

Realist- Your "stone" is passing judgement. You say it isn't normal–whats normal? Normal for someone may not be normal for ,me or you. I'm sorry you had a bad childhood–mine was abusive as well. The abuse included sexual and mental. I just feel that everyone is different and we all react differently. His father sounds like he was horrible. Who knows, maybe Michael needed some kind of counseling and never got it. No one will ever know. As for your child–watch him or her with your life and give them all the love you have (I'm sure you do aleady) Sometimes adversity can make people stronger and kill others. Maybe it didn't make Michael stronger it killed him emothonally--and possibly physically. I'm sure you are a better parent for what you have been through. God bless.

Geeta Ramsingh   June 30th, 2009 2:24 pm ET


You seem to have been the Angel Michal needed here on earth...thank you for being there for him. Great gifts that are sent to us like Rumi and Michael are also destroyed...we love them and hate them at the same time...Thanks Miko for the friendship to Michael...his soul, I am certain loves every moment of your pure and noble friendship....

Debbie   June 30th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

I am so sorry about the loss of Michael Jackson. My daughter, who is 33 years old says she feels like she has lost a member of our family. Miko, I did not even know you were one of Marlon's sons but I am glad I got to see you and that you were such a good friend/ family to Michael. He was such a good person and during the trial I told my son before it started he was going to found innocent. You could see it in his eyes that he was a gentle, and loving man. I have not seen as many tributes to an entertainer from just regular people in a long time. God Bless Michael's children and his family.

yessi paez   June 30th, 2009 2:46 pm ET

MJ was the best dinger on the word, maany people tried to destroy to him only for money. anybody is going to be same to him I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON. My little son that is 6 years old loves to him. he loves his music, his dancing. he is the best.

TimP   June 30th, 2009 2:53 pm ET

This reminds me of Anna Nichole Smith – A whole media circus about her life and death with very little important to say. He died, it was tragic, but let him rest in peace and let his family grieve in private.

the beatles   June 30th, 2009 3:22 pm ET

Mr. Cairo-so much hate and anger in your comment. If you dislike Michael so much why are you reading articles about him and making comments. Read a blog about someone you do like. The world does not need any more HATE it needs more LOVE. Take a CHILL PILL Mr. Cairo

Linda from New York   June 30th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

This is to all the people on who are on this blog who believe that Michael Jackson was a "Sicko" , "Pedophile" or otherwise. Right now , this blog is full of love for Michael. If you believe all those lies; you do not need to be on this blog. Your appearance on this blog just shows that you are trying to get attention by using Michael Jackson even in Death. To all those who loved Michael on this blog–Ignore these idiots; their comments don't deserve any responses.

Mobius   June 30th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

MJ gave more than he took. Works for me.

Debra   June 30th, 2009 3:32 pm ET

I'm glad to hear that Michael had a friend in Miko, someone that he could trust and would make him laugh.
However, I'm sad to see all the posting about keeping Joseph Jackson away from his own grandchildren! I do not believe for one minute that this man would harm those children. What he may have done to Michael was many years ago and I'm sure he has repented and God has forgiven him. Those children should be with Katherine and the Jackson clan, because the one thing they know how to do is show love and bring some type of spiritual being into their life. I believe Michael would want to give his father a second chance, as would God.

the beatles   June 30th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Linda from New York-WELL SAID

scott   June 30th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

to linda from NY: i have every right to be on this blog. i am here because i am fascinated by how people who loved michael jackson's work- his music and dancing- are willing to overlook all his personal flaws and call him a great person insteadof just a great artist. most people proclaiming their love for michael here didnt even know him, they just watched his videos and a few carefully orchestrated interviews. I am not trying to get attention or use Michael in any way. I just dont like how people are making a hero out of a man who paid $20 million dollars to buy the silence of someone he may have molested. If someone accused me of something disgusting like that, I wouldnt give them anything. why did michael pay so much money to hide the stories of giving kids booze ("jesus juice") and calling them his "rubbas"?????

Stephanie G from Chicago   June 30th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

I am an AA female in my late heart absolutely aches for MJ. I really feel like I've lost a brother! I have been crying since I heard the news......even my young kids keep asking me why have I been crying so much--I told them that you just have no idea what Michael meant to his songs got me through a lot of tough times in my life-–deaths, break-ups, low self-esteem, you name it-his music was always there to comfort me. He is truly the King of Pop and I never-not for even a second-believed any of the child abuse stories--and I never will! He was charged, BUT acquitted, people. Enough said! Sorry fans, but no one will ever be able to duplicate MJ, not in my lifetime, your lifetime, or anybody's lifetime for that matter. (But I'm sure you knew that already)– As for Michele(June 30th @ 9:36am)-SHAME ON YOU!!!! for calling him a pedophile! May God have mercy on your soul! If he was such a pedophile, why didn't anyone else but those two boys(1993 and 2003) come out and say that Michael touched them too? What about McCauley Culkin, Little Webster, Corey Feldman, Alfonso Ribeiro? Did any of them come out and say something negative? The prosecutors pressured McCauley to come out and say something, anything, but he didn't. Why? Because nothing ever happened that's why! I was molested as a child and one thing I do know about child molesters-–they don't just stop at two little boys!!!! They keep going!!!! Why hasn't no one else from America and around the world(remember-he always had a lot of under priviledged kids at his Neverland Ranch) came out in all these years and say, "You know what-Michael touched me, too--or he did that to me, too"

To Michael-My heart will ache for the rest of my life, but I promise to never forget you, teach my kids about you and your music, and honor your love for kids and humanitarian efforts!! I will always love you and R.I.P.

Linda from New York   June 30th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

First of all, I think that you totally misunderstanding the love that Michael's fans had for him. You don't have to know someone personally to love them. When I say I loved Michael Jackson, I'm saying that there was something special about him that touched my soul from the minute that I saw on him on Television and that it never went away. Michael Jackson had a gentle soul and I don't think alot of people understood that. I'm not sure how much he paid to settle the suit; I am not his financial advisor–any amount that was mentioned in the media was supposition. I will ask you this question, If this was your child and you knew that he was being molested; would you continue to let him hang around his molester.-I wouldn't. Think for a second......while I agree with you that he should not have settled the suit because that's what started the whole thing; I understand why he did it. He probably did not want to go through the public humiliation. He did go though it the last time, and he was found not guilty. Michael Jackson was an easy prey for people. Thank god Michael eventually had his own children so that he didn't to be around these money grabbing people who are always looking to benefit from someone else's hard work. BTW I was hoping that he woud the U.S. my money was ready for the ticket. I 'm just sorry that I will never get the chance to see him perform. YES I LOVED MICHAEL JACKSON

DNEG   June 30th, 2009 4:26 pm ET


what can i say... you are the luckiest man alive to be Michael's friend for over 25 years. what can i say... i am from a small country in Afirca. i saw thriller when was in 6th grade or so. ever since i have hardly listened to any american songs, but michael's. i memorized his songs, sang them with him, and i was always hoping i would get a chance to see him live. it never happened... i am just devastated. people tell me i am too old to cry now, but that is the only thing that comes to my mind when i write this... he was just a loving loving person and truly lovable. and who can forget his USA Africa song (we are the world) my country was the recipient of his generous gift that came from the song. oh... now at least i would have loved to talk to you more and get more about Michael, but i guess it is not easy. if you think it is okay... i will be happy. in the US now, so can be arranged.

the beatles   June 30th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

Stephanie G from Chicago-Finallly someone on this blog understands the mentality of a sexual child abuser!! Michael was around hundreds of children through out the years--only 2 he abused-yeah right. Abusers abuse and abuse over and over again because they are sick human beings-they do not stop!!!! Thanks Stephanie for your insight! You go girl!!!!

Debi   June 30th, 2009 4:54 pm ET

I also beleive M. Jacksons' children should not be allowed with M.J.'s dad, J. Jackson, unless they are suppervised visits . For the abuse Michael went through as a child,He would never rest in peace, if his children went through it also. I was also in alled when Joe Jackson was asked about his feelings concerning his sons' death, and he had someone else read from a cue card prewritten, then he J.Jackson went on to talk about his upcoming recording studio, who cares. The whole world is mourning the dearth of his son, and he's plugging in his recording studio.Even J.J.'s body language, his speech, showed me, and I could be wrong, That he ,J.J. wasn"t even mourning his son"Michael Jacksons' "death.THE WORLD LOVES YOU MICHAEL JACKSON. YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED, AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

LOIS DOSWELL   June 30th, 2009 4:56 pm ET


Adam   June 30th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Wow. The king of pop is dead. The Elvis of our generation is gone. It's sad really, mainly the way I portrayed Michael Jackson. I was never really a fan but I knew his music and bits and pieces of his life but sadly what I’ll remember him most by is the last 10-15 years of the crazy stories, pictures, weird actions and just the circus of events. Watching the news and reading/researching online about his life and the interviews I saw a different man then what I had seen the media portray him as. I saw a lonely, shy, emotional child just trying to grow up. I don't know if he molested any children or not but to him it was ok to hang out with children and have sleep over’s because he himself was still a child in his mind and was doing nothing wrong. He never had a chance to be a child with all the music and fame, he just never found a way to properly grow up or deal with his issues on the inside. Not to mention the mental/physical abuse that his father put him through. He was a genius when he was on stage performing/signing/dancing/songwriting, it's where he was meant to be where god wanted him to be. I owe it to Michael Jackson to remember him as the king of pop, the amazing singer/songwriter/performer/entertainer that broke barriers and united billions of people around the world. I'm also going to buy some albums so I can enjoy the fruits of his labor and pay tribute to this unique man. You will be missed Michael and I'm sorry that I felt the way I did about you just over what the media said about you. I hope your resting peacefully my friend, and I hope your finally happy with who you are. God bless you Michael Jackson 1958-2009. Sincerely, Adam

Rachel Ewing   June 30th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Mr Brando my sympathy is with you..Michael was my idol when I was a teenager in the 80s. Can't believe he's gone but I will treasure the music always..

debra   June 30th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

I'm just wondering what Miko Brando did to take care of Michael Jackson? He made a comment that he was on his payroll and now gets paid from his estate. Because I don't know a real friend who gets paid to be a friend.

Michele   June 30th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Does this remind you of someone?

The third and highest type of love is "agape", or unconditional love. Agape love is above philos love and eros love. It is a love that is totally selfless, where a person gives out love to another person even if this act does not benefit her/him in any way. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit).

Michele   June 30th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

It's important that Katherine have custody. And it's okay if the children are exposed to Joseph. It's good to teach all children to recognize dangerous people, dangerous things, and dangerous situations .. just like you teach what fire is and not to put your hands in it 'cause you'll burned .. and how you teach them what poison ivy is, what it looks like, and how to avoid it. The same way you would as a Christian teach them what temptations are and how to handle them .. This is their grandfather .. and after all Katherine's been through you think she's gonna allow Joseph to hurt her GRANDCHILDREN? Come on now .. think about it!

Cindy   June 30th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

Peace be to all the family, especially Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket. I cannot fathom your loss, but know that your dad gave us all so much for over 40 years and he will truly be missed. You will all be in my prayers, find comfort in knowing how much your daddy truly loved you and wanted only the best for you. God Bless you all . . .

kavin ross/Tulsa, Oklahoma   June 30th, 2009 5:55 pm ET

During the heydays of the Jackson 5, my family and I moved to Gary, Indiana. My father became the managing editor of the Post-Tribune. Before I left Tulsa, my fellow elementary classmates at William Penn were more excited than I. However, when we got there, the Jackson family had just left. As we settled in “ Steel Town,” Michael and his family would come to visit their family members in Tulsa.
While attending Kennedy-King Middle School, in Gary, my new schoolmates and I, would bring our favorite records on lunch hours. Sporting afros and platform shoes, "The Bump” and the "Funky Robot" were the perfect dances to the music of their local heroes. But I brought my local hero's album with me, The GAP Band! It was called the Magician’s Holiday, sung by Charlie Wilson and produced by another famous Tulsan, Leon Russell. When it was my turn to play my record, I carefully placed the needle on my favorite track, “You Can Always Count On Me.” The next thing I knew my record had a deep scratch when it was pulled off the turntable. Someone yelled. "Good, put the Jackson 5's "Dancing Machine" back on!”
In retrospect, how could these Tulsa boys keep up with the kids from Gary in their own hometown? Neither GAP Band, nor I, stood a chance at that school, on that day.
The passing of the King of Pop is not the end of an era, but the beginning of a world-wide legend for many generations yet to come. -Kavin Ross

cathy gordon - edinburgh   June 30th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

I have always believed in Michael. He was just a person full of love to give, pure love, not the lies that people told. I am so sad that he is gone and my heart goes out to his family and friends and all the people who truly cared about him. But he will live on forever in his music and in peoples hearts. Rest in peace Michael xx

Joy   June 30th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

As hard as it is for me to finally admit it, i have now realized that the legend is gone. however although he is not physically present with us any longer, his legacy will live on forever. the amount of inspiration Michael Jackson left behind us is enormous and will live on forever. my heart goes out to his children and his family. i pray that God takes care of them all and gives them strength. what disgusts me is what many people have tried to pull of throughout the years to bring him down. I feel sorry for those who have been a part of critisizing him. of those who falsely accused him of serious crimes, which is so obvious he had nothing to do with. What phenomenal about him is the fact that he was so focused on making a change, and he did. he really did make a change that noone could ever make. I love you for leaving behind a great example and also for inspiring all of us.
it upsets me that you had to die before everybody could realize you indeed were greater than life.
I hope you are resting in peace where you belong away from all the critisizm. i also pray that your children will be in a safe home away from all the drama. May God bless your children and your family.
Michael, god wanted his angel back <3 love you for what you have done for all of us and what you will continue to do.

Aly   June 30th, 2009 8:15 pm ET

I'm sorry to say but I think you're one of the many "leeches and vampires" Lisa Marie Presley talked about in her Myspace blog. You were a "friend" of Michael's and he had to pay you? For what services? Now you say that his estate is paying you, for you to take care of so called "personal matters" of his. Isn't that what his family is there for? Have you ever had a real job yourself? Or have you just lived off your father's and Michaels money? How can this mega star be 400 million dollars in debt? That to me is unexplainable. I think that it's people like you Mr. Brando that got Michael into so much debt. I think you were charging Michael to be your friend and using him to your benefit. Now instead of leaving whatever is left of his money to his children you're still getting paid . He is gone now, let his family take care of the rest of his needs. Go get yourself a real job now.

Ajani   June 30th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Michael Changed The World, And The Music Industry. No One Else Will Do That. Rest In Peace From Connecticut U.S.A

SekouMouke   June 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

RIP Michael, may Allah grant you heaven. You deserve it!! I am 10 and a great fan of yours. I wish to positively impact the world like you did....

HamyattaYansane   June 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

The King is Dead, long Live the King!! as you will always be the King. Your genius has enriched this world. We always dance to your music, my brothers and I. I am 7 and a great fan of yours. RIP.

Mouke   June 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Larry you truly the best for giving us more of unforgettable Michael J. He will RIP!!!

Mr. Cairo   June 30th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

To The Beatles:
Last time I checked, this was a CNN "news" site where folks are free to put forward different opinions. I could just as much suggest to you that you go and post on an I Love Michael Jackson site.

