July 8, 2009

Dionne Warwick on LKL last night; Jackson would have loved memorial

Posted: 08:29 AM ET

Dionne Warwick was one of the thousands of guests to attend Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Warwick and her son, Damon Elliot, were on LKL last night and here's a part of the interview:

Larry King: What did you think of the event, Dionne?

Dionne Warwick: Well, it was probably one of the most emotional mornings and afternoons that I've spent in a very long time. It was done with a great deal of style and class.

King: He would've liked it?

Warwick: He would've loved it. He would've loved it.

King: How did you and Michael hook up, Damon?

Damon Elliott: From Mom. We shared moms. When I was very little, I used to beg her probably at least once a week, "Mom, you have to take me out to the house, you have to take me out to the house." She'd always say, "I'm on tour right now, baby. But when we I get home, we'll go see Michael." And one day we did, and he showed up, I think, in my living room or somewhere.

King: You were writing a song at his death?

Elliott: Yes. Actually, I was working on some music for the new record that I was going to get over to Jermaine. And the night before he passed away, it's crazy we were writing a song.

King: How great a singer was Michael Jackson?

Warwick: Michael was...

King: A singer - a pure singer?

Warwick: And he could sing. Yes. Yes. It was more than the magic of everything else that he did. He was a brilliant singer.

King: What was he like to work with, if you were working on a song together? What was that experience like?

Elliott: Well, from a distance, I got to work with Michael. I mostly worked through Jermaine, who was another amazing talent. But just all the brothers, you know, they have so much conviction and so much feeling in their delivery.


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Mulligan NTALI   July 8th, 2009 8:36 am ET

A Tribute to
Jackson, Micheal Joseph

Your childhood was fantasy
Your music, an ecstacy
Your colour, a mystery
Your life, a controversy.
You created records
You sold records
You broke records.
A big voice without
A small voice within.
Your face was bad
Your fans always scream
Your songs remain a thriller
Your dance very invincible
Without any blood on the dance floor
Eventhough it was dangeorous
But now you are off the wall
And will for ever remain history
Very friendly and loved without
Adieu Wacko Jacko
Adieu MJ
Adieu the Gloved One

tommy & donna   July 8th, 2009 8:44 am ET

a Golden casket for a Golden star ! he deserved it ..god bless ..

Karen, UK   July 8th, 2009 8:47 am ET

Wow. Paris is one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen. MJ will be so proud of her

lostemperor   July 8th, 2009 8:47 am ET

Michael has made his comeback after all.

renee   July 8th, 2009 8:47 am ET

We know you love us MIchael, but we love you more!

I think if the Jackson family would like to raise money for one of Michael's charities, or causes, they should consider the idea of having special t-shirts made. They would be white with black letters saying....We love you more!

Gay Alexander   July 8th, 2009 8:51 am ET

We grew up on military bases and it was rare to hear soul music. When the Jackson Five came out – the radio stations overseas played their music and my brothers and I fell in love listening to Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. At last we had someone we could relate to in music.

We lost a gifted and talented performer, but most of all we've lost a truly humanistic individual. He touched the hearts of many and was loved the world over. His music will play forever in my heart and I pray the world will give him his due respect and let him now lie in peace. I pray his children will be protected and kept safe.

Thank you Michael!

a   July 8th, 2009 8:54 am ET


You were and still are a kind, loving, caring, nurturing human being,
a true humanitarian for all mankind. Your innocent caring selfless
nature was misconstrued and taken out of context and twisted by
ill-intended individuals.

I think you were set up and exploited and falsely accused and charged
with child molestation – by greed. I'm sorry Michael for the injustices
against you. "You are exonerated", know that.




Maude Stevens   July 8th, 2009 8:57 am ET

I am from Liberia, West Africa.(LIBERIAN GIRL). I am from the generation that grew up on his music.

To his family I say: I know that losing MICHEAL at such an early age can't be easy". Trust GOD to take you through these trying times. Thanks for sharing your precious boy with us.

We may not understand it but; I know the GOD has a greater plan. He finished his work and was called from this troubled world to glory.

To the nay sayers I say PLEASE let him rest in PEACE. Leave his children alone. Let them mourn their father peacefully and privately.
He was hasseled most of his life; don't put them through that. Let them have normal healthy life. LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Benjamin Shapiro   July 8th, 2009 8:58 am ET

To Michael Jackson's Family:

My heart goes out to you for having lost one of nature's gentler souls, who gave to the world what cannot be similarly returned. A loving Father above all, a tender spirit, and a talent unequalled. He struck me as someone who embraced the world with a sense of innocence and purity, understanding that children were about both. Many chastised, misunderstood, and exploited him. Hopefully, in time, they will come to learn how wrong they were. I saw him as lonely and shy, yet came alive once on stage. Rest well sweet prince. May the Lord now cradle you in his loving hands, and grant you peace.

With undending gratitude for what you gave us,

Ben Shapiro

Ted   July 8th, 2009 9:04 am ET

Now that CNN and the Media Industry pressed every cent out of MJ´s death, we may now go back to our normal life.
As an additional tribute we should change our time dating to BMJ and AMJ.
This way our Declaration of Independence would be 233 BMJ.
Discovery of America 517 BMJ.
Total destruction of values in the USA 39 AMJ.
Is the whole country mad or are we taken for a ride by people who will make millions on this hytery?

