July 7th, 2009
04:48 PM ET

Jackson reaction on the internet

The internet is reacting to Michael Jackson's memorial service: most of it is positive. The micro-blogging Web site, Twitter, is being overwhelmed with Jackson reaction.

All 10 of the "trending topics" relate to Jackson whether it's "We Are the World" or Jackson's food choice, KFC.

One user writes "I watched (Jackson's) memorial service. I feel as though it was a great attempt to honor, cherish, and salute one of God's greatest gifts to us." Another person said the memorial "was very touching, I cried many times watching it."

But another user remarked "the memorial is over, let's go back to the more substantial and important Iran peaceful protests.

On Facebook, the reaction was similar. Jackson's fan page has more than 7 million fans, which is the most fans on the social networking Web site.

People from around the globe are commenting and reflecting in more languages than a New York City neighborhood. One fan said, "Michael Jackson esta vivo ..." (Michael Jackson lives). Another fan said "Gran homenaje al rey. Nunca te olvidaremos Michael" (Great memorial to the king. Never forget Michael).

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  1. Denise

    CNN did a wonderful job in presenting information on Michael Jackson's life. His pain is now over - so let's remember the positive contributions he made and leave the judging to God (Romans 6:7. )
    Hopefully, his children will benefit from their grandmother's spiritual direction and the resurrection hope of Acts 24:15.

    August 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alecram

    To all the haters: for every one of you there are 1,000 people that love Michael and are able to see through the media's lies and slander that existed throughout Michael's life. Those who love him understand that his positive contributions to our society are far more than meets the eye. All he ever wanted was to spread his message of love and peace to the world, and while we are a long way from achieving that, his message resonates loudly. He will always be loved, treasured and remembered. God bless his soul and his children.

    August 3, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patricia

    I think it all had to do with the 50 shows instead of the 10 Michael contracted for. Michael left rehearsal about 12 the night before and goes home. Dr. Murray admits giving Michael propofol that night. Michael had to have woken that morning – he had partially digested pills in his stomach – unless they were forced in to him, he swallowed them. I'd say that as Dr. Murray didn't get Michael his breakfast as usual at 9-9:30, something went on – his 2 assistants were seen about that time getting boxes out of his storage unit. Michael woke up, took the pills, did he talk to AEG about then, or what? People heard him say the night before that he was upset, that he'd signed on for 10 shows, not 50. I thought initially that Michael may have taken his life, but Dr. Murray acted beyond out-of-character for a personal physician. Why did he not call 911 sooner, where's the missing tape of Michael's room, and how would Murray know where it was and take it, too many inconsistences with it all. Something not right obviously went on – even waiting until 12:10 to yell downstairs to the chef to get Prince – a paid employee such as a personal physician would not 'not' check on his patient when under the use of propofol – he had to wake him up or pills would not be in Michael's stomach. I don't believe Dr. Murray fell asleep after Michael woke up. I don't know what went on, but at the very least it is gross negligence of your patient, given the condition Michael was in, to even think of putting him under anesthesia while not in a hospital setting – it is criminal. And for the prescriptions in aliasis' – did Michael even know all those were out there floating around? Who knows – the prescriptions could have been written and sold for lots and lots of money without his knowledge – a fortune. Michael was very busy during that time of his life, and may not have know all that went on around him. I don't deny he was an addict, but even if he took a wheelbarrow a day of pills, he couldn't keep up with 19 doctors, innumerable aliasis, and hundreds of prescriptions. Plus rehearse until 12 at night for opening night. He was seen out and about too much to be too drugged up to move – when he was under the influence of drugs you could see it in the way he acted and looked. Just thoughts, you know. I do know that one 'supposed' sighting of Michael in Beverly Hills on youtube, the guy was just sitting in the vehicle, looking around but with a hat and mask – he glanced above the black sunglasses in the video, and his eyes were blue!!! Weird and scary.

    August 2, 2009 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    Steve G., and all the haters; you need to respect the dead.
    What proof do you have for the lies you tell?
    Michael Jackson was NOT a pedophile.
    He was set up, a giving human being.
    MICHAEL JACKSON was atypical in that he could afford, and brought the BEATLES' catalogue.
    Paul McCartney was pissed. Usually, it's been the other way around.
    Most Black musicians ended up broke. Michael flipped that switch, and was envied(and loathed), for his business move.
    Only God can judge, so I wish they would quiet down!
    (But of course they can’t)!
    People have no feelings for children dealing with the loss of their father?
    You who won't let this lie die need to answer this question–
    Did you ever walk in Michael Jackson's shoes?
    Do you know what it's like to be falsely accused in front of the entire world?
    Each of us has a death appointment. Michael’s was too soon.
    Yet even in death, haters won’t leave him alone, just like vultures.
    They forget that inescapable time with destiny, and to speak ill, and evil of those who passed on, who will pray for you when it’s your time to meet The Maker?

    August 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jen

    Frankly, I do not think that Michael Jackson collapsed in Dr Murray's room. There are no witnesses and MJ is not here to rebute anything. When I hear what these people such as Kai Chase, Dr Klein, Dr Murray, the nurse and Chopras etc etc etc are saying, I say to myself who knows if what they are saying are true. Michael is not here and we will never know the truth.

    August 1, 2009 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jen

    Ellie Kay... you'd make a very good moderator, very knowledgeable. I like reading your opinions.

    August 1, 2009 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    Narcan was not administered simply because it was not available in MJ home otherwise Murray would have given it. Even had it been available at his bedside if the doctor fell asleep which is what I think happened, it would have been too late for Narcan to work if MJ didnot have vital signs. To tell you the truth, I think Murray fell asleep and after 4-6 minutes of lack of oxygen in the brain, brain death occurs and in most cases even with resuscitation the person ends up in a vegetative state. This is the reason why a drug like Diprivan is only given in a hospital setting not given in the home. Most of us who have had simple surgical procedures as an inpatient have received Diprivan under the expertise of a anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist but now I am scard as hell to take it again. What I didn't know didn't hurt but since this MJ incident I am so much more aware that there might have been instances when I may have stopped breathing while under. I read somewhere that Dr Arnold Klein administered Diprivan to MJ in his office when doing surgical procedure on his scalp. Why a dermotologist would be doing cosmetic surgery on anyone is besides me. I wonder if Dr Klein stocked MJ with the Diprivan.......just an idea. Yes, Murray is responsible for this mess because he used poor judgement and broke his Hippocratic Oath and he should definitely lose his license to practice medicine but all these other doctors who contributed negligently by letting MJ dictate what he wanted from them as far as prescription drugs should also be penalized and share some responsiblility. And last but not least a share of the blame goes to MJ who probably desired the euphoria of drugs more than life itself. God bless him and his loved one. RIP, MJ.

    August 1, 2009 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. ZEncinias

    I'm very glad I got to watch the memorial service since there's no way I could have attended in person. I watched the entire service twice: once with a roommate, again, with my sister. I cried both times, all the way through.

    Michael was 8 years older than me, so I was very young when he began performing. My mother was a fan of The Jackson 5, so I saw every television performance they did before Michael went solo.

    Early in Michael's career, I realized how fragile he was emotionally. Having come from a dysfunctional family that had its share of abuse, I felt particularly protective of Michael, as I did for my siblings. When the media would attack him, I'd become enraged. Couldn't they see what they were doing to him? They tried and convicted him when the courts did not. It was obvious those events took pieces of his soul, from which he never quite recovered.

    I feel honored and humbled to have shared my life and planet with such a humanitarian. We all know his financial troubles, but Michael never stopped giving when he saw children in need. Most of us only want to have a positive impact on one person in our lives. Michael impacted millions. Very few of us will ever be able to say that.

    I am still moved to tears if I think too deeply on this subject. A part of me feels raw and aches with a grief I never expected.. I have yet to read the various magazines that have covered MJ's life because I begin to cry each time I attempt it.

    For those who continue to try to make him out to be a monster: In this country a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. There's never been evidence that Michael Jackson EVER did anything inappropriate to a child. Get your minds out of the gutter! Read Jordy Chandler's recanting of his accusations. Imagine the horror of living YOUR lives with the unearned title of Pedophile hanging over YOUR heads!

    To all of us who've been profoundly touched by this person honored with CNN's coverage of his memorial: We are right to defend Michael and profess our deep feelings of gratitude for being a small part of this great man's life. May we each strive to reach across boundaries to help one another the way Michael did.

    July 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellie Kay


    It was good to have the personal Chef on. To me she looked like the kind of competent, sweet, beautiful thinking person that MJ would want to have around, and to be around his children! She displayed restraint and professionalism by refering to her employer as Mr. And, if you are in Hollywood doing that kind of work, you are going to have professional people supporting your career. Actually all the people LKL has had on his show have looked pretty presentable. But that's not the point here at all.

    Each person LKL has had on his show have provided clues. But I don't think people are listening, really listening.

    Her recount of the events has been extremely consistent from the first interview to LKL. Either she has memorized the script or she is simply telling the truth. How refreshing.

    Here's something she said repeatedly that nobody has provided a good answer for.. And I think there's a reason for not doing so. Which is part of the conspiracy idea. (Think how much money these people were making; think how they'd really like to have their next job with a celebrity as well).

    She said the doctor came down the stairs and said "Get Prince, he's screaming very loudly".

    Either the quote wasn't right, or the context wasn't right. Think about it.

    Why would Prince already be screaming? Where was he screaming? What did he see? Why did the doctor have "time" to tell the Chef to get him?

    When LK sort of asked a followup question, but he didn't clarify the situation at all, she said.

    He was in (or might have been in) the Den which was near the Kitchen. If that poor child was screaming, then he was witness to what was going on upstairs or to something. One of the earlier reports I read said that the children, or at least Prince had seen their father collapse. That MJ had walked into where the doctor was ....and whatever happened did.

    Again, this all happened in the MORNING to noon time. The children would have been expecting their father to be "awaking" and becoming available for having lunch with them (as the Chef said, he was pretty regular about this).

    That means something was going on upstairs that had hyper-alerted either 1 or more of the children.

    How in the world could that doctor have been spending "all that time updstairs" doing whatever..... without the first thing on his mind being .....to call for additional 911 help? Did he tell the boy to tell someone else to call 911? And Prince just started screaming?

    Or couldn't the doctor have screamed just as easily down those stairs into the Kitchen to Kai Chase to call 911? Come on, this is getting crazier and crazier.

    She must have had her own cell phone and could've called out.

    She did seem a little oblivious about whether there were any "land lines" in the house.

    How or with whom did she place her "grocery, supply" order each week?

    Reverse this whole situation. And imagine that one of those precious children had been having an emergency?

    What do you think would have happened, and how much time would've elapsed until help were to arrive?

    Yes, her interview was a little bit "slick" but at least she had a little more to add to the situation. But it was kind of like she might have rehearsed her "statement" keeping things pretty "neutral".

    How could she keep smiling so much....that was pretty interesting.

    Anyway, I'm a highly suspicious personality and this mystery is beyond all reason.

    July 31, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

    With everything thats going on in my life.One of the hardest things is to bear the fact that we have lost one of the greatest performer in my life time.M.Jackson ,has moved the crowd in many ways.Micheal has done great things for many people all over the world.It saden my heart to turn on the t.v ,and just hear all the bad things about him.That they have no proof about. The news media tries to say he was a drug user, A child molester,But they don't have no proof of this.(waste)M.Jackson has brought joy to every race,on this earth.But we as people refuse to give thanks for his great work .I hope M.Jackson is in A better place now .Away from this evil planet we call earth.For he will live on forever with me and my children for ever.For god has called him home to be with him.R.I.P MICHEAL JACKSON WE LOVE YOU MISS YOU DEARLY........................P.S JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE

    July 31, 2009 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ordinary Average Guy.....

    This is for Larry King....;

    I am sorry, but this is the first interview I have seen that was NOT worthy of coming from you! (Ms. Chase-MJ's personal chef);

    I was following you both, but when she said she "heard from my publicist"...... Then I noticed how nice her hair was and make-up....... HmmmmmMMMmmm, wonder who she will be working for next?????? I am sick of the media allowing ppl to grand-stand and create hype/opinions/etc, without trying to focus and finding the real truth!

    You are feeding the fire Mr. King!

    Just an average-guy's PERCEPTION....

    Still love ya Larry!


    July 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ellie Kay


    One report said MJ was ill-advised to even permit an interview with Martin Bashir. I read another comment that said Martin Bashir actually enhanced his own reputation by gaining that interview. Which led to him becoming a regular contributor to ABC Network. Others say it was a very badly edited piece. And that the response to questions were put together out of context.

    I think people are discovering now that what MJ said about a lot of things (illnesses, etc.) are being confirmed as accurate. I think any celebrity who could admit a drug addition to the world and going in Rehab also tried not to hide anything.

    I don't think MJ was about deception. Far more of it would've come to light by now. But there isn't much conflict out there about what he said or did. It seems that the public just couldn't take at face value, who he was and what he was about. Giving, sweet, gentle, loving.

    The skeptical media made worse all the innate suspicions people carried about his activities.

    Think about how much power MJ had that if he really did want to cover something up, then that would've happened. The very fact that people saw the comings and goings, means there wasn't anything being desperately shielded.

    I just don't think MJ had (on a daily and personal basis) the kind of proper advisors helping him and looking out for his best interests, espcially throughout that turmoil. Fortunately he ended up with a superior legal defense team.

    July 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephanie

    hi, i have a question. i thought bashir and michael jackson were close friends?

    July 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ellie Kay


    Interesting! Hope LKL picks up on your question about Narcan. Sounds like you might be a professional in the field. I don't know if the doctor had an antidote on hand, or if he tried one. Everybody here and everywhere is only speculating.

    One hunch is that instead of monitoring the patient/client the doctor was "distracted" for whatever reasons...... add plenty of speculation here. Because WHO wouldn't be watching like a hawk at night if you already knew that someone stops breathing under the sedative.

    Another train of thinking.

    My other guess is that another reason anesthesia sedatives are administered only in hospitals / clincs is because there is an array of safeguards available.

    This is a WONDERFUL question pointing to the doctor's "potential" negligence and absolute incompetence! I hope they hound this doctor day and night for "apparently" putting Michael Jackson in so much jeopardy. If he was ready for the Tour and looking forward to it .... such a crime has been "allegedly" committed here. So sad.

    Please keep pursuing your inquiry. As I am trying to make the point about Joe Jackson receiving a call BEFORE the paramedics were called. I suggest this is either very suspicious, or again points to the doctor's inability to take critical charge of the situation. And proceed with MJ's best interests.... regardless of his own fears about incrimination.

    Somebody needs to be accountable for this travesty.

    And yes, I know nothing is going to change the situation.

    July 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. paula

    he was a wonderful performer. Why did they not administer Narcan which would have reversed the effects of proprofol and maybe he would have still been here with us?

    July 30, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  16. Tum Ti Tum

    .......He was an intergral part of my life for 40 years !!! I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.


    Segun Adeyi

    July 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Linda

    Kelly – I comply COMPLETELY!!!!! He gave away more money to charity, i.e. Make a Wish Foundation. Feed the Children, 911 families in need. Aids Foundation, Children of Africa, etc. etc. than ANY OTHER artist/celebrity in history!!! He did so much for mankind. He was not only the greatest and most ingenious performer of all times, he was a super humanitarian. I love him and miss him and always will. I can visualize him in HEAVEN right now moonwalking with the other ANGELS!!! :)))

    July 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. kelly wright

    the city of L.A. can pay 4 million dollars to try to prosecute an innocent man , but not 1. 4 mill memorialize him? In my opinion , they owe it to him !! what about all of the C.A. kids that that went to Neverland on M.J. 's dime !!!! what 100's maybe thousands of kids .M.J. paid 5 mill. per year to provide this wonderful experience for kids What about that ?? to all you M.J. hater's HE WAS FOUND INNOCENT ON 14 CHARGES BY 12 JURORS !! HE WAS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN TOTALLY INNOCENT !! HE DESERVES ALL OF THE ACCOLADES HE GETS AND THEN SOME !!

    July 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Stephanie

    Thank you for your comment Charles, I find it Ironic that those who are looking for news, search CNN , go into Entertainment and find a blog for Michael . Michaels' Fans are like no other and we appreciate CNN covering our event, For us, his fans, he was someone who has meant so much to so many. We Love you more Michael , Rest in Peace

    July 27, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. marilyn

    dear michael i just want to say to the world that i have been a major fan of yours all my life i am 50 years of age and i was born on april 25 1959 we are the same age. i am gonna miss you with all my heart and i will never forget you. you have made the world a better place to live in and alot of poeple are thanking you for that. michael i love you and i will never stop listening to your music or your videos i have mostly all of your music and i will continue to get all thank you for making my life alot better with your music. R.I.P. MICHAEL. love you forever. marilyn

    July 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jennifer Owens

    I had to find a place to express the overwhelming emotion in my heart. I, like so many people grew up with the J5. But there was always something extra special about Michael. I absolutely loved his spirit. I said this even before Jermaine said it, Michael was truly a gift, a gift that the world was not ready for. His was a beautiful, gentle, childlike spirit and because he was not wild, foul-mouthed and promiscuous like the average performer today, the world did not know how to receive him– so they ridiculed him and took advantage of him few really took the time to understand him and if they did they might have learned a lot from him. I want CNN to know that in my opinion, Martin Bashir, who tried to make Michael look stupid in his interview, ended up being the one who looked stupid. We all know what he was trying to do. The press kept saying that the interview backfired on Michael, well we think it backfired on Bashir. However,I want to thank Bashir because we loved seeing Michael as his sweet, sensitive, "human" self. Don't people understand that If Michael was a pedaphile he would not have insisted on t.v that he WOULD still allow kids into his bed, he was not a fool he would have lied and said that he made a mistake and that he probably wouldn't do that again but because of the innocence of what he was saying, he emphasized that he would. But reporters like Bashir don't care about humanism they only care about sensationalism. I would love to see how someone like Bashir would handle having a finger pointed at him and being called a pedophile if he knew he was innocent. I would love to see him squirm, it is not an easy thing to live down. Anyway, thank you CNN because every time you rerun this interview it just makes us love Michael more. People like Bashir, who tried to make a fool of him don't have him to "kick around" anymore. My heart is broken that he is gone and the world has become a bit ha dull hue because Michael is no longer in it.