And why do you assume I hate Michael Jackson? I don't and never did. The first 45 record I bought was I Want You Back in 1970! I used to be a big fan. He was a wonderful talent for many years until he became the sad, bizarre person who emerged in the late '80's. The feeling I have for Michael Jackson is a profound sense of loss and disappointment for what he could have been and for the choices that he made. I feel a sort of pity for him, that he is a tragic figure whose demise was mostly his own doing and partly because of the culture that places so much value on fame and material wealth.

Cynthia   June 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Why is this nurse talking when treatment from a medical professional is suppose to be confidential.

Cathy   June 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Michael's children should not be raised by Joe and why aren't Janet and Michael's other siblings stepping up to raise Michael's children. The entire situation is very questionable. It's obvious that Joe's abuse destroyed his relationship with his son so why would the Jackson family even allow that man around Michael's kids. I guess we shouldn't expect anything more because look how the Jackson's looked out for Michael. Someone in the family should have stepped up to get Michael the help he needed before he died. It looks like Joe Jackson destroyed the entire family because they were all so busy looking out for #1 they forgot to notice the obvious. The media was so busy trying to crucify Michael when he was alive and now that he's dead they're missing the true monster in all of this which is Joe Jackson.

Angela   June 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

It's a common thing that parents are hard on their kids and soft on their grandkids. As long as Joe Jackson is not allowed to involve the kids in show business, my guess is that he would be of no danger to these kids.

mark pomietlo   June 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

i am so ashamed of the way the press opens wounds in this country.
they just can t stop hurting people..they can take the first amendment they so adore shove it up their you know what im sick of there repeating of things ...cause they have nothin better to do then
telling it over and over.
I loved michael jackson and i think its such a stupid and retarded press that has killed him out their own selfishness of the facts.
don t screw with forces you can t control the bibles first rule live by it.

Simone Ellis   June 30th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Dear Miko,
Thank you for the beautiful, heart felt memories of the real Michael Jackson. It is wonderful to have your voice and steady being in the mix of crazed media surrounding your life long friend Michael Jackson. You stabilize and add love to the mix every time you appear.

Miko, I don't know if you'd remember me but I sure remember you. I have wanted to find you, and apologize to you for being rude when you were visiting Santa Fe many years ago. It has bothered me for years that I was not more kind and more hospitable to you when you needed a place to stay and to be shown around. You came there with Pilar Law, who then brought you to me. I should have housed you longer and fed you and been a good caring host to you. I was all full of myself at the time, and I've regretted it for years, honestly. Miko, I am sorry to find you finally in the midst of such tragic circumstances, and sincerely hope that if you do remember the rude response to your visit, you'll know that it has been long regretted. And forgive me.

Know that the love you had for Michael and he for you is very evident to those of us watching from far away, and that love will grow outwards and always, like so many beautiful flowers. May your life be as good and true as you are.
Simone Ellis
(writer, arts critic, film maker)

cooperrude   June 30th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Larry great show on Michael Jackson! Was watching Anderson Cooper 3whatever on Michael Jackson...poor reporting. Leave the kids out of it....thats pretty simple. Oh hey put a review on Anderson's life ...reveiw it all ...I have been a fan of both shows. Now just you ..Anderson has crossed lines..maybe needs to look and review himself.

MP Zott   June 30th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

Please request the entire media to lay-off the children. TMZ is pusing to determine who are the actual parents. ETOnline decides to put one of the children’s birth certificate on the internet. Please request the Jackson family or some judge to tell the media to lay off the children. They did not want what happened and now even they are being victimized by the media at a very terrible moment in their lives. Media should have learned by now of the unfortunate role that they played in Michael’s life. The media should stop there. The children’s personal data should not be plastered on the media and the internet. Let the family and all parties concerned sort these things out for themselves. Thank you.

Karlene Segre   June 30th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

Miko you make me cry all over again! Really I have never been one to criticise Michael...not ever, because I loved for the person he was, and that's largely the reason why I cant stop bawling! I loved Michael so much.

I believe he was the greatest talent God created, i can think of no one else with such incredible talent. America has really lost a national treasure!

May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine on him!!

Karlene Segre, Jamaica   July 1st, 2009 12:02 am ET

AS from NJ I totally got your back!

Suzee   July 1st, 2009 12:19 am ET

Miko wrote a lovely tribute about his friend Michael Jackson. It's apparent on TV how much Miko loves and misses Michael. I wish I had met Michael. Hearing his music, even during these sad early days after his death, lifts my spirits. One can't help but dance with joy and gratitude to so many of Michael's hits. Since Miko & Michael were friends for 25 years, I'm wondering how much Miko saw of Michael Jackson over indulging in prescription pain medicine, and if so, if Miko enabled Michael? Enabled by watching take meds to detriment? Being an errand runner for his meds from pharmacies? Was there anyone who tried to talk some sense into Michael against abusing meds? The biggest blame would be doctors over prescribing.
Lastly, what will happen to the children should Katherine, nearly 80, die in the next few years or be incapacitated by illness, stroke, etc? Married to Joe Jackson in California, he could be her legal heir if she precedes him in death. Katherine also stuck with Joe while he was cruel to their kids and when Joe fathered a child with another woman. How much would she stand up against him at this stage? Joe was mean to Michael and I hope no one lets Joe be that way with Michael's kids, not even disparaging Michael to them. God bless Michael.

Lana   July 1st, 2009 12:22 am ET

'Tis very sad. Mostly for his children who must be devastated. All this talk of money is typical of the emptiness of American society. Haven't we learned anything from this recession? Money will not bring immortality and it certainly did not bring MJ very much good health. It isolated him to the point where he died rather than go to a hospital in time to save his life. We should all learn to respect the privacy of others as a result of this death. Are you listening media – all the media? Try reporting real news instead of gossiping about the private lives of anyone, famous or not.

MJ was a true artist. My condolences to all the Jackson family.

Sherrie   July 1st, 2009 12:40 am ET


Thank you so much for the beautiful blog you wrote in tribute to your friend. We should have all been so lucky to have known Michael as you did because I truly believe he was a loving, caring and giving man. He was the ultimate entertainer, no one will ever come close to touching him and that that will be his legacy, but he should be remembered for the loving and caring man he was as well. He did a lot of good things for a lot of people.
May God be with you in the days ahead to help you endure the pain of this loss as we all grieve for Michael Jackson, "The King Of Pop"
I will miss and love him forever myself!

Alicia   July 1st, 2009 12:50 am ET

I LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Madi   July 1st, 2009 1:03 am ET

Joe Jackson and Katherine are estranged and have been living apart for years. I don't think as a wiser, older woman, Katherine would allow Joe Jackson to do the same to her grandchildren. Those kids are better around Michael's family so that the transition of not having their father can be easier. The mother should not have any say in this decision. Any mother that gives up her parental rights or even discusses such a thing is not a mother, not in the parenting sense of the word.

christine williams   July 1st, 2009 1:05 am ET

Hey Larry I am a nurse myself. I listen to the conversation with you and cherryl Lee the nurse. I can tell you diprovan is used in the ER and ICU mostly on intubated patient. You cannot protect you airway when you are given diprovan so I do not think any nurse or doctor would be stupid enough to give some one that drug. It is not a controlled substance so it is not impossible for some to get their hand on it. What scares me is the fact that she stated Michael said he just need to be watched if he had this kind of make you think he did some research or has a small amout of this drug during surgery. I do know that it is used some time in surgery. It is not a drug youy just push in someone's vein. A patient is usually placed on a diprovan drip and when is is discontinued the will normally wake up pretty fast. If this drug is use on a person without an unprocted airway they will most likley aspirate and go into some type of respiratory distress. Anyway I think all of this is nonsense. Let Michael rest in peace it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know drug may have played a role in his death .Just thought I would share this withn you since you did not know anything about diprovan.

Patricia   July 1st, 2009 9:00 am ET

Charles, you sound so stupied. It's people like you that dragged this wonderful man's name through the mud. Are you perfect? Hell No.
You think that Michael is suppose to be perfect, you idoit. He was a great man that contributed much more than most people in this world to society. You are EVIL AND STUPIED.

J.E   July 1st, 2009 9:37 am ET

for many many years the focus was on bringing him down. whether it was critizising his music, looks or behavior, the media was constantly trying to put him down. it is very clear to see that Michael Jackson is on a different level than all of us. he is a perfectionist and has mastered to change all of our lives in some profound way. it saddens me to see that now that he has passed everyone notices his true beauty, his message and his effort into changing this world. this meant alot to him when he was living, so i can only pray that he is looking down on us smiling. Michael, I pray you rest in peace. thank you for all of what you have done for us. i hope we can all take moments out of our daily lives and realize noone is perfect, but there was never any need for anyone to try to judge this man so much. he like many others has a family, like many others have children. who cares about the rest of what they showing on the news! let the legend rest in peace and be humane and pray for the safety and happiness of his children. may God provide his whole family with the strength they need in order to overcome this.. You were a true inspiration and your legacy will live forever. Michael may God bless you and take you under his arms.
love you always

NDN   July 1st, 2009 10:48 am ET

Mikko: You are so fortunate to have known Michael personally. I only wish I could have known him and his loving family, too. Be at peace knowing that overall Michael lived a good life and you had a chance to be a part of it!

As for Michael, there is so much to say. I could go on & on talking about this legend since I'm almost his age and remember him with The Jackson 5. That's all everyone talked about at elementary school and in my neighborhood when I was a child. Over the years, I've watched him grow to become the best entertainer in the world. No matter what he did or didn't do, I never gave up on him because all of us have or will make mistakes in our life time. I always recognized that special something he had on the inside, as well as his brilliance as an artist. He has and will always inspire a great mass of people. He has accomplished so much in his 50 years and I am sad by this tragic loss. I am careful not to make him an idol but I'll miss knowing he is not going to be around anymore creating in ways that it seemed no one else could ever imagine. He will never be forgotten and I am thankful that I had this opportunity to get to know and love him through his music. He had so much to say if only we would listen. "Job well done, thy good and faithful servant."

Linda from New York   July 1st, 2009 11:22 am ET

I am completely appalled at the way the media is now going after Michale Jackson's children. Aren't these kids suffering enough? How much more does the Media want from Michael? HE IS DEAD. Can't you give him some peace even in Death, Can't you give his children some peace. I feel sorry for his children; they will probably never have a moment's peace. I saw the nurse on TV this morning-what a piece of work-–another one hoping to make some money of Michael Jackson-totally disgusting ( I see a book down the road). I can't believe all these people coming out of the woodworks. I can't even imagine what his family is going through with all this; not only do they have to deal with the dealth and burial of Michael which is a painful enough, they also have to deal with all this crap from blood suckers who will not give up. CAN YOU JUST GIVE THE FAMILY SOME PEACE.

Patricia   July 1st, 2009 11:38 am ET

Charles, I want to apologize for calling you names. That's not me but your comments about Michael made me so angry. I hope you see the light, how this one man touched a nation and should be honored and celebrated. Look at all he has been through, falsely accused of child molestation, physically and mentally abused as a child and adult,
he said out of his own mouth that he was so afraid of his father that he would vomit, can you imagine being so afraid of your parent?
Give the man a break, it's a wonder he lasted this long with what may have seemed to him the whole world laughing and making fun of him.
I don't agree with all the plastic surgeries and skin bletching, but,
that don't change who he is, a brillent artist, the best in the world and I love and respect him and I know I am not alone when I say that. So,
if you don't have anything positive to say about the deceased, you really should not say anything at all.

Linda from New York   July 1st, 2009 12:14 pm ET

Okay–enough about the skin bleaching and the surgeries. I too was surprised by the bleaching and the surgeries, but once I found out the reasons behing the bleaching (Michael suffered from Vitiligo )For those of you who don't know what it means-look it up.. it didn't matter. Lots of people have plastic surgery, SO WHAT. I agree with you Patricia, I can't even begin to imagine what Michael Jackson must have felt with the media making fun of him all the time. It seemed that no matter what he did or said-it was wrong. Michael Jackson never looked happy to me. He always looked like a tortured soul, unless he was performing. There is one particular reporter Diane Dimond-who made a living of Michael Jackson–I saw her on the news this morning–bad mouthing Michael and his children. Oh, and of course she mentioned a book that she wrote about Michael Jackson. Give me a break

In!Deyan   July 1st, 2009 1:12 pm ET

Michael Jackson was briliant songwritter, superb vocalist, innovative dancer; in 1 word – giga_entertainer! Here in Serbia Michael's talent will be missed! To the sacred shores!, DoRcol DUde

Linda   July 1st, 2009 1:34 pm ET

Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece about your friendship with Michael Jackson. My prayer is that people cease in being judgemental of Michael. He was a exquisite entertainer and obviously loved theatrical things and beauty and make believe, we was sweet and loving and that was obvious by his demeanor when seen on TV the past few years while he was judged so harshly. It sickens me when people are judgemental because all we have is our eyes and ears, no one but God can see the heart and the innermost center of someone's being and intentions, no one. So I hope it is with love, as you say, that everyone remember this special soul. He is resting now, no more pain, no more sadness over his body's limitations and the need for medicine to ease his pain, just rest and peace.

Pat Wade   July 1st, 2009 2:05 pm ET

To The Family:
May you comfort in your most cherished memories of MICHAEL..... which I know are many. Just know that he has gone to a better place. No more suffering and pain.
He will be SORELY MISSED May He Rest In PEACE!!!

Tonya   July 1st, 2009 3:18 pm ET

Reportedly, Katherine and Joe have been separated for a decade, so the grandkids won't be around Joe like that. re: I don't think Katherine should have the kids.....Katherine is the ONLY person that will truly love those kids as she did her son. RIP Mike and deepest sympathy to the family, close friends, and loyal fans.

Sheri   July 1st, 2009 3:42 pm ET

I can't imagine someone who lived such a private life wanting a public viewing of his remains. I think Michael Jackson would've wanted people to remember how he looked alive, singing, dancing and making people smile. I think this decision for a public viewing is Joe Jackson's last act of abuse on his dear son.

adela palenzuela   July 1st, 2009 4:54 pm ET

um........strange to be so close to Michael and not know of his dependency on prescription drugs....

daniel   July 1st, 2009 6:37 pm ET

i think mike waw one of the biggest music icons of are time. i rember when the moon walk came out and me and brother try to do it . miacael music was the best.
espically during the eights when some of the music were just so great hits.i bet if michael livied his tour would been great and he would made one of greateast come back . just to bad his life was cut sort mike you will always be the king of pop

Rejeana   July 1st, 2009 7:52 pm ET

I first saw Michael when he was 13 and I was 13, he was my childhood, I have never waivered in my faith and belief in him, I have lost such a big part of my life, my heart is broken, my world is shattered, my love for him will always remain, he was a kind, gentle caring person who has always been so misunderstood, all his good actions were always taken and turned around into something people could talk about in a bad way, so many many many people should be so ashamed of themselves for the way they have treated and talked about such a kind caring person, he is now in Gods hands and there he will never be taunted or hurt by the worlds cruel words, thank you Miko for your friendship to Michael, thank you for even now standing up and being there for him, you are a wonderful person, all of us that are true Michael fans hold you close to our heart, Michael we love you and will forever miss you, you are now and always have been the special star in our sky. I love you!