Merle Sultan-Khan   July 8th, 2009 9:16 am ET

I enjoy watching most of your shows and find them quite interesting. I live in Pickering , Ontario , Canada. However, my reason for writing is to give my opinion of the "Jackson" negative publicity that has pre-occupied the media's mind as opposed to the good that he has done. When you spoke with Harry Bellafonte who described in depth the magnitude of his givings and raising funds (60 million) to the poor and needy with the song "We are the world" , that alone speaks volumes of the individual. However the British reporter who interviewed Michael was out on a mission – a mission to destroy him by asking one question "did you sleep with boys" and Michael innocently said yes but not sexually. This was taken out of context and misinterpretted in so many different ways to discredit his reputation. Would you think that if it was of a sexual nature that he would have acknowledged the question? But he choose to, knowing that he allowed boys to sleep on his bed with or without him – why not? he was a superstar and my son who is 32 was one of his admirers and yes if he was asked to sleep with Michael, sure I would have allowed it – its what every kid dreamed of – being with a star and as a parent knowing what and who the star represent I saw no harm in doing so. Extortion is what a lot of sleezy and creepy adults tend to live off and any means it takes to get it they work hard in doing their dirty work. The Media – well, that's another story – they can make you or destroy you. By the way the British reporter did the same with Princess Diana trying to discredit the good side she portrayed.

brijesh   July 8th, 2009 9:20 am ET


Leena   July 8th, 2009 9:22 am ET

I don't think anyone can imagine how huge MJ was to the world. Growing up, I loved his music and like everyone is saying, he just was never out of the scene.. year after year, he would come up with something new.

Anyways, I am in Cairo, Egypt right now and i was so surprised of the effect that this news had on the fellow Egyptians. My husband was extremely sad, cousins.. even grandmas. He was 50, but his music always made you feel tha the was still very young.. the max I would have given him would be .. 30s 🙂

I think MJ is like one of the greatest artists of our times, each era has had them, Van Gogh, Picasso, Bethoven, Mozart... the thing is that they were all miserable and misunderstood at one point or another. Isn't that the curse of being different, "common" people just categorize you as being "strange" or "weird" or "freaky"; but I am sure when they will look back at history, they will see that MJ definitely innovated our music around the world.

As one of the people I saw on the new rightly said, a child born in the showbiz light and grown into it, not having a normal childhood or life, you cannot expect them to be "normal" or what we perceive as "normal".

I think MJ was a pure hearted, misunderstood genius. He will be missed and he has left this world for a better one.

God bless you MJ

Cairo, Egypt.

K-K   July 8th, 2009 9:24 am ET

this msg is regarding MJ's doctors, I find it strange that none of them detected that he was abusing drugs. with all the markings on his body that have been reported, how can they not see. This tells me they are a part of the problem if not the problem. MJ paid with his life, what do they have to pay? These are not Doctors, they are pushers and should be put thur the Justice System and punished. I know MJ is not the only person they help destroy.

karah   July 8th, 2009 9:25 am ET

I want to let the Jackson family know that they done a great job yesterday. Like I said before, I am just a small town county girl from Hazard, KY. and unfortunately I was never fornuate enough to see Michael Jackson in concert. Boy what a blessing that would have been. I feel cheated that I didn't get to see him or meet the wonderful person that was called home way to soon. I agree with Marlon, maybe now they will leave him alone. I hate the news because they get their biggest stories from the negative, not the positive and touching things that MJ done all over the world. Just listen to the words of his music. Donald Trump said it best, Michael Jackson was in no way a child molester. He really just loved kids. He was first a foremost a human being with a big heart. Rest in Peace MJ. You will be missed.

julie sun   July 8th, 2009 9:27 am ET

i'm still overwhelmed but would like to quote gibran,"what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered". thank you for the memories which i will always nurture and cherish.

Randall Horton   July 8th, 2009 9:29 am ET

MJ's death was news. All the rest was CNN and other broadcasters cashing in on his celebrity status. It was like vultures. Everybody, including MJ's father, trying to make a buck off of Michael Jackson's death. It says more about our culture's need to idolize than it does about Michael Jackson, great as he was as a performer. The whole thing was bad taste taken to the extreme.

Jocelyne Hudson-Brown   July 8th, 2009 9:29 am ET

For Black America the death of Michael Jackson was our Elvis moment, our John Lennon moment. The King of Pop is dead.
Make no doubt about it the music will always be his legacy because the music and the videos will remain an audiovisual testament to the magic, the spectacle, the finesse, mystery that was MICHAEL JACKSON.

julie sun   July 8th, 2009 9:29 am ET

thank you for the coverage of a most beautiful and touching memorial of a most sensitive and absolutely lovely human being.

sapp-hirepoetry   July 8th, 2009 9:30 am ET

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

MJ finally free…
I see you running laughing and giggling…
You never did fit in,
even though you have tried…
The kid in you just wouldn’t die…
Music became your expression…
As poetry became mines…
In this life, I will never get to meet you,
or cross your path…
I thought one day I would…
You die so forever young….
Why? We don’t know…
What is your message Michael?
What do you want us to know?
At 50, so forever young…
There must be a message,
why God took you so soon....
Family, friends, and fans,
will always think of you most high!!!
We love you MJ..
Go rest in peace…
God will take care of you…
Good night!

By Sapp-hirepoetry

Buried treasures among the living

Beautiful buried treasures were walking among the living…
Now the treasure walks among the dead…
How insane we were to not embrace..
Such a beauty,
Such a simple, but yet complex…
Such a father,
Such a son,
Such a human,
Such a man, an inner child…..

By: Sapp-hirepoetry

Peg Crawford   July 8th, 2009 9:31 am ET

Where's Oprah in all of this?

Judy   July 8th, 2009 9:33 am ET

I have had the experience of wanting to talk to people about Michael Jackson's death and been totally shut down. So many people still think he is guilty of the charges he was acused of even though he was proven innocent. The woman at the memorial (don't remember her name) who said, "In this country we are innocent until proven guilty". We should all be grateful that this is the case because it protects all of us. I feel sorry for people who just don't get his concept and continue to think they know the truth.

