July 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Events surrounding Jackson's death starting to resemble his life?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The events surrounding Michael Jackson's death continue to become more bizarre every day - not unlike his life. On Friday - eight days after he died - they will lay out the King of Pop's body for a public viewing at Neverland Ranch.

It was initially reported that on Friday - 8 days after he died - Jackson's body would be on public display at Neverland Ranch. But this afternoon the family announced that's not happening and instead they say they're working on plans for a public memorial.

There are plans for a 30-car motorcade to carry Jackson's remains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara County tomorrow. And, the family has a private service planned for Sunday. The mayor of Gary, Indiana - where Jackson was born - is trying to get Jackson's body sent there for burial.

Meanwhile here in New York, thousands of fans lined the streets of Harlem yesterday to be let inside the Apollo Theater - 600 at a time - to pay tribute to Jackson. Reverend Al Sharpton eulogized Jackson before showing off his own dance moves - which included him grinding with one fan on stage.

Then there are those weird interviews with Joe Jackson - Michael's father– in which he plugs his new record label after being asked about the death of his son.

All this makes it seem like those with a vested interest in making money off Jackson's passing are doing their best to keep the story going and milk it for every last nickel - just like the bloodsuckers around him did when he was alive.

And it's working: Jackson's music has shot back to the top of the charts since his death.

Here’s my question to you: Are the events surrounding Michael Jackson's death beginning to resemble his life?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Janel from Fredonia, New York writes:
Watching the circus that has surrounded Jackson's death should give us a little insight into the chaos his life must have been. Surrounded by sycophants who drowned out the few voices of reason regarding his health and others who trampled over those who truly cared about him, everyday life must have been difficult, to put it mildly. The sick obsession the American public has been demonstrating doesn't say much good about us either.

Terry from North Carolina writes:
Jack, You’re right on the money with this one: every day it seems to get more weird than the day before, another story breaks that defines what this kid was all about and the personal mess he left behind. One can only imagine the hell that these three children will go through while all the people that didn’t care about Michael go about trying to get their hands on what he left behind.

John from Canada writes:
Oh Jack, you had to ask. Just reflect on his father’s emergence with his hand out, the family’s second autopsy, news about his kids’ genetic realities and even the controversy over the 911 calls and the attending physician’s actions. I’ll bet the farm that we ain’t seen nothing yet. You and Wolf just hold on to your hats and pass on the weirdness as it happens.

Cathy from Austin, Texas writes:
I don't know about that, but the more coverage I watch the more I am filled with sympathy for Michael Jackson. I mean, bless his heart, it's obvious that his own father views him as an investment, not as a person, much less as his own child. No wonder Michael kept having plastic surgery to erase all traces of his father from his own face.

Jennifer writes:
Beginning? Jackson – boy, teen, adult, in court, and now in death – has been exploited through it all by family, friends, enemies and media. Anything to make a buck. Unconscionable.

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soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Richard New Hampshire


    July 1, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  2. JMilo

    "All this makes it seem like those with a vested interest in making money off Jackson’s passing are doing their best to keep the story going and milk it for every last nickel — just like the bloodsuckers around him did when he was alive."

    So why are you adding to it by covering this?? I'm sorry he died. He was very talented, but enough is enough! There's so much going on in the world today for you to be spending so much time on a celebrity.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  3. Karl from SF, CA

    Having the same people taking care of things now that took of things when he was alive and thinking things will be different is like the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Now his will is the frosting on the cake.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  4. Paula in Albuquerque

    One further note on Jackson's memorial service at Neverland...Although my blessed, late husband was not necessarily a fan of Michael's, I am confident that he would please me by taking me to Los Olivos, so that we could pay our respects, and gawk at the goings-on...like so many others! I would be there, if I could, Michael! If things are televised, you can be certain that I shall be there with you...

    July 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  5. Chad from Los Angeles

    Yes, but I expect nothing less- especially with his family. People can stop feeling sorry for him though. He was abused as a child yes, but he also lived in the lap of luxery from teenage life till his death. He may have been forced into performing but he profitted from it immensely.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  6. Darren

    Looks like he was trying to garner a hospital visit to put his concerts on the back burner and a tragic accident occurred that his doctor was there and knows exactly what happened..

    July 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  7. j/NJ

    Are the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death beginning to resemble his life?