Rejeana Martin

cathy gordon - edinburgh   July 1st, 2009 8:15 pm ET

Of course we want to know when Michael's funeral will be and what is going to happen, because everyone who cared about Michael want to feel, in their own way that they can share a part of it and share their grief and celebration of his life – but please, can the media stop going on and speculating about it and just wait until Michael's family tell us, in their own time, what will happen! They are greiving and at the same time trying to do the right thing for Michael. This is one of the last things they can do for him and they want to get it right! Just give them time!

Shellie   July 1st, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am so glad he did not include his father in the will..all he sees is $$ signs

Noor   July 1st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I think Michael Jackson is a GREAT dancer, hi rana!!!

gianna donati from Roma   July 1st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

He was and will always be the best ever...his music, videos will be played forever...his big talent will never be forget...I MISS HIM AND STILL CANT' BELIEVE IT HAPPEND...I'M SORRY NOT TO BE THERE FOR HIS FUNERAL.
Shellie You are right I'm happy too that is fhater was not include in the will..all he sees is $$ signs, it seems he doest care that his sonis dead...what a father.........god bless his 3 children and His mum...
I want to say hello to all Michael's...we know what it means to live without Him...soooooooooooooo sadddddddddddddddd...
Love Gianna Donati, from Roma Italy

Socorro   July 2nd, 2009 7:20 am ET

Michael, you have been immortalized by your music and your great love! Your legacy of music will go down through countless generations to come. You made countless billions happy with your music and genius. You have worked hard a whole lifetime, perhaps more than anyone on this planet. Though your passing away hurts us so much, you deserve this rest! Godspeed and rest in peace! We will always love you.

Linda from New York   July 2nd, 2009 12:46 pm ET

I have to agree with you, being so private and shy–I don't think Michael would want a public viewing of his remains.. I believe that he would want the fans to remember him as he was. If the family wants to do that, they need to have a closed caskeT so that there are no pictures of Michael taken for the front pages of Newspapers , magazine covers, or to float all over the internet. Michael Jackson loved his fans and he knew that his fans loved him. I don't think a public viewing of his remains is necessary at all. Please give him the privacy in death that he deseves. Can someone please explain to me why Joe Jackson said that the funeral will not happen until they get the results of 2nd autopsy. I think it's time that Michael was laid to rest. He deserves it.

Xiang Li   July 2nd, 2009 1:29 pm ET

Oh boy, this is the man who really KNOWS Michael Jackson. Not those who would claim by themselves to be "close", but rather have a hollow heart. R. I. P., MJ.

Gab   July 2nd, 2009 1:49 pm ET

Michael was the best entertainer ever. It will be hard knowing that he will not be around. He will never be forgotten. His life will continue to live in all of us that loved him. My heart goes out to his children. Goodbye Michael....The world loves you... R.I.P

orealis carrasco   July 2nd, 2009 2:53 pm ET


ckelly   July 2nd, 2009 3:40 pm ET

Thank you Miko Brando-your tribute was heartfelt and my condolences go out to you and your family for the loss of your dear friend and such a talented, gifted human being. Stay strong!!!

barnes   July 2nd, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Miko, you're the kind of friend that everyone would love to have, but not always the best for them. You're loyal beyond fault, but how much influence you had over MJ douring self destructive things is questionable.

It seems your love knew no bounds, and therein lies the problem. I'm glad he had your love, but I wish you could've been a bit more stronger to help him get off the drugs, stop the facial issues, etc.

You're a fbeautiful friend to the end, Miko and loved him it seems unconditionally. Just wished you had been more "no" to him than "okay," MJ. whatever you want.

Eagle-eyes - San Diego   July 2nd, 2009 6:28 pm ET

This is the most truthfull description of Michael I think anybody can give. Reading this report from Miko Brando, it's like I knew this is the best description anyone can ever give. These were real friends and Michael was a real friend to them too!

I am crying and my heart has a void, how possibly can I feel like this of somebody I never met, but has such a huge love for since we were the same age, so I grew up with him, he was part of my life story, and now part of that is gone, I lost part of my own history and a brother.
I was in South Africa born and raised, and Michael was my Idol, and I am white, he defied all color barriers.

The passing of our King of Pop, the feather footed dancer and musical visionary: “He died when he was sleeping, he drifted deeper and deeper, his dreams became his peaceful paradise and his gentle soul transcended into the real Peter Pan, where he can be untouchable by all the evil of this world and finally his soul will come to rest and drift around in the real Neverland”

We shall truly miss our Peter Pan, we love you Michael, it’s goodbye for now but not forever, till we all meet again in Neverland. God will take care of you now!

tonymello   July 2nd, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Neverland is a beautiful place.

Hoai Thu   July 2nd, 2009 11:11 pm ET

I'm a Vietnamese citizen, born after 80s. I also grow up with MJ music. I love MJ music partly because of my mum. She dont know English at all and first listen Black or White, Billie Jean, We are the world, Earthsong when she was 46. But she would encourage me to listen to MJ songs as "they're beautiful and the singer was gentle and sweet". Sometimes watching Vietnamese TV she had information about MJ, those were both pretty and not pretty, and she always wonder why many people cannot recognize the obvious reality MJ is such a good person with a warm heart. My mum and I thank you for your music and your dance moves that would make us happy all the time we listen to. To me you are an angel. May you rest in peace.

Shae   July 3rd, 2009 1:53 am ET

Michael was the first person I ever heard. He brought me to music and i think that he was such an amazing artist. All of the negative things people say about him makes me sick. The man loved his kids and I just loved him for that. I'm going to miss him, because when he sang he brought such power. He was a blessing to us all. michael you are a Blessing above all else and thank you. All i have ever seen in Michael was someone with a big heart and a careing soul. May he rest in peace. You will be greatly missed.

Heather   July 3rd, 2009 5:20 am ET

I just want to say that I will truely miss MJ. He was a wonderful inspiration to us all. As for the Jackson family my heart goes out to you all. I feel like I lost apart of my childhood when MJ died. The media really needs to stop needs to mind their business about his kids and his money. I don't care if MJ was famous or not he still is human and deserves respect about his wishes and to that nurse that said how she was concerned about MJ and his drug use...please go back under the rock u crawled out from. If you were so concerned you would of came to the media before he died. Luv ya MJ RIP

Richelle, Baku Azerbaijan   July 3rd, 2009 8:40 am ET

Dear Michael, Thank you so much for your great, generous and precious heart!!! I want to thank God that Michael lived in this world among us. He was god-/heaven-sent angel.

Michael loved everyone and I’m sure that he had forgiven those who hurt and abused him so much, his vulnerable soul. He wanted us together to HEAL THE WORLD AND MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE!!! Let’s start making a better place straight away, let’s look at the mirror and start changing our ways – if we want to make a world a better place let’s take a look at ourselves and THEN MAKE A CHANGE – precious words.

I’m writing this comment and can not strop my tears. I can’t stop crying since I heard this tragic, heartbreaking news. I feel myself so miserable that I haven’t known him personally. And I wanna say that the world became duller and quieter after 25th of June.

Dear Michael – our Peter Pen – you will be for ever and ever in our hearts and your beautiful music, your beautiful voice will keep on making us happier and happier ever after!!! I’m taking a deep breath to say thank you to you for everything!!!

Rest in peace!!! I’m sure that you are in a better world now. We will miss you so much, but we are still with you!!!

PS Miko Brando – I want to say thank you that you were such a great friend to this Great Man, A Legend and that you have shared such warm memories with us.

sabina   July 3rd, 2009 1:13 pm ET

the death of this "legend" has struck me deeply.i personally have no doubt he he was a kind of a genius.
i feel also very sorry for his health problems which ruined his life.Amber the OKIE commented on them profusely and whith competence some posts above and is particulary to her that i here address the following lines.
i suspect that the cause of his illness and subsequent death is to be found in his anorexia and eating habits which ruined his intestine and triggered vitiligo and lupus (a connective tissues illnes).connective tissues illnesses are also associated with insomnia,as are hearth and breathing the end a cluster of muscle pains(he was taking SOMA),insomnia,breathing difficulties and heart malfunctions problems made him a "drug addict".the sad end of all this is,alas!,under our eyes.
sabina also from rome-italy

mattypina   July 3rd, 2009 1:38 pm ET

This poor misunderstood man did not have to die. He thought he was being taken care of by the doctor who very possibly killed him.He was a great talent with a great capacity to love and give love and a deep yearning to have enjoyed his childhood. No wonder he created Neverland and how fortunate were the sick kids that were able to go there and experience fun. How kind and thoughtful Michael Jackson was. No one has a right to judge him because no one walked in his shoes.

gloved one   July 3rd, 2009 2:55 pm ET

Katherine and Joseph Jackson don´t live together anymore. The latter lives out in Las Vegas. I am sure MJ knew what he was doing when he wrote his will, just like any other parent.

Marine   July 4th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

Hi Miko,

I am so sorry that this tragedy happened to us all. He is with us forever. His music is so life, so unique and his personality is unique. There is no other Michael Jackson and will never be one similiar to him. The human civilization has lost a great person and we must spread his mission of love further. I love him and he will never die for me. He is here with me, you and million of other people. Lets just love each other and share that beautiful moments of enjoying the life. I do share your pain since I do feel very very similiar to you. Michael, we will always love you.

armie jane apit-plaza   July 5th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

i am not that 'super duper Michael Jackson fan', but now i realized that I am. Really, when MJ passed away, i was so affected that until now it still didn't absorbed in me that MJ really passed away. I was very saddened by his passing. My heart ached everytime i hear his music. i just cant believe his gone..... but this i swear... he'll stay in my heart forever.... love you Michael Jackson, i'm gonna miss you....

Varja   July 6th, 2009 3:02 am ET

Thank you so much Miko Brando for your beautiful and true words about your friend Michael Jackson. You were such a great friend to Michael Jackson and it brings tears to my eyes to read those words from you.

I hope that your sadness will get smaller with time, if we-the fans, are so sad, I just can`t imagine how you must feel.

Michael wanted us to live with love in our hearts for everyone and I will try to do so, that is the least thing I can do. Because I am not just a fan of his music, I cherish him as a person.

Miko Brando, I wish you and your family all the best and Michael will be in my heart forever!

vitoria   July 6th, 2009 11:26 am ET

Hi Miko
Thank you so much for sharing the memories of your friendship with the king of the pop music , it really takes a special friend to have a special friend ,
God bless Michael's children and hopeful they will be protected and accompanied by people like you Miko , I really would like to express my love and admiration for Michael's music , dance and his generous spirit he shared with us ,, he was truly an Icon of the American and the world music , so long Michael , sorry for all the pain you endured do to your kindness and genuine spirit , love you forever and ever you Michael the king of the Pop music

Bella - Vietnam   July 6th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

Larry and Miko, thank you so much for sharing this, which is exactly what I always think of MJ. People say it's time to move on, and there are many American soldiers dying out there.. True, but by this time tomorrow, MJ body would have been buried... and we fans would just mourn him inside our hearts. When MJ was alive he had brought so much happiness, enjoyment to us all around the world who had grown up with his music. Now when he has gone, too soon, I wish he could see how much we love him, a man with the kindest heart in this world, a man full of love for human-being... As such, it hurts even more to see such a great person going to a place that all of us can't be with him...

Nina   July 6th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

Michael is a beautiful soul and was a wonderful human being. He was so much misunderstood and abused by so many people, it is heart breaking and nobody really cared what he was going through.
I pray for Michael let him rest in peace and I really hope he is now in a better place. I love and miss him dearly.

marianne   July 7th, 2009 2:26 am ET

thank you miko for speaking out about michael....i too am grieving...i want to believe that michael is in a better place pain,, no pressure...he is at peace...i want to share something i read....this is for you michael.....i missyou soooooooo much...i love you...
"why say goodbye when he's taking a sleep
why say goobye when his legacy is here for us to sleep
he lays his head upon the pillow called cloud
he sleep's in peace as his fans come from all around
looking at an angle sleep
they say michael your legacy we shall keep

his music,his dance,his dreams,they live on
michael jackson,a man so humble and calm
eyes that looks beyond 2day
a heart that feels for those far away
the youths that suffer all around the world
i see michael singing for evry boy and girl
every boy and girl in pain
he sings for them,he says your blessing is about to rain
he wipes the tear away
he says my friend the lord has blessed you to see another day

a spirit of love,compassion,energy,talent and blessing
inside a human body it was manifesting
an amazing manifestation called love
love unlike no other sent from up above
love for the people of the world
love for family,fans,friends,enemies,especially every boy and girl
who can love all like michael have done
who will be so real to love those who suffer
God gived the world michael and he did deliver ".
from Dillon of myspace

stephanie   July 7th, 2009 6:57 pm ET

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Miko. I have watched you with Larry every night you were on and it is a comfort to this fan to know that he had such a good friend despite all of his very public turmoil. I especially love the golf cart story and I can actually see it! I am sorry for your personal loss and for the loss of one the world's brightest stars. Michael will forever live in my heart, of that I am sure.

yemi   July 7th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

MJ's entertainment will never be duplicated. you are greatly missed

Karla   July 7th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Now, I'm starting with the man in the mirror. Michael has taught us and inspired us through his music and his greatest contributions to charities, countless around the world. He made us think twice about the things we do, and we need to start with ourselves! Moonwalk over the stars in heaven michael! WE LOVE YOU & NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE!!

Jeff   July 7th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Thriller was the first cassette tape I ever purchased. RIP Michael!!

sarah   July 7th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

i just wanna say to eh jackson family i may not know how your feeling or how it feels to loose a child but i want to tell you that you are in my pryers and that god has used michael to best and that god called him home ..and i will keep the jackson family in my pryers

Denise   July 7th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Thank you MIchael, for the music, memories and the magic you gave the world. Be in Peace...

B. Phengphongsavan   July 7th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Michael, I am truly hurt to see that you are gone, especially the way that was given to you. the reminder of all the true and good things you have done and accomplished, left me with no doubt that the accusations made against you were false. you continue to live through me. We lost a star, but it is not yet out of sight. My love to Michael & The Jackson Family.

Lisa   July 7th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I will miss him- he got me through my loneliest childhood...RIP!

sarah   July 7th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

i do believe that kathrine jackson should get custody i think that the children she be with close family and have time to morn in peace and i think that the media she just let michael jackson rest in peace he has no worries i love you michael

natalia jackson   July 7th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

its like it was yesterday we were talking to the family Jackson's the pain hurts but keep GOD first and some things will be alright to Catherine Jackson i will keep you in prayer and the brothers and sisters. i know nothing will ever be the same with out our fabulous dancer MICHAEL JACKSON we will always be there for you Michael you are not alone. You are in my heart forever forever forever it never stops I LOVE YOU. my favorite song of yours will be "THRILLER". My school did a dance to that song and we did not move like you MJ but we tried but no-one can do the moon walk like you.
Sincerly Loved by, Natalia Jackson

Meha Aswani   July 7th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

God bless him and his family.

Virna   July 7th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Michael will always be the best artist that ever lived. You will always be loved and missed.