    J. Owens

    July 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  22. janice thomas

    I think MJ was one of the greatest, he will forever be in my heart. I will miss his performance. no one could move like MJ. Please remember the kids and his family all which loved him, because he was a father, brother, child. uncle. even the fan will miss him truly, but the family will miss him most.

    July 25, 2009 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  23. sky gray

    Go to youtube.com type in RIDL and watch Micheal Jackson Billy Jean his own way

    July 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sekou Hamyatta Nana

    Stunning, amazing. Thank you CNN for bringing it to us.
    He was indeed the greatest entertainer.
    I remember standing on the Macy’s floor watching his videos and watching him transitioning into MTV giving us “hope” and paving the way to where entertainment and race relations stand today.

    He will be missed but will live in our hearts, memories and all artists for ALL TIMES.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Inés

    I still feel very affected by MJ's passing, not because he fought in Afganistan or Irak, quite the opossite, it is because he brought joy to my life when I was suffering for those friends and relatives that are still fighting wars abroad.

    I'm sad because he was extraordinary, talented and pure at heart, a tortured soul that for the world seemed to have everything to be happy, but happiness is defined by each one of us not by others standards.

    I miss MJ cause to be a genius you just have to make one great discovery that benefits humanity. And so he did, in each one of us through his music and dancing and softness and weakness and tenderness. I miss his energy.

    Those who want to see memorials for the fallen soldiers should go to other websites or wait for Memorial Day , cause that happens everyday and u do not see it in the news, sad but true.

    But those who want to cry for a Fallen Star can do it anywhere on Earth, cause the whole planet is crying for Michael Jackson and there's nothing you can do about that.

    So please do not mess up with other people hearts and feeling, and let us be!

    July 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ellie Kay


    Thank you for a well phrased comment. I agree I too am sick of the negative news which is absolutely just as repetitive as what people are saying about the story. Except that it isn't repetitive in terms of new details and angles emerging.

    As I said in another comment if hearing the negative news allowed us all to do something to change it into better news, then there would be a point. Otherwise it is just to guarantee a viewing audience and to sell commercials.

    MJ put something out into the world that was completely the opposite of negative news. Not everyone may have agreed with the person and lifestyle. But far more people benefitted from the creativity and entertainment. It just made people feel good! If it didn't, if people didn't appreciate the legacy, then they would not be following and commenting on MJ's story.

    Let's hear more comments like Charles.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Ellie Kay


    This is a LKL Blog site for everyone to express their opinions. Your's helps to expand the discussion. So it is certainly welcomed.

    I would like to counter your comment, in that it sounds like you work in the medical profession. Your comment sounds like a very professional, objective, rational and sensible approach. I agree that in many cases, the vast majority of ordinary people need to take more responsibility in their lives.

    Please don't misinterpret the following "difference" to which I am referring. One, is to the ordinary person. And two, is to refer to an extra-ordinary person. I don't mean this in the sense that MJ was above everyone or better than anyone, or super-human, or any of that "hero worship" kind of stuff.

    I mean he lead an extra-ordinary life. Not all of it by his pure choice. He was driven to much of it because he needed to express his talent. He was born to entertain and he translated that gift into a gift for his fans out of love. In some respects, I think he put up with a lot, in the name of being able to continue working just a little bit longer. So he could continue giving to his fans.

    I think he wanted children for the same reason. Simply to be able to give them something (there are no guarantees in like about any parent not dying unexpectedly) and love. He wanted them to be special, giften children with the potential to make their own contributions someday. He wanted them to be physically healthy. And allowed his mother to raise them with a concrete belief system, so they would grow up to be morally responsible.

    I think he did well with the children. And he shouldn't be condemned or thought of being selfish for being who he was, and for not perfect, just because he had children.

    I think he was "exceptional" in that he just didn't have a grasp on the basics, the fundamentals or "normal" or "routine" life. Somebody had always taken care of him and his career and his business even his money. And all of that. The only thing MJ really had to do, was be creative and entertain.

    That took him to the next level. Because he was so incredibly successful. Everything (for right or wrong reasons) was taken care of for him. Can you imagine him grocery shopping without going to great lengths to disguise himself? From what I hear, he couldn't even cross the street!

    Imagine a life like that. And then try to apply your experience, understanding and expectations to his perspective. He didn't think he was an "ordinary" person because he wasn't allowed to be. Why would he want to fit into our conforms (expectations) then?

    Therefore he never lead an ordinary, normal life based on the expectations and understanding that you and I do.

    Think about this. Just for the sake of the argument. If he never had to take responsibility for ANYTHING except his music, what would give him the basis for assuming he had total control over his life?

    And therefore that it was feasible to be toxic free? I'm not saying that was a right premise or a conclusion. But you have to think the way a person in that position would approach it.

    I've said before, that no one, and possibly MJ himself could not necessarily be sure that he "toxic free" would be the same creative talent that we (his public) could not imagine him being under any circumstances no matter what.

    However... going through serious Rehab and through the physical process and agony and torture of getting your body clean does take a toll unto itself. Would he have been an even better or more creative talent if he was totally clean??

    The other thing is, the people around him, may not have wanted him to go through this Rehab process either. For one thing, if he had survived it and come to take total control over everything (from a newly enlightened perspective, tho I don't think he was strong enough to do so) then he would have challenged a lot people around him. All of who were each trying to take their piece of the pie.

    They probably feared MJ being capable enough to suddenly start making all decisions in his life. He would have gone beyond their control and influence.

    This is a subtle observation. But I don't think MJ was ever allowed to really entertain the idea of a full blown, serious "Betty Ford" kind of rehabilitation. We, the ordinary thinking kind of person just can't understand the trade-off he made.

    But it was a bargain with the devil, the selling of his soul, for whatever it took to continue to produce his music and entertain his fans. That was his life. He reality.

    And we the public should stop condemning him for it, just as long as we were always willing to buy the music and enjoy the concerts.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bella

    Michael, I wish you could see how painful for us to see you leave..

    I Want You Back.
    Heaven Can Wait.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. Valmai

    To all those who loved, respected and believed in Michael Jackson. He was not just The King of Pop, he was a shining star that burned so brightly in millions of hearts around the world. When that light went out, it broke the hearts of those millions. Michael was not just a consummate entertainer, his genius and talent can hardly be denied. But he was so much more than that. He was an inspiration, a humanitarian and a role model. He bridged the gap between age, sex and race and inspired in people to try and make the world a better place. I can't think of any other entertainer who achieved this. What the media did to him and what he did to himself, will always be a topic to argue. Who knows the pain he was in and what methods he used to cope with it. I don't think we have the right to judge him. We do owe him though, for what he gave to us, at such great sacrifice to himself. To honor him, to keep his memory alive and to keep on trying to be that man in the mirror. RIP Michael, we will never forget you.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. marilyn

    I respect the fact that MJ was a superb entertainer. Whenever we come in contact with chemicals of dependency no matter if they are liquid(alcohol), pills, inhalants, smoked or injected, we either find that we really like them or that we can take them or leave them. The "really likers" become the addicted. We are born with this trait and it depends on circumstances and environment what happens to us as we go through life. If Michael had not been burned in the Pepsi commercial, he would have found the drugs somewhere else down the line. He had a rehab experience, so he was aware that there was help to be had out there. I realize that he had a lousy childhood, and had many obstacles with the accusations, the trial etc., but he is ultimately responsible for himself. Yes the doctors who gave all those prescriptions, and the pharmacists who filled them should be held accountable for their part in this. A doctor who would give Diprovan in a home setting and not have intubation equipment available is a very stupid person. Michael was a very sick man and it is tragic that he could not say that he was sick and tired of being sick and tired and ask for help. I'm sure that he was what he thought was a good father-and that he loved those kids. But what harm has he done those children? It's not normal to see your dad hooked to an IV pole, or shuffling around, or having heavy eyelids or slurred speech. So those kids will have problems, and the cycle of his flawed childhood will carry on to the next generation. God Bless You Michael Jackson. May your children be raised in a loving environment, with all their emotional needs met in a healthy way.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  31. CM

    I am shocked an saddened by the sudden death of Michael Jackson.He touched so many lives,and is a legend whose music will live on forever in our hearts.My heart goes out to the children,my dd died when he was 50 so I know how they are feeling.I wish I could of help him with the sleeping problem,I know what to do for this problem.He was a really great father with his chidren,better then my 1 child's father.Michael Jackson cared about his childrenMichael Jackson music has helped me since I had my son and bad times with father.I feel that I am very much alone at this time..He will be missed.I send my love ,condolences to the Jackson Family.

    July 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. tania

    i miss you michael
    God Bless you Michael, we all know that you are in Heaven.
    All our love to Michael’s 3 children, stay strong, always remember your Dad. My deepest sympathy to Michael’s children and Family.
    Thank you, Michael

    July 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Charles

    Ive read through some of these post and I'm absolutley appalled at the ignorance. MJ was almost supernatural in his talent and persona that we as a society placed him up on this pedastal. Personally, I'm tired of turning on the news and seeing where another Jihad maniac blew himself at. I'm tired of hearing about politicians doing nothing but being corrupt and handing out hollow promises. This man impacted multiple generations and still counting due to his music, talent, and giving. So, the media coverage was right and deserved. Yes military men and women are dying and will continue to. And they should and always will be honored. However, if you don't want to watch the coverage then turn it. Tomorrow you'll have your news of slayings, trials, and nonsense.

    July 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mike

    i guess eveyone has 20/20 hindsight. i guess if the people in a position to help mj realized earlier what they have to live with now we wouldnt be talking about a deceased individual. so sad his so called friends didnt do more to get him the help he needed. you may never see another entertainer of his magnitude in your lifetime.

    July 19, 2009 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  35. JDC

    Thank you CNN for your coverage on Michael J. Jackson's Memorial. While I thought it brilliant on the Jackson Family's behalf to make it public event to keep the media at bey, I also think that the media should now leave it alone. There are children and family members grieving the loss of their dearly beloved.

    I learned that day that Michael Jackson was in the Guinness World Records as the single artist that donated the most of himself to charities. Now that is a legacy. His music and dance without a doubt a legacy. His children are also his legacy.

    What the Rev. A. Sharpton said to Michael's children was wonderful and uplifting. "I want his children to know there was nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with."
    Indeed the media played a gigantic role in that!

    It's time to have some compassion, for the children that are left behind from the tragic loss of their father. When a child has to speak out at her father's Memorial to stop the rumors and whispers about her father, I think that in itself speaks volumes.

    My heart felt condolences to Michael's family and especially his children. Your daddy was a wonderful man who just wanted the world to feel unconditional love. He did this through is music, dance, and his many contributions to mankind.

    Maybe you can rest in peace now Michael, in the peace you could never find here.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Stephanie

    I agree with Scott. No celebrity's death has ever taken this much of a toll on me. When I am having a bad day, I take out my iPod and turn on my Michael Jackson music. I can literally feel his presence, and the excitement gives me energy. I can't understand why the media sold all the false stories. I wonder if they thought of the consequences. Hopefully, they feel ashamed now. Michael motivates me to be the best I can be, and since then, I've been trying to better myself. I really want to begin forgiving others like how he did. Like him, I, at one point, felt I did not have a childhood either, and had family problems as well. I know how he feels, and I understand why he isolated himself. I really miss him so much. Since his passing, I've felt so alone. Rest in peace, Michael.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Scott

    Its weird how MJ's passing has affected me....I've never been this sad over a celebrity's death. Its obvious the impact he had to people all over the world....but what makes me so upset is the fact that some people are still bringing up the accusations of child molestation that he was aquitted of. So far, its been proven that he indeed had vitiligo and Lupus which caused his skin to become lighter. These diseases added to all the media labeling him a pedophile would drive anyone to addiction to painkillers. It just dusgusts me and saddends me to think of all the years wasted and all the entertainment and joy he would have brought during these last 10-15 years if he didn't have to deal with all the greedy, low-lifes who surrounded him and ultimately led to his passing. I look at the media today and the so-called celebrity's we're left with and I just can't believe how the world has changed. Its just sad.

    July 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Wree

    OK, I get it. Now we are going to blame all of Michael's problems on the burn accident, replay the Pepsi video, and talk about prescription med addiction. Read his lyrics before you try to speak with authority on Michael's heart. When a father is never satisfied with how hard you work, or if your father has always been the source of physical and emotional pain in your life, it scars you for life. It is embarassing when CNN gets it wrong. Like the whole "repast" debacle...

    July 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Josh

    To all that are criticizing the coverage of Michael Jackson...Also, of Sarah Palin. How about the overcoverage of Sotomayor? Or Jon and Kate nobodys? or some other Joe Blow that wants to get rich by exploiting the worst characteristics of themselves or others?

    At least we have these ridiculous stories and not another terrorist attack or large loss of security, life, and mind.

    July 16, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  40. Dumitra Ittu

    We love MJ. Please leave as alone to cry and miss our MJ.

    July 16, 2009 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  41. Cindy S. Beltran

    The memorial was just right for Michael Jackson. And the overwhelming coverage of him on television and everywhere is great. Keep it Up!!!

    July 16, 2009 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  42. Victoria

    Actually, the number of Michael Jackson fans on Facebook is 9,5 million now, and it's increasing every day.
    I think that number explains everything...
    R.I.P. King of Pop

    July 16, 2009 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  43. Jane

    The coverage of Michael Jackson was and is well deserved. He was one of the greatest entertainers of our time – for those who are so inclined to appreciate a true icon of American Pop Culture. I would rather tune into coverage about Michael Jackson, an entertainer who actually did care about the human condition with his contributions to various charities and co-writing "We are the World". Michael was a true humanitarian. He was someone who wanted made a change for the better and deserves the credit.

    Thank you, Michael

    July 16, 2009 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  44. drogirl

    I refuse to let him go. He touched me from afar and will be with me always in a way that can never be explained. He was a force of nature and he healed me in my times of trouble. I am a cancer survivor of 14 years. All through my treatment the music I love was my comfort Michael was a MAJOR part in that. I was told I would not be here 10 years ago but I never gave up. That is what Michael was able to give to people through his music, HOPE. Alot of other entertainers could do just a little more smiling and waving instead of feeling full of themselves. That is why we loved Michael he loved us more. He did his part now it is time to R.I.P. {By the way everyone in that cancer ward knew drogirl loved her Michael songs and they loved them too}

    July 16, 2009 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  45. Cindy

    Thanks CNN for your coverage of Michael Jackson.i love you Michael!i know you were innocent baby,believe me i know.people kill for money,lie for money but God will make justice.and to whoever is talking bad about Michael get a life!!that one guy Peter King get a life!!

    July 16, 2009 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  46. Niala Dwarika

    Michael Jackson was my teenage idol. It is as simple as that. As an artist I could recognise and relate to pure talent. I never stooped being his biggest fan.

    July 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Robert Hubbard

    Thanks HLN for your coverage of MJ. I grew up with Michael and I want to knowwhat happen. I turn on HLN to here the latest at night and when I go to work listening to XM.

    Thanks again

    July 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. KATIE G.

    Frank in Wilton Mannors and Steve. You are both disgusting.

    He is innocent and as for the memorial, the artists / actors and friends in attendance were magnificent. You do not understand what kind of a person Michael was. Educate yourselves. People like you are the ones that drove him to drugs.

    Michael did bring the world together; gave more to charities then any other artist in the world. All he wanted was to be happy, to be with his children and for people like you to leave him alone.

    God Bless you Michael, we all know that you are in Heaven.
    All our love to Michael's 3 children, stay strong, always remember your Dad. My deepest sympathy to Michael's children and Family.

    July 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Linda

    Michael and our house.
    Mom’s (83 years old) youngest child, Ted (two years Michael’s junior and now gone home with the Lord), would watch Michael with legs crossed, three feet away from the TV absorbing Michael Jackson’s everything. We loved Michael too. He was in our home – part of our lives.

    Michael gave us so much.
    His love, creativity, devout attention, energy, and all those things words cannot begin to describe which flowed fluently planting the seeds of his passions and talents. Decades of his life were dedicated to giving. Michael, -- hmmmm, -- Michael over and over again delved into the depths of humanitarianism, social commentary, unexplored heights of creativity, and our very hearts successfully. We greatly benefited!

    A soft answer turns away wrath.
    In the face of great troubles we witnessed his response, ”That’s not nice.” He also responded with creative song expressing his dispassion regarding media, critics, and wrongful charges. I never heard him “blast” those involved in harming him. It takes an extra measure of wisdom and strength to accomplish that soft answer; and, he did. We respect him so greatly for that.