    As expected the mainstream news media is running mindlessly with this story, taking full advantage of a stunned, confused, and vulnerable public...ratings are arguably the primary concern, never mind the grandiose distortions, the family and friends left behind, or the enormity of catastrophic world problems...tabloidism ensures the titillation and prime time longevity of celebrity misfortune...thus for the sake of responsible journalism its time to call off the wolves...

    July 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  8. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    His life was certainly complicated and weird, and his death has not changed the publics perception of him. Drugged out of his mind or not...........is he his childrens biological father or not.........will his burial be like a carnival sideshow or not. He was a multi-talented showman, but he wasn't the second coming! There's other important newsworthy things that the press should be concentrating on besides the life and death of Michael Jackson.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  9. Angela Washington

    No He did not choose either, it was the media then and it is the media now, all he ever asked for was to be respected and treated like a human as hs said I have a heart, a few have embraced it, however a few chose to break it...

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  10. Darick

    it seems to me that all the people that he knew would take advantage of him are trying to take advantage in other ways, basically making him a mockery

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  11. Rob Rios

    Jack Cafferty you hit on target yet again. Poor Michael even in death cannot avoid the bloodsuckers. I hope one day he will rest in peace.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  12. Susan Smith, Vancouver BC

    Yes but this time you can't blame Michael.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  13. tauseef

    you said it mr cafferty!! i saw the interview with joe jackson and was shocked to my core when he started to plug his record company. they want to milk his death as much as they can, i just hope his kids who he tried so hard to keep from the public eye can survive this gathering of the sharks.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  14. Dash Billions

    Of course they are Jack. Honestly, I don't know what the media is going to be able to do now that they don't have Michael Jackson to turn to for an instant ratings boost. Sure, he may always have been a strange guy, but when you look at what he really said, his demeanor and his final days you will see that Michael Jackson was the loneliest man in the world. I'm only happy that for once, he's finally getting some good press, and his music is becoming the focus of his now short lived life.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  15. peniel

    no because if he is alive it would but now it dosent.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  16. Jon (San Diego)

    The only way this could get more bizarre is if the family decides to have the ultimate Farewell Tour – starring the remains of MJ and Bubbles the Chimp

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  17. susan

    that father makes me sick

    the others – well that is expected

    the nerve of that man

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  18. zach sutton

    hey jack Are the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death beginning to resemble his life?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    Events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death are beginning to resemble Michael Jackson.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  20. Phil, georgia

    No, Not Really... Jackson deserves the statesmen departure. He has done almost the same as any politician or President to promote world peace and racial reconciliation while inspiring millions to put passion into their dreams.

    Yes, dealing with an icon, you'll always get your wackos. But that shouldn't stop us from honoring those who gave soo much for us like Elvis, Kennedy, Roosevelt, King.....

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  21. Jeff Crocket

    The question alone reeks of blood sucking!! It is people who are buying MJ's music now. Not some conspiracy!

    Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  22. valerie

    Jack it's sad to say that yes the events surrounding his death resembles how Jacksons life was and what makes it strange is that it's the same puppett masters pulling the string. These people obviously didn't care about him when he was alive, and what's so sad is that they don't care about him even in death. It's all about money Jack,

    Valerie from Oklahoma

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  23. Dawn in Atlanta

    I think the events surrounding Michael Jackson's death explain why he was so troubled in life.

    Before hearing Joe Jackson's comments, I wanted to believe maybe he had changed from the self-serving monster he was to his children.

    Sadly I was wrong; Joe Jackson only regards his children as property that can be used to make a buck.

    It appears that Michael was the smartest of all and his mom the most caring.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  24. Michael from PA

    Michael Jackson's family, particularly his father, are exploiting him in death as they most likely tried to do when he was alive. His father's comments yesterday about a record label he was promoting when responding to a question about MJ's life (and death) illustrate the lack of decency and good taste anyone should have and that surely have MJ rolling over in his proverbial grave and he hasn't even been buried yet.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  25. Levi Springs IV

    No, In his death he getting the appriciation he should have gotten in LIFE!!!!!!! Who do you know that has died on this level who's life has touch the world????????? Nobody I didn't think so!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  26. Richard Sternagel,Canfield,Ohio

    Unfortunately Yes! The tragedy of this is his children who will be the pawn of self-serving Lawyers. It is they(lawyers) who will be the "winners" of this sad saga.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  27. Jackie Rawlings