Elizabeth   July 7th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

What an extraordinary event. An angel was welcomed into heaven June 25th and I'm truly thankful to have been around to experience his presence here on earth. Although short lived, his life and the journey in it were an inspiration to most but should have been an inspiration to all. We will truly miss you, Michael as there will never be another like you. We love you, our brother!

nancy Conner   July 7th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I am a 72 yr old grandmother who loves Michael, I could not stop crying during his memorial. It was like I had lost a family member. Being a grandmother, if Iost my child, I would be honored and glad to raise my grandchildren. I hope Cathern Jackson gets to keep the children so she can give them the love that only a grandmother can give. God bless Michael Jackson!


bonnie from nova scotia   July 7th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

it is unbeleiveable that a man can have this impact on me. a man that i didn't know a man that didn't know me. i cryed and cryed when i watched tv today and have been watching since his death. he was a great great man. i hope the media lets him rest in peace. i will prey for his kids. i feel so sad for them, they are gonna miss their father. and i also feel sad for his mother. she looks so kind. and you could tell micheal loved her very much. i am a mother of a son and can't imagine what she is going through.
rest in peace micael you will never never be forgotten.
love bonnie

donna   July 7th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

i will always think of michael as being here and hiding from the media, his music will never go away. We will still all get up and dance as soon as we here all his songs, i am happy to be a part of the jackson era and to have seen him live in concert. REST IN PEACE, FINALLY, MICHAEL

brian buckner   July 7th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Ever so often God sends down HIS Angel Michael down to humanity to teach them about HIS infinite love, but before humanity recognizes the presence of the The Angel Michael in human form, God calls him back to the Kingdom.
We love you Mika-EL

Michael, Mika-EL, Melchizedek, Michael-Tsedeq (Tehuti)

Dionna Reilly   July 7th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

It's so wonderful to You speak about MIchael, it makes us all see a part of him we didn't know...He was a great human being kind loving and giving rare quality's found in people any more a true angel has gone home

Grace   July 7th, 2009 10:02 pm ET





Elaine   July 7th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I want the world to celebrate, and remember the person, Michael...
I want the world to sing the music of Michael,
I want the world to dance the moves of Michael,
I want the world to remember the heart, that touched the world,

He was human,
He was brilliant,
He was caring,
He was gentle....

I hope those who chose, to spend their energy to tear his world....
See... the man they destroyed, and the heart they let bleed...
till it was no more!

I was moved to tears today for two hours... for a man I admired,
and I believe was beautiful... from the inside.
If only we all could bring as much to our own world, in love...
as he did to the world.

I hope he feels this love that is showering down on him now...
I am so sad, this was not there for the days when he needed it the very most!

Thank you to the entire Jackson family for allowing us to celebrate with them, and again remember why he was the star of our hearts!


moses radford   July 7th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

My prayers are with the Jackson family. I remember the Jackson Five from the 70's. I have been a fan of Janet since she played as Penny on Good Times. I pray the Lord Jesus Christ will bless the family during this time of life. I am the pastor of First Baptist Church of Nicholasville Ky. I know what it is to lose a brother. I lost my youngest brother in 1993 while he lived in Gary, Ind. The Lord Jesus Christ will give you all strength for life. Praying for his Michael's children.

May God bless you.

Moses L Radford

pam   July 7th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

we will miss you dearly michael. may you rest in peace now. i just wish that we all could have showed you how much love and support we had for you and how much of an inpact you and your music had on us before it was to late.

Dallas Morris   July 7th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

It makes me sick to hear all these strange people here talk about Mike like he was this weird dude who is sick and strange when in reality they are the ones sick and strange! Not only was he a pioneer for black entertainers, he was a true humanitarian who gave his own time and money to help others during their darkest time of need! How many of you people have gave your heart and soul to help people?
When you hear the likes of Hannity and those slimeballs in the media talking about it is more important things to worry about than this sad story of a man who lifted people and was loved by the world! He even loved the ignorant people who persecuted him throughout his time on this earth . Mike R.I.P. and we will always love what you gave us while you were here! We love you man!

Linda M. - Playa Del Rey California   July 7th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

To all of Michael's fan, those who are sharing love, who have confusion and anger towards his father, the media, America and more, let it peopIe. Blame and judgement have no place here. I believe that all of us have so many perspectives and ideas of who we thought Michael was, one thing I KNOW is that Michael was a gift to us from God. He was given to us for this short time with a purpose which was to be a messenger of peace, forgivenss, tolerance and most of all love. He was one of the most courageous examples of the human spirit of this generation, if not in history. Yes, he has given us the gifts of his amazing talent, his music which opened cultural doors which previously had been closed, he helped the world consciousness evolve to become aware that we truly are ONE PEOPLE and are all connected. Yet, what was so amazing and is rarely spoken of is how he lived his life with his internal pain in the public eye for everyone to see. What an example of truly giving your soul to help humanity heal. What is so tremendously sad is with all his gifts and talents, he was unable to find healing for himself. Yet, this need not be a life passing in vain, people we are all broken to some extent. The world still wages war, poverty and famine abound, yet in reality there is surely enough to feed, cloth, shelter, give medical care to every human being on this planet. Lack is an "illusion" and is something that Michael understood. What I hope comes out of this is that the "Veil of Truth" can begin to be lifted. For people to realize that love and forgiveness are what creates miracles. I believe not only was Michael's purpose to help the world heal, but to help humanity begin to heal; by sharing his injured soul to the world. If only he would have let those who love him help him, guide him on the journey of how to help himself heal, he would still be with us today. It is a complicated story with many perspectives. One thing I do know, is that I loved Michael. I felt his spirit and KNOW that his gentleness, open heart and love for children and the world was genuine. Michael may have legitimate medical reasons for his death, yet I know in my heart that what truly killed him was a broken heart. The causes of his death were just the symptoms he used to dull his pain. The media and those who went after him these past 10 years were in judgement. Even after his acquittal, the media destroyed him. I believe that we have just begun to see the affect of Michael's life on humanity. I just know, that Michael is now out of pain, joyful and happy every minute and we were lucky to have had him in our lives. I will miss him more than words can express, I didn't even realize how much he meant to me until he was gone. I love you Michael and I'm so happy for you, happy that now you are in peace and I know that you is watching, smiling down on us, knowing that you did achieve your purpose on many levels, look at the world, all stopping to express their love for you, of one heart and one mind today. In closing, let us not forget to continue to love one another, we must if we are to save ourselves and our planet. This is the greatest out pouring of love we can show Michael; to continue on with his plight, to work on ourselves and our own healings. To love one another, to forgive those who hurt you and to never let his message be lost. Go in peace Michael, it was a job well done............

Kathryn   July 7th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

We all agree Michael will be missed. The memorial was beautiful – I think I could watch it many times over.

Paris Katherine caused me and millions of others to break down. I witnessed my father's death on father's day when I was just 6 yrs old and was not allowed to attend his funeral. She will need a strong and caring father image. I did not have one and it caused so many problems for me as a teenager – always looking for the boy/man to fill the horrible void. I am hoping one of her uncles will do his best to fill in for all 3 of the children. I agree with Larry and Cooper that everyday there is something that comes up in my life that makes me think about how different life might have been if he hadn't passed away when I was so young. As Cooper said, after the shock the reality sets in and it can be a lonely, excruitiating and painful time.

God Bless you and I trust the healing will begin soon.

Jim   July 7th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I grew up with the Jackson 5. They caught my ear and heart from the moment I first heard them. Those tunes put us all in a great place where the world would leave us alone and allow us to dream, to think and enjoy the life we live everyday.

When Michael went solo I caught Off the Wall and it we like a breath of fresh air. So cool it just made even a clumsy oaf like myself move to the beat. That's real magic. He was the real deal and we all had to scrape up enough the money to GET THAT ALBUM! As the years went on, so did he. He always found a way to top himself and make us all stand up and recognize true genius.

No more bashing. It was said that Michael wasn't weird, what he had to deal with was weird. The world has been robbed of a very special person. The future looked bright. Now we have been cut short of all the amazing things he still had to offer but we can all reflect on what he did during his brief stay here with us.

Thank you so very much Michael....

C. L. Boykin   July 8th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Please forgive my poor taste, but one can only wonder the cost of such a superlative casket.

Rachel Clay   July 8th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Where was Prince today and since Michael's death? Michael's children are named after him?

Fawnlee   July 8th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Michael's Paris made me cry. I know the pain of loosing my father. My dad had made some mistakes too, fighting with my Mom causing a divorce. I love my Dad as much today as I did when I was 11 like Paris. He died in 1980 the same day as John Lennon. Germaine I just wanted to hold him and sit next to him while he cried. Thank you Michael, perched on the Crescent Moon looking down at the Love you created.
The Universe holds nothing against us; because It can know nothing unlike itself. Therefore, It only knows us as Perfection. There is no history to our case, There is only Freedom Joy and Lightness. I will keep you Michael forever in my heart. Love , Flee

Susan M Kelley   July 8th, 2009 12:54 am ET

So Much of Michael's Music was how I always envisoned the world to be, Michael was a wonderful musican a kind caring man a gentle soul and spirit We who loved Michael need to pick up the torch and make the world a better place, Michael was a teacher and that is the lesson I learned.

Thank you Michael for the music. I heard the message, and I'll do my part

Daniel Norris   July 8th, 2009 1:04 am ET

If his memorial is not a call for peace and God in the world nothing will ever be a call. Let the world bow on one knee. And God needs to send a guiding hand to our White House.

My heart reaches to Paris and her love for 'Daddy!'

pam   July 8th, 2009 1:11 am ET

i can't help but think that if michael had been shown all this love and compassion when he needed it most from everyone around the world that he had an impact on, maybe ,just maybe his life would have been different and he would still be here today. my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire jackson family.

Juanita   July 8th, 2009 1:12 am ET

I am a Caucasian female that grew up with Michael hanging on my bedroom walls as a huge fan. I felt that I lost a brother when I heard of his death. He taught me and my family so much. He did so much for mankind in so many ways. He opened the eye's of so many with his incredible music. He did not see color or race. This is why I feel I have to address the issue of Jamie Foxx and Al Sharpton's comments implying that Michael was on loan to the white man. Do they realize those statements directly conflict and diminish Michael's life achievements. Michael was the man who spent his life and talent breaking down the walls of race barriers across the world. Jamie, Al...Maybe you should look at the man in the mirror. That is the beauty of Michael...He is the teacher...He is everyone's KING. We will always love him. We will forever miss the lessons he had planed for our future. I am sure it would of been insightful lessons of how to share our world in peace, and color blind.

Susie   July 8th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Michael Jackson was an icon as big as Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean, and through his music and and wonderful talent will be loved and remembered for years to come.
He was put on trial my people wanting to get money from him by spreading lies about him. If he was into children like that then the parents were more guilty for allowing it.
His beautiful loving children need to be with their family especially now.
Debbie Rowe would only want to get more money, and ship the kids off to boarding school. They need lots of real love now.
Today I watched the most beautiful heart renching send off, and when his daughter, Paris ,spoke from her heart it was so touching that I cryed, and it made the hair on my arms stand up with goose bumps.
I kmow how hard it is to loose a father, but when you are a child it must be harder.
Bless Michael's children, and when he meets his maker I am sure he will be judged for all the wonderful things he has done in his life helping people all over the world. He has earned his wings.
If the tests come back positive for drugs then one needs to think about the enablers who maybe thought he was worth more dead than alive to collect the money owed to them. May all of them be punished, and rot in hell. Time will tell. Nobody really gets away with anything.
RIP MJ and thank you for all the years of entertainment and musical bliss. Bless your soul.

Jakki   July 8th, 2009 1:35 am ET

I just want to say "Thank You" to everyone who played a part in giving this most dignified home coming memorial to Our Brother, Michael Joseph Jackson. It was nothing less than perfect, nothing less than regal-truly the best and, fit for a King.

raekwon   July 8th, 2009 1:38 am ET

im only 14 and i love michael jackson music. this is a sad thing to hear but his daughter made me cry it was kinda like wen my mom and dad past but i will still love u michael R.I.P.MJ

Robin Michelle Zachery   July 8th, 2009 3:46 am ET

Miko, It's obvious how much Michael loved you and still does. Michael is able to see us right now...for how long, I don't know but the spirit dwells near what it loves for awhile.
Take Michael's strongest attributes and harness them and make them a part of you. Let his love and grace live on through you. This would make him the happiest I'm sure.
I admired your wonderful father as well as your best friend Michael so I would bet that you are a pretty good guy. Stay strong and I will pray that you and the family and other friends are comforted in this time.
God bless you all.
Robin Michelle

Stacie   July 8th, 2009 3:47 am ET

I work in a hospital ER.... they do chest compressions all the time on the beds. Believe it or not they have revived many people on these beds. We don't know what kind of matress he had... they come in different comfort levels... maybe he slept on a hard mattress. By the way my father was a very fragile man and he was revived on his bed at home by just never know~

Bigkidd53   July 8th, 2009 3:52 am ET

The song "Heal The Word" expresses the essence of who Michael Jackson really was. He knew he had a prophecy to endure and he was determined to fulfill it.. Which was... to bring the world together as one.....

Tamara   July 8th, 2009 6:12 am ET

I just wanted to share my feelings for Michael Jackson the man that connected his music with my childhood..

He is still the King of Pop and he will always be the King, but above that he was a caring, loving, humble and shy person that did his best to help the children all over the World and so MUCH more.

Some people are speaking ugly things about Michael Jackson... And I don't believe it!!! And who cares about the LIES!!!

Leave him alone he has left planet Earth to go to a better place Heaven... And not only leave him alone but leave the Family alone... They lost there Father, Brother, Son, Uncle!!! The memorial service was great for the fans ... So we could also say goodbye!!! We should be gratefull for the memorial service... And know it's all about the family...

Michael Jackson thank you for everything... And I will MISS you so much... And I hope you feel the LOVE in your heart from all over the world, and you will find PEACE... And my heart goes out for your 3 children... I will pray for them!!! My heart is broken and I will miss you!!

TPL Netherlands

Rich, Lithonia, GA   July 8th, 2009 6:14 am ET

I'm deeply saddened at the loss of MJ–I grew up with him. My condolences to his entire family. I know that God will be with them to get through these and the difficult days ahead. His memorial service was first class and spectacular. Thanks to those responsible for giving him a wonderful send off. I believe history will embrace him as not only the greatest entertainer to have graced our presence, but one of the greatest humanitarian who truly cared about people.

Linda-Francis Eme-Okafor   July 8th, 2009 6:41 am ET

What can I say. I never had the privilege to meet Michael Jackson. What I did have the privilege of, is listening to and watching the greatest performer and entertainer the world has ever seen. If it were possible, some people should not die and Michael was one of such.
There will never be a man like MJ. May his soul rest in peace.