    I love you more.
    When others said to Michael, “I love you.”, - Michael would often respond “I love you more.” Now I can hear Michael say to the Lord, “I love you Lord.” In response, I can hear the Lord say, “Michael, I love you more. Come home with me for an eternity.” And, he did.

    We'll miss him

    July 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Patty

    Michael didn't become a "dopehead" on his own!!!! He didn't just wander into an operating room and demand drugs; the quacks were feeding it to him for years and Michael was not a doctor. He should not be held responsible for doctors causing him to become addicted. Once a person is addicted they aren't able to make rational decisions about what is happening to them and we should be able to trust our doctors not to cause us harm. They all failed Michael and should be held accountable. If the whole world knew he had a problem with pain pills; I know the doctors also knew and willingly and intentionally caused him to become addicted and ultimately his death.

    July 15, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  51. Patty

    It seems pretty clear that the doctors killed Michael Jackson and its about time the law held doctors accountable for addicting people to drugs and harming them with medications they shouldnt be taking just so the doctor can get the kick back checks from the drug companies. Doctors have operated unchecked and unchallenged for TOO DAMN LONG!!! Make them account for what they do, just like the rest of us.

    July 14, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Belgium

    I don't hate MJ. Just the facts. He was a dopehead. In search for a fix in the operating room. He yelled at his friends and broke up with them just because they wanted him to stop using.
    Who needs a friend like this?
    Like I said nice music nice dance. But we have other heroes in this great country of ours who deserve our respect and love.

    I exist. I don't do operating rooms.

    July 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  53. rubie

    Thankyou Michael for all the happiness you have given me through the years..not to mention my children.. God Bless

    July 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Michelle Daley

    To all the haters of michael, you have a right to be saying all the things you said but its a pity no one can say anything about u because u dont exist. Michael exist thats y thats why people have things to say good or bad

    July 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Melanie

    Michael was the greatest entertainer ever. How many of these acts take a bow when they are finished? Michael always took a bow. The signs of a true performer and gentleman. The memorial was simply beautiful. I cried through the whole ceremony. TRUE MICHAEL JACKSON FAN. Whoever didnt like it, or thought it was a waste of time, just wait till you lose someone in your family, or you could have turned the channel. He was an ICON, and yes a lot of the world would have felt cheated if the networks didnt cover his death. I hope Mike is somewhere laughing and enjoying himself now. Singing and dancing because he is finally getting his rest that he couldn't get here by the same judgemental people on this website. RIP Mike, Loved you since you started with the Jackson 5.

    July 14, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  56. cheekbrown

    I guess Michael Jackson's Memorial Service was the most watched event ever. I am not sure that I have ever seen a finer program. Long live Michael Jackson.

    July 14, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  57. Belgium

    MJ could sing and dance but he was no saint.

    Sorry fans.

    July 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. gladia

    Kocham Cię! I love You!

    July 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jackie

    Let Michael rest in peace,I don't beleive what people said he did.They were only after his money.Its sad to say but thats what this world has come to.The people that did this to the manshould be ashamed of themselves. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL..

    July 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Janet

    Where has Macauly Caulkin been during all of this? I recently watched the MJ 30th reunion special (again) that I have on tape, and he was sitting next to Michael, while Michael watched the beginning of the show. Also, what happened to some of the so-called "stars" or "divas" as they call them, that performed on the show?

    July 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Ms A.

    The bible tells us not to judge anyone. There is no perfect man so instead of comments trying to tear him down why not send comments that will be uplifting to the family and his children . They are going the to be the ones that has a void in their life. No one and that includes everyone wants to deal with the death of a love one and receive negative comments. I enjoyed having the opportunity to see the funeral services for him and I thank Cnn. But in closing if you saw the hurt in his daughter's voice and the POSITIVE THINGS THAT SHE SAID ABOUT HER FATHER, he wasn't all bad and we need to search our own heart and seek God in making statments, let us learn to love one another as God loves us.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Fariha Khalil

    Michael Jackson was an awesome person and for the jerks who are saying crap about him, well maybe they should look into their own homes first and then say something to someone else.

    Michael jackson was great and we all know it people who are saying bad stuff about him are and were just jealous because he really did make a difference in the world which they can't. . .in fact they can't even make a difference in their own lives.

    I love Michael Jackson may God bless you.

    July 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  63. silly cnn watcher

    what's oprah winfrey's reaction to Michael Jackson's death? No comments, no interviews, not even on her website?

    July 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Betty L. Johnston

    Michael Jackson tried so hard in all that he did in his life. He was a tortured soul in his private life but he did not let this overcome his music that was not only in his heart but his soul as well. He truly was one of a kind that actually cared for his fans and protected his family as well. Thank you Michael. Thank you all the Jackson Family. An Angel that was lent to us here on Earth has now returned to Heaven.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  65. trey mace

    on tonights show there was talk of anesthetic addiction being unheard of. this is not true. Marilynn Monroe died of a nembutal overdose which is in the family of anesthetics that inclue seconal,phenobarbital,sodium pentothal. These drugs are still in common use as anesthetics but are rarely prescribed anymore. they were largely displaced by benzodiazapines. i'm sure people still remember phenobarbital of "heavens gate" fame

    July 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  66. R Barron

    It is confounding to me that the media has yet to ask the all important question: If MJ was not the father of the two older children, why not?

    I can think of a few reasons why he might not want to sire children. He may have had an illness, such as AIDS, which could have been passed to his offspring through his fluids. He may have had damaged DNA which could manifest itself in the children. He may have had such self loathing that he could not bear to have his children carry the same cross as he.

    If none of the above was true, he could have detested having sex witrh women, or one woman in particular, and as a result he could have used another man's sperm. But that does not explain why his sperm could not have been used to impregnate the woman without his participating in copulation.

    Something is missing.

    July 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Lisa ,Boston MA

    Very well said Michelle! I am with you. I loved watching everyone show their love for Michael at the memorial. I don't think it was too much or over the top. I think it was beautiful. The family didn't have to do this for the public. They did it because they knew how much Michael loved his fans and would give his all to them. I am thankful they shared their loss with us who are his fans. I felt part of it. Remember they all just lost their family member. No matter what he was in public he was their son, their brother, their father. They had a different relationship with him, like most of us do with our own families. It makes me sad that all they want to talk about is these two boys who accused him of doing something wrong, which was never proved, and recently those boys came out and said nothing ever happened. But NO we don't want to talk about that because it isn't news worthy. The media only focus' on the bad not the good. Michael a sang of hope and love and it breaks my heart this man had to live this way. Could you imagine not being able to leave your home to take your kids to the park? to a store? and even when you do you are in all the papers and something bad written about you? Just imagine that for once second. That was Michaels life times 1000. No one should ever have to go through that. But even with all that he still sang of love and hope and gave of himself unselfishly to his fans, family and charities. I don't see any other celebrities out there giving their money to charities like Michael did. Not a one....

    July 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sandra


    Thank you for all your wonderful music.

    I so hoped that the O2 concerts would be a comeback for you. That your music would, once again, be that what really mattered, instead of all that crap the tabloids wrote about you and poisoned so many people's judgement about you.

    I also hope that you are to be burried at your precious Neverland ranch and that they restore that magical place in it's former glory. The place you called your home for so many years. Maybe Neverland can be your Graceland, and enable people to still come visit you.

    You once said that you were Peter Pan at heart. So what better place to be layed at rest than Neverland?

    I hope you found peace now. Love you always.


    July 9, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Miguel

    Thank you for being the best pop singer

    July 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Miguel

    Thanks for your musical legacy.

    Hasta siempre Mickael Jackson

    July 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  71. sheen

    I am upset that CNN would let that Repsentative from New York get on tv and say that Michael Jackson was a low live and a child molester. That is so wrong. He only wanted to be on tv and must be jealous of all that Michael has done for the people. He is a racist person and should keep that stuff to his self. Michael is the KING OF POP and that's all there is to it. I hope people stop trying to degrate him and let him rest in peace . He deserves to better than what he is getting. People shouldn't sit up and judge others if you don't know them. Everything they are just hearing on news channels and most are not true. The only person that knows the truth is Michael and the doctor that was giving him the medication. God bless the family and the children they deserve to have peace . REst in peace Michael you are loved by millions of TRUE fans that respect you.

    July 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Rebecca

    Michael Jackson was NEVER convicted of the charges brought against him, so calling him a pedophile is unnecessary. There was not one shred of convincing evidence against him. I don't think we'll ever see anyone like Michael Jackson again. The amount of scandal attached to this man almost seems to rival his musical legacy at times, but it really is his music that will be remembered in decades to come

    July 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Marisela Garcia

    I loved Michael Jackson as far as I can remember I think I was only a little girl about nine or ten.I could have not seen this comming and he was and forever be a wonderful person. He traveld in my heart as I grew up and I can't say I never forgot him and I know I never will. He was just everything to me. I introduced him to my kids and they love his music.He is and always will be loved by everyone. To his children I can only hope that they can see all the joy that he brought into the world and the good that he did for everyone. My condolences go with his family and I hope that through all this it dosen't become a money Issue for these children they don't need to go thru this right now and ever. It's not their fault who their dad was and the family should keep them away from all this for now.The family should move them away from L.A. and just let them be kids. I can only imagine what their going through, but as a mother I wish them the best and what is yet to come.

    My prayers are with them.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Juliette BONNAMY

    Juste quelques mots dans la langue du mime Marceau :
    Merci pour les moments magnifiques que tu nous as donné : ta grâce, ta voix d'ange, ta générosité, et tant d'autres talents.
    Malheureusement tu n'as pas reçu autant de bonheur que tu as donné....
    Merci pour toutes ces frontières que tu as détruites.
    Une partie de mon enfance c'est envolée avec toi.
    Reposes en paix,
    Courage à tous ceux qui t'aime vraiment.

    Translation: Just a few words in the language of the mime [Marcel] Marceau.
    Thank you for the magnificent moments you gave us: your grace, your angelic voice, your generosity, and so many other talents.
    Sadly, you didn't experience as much happiness as you gave.
    Thank you for all the borders you tore down.
    Part of my childhood is gone with you.
    Rest in peace,
    Courage to all those who truly love you.

    July 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Michelle

    OK!! and to all u people who say the media is spending too much time covering Michael Jackson.. I would have to agree and say that yes they are, but mostly all of the negatives about him!! which is bs! and Most people who say that they don't care about Michael Jackson it obviously has to be because you're closed minded, racist, you are really young and ignorant... what else can i say about you..

    July 9, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Lisa ,Boston MA

    I have been watching the coverage on the death of Michael Jackson since it happened on the 25th. Although I appreciate the coverage from CNN I have been watching today and I am so upset to see them try and pick apart his little girl now. Does the media have nothing else to report? THIS is why Michael kept masks on his kids, THIS is why he felt he had to protect his children. I loved Michael. I have been a fan of his since I saw him in the Jackson 5 and watched their Jackson5 cartoons on Saturday mornings. To me, Michael was an amazing person. He sang of nothing but LOVE. Listen to his lyrics. He gave so much of himself, his music his dancing, his life for his fans. He gave to so many charities for children. Michael was never odd to me. Ever. The media played that role in making something out of everything the man did his whole life. It's sad that he had to deal with that his whole life. He never had a childhood and he wanted to live his life as a child, blind to all the bad things in the world and to me there was nothing wrong with that. I rather see things through childs eyes than the horror that lives in reality and for that he was always condemned. To see the questions on CNN today that the family is exploiting little Paris makes me sick. This little girl loved her daddy. She spoke from her heart and to me that spoke volumes. Remember this is a person, Michael is a person. She loved him and that was his memorial and I think it was very brave of her to speak about the love she had for him. That must have been so hard to do. When it comes down to it Michael was a human he was a dad, he was a son, he was a brother, an uncle, a friend to so many people who loved him. We were LUCKY to have had him as an entertainer who's words encourage love and hope for a better world. How you can ridicule him to this day, I will never understand. I love you Michael and may you Rest In Peace among the stars in the sky!

    July 9, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Michelle

    Why isn't anyone talking about the kid who lied about the molestation and admitted to lying.. THe media can't focus on that or the amazing Man the Michael Jackson was. Why don't they stop dicussing whether or not the kids or his, and all the other negatives throughout his lifetime which most of it isn't true, and start focusing on everything good the man has done, he is gone, please America!! Lets pay our respects to the best entertainer who ever lived!

    July 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ch

    I agree with everything "P" said. I hope the media will stop badgering the family. Especially the children. They've already paid a huge price. All three are so beautiful.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Tim Foley

    Goodbye to the King of Pedophiles and Child Molestors.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Grethel Estefan

    We love and we miss you so much .Peter Pan I'll never forget you always in my mind

    July 9, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  81. lecia b.

    i just want to say that i hate al the negativity that people are talking about mj.he was a great person and entertainer.let him rest in peace.have compasion for the children.they should'nt have to hear and see the horrible comments of some people.in my opinion if it were other celebrities maybe their name would'nt be dragged through the mud.i think his kids are beautiful had they should remain with the jackson family,and i think it was great that little Paris Jackson was able to speak at her father's memorial.God bless that family.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  82. M Chan

    To all those people that keep harping about Iraq and all the problems in the US, get a life. It's obvious that you will never understand this but the world does not revolve around the great big US of A and wars, problems in the economy and human suffering will never end as long as people like you stay so narrow minded.

    To all those saying that he did nothing for the world, obviously you weren't paying attention. Clearly you missed the part about the hundreds of millions of dollars he has given away to charity the point of being in debt himself. You complain that other celebrities didn't get this much coverage when they died. He did more for suffering people around the world than all those other entertainers did in their entire lives combined. He would not be getting anywhere near this much coverage had he not touched so many lives with his humanitarian work even if most of it did not come to light until he died. He deserved a great tribute and he deserves the love that people feel for him.

    And to all of you that still think he's a pedophile, I hope that one day someone will falsely accuse you of something, push you to the point of wondering if you should just pay off the accuser instead of paying even more to your lawyers (something your great legal system has driven countless numbers to do) so that you can move on with your life and that you will then know what it feels like to be betrayed by people you opened your heart to as friends. I would have trusted my child to him completely. I would have been honored to have his friendship and I believe that his children will continue his beautiful legacy of love and giving. How can they not when they have been raised with such love?

    RIP Michael. We never stopped caring about you.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Queenie9

    If LA is so broke they should have told the Jackson family to hire their own security for their events just as any "private person" would have to do. It was not LA's responsibility to pay for this.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  84. jane

    It is time to leave him alone and stop believing everything the media says. He was never found guilty of anything. He was the greatest entertainer in the world and there will never be another like him! MICHAEL inspired soo many people everyone in the world knows who he is. He will live on forever through us, his fans and his wonderful beautiful children. I hope GOD gives them the strength to deal with this loss and that they never forget that their father was amazing. GOD BLESS this family.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  85. mtlu

    Thank you so much CNN.. you are the BEST NEWS TV STATION ALL OVER THE WORLD .. you help us to feel we are near to Michael Jackson the king of Pop. Since he died, I watched it in cnn, by the time HE was taken by the ambulance. Since then I cannot stop watching, and 24/7 I’m watching Michael Jackson CNN. “THANK YOU CNN.. THANK YOU VERY MUCH YOU DID THIS FOR US” AND ESPECIALLY FOR ME.
    Michael was part of me. I GREW UP IN HIS MUSIC. I FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM SINCE I’M JUST 12 YEARS OLD and now I’m 35 years old, Michael Jackson, I grew up in your music, You are my first love.. I fell in love with you. You are my first love.. And this love... will never die… I will always pray for you..
    Local boys here in U.A.E.. LIKE Michael Jackson.
    Alain city, United arab emirates

    July 9, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  86. DAVID



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  87. Marion Goodman

    I am sorry but our society has gone wild. No one cared when my sister died at an early age of ovarian cancer or that my mother died of negligence. How about all the young American soldiers who are dying every day? Ca. is bankrupt but spends money for this? Each of us is unique and different with varied problems, what if this was Jesus who died today? Think about that. Would mourn him in the same manner?

    July 9, 2009 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  88. Kim

    For those of us who grew up with Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five we felt like we knew them. Michael had that god given talent to become a superstar and the charisma to go with it. He certainly was a special individual and that is evident by the outpouring of love at his memorial service and following the news of his death.

    HIs music and his presence on stage always made me feel happy and invigorated like you just wanted to dance. Never mastered the moonwalk, but I tried and laughed with friends during our silly attempts.

    To Michael's family and especially his beautiful children, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in knowing that Michael is now in God's hands and there is no more suffering. To his children as he was in life, your Daddy will watch over you in his angelic life in heaven.

    Fly with the angels Michael and keep entertaining those up in the heavenly skies. We will keep your spirit alive with the beautful musical treasures you have left behind.

    God bless you always.