Michael Jackson suffered from insomnia. I have had the same problem for most of my life and now am dependent on sleeping pills. When we are sleep-deprived we can become so desperate for sleep that we would do anything to just have a few hours of restful sleep. If he did take the IV Deprivan, I know how desperate one can get and if it was me and I would get some relief, I would have taken it too. Some times one gets do desperate for sleep, they think that if they die they will finally get some rest.

julie sun   July 8th, 2009 9:34 am ET

it's not happens to you but how you handle what happens that makes the difference...and michael certainly handled the anguish the only way he knew-with a smile.why not emulate him?

lynn moffett   July 8th, 2009 9:39 am ET

WOW!! MY Grandmother told me as a child that I had a 'gift', a heightened 6th sense.

LAST NIGHT I HAD A VERY VIVID DREAM, IN WHICH MJ WAS TRYING ON>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>WHITE SUITS>>>>>>>>That he would wear in heaven.......It was SO SO real!!!! I woke up smiling......a 'wardrobe' rehearsal with THE KING!!!!

Geoff   July 8th, 2009 9:40 am ET

Does this mean that we are finally done hearing about Michael Jackson? Yeah he was an incredible singer/songwriter, a philanthropist, the king of pop, an icon, and quite possibly the greatest entertainer who ever lived. He deserves all the credit that he gets along these lines. However, this has gone on long enough. Larry King has covered nothing other than this story for nearly the past two weeks. Come on, there are other things going on in the world! Larry King is slipping into becoming nothing other than a televised version of some supermarket tabloid.

Dave Renaud   July 8th, 2009 9:41 am ET

A great tribute to a greatly misunderstood brilliant man. Via con Dios.

glorria morgan aka The Messenger   July 8th, 2009 9:43 am ET




Trevene Nicome from Trinidad & Tobago   July 8th, 2009 9:43 am ET

I remember at age 7, I saw you moonwalk and I learn all your moves from motown 25. I then taught my cousins to dance like you. I was michael crazy from that day. I had it all, posters in my room,the gloves,socks,jacket,T-Shirts,pins.... you name it. Now after all my years of traveling to different parts of the world I honestly believed that I would see you in concert "ONE DAY", I needed to see you live and it never happened.I cried all of last week, and this week ............................ Michael I miss you, I love you and thank you for your wonderful music. There is no one in the world like you MJ. You will always be "MY KING OF POP" and you will always be in my heart. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Love you forever

Michele   July 8th, 2009 9:50 am ET

In the early afternoon of June 25th Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest and died at the age of 50. For the past 3 days I have been reeling from the shock as are most people. It seems impossible to imagine this still young and very vibrant performer gone, never to use his genius again.
What amazes me the most is the reaction and obvious hypocrisy of people, particularly the media, specifically reporters that once interviewed and slammed the King of pop, labeling him a child molester, and giving not so subtle innuendo, sometimes downright twisting his words, or omitting part of his statements completely to make their interview more suited to fall into the minds of people in the way they perceived Michael.
I remember watching an interview on TV with Michael and a British reporter. In that interview a young man sat beside Michael, holding his hand, praising him as the most generous, and caring individuals. The two relate a story of Michael inviting the young man to sleep in his (Michael’s) bed for that night. It would seem as if I am the only one in America that heard from both parties that Michael offered to sleep on the floor or on the couch. Both kept insisting the other take the bed. Now agreeably in a mansion as big as Neverland there are obviously many rooms to choose from, but is it so farfetched that a child may want to sleep in the same room as the grown up? Not in the world I came from, not in my childhood, a childhood I would like to add never knew molestation ever took place.
After that interview and even during, the interviewer expressed shock that Michael would put a child in his bed and kept asking Michael if he did not see anything wrong with giving his bed to the child, and Michael kept saying “No, absolutely not” I believe he said it was one of the kindest acts to share your bed with another human being.
Now here is an idea, humor me for a moment could it be that Michael actually intended to sleep on the floor or the couch as he repeatedly said in the interview and the interviewer deliberately chose to ignore?
Well we all know the outcome of the story; the sweet innocent child who graciously accepted Michael’s kindnesses then turned around with the obvious nudging of his parents and pressed charges against Michael for child molestation.
Did Michael really commit these disgusting crimes? The truth is that we do not know, the only two people that know are Michael and the child involved. If Michael is guilty, (and I am not saying he is not) he would certainly be a very sick individual. What I would have liked for the media to have done back then is to consider, just consider the possibility that he was innocent. In this great country we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but what everyone did was decide that Michael was guilty and what they based their decision on was just 2 things, 2 ridiculous things.
1. Michael admitting that he allowed children to sleep in his bed. (Again remember he never admitted to sleeping there with them)
2. Michael was getting increasingly weird in his appearance.
Now let us touch on that for just a moment. In my opinion Michael destroyed his good looks and completely ruined his face with the obvious surgeries that he tried to deny. While I am sure most people share this opinion, I think it is fair to say, it is our opinion, we are entitled to it, but it really is none of our business. Many light skinned people (I am one of those) bake endlessly in the sun to get darker. We with curly hair iron it to get it straighter, those with straight hair perm it to get it curly, millions of people are now bleaching their skin, and others afraid of getting skin cancer go and spend ridiculous amounts of money at indoor tanning salons, yes hopefully most do not go to the extreme that Michael did, but do we really have the right to judge?
Now back to the accusation of child molestation. I have a question for all parents that really love their children. If you believe that some monster has taken away your child’s innocence and quite possibly ruined his/her chances of relating to sex in a normal way, this person has now violated your child in the most disgusting way, how much money do you need to satisfy this injustice,(because apparently it is all about money.)
For me personally I would want to see that individual go to jail, where he could never harm another innocent child, perhaps if I could not act on revenge (which agreeably is very difficult) see the person get help toward rehabilitation, whatever it would take to not let that happen again, somehow filling my pocket with a few million dollars would not satisfy me or bring me peace of mind to what my child had suffered. I sometimes wonder how people sleep at night.
Well now Michael is gone, and the world is mourning, while they are still mentioning the cases against him, (it still makes for a good story) no one is accusing him now, or saying they believe he is guilty. What they could not do for him in life, they are willing to do in death, and that is giving him the presumption of innocence. How sad that a person has to die before humans do the right thing.
There is a lot to be learned from the life and death of this great entertainer. Parents can learn not to push their children so hard that they destroy their childhood. They can also learn that discipline takes many forms, not just physical but also the form of teaching in a loving way. People that do not have all the facts can learn not to be so judgmental. Reporters can learn that a great story can also be telling the truth, not omitting and re arranging the words of the one being interviewed, getting all the facts, and not putting their spin on the events, all people, but especially those in the entertainment industry can learn to be balanced in everything, not pushing yourself so hard that you need to resort to drugs, prescription or otherwise to get you through life.
The best thing we can do now for ourselves and this great entertainer and for the ones he leaves behind, especially the innocent children is give them the peace and privacy they deserve. I hope with all my heart that there will not be a battle over children and money, and that everyone involved will put the best interests of the children first, forget their own selfish agendas and give back just some of what he gave the world, so in the words of Michael himself “we are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving.” Rest well Michael, you will never be forgotten.