Cary Golding   July 8th, 2009 7:16 am ET

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Michael Jackson is the best could be, the people killed Micheal with Depressions and vicious lies i hope that they never sleep good and their conscience bother them all their life God children will not go down in vain trust me the Bible said so and i believe this word is true They lie that he use plastic surgery to become white and he molested young children force him out of is mansion Neverland that he made from love, All these words are lies the colour that Michael have is way beyond white this kind of white cannot be done by any plastic surgery he didnt molested any children, I am sure that the parents as train their child to lie on Michael that gives them pure real love, Next thing the so call wife dosnt deserve the children at all she want the children for the money Micheal leave behind, Where was her all these years who know what she as in mind who to tell if the children is safe with a 12 to 13 years stranger, Michael wrote is will clearly she is excluded in all counts She should get nothing Micheal choose is Mother for a reason and if she is not able any one of the Jackson family will take good care of the children this going to destroy the children life they was perfect without her and they will be much perfect if she would stay as far as possible from the children, The Jackson Funds from the will is so easy the answer is very clear you people or educated what so hard to understand what Michael means It so Simple His Father and is so call Wife must get nothing from is Will they should not get anything that is under Michael Jackson name, The funds should be share to any one the Jackson family choose to be in that Will Diana Ross is clearly in from Michael, That cannot change When Michael said the Jackson families funds its not Michael he was talking about, A will is something that is made to activate after your death so it is clearly that this will should be decided by the Jackson family who did not die before him and of course is children should get the biggest out of is will This is so Simple,Very clearly and understandable There is no body else included No one else its so Clear
Micheal Jackson I Hope That God Put You To Rest in Peace in Heaven

Annette   July 8th, 2009 9:29 am ET

To the entire Jackson family, my prayers are with you all through this difficult time. Know that God loves you and loves Michael, I know he's in heaven as an angel.I'm honored to have know him and you family, keep up honoring the Jackson's name.

vinnie   July 8th, 2009 9:31 am ET


J. Mazuze from Mozambique   July 8th, 2009 9:36 am ET

i have no words for such deep hurting feelings.

saida Nouar   July 8th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

Please, All let the man sleep in peace and God bless his kids, i am sure they will be in good hand soon. thanks All

saida Nouar   July 8th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

We love you so much Micheal on behalf on Algerian people. we will miss you

Linda from New York   July 8th, 2009 1:13 pm ET

Even after watching the memorial service, it is still hard for me to believe that Michael Jackson is gone. Everytime, I think about the first time I saw him on the The Ed Sullivan Show with his brothers wearing his purple vest and lavender hat. I feel like crying. I always knew that Michael was a wonderful singer, I guess I always took his dancing for granted, but after watching his old videos and just focusing on his dancing,-OH MY GOD–I WAS BLOWN AWAY. WHAT AN AMAZING DANCER!! I CAN JUST SIT THERE AND WATCH HIS DANCING IN SLOW MOTION JUST SO THAT I DON'T MISS ANYTHING. BERRY GORDY IS CORRECT. MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER THAT EVER LIVED!!!!!!!!

elfa guevara   July 8th, 2009 1:29 pm ET

Thank you Miko Brando for a very heart warming story of your best friend Michael're such one of the luckiest people who were given a chance to know Michael personally and experience his love .......I THEREFORE CONCLUDE IN THE TRUE SENSE OF THE WORD THAT MICHAEL JACKSON IS LOVE...... how I wish I could be one of those also...but anyway I'm also lucky at one point in my life for I was born in his generation of Thriller, Billie Jean, Bad, I had also experienced his love through his music that will never end.......thank you Miko, thank you Sir Larry King for featuring MJ always...I still can't believe that MJ is gone.....

Susan   July 8th, 2009 1:31 pm ET

Alright, let's stop with the negative commentary about these kids being exposed to Michael's father. Few childhoods are perfect. While certainly his dad made mistakes, which MJ spoke of, it did not seem to cause him to eradicate his dad from his life. Life is not drawn along stark lines. Within relationships are gradations of love and resentment. I saw his dad standing next to him during that horrendous trial. His dad might have been a bit ignorant in some of his parenting techniques, but he facilitated, at a very early age, MJ's ability to do that which he clearly loved so much. How many of us can say we love what we do for a living? After seeing those children with that family, particularly when Paris flew so naturally into her aunt's arms in tears, there is no place else they should be. We live in a world that is a little different than the one in which MJ grew up in terms of our knowledge about parenting and intolerance of poor parenting skills. Those kids will be fine in the bosom of their family, with whom they are clearly very comfortable and nurtured.

joan s   July 8th, 2009 1:41 pm ET

Thank you, to the Jackson Family for the amazing service , at their time
of grief. May God watch over your family and M.J.


Laura Lucille   July 8th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

I had such a sadness in my heart to hear that Michael's life was over on this earth. I grew up with the music that captured my heart almost immediately upon hearing it as a little girl. I don't know what happened at the end of his life to bring him to such a place of despair when he brought so many people such happiness. I pray for his children and for his family. Thanks for the music Michael and using the gift God gave you. Music is a language all its own and you spoke to many hearts

cindy   July 8th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

I think Michaels youngest boy looks alot like Miko. Anyone agree?

rhonda   July 8th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

I' ve thought of Michael Jackson constantly sang his music, watched HLN, Larry King, even dreamed of him since the news of his passing. I only wish that I could have met him, to express how his music touched me at various times, in perticullar the song "Man in the Mirror", it truly has made me a better person.
I truly feel he would be so upset that the CA government is asking his fans to pay for additional cost surrounding his funeral, perhaps the family or the estate could incure the cost, there is money, and it would be a drop in the bucket for them.

NoElleNo   July 8th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Oh my Goodness- Enough about who the children should go to....they lost their father! Thank God MJ chose to make peace and get closer to his family again. I can only imagine how hard it would be if the children didn't know the family at all.
As for Joe and Katherine, they have been LIVING SEPARATE FOR AT LEAST 15-20 YEARS and I can't believe he would do those children any harm. Katherine is the best person I can think of to help raise them- she raised 9 children in the spotlight so she's no stranger to the things they will have to endure. Janet, LaToya, Rebe and the sons are all there to surround them with love. They are EXACTLY where they should be- God ordered their stps to that path.

FOR THE RECORD and I don't care hat ANYONE SAYS-Regardless of how bad a father we've all heard Joe was, we MUST acknowledge had it not been for Joe Jackson and the hard work and training he put those boys through and the ETHIC he instilled in them...there would have been NO JACKSON 5 and NO MICHAEL JACKSON.
We don't know that story, just like we don't know MJ's story- we know what we hear and Ben Franklin told us “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see..
If Michael could find a way to forgive (and publicly he said he forgave his father ) we should be able to do the same. We don't know the motive behind Joe's alleged actions...but we do know the result... we've been celebrating it for the last 45 years.

Hunter Wolf   July 8th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

For Miko,

The People who continue to ridicule and write the negative comments about your friend are nothing but the unknowing...and of course, idiots....knowledge is everything, especially about a person's personal life.

I too grow up with Michael Jackson, we were born on the same day, but I was 6 years older. I know, like you, that he was the greatest entertainer ever to live on this earth....
I know of the millions of dollars given to charity and know he consistently gave from his heart and soul. He never once spoke negative of anyone or anything... He was a boy, a young man, and a man living in a huge plastic bubble, a fantasy world created around him and in his mind....he couldn't ever speak what was on his mind, because the people, the crowds wouldn't let him because of his effect on them...they, each and all were too taken by his presences....and now that has increased by his demise. Michael was a follower of God and treated all living beings on this earth the very same, with nothing but kindness...When others live with evil in their hearts and minds, Michael never allowed room for it and the castle or OZ like world he lived in, he felt one of the greatest things he could share with people he cared about, especially the unfortunate, was to share his home, his comforts and yes even his bedroom, in a way that most don't see as his way of saying this is my most private world, and I share it with you....because he like to see children safe not harmed while sleeping and at peace. People with nothing but sex, evil and money on their minds took advantage of this and manipulated money from him because of his kind innocent ways and this was Michael's only mistake, and he didn't realize it.... The Public should be aware of some unfortunate times, when a few Priest were exposed for fondling and having their way with children, and once exposed and arrested, more and more victims came forward, however when Michael had thousands of kids come to visit his home, and only a 1or 2 accused him of sexual acts, and they were without a doubt coached, awarded money and never heard of again.... Michael was acquitted of these allegations and that should be the end of it…
People should go to YOUTUBE and watch a lot of his life on video and if you watch with an open heart and mind, Michael with his kindness with his boyish personna will rub off on you...this man was not a fake...but one of great accomplishment and representation to the human race....those who knew him and were able to spend personal time with him are very lucky...and of course others who continue to write negative comments are nothing but jealous simple minded unfortunate nobodies....and will die nobodies...but not Michael Jackson...he had a great affect on me when he was alive, his death has affected me beyond belief, but his music will continue to make me happy and lift my spirit when the need is there...and that's all he ever wanted....and how he lived his life...

"Let me feel your heart with joy and laughter"
Hunter Wolf....

Alwin Gold   July 8th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

To me Michael dont have no Compare that is born yet, Elvis Presly and the others are too low for Michael Jackson Level, Michael is way too Above them, i find Michael is not only the King of Pop but the King of the World with a Priceless Crown, that i know that comes only once in a whole life time, Exp: Michael Concerts kills people because of over Joy and Happiness that as put too much preasure to the Heart The people that talk bad about Michael didnt love him from first, They always did Hated him and Pretending like they did love him, They are the Worst that God ever Made None of the Artist them from Elvis to all of the one they asking if Michael will be beside them, A place beside those guy's is a Demotion for Michael this is bringing down the King from is throne this is an unacceptable action These Guy's cannot sing not even Half like Michael Jackson, They do nothing for the people and their life was a Total faliure in everything and these things happens without the help of the public >> Hard Drugs, Alcohol and Relationship Embarrassments Wife have no stability with him, Michael Jackson you are not only the Best in Pop Music you are the King of Heart and your Shining Star always will Keep on Shining on Generation now and the ones to come just like the Past>Love Michael
Michael Jackson i love so much even though i never saw him in person, He to me is the Ultimate Icon that will never loose is Crown in a whole life time Michael my cried with blessing will always be with you and you are someone will never die in almost the Whole World Heart >> You are the Best

Steve G.   July 8th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Just like all rich people, Michael could get any drug he wanted!! As a disabled poor person, we have to fight just to get to see a doctor and if no money? No scripts for you!!!

Esther   July 8th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I still can't believe it. I wish it were all a bad dream or a publicity stunt and wake up tomorrow to see Michael still in this world.

bebe   July 8th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

for everybody that is saying things that isn't true...GET A LIFE!..michael jackson was not a child molester. he had so much love to give to people..he cares so much about everybody and in return some people tried to put him down. may he rest in his brother said 'maybe now they'll leave you alone' we love you mike and we miss you so muchh!!

Hari   July 9th, 2009 12:16 am ET

Michael was and will always continue to be a LEGEND.

Yvonne Von Bowman   July 9th, 2009 1:52 am ET

Michael Jackson's legacy is unmatched because he consciously evolved as a talent on his own volition. This is not the same as being good at one or two things and making your mark, how MJ gave of himself involves much, much more. I am in my 40's and I remember the Jackson 5 when they first came out. And then The Osmonds emerged as well as other family singing groups, but the Jackson's were the first for the generations after The Beatles and Woodstock. It is my prayer that ALL will realize that INTENSE LOVE for humankind and MOTHER EARTH is the message. The human experience would be dull without self-expression. When those of us who direct our energy to despise, ridicule and point fingers remember what it feels like to need support and understanding and find no one there, I hope the next step will be to understand that we are all connected and feel such emotion at one time or another in life we will all see the man in the mirror making a change. The scriptures tell us that it is in Him that we live, move and have our being. The means all of us. While we are being mean to one another and grieving for our soldiers fighting for our country, it might shift one's perspective if one realizes that far too many of us support an agenda that does not bring us together in love and human dignity but rather has made a business out of every human affliction. Welfare, Matters of human interest (Gossip magazines),Education, Healthcare, Self Defense, Crime, Drug addiction, Famine, Disease, Epidemic, Pandemic. We lend our sympathies when this agenda is attacked violently and when we are attacked because of it's actions, but hear not our collective voice on matters that cost us our rights and on matters that concern our environment and this includes the issue of world peace, clean water, eradicating common health issues, uplifting education and the self-realization of all. Many of MJ's songs (along with other artists) sing songs of "Waiting on the world to change" These messages are all over the place and it seems that no one notices that there is a call if we are to survive. Humanitarian issues have been pushed to the back burner for decades and here we are again debating another individuals qualifications and merits when the accusers have not ascended to the excellence our beloved brother MJ has. The human nature thing promotes self interest but we are one people on the planet. What makes life worth living? MJ was truly a beautiful soul and we feel as if we have all lost a truly good friend because it is true, we have. Achieving recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records for supporting more charities worldwide than any other Pop Star in history speaks volumes. I hope we will "Cry" at the same time and finally have our deepest needs fulfilled. MJ's heart for humanity exists in all of us, some of us just have to dig deep to feel it once again and live from there without being weak and gullible. Your faith in humanity is a good start for gauging one's own level of divinity. God Bless us all. God help us all. May we begin to see through fallacies, yellow journalism, red-herrings and such and realize our inter-connectedness for it cannot be denied. We've witnessed the achievements of a human being who became a self-directed legend in the world of entertainment. His close friends and colleagues all say the same thing about him. "He was kind, loving, genteel, thoughtful, generous, professional, he knew what he wanted" HIS HEART AND TALENT ARE LEGENDARY!!! Look for the meaning in the messages. He was embattled and continued to thrive. His favorite "We are the World", "Smile" by Charlie Chaplin, "With a childs heart" and the other songs he wrote to turn our attention to our existence and what is going on around us will one day re- capture their meaning in the hearts of his critics. Rest in peace, my brother. Your life was not in vain my brother, God loves you best. We will never forget your example of leadership. Pray for the family and his critics too! ;-D

Celeste (New Zealand)   July 9th, 2009 5:13 am ET

I just wanted to comment about the lovely service for Michael Jackson it was very moving and sad my Aroha (love) goes out to all of the Jackson Family especially his children,and im sure they will be taken care of .May Michael rest in peace God bless you all.

maria   July 9th, 2009 6:39 am ET

Michael has now experienced the 'ultimate change'. The place where we are all headed for.
The prodigy that Michael was is something that we "mere" and ordinary human beings cannot and never can comprehend.
He came on this earth and through his music he gave us rhythm, melody, dynamism, charisma and above all LOVE.
As an egoless person he had a tall order in a world where the ego dominates and of course he was a minority and minorities will always loose especially if they are in the limelight.
His last albums gave me the sense of his disappointment; the fact that people focussed on him as a person instead of the message he was sharing. He was hurt. To personalize something is our biggest danger and Michael paid a high price for his exceptional "beingness".

"When you enter the kingdom of God enter it like a child"
"Forgive us for we know not what we do"

To you Michael I dedicate these lines.
Know Michael that you brought us an exceptional and precious opportunity to really make change, not only for ourselves but also for the well being of all humanity.
Thank you is not enough, it isn't big enough but these are the limitations that we have to deal with.

Wherever you are and I do hope you are watching, may you have the highest possible evolution and may you return to continue your good work, maybe next time in a more balanced "guise" without loosing the rocket fuel which made you such an attractive and exhilerating spirit.

Big LOVE and lots of warm cuddles.