    July 9, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  89. Anne J

    I couldn't stop crying watching MJ's memorial. Such a good soul & wold class entertener "gone too soon". Michael to me you will live on in the memories of me walking home from school and my dad playing Thriller on full volume; my mother hosting the district's basketball tournament and the players rehearsing with Don't stop till you get enough; my aunt and sisters dancing away to Bad and my best tune ever Human Nature. It's good that Paris had the chance to tell the world how she feels about her dad. She is a very courageous girl and for those who says she was manipulated and it was wrong I have this for them. I lost my mum when I was 10 yrs & I wish I was able to express how I felt more openly. Grown ups go about the business of mourning sometimes forgetting that children are as heartbroken as them, as lost and even more confused than them and need to grieve as well. Michael was a very public figure and the world should know how his children felt about him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family. RIP Michael.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  90. EMMY. Lalonde

    Dear Michael, it was wonderful moment of proudness to attend your memorial service from Belgium. I'm very sad Ur gone very soon but full of proudness that your friends, relatives and family were talking greatest things about U on this farewell time. Mostly, if U can see it, U can be very proud of your daugther PARIS expressing greately on her young age, her salutations 2U iin front of the audiance and all people in this entier world. Tthat is improved that you were really great daddy, who educated your three children very very well. Hope those people who were naughty 2U and talking badly things about U understood and could open their eyes or look themselve in the mirror then, what was the meaning of all about then stop making any kind judgement about U, which perhaps were also their attention to bring U and your perfect personalities down. However Ur an ANGEL that Lord brougth U to US and U already forgive them I beleive, as U knew that no one is perfect in this world. Well, goodbey Michael and thanks for whatever you have done to make this real world full of happiness and peace by your talent, generosity, kindess and will. I love U very deeply and take good care of U, as best as an Angel can be, as U could be the one too, there. My thought to you family and children especially, hope they would be strong, healthy and sucees without U, as it is really CRUEL that Ur gone. GBU

    July 9, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  91. gretchen

    I grew up listening and dancing to Michael Jackson.I will miss his music but most of all Michael left TOO SOON!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  92. vyvyan

    Michael was the BEST , with his choice of words and idea corn into beautiful and comforting language that are pleasant to our mind and heart today all around the world,whaoo! ( Is it's for real?),
    i don't see any one fitting in to Michael's place.He just left a large hole in our heart that cannot be filled.
    I pray God help us to carry on with his good works in his absence by uniting human from all works of life,irrespective of our colour (skin type) religion, class, ethnicity, state of health and what have you.there is no stronger gosple message than what he has put cross to every one of us today. change yourself(s), heal the world , make life worth living for you and for every other person(s).
    May the good lord grant the Jackson family, his children and we his numerous fans across the globe the heart to bear this great loss, and may his gentle soul rest in peace.

    July 9, 2009 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  93. Eileen

    I used to listen to Michael Jackson when I was young and liked his music. I would just like to say that I am so tired of the media saying that Michael is not the natural father of his children! I think his children resemble him and I do not think it should matter if they are his biological kids, he was their daddy from the get go and loved them.
    Debbie Rowe should just stay out of it! She has not been there for the kids and is a stranger to them. All she wants is money that's clear!
    If the grandmother does not get to keep them I hope Janet will step forward and try to get gaurdinship. Janet is young and is their Aunt and would be a great person to love and take care of them.
    To the media – leave the kids alone!

    July 9, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  94. Roxanne

    Thanks Michael, for your work, your art, your charities, your inspiration, thanks for being the greatest entertainer of all times. Through you, God sent us a wonderful human being, who in turn inspired us into goodness and oneness.

    Your music, your inspiration to the rest of the world, will live on in your hundreds of millions of fans and our children who are already hooked on your timeless music–and may the haters continue to stew in their own fat. They remain a pathetic bunch of losers who will continue to speak and influence their kind only and not a single other human being–Thank God for jesus!

    Racism, bigotry and self-righteousness manifest themselves in varying, obvious ways. Who the cap fits, let them wear it and may they continue to be jealous to finally discover to their horror, that so many really and truly knew you and loved you dearly!

    Heal the World
    Make it a better place
    For you and for me in the entire human race
    There are people dying
    If you care enough for the living
    Make it a better place for you and for me–Michael Jackson

    We hear you Michael–always!

    Thanks CNN!

    July 9, 2009 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  95. an european

    To all those who say he was "only" a musician and think about Iran/ Afghanistan: do you know who Bismark was? Cesare Borgia? Charles V? Yet you know Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini. The former were great politicians and warriors of their time, the last "only" musicians. Michael Jackson is history, not a bunch of people killing each other. You are closed in your american bubble and don't know that for the last two weeks the world stands still for Michael Jackson. He was, I think, the only American loved in Pakistan or Iran, whose voice was recognized instantly from Brasil to Iceland. Try to look further than your noses.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  96. victor

    I love Michael Jackson, I Pray for him that God Should accept him to heaven. Let no One condemn him, for the holy book says he with out sin should cast the first stone (said Jesus christ) and my best friend wyclef Jaean , And one that without sin did not cast any stone. love Jackson like the love man give to his wife. though i did not have the opportunity see him before his death, i still love you the almighty will not cast you out of his presence. bet one day i will see Wyclef jean. Let our mother Mary serve him out of the fire of hill in Jesus.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  97. Eddie

    Few words can describe Michael except that he gave to others in need and inspired the world with his music. He didnt start out with fame and riches but as a simple boy in Gary,Indiana. He never asked for much but always gave to his fullest extent. He was a great man who was often overshadowed by the lies of tabloids. Who are we to judge the man? So today and forever more, let us pay tribute to the one and only KING OF POP!!

    July 9, 2009 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  98. Rosy

    Beautiful service and memorial of Michael; haters beware – every man has a day!

    July 9, 2009 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  99. A.L.L.

    I thank CNN and some of the other media outlets for their special coverage of Michael Jackson's legacy. His innovation of music, music videos, fashion, and humanitarianism can not be denied. NO OTHER ARTIST has sold more than 750 million records worldwide and has topped the list for charitable contributions. MICHAEL CAN NEVER BE REPLACED! To the people that despise him for his past molestation charges, he was ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES. Like all humans, Michael was imperfect. He faced constant scrutiny because of his eccentricities and phenomenal talent. If anyone is contemplating blogging disparaging comments about him, remember that he has a family, including three children that deserve to be respected during their time of grief. I love you Michael and God bless the Jackson family.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  100. justy

    was a wonderful memorial. too bad Micheal could not see all the love that was showed for him. I think Paris was told by the jackson's to speak on the 'mic. No doubt she loved micheal(her dad) but i really don't think she or any other child would stand up there and speak st their father's funeral...poor little girl.
    Luv you Micheal...!

    July 9, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  101. nyc317

    Much more thorough of an investigation needs to be done on poor Michail Jackson. It sounds like he had "assisted suicide" drugs given to him. He was only 50 years old. Neverland is after the story of Peter Pan and Peter never wanted to grow up and get "old". That is a f-a-n-t-a-s-y.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  102. Amanda

    I remember listening to Michael Jackson's music as a kid and as a young adult now. My mother is a huge fan, so as I was very fortunate to be introduced to such vivacious music at such an early age.
    I admire Michael Jackon's zeal for life and his music, his ever persistent attitude, how he continued to share his love for music with his fans and the world. I admire MJ because he could never bring it upon himself to show any kind of hatred. MJ is such an inspiration to us all. He is the epitome of the best entertainer that the world will ever know. He is unmatched. We have lost our King of Pop, but his music and his legacy will forever touch the hearts of many people. I will always keep you in a special place in my heart and you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace MJ.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  103. Beth

    MJ was a great talent. He will rule our hearts forever. May his soul rest in peace. Beth ihampers.co.uk

    July 9, 2009 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  104. Viveca

    Michael had a child-like spirit that every adult should embody.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  105. jeff

    I can't believe people are reacting to a pervert,child molester like this,what does this say about our country,i am actually glad he has died,GOD knew he had to protect children from this sick sick animal,and i am so tired of Sharpton making everything racial,he is the biggest racsist in the country,REST IN HELL WHACKO JACKO.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  106. Viveca

    If heaven isn't big enough for Michael, then he must have his own heaven.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  107. Miriam Castellanos

    Si hubiera más personas tan caritativas y preocupadas por los niños y la ecología mundial, no habría tantas querras inútiles comandadas por gente con ansias de poder.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  108. Joanne

    When are the blood suckers in the US media going to let this man rest in peace?They are now trying to find out if his children were fathered by someone else.Who cares! As far as his children are concerned he was their father and as far ar as he was concerned he was their dad. I hope and pray that the Jackson family keep them away from the media until they are adults cause for the sake of ratings they will tear them to shreds.Now i understand why Johhny Depp refuses to bring up his children in the US. They now want to know if they should be home schooled or sent to a school with other children. It's none of our business!I can just see the media camping outside the school and harassing them. They have just lost their father..show them some consideration and give them time to grieve.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  109. Denise

    Michael's death has nothing to do with race. I am a 47 yr old white female. I watched the memorail with both my children ages, 18 and 19. We all were in tears several times, if not the entire service. I must say it was the most dignified and first class service I have ever watched. Believe me, I am not a "Sharpton" fan, as I feel he always brings out the "race card", however I must say he articulated himself for once in his life with grace. We all know Jackson lived a life none of will ever understand. Sharpton summed it up best when he spoke directly to the children about their father and the issues and surrounding he lived in on a daily basis.
    I can tell you all of us loved Michael's music before, but after watching had a much better understanding of what a humaitarian he was...John Mayer said it best...the memorial service humanized him and his life. To all of us he was super human, most people wished they were Michael and had what he had and accomplished what he had – we forgot after everything, he was just a man like the rest of us. Living his life the best way he knew how. The relationships he had with people were the same type of relationships we have with our friends. He was human and a seemingly very caring one at that...soooo misunderstood.
    God Bless you Michael! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    PS-my prayers are someday the families that accused you will come forward and tell the truth...You deserve this, and your family deserves it.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  110. Catherine

    What a beautiful ceremony of rememberance for such a brilliant man. It was absolutely everything he truly deserved to be honored in such a way. Whatever occured in his life, the challenges through his life, nothing can ever take away from him how his music and message affected our lives, giving joy and hope when listening and dancing and having the opportunity to participate in his amazing gift to us. Sending blessings and prayers to the Jackson family and friends who have lost their father, son, brother and friend. These are fine, good people with feelings who are hurting from their loss, this situation is not a side show, simply a wonderful family trying to say goodbye. My heart breaks for dear Paris who spoke on her Daddy's behalf, what beautiful children just like anyone else's children, missing their much loved parent and comforted by family. Sending much love to the Jackson Family. Time for us all to look at ourselves and not be so quick to pass judgement.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Christopher

    It is sad to say but my impression is that the court process was the main reasons why the "King of Pop" stopped to create his art. For so many years he was wounded and have to take so much medicines. Finaly before his return he has got to much and have to go.
    He has done what his family wanted him to do.

    Showbussines is Dangeurous for art creators and often the art is beyound the norms.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. debra.........

    I just wanted to say I watched Larry King Live tonight and I have been watching since Michael's passing and I don't think it's appropriate to keep prying on some issues that are better kept in the dark just to make more gossip to be spread around. I enjoy watching to find out more about Michael Jackson because he's intriguing I enjoy finding out what it was like to spend time with him, what people thought of him personally and that he's a real person like us.. I don't watch to find out gossip that I could buy at the store..

    Larry please ask more regarding his life in a positive way instead of trying to find out who the children's parents are.. The Doctor was right it doesn't matter who the sperm donor is it matters who the parent is and how they treat the kids.. why would you want those poor 3 kids to find out all they've ever known isn't what it appears to be? just for breaking news? is that what life is all about for you? do people not care about the kids?

    July 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Laurie Lacey

    The person who called him a pedophile needs to realize. Last time I checked you live in america. Innocent until proven guilty. Last time I checked he was found not GUILTY. Lets hopw you never get caught for a crime. And as far as people dying everyday, yes that is true. However, that does NOT mean we can not celebrate Michael's life. Stop being a hater and give props. My thoughts are: Most of us and yes including you can't even handle family and work judgement. Michael had global judgement- give me a break. It's why GOD chose him and not us to be in the light. Let's celebrate a life and not be so negative. Until you walk a mile in my shoes, you dont know. Judging should be left to those that are qualified and none of us are. Are you perfect. Probably not. I am not. Chilax!

    July 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  114. stevo

    I think Micheal served his purpose on earth and can only be judged by one now. He has meant so much globally, on a positive note.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Anne

    God bless Al Sharpton for simply stating the facts: There was nothing strange about Michael.

    Plastic surgery is not “strange”, vitiligo is not “strange”, lupus is not “strange”, loving and protecting his children from the media is not “strange”. Giving millions to charity, well, that’s different from most people, but not really “strange”.

    He was falsely accused and hounded and persecuted and ridiculed and arrested and prosecuted—that was strange. He did not do that. It was done to him. He was acquitted—found to be completely innocent—of all charges. And the media ignored his innocence, ignored due process and the conclusions of a jury of his peers. That was strange.

    Michael Jackson loved the planet and animals and kids and he liked to play and to give money away and to wear fun clothes. He was knowledgeable and shrewd about the music business and probably the most gifted and talented entertainer of all time.

    Was he unique? Yes. Was he strange? No.

    He was Human. He spoke to us all, in his inimitable way, of our common humanity and our solitary state.

    He showed us the interconnectedness, the difference, and the commonality that is the human race. We learned from Michael that the human race is the only race that matters. And that we are alone, each of us–but we are not alone.

    We Are The World. Because of Michael Jackson, we–each and every one of us–know it.

    This, above all, is his legacy.

    RIP, Michael

    July 8, 2009 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Ally

    Listen haters....... MJ was a father, son, brother, uncle and dear friend to many. No matter what or how many scandals he endured in his lifetime he was a human being. People living in glass houses should not throw stones. How many of us are perfect? How many of us are without skeletons in our closet? How many of us are without sin? As Marlon Jackson said we can't imagine the cost MJ paid for superstardom. If he battled drug addiction we will just add his name to the long list of others consumed by them: Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, etc. It is obvious to me that MJ had issues with self confidence. Maybe these were the result of verbal abuse from his father. Whatever he endured I pray for him and his family. He was an incredibly talented man. I remember meeting MJ backstage at Reunion Arena in Houston, TX at the BAD Tour in 1988. He was sweet and charming. He kissed me on the cheek. Had I not been with my NFL fiance' at that time I would have given MJ a much sexier kiss.

    I appreciate the CNN coverage on MJ. In regards to the U.S. soldiers I salute them, but they did enlist for the job. In regards to Sarah Palin; who cares she is a dingbat. The MJ death was reality. If there is anything folks should learn from this ordeal is be mindful of what you do or say to children.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Pat

    Like so many, I grew up with Michael's music and I was fortunate enough to see him perform once. He was truly the best entertainer who ever lived, loved the world over, and there will never be another like him. He was also a great humanitarian who gave so very much of his time and money to help others. He believed he could make a difference and he truly did with both his music and his generosity. The memorial service was very moving, and I think Michael approved as he looked down from above. I find it sad though that people don't say or care enough about the living, and it's only when they are gone that you realize how special they were and how much they meant to you. I can't help but wonder where all of Michael's friends were when he needed them most the last years of his life.

    I was particularly touched by the memories Brooke Shields shared, Jermaine's "Smile," and Usher's "Gone Too Soon." I teared up a lot throughout the service but cried my eyes out when Paris spoke so lovingly of her Daddy. It is hard to lose a parent at any age, let alone so young. I wish the media would leave these beautiful children alone and stop already with the stories and innuendos about who may or may not be their biological father. Michael was and will always be their father in every way that matters. And to the many who've questioned over the years what kind of parent Michael Jackson could possibly be, well, you got your answer yesterday when Paris told the world that her Daddy was the best father anyone could ever imagine. My heart goes out to her, her brothers, and the entire Jackson family. Rest in peace, Michael. You will be sorely missed.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  118. coreys mom

    respnding to the haters who didn't think michael deserves this much publicity: whether you like it or not, he was right up there with elvis, and our slain presidents. he gave mass amount of money to the homeless shelters,childrens organizations and military hospitals. he also gave to burn units at several hospitals. he GAVE , so why shouldn't we give back just a little? he was never convicted of a crime so why do you judge? the allogations against him were from shear GREED, of people seeking the opportunity to make a few bucks at the childrens rreputation as well as michaels, who never got over the insult. if you ever listened to him you would know that he loved children, would never EVER do anything to harm one especially in this way. i guess as his children get older you will hear, that they were never abused. thet must be so frightened not knowing their fate. please do not seperate them they need each other. as for michael. sweet dreams michael.they can't hurt you anymore. in the evening look up, and see him moonwalkin and dancing with the angels.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Triny

    For all of you that are hating a world icon I want you to ask this question: If a family member of yours were well known in the world and did such good humanitarian deeds but were never recognized by the media would you get upset?

    July 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  120. sandi

    July 7th, 2009 4:56 pm ET

    What an overhyped waste of time! Real people are dying everyday who deserve more attention than this pedophile is getting
    Steve G,

    Wow I am from Europe but I am getting everyday more and more schocked when I see or hear this stupidity. Trailer Trash that what you are

    July 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Nannette

    I just read on a post from a website in "Chile" that they child (Chandler) who testified against Michael for child molestation confessed that his father forced him to do so. Has anyone checked on this.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Wanza

    My 1st Jacksons record was a 8 track of Never Can Say Goodbye. I watched the Jackson Five turn into The Jacksons with cartoons, tv shows, and countless of magazines covers & interviews. I grew with the Jackson family and they interwine with my childhood. All of the Jacksons were my "imaginary" husbands at various times. There were always a toss-up between Michael & Jackie. Love you all!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Dolores

    I grew up in awe of Michael Jackson. His music, his talent was pure joy. His lyrics were pure wisdom. His voice spoke for generations. He cared about suffering, and our planet. His life – in the bubble of society's ever watchful gaze – was a double edged sword. I felt for him. His personal health struggles ....What it must have been like to be in his position...not as glamorous as some would think. He was REAL. He was like you and I, ... which one of us doesn't live in a glass house? You be the first to cast a stone then.