(written 3 days after Michael died)

Igalious Mills   July 8th, 2009 9:55 am ET

Michael Jackson was sent here as an instrument of God and his music was and will always be the keys to the universal love that each of us must have as human beins. As an artist here in Port Arthur, Texas, home of artist Robert Rauschenberg, the canvas is my instrument. Michael Jackson has completed his mission here on earth, his soul is free.

Shehan(Sri Lanka)   July 8th, 2009 9:57 am ET

Michael Jackson is the one of the greatest men ever to walk on earth. We are all blessed to be born in his era. He faced many difficulties before and after his fame as the king of pop. His untimely death was a loss to the whole world. But I think he died as a happy man. For he knew his fans still loved him for his genuine talent(tickets selling out in record time!) and I think archiving everything he ever dreamed of! While there were some who always tried to pull him down with various silly accusations, the king of pop only went higher and higher! He was a man with a big heart and a big talent! His name was known by people from all society's and countries through out out the whole world! Rest in peace MJ and may god bless you.

Grieving in Canada   July 8th, 2009 9:57 am ET

Please thank the Jackson family for allowing us to be part of the farewell. Please also let them know that they don't have to worry about any negativity – Michael's legacy is clearly his music. I wanted to say as well that I was so impressed by Paris – her words at the end of the service were perfect and fitting, Michael would have been so proud. I was also touched to see Blanket reaching for his brother's hand as they walked into the funeral home. A very impressive family indeed.

Pam   July 8th, 2009 10:02 am ET

Special thanks to the Jackson family for allowing the world to share their grief for the loss of the greatest talent the world will ever know. The memorial was fitting for The King of Pop!!! Germaine you were wonderful.

Shari Knechel-Jones   July 8th, 2009 10:04 am ET

I just wanted to say how Micheal Jackson touched all of our lives. I'll never forget the first time I saw him on TV , he had such a big voice. How we all dance to Bily Jean, thirller was te greatest music video at first it scared you but you couldnt stop watching. I grew up with Micheal. He was the most caring singer ever. You could see it in his eyes, he just wanted to help as many people as he could. Thruogh all the good & the bad you couldnt help but love him. We will miss him but never orget him. I hugged my Thriller CD last night as I cried and ang along with his songs. My prayers are with his family & friends exspecially his kids.Micheal thanks for all you gave to us, God is lucky to have you by his side

ROSE   July 8th, 2009 10:17 am ET


Maria Balentin   July 8th, 2009 10:22 am ET

Dear family and dear children of Michael Jackson,
With sadness I’m writing this. I would like to thank all of you for all the joy Michael brought to many people’s hearts. He was a wonderful human being and many children all around the world want to be like Michael. It was his dancing, his singing and his smile that stole their hearts. I loved Michael because every time I saw him perform, he brought a smile to my face.
In the most difficult times in my life, his songs gave me hope. For that I love him even more. Thank you Michael. I never knew him in person, but always dreamed to see a live performance of him. When I saw the memorial service in his honor today, I felt as if Michael never left. Michael, I’m proud of you, proud to be able to share this page with other people who love you too.
I will not say goodbye. I’m just wishing you a pleasant sleep. I’ll see a live performance of you in heaven. To his children I hope God gives you the strength to go through this difficult time. You will be in my prayers. Don’t let nobody steal the nice memory you have of your dad. I know your pain must be much more than mine. It is possible that mean people will try to trouble your minds with their frustration, jealousy and bad sayings about your father. You know your father better than anybody else. Your dad is a hero for many people in the world. He will always be your hero first and then somebody else’s. Thank you for sharing him with me.
Maria, born in Curacao Neth. Antilles

whitewind Weaver   July 8th, 2009 10:25 am ET

Dear Beloved Jackson Family and Friends of Michael,

I want to say thank you. I second Al Sharpton's comments with full heart and witness. The memorial was one of he greatest teachings that could occur within our culture today, where family is lost to people's various stress of working, isolating children to child care and seniors lost to old age homes.

Your family has done an exemplary job of evolving with the mark of love. I thank you for that. Perfection is a moment by moment response to God's call. You have done this over and over to us all. Each and every one of you.

My love, admiration and respect is with you. The regal nature of simplicities that only love can reveal are emanating from your many choices - the beauty your family and Michael has brought us all.