The Netherlands

Del   July 9th, 2009 6:53 am ET

I was one of the people who thought the kids couldn't be Michael Jackon's blood kids. But you look at the two boys and they clearly look alike and have the round nose and big eyes Michael Jackson had before surgery. I think only Paris doesn't look like Jackson and she looks identical to her mother. People are saying the children are far too light skinned to be Jackson's kid, but they are the same complexion as Nicola Ritchie who is biological child of Lionel Ritchie another famous black singer. Remember MJ's dad has light skin and blue eyes and that scientific is always going to make his children a lighter complexion than a regular mixed raced child.

What i'm worried about is Joe Jackson because he is cleary the man who messed up Michael Jackson psychologically and the fact Joe Jackson was using his son's death to promote his business ventures just a few days after his death, shows that this man still lacks the emotional intelligence to be around kids. With MJ's mothers getting custody of the kids, this monster of a man, despite giving MJ his drive, could cause the same level of psychological damage to MJ's kids.

Lola, London   July 9th, 2009 8:09 am ET

Miko: I just wanted to say thankyou soo much for portraying your dear friend Michael Jackson in such a true, honest and pure light. We can feel your pain and you truly were a true friend to Michael. I sincerely hope that you will be a big part of his children's life. Thankyou also for allowing us to see what Neverland truly was like and not the quirky place that the media had portrayed it to be. Thankyou, Thankyou and Thankyou!

Alison   July 9th, 2009 3:10 pm ET

Miko, before I even read your article I knew Michael would have wanted all his fans at his funeral, a big celebration/farewell. I just knew it. So I was not happy with the lottery system and the suppression of the fan's gathering for Michael. It is unfortunate that the whole thing ended up in the city/LAPD's hand. I wish so much it have been done what Michael and fan both wanted. I am upset/sad about what turned out. Even the memorial service was good but there never was a real gathering of his true fans. It happened with John Lennon and Elvis Presley, but not with Michael Jackson, not for his lacking of fans.

Kat   July 9th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

Am I the only person who thinks Blanket looks like Miko Brando?

Karen   July 9th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

Thank you Miko for your beautiful words about Michael.

Laurie DeRaffele   July 9th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

I am 51 years old , only one year older than Michael, my little brother rest in peace, well done my good and faithful servent, so many things you could say about MJ,, but I think that Brooke said it very well, Pure, Rare, Honest, Loving, Giving, Compassionite. They did break him, and broke them hard they did. But the honor that was shone to him was fitting, for the King he was. He only wanted to give love and recieve love, and I will defend his honor forever. He did not have to do for the world what he did and boy did he do it well, there will never be anyone like him and there is not only a very deep hole in my heart, a numbness that will not leave my body, and I was never personal with him. or family, ro even a close friend. The void he left with the world is tremendous, if he only knew how much he was loved in life and could block out all the rest of the stuff. It is heart breaking to think of such pain, such a caring and sensitive person, you could kill someone very easily with it. so sad.. Mickael, I love you for all you gave, what a beautiful human being you were, and you will live on here, you are always and forever in my heart, if I have this much pain in your passing , I cannot even imagine the family and friends, I carry pain and have much loss in my life, so I understand, I am deeply sorry, but thank you for having such a wonderful gift in Michael to us all . Thank you Mickael, you truly were a King, with the biggest heart of all. Peace...... Rest in Peace.....

Carrie   July 9th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

There is no way that Miko, can say truthfully that he has no knowledge of Michaels Drug Use or Abuse. To be as close of a friend, like a brother, and blah blah blah, he is lying or he is the stupidest person I have ever seen speak on Michaels behave. This so called brotherly friend shouldn't be giving the time or the honor to be on your wonderful show. Larry why don't you offer Miko a Free Lie Dector Test.

Carrie   July 9th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This MIKO GUY IS A IDIOT. Stop Wasting valuable time putting him in the spotlight on your show. Your to good of a show host for that. He is a waist of a human life.

Carrie   July 9th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

YOU KNOW KAT YOUR RIGHT.. HE has that DUMB DAH!!! SMIRKY LOOK. BUT I am sure that Blanket had more intelligence then Miko was even born with.

Therese   July 9th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

The kids are Michael Jackson's kids either way. One by heart and the other because they can't prove they're not his kids until they do DNA testing. Also, Debbie Rowe shouldn't get the kids, she gave them up...why would she give Michael Jackson the kids if they weren't his? The kids don't even know Debbie Rowe. Either Jackson's mother should get them or one of his siblings, on my opinion.

Carrie   July 9th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Good point, about the people around him Like MIKO, Maybe he is the one that supplied and helped hook Michael up to his Mini Clinic seeings he was there and he knows so much for sure. He is covering his own self. The police need to look at him.

Lee   July 10th, 2009 12:52 am ET

Enough of Michael Jackson. Get on another subject.

charlenebrutto   July 10th, 2009 1:18 am ET

I would like to know why Mr. Brando goes on the show almost every night but refuses to answer any questions. He always answers with Let's just wait and see. He seems as if he really did not know Michael Jackson the way he said he does or he just does not want to look at the truth.

I think he just does not add anything to the show if you are trying to get to the truth and really want to know the real Michael Jackson.

Simone Ellis   July 10th, 2009 2:12 am ET

Stop Bad mouthing Miko, and Miko, don't listen to these people. Everyone should have a loving, loyal friend to hold the positive light on them at all times. Way to go Miko. I don't believe Miko is or ever was considered for prosecution. It was, and will be, the Dr. Feelgoods. Mob mentality always shows us just how negative and mean we are as a group... weird.

Pia Maniquis   July 10th, 2009 5:41 am ET


Grace   July 10th, 2009 5:53 am ET

Miko thank you for being Michael's friend, thank you for made him laugh when he was down, thank you for caring for him. God bless you.

fenna(holland)   July 10th, 2009 6:10 am ET

miko i'm sorry you lost your best friend.
michael was an great performer and an very good intertainer.
i saw you today at larry king en your where so right that you said that we most not go speculate what de cause was for his dead.
michael lives in his music en in our heart.

AWOR   July 10th, 2009 6:11 am ET

Larry in My opinion your show has been the most positive Thank You
and please tell Miko–Love him for Not allowing the dirt-seekers to drag Him into talking negative about His FRIEND–I beleive MIKO was a True Friend tot Mike–that deepakj person was No friend to Michael

Sandy   July 10th, 2009 7:49 am ET

Larry why do you keep having Miko on your show? Hes not going to give any information period! He was a yes man, If he was at MJ`s home/good friends of MJ he was well aware of the drug use. I`m sick of looking at him (Miko) hes full of shi*.

oluwayemisi   July 10th, 2009 8:24 am ET


floridian   July 10th, 2009 8:45 am ET

Please - Get rid of Miko Brando! Either he's one of Jackson's enablers, trying to absolve himself of any blame, or he was blind, deaf and dumb about what was going on in Michael's life. His insistence that he "never saw" any trace of Jackson's drug use is beyond belief.

Mona   July 10th, 2009 10:15 am ET

I, figuratively, grew up with Michael Jackson. I was born in 1957, he was born in 1958. We all watched him evolve from that cute little boy into a grown man. When Elvis died, the torch was passed to Michael Jackson. And he ran with it, all the way to the top. There will never be another Michael Jackson, not in my lifetime. No one will be able to fill his shoes.

Miko Brando, thank you for sharing your personal story of your friendship with Michael. For showing how human he really was. It is rare to find someone that you can say is truly a friend. It is rare to find someone that you know you can trust with your life. I can say I am blessed enough to have a friend like that. We have been friends for 25 years and have never had an argument. I remember when my son started High School and told me he wanted to be popular. I told him not to worry about being popular. That if he had a few friends that liked him for who he is that he knew he could trust, then that was far more important than being liked by everybody.

I recently watched Michael's interview with Oprah again. His shyness is just so endearing. His embarrassment at being asked personal questions concerning his sex life. The genuine hurt and pain on his face when asked about his skin color and all the lies the tabloids wrote about him. And when he smiled, his eyes lit up. When he laughed or shyly giggled, it was quite simply infectious. I regret that I never had an opportunity to meet him. To say to him that there are people in this world that really cared about him, that didn't believe the accusations of low-life, lying extortionists. That there are people in this world that wished they had had the opportunity to get to know him as a person, that would have been blessed to be his friend, that would have been steadfastly loyal and would never have given him a reason to not trust them. It is sad that when you are famous that you feel you can't trust most people. But, unfortunately, the world is filled with people that are only out for what they can get. There are users that take advantage of people because of their fame and money. It is truly heartbreaking.

Michael was truly blessed to have a friend such as you. And you obviously felt blessed to have a friend like him. That is such a rarity in this screwed up, evil, money hungry world. Money is the root of all evil. No truer words could ever have been spoken or written. And that evil was evident in the people that made false accusations against him. Out of greed and love of money they destroyed a good, honest man's character. But I believe in Karma. And it will eventually come back on them tenfold for the evil lies that they spoke and they evil deeds they did.

And as to what Rep. Peter King said, he is typical of the ignorant people that live in this country. That man would never get my vote. I hope he is raked over the coals for his remarks about Michael Jackson. They say ignorance is bliss. Ignorance is evil and destructive.

Hang onto your wonderful memories of Michael. He will never be forgotten as long as he lives in our thoughts and hearts. I feel for his family, friends and his children. I know Michael is with God and that he is looking down from a cloud watching all of this with amusement and that dazzling, infectious smile on his face.

Bless you for being such a good friend to him.

sherri   July 10th, 2009 10:52 am ET

Hi Miko- just want to say to you that I am sad that you lost your best friend. It seems evident you both had a special friendship and I am sorry for your loss. I have watched you on Larry King and I feel bad when you have to hear others speak and speculate the dark side of Michael Jackson. I dont know how you sit thru it especially last nite with all the talk on the quantity of drugs, needle marks and the doctor shopping. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will remember only Michael's greatness and love for his family!

Weltenbummler   July 10th, 2009 10:56 am ET

Thank you Miko for being such a true friend of Michael Jackson even after his death. With all these so called "friends" coming out of the woodwork it is a relief to see that there is one true friend who stands by him and defends him. Michael would be proud of you and I am sure he would have done the same thing for you. I can see your frustration when I watch LK and I feel with you. There is a difference between reporting and making news.
I am getting sick to my stomach and could scream when I see the media portaiting MJ as a drug addict with no real proof. All we hear are those leeches of "friends" and "experts" and fired personnel coming out and the media spinning their own interpretation of things. And what are "sources"? If a person has something true to say then they could say it out loud. If not they shouldn't be allowed to hide behind anonymity.. Maybe MJ took some medication for all his medical problems but that does not necessarily mean that he was an addict. Maybe he learned from the past and took them in a responsible way. If you look at the LUPUS foundation website – it sure is not an easy disease to deal with. There are million of people who take meds on a daily basis in a responsible way – does that make them addicts too?
All in all I am missing the experts to look into other causes of death – for example LUPUS related. There is a strong connection between LUPUS and serious heart/lung problems and also blood clots. There is also medication for LUPUS which need to be given via IV. The point is that we don't know, but I am so tired of all the speculation especially if it is lopsided. People are so narrowminded, judgemental and brainwashed sometimes. LIke in 2003-2005 people judged MJ without knowing the facts. They are doing it all over again after his death. I am missing critical thinking instead of just repeating the same thing over and over again. I just hope that Michael does not watch from above. But at least he would see that there is true friend and a lot of fans out there defending him and look at the good sides of him. Thank you again so much, Miko for being a true friend to Michael.

Lee   July 10th, 2009 2:23 pm ET

Wow. Jackson, like Larry King has a real jones for the "Brando" name. Let's face it: it's a published fact that Miko was adopted by Marlon Brando. If he didn't have that name, Jackson would never have given this dim bulb the time of day. For the sake of staying close to Marlon, Jackson turned Miko into a paid stooge. Now Miko mistakes his pay (silence payoffs) for friendship. Worse yet, Miko now feels he's camera worthy; he loves being seen and heard, having nothing to present. Of course, he's only out of the cage now because both Jackson and Marlon are gone; they both probably kept him in line when it came to staying behind the scenes and keeping his mouth shut. Now he feels he just HAS to give us the only two things he has to offer: he was a Brando, and because of his adopted father, he knew Michael Jackson. Sad. And yet, every night, Larry King puts him on TV. Incredibly Sad.

aymee in tx   July 10th, 2009 5:08 pm ET

For those that keep saying Katherine shouldnt get the kids because of Joe....Joe and Katherine are seperated. Joe lives in Vegas and she in Encino. They have not divorced because of their religious beliefs. I feel Katherine or maybe Janet should get the kids. Not Debbie Rowe.

Shirley Mc   July 10th, 2009 7:05 pm ET

Michael had a beautiful little face, and smile. My olderst grandaughter looks like him she has the same smile too. A week or so ago I just gave her a Michael Jackson doll. When I heard he died on the radio, I felt a pain in my heart for him. So anytime I see my grandaughter I will feel sorrow for Michael. I'm sorry he couldn't have done his last tour to get his money straight, and then himself. Alot of people have addictions of one kind or another, pick up a drink, smoke, and all the rest of the way man kills himself, but ours aren't put out there for the world to judge. Leave the poor guy alone, but he could have used direction on his spending. He was much like a child with his hand in the cooky jar, just taking to much and not saving for the next time. Really sorry he didn't get all his stuff cleaned up,and had time to be with his kids and watch them grow for alot more years. No one will give them the love he would have, and now their lives will take a different path because he is gone. I wish people would stop draging him in mud over addiction and whatever. Poor guy can't even die in peace. He who cast the frist stone, take a look at yourself.

Virginia Hopkins   July 10th, 2009 11:31 pm ET

I've seen Larry interview Miko Brando and after reading what Miko wrote I believe they were true friends. I don't think Miko will make any derrogatory comments on the questions about drugs. He's still working for the Jackson family and is staying true to his love for Michael..

Allen H   July 11th, 2009 5:15 am ET

Miko Brando says Micheal Jackson & he were true friends, with friends like that who needs enemies.What Miko Brando says is not honest, doesn´t Miko have a guilty conscious. How does He sleep ?Mj´s family obvious noticed something was wrong when they tried to intervene.To me
Miko is only a self serving egoist, worried about his "job´´with the jacksons.Drug addiction is a sickness. True friends have the courage to help friends when they are "sick´´, they dont keep thier mouth shut!