    Were you to walk in his shoes, how might you be impacted? How long could you withstand the pressure without cracks starting to appear? He was a King. Full Stop. I will really miss being able to behold his creative genius. We were graced with his presence. Strength to his loved ones, Family, Friends and Fans.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  124. anamarie1984

    oh my god
    when this came day in Poland was 26th June an it was propably as i good remember was 845 am my mum came into my room and told me Michael jackson is dead i tole her youre joking nice joke and she walked away and she came again you dont bielieve me so turn on the radio
    speakers talking about that so i turned on radio zet and i was waiting
    and few minutes later i heard few michael jacksons songs and then i heard this was like a thunder what hit me to my head very heard
    i heard Michael Jackson is dead He died at 50 years
    i didnt whats happened with me but i didnt get out off my bad i was sitting in pyjama and i was crying couldnt stop
    i was raised on michael jacksons music i was devastated
    even when i hadnt got his cd i liked hearing his songs in the radio
    this is a big loss for his family, his children and ofr entertainment
    we lost the greatest artist – an icon of pop culture
    Hes called second Elvis Presley
    ill agree with that opinion- like Elvis He was a legend a genius
    i regret that i didnt see his concert in Varsow i was then 12 s but i listened in the radio Zet- thath was a fanstastic exerience
    i love his music True artists are concerned when thery will pass away
    i miss him but we ve gotta a lot of his music and concerts and biography books and memories
    i was watching yesterday a funeral on the tvn24 and i was crying like a babe
    this was a show -this show was the show what the show should have been for a king of pop
    i hate his father
    he started his falling down – falling down of his son
    he willl never pass away he will be in your hearts and in the funs hearts -people loved him so much like you all
    and one important big thing i dont believe that michael ever sexual molested children he loved them to much
    he was too sofl and too kind and media just killed him i hate them too much
    Michael please just come back
    is very sad without you!!!!!!!!!
    Something has ended in the music

    July 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Pat

    as I read all the comments It appears to me that what is wrong with this world is there are to many people that spend their time hating instead of loving and caring for each other. Michael loved and cared for so many people and he gave and will continue to give to charities. I grew up to the Jackson Five and Michael ,he did make a differance. I myself have a son in the armed services and am fully aware of what is going on in the world. However I did nothing Tuesday but watch the all to deserving memorial for Michael and cried the entire time. I will never forget him and what he has done. My heart goes out to his three beautiful children I know that they will grow up to be as loving as their daddy. Rest in peace Michael

    July 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Gwen

    Altough Paris loves her Daddy. WHO is her real Daddy? Who Is her Mommy??? Michael was so secretive. I feel one day Paris will seek these answers out for her own good. She may want to know for her own medical reasons, what diseases she is at risk for in the future. She needs to know WHO the real people in her life are. Yes! she loves now who she thinks is her Father. Her love is so deep for MJ, I hope its true he IS her father.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |

    He was gone to soon and not nearly as appreciated as much,he was a good joke for comidians and for themedia he was always a good jump to conclusions story.To me i met this extraordianry performer through his works and his talent ,remember he was still human and not without fault but we are all also and at the very least he wasnt afraid to show the world who he was he is now and forever the greatest entertainer that has ever lived R.I.P MIKE see ya on heavens stage someday....

    July 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Iwan G.

    I’m very sad. I still can’t believe he’s gone. I grow up with he’s music, he’s dance and he’s lyrics. I knew he was talented the first time I saw him in the Jackson 5. I knew he will be big. He will always live on in my heart. I can’t believe he’s gone. I just want to think that he is only transformed in something greater and he is still in the universe.
    He was a big light that will keep shining all over the world till the end of times. Iwan G, from Curacao...

    July 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Brenda

    This is for all the people who think MJ's has been a waste of time. It was beautiful, all of it from the news coverage to the Memorial. For you people who think that CNN and HLN should be covering the important news well they do and they do a very good job of it. I guess you don't watch them much you just watched the MJ coverage to be nosey. And also I think Peter King needs to keep his comments to hisself. He needs to be at his desk doing what he is suppose to be doing. Does anyone out there agree. Thanks Nancy, Larry and Anderson for all the news you give us.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Stacie

    How many went out and got KFC today?

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  132. KR

    I grew up with Michael and born the same year ,1958. I can not tell you how sad I am of his passing but also glad that he suffers "no more". Michael has become like a member of the family. A person who is loved without conditions. It was nice that he could sing and dance, but it is even more important that he was a brother, a son, an uncle and a father. A person who knew how to love in the fullness. A love that only can be given by God. I thank God for bringing Michael into the world!
    May God continue to bless the Jackson family and give them peace. Rest in peace my brother!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  133. cindy

    i have read alot of these blogs and comments people have written about mj.and heres what i dont understand about people is how they can just assume this man is guilty of all these things he has been accused of.maybe i was brought up differently than everyone else.how is it alot of people can ask all these questions of micheal jackson and not bother to ask any of these childrens parents or find any blame in them.being a mother myself if antone touched any one of my three children famous or not i would never take payment and drop the charges i would want justice no matter what the cost.this makes it look like the parent is saying give me 23 million and molest my child.where were these parents at anyway?why werent they watching there children?why arent these questions being asked?and if they took payment for these things that happened to there children then why arent the attorneys charging them for selling there child?do i think micheal jackson did these things?honestly i dont know.i am not god it is not my place to judge anyone.but what i do know is this man was someones son,brother,father, and friend.and anyone that loses a family member hurts.so people have alittle heart and respect these people let them grieve and let mj rest in peace now.for he has gone to meet his judge.remember judge not for yeah shall also be judge.i would heed to this because there are some lines in the bible you are not supposed to cross and i really think this is one of them.to the jacksons family i am truly sorry for your loss.thanks cindy

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  134. Carla B

    My condolences to his family. He was truley a selfless man with so much love to share, and endless generosity. I will pray for your family and especially his beautiful children. Words can not express how sorry I feel for their extreme loss. Know that U are truley blessed to have such loving family and memories of your wonderful dad. Remember greatness is earned and his love will live forever through U. God Bless U all.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  135. freddy

    Even in death...the Jacksons know how to put on a show. Im sorry..but the whole thing (the memorial service)..seemed so well planned and choreographed..even the crying. I have heard from alot of people who also commented that the "emotional outpour"...yes, the crying...especially by Paris...was an act. I agree.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  136. P

    I don't know why I am so touched by his death since I never knew him. My heart goes out to his children & family. My kids lost their father 3 yrs ago almost to the day of Michael Jackson's death and I understand how hard it is for them. Michael's kids have to deal with the media on top of that pain which I can't imagine. I pray they stay with the Jackson family and legal battles can't tear them apart. It's sinful what people will do when there are large amounts of money involved. I don't know if Debbie Rowe or anyone else is considering fighting for custody or if the media is just blowing this out of porportion – but if they love these kids they will let them stay together with their family, which is the Jackson family. Michael got trashed in the media during his life and I truly believe this is what ultimately killed him....media also the reason Princess Diana was killed. There is certainly a large price to pay for being a celebrity which is not fair. I cried when I heard his daughter say he was the greatest father ever and I believe he was. I had never seen what his kids looked like before and he completely sheltered them from the media which I'm sure was a difficult task. Rest in peace Michael. Too bad you never really knew how much you were adored!!

    July 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Pam

    Michael Jackson was a very talented singer and entertainer. I feel
    he led a very tortured life, it seems to me the cost of fame is very high.
    Elvis was another example. I hope Michael Jackson can finally get
    peace and leave this world behind, and not have to hide or be talked
    about anymore.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Jan

    The ceremony was moving, beautiful and flawless. Just like Michael would have wanted I believe. Unfortunately, I realize that after reading some of the posts on here, that some people still don't get it. Michael was found innocent of those charges. Some people can't let it go. You never met the man. You're just going off of what you hear in the media. Paying money to the accuser does not mean he was guilty. I believe they used his love for children against him. The reason why Michael's death and memorial was covered so much is because of the fact that so many people around the world loved him. We knew he wasn't perfect, but noone is. Everyone has someone in their life that they love and admire and when they die, it hurts, and you wouldn't want someone to tell you "enough already"! Regardless of how you feel he meant a lot to many people. I know he wasn't a God, but it was the things he did that touched people. Some will never understand, but God knows. Remember that you have to answer for your own sins, so stop judging because God is watching everyone, including you. Usually those who think they know everything or not happy with their own life are quick to judge and criticize people they never met.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Carie

    I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. I personally think Michael was the best enterteiner in the world! I am 25 years old and a huge fan of Michael his music has impacted many generations. I just wanna say to those that keep saying this was a waste of money that Michael contributed millions of dollars to charity (look it up get the facts straight) he did a lot for the poor that some people seems to have forgotten about. And his sold over 750 million records so no his money did not come from the Bettles as some uneducated person said. He was accussed of many things never found guilty I was not there so I don't know. His daughter broke my heart yesterday! We need let him RIP. I love you Michael!

    July 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  140. georgette

    Michael Jackson was part of our lives, he was a source of comfort, like having a soft blanket to warm you on a dark cold night, since his death it feels cold and empty, our warm blanket has been taken away..
    I watched his memorial yesterday and I felt as though I had lost a close member of my own family, I cried until the wee hours of the morning, and my heart literally was broken and in pain.
    I know he is at peace, I am sure he was watching as his family, friends, and most of all his beautiful children as they so lovingly and graciously said good bye to him. It was a true testimate to his charactor and his pure love and devotion to his family, friends and children.....
    You are loved Michael, and you will be missed , but all who loved you understand why you had to go so soon. Peace, love, and happiness shall be with you forever and ever ,your trials are over, no more pain, no more vicious lies, just peace, and your family and friends will take care of your legacy forever and ever..
    Anyone who wants to see the real Michael, go to youtube and watch as he holds on to a fan in Japan who has climbed on his stage, or as he picks up a fan who has fainted in his arms.Watch how he holds a fan who is so overwhelmed , she can hardly stand, he holds her with such love and care, it will move you to tears.He was a one of kind person, so misunderstood, so unfairly judged, I feel privilaged to have had his music in my life.....Thank you Michael, thank you Jackson family for allowing all his fans to say goodbye,,Thank You...


    July 8, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  141. Tammy

    Yesterdays memorial was beautiful! We wish we could have been there. We were in spirit. I'm originally from the Gary area, we made a trip to 2300 Jackson and payed tribute that way. But some how it isn't enough. Our hearts are so heavy with grief, and sorrow. Micheal will never know how hes changed the world, what a difference he has made to the millions of us far and wide. He was loved by so many. May god bless the Jackson family, and to Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket, we love you, god bless you all...


    July 8, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  142. mustangsally72

    My husband and I watched the memorial yesterday. I have never seen anything as moving as this, since JFK's funeral. I was born in 1952, and grew up with Michael......saw him first on Ed Sullivan show.....as "The Jackson Five". I have his albums, and a belt I purchased in the early 80's that says Michael Jackson with a tag attached to it with a picture of Michael. My daughter entered our cocker spaniel in a Pet show, decked out as Michael Jackson with a white sparle glove and sign around his neck that said Michael Jackson. We all loved him. He put his whole self, body and soul into everything he ever did. He was given a talent from God, and he shared it with the world. Thanks Michael, you have changed our hearts forever. You will never be forgotten, and always in our hearts.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  143. Kitty

    I believe no one will truly get over MJ's death. I could not believe he is dead even when I saw on TV his casket being wheeled out of the chapel into the hearse. This may sound absurd but its the truth. We may tell ourselves to move on, not dwell in grief over the death of one of the greatest entertainer of our time, but deep down in our hearts, there will always be a lingering sadness that MJ's death was too sudden, too untimely and too shocking.

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  144. Erik Bollea

    I'm tired of watching all of this media circus hoopla and I hope it's over. I feel bad for the guy but let's get over it. Since his death I've watched all of these so called friends come out and capitalize on his death including his own family – sickening! that's been the worst part is wactching how he meant the world to them. It seemed not so long ago that these were the same people who washed theirs hands of him because of his bizaare behavior and questionable actions with young children. It seems these sharks are using this for their personal gain (notice the celebs that have been seen quite a bit are the one's whose carreers have been taking a nose dive and this is a perfect opportunity for them to "shine". Get over him and get a life – it's over...RIP MJ

    July 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  145. April

    Through his music Michael Jackson really did Heal The World today! Human kindness really can bring us together for a better world. This poem is for the Jackson family I titled ..... Memories

    To live a life of happiness
    Seems such an easy task
    But there are just two questions
    We all would like to ask

    Why does life sometimes end
    At such an early age
    And leave our hearts so empty
    Like nothing on a page

    What can we do to make it through
    The time of all the sorrow
    Knowing that these feelings
    Will always be there tomorrow

    Just keep the faith and you will find
    That time will heal the heart
    And the love you shared right from the start
    Will never ever part

    Memories....are all thats left
    When a loved ones taken away
    But remember even though they're gone
    They're with us everyday!!

    Rest in PEACE Michael


    July 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Beverley Rady

    The message of love was strong at the Michael Jackson memorial. When his brother said that maybe now they will leave Michael alone, that hit me hard as well as when Paris spoke from her heart about her Daddy – he was a Dad and a man who was treated unfairly by the public at times.

    I would like the see the talk shows that cover his story, to mention a bit more about Michael Jackson's contributions to charities.
    He helped the world to be a better place through his distinctive beautiful voice, his music, his almost unreal dance moves, so effortless, yet difficult, his contributions to charities, and last but not least he was a loving Dad to his 3 children, a dear friend to Elizabeth Taylor, Miko Brandon, a beloved son, brother, someone who cared about helping others, a gentle spirit.
    His soft voice and shy manner made him even more endearing, as well as his search for his lost childhood and his childlike qualities.
    Unfortunately, I think that some mean opportunistic people saw Michael's vulnerability and put their children up to lie on him to extract money from him – to use his kindness and generous nature to harm him.
    Michael gave the world his talent, love and dedication and I'm sorry that the world hurt him – doctors, people who lied on him and made up stories, people who arrested him in his own home, his santuary, people who had to be paid to give him children. In his recent rehearsal, the song "They don't really care about us" seems to sum up some of the people he had to deal wtih, but his spirit of love and caring, and amazing talent is something that can never be taken away from him.
    We would have been great fans of his whether or not he had his facial surgeries – but he didn't know that. Michael in death was given an outpouring of love and if he was alive to see it, his eyes would fill with tears to think that he was so loved. He was a dear and sensitive man in a rough world.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Jai Davis

    This is my 1st time that I have bloged, right here on AC360 and I must say it is an honor 2 do so.... and Micheal Joe Jackson inspired me 2 do so..... 2 his fans all across the world and 2 Anderson 360 Thank U 4 the opportunity 2 share the experience with U! Im 49 yrs. old and I can tell all of U the true begennings of MJJ.

    My sister Tina's daughter was begotten by MJJ look-a-like...... and he was very good. I truely belive he world togather. As I close The Jackson Family made names as Jermaine, Micheal, very fluid in naming there kids after the 1st Family of Pop Music Culture!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Tina

    Today's memorial was beautiful! It was fit for a KING. Our love and prayers are with his children and the Jackson family. WE LOVE YOU Michael! You are the greastest!!


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  149. BubRub

    People, get a life. I am so, so, glad that Al Gore invented the Internet so we could have this.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Sharon Matthews

    Perfect! Not one more song, not one more video clip, not one more prayer, not one more word was needed. The entire memorial was as perfect a tribute as there could ever be. I cried, I laughed, and I remembered. Thanks for letting the world share.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Heidi

    It was amazing and appropropriate... He was a not only a tremendous artist but a humanitarian. His efforts made the world the better place, unlike his adversaries who lack the capacity. Those who have the audicity to refer to anyone as loser are fundamental to the problems in society and those which michael jackson spent his life addressing. Those who have such negative capacity make the world a much lesser place.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Edith Davus

    I wish you would re-broadcast the entire service. I think something is lost with all the commentary between bits and pieces. It would be more moving to see the entire service. Couldn't you rebroadcast it in the middle of the night? Some of us missed it due to the time of day.
    Thank you!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Reality Check

    Look people. Ceremony is over. Los Angeles is left with a bunch of grieving fans and a $4-6 Million bill for security. Twelve people since his death have killed themselves. Thats the legacy he's leaving behind. He was in possession of sedatives and drugs to which he had no prescription... that's still a crime in the US. I'm not saying he didn't have some good music and dance moves, but let's show respect to the right people. There are soldiers, police, and firemen dying daily to provide you the freedom you love so much, but they aren't given a fraction of the "praise" you have given someone who was no more then a high-dollar drug junkie.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  154. pauline

    we love you and you are in a better place.