I feel so close to Michael, even now. The flow of his creativity which you all helped to express by being a river bed of love and care for his life, enriched us all. May his next adventure be filled with the joy he brought us all.

May his children know his love prospers everywhere.

thank you. - whitewind weaver

Sandra Kirkland   July 8th, 2009 10:28 am ET

I've never responded to a blog before,but I felt the need to respond to Michael Jackon's Memorial Tribute. The tribute was simply first class and was well executed. I am 55 years old and grew up with Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Since his passing and listening to the music of the 70's, 80's and early 90's made me realize how in the past you actually had to have talent to be an entertainer and this is no longer true. This is the reason that there will not be another like Michael Jacson and that he is truly the "Greatest Entertainer" of all times.

N. Lowell   July 8th, 2009 10:34 am ET

Isn't it sad that it took Michael Jackson's death to become a fan? This happened with me when Elvis died also. I have to say that he would have loved his memorial–I was so happy with the taste in which it was presented. The celebrities that sang and spoke did so with gratitud, love and respect. We will miss Michael, but are comforted in knowing that he was sent on his way in style, grace, and dignity. N. L.

Mary Gean   July 8th, 2009 10:36 am ET

I thought the Memorial was wonderful, very touching. I didn't have a dry eye the whole way through it. That should be a testament when there are perfect strangers crying over your death. He is the only one I have ever done that for. That should tell you something about what he meant to us. He was a gift from god. He is out of his pain. GOD BLESS his children and his family. I know they are hurting. If I am hurting I can't imagine what they feel. He will always be with us through his music.

Denise Pearson   July 8th, 2009 10:43 am ET

St. John 8:7 says" He who is without sin, cast the first stone." I believe that Michael Jackson was innocent of the accusations against him regarding child molestation and misconduct. He flocked to children because it was something that he himself missed out on and children understood him, didn't judge him and accepted him for who he was. None of us are exempt from wrongdoing. Whether it's lies we tell or hatred in our hearts, or partialiality, or racism, whatever skeletons we have in our closets we all are guilty of something. So unless you're perfect (which only God is) then no stones should be thrown. Instead of talking and finding fault just pray for the family and that healing can be done within the family and among all that Michael Jackson reached in his lifetime. I believe that Michael's death will change someone and some things in our lifetime and I pray that his death will cause people to come together to genuinely love each other without partialiality and reservation just as his message stressed.

Stanley   July 8th, 2009 10:45 am ET

I'm with Ted on this one.
And how could the Jackson family expose his 11 year old daughter to such fanfare? Remember he kept their private life private; as it should be, still.
And what's with the sunglasses? Would it not be more real if we could see tears?

day cabuhat   July 8th, 2009 10:46 am ET

i hope larry will do a feature on michael's charitable acts. so many people are still unaware of these things...and perhaps by focusing once more on what he did and what we ourselves can do, it will also contribute to michael's legacy of healing the world.

Rose   July 8th, 2009 10:48 am ET

Why was the Jackson family at the cemetary just before the memorial? A private service "without" a burial does not occur at a cemetary (it can be held anywhere). The service occurs at the time of the burial. Did they already bury Michael privately and the casket was empty? Why two trips to the cemetary on the same day? Is there any coverage of this?

Peace to you Michael. Peace to your family.

Linda Dutil   July 8th, 2009 10:50 am ET

Micheal Jackson was completely misunderstood, I just wish that people would have actually understood who this man really was, besides an entertainer, and someone to ridicule.

Media and Society is to busy making fun of and condemning people who are trying to do the right thing, and care about their fellow human beings, they don’t listen or just don’t want to hear the truth for what it is.
My heart breaks for his children, because they are the ones that are most deeply effect by his death, at the end of the day he was a good and loving father and a genuine, caring, loving individual that I believe God sent here to teach us something, and we as a society of course, totally missed the message, so God took back the gift that was Michael Jackson. It is all just so sad.

Lynn   July 8th, 2009 10:50 am ET

Nobody can ever know the feeling of loss you have when one of your siblings have been taken away from you , unless they have been through it themselves.
July 18 , 2000 I lost my brother at the age of 43 to heart failure.
I know this feeling. He was My Rock. And even though he was not a Superstar in the public / media eye . He was My Superstar . And that feeling of loss never goes away.
People need to remember that Micheal Jackson was not only a Icon , but he was a Son , A Brother , a Father . His family has lost someone very close to them . His family morns , just like we do when we loose somebody who is close in our family.
To Michaels siblings , I would like to say this : That empty feeling that you endevor right now , and that feeling of " I just want to feel normal again " Will get easier with time. Though it never ever really goes away , time will help heal some of that pain.
Remember, some day we will reunite with our brothers. And , until that day , Lets just hold our memories in our hearts.
Take care of eachother , Hang in there ....
Yours in Spirit and Peace ..... Lynn
P.S You know what the really cool thing is ... We are all on the Same Page in Heaven . I Love that feeling.

Mary Perez   July 8th, 2009 10:53 am ET

Michael's legacy to me is what MLK the 3rd said: If you are going to be a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be. I am a teacher, I will be thinking of MJ and MLK and his descendants when I am being the best teacher I can be. God bless you.

Mary Perez   July 8th, 2009 10:57 am ET

I want to thank the Jackson family for yesterday's memorial. I will never forget it. Please sell the DVD for the millions of people who wish to relive the wonderful, inspirational sendoff to the King of Pop.