Andrea Impollonia NYC   July 11th, 2009 6:29 am ET

Miko always keep Michael in your heart, true friends are hard to come by. You always have kind words for your friend and that's nice to hear when the world is looking at all the negative and not the great things he's done for charity and people alone. People need to understand
that drugs are very over powering and that doesn't make you a bad person....It's a cry out for HELP! If you haven't been there you don't understand.......and so what he was like a little kid having fun in a grown up body...There's a saying my father used to say to me,
I'm a 50yr old kid in a womans body and loving it.
Miko stay true to your friend and stay strong.

teresa glauser   July 11th, 2009 11:07 am ET

Are you people for real Miko Brando was Michael"s friend right !Why couldn"t Miko answer any question about Michael do any of the drugs or did Miko see needles on his arm, Michael didn"t even wear shorts or anything like that ?Miko laughed when ask if he was Blanket:s father ,Blanket does look like Miko .Everytime l saw Miko on Larry King he had the same clothing on, Something just dont go together here Miko Brando is hiding things or he knows too much ? I read things on the Jackson family history not one thing said Miko was a even close friend just that Michael went to Marlon Brando funeral, Its saying who godfather godmother of his children but nothing about Miko Brando this guy is too much, Let it rest in peace

Tanya Doyle   July 11th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

get a grip MJ is NOT known child abuser, what a sick thing to say, don 't judge person by false accusations.
Michael Jackson was very kind person and it is a fact that some people just turn vicious of jelousy, including such people like some sharon who left a post here

Elizabeth   July 12th, 2009 1:04 am ET

I hear a lot of you speaking about this as if you know either Michael or Miko. The fact of the matter is that none of us do. Period. Speculation is great when you have nothing to serve as basis. I would refrain from attempting to sound intelligent when I know ABSOLUTELY nothing about any party in this matter other that what the news has reported to you.

America is supposed to be a place of freedom... Where every man/woman is innocent until proven guilty, right? If any of you or any of your family members/friends were accused of such a thing you'd take their word for it no matter what the court said, right? What gives any of us the right to judge another person??????

God is the only true judge and for all of you who choose to 'take the judgement into your own hands'.... As the Bible says, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

Live your life and stop trying to stop the lives of others!

Asmau   July 12th, 2009 6:12 am ET

Micheal the world wll remember for ever,R.I.P MJ.

Janine Lewis   July 12th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I have loved MJ for as long as I can remember knowing who he was. I am so sad at how his death has sparked up so much negativity. He was great, plain and simple. The entire world will never be the same without him. I just pray that everyone can please let him family mourn and let him rest in peace and as Marlon put it, "leave him alone."

nitz   July 12th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

i will miss MJ. i love him since his song "give love on christmas day". MJ is love. may he rest in peace...his memory and music will live forever.

leen   July 13th, 2009 8:23 am ET

If Debbie get custody of MJ 2 elderschildrens how about blanket MJyounges son.Those chidrens should be together .Because tht what MJ wants.And let MJ RIP.We all love him..he smile...and everything about him...

paris phillippe   July 13th, 2009 9:57 am ET

mico knew everything that was going on and i am sure he was paid well to keep on buying those hawaiian shirts of his, i don't believe a word he says on larry king and larry king shouldn't have him on again. i would love to see geraldo interview him. by the time the interview was over, this guy should be shaking. but he is in control for the money he is still receiving.

Elizabeth   July 13th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

Wow! You guys are so judgemental. My question is, if you know God then why are you still judging? Doesn't the Bible tell us that that is his job not ours? Why not just live your life the right way instead of worrying about other people's?

Varja Setinc   July 13th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

Elisabeth, I agree with you.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
( Mary Elizabeth Frye )

Rest in peace, Michael

teresa glauser   July 13th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

Varja very nice poem you put Larry King It"s so true Poem very nice Im sure most people will like that poem thanks Teresa I enjoy reading it

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pehledee mulbah   July 13th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

i like this situation

Sheila   July 13th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

The shock of Michael's death really knocked me for a loop. I still can't believe he is no longer physically here with us. Of course, his music will help to get us through this very difficult time. The music he loved to give to us will always be a happy reminder of him and his genius. I have spent the last week looking at all things Michael and remembering the last 42 years of watching him grow as an entertainer and watching my child, nieces and nephews grow up with him. He touched me deeply and I shall never forget the loved he had for all people of the world, even when that love was so misunderstood.

Thaphelo   July 14th, 2009 6:10 am ET

I think MJ's mother should not have custody of the kids, I was shocked when I had that shortly after MJ passed away she phoned the nanny to find out where his son hid his money. That was unbelievable, it showed that she was juss waiting for him to die and get all the richies that he was gonna leave. She must not take care of those kids because she will not give them the love their father gave to them. I think Janet should have them, coz she truly loved her brother.

teresa glauser   July 14th, 2009 10:03 am ET

Thaphelo If this comment is true than I agree with your comment that very greedy person>Its happens in all family that a shameful .

Tina   July 14th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

Michael's death was a murder.He and john lennon will forever be remembered.

cathy   July 14th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

micheal jackson had a pure heart and everyone just took advantage of him....the more good you do the worst off you are. He died and his mother and dad never shed a tear....micheal made them rich and famous..look at the father all decked out with bling when he is suppose to be mourning.Marlon had the most emotions of everyone in the family on the memorial day. RIP MICHEAL

"Bo"&Dee   July 14th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

Friend is a special word and as a man, am impressed and so thankful to see MJ had one True friend not what those that claim to be in life and within minutes are on the airways proving otherwise. Keep up showing what a friend is by telling them to allow him and his kids the respect to atleast not speculate or ask about that which they know not or have any facts! I am appaulled at all the records the LA DA and police have just Now made avail for no other purpose to but trash the image of a Man, Father, a legend that happens to be black. Pls ask larry to ask why now? When MJ was found NG on 14 counts why did they not pursue drug chgs if trustworthy? &/Or Why should'nt the kids file a lawsuit against LA as the true enablers. Cld they hold the DA responsible since now they realeased private records after death when he is not here to speak for himself? Plz stay Strong, We are praying for you as well as the kids.

Adi Marom   July 15th, 2009 5:36 am ET

Thank you for shearing all of this with us.
I'm not sad anymore, because i know he is with us- in everyone's heart.
I am trying to be a better person now, giving to people who don't have what I have- toys, food etc'.
I love him very much, he was like a father to me. He still is.
I will always love him, and i will meet him in heaven.
Thank you.

Adi Marom.

Linda from New York   July 15th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

to Gerald Jolly:
I guess you got that statement from one of the supermarket rags, huh?

Cindy   July 17th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Miko you weren't just a friend to Michael you are a true blue loyal best friend. I've seen so many people that said they knew Michael and even some family members and far too many have brought up the negative stuff but not you Miko. You were a true friend before Michael's death and even more important you are staying the loyal loving true friend of Michael's even after you lost him. I hope MIchael is looking down from above and he now really knows what a fantastic loving and loyal friend he had in you. You gave him the best gift anyone could have ever given him besides his children of course but next to that Michael was so extremely lucky to have you as his friend. As all of our hearts are broken at the loss of this fantastic talent, our mourning and loss is nothing compared to what you are going through now. My heart breaks for you and his children and his family to of lost someone you loved so much. There are no words that can comfort you in this tragic loss, but we are so sorry for your tragic loss.

Michelle   July 17th, 2009 11:31 am ET

MIKO – thank you so much for opening up and sharing these personal and touching memories. The bench, your father and michael in a golf cart, the simple joy of making him laugh ... I truly hope you will continue to share these moments. Michael is a reminder of how simple and loving a life can be ... I have been so touched by him, and taken aback by how deeply and personally I've been affected by his passing. Disneyland has always been the "Happiest Place on Earth" to me since I was a young child, but it has taken on all that much more significance in remembering and honoring Michael Jackson. The world has a LOT to learn from this man ...

petra   July 18th, 2009 3:26 am ET

I love you Michael!!!

Thanx Miko for sharing beautiful memories with us!

darlene sumastre   July 19th, 2009 10:27 am ET

i cant stop listening to his music. stiil the best!!! his music will live forever...

trmaul   July 21st, 2009 12:46 am ET

micheal jackson was very talented and lived a tragic life no privacy is the price you pay for fame can,t have it both ways rip mj

MIMI   July 21st, 2009 12:13 pm ET


Dee   July 21st, 2009 3:31 pm ET

No disrespect here...It's amazing to me how much Michael Jackson's
youngest child "Blanket" is a mirror of Miko Brando!
All of Michael Jackson's Children are beautiful,may they find peace in
life and hold their Dad in their heart!

Mona Fredericksburg, Virginia   July 21st, 2009 8:53 pm ET

It has been close to a month since Michael's passing. I am so sick of the media continuing to bring up all the negative crap from his past. They STILL want to harp on his skin color, the changes in his face, the child molestation charges, etc. ENOUGH, ENOUGH, ENOUGH!!!!!

For those of us that were fans, I can think of no better way to honor Michael and honor his memory than for each and everyone of us to try to follow his compassionate example. To try to, in whatever way each of us can, help other people. Granted, I'm not rich. I wish that I had the money he had to contribute to charities. But, you don't have to be rich to make a difference in someone else's life. Sometimes, all it takes is to be there to listen, to give support and understanding to someone in need. It doesn't take any money to do that. All it takes is someone's time.

I am a single mom, lost my job in January, still have no full time job and I'm struggling. But, if anyone needed my help for anything, I would be there for them. I have gone out and bought clothes for someone that had nothing. Given someone food that had no money to buy food. Tried to do whatever I can to help someone else in need.

Let's ALL honor Michael by trying to make a change within ourselves. Pledge to be a little kinder, more compassionate for those less fortunate, help whenever we can. No matter how small the gesture may be. And maybe some day, if we all take the time to care, we can make a difference in this world.

THAT is how we can all honor Michael. By striving to be more like him and others in this world like him.

I will NEVER let you part, for you are ALWAYS in my HEART Michael.

Peppe   July 22nd, 2009 9:11 am ET

What a dear true friend Michael had in you!! As a fan of Michael's I want to thank you for sharing your heart with us about Michael and your beautiful friendship you shared together. It is truly the most decent, loving and devoted words I've heard about the him.

I am appalled over the media coverage on the negatives of his life. I'm 53 and was raised you respect those that have past. Yes many of us love Michael and want to know how he died, and I watch Larry King Live every night in hopes that we will some day get the results and finally be able to let Michael truly rest in peace and remembering him for the loving man he was and rejoice in what he has left us for eternity.

I'd like to say to everyone in the media I think it's so very wrong that you continue to speculate over who are the parents of these children. How would you like to be one of those children and have people saying that the father you have known all your life is not your father? Why does it matter to you any ways? It's none of your business! These are minors and I hope and pray that the Jacksons wake up and bring charges against you all for going on and on about who are the parents of these beautiful children. They don't deserve this. Like Princess Di I think these children should be "OFF LIMITS", and Larry I've watched you for years, and I'm so very disappointed that you are a major player in specutaling over whos the parents of these beautiful children. I myself was not raised by my bio parents, and to be not who created you, but who raised you....who was there for you to wipe away the tears when you hurt...and that was Michael Jackson for these children, and it's very clear that he did a great job!!!

You made him seem like a freak when he lived, you did it for the ratings, now in his death, you use him again for the ratings. Larry I always seen you as a decent man...I always enjoyed your shows, but now your show is no better than a gossip corner.

Again thank you Miko giving us a insite to the real man! RIP Michael I will always remember the beauty you shared with me!

Janette   July 22nd, 2009 3:45 pm ET

I have been a mj fan for many years, I have enjoyed his music and his dancing. I was deeply saddened about his passing, I really hoped that after his death the media would stop focusing on all the nagative things in mj life and focus on all wonderful thing he has done, let the man rest in peace michael you will always be in my heart

Janette   July 22nd, 2009 4:13 pm ET

Larry I love watching your show, however when you asked joe jackson if he abuised mj or not, what was the point did you really think he would be honest with you and the public, come on now. As for all the false accusation made against this beautiful man I never believed them and I never will. How clould anyone think that of someone who is so sweet and loving and who has givin so much to the world. Well he is in better place now, but he will live on in our hearts forever. RIP LOL

Grace   July 24th, 2009 6:23 am ET

Even if I sending this late, I just have to add my voice. Thank you Miko for making my day. It took me time to get over my anger and heartbreak over MJ's demise. I'm glad someone was around him in his happy modes and shared those fund memories with us. Thanks for telling us the other side of MJ which we hardly got to hear; thanks for sharing your good moments with him; thanks for making him happy once in a while; thanks for everything. I am not a better person than before but will miss him for many years to come.

Nancy Endari   July 25th, 2009 3:56 am ET

Miko, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with all of us. He is a remarkable artist and human being. All he wanted was to share his love and be loved back.
God bless his soul and the rest of his family.

Emmy Lalonde   July 26th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Dear Miko, thanks a lots for your nice article about Michael Jackson and deely thanks for your support and being a best friend of Michael Jackson, during his lifetime. Indeed Michael needed a real and sincere friends like you and your DADDY, the real persons who shared the real happiness with him and keeping him always happy then during all those particular times, on his life. I beleive Michael was an person who had plenty attention, full of love and understanding, morely about us (his fans) than we never knew. I can also imagine how painful you are by his dead, as you can not imagine how broken hearted we are since Michael was gone. WE never knew Michael so close as you are, but we could not explain either how deeply we love Michael. Michael was in our heart and will always be. He was a magic magicien to us, he surrounded our feeling, soul and mind each seconde and each day, all the times, more and more very deeply, without ending. Our life would never be the same anymore without Michael Jackson, the Ambassador of sincerity of love, understanding and humanity in this globe that LORD was sending Him to US. He was an Angel for spririt of good will, that no one could ever done the same, before and later on. Michael was unique single figther
for YESTERDAY, to day and to morrow, for always. He was real great person that no one would ever doing the same and better. Thanks to Him for all what he did, and thanks Lord for sending Michael those days.
Thanks to you, my love to you and everlasting to Michael Jackson, for ever and ever. May Lord bless Michael and his legacy, as well. GBU

pacorabane   July 26th, 2009 5:23 am ET

Thank u for your story,it is good to know he had friends and good times,i always thought he was very unhappy and sad and only his kids made him smile .I wish people stopped saying bad things about him. For a thousand time this month...if u don-t have anything nice to say,don-t say it at all.millions of people will love and regret him for ever,let us do it in peace. we are convinced that he couldn-t have hurt anybody,nothing u can say can change that so..why try? he was the best,he was an angel on earth sent to bring us joy and we let him down when he needed us the most. everybody wanted a piece of him... it-s elvis's story all over again. I loved both of them and,for me,the music died for good on 25.06.09 .I don't care about other singers there were only 2 worth listening and they are both dead.Thank u miko,again and know that u are lucky having those moments together...tell us more,it really helped.I feel guilty about the way ,we-people ,treated him. and now...too little,too late.this month has been terrible,i could't stop thinking about after day ,about his.. kids.they lost him and nobody can love them the way he did.their life as they knew it is gone for ever.the sharks will take over and they are not old enough to defend themselves.