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  156. gail

    All you people that keep saying that Mr. Michael Jackson did not do anything for anyone, where have you been for the last 25 or so years. Do you hate him that much or are you just plain ignorant. If you followed him through the years, you would know that HE gave millions to different causes. If you don't have anything good to say about him on the day, then shut up and don't speak of him again. EVER.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  157. anthony

    I can't believe Nancy Grace has finally stopped attacking Michael Jackson (at least for today anyway)...there is a GOD

    July 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  158. michael s.

    He was a man that transcended race, gender, age, religon and sexual preference. He embodied all the different individuals of the world all in one and you can see that's how he wanted to be portrayed as. He was the world and now the world mourns the loss of its "band aid". He was a healer in a way in which he asked us to heal ourselves inorder to heal the world as a whole. Its too bad that the great healer couldn't mend his own broken heart. He died because of the negative side of humanity, he lives on because of his attempts to wipe that slate from our persona. Thank you Michael. You have move us and your work will move on forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  159. 5BadBoyz EntertainmentLLC

    I grew up with Michael. Loved all his music. Understood he was dealing with issues far greater than we could ever imagine. My heart goes out to the family. He will continue to be in my heart, but he is in a better place. Free of pain, suffering, and media torment. Music Industry has lost an icon and there will not be another. God needed him now he did what he was born to do. I will truely miss him.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Charlotte Bourque Canada New Brunswick

    Michael Jackson did desever all the people to listen to what he did for all the people in the world throw his songs and throw his heart it was the best like he was i was watching on TV in my living room and it brought tears too my eyes and happyness too my heart that finally the world have giving him a day that he deserved and all these one that keep knocking him down their day will come when they relizied that they are rong about Michael Jackson and wish they would of listen too his heart and too the great person he was so now he way up high with no more pain God Bless him and all his family hugs and love xoxo RIP MJ we will miss you

    July 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Tracy

    Stunning. Just stunning.

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  162. Charlie Tango

    His life was a circus and now his family has turned his untimely death into a publicity seeking, money grabbing circus. Let him be laid to rest!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Dan

    Just another American tragedy when it comes to famous musicians who couldn't handle the very success they so desperately craved and whose wealth and fame literally killed them.

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  164. Elizabeth rivera- saez

    Michael was an inspiration to all who have ever seen him preform or heard his music. He set a standard that was not attainable for anyone to be able to achieve in performing and the great person that he was and great things he did. I will always love Michael and am greatful to have had the oppurtunity to witness his greatness and am saddened that I will never be able to see him moonwalk LIVE again. He was a brilliant star and he will shine brighter than ever among the real stars in the sky. Words can not express how he impacted my life. Long live the KING.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  165. chantille

    Beautifully done memorial in everyway. Thank you to the Jackson family for allowing us to be part of such a memorable but sad day. I still just cannot believe MJ is no longer here with us. He was such a sweet soul.

    The idiot reporter on Sky news(Kay Burley) asked the guy who organised the Memorial (he also organises the Grammy Awards) , 'Which was better – the Grammy Awards or the Memorial'? Can you believe it? They don't compare, they are two totally different events. Stupid, stupid woman!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Brittany

    I remember when i would put on black dress pant or any pants for that matter as a kid, a I would have on some really thick white socks. My mom would say "girl if you don't take off those white socks, looking like Michael Jackson!" Instead of being humiliated about it (because she would put me on the spotlight in front of the whole family) I would spin around and say "HEHE!"

    MJ I love you!

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  167. Charles

    I respect Michael jackson as a performer and an artist. I cannot and will not respect him as a human being. anyone who has to pay 23 million to someone to avoid a child molestation case has very serious issues. The idol worship of this person is sickening. I am appalled at the media frenzy that has accompanied his death. there has been no privacy for the Jackson family and the fans are acting like it is a big party, not a solemn occasion. The man has passed on. Let him rest in whatever peace he made with himself and his God. The people that clung to this story just to get their faces in front of a TV camera should be ashamed of themselves. It was a travesty.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Maria B

    TheCelebration of M.J.'s life was so elequantly put together and with such a short time frame to do it in. His children have so much love around them with family of so many different ages. I feel that they will be loved and well taken care of by the Matriarch, Mrs. Jackson and hopefully they can lead a more normal life than what their daddy had to endure. God works in strange ways. Maybe this was God's plan for Michael's children.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Enough

    Frankly my friends, I don't give a damn.

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  170. Mary Poppins

    All the news media is speaking about how kind and loving Michael was and that legacy he left behind....

    But did the news media.. really learn a lesson about kindness from him?
    The news is still exploiting .. yelling Drugs, he was not the biological father, etc.. Who cares? He is the only father the children have known.

    Start to focus solely on wonderful accomplishments..
    The CNN commentators seem disappointed as usual.. everything went soo smoothly..

    July 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Nita

    Awesome Service!!!!Today I watched the memorial service for a music entertainer. However, he was MUCH more than that. He possed the greastest gift of all LOVE. He will not only leave a legacy in his music, but to those who he touched personally he will leave them with love, unity, caring, and kindness. He was truly a remarkable man and I too thank God for allowing me to grow up in the era where he was at the top of the charts. I will truly miss him. To the family be strong in the Lord. Take good care of his kids and of each other. I'll always remember my "P.Y.T.", Michael Jackson. May God Bless You.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Karen Elizabeth

    I never leave a comment but I just had to same some thing about today's event. For all the people who have negitive things to always say about Michael. Ask your self 1 question? Could you walk in his shoes. As far as paying off someone it doesn't automatically make him quitly. Did it ever occur that it might have been easier to just get it over with because the media (DEVIL) would have never let it go. Did it also occur to you that the same little boy back in 1985 recanted his whole story. So you people who only have negative thing to always say again I ask you to walk in Michael Jackson's shoes any where in the WORLD not just the Unites States but the WORLD, and see how you may act after doing it for 45 YEARS straight.


    I hope the LEAVE YOU ALONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Steve

    A Ron White comment for you: "During a search of Jackson's residence, an anatomically correct blow-up doll of a boy dressed in a Cub Scout uniform
    was found in his bedroom closet. Now, if they found a blow-up doll of a woman in my closet, everyone would just assume that I was ******* it ... and they'd be right."

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  174. James

    WOW, come on people, Michael did nothing for anyone. If we could give Jesus a fraction of the honor that Michael got today America would turn the corner. It is sad day when America gives this much honor to someone with such a shady past. Please give our soldiers and the real world changers some support. I think it is kind of funny that the people of california will have to pay for this mess.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  175. al gonzalez

    Tear drops keep falling from the sky , they keep falling. The blues they send to me wont defeat me.Smile though my heart is aching .
    Michael your favorite song “SMILE” WILL GUIDE ME AS YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND.


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  176. Lee Williams

    Paris did what no PR firm has been able to do for Michael Jackson. She catapulted him from tarnished to gleaming white. The moment Paris Jackson spoke and said "daddy" was the moment I saw him as someone I might really know, other than an odd eccentric talent. I only wish Michael had introduced us to his children earlier.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  177. AMH

    Thank you CNN.

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  178. DD

    I liked MJ's music & admired his dancing; but thank God, we can get on with our lives & possibly watch the real news w/out all the MJ commentaries, stories & interviews! Our media has deified MJ and I am not sure it is just. I can't accept the deification or even whether or not he was more talented than Sammy Davis Jr; or Ray Charles; or James Brown; how about Stevie Wonder? God forbid, when Stevie Wonder passes, how will we mourn him?

    July 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Pamela

    When I was a little girl, we had this T.V. set that my brother made with my dad from parts they had. I remember when the music awards were coming on I was so excited because Michael Jackson was going to be on the show!

    So, I got one of my dad’s tape recorders and pressed “record” when Michael Jackson came on. I still have the cassette tape in my box of childhood treasures! I remember laying on the floor in front of the TV set and when I saw that moon walk I got up and my heart pounded. I couldn’t BELIEVE what I just saw! I was alert trying to figure out how he did that! To later find out the “moon walk” was a real dance move by Michael was a happy moment and I was full of fan fare!

    Then my first concert was Michael Jackson’s “BAD” concert at Denver’s Mile Hi Stadium! My friend Loretta’s mom Nellie took us and we stood on the chairs the whole concert, cheering and clapping. The show was colorful and amazing!

    Later, I got a crush on MJ. When he wore his white t-shirt and wore his hair longer. He was so COOL. I would fantasize about meeting him one day. I’d fall asleep imagining it. A couple of times in my young life I fantasized about marrying him!

    Turns out I never met him but when I heard about his death within an hour of it occurring I had to look on the TV screen to see if those “years” were on the screen showing when he was born and died AND THEY WERE! So, I knew it was true and I think I lost my breath. I’ve been glued to the TV ever since. I’m sad but I understand.

    I’m 38 now but you can bet that “ABC” and “The Jackson 5” were a part of my childhood and Michael Jackson represents GOOD memories for me. It’s hard to grow up and having times of enjoyment listening and watching Michael Jackson were an escape and pumped you up and make you wanna dance and be COOL and do something with your life! Something BIG and AMAZING! I loved him.

    A few years ago I was behind him and defended him and then I saw that interview of him where he talked about sharing his bed with a non-relative child was an expression of love. I was saddened and felt that he had gone too far and lost his mind a little. I had empathy for his abnormal life but I felt his way of thinking was inappropriate. I don’t however think he ever actually hurt a child. I think his goal was to help children and ease pain and suffering in the world. He caused worry and speculation and that was foolish of him to do. I never really knew what happened to MJ after this period. Except that he had those children but you never heard anything more, until he died. I didn’t even know he was getting ready to do those concerts in London.

    Every time I would see photos of Michael’s changing face and change in color I got the idea that he wanted us to see that whether he was “black” or “white”, “male” or “female” in appearance, he was the same person inside. And we loved him the same. Perhaps this is what he meant to teach us through that. That “appearance” had nothing to do with who people ARE around the world. God Bless Him!


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  180. Iris M. Gross

    Well, you know what, I actually sent the City of LA $100, and I don't even live in California. It's worth it to help them pull of what they did today, and I did it so that the Los Angelenos won't suffer any more then they're going to because their police force was out of commission for a couple of hours today. It was worth it because I am at the end of a 40-year love affair with Michael Jackson. If my little token helps in any way toward taking the burden off an even that needed to happen, for my sake if for nobody else's, than it's worth it. Yes LA's mayor can ask, and I responded because I love Michael.

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  181. Marleah Edwards

    The memorial definitely rekindled the message of community, strength, hope, and love that Michael was ultimately a leader of during his time with us. i just hope that people take from this, the positive actions he took in helping not only those immediately around him, but the world as well and will proceed to do the same in their own lives. even if its not to the extent or scale of Micheal's work and contributions, any little bit counts and helps. God bless Michael Jackson and his family.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Denise Levison

    First, I would like to thank CNN (and all the other networks) for making Michael Jackson's celebration of life available for millions to see. This is a moment of history that the world will never forget. We lost a true icon; an entertainer who is truly one of a kind. The program was very well put together and emotional at the same time. I had to shed some tears during several parts of the service. This final curtain call for Michael Jackson was the perhaps the biggest of his career. Rest in peace MJ!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Sheila

    For people who didn't appreciate Michael Jackson or what he did to change popular music so long ago, how dare you say he doesn't deserve all the adulation. Yes we are in a war but not by Michael's doing, Yes there is chaos and turmoil going on but not by Michael's doing. Yes we are having tough economic times but not by Michael's doing. But we can use the power of his music to help get us through these times and it will get better. Rest in peace Michael!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  184. RS

    It is disturbing that a singer rides out in a gold coffin and a soldier, who died for us, comes home in a plastic bag. We really do have it all backwards who we should be looking up to.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  185. JES

    I think we all need to get a grip on reality here. Yes, Jackson was a powerful entertainer 20 years ago and he attempted to help a lot of people. He also had some very public personal issues. but seriously, what is wrong with CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC and all of the news stations? Michael Jackson is MORE important than Americans dying in Afghanistan and Iraq? More important than North Korea's actions in directly threatening the U.S.? More important than the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House adding a 300-page addendum to the Cap-and-Tax bill at 3:00 AM? More important than the British hostages being held in Iran? More important than the new national policies President Obama is establishing in his speeches in Russia? More important than the Vice President, who was one of the most senior Senators in Congress and directly responsible for economic legislation, stating that the administration may have "mis-read" the economy? More important than the much-touted stimulus bill that hasn't accomplished any of the measures as it was billed to accomplish "in rapid fashion?" None of these are as important as Michael Jackson's funeral? Give me a break, America. I proudly serve my country in the Armed Forces, but there are moments when I begin to question where we are headed as a nation, and this is one of them.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Debbie

    All this media hoopla is just too much! The real stories of the day are in North Korea, Iran, Iraq...the list goes on...Reality Check Time. Misplaced idol worship. The time and money spent on this by thousands of people...instead, try working in a soup kitchen, food bank, habitat for humanity...anyone's death a sad, but get real!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Peter

    The fact that the city end up paying for this is pathetic...Michael Jackson was great...but better then Ray Charles....Sammy Davis Jr....James Brown?? no way...Jackson was no God but is being treated like one....I bet no one posting him as the greatest ever even put in any of his cd's in their stereos this year...

    July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Eldon

    Ok, as much as it is a shame for the loss of life and thats for ANYBODY!! This whole Michael Jackson funeral/memorial issue has been a 3 ring circus!
    Almost two weeks later and he is being buried and funeral services, what I dont understand is that was not this much hoopla and fuss over John Lennon when he died or Elvis Presley when they died.
    I personally think its outragous that the city of Los Angeles is paying for this! Are they paying for an 89 year old lady who passes away and she lived in LA all her life and paid taxes all her life there? I dont think the city of LA will!
    This memorial service and funeral services should be paid for by the family!
    It is sad that the entertainment community has lost such a talented person, but thats who Michael Jackson is, a person, not a king or the president. He proclaimed himself the "King of Pop", he wasn't bistowed that title, he took it upon himself to give himself that title.
    This is just like Dec 26, every year I can't wait for that date as I will never have to hear another xmas song and never have to see another xmas commercial, I cant wait until tomorrow, this has been blown out of proportion.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Brandy

    It was touching and I cried at the end when MJ's daughter spoke. As for all you complaining about this and asking why the news is spending time on MJ and not Iraq, Afghanistan & etc, perhaps you need to get an education in journalism. The news isn't just hardcore stuff. There will always be community, lifestyle and entertainment news. Get over yourselves.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Valentine Pierce

    I am glad CNN covered this because it was important around the world. Michael was a troubled soul but he was an amazing soul, as well. It took a memorial service for us to know of many of the good things Michael did such as the Guinness record for most charities supported by a pop star. Why is that?

    I am the same age as Michael, grew up with him and feel his loss as keenly as when I lost my brother and sister. I do hope his death will help move us forward in our humanity. Let it not be for naught.

    I think people should study the great artists; they would realize that many of them lived, tragically difficult lives, died too soon or in unfortunate ways. Yet, these geniuses left legacies that remain with us until today.

    And finally, I am glad that the coverage is 24/7. He earned it. If Latrec, Van Gogh, Howard Hughes or any of the eccentrics and "freaks" of yesteryear were alive now, they would probably get the same amount of coverage.

    Plus, though this is sad, it was a beautiful memorial and it was touching to see so many nations come together for a common purpose—to honor a man like Michael Jackson. And it was a relief from the 24/7 onslaught of misery we seem to be experiencing since before this decade began.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  191. frank scarpia

    Oh for God's sake, everyone, get a grip. Had Jackson lived to die at a ripe old age, he'd be remembered as a once-iconic has-been who was both seriously talented and very deeply troubled. Let's not forget: his contribution was merely singing and dancing. He didn't stop a war, end human suffering, or find a cure for cancer. While CNN dedicates its amazing technological resources to this circus, our titanic problems – economic, political, social, environmental – remain. People are hurting and the planet is in trouble. And nothing's getting fixed because we're all boo-hooing over one more dead "pop star."

    July 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  192. paul davis

    Believe it was fitting for the person he was. Brought a lot of joy to millions with his unbelieveable talents. Should not dwell on the negative and let him rest in peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Devon Parker

    I found it to be a good tribute until they decided to display the family on stage. Why make the children's grief into a public display?
    I respect Michael's enormous talent, but did we need to make him a spectacle even at his Memorial? I felt like a peeping-Tom into a place of family grief and despair. Privacy and respect denied by the media until the very end.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Michelle

    This was a true memorial and not a show. No matter what we may think about Michael Jackson, how many of us can say that we reached out and touched the entire world. He did, a true humanitarian.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Melody

    I'm in agreement with others who wondered at all the spectacle of it all. While I feel sorry for his family, especially the children, there are other things going on in the world, such as the 8 soldiers who have died in Afghanistan these last couple of days, and the on-going problems in Iran, that are far more important to me. I just feel this got far more coverage than it needed. This should have been a private memorial. A tribute concert for fans could have been done later.

    Sorry to his fans, but it's LONG since time to move on.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Marty

    The country has lost its mind. He was a good singer. He is not a role model for anyone.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Kalanal4u2kalanar@hotmail.com

    I could almost be his older sister so I did not grow up with his music, but I appreciated his talent. I am learning about the humanity of the artist that I never knew. I do believe that he had a special talent to love and help people unite in a common humanity.

    I will now become more appreciative of his music, buy it and listen to see the heart of the man in the lyrics he wrote and sang.

    The memorial was done with class and caring. We will all miss him as an entertainer. God bless and strengthen his children and his family.