Emma   July 8th, 2009 10:58 am ET

Larry maybe iam in denial about Michael Jackson death but i dont think he's really gone.It's to many open spaces for me. The 911 call, the family the money. Micheal him self say that was it once he finish the concerts.Has any one seen this so call body that"s is surpose to be Jackson.Iam hurting but to me he's not gone.

margaret carchia   July 8th, 2009 11:05 am ET

I am saddened by the tragic passing of our friend Michael jackson. My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans. I believe he was a wonderful , loving human being who for sake of judgement, some thought of him as "different", but in this world, it is a true challenge and reflection of what the soul really holds when one can be true to self – as he was. And, i feel the true need to say, he was mis- judged and perhaps mis guided. It is my sorrow I never had the honor to personally meet him, however, " Michael, my friend – I feel that I know you and all that you have endured.. Rest in sweet peace my dear loving friend , and know ..........You are truly loved."
Forever ....friend and fan

Angela   July 8th, 2009 11:23 am ET

Jackson's should sell the memorial programs...was very disappointed that people took many of them yesterday and are selling them on ebay...this money should be going to the family. Love and miss you forever Michael! To the Jackson's.. you are a wonderful family and the children are where they need and want to be. God Bless you all.

Carol   July 8th, 2009 11:38 am ET

I felt Michael Jackson’s memorial service did not measure up to the star’s own values. Almost all the presenters were black when many of his friends and fans were white. They felt left out. Jackson whitened his skin and changed his nose. He also chose white women as mothers of his children. What message was he sending there?

Second, the comment by the Reverend Sharpton implying that Jackson had anything to do with Barack Obama becoming President was ridiculous. Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King were responsible for breaking the color barriers a long time ago. Barack Obama was the only person responsible for his becoming President through hard work, intelligence, and good moral character.

Third, Jackson repeatedly referred to children as pure, creative, and loving. At the end of the memorial, it would have been much more effective if they had children of different colors and nations sing together. It would have promoted his message of unity, harmony, and peace.

Personal stories like eating fried chicken by Magic Johnson and sneaking into Elizabeth Taylor’s bedroom by Brooke Shields were good and offered insights into the personal life of Michael Jackson. These were the kind of things we wanted to hear about.

A Michael Jackson fan
Las Vegas, NV

Michelle Kienzle   July 8th, 2009 11:39 am ET

I would like to applaud Larry King and CNN for your excellent informative and respectful coverage of Michael Jackson's death and memorial service. I very much appreciate that the memorial service was without commentary. Well done! The two hours felt very reverend, as it should have been. I had the sound up on the TV in my living-room, and I felt like I was attending the service myself. My sister in Atlanta was watching NBC and was very annoyed with the interruptions and off putting comments by the commentators. She did not have the same experience I did. Thank you for a first class reporting of an event many people needed to see, and for offering your respect to an angle sent to us from God to help heal our world.
~Michelle Kienzle

mary-kay   July 8th, 2009 11:42 am ET

I can see you now Michael.. flying like peter pan.. I hope the promise of life after death is as it say,s, paradise. keep watch over your children.

Bill & Gina Q   July 8th, 2009 11:47 am ET

Watching the people arrive for the memorial we saw the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his children standing & getting their picture taken.

Just goes to show you some people only care about how good they look.

Julian   July 8th, 2009 12:05 pm ET

I first listen to Michael’s music on some old cassette tape somewhere in the top of the mountain when I was 10 years old. I could not understand a thing because I was not speaking/ understanding English at that time, but the whole night long I was flipping the cassette form one side to the other been stoned by the energetic music. In the morning the owner after looking into my eyes just give me the cassette without even asking for it. To mention that in my country at that time the communist regime was broadcasting only two hours of political and patriotic music on TV, so this cassette has been smuggled into the country. I never met that person before or after. This is the Michael’s spirit, this is Michael’s message, this is sharing true unconditioned love, this is something what some people will never understand. People like the jurnalist man Mr. “sick barking dog” who was analyzing the Rev. Sharpton speech right after the today memorial “even the snake will not bit you when drinking water”. I could not believe my eyes. Don’t wary Mr. WE’LL JUST SMILE…….. especially when we’ll see how many harts of flowers you will have on your funeral. Julian

any   July 8th, 2009 12:06 pm ET

to u haters and racist people,leave michael jackson's history,and quite brain washing your kids about his are not perfect anyway and have more wrongdoings than this man who keeps his hand open for others as well as his heart.

Deloris Johnson   July 8th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

Message to the Jackson Family

Yesterday, July 7, 2009, was a very emotional day and a very beautiful day, as well. My heart was so touched because I loved Michael Jackson for every bit of who he was. I will miss him and think of him as the most loving person that I have known. Michael’s voice was this beautiful siren that when he opened his mouth to sing he summoned angels to carry the sound to our ears. Every song that he sang had it’s own identity, yet carried the same soul and communicated the expressions of his brilliance in every note.

Yesterday, I was so in awe of his children’s poise. Michael’s heart was shown through their faces. He did such a great job caring for and loving those 3 little angels. With every ounce of their being, they exhibited the love that Michael instilled in them. I just wanted to give them all a warm hug and tell them how much I wish for their lives to be okay.

I would love to tell Paris Katherine that she gave such a wonderful expression of her love for her dad yesterday and that she made me feel overwhelmingly the emotions of her heart and I cried openly for her and her brothers. Even though they’ve lost the most important person in their young lives, they will never forget who he was to them. He will always look over them from above and his legacy will always be a part of their precious lives.

I watched the Memorial on television and I wish I could have been in position to be there in person. My emotions were spent after the beautiful display of love and honor given to Michael and his family. This has been so unbelievable to me and I can’t seem to grasp the fact that I never got to meet him and that chance is now gone. I will, however, keep deep inside my heart the feelings that I get when I listen to my favorite songs that he sang, especially the ones that I felt he was singing only to me. This will never change. I will love him forever and I told him so in the fan mail that I sent him. I only wish that I knew that he knew how true my words were and how real he was to me.