    Many will be surprise to see how really smart and wise Michael Jackson was. Yes the free loaders will continue to steal what they can as even the Media hangs on the dismissed charges Michael had. But Michael learned alot during his 50 years while keeping his Peter Pan image.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  28. Christine

    They sure are, however I don't think anyone is shocked, and I don't think we have heard the last of the crazies. There will certainly be more stories that will come out. I'm sure Joe Jackson is seething right now that he is not in charge of his estate like he thought he would be.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  29. Dawn

    It appears Michael Jackson had an autopsy of his dead body so the rest of the world could dissect his life.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  30. Sam Barkley


    Just look at the coverage this story is getting on tv. It's a circus. It's all Michael, all the time. The man was a entertainer and nothing more. His handlers are trying to milk this for as long as possible, but so is the media. When the media gives up on the story- so will the public.


    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  31. Doc Smith from Alabama

    Jack: I would submit that the same turmoil that surrounded his life is definitely surrounding his death. Michael has always had a dark cloud of secrecy about his character. The Will however, should be no surprise to anyone. The Jackson family simply needs to let Michael rest in peace and get on with the important responsibility of caring for the needs of his 3 children.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  32. Ann

    Well said, Jack. MJ's family (specifically his father) is a hot mess. All of it is, of course, media candy so let's just not throw the blame Joe and Al (BTW, does Al Sharpton just wait around to pounce on media opps?). It makes me sad to think of the impact on this poor man's life (Michael). Only in death could one find peace with all these vultures swarming.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  33. Roy Rawls

    Yes,it seems that even in his death he cant get away.Nobody really know how much pain he was in at all and so they are calling him an addict. Joe Jackon well, he just made a response about his record company because reporters were asking him so he told, im not really sure if he's really grieving or just trying to get publicity...and for Janet jackson, they said she was at the award for herself not for Michael....i think that is false...she knew that everybody at the award and being nominated all were inspired by Michael...so she just wanted to be there!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  34. Carla, Wyoming

    Yes, the people around him are bloodsuckers. The poor guy, he's been dead for almost a week now. Leave him alone, bury him, and give him some peace, finally.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  35. John Harlow

    When I contemplate Michael Jackson, I am reminded of a famous quote: "Goofy in life, Goofy in death." Walt Disney

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  36. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    While watching Joe Jackson at a news conference promoting his new recording company before he took questions about his devoted son, I saw why Michael was living in a cocoon. Shock and revulsion overwhelmed me. He answered further questions prompted by the reverend Al Sharpton and his lawyer. I saw no signs of grief just dollar signs. But none of this took away from a child prodigy tortured by a money-grubbing father. We all see the stage parents who live their lives vicariously through their children. This is just another sad case of child abuse.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  37. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    So, the motorcade to Neverland is OFF? I'm glad to hear that. It would have been disastrous for the area. They should have their memorial in the LA Coliseum. As for the question, it would have worked anyway, even without the hyping of the bloodsuckers. He has millions and millions of fans. It's okay, Jack. It will all be over someday. These things have to run their course.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  38. Cathie

    Mr. Caferrty....how can anything that anyone does RIGHT NOW be any fault of Michael Jacksons??? I mean really!? It's not Michael Jacksons fault if people change their minds about viewings or have memorials with 1000's of people...of it a Rev All dances & grinds all about women!!
    Your questions was: Are the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death beginning to resemble his life? The answer is: a simple NO! It's not MICHAEL JACKSON heading the events surrounding his life and/or death...it's the idiots around him!!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  39. Mark from Naperville Illinois

    Are you kidding? Did you expect anything different? This was a man who thrived on the ambiguous and the confusing. It is only natural that the events surrounding his death would be equally headscratching. He was an entertainer and continues to entertain us even in his death. Kids that aren't his, but are, money that is there, but then its not, a father by name, but not my actions...this list goes on and on. I only hope that in the end he can get in death what he could not get in life. I hope whatever tormented him is laid to rest with him.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  40. David A Whitaker

    Jack it is a sad situation, that a person cannot even have dignity even in death. There are so many dog gone money thirsty idiots our there, it has become a tell all of so call secrets. You got a secret wife coming out, that why she was a secret because she don't exist. Please give me a break people, just let things go.