    Kalana Klncap

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Nicole

    I think this is absolutely ridiculous! Micheal Jackson was definitely an amazing performer but the way we "worship" him is disgusting. He is no better than the hundreds of soldiers that die in iraq, and yet we hardly pay them any attention when one of them falls to their grave. I think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and i am thoroughly disappointed in how our society favors the entertainers over the heros.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Pat Memenga

    Michael's music was a significant piece of the soundtrack to many of our lives. His music will live on...bringing back the memories and reminding us that "[you] are not alone." His daughter's heart breaking tribute to her father makes real that this man was much more than an entertainer.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Asian4Hillary

    I hope the media will finally leave Michael Jackson and his children alone. To millions of people around the world, Michael is King of Pop, but to Paris and her brother and sister; Michael was DADDY. It brought me to tears when his 11 years old spoke about her Daddy, it brought everything close to home. I've lost my Dad years ago, I still mourn for him, I miss him terribly.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  201. TJW

    Michael Jackson was certainly an icon and legend and deserves that recognition. What I didn't like, is the city of Los Angeles asking for the public donations for a $1.5m to $4m funeral...how dare you ask that of people in this economy, when he has so many wealthy celebrity friends to contribute and take care of that very easily? The mayor should be embarrassed.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Angel

    The world today, paused for a moment. As you know time never stops. But for today we witnessed a moment. A moment so powerful, so moving, so inspiring that it left us at a loss of words. Michael Jackson was an important person in our history. A legacy longer than any words can describe. Its amazing to see how we come together, to remember and honor a man who shattered boundaries, who raised the bar and then broke it. These are the moments history remember, the moments which live on forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Jesus

    Farrah Fawcett asked for all the children of the world to be safe and secure before she died that morning. It was necessary. Michael Jackson will answer for his sins against helpless children. So let it be written, so let it be done.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Penny

    Micheal Jackson was just a man and a peohile at that, if R. Kelly was to die would it be that much celebration in the world for him.
    You should prepare your life to meet the greater beyond, I only hope Micheal did.

    What makes me angry is that I look at all the money spent all over the world for Micheal Jackson, if that money could have been spent on helping feed the homeless or fighting diseases or sending it to 3 rd world countries or providing housing for the homeless, it would have been money well spent. Please remember this when an agency calls your house asking for money.

    This only makes me more aware of how pitiful this world has become, please remember we serve a jealous God. There should be no one before him, after seeing all the out pouring of gifts and makeshift idols makes me sad to know that this world is in that much trouble, Worship your God not Micheal Jackson.

    I wonder why we can't put that much energy into making this world a better place.

    Sorry that Michael Jackson has died, but come on people!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Bev

    I have this overwhelming sadness for Michael, abused and used as a child and then ridiculed as an adult. He was trying to erase every piece of him that represented his father. Rest in peace Michael, some of us knew what a great person you were.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Erika M. Harding

    I thought the tribute was beautiful and fitted for the King of Pop. Michael will forever live in our hearts with his music and his contribution to making the world a better place. So much love and out pouring has been given, and it fits. Regardless of the decisions and "odd" behavior he displayed, he was a loving and peaceful person. I pray that now in the arms of the higher power, that his pain has ended. he endured physical, emotional pain for most of his life. He loved his family, friends and fans as evident by the outpouring of love and tributes given at his memorial. He brought us deep soulful music, mesmerizing dance moves, melodies that can be appreciated by all races, ethnicities and faiths, and spans across generations. We all can remember the premiers of his videos., trying to do the moonwalk or wanting to be cool like MJ and wear the white glove and the red and black leather jacket. Rest in Peace MJ..in the arms of the angels. We miss you and wish you were here...but you have gone to a better place, where your heart and soul can rejoice and be at rest. I love you and will pass on your music and love for others and the earth to my children and grandchildren!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Lynn

    From the first moment that the world got the shocking news that we had
    lost Micheal Jackson the media started to pick apart his legacy, after watching the very emotionally motivating memorial for him today, I walk away remembering that Micheal Jackson was first and foremost: A Son,
    A Brother, A Father and a Beloved Friend. All of this we must never forget, they had him first.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Mike

    Goes to show where our society is now and is rapidly heading when someone with very questionable morality is held up as some sort of an idol. Yes, there are those who will claim that he was never convicted of any of the child molestation charges. But, paying off a family strongly suggests there is merit to botrh the allegations and the charges. It is true that his behavior may have been significantly influenced by both the abuse of his childhood and his celebrity status. The man had some serious psychological problems. However, it would have been more constructive and beneficial for him to seek exceptionally skilled professionals for help in overcoming them. The impression many people have is that he didn't try hard enough or that he ignored or denied the problems and the negative behavior and the image that became most prevalent.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Aimee R

    What a beautiful tribute to him, I am sad that he was not recognized earlier for all his good works. I am a musician and I feel deeply for those who are left on the stage, the singers, musicians, dancers, those who he worked with daily.

    I was amazed and grateful to all those who let their faith speak out today. God is all there is. My only wish while watching today as I saw clips from London, New York and California, is I wish we could all unite as MJ was trying to teach us. Help one another, to Love one another and "Heal the World".

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Alan Stinsen

    Michael, you will be missed dearly. This was an amazing show...too bad they had to perform for the crowd though. Gone were the most tender, non-scripted moments. Will all due respect, it makes no sense why this man is king of pop though. Very talented, surely. Great sense of rhythm, absolutely! But there are white musicians who are alive today who are infinitely more talented than Michael ever was. David Bowie, for instance. M. Jackson was very talented and successful, and did make/break musical hit/sales records. But let us not forget, it's just Michael Jackson. Someone like Bowie we would compare to Beethoven, but not Mr. Jackson. Still, you will be so missed Michael. May you always be held in the highest regard as yours is the top place in pop, musical history.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  211. sundarii

    people need to stop talking about mj the wrong way we all know that mj never did that. mj i love and you'll always be in my heart.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  212. jay

    No matter what you think about MJ, I agree He was the greatest entertainer that has ever lived. I am his age and remember him growing up. I was never a big fan of his music, but God blessed him with a gift and he used it to help others. His memory and light will shine as long as this world is still here.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Michael Joseph Niemeier

    Would you agree that Michael Jackson's death is the kind that you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened, because for me it is that way. I was seriously shocked by what happened, i'm still in disbelief. I heard it on the radio from a DJ in D.C. he did not even believe it at first. He reported that TMZ was reporting Michael Jackson had died and I just remember him saying "Wow.........Wow." He said those words in such shock and disbelief. It was acrazy moment. I miss Michael Jackson and everything he not only did for music or African-Americans but everything he did for the world. He did what he could to bring us all together when we were so far down. I have such wonderful memories of what Michael Jackson has given me in my life, whether it be dance-offs with friends, or discussions we had on what his best song was. It was great Michael and just to let you know, for me, those topics of interest will never stop for me. Thank you!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Bertha Felix

    I think Paris touched everyone's heart. She felt compelled to let the world know he was the " Best Father!" She is brave little girl to speak up in front of all those people. She removed any doubt in my mind that Michael was their Daddy. Fatherhood is more than a biological connection.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  215. gabriele

    I watched your coverage from Alicante, Spain and I was very impressed by the funeral.
    May he rest in peace now. All my love to his children and his family.
    Best regards.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Karen

    I agree America needs a reality check, especially the media! Let's get on the problems facing us as Americans and they are many. Poverty, too much government, politicians who are so self absorbed, no jobs and the economy is tanking! Let's all work to solve these problems and heal our very sick society.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  217. David

    I fondly remember MJ from my childhood years. It is quite disturbing however to see this mess. MJ lead a less then ideal life. Other than the music I find little to embrace on the positive. His life by all accounts seem to extoll the dangers of being able to get anything but control nothing.

    Now we are going to march his children out on stage to grieve in public. Because they really won't have enough problems we have to make a public display of what should be a completely private matter.

    The fact that we seem to have attached so fundamentally to a man we knew not at all is quite frankly a testament to our own disfunction. We need to worship/idolize something, anything so badly that we will cling to this FAR less than ideal man in his death. We call his life good when it was NOT. We idolize him as if we would have traded places with him to have what he had. I can only hope that is not true for myself. His money and fame brought him nothing but isolation, dysfunction, and ultimately death.

    In the end if I had to do it his way to have money. I'd settle for what I have.

    I hope for him that death is in reality the end of the things that seemed to torment him.

    Rest in Peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Alice Rice

    A beautiful tribute to a life that was well lived and certainly deserved in every sense of the word. I was not necessarily a follower of his through the years, but since his death I have watched every single thing I could concerning him and am overcome with amazement and thankfulness for his life. We were all blessed by his presence among us but unfortunately alot of us did not have a clue. Possibly, in death, the accomplishment will be totally completed. I pray so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Marissa

    The whole service was touching but the part that really hit home is when his daughter spoke that is when it really hit home as a daughter that lost my father a couple of years ago I cried for her because although I am in my 50's my dad was my best friend and i really loved him so I really know her hurt and pain and she has many years that will go by and there will be not be a day that pass she that she wont think about him . May god bless her and may Micheal rest in peace

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  220. J.Mann

    This was a very fitting tribute to the world's greatest entertainer. The world will never know another Michael Jackson. Critics will say otherwise, but never has an entertainer brought so many people together of all walks of life and backgrounds, races, religion, etc. He is an iconic wonder who transcended above the rest. We have had continuous coverage since his death and for some there was overload. However, this final tribute to such a musical genius brought closure for the millions of fans worldwide and even his detractors should have been touched. We will miss you Michael and we love you. There will never be another. Your time here may have been short, but God knows when to call us home. We love you and God bless your family.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  221. CSan

    I think CNN & Facebook did a horrible job – no sound whatsoever and then feed went dead. Had to tune to the local WFAA.com Dallas uninterrupted. I cannot believe CNN failed at such a time. And what I saw of the commentators, I think they should have had the proper attire for the occasion. This was a Memorial for the King of Pop – not a Friday casual wear day. Very disappointed in CNN. Sorry.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Danette Littleton

    I watched the Memorial and found beautiful tributes and performances worthy of a brilliant artist and caring human being. Why do we – as a society devour then worship our superstars after death? In life, Elvis, Marilyn, and Michael surely suffered from the jokes and judgements. "Make this world a better place..." Heal the children, heal the world.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Elaina Bailey

    I grew up watching Micheal Jackson and adored him so much. Just recently I lost my won brother. Although he was not as famous as Micheal, the pain was just as real. So to the family of Micheal Jackson, espically Janet, I totally understand how you are feeling right now. The pain and shock is hard and deep. Some say that he's in a better place and god has plans for everyone. I say why would i want to hear that when he is supposed to be here with me, with his family.
    I will never forget the sorrow in his daughter's eyes as she said goodbye to her daddy. It was the same sorrow that my niece had when she said goodbye to her daddy. I feel the family's pain, as many of us do.Tothat pain all i can say is that yes in due time it does get easier but no it will not be a easy journey to make. Just keep him fresh in your minds and hearts and you too will be able to laugh about all the stupid things he did and not cry when you speak of him.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  224. veronica

    Everything was well crafted and very tender. I love the fact that the We are the World Song, Martin Luther King's daughter spoke eloquently, and Michael's daughter, wow, I really got choked up and I really see that there was another side to Michael and I really see how much that little girl loved her father. You see we saw Michael as the near perfect performer, Icon, and so on and so forth, but today, looking from his daughter's prospective, I saw a glimpse of Michael the father. As much love as she had for him, it was written all over her face and in her emotions. We will miss him, but his family will miss him more!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Valerie

    I thought the service was excellent given the amount of time the family had to set it up and the number of people who presented. Brooke Shields' comments showed she was a true friend, and Al Sharpton's comments were perhaps the best I've ever heard him speak. I can't help but think of his mother and believe that this was a service that would touch all their lives as well as the lives of their fans.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Jan

    My most memorable moment was the entire memorial service. Today was a sad day. I cried, because we lost a unique person to this world. He was our own! As I watched the memorial service, it became clear to me the number of lives that Michael Jackson touched. Now I'm looking at the woman in the mirror. I hope that when my time comes, I will have had an impact on someone's life.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |

    I thought that CNN did a very good job. The memorial was respectful and a fitting tribute to Michael Jackson. Now, I just wish the media would shut up and leave the family alone. The media has made enough money off Michael Jackson, when is enough – enough~ The man is dead, so let him rest in peace!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Alvin

    I think Al Sharpton and Marlon said it best. "Your father wasn't strange" and "Just Leave Him Alone" In this society where the media glorify the downfall of a person. I don't care about the controversies the media continue to play over and over again about one Mr. Michael Joseph Jackson. It is none of our business the state of the affairs of The Jackson family. Who in the hell are we to judge? When his daughter address the audience, I hope you in the media and other critics can finally take your head out of your butts and remember that this man was first a father, son, brother, and champion of humanity. R.I.P. Michael and May God Bless you, your children, and The Jackson family.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  230. E.C

    OMG CNN you guys are doing a lovely job with this. I loved it and that’s why I always go to CNN for my news… Thats why CNN is know worldwide. I lived in overseas for 2 yrs and they love CNN.
    This was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever saw in my life. Service fit for a King. What about MLK JR,daughter , Bernice King, words of magic just like her father. Michael, I needed this to bring closures to me. It does hurt as bad as it did this morning. Michael was the most amazing man to walk this earth and he did it moonwalking. Paris is beautiful I cried. What lovely children Michael has. I loved Michael and I’m so happy he is getting his justice… Like he’s songs says “I’m tired of being the victim of shame, putting me in a class with a bad name”. Michael words can’t say how I love you. Your soul was so giving. You gave us you… I love you… My son is 1 years and he loves Thiller. And to know you like KFC.. Wow, this bought peace to my heart.. Michael Jackson you are beautiful everything about you… I miss you.. RIP… Thanks CNN for this nice coverage, Im at peace now with his death. Michael you’re a humanitarian vocalist, dancer, writer and a wonderful dad…. Who can get better than that…. He was so divine..

    July 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Tom

    I am a 39 year old white male in the midwest...blue collar, middle class...I am not an emotional person.

    I found myself crying uncontrollably while watching the services today. Reverend Sharpton is the poignant moment in my opinion. I disagree with Mr. Sharpton on many fronts, but his comments on Michael Jackson's character will resonate throughout my life.....

    "Your father was not strange.....it was strange what he had to put up with...." never a statement so true has been delivered...way to go Al.....for once we agree...

    My heart goes out to all the family and friends around the world...

    July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  232. SW

    I think the memorial was beautiful and very touching. I'm glad that Paris was able to speak at last for Michael's children. I really hope nay-sayers will shut up and let him rest in peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Mark

    Ridiculous amount media coverage. Jackson was a great entertainer, one of the true greats for sure. He wasn't a war hero, he wasn't even a musical innovator like a Charlie Parker or Miles Davis. There was a time when he was very cool though. I did admire him for his friendship with Ryan White many years ago.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Cynthia Lampkin

    The Memorial was off the chain. This Memorial was so sentimental. It was right on time and I loved every bit of it. The Jackson family was so well established and welcomed Michael Memorial. I have to get a copy of the Services....

    To the Jackson Family, you have my condolences, and I always loved Michael. He was supposed to be my husband (smile). My Prayers are with you, so stay strong!!!!


    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Peter

    Ha! I love all the positive comments. Do you have a team of editors weeding out all of the negative comments so as to create the illusion that everybody has positive feelings towards the guy? Every single person I know can't stand him and wish it would all just go away. But alas, media has to create public opinion for its own ideological purposes, doesn't it?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Kelly

    What Jackson's nanny there?????????

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  237. cmm

    Enough of this misplaced adulation! We have real heroes dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. The media obsession is ridiculous.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  238. debbie

    I thought you did an excellent job. I would just like to know if it will possible to purchase oen of the Memorial books? Your coverage was everthing and more

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  239. michelle

    i just finished watching the memorial and i cried the whole time. when michael daughter paris spoke about her father i cried and i took my son and i held him. and no matter what michael did or didn't do, he will be remember as king of pop and entertainer for all culture. and CNN thank u for letting the whole watch his memorial of live tv. and i wish i got to meet michael because we will always play his music and never forgot him.. maybe michael can be in peace now. and we will keep his children in or prayers. and i love the song that usher sang GONE TOO SOON.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Marco Salvatierra

    It is a sad, dark and gloomy day, we have just witnessed the end of an era; the most influential artist of our time and maybe of all times has said his final good-bye. But although he is gone, the music, the joy and the memories he gave us will never be forgotten. Thanks for everything Michael, I grew up to your music and will listen to it till the day I die. May God have you in his kingdom.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Jessie T

    It was a beautiful, fitting memorial for one of the finest entertainers who will ever live. It was, in every detail, amazing on many levels.

    But you know what I'm thinking? I must have been living in a cave for the last many, many years as I do not recall any one of the celebrities present ever having come to Michael's side to stick up for him in his darkest of times.

    I do not recall anyone, other than Elizabeth Taylor, doing that for Michael. Why is that? And isn't that a shame.