To the Jackson Family, I would love to express my deepest sympathy to you all. I didn’t personally know Michael and I feel like a major part of my life has faded away. For each one of you who held Michael in your arms and listened to his voice while looking into his eyes and felt his emotions up close, I know your loss is so much greater than mine…nevertheless I know that he meant so much to my life.

I know you’ll all take care of each other, as always. My hopes, dreams and wishes didn’t get me closer to meeting Michael, but my dreams will continue that I will someday get the chance to meet you, his family. I pray that God will lessen the burdens of your grief and transform a renewed harmony in all of your lives.

Becky DeLoach   July 8th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

As I sit on my bed watching Michael Jackson's memorial, I cry. I am 5 months younger than him and although I didn't know him personall, I grew up with him. I raised my arms in the air and I thanked him for giving me such good memories and also for making a difference in this world. I just wish he could have loved himself as much as everyone else did. I look at his face and see such a heartful, sensative, loving person. He gave and gave and gave. Although he was a shining star here, he is the brightest of the brightest now. His family is so fortunate to have him shining down on them and although is work is done on earth, his spirit will never leave. He is our angel.

Cyndi from St. Louis   July 8th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

The service was wonderful. I'm so glad everyone spoke from their heart about how great Michael really was – the person. The one question I would like an answer to though - where were all these people when Michael was being accused and ridiculed of awful things that seemed to go on forever, which left him with emotional scars that would never go away – the damage had been done. Where were they then when he needed them to publicly stand up for him and tell the world THEN what a wonderful person he was, how normal he was, how sweet, and pure he was then? I honestly think if his friends would have done that then, if he would have had credible people standing up for him, things would be much different now and we might still have Michael with us. It's just senseless and makes me so sad. Thanks for listening.

Susan   July 8th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

A celebration of life truly fitting of the greatest to have ever done it. I am honored to have lived in the time of Michael Jackson which is a name that will live on along with his music long after the pain of this great loss has eased. Immortality is his in so many ways. We loved Michael, but I know he is smiling and pointing at us all saying the words we all heard so often from him…“I love you more”. For me, Micheal joins the likes of fellow greats like Earnhardt, JFK Jr, and my mothers all of which left us far too soon.

Nicole Miller   July 8th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

There are givers and there are takers in this world. The givers are generous in spirit, sensitive to the needs of others, compassionate, kind-hearted people. These qualities often make the giver naĂŻve to the sometimes malicious intentions of the takers. The takers are able to easily identify the givers and seize every opportunity to use the givers to their advantage. The giver is unable to understand the malevolent qualities of the taker; the giver cannot fathom the thought of treating someone in that manner. This makes the giver blind to the fact that there are even such people in the world and unable to identify who such people are.

Once the giver has been abused by the taker, the giver is extremely disappointed and traumatized. It often makes the giver unable to trust anyone, but then he realizes that he might miss the opportunity to experience relationships of those just like him. He is now a little bit more cautious, of course. The giver also cannot help allowing his true self to shine through, despite disappointments, because being true to himself – generous in spirit, sensitive to the needs of others, compassionate and kind-hearted – is what makes the giver truly happy in his soul.

Michael Jackson was a giver. He gave of his spirit through the lyrics of his music. He was generous in sharing with us his amazing talent. He gave us joy. He gave of his great fortune to many charities. He was compassionate.

The media tried to crush his spirit. The media thrived on sharing with the world the ugly stories about Michael Jackson, the stories that were proven false in a court of law. And even though Michael Jackson was acquitted, the idea is left in the minds of the people. Those who are inclined to believe the ugly stories will do so even though they have no proof. The world did not know until it was mentioned at the memorial service that Michael Jackson broke the record in donating to charities. The media did not share all the good Michael Jackson did for others.

So, Michael Jackson, of all the things you have left us in this world – your music, your memory, joy – the most important thing you have left us is your spirit. And even though we cannot emulate your dance moves or your talent for writing music, we can emulate your spirit – your generosity, your sensitivity, your charity, and the ability to stay true to ourselves despite others who want to bring us down.

suzanne   July 8th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

To the Jackson family:

Thank You for the beautiful memorial.
My thought and prayers are with you and Michaels wonderful children.
Michael will always be remembered as the KING OF POP.

Nida P   July 8th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

Just wanted to say I am a jamaican who grew up with MJ, loved his music. He had more than talent, it was a gift from God and he really "stirred up the gifts that was in him" Also, KUDOS to the Jackson Family for
yesterday's memorial. Vey tastefu and classy. It took me seeing the casket wheeled in to accepted that he is really gone. Thank you Jackson Family for sharing you son with us in life and in his death. I hope the negative critics can allow him to rest in peace with the Almighty.
Luv MJ Will miss you greatly.

Robert Wade   July 8th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson. He was loved in life and will be missed in death. Watching his memorial on Tuesday left me with the feeling of how wonderful it is to be loved and honored as he is.
I have children also and it was so heart breaking to hear his daughter's comments.
Thank you Michael for bringing your talent and your presense into so many people's lives.

Lisa   July 8th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

I think the Memorial was done in very good taste. I watched the whole event and every speaker was honest and spoke from their heart. It made all of us realize that he was more than an entertainer, he was a son, brother, father, uncle, cousin, friend. I am with Lynn, noone can understand the feeling of loosing a brother, I lost my youngest brother in 1999 to Aids, it was devastating and the empty feeling is still there and I miss him terribly. I want to also say to the siblings, I understand your lose and time does heal some of the pain, but you will never forget your brother, he will be with you and things will remind you of him and you will "smile". Take care of each other and lean on each other when you need it. My prayers are with you all!!!

lola   July 8th, 2009 2:31 pm ET

wish Mariah Carey would have worn a black simple pant suit or plain dress when she sang,,not the slinky gown, she was given bad advice...