Juanita C. McDonald   July 26th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

• First of all I have to say that millions of people suffered a great loss on the day that Michael Jackson died. Personally, I did not follow Michael's career on regular bases however I purchased one of his albums a few years back and after listening to it, it really drew my attention to him. This is when I started listening to his music and understanding how he expressed himself in a way that the messages he was sending hit close to home. And just a few months ago I just happen to be checking out some videos on You Tube when I came across one of Michael's live performances. I was so amazed at how he had the audience in awe. He had so many fans that loved him. With all being said, Michael died due to greed and negligence. And don't ask how I know this but Michael passed out on the floor while trying to get help. He had been lying there for at least an hour before he was discovered. When the doctor found him lying on the floor, he then picked him up and put him in his bed. Knowing that he had made a big mistake, he allowed a lot of time passes while trying to figure out what to do to cover him. Michael had already died before he was placed in his bed. But the Doctor had to play it out as if he had just discovered Michael lying on the floor. Another important thing is that being that this Doctor is a cardiologist, how is it that he's right there in Michael's home and he ends up dying from cardiac arrest? And why was he performing CPR on his bed instead on a hard surface. On top of the fact that the Doctor's excuse for not calling 911 sooner than he did was because he didn't know the address. This doctor was there five nights per week. How could he not know the address? Also, if you were to call 911, they will automatically know the address. Also, "when 911 were finally called the doctor said that Michael wasn't breathing and from my understanding is that when a person stop breathing, it usually means that they're dead." I believe that it was at least two doctors involved in Michael's death. All because of money by possibly supplying him with drugs that caused his death. "Doctors are suppose to heal you not harm you." The truth will soon come out and Dr Murray needs to just confess to the truth because with the type of celebrity friends that loved Michael dearly including his family, on top of his fans all over the world; Dr Murray should never be able to practice medicine again.

Hande Kurt from Turkey   July 28th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Going to Disneyland and having fun with him,make him laugh and spent lots of time together with him.Thank you Miko for all of these...YOU do know how Michael Jackson was in real and you've shared with us now.Thank you both for being with him and sharing your sweet memories....God bless you.You are a really lucky man.Being a true friend of him...Thanks for everthing on behalf of Michael Jackson and all the MJ fans.

Inés del Valle   July 30th, 2009 5:35 pm ET

A whole month has passed by since you died Michael and I still cry when I hear your beautiful love songs, but the minute I feel really sad I play "Wanna be starting something" and start dancing to the beat and my sadness goes away, leaving me feeling thankful for all the range of emotions you gave me in the past and will continue to give me for the rest of my days! I will always love you Michael Jackson, RIP and return soon!

Joan   August 5th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Miko, please don't stop letting people know the positive things about Michael. Keep up the positveness for the sake of the children. Sometimes, I feel that I am the only one in the world who believes that Michael was not a weirdo. I get into arguments with people I run in to in everyday life, and they had prejudged him apparently getting their news from the media, the media whose job it is ti sensationalize everthing. So, please spread the positive word.

Jahki   August 7th, 2009 4:42 pm ET

Well may Michael Jackson Rest In Peace .
The Kids will be loved my many which is cared by the jackson family.
Katherine Jackson , LOVE goes out to you .



Hoai Thu   August 9th, 2009 8:20 am ET

I just wonder, is that because of MJ being a black KING that made the press – whose mostly white to be angry? and that's why they attacked MJ so mean, they cannot stand with that

LouisaMayC   August 10th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I am....... a believer of GOD... and the Universal Power of Love.. I have read the ugly things that people write about Michael Jackson. It seems to me... all of those people do it because they think it is fun..... However, a day will come and they will know what they did was wrong..... So, for those of you. being hurt by these people, Try to remember this saying:
" Anger is like, holding a red hot rock in your hand, and waiting to throw it at your enemy..... your hand gets burned also..." Don't let those people take your Power.... it is the Power of Love.... it is all you need. Rest your heart and be kind, those people have never been taught, how it be kind, so it is up to us to show them... it is O.K. to make mistakes...and... someday, they will realize that they did have it all wrong... HAVE NICE DAZE.....LouisaMayC' '.....

maureen   August 10th, 2009 7:19 am ET

Africans deeply miss Michael, but are not happy that he bleached his skin.his father did what he thought was right for his children and you can see that they all turned out successful.if not for the way he pushed them we might never be talking about MJ today.he was destroyed not by his father but by greedy people who ripped from where they did not sow with all their accusations.

Mona Fredericksburg, Virginia   August 10th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

I'll tell you where I was in 69/70. I was out carrying a protest sign in protest of the senseless, needless loss of lives of our military that were fighting in Vietnam. Protesting our Government that involved our military people in a NEEDLESS, SENSELESS War that our country and our military should have never been involved in.

If you want to have HATRED and ANGER towards someone, put it where it belongs. With our government that sent our military into a war that had nothing to do with us or our country. Blame our Government for the shameless way they treated the Vietnam Vets after they returned from that war. It is an outrage that they have been treated like they have by our government. Blame our Government for the needless loss of our soldiers lives.

And here we are, yet again, still in the middle of another needless conflict, perpetrated by our Government in another country, sticking our noses someplace it doesn't belong. 4,331 of our soldiers lives lost over what? OIL.

I have the utmost respect and support, without waiver, our men and women that serve in our military. What I don't have any respect for is the men that have sat in the Oval Office and started needless wars with other countries because of their own GREED.

It is time that people in this country stopped being so apathetic and stopped turning a blind eye to what is going on in this world. And what is going on in our own country. I LOVE my COUNTRY. That doesn't mean that I have to LOVE the greedy, manipulative MEN that sit in the Oval Office and run it. This country would fare far better if a WOMAN was running it. A WOMAN is going to be more concerned with the issues we have here and trying to do something about them. Rather than playing BULLY and making POWER PLAYS to stroke their own EGOS.

Alicia   August 11th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

To the people who are saying there is too much MJ coverage...quit hating. This is the most famous man on the planet. He didn't become famous because he's in the White House, or because he was born to a royal family. MJ gained all this fame and honour because of who HE was. He had pure, unadulterated talent. He never took voice/dance lessons, yet he inspired every artist that came after him.

MJ unintentionally became a civil rights activist. He was the first black artist on MTV. He donated more money to charity than any one else, and was affiliated with more charities than any person in HISTORY. If that's not worth talking about, than I don't know what is.

Whether or not you liked him, you were influenced by him. Not just through music and dance, but American culture was influenced by MJ.

Yes, there's people dying in wars, but they were also dying when you were watching the coverage of MJ's trials. Why didn't you complain then? Why are you so irritated about people speaking good of a WONDERFUL human being? There's AMPLE evidence proving that MJ was innocent of all the charges brought against him. Do your own research before condemning, and show SOME respect!

Just 'cause YOU don't want to hear MJ news, doesn't mean it's not worth hearing. Next to Princess Di's death and Obama's election, this is the ONE news story that made it into EVERY newspaper and EVERY country in the WORLD.

I love you, Michael. And even today, over a month later, you are on my mind. And as Janet said, you will live forever in all of our hearts.

Thanks for the memories!

Mona Fredericksburg, Virginia   August 11th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

To Alicia,

I couldn't AGREE MORE with what you said. For the HATERS, if you didn't like Michael Jackson, then why do you come on this blog and read the comments? If you don't like it, then don't go on the blogs about Michael Jackson. Keep your SICK, NASTY, FILTHY, IGNORANT comments to yourselves.

To all those that continue to call him a pedophile, I say PROVE IT or SHUT UP. It isn't Michael's fault that all of you have such SICK, PERVERTED minds.

The man deserves to rest in peace.

Hande Kurt from Turkey   August 13th, 2009 7:36 am ET

To Alicia,
Thank you very much Alicia.Your every sentence,every feeling you 've expressed are very close to mines.And you've written what I'd like to write...
Let him rest in peace and as he said before please "leave him alone" at least now.
I love you Michael from the bottom of my heart.
And it's been 49 days since your passing...

soy   August 13th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

he sang to me, "never can say good-bye'
i thought, "this feels so real"
he helped me to dream a life,
live my dream,
extend, stretch, attack, release-
i recieved what he gave, what was meant for me-
so i could dream.

alaa   August 18th, 2009 6:25 am ET

i just miss him

Nani   September 3rd, 2009 5:30 pm ET

michael was a gift from god...GOD THANK YOU

Naza Ragimova   September 3rd, 2009 5:56 pm ET

I could hardly stop crying...It`s hard or us and I can realize how had it for Miko Brando...They wee friends!
Thanks for shearing with your and Michael Jackson friendship story.

Ann   September 3rd, 2009 7:11 pm ET

Thank you so much Miko for sharing Michael with us. I miss him and I love him very much. He was there all of my life and I cry when I think about not hearing him any more. We just have to remember that he is in a better place. Again, thank you!

Mary U from Ohio   September 3rd, 2009 7:57 pm ET

Sweet Michael... .I will miss him...I don't like all the bad things that the Media says about him... To me Michael never did anything wrong... You have to love yourself to love others... Michael was that for sure...I still believe he was not addicted to drugs like people say... That isn't Michael....I always protected Michael.. every time someone says something bad... I stick up for him...Kind and gentle man that he was.. and he was stoned for being that...

tess   September 3rd, 2009 10:49 pm ET

my heart is crying up to this day and it will be as days pass. really im desperate. looking at mj's pics and videos made my day, everyday. i cant work, i cant eat, all i want is to view him and watch his videos. oh my GOD WHATS HAPPENING ON ME. MICHAEL I LOVE YOU SO MUCH....... DOES GOD REALLY WANTS ALL OF THIS TO HAPPEN FOR MICHAEL? I think God took michael away from this sinful earth and said to him son its time for to rest. You had given then your songs and love instead those devils gives you heartaches. REST IN PEACE OUR MICHAEL., GOD LOVES YOU. GOD BLESS US ALL.

Deb Looney   September 3rd, 2009 11:44 pm ET

What a beuatiful story, and friendship these two had. Insperable to put it correctly. I also agree with Mikko Brando...Michael would have wanted his fans to be at his funeral as Michaels fans meant the world to him. I guess I, like others feel kind of left out of the loop, and we are hurting too from his sudden death. We will miss him terribly, and we too mourn over the los of this beautiful blessing from God. Michael your smile, your eyes, your heart, and all your love will remain with us forever. I am one fan out of many that believe Neverland would have been a better place for Michaels final resting place so his many fans could go thre to feel close to him too. RIP sweet Angel...and we will "always love you more!!!"

Dee/fan since MJJ began   September 4th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

Mr Brando, thank you for letting those of us who never met MJJ [but wanted to someday] in on the man you came to know.To those of us that grew up with Michael and followed his every move as close as we could all of the bad was blotched out by all of the good we knew he was.I think often of all of the tabloids and people who tried to destroy this beautiful man,shame on you all and may God have mercy on you.Thankfully they can't hurt him anymore.Mr Brando,Thank God he had true friends such as you.Like you Mr Brando I will take this heartache with me until death but as a Christian I know he is in the arms of Jesus and is very happy singing with the angels.Prayers for his children,family and for you, his very dear friend.God BlessYou

Mona Fredericksburg, Virginia   September 5th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Deb Looney, I TOTALLY agree with you. I, unfortunately, feel that some members of the Jackson Family have completely, totally snubbed Michael's fans. They have put him into a vault in a private area of a mausoleum where NONE of his fans can visit and pay their respects. They stated that they appreciated all the love and support they have received from his fans. But PURPOSELY put him to rest somewhere that is inaccessible to his fans. I agree with Jermaine Jackson that Michael should have been laid to rest at Neverland. Michael said he never wanted to go back to Neverland, but that was when he was still here. I, for one, think that Neverland should be restored to the way it was when Michael lived there and think that Neverland should be Michael's Graceland. Michael's fans loved him and he loved his fans. And his devoted, loyal fans were the reason he made so much money and was able to do all the things that he did. His donations to charity, his purchase of Neverland, his purchase of the Beatles music catalog (among others he purchased) and other investments that he made.

Yet, his fans have been shunned and pushed aside now that Michael is gone. I would think that the Jackson Family would want to ensure the financial future of Michael's children. Turning Neverland into his Graceland and final resting place would have ensured a constant financial security for his children. Elvis has been gone for 32 years, yet his fans go to Graceland every year to visit his grave and pay their respects to this day.

I understand that Michael could not go out anywhere without a crowd gathering around him when he was here. But, now that he is gone, I would think that he would have wanted to be in a place where his fans could visit and pay their respects every year on his birthday and on the anniversaries of his death.

As a lifelong Michael Jackson fan, I am deeply hurt that his fans have been snubbed and shut out.

Mona Fredericksburg, Virginia   September 5th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I also want to say so what that there was a public memorial service at the Staples Center that fans were allowed to attend. ONLY 17,000 fans were able to be there. That doesn't even touch the tip of the iceberg for the MILLIONS of fans that Michael Jackson had in this country and all over the world. The rest of the millions and millions of his fans had to watch the public memorial service on t.v. and were not able to be there in person. I say, what about the rest of his fans? We were cheated, not only out of being able to attend the public memorial service, but also out of being able to hear and see the private memorial service and cheated out of being able to visit his final resting place.

Not to mention the fact that millions of fans have been cheated out of his comeback because of an irresponsible, reckless, unconscionable doctor that gave him a lethal dose of drugs.

And, more important than anything else, Michael has been cheated out of the rest of his life because of those irresponsible, reckless people that were around him that cared nothing about him as a human being. His children have been cheated out of having their father here. His family has had their son, brother, cousin and uncle taken away from them. His close friends have had their friend taken away from them.

It is a total outrage that he has been taken away from all of us.

Karen   October 12th, 2009 6:20 pm ET

Thank you Miko for your comments about Michael. I know that this must be really difficult for you. I am praying for you, for your healing. I know that you, like the rest of will remember Michael in our hearts.

It is good to hear about Michael in such a positive light. So many bad things have been written about him and shown on TV. It is so disgusting.

I saw you Miko on Larry King,. You never wavered in your belief that Michael was not an addict. You have now been proven to be correct. I am so glad about that. I am praying that maybe now the media will quit being so negative and focus on all the good that Michael did for the world.

I didn't know what he had done for your father. That sounds like Michael, always giving and always loving, even when he was hurting.
MJ will be up there with your dad and others who he has given love to. Bless you Miko for sharing with us.

digginthis   November 11th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

i read in one comment that it's now proven that Mike was not an addict? What? He certainly was an addict. I loved Mj and was at the memorial- he was in alot of pain for a long time, but noone had more love in his heart. These are the first words ive heard from Miko that seemed heartfelt and I hope that they are- because i thought it odd at the beginning when he was saying he wasn't aware of mj's drug problem, how close could they have been? If thats true, and MJ kept it hidden from Miko, then they were not close. Nevertheless, noneof it matters, he is gone and nothing will ever be the same. We;ll miss him and never get over it. – Karin

digginthis   November 11th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

In addition, as I've stated before, I agree with Denise who stated that since Miko has been on the 'payroll' (and I belive still is )its in his best interests to put a positive spin on things. He's a celebrity friend with no real legacy of his own, so, enough said...- karin

URmylife   July 4th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Even one year passes, everything's like yesterday...
It’s really sweet to picture Michael’s gentle kindness with his friends in the daily life… from his interviews I felt the same sweetness which I’m always touched that he’s so kind, hamble, low key, however always that brilliant in his gentle voice. It’s so different than the Michael on the stage who can awake the whole world! The picture that Michael was watching the world he loved so much on his “given tree” always pops into my mind everytime I listen to “human nature”…
Thank you, Miko, for sharing this with us and thank you for all the nice moment you filled in Michael’s life. You said that Michael always knew what his fans want, and the same way I can understand every word he delivered. You are right, MICHAEL IS ALL OBOUT LOVE. He brought and is bringing love to us, and he’s always surrounded by our love. Belive he can feel it ALL THE TIME.

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Saving a heart a day is the goal! Learn more about the Foundation and it's efforts to help the uninsured

Visit the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.

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