    I'm sure I must have missed something. Or maybe the tabloids and other media just didn't think the good in Michael, or his many good deeds, was newsworthy.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Linda

    I am Michael's age, so I grew up listening to his music and watching him on television. I feel like I have lost a childhood friend, and grieve for that loss. His memorial was so touching; I cried myself into a headache. Rest in peace sweet prince.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Beautiful Memorial

    This was a beatutuflly produce memorial. I col tell that th epeople who put it on wante to really honor all aspects of MJ life, career with the people who knew him best. I creied many times and I was so move by the performanccs. The funny thing is is that II stopped dancing to the songs and listened to the words of the songs. Beatufult tribute. I i not think it could be done so beautifully. We will surely miss you Micheal Jackson.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Doug

    As a father of two daughters, Paris's words to her Daddy ripped a hole through me. You always think of MJ as a Pop Icon but he was someones Daddy as well. That really hit home. Man my heart goes out to his kids. I bet he was an amazing Dad because he could relate to kids so well. Most adults are to "adult" for their kids.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  245. julie

    it was a very beautiful tribute for a great entertainer and person who was so often misunderstood. I stared crying with Brooke"s memories and Usher's song also Jermaine singing Smile, but when Paris talked just a mess!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Dick in California

    Was it a moving memorian and rememberence. Certainly. I am a fan of MJ's creative talents. But the news networks seem to be trying to outdo each other with 24/7 coverage and its way over the top and as a result I've lost some respect for CNN. While I agree MJ was an important black American artist–so too were Ray Charles, James Brown, and Sammy Davis jr . And their passing was not the media circus that this has become. The media reports after the deaths of Sinatra and Elvis were mere blips compared to this. Entertainer's deaths should be reported simply and respectfully-and briefly. This has been media hype at its worst. The coverage has been on par with JFKs death!. It's nuts! I'm disappointed in CNN lowering themselves to same news frenzy as the "less worthy' News channels. MJ RIP....Now lets get back to the news.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  247. maggie

    I think everybody needs a reality check.
    Jackson was a musican with obvious psychological troubles.
    In the meantime, how many soldier and civilians died today in Iraq and Afghanistan? How's the economy? What about that serial killer in SC?
    Or shall we obsess about Sarah Palin?
    Good grief.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Jackie

    It was a very touching memorial, I grew up with Michael Jackson an love all of his songs and the J5 songs as well. I will be forever grateful for attending a couple of their concerts during my lifetime.
    There will never be anyone like him, ever again. Thank you to his family for sharing him to the world. He was pure genius.
    I cried alot during this memorial, he will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on forever. Paris, you are a very sensitive and beautiful girl, your Daddy would be very proud of you. Me ke aloha pumehana (all my love) aloha ke akua (god bless)
    a true fan from Hawaii.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  249. George Greene

    Nothing against Michael -a talented entertainer and one I like very much. The memorial was great. But two cable news channels and it's Michael on both and nothing else? This overload has been going on for a week now and we have health care legislation, a new Senator, North Korea launching missiles and huge national and world problems.

    Eyeballs = $$ and I'm sure this draws more than other news. Unfortunately that makes CNN less of a "news" station and more of a profit center. The Staples thing is over now; let E! take it from here -I expect more out of CNN.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Pamela H

    It was a great memorial. I was touched because it was so emotional. I also was pleased to learn some positive things about MJ and the things he has done for others in need. MJ gave of himself unselfishly and gave gave us the gift of love through his music. He will live forever in our hearts and minds. RIP Mike you're in good hands now.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Nancy Smego

    One word: Stunning. The organizers did a fabulous job pulling this together. What a great tribute to a huge star. His daughter was such a brave young lady. I am impressed more than I can say.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Aline Goodman

    Absolutely awe inspiring! Very well put together. Thank you CNN for airing and my prayers goes out to the entire Jackson family.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Andrea Thomas

    Michael Jackson is and will ALWAYS be The KING OF POP! His celebration services exceeded my greatest expectations. The entire service was "UNFORGETTABLE". The comment expressed by Paris really broke my heart! She should take comfort in knowing that her dad loved her very much!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  254. c

    MJ has done to a better place...better for him and better for the children left on this planet...

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Krissi

    I enjoyed listening to everyone's eulogies of Michael Jackson, but what really broke my heart was his daughter Paris speaking of her father. I love his music and will always love his music, so no matter what other people think of him personally, please remember there is 3 beautiful children that know him as their father and very upset that he is gone and deeply miss him forever!!! RIP MICAHEL WE LOVE AND MISS YOU FOREVER!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  256. zzzzzz

    OK....nice ceremony....whats next?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  257. PNilson

    Where have they taken Michael? And, Jermaine has a beautiful voice!! Why doesn't he sing more?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Kat Langford

    Thoreau wrote, "we are constantly invited to be what we are"; Michael Jackson's artistry spoke to so many kindred souls, and his unique style was an invitation to live boldly through art. Every time Michael Jackson electrified a stage, he was giving us his desired legacy. Offstage, he was scrutinized, subjected to judgment of a world far-off from his Neverland reality, yet he will be remembered for his ability to emote on stage in a transcendant, cathartic way. For that legacy, I will always remember his influence in our lives and salute his clear vision of both the making of art and the living of art.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Veronica Wilson

    As I watched this memorial I wondered, had we all shown him this love and respect while he was alive would we all be here today, would he be here with us today? Why do we have to wait to honor someone until they're very old or dead? He was tabloid fodder, considered a freak and star fallen from grace. Yet he was a kind and loving soul – listen to his music. Today we honor him and make him saint yet a months ago we laughed at him and mocked him. What a difference a day makes. All he needed was to be shown love; not the hanger on-ers or those who wanted to exploit and use him but to know we accepted him. I hope now he knows.

    He was the same age as me and to accept his untimely demise is to face my own mortality. And we should all look at this and realize tomorrow is not promised to us or our loved ones. Let those dearest to you know you love them every single day, be kind to others, you never know what's going on in their lives. And honor those who you feel so strongly about, don't wait until it's too late – because today we honored a memory of a man in a way we should have honored him while he was with us. Via con dios Michael.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Tim

    After all is said and done, we all need to reflect on the people that need to live with the loss at a personal level. We need to know that no matter what some may say or think, the family needs time to deal with the loss at a personal level. His children need to know that they are the future, and to live life as they were raised.

    I am sure that they know who the real MJ is and continues to be.

    I am happy to say that I was able to at least watch this and see the positive rather then the negative, and that is how we all should remember what MJ brought to everyone.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Jenn

    While I agree that MJ was a pop icon, I didn't watch and I won't watch the replays. I'm stunned and disturbed by the fact that the city of LA will be paid between $2-4 million for security alone for this event. This is a very fiscally irresponsible move, especially considering that the state of California is in such finanical trouble that it has been declared a national emergency. Now the residents of the state, and particularly LA, need to pay for a service that wasn't really necessary – a nice gesture, but not necessary.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  262. bluetammy

    THANK GOODNESS IT IS OVER!!!!! It got way out of hand!!!
    I really feel sorry for his children and hope they can find some peace and happiness, But, it is time to move on!! Does anybody even know the name of the solider that died the same day as Jackson??? You know, the one that died for you????
    Let's see his service...it should be bigger and better with 10 times more stars!!!
    oh, and CA you got to foot the bill for that service today!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Wanisha Holmes

    We have all been blessed by the genius of Micheal Jackson. He will greatly be missed but never forgotten. My prayers go out to everyone that loved him, including his children. We should not be sad but grateful that we had the priveledge of knowing this very talented & humble human being, whether it be personally, professionally or otherwise. R.I.P. MJ, We will love u forever!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Christine Howze

    Sorry – but what happened to the news? Your own polls showed that less than half of your web site followers were fans of Michael Jackson. So why has the entire United States been subjected to total Jackson imersion? The man was a terrific artist. He died suddenly. End of story. Give it a rest!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  265. E.Davis Jr

    Michael Jackson will always be the greatest musical artist of all time, regardless of the events that occurred within his personal life. We are all human and if we can say we never have done anything wrong or sinful then throw the first stone if not then come join me in recognizing a man that made us all want to moonwalk, kick a leg in the air, sing, dance, spin and land on the tip of our toes! I grew up wanting to be so much like Michael Jackson and I mimic every step, move he and his brothers ever did, Mike inspired me to want to be a dancer/performer in which I tried to carry out this objective but, it eventually was over shadowed with the success I began to capture through athletics, but still to this day I love to cut up a rug doing Mike to all of his songs mainly Billie Jean!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  266. DD

    It was well done albeit over the top. It's over...now let's move on.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Leon

    Glad it is over, maybe CNN will start reporting news again instead of hype.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  268. rp

    This coverage is ridiculous. It would be nice if the media would spend 1/100th of the coverage on the real heros of our country. How can anyone think of Michael Jackson as a role model or someone that you'd want your kids to emulate.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Charlene

    It was a beautiful tribute. I only wish that Michael could have felt all of this love and respect during his life. It might have made a difference for him in his life.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  270. TARABON

    Globalization came when in the 80s my sister in Iran was calling me and begging me to send her michael jackson gloves( I was in usa since 1978)
    She said that had become a symbol among the youngsters, & every teenager in Iran had at least one MJ glove
    I was so surprised because we had the Iran & Iraq war back then, & I could not believe the effect of globalization , & that was the 1st time I realized the borders were broken for the first time ever

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Jeremy

    I think this is terrible. One of the heroes that helped through the Cold War Just passed away and CNN is covering a musician.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Betsy, NC

    The memorial was awesome and a great tribute to Michael Jackson. Al Sharpton, who I normally can't stand, gave a speech that was so heartfelt, it made me cry. When I first heard that MJ's body was going to be at Staples, I was very skeptical, but as it unfolded, it shouldn't have been any other way. I am so sad that he is gone and I can only hope he knows now how much he was loved the world over. It is too bad it took something like this for everyone to realize it. R.I.P. Michael Jackson and God bless your children and your family.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Valerie Robinson

    It was beautiful......everything was superb! Long live the King of Pop!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  274. sylvie

    This was so beautiful,and heart warming.everyone touch my heart,I will never forget it as long as i live.Thank you to the family and everyone that was involve.you all did a good job in honouring the king of pop,michael jackson.I,am so glad that michael children are with the jackson family,it is so obvious that they are in the right hands.so soul touching ,I will never forget.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Melody Pachankis

    I felt as if I was attending a beautiful memorial of one of my family members in my own living room. I thought the memorial was a wonderful gift from the family to the fans. I just wish that Michael could have seen how he affected the world by his music, his love, and his legacy. I think it would have restored his faith in humanity, which in the later years, he may have lost. It kind of puts it all in perspective to tell people what they mean to you in life because after they are gone, it is too late. I only knew Michael through his music and television, but I felt as if he had a place in my life. That is the beauty and magic of this wonderful human being. Rest in peace, Michael, you were loved by so many and will be missed greatly.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Asma

    The Memorial service for Michael Jackson was absolutely beautiful and very touching. My prayers are for his parents, siblings, family members and especially his children. I sincerely hope people will listen to his music, in fact listen to the words in his songs and feel his emotions as he sung them. Then you can really imagine what he was going through and how he felt. We have no right to judge anyone for their actions in this world, that should be left up to God, but we should remember Michael for all he did in his short life, he was a gift from God and has returned to God. We should look at ourselves and try to make a difference as he sought out to do. It is not fair to ridicule him for his short comings, we all have faults in our life that we are not happy with but we need to remember the good. How many people do we know who would give millions in the name of charity for kids, the sick and less fortunate...

    "You will be missed terribly Michael, thank you for your gift of song and entertainment May Allah be with you always and may you rest in peace now til Judgement Day!"

    Thank you,

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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  278. DAMITA

    I know Mike is gone & I grieved, but what took the cake was Mike's daughter. I cried because my father was never in my life the way Michael was in his children's life despite what he did or didn't do. My prayers are with the Jackson Family. They were saddened on Fox News for real! Rest Michael..I REMEMBER THE TIME!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Allen Saunders

    The death of anyone is a sad event. I think a public memorial was needed for the millions of fans. I do think that the sensationalized star studded event was not needed. I hope that Michael will be laid to rest in a place that I can someday visit an mourn the loss that I feel.

    Omaha, NE

    July 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Pete

    That was the most touching ceremony and tritute to the legacy I have ever seen with a great message of making the world a better place. It will be remembered a lifetime.

    Ithink the Lord as looking ovewr all of us. At the time the memorial service started there was a severe thunderstorm warning up here in Central New Jersey. The sky was pitch black. However on Mariah Carey's first notes to start the service the sun suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I think somebody was watching out over us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  281. tom kerby

    I've nothing against Michael but I have to admit that it bothers me that the public didn't make anywhere near this much about the passing of Mother Teresa.

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  283. Bob

    People ask why? Why did god take mj? As I watched the memorial it became clear to me. In life he tried to make a difference. He tried to bring unity, peace, and acceptance of one's belief or culture all while wanting and trying to heal the world of illness and disease. As I watched, I saw strangers coming together and singing "We are the world". That in all the world's turmoil that we all can unite in a common cause. That we all can start each morning by looking inthe mirror and make a change for the better and try to make a difference in our families, neighbors, and friends. Live in a better country and a better world. That we all not turn a blind eye to our country's issues and the world issues. In death mj will do far more to bring unity, peace, and to be able to heal the sick. So in honor of mj. We all can start each day by looking in the mirror. This starts with President Obama and all of us Americans, all of the world citizens. r.i.p. mj

    July 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  284. michael kenny

    michael jackson was a great entertainer, but did nothing to merit the media circus, he did not cure cancer, stop wars for advance civilization. we would be better off improving our lifes instead of focusing of the fame of others

    July 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Melissa

    I think the memorial very nice. They only had a couple of days to put it together and I thought it was very moving. The speakers were great and the artist that performed were great too!!!..I think his daughter is so brave for standing up and saying something about how much she loved her father!!!. May the family get some peace after he is laid to rest!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Donna Armstrong

    I think it is always a shame when some one dies at age 50. However, Michael Jackson is just a man, not some sort of God like so many are treating him. For all the people that are so upset he died, don't you have better things to do with your time? He is a celebrity and makes $ from singing. That was his job. Use all your energy doing service in your community, or global warming issues. That is what is really important.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Pam Ross

    I can't help feeling that world peace and healing has lost it biggest advocate today. I pray Michael's message does not get lost in the turmoil of his passing. May God bless his family and all those who loved him, and may we all remember "change will only come...if we stand together as one".

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Marvin

    It is a disgrace, how the media are glorifying this entertainer with a lurid past. The truth is, he was a deadbeat who did not pay his bills, he was a junkie and he slept with little boys.

    You would think a great spiritual leader had died.

    CNN's role in this deification is appalling and shameful.
    He was a pop star. CNN is supposed to cover news. CNN is not the National Enquirer. How low can you go?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Espie Ortega

    Michaels' memorial was absolutely beautiful. Fit for a true "King". The collaboration was amazing. The whole service just fell into place. I will forever remember it and hold it close to my heart. RIP Michael and I love and miss you.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  290. MJP

    This is an absolute spectacle! The state of CA should not have to pay for security. The state is bankrupt as it is. If the family or whomever is responsible wanted such a memorial, they should be responsiible for paying for the security. If a police escort is needed to lead a funeral average Joe, it is the common man's responsibility to pay for it. This should be no different.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Maggie

    Dear CNN,this is the biggest waste of time and space you have ever used. Lets talk about the 11 Soldiers that have been killed in 2 days over in Afghanistan? Where is ther front page news, where is the million dollar memorial service. this is what is wrong with America now, we idolize a pedophile, we are making him a hero, what the hell??

    July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  292. naygie

    Stunning, amazing. Thank you CNN for bringing it to us. My children and I watched in sorrow. He was indeed the greatest entertainer. I remember a time when no brown faces were part of MTV. I remember standing on the Macy's floor watching his videos and watching him transitioning into MTV giving us "hope" and paving the way to where entertainment and race relations stand today.

    He will be missed but will live in our hearts, memories and all artists for times to come.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  293. joesmom

    I felt it was very well done. Jermaine and Paris both made me cry.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  294. C. Pope

    I will remember this always. I could not stop crying. Beautiful and touching. May he rest in peace.

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  295. Amy

    I grew up listening and dancing to MJ's music. And I was one of the lucky ones who got to see him in concert back in 1985. He was absolutely wonderful.
    He will be in my heart full of life and love. My love to his children and family at this difficult time.


    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Frank in Wilton Manors

    I never thought you could assemble that many losers in one building before.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Iris Petit

    This was the most wonderful memorial I've ever seen, back about 17 years ago I lost my mom who was the the light of my life, and when she died we celebrated her life with song and dance.

    I grew up with Michael and the Jackson family music, I will miss him but will never forget him.

    I ask the Lord to give the Jackson family comfort and peace in their hearts.

    Keep smiling.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Justin

    Jackson wrote synthesizer/dance music, reminiscent of Disco. This is going way overboard. The guy made most of his money off Beatles music anyway... maybe they should've been singing they're songs at his memorial instead.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Steve G.

    What an overhyped waste of time! Real people are dying everyday who deserve more attention than this pedophile is getting.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Ponchaveli.com

    I was not fortunate enough to meet Michael Jackson, however I have always enjoyed his music and his talent. Michael Jackson touched my family because he spent the day with my cousin before she passed away. In respect to Michael for what he did for our family, I drew a tribute portrait in honor of his caring for others. It can be seen at ireport.com and is titled "If you only knew" because only Michael truley knew how it felt to be Michael Jackson! Michael Jackson will never be replaced. He is truly one of a kind!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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