Linda Beaulieu   July 8th, 2009 2:44 pm ET

I will never forget when I heard the news of Micheal's passing. I was on my way to my yougext son George's grade 12 graduation when we heard the neews onthe radio. To say the least I was shocked and dismayed. I was and still am ahuge fan. My favorite songs to name a few are of course thriller, Bad, Billie Jean, Beat it, Black and white, and save the world. I wish more people would take note and follow his lead because I think it truly would be a better world. To Michael's family my heart truly goes out to you in your loss. He really is a loss for the whole world. I never believed any of that nonsence about him. I really believe that people in today's society want to believe the worst in people. As a matter of fact I went to Walmart today looking for MJ cds and there was another woman looking as well, and she told me that everthing she had was on cassettes, I told her that was the same for me, but I managed to bring home thriller and Ones. Again he will be sorely missed by us all. Linda, Port Colborne, ON Canada

Lucie Wilson   July 8th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

I was so touch by Michael sudden dead, we lost one big singer and danser in all time of life. But with all his music he will remain alive .

He was the "King of Pop" Burried in Golden Casket made especially for a man that had a golden heart. My wish for his children are that they keep his house in Neverland and do exactly what was done for Elvis in memory of Michael for his legacy. Michael from young age you have suffer deply missing love receiving love in return at least at the end you were able to be loved by your 3 children. And no one will forget you you will always remain in our hearts. Thank you for his family and hoping they will keep doing special even in memory of Michael. RIP Michael you will be miss so much!

Now I am hoping that doctor will get what he deserve and one very important thing to lose his practice license and they could issue a new law that for now! We don't want to lose an popular actor or singer
or anybody else for that matter someone has to do something about it ...Because that is so cruel.
Thank you Michael you will be miss, it was too soon your fan Lucie from Ottawa

Fredrick   July 8th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

I wish I could wrap my arms around the entire Jackson family in a humble attempt to offer them some sort of comfort during this difficult time. Although, our beloved Michael certainly deserved every bit of yesterday's beautiful and emotionally moving service, the world can never repay him for the experience of his amazing genius and unending charitable giving. He was so much more than an entertainer. I have been grieving deeply in my spirit since the tragic news broke last Thursday and it all came out yesterday when tears streamed down my face while watching the service. Michael will remain in our hearts forever as his legacy prevails. I hope he left this world knowing he much he was deeply loved. The world has truly suffered a tremendous loss.

Lynn C.   July 8th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

Michael was a gift, sent to us for what was a brief moment in time and taken far too soon. I have been a fan of his music and dance since my high school days in Toronto in the 70’s,…….. and still to this day listen to many of his masterpieces while riding the train into the office every morning. His music always gets my day going, kind of pumps me up for the day ahead !

Sadly enough it appears that society has had a hand in his early demise and we should wonder whether he might still be with us today if we had not had this insatiable need for a constant supply of MJ news (most of which was not true). We cannot imagine the pressure he must have been under over the years, not helped any by the constant barrage of tabloid headlines screaming out lie after lie, yet he continued to give of himself until the end.

To coin one of his songs, can’t we just leave him alone, if anything for his children who now have to grow up without the parent they loved so dearly. Do we not think they have feelings and can feel pain when they read or hear about their father’s current state ?

News is not sensationalism ……..the public has twisted the sensationalism to appear to be news and in the process have hurt many people along the way. Yes, justice must be served and if any person is found to have played a part in his death ……they must pay the price. But we don’t need to hear speculative reports about what he looked like during his autopsy etc.

Maybe those providing our news services with these stories should look in the mirror and think how they would feel if they were a young child and it was their parent being scrutinized under the microscope.

Toronto, Canada

Joan Hudson   July 8th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

1. Not sure how your doctor can go on national tv and violate every HIPPA (privacy/confidentiality) Act rule there is-shame on him- but apparently MJ's doctor has no problem sharing his personal medical info. with the world.
2. It's now how you die, it's how you live and what you add to society-MJ united people through his music.
3. May he rest in peace.


AdamD   July 8th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

M.J. RIP!! Larry King has the best coverage of Michael

Zrabb   July 8th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Michael, thanks for the miraculous music you gave us, may you be at peace with the lord.

Henry   July 8th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

If these are Michael kid'a then why do they look so white. Afarican americans have tight currly hair, dark skin, and dark skin. These are a dominate traits and yet two of kids look blonde and more white. Why?

Eugene Coard   July 8th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

Hello! Mr. Michael Jackson gone but not forgotten. I have a picture of the real Michael Jackson, from my Night Club Days. I own a Club in NY in the 80s, and this photo was on our poster. We had a Michael Jackson look a like contest, the winner was given a trip to the Bahamas .We were the first Club in Brooklyn to show the Thriller Video, we had 800 people in the club that night, for me the best video ever. I would like to say a few words about Mr. and Mrs Joe Jackson. Every time i saw the movie THE JACKSON it made me sick, they called it abuse, my Farther called it having control. His so call abuse made all his kids Rich, no welfare, this world would be a better place, if we had more Joe Jacksons.. Eugene from

Stephen A. Carey   July 9th, 2009 3:21 am ET

Larry the only thing that shocks me the most is that he is really gone,
and the family is taking it very hard at this time plus the kids loved there father very much.Tthe only thing i could say to the Jacksons family is that the father and mother raised a good son and that the brothers and sisters had aloving and caring brother they could ever have. The family will know that Michael loved his family.

Robert A. Carey   July 9th, 2009 3:28 am ET

Larry, I loved the Memorial Service, the family and i were glued to the tv all day. I especially liked how Jermaine sung the song Smile. My heart goes out to the Jackson family, also i am glad to see that the issue with them doing the CPR in bed was addressed. As usher had sung he had gone too soon!

PEACE ETUMUDOR   July 9th, 2009 5:51 am ET



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