    Martinsburg, WV

    July 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  41. Carl Wake / Austin TX

    Of course they are! Even in death he is now making more money then he has in years. For his heirs to benefit, he will need to continue to generate income, as his debt will need to be taken care. What better way to make money then to keep him in the forefront of the news on a daily basis by keeping the circus show alive!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  42. Dave

    Jack of course it's a circus,it's michael jackson,the whole family with the exception of janet was living off him. so i'm not surprised at all that joe jackson was plugging his little dvd's on B.E.T they should all go away and leave the rest of the normal world alone but that would be too much to ask.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  43. laverne

    i totally agree with you. the bloodsuckers are out. examples are the news organization that post a picture of him on the strethcer going into the hospital; joe jackson taliking about his recotd company made mr sick; snapping pictures of his mother at Targert. Bury the man and then do what you want. i think it is dominating the news because it was so unexpected.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  44. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    Beginning??? Jackson ... boy, teen, adult, in court, and now in death ... has been exploited through it all by family, friends, enemies and media. Anything to make a buck. Unconscionable.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  45. Lisa

    No, it is what is expected from the death of an iconic figure like Michael Jackson!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  46. Barbara

    Yes and No.

    Yes, in the sense that this poor man cannot even have peace in death. No, because there is no way that someone of this magnitude could have a normal reactions in death just like he could not have them in life.

    In regards to his records, may they sell, sell, and sell some more!!!! The more for his children!!!!! This out poor of love, in record sales, will show them exactly how incredible their father was and will be forever!!!!

    May his work always break records forever.

    Michael, you will forever live through your music!!!!!!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  47. Carol

    Yes because the same bloodsuckers that preyed on him in life are still there along with his father and the convicted criminal, who is his business partner for blu-ray, and a host of siblings (except Janet) are waiting for their piece of the pot (his estate) get a job! I hope the trust is so air tight that no one can profit from it but his children. Vultures!!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  48. Sam V.

    I agree, and I believe the RN saying he wanted Diprivan is going to be confirmed through the second Autopsy. I thought it was very tasteless that Joe Jackson chose to plug his newest Record deal, instead of being truly sad about the passing of his son Michael. I also thought it confirmed the relationship Joe had with his kids, he instructed them to address me as Joseph not your Dad.

    Dallas, TX.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  49. L Cole

    Jackson's death certainly is falling in line with the roller coaster that was his life. While I grew up in the middle of all his popularity, I do not understand the obsession with him, in life or death. There is much more going on in the world to be concerned with, and I find the minute to minute updates on Jackson ridiculous at this point. Even God took a day off.

    Tucson, AZ

    July 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  50. Scott Stodden

    Yes they are and CNN has done a wonderful job reporting on the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. He died Thursday, we all mourned all last weekend and let it sink in that The King Of Pop died, then on Sunday night BET gave a wonderful tribute to Michael at the annual BET Awards, now just yesterday thousands and thousands of people came to the Apollo to honor Michael, and finally the funeral will be on Friday, a funeral fit for a king. Jack you just dont know that at your funeral millions are going to come out to pay tribute to you just as they did for Elvis, & Michael Jackson. Michael may you Rest In Peace forever.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  51. Darryl Sherman

    Of course the events surrounding Jacksons death is starting to resemble his life, he was a very complicated person which results in a very complicated afterlife. This circus is just getting underway and for the next decade we will hear, read and speculate so much that we just don't know but willing to do anything to find out. You can guaruntee it will get wierder than anyone could ever imagine. Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer that lived. This will probably be the strangest funeral, memorial and mourning ever for a public figure such as Michael Jackson.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  52. Eleanor - NYC

    Jack, you are so on point!!! Michael Jackson was used by everyone he trusted, from his family especially his father, to the leaches and hangers on, as well as all the enablers. It's such a shame that some one with such talent, who only wanted to give to others was abused this way. He had very little peace in life and now even in death he has none. Remember the song he wrote, "Leave Me Alone".

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  53. Brian Smith PhD

    hey Jack... I have a old 45 RPM record of ABC by the Jackson Five. It has a crack in it, but you can still play it half way. I will sell it to you for 50 bucks.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  54. Niala

    It started off as paying respects to a legend after his untimely (?) passing and quickly deteriorated into a media circus.. I agree with you Jack and raise you one. It not only resembles but will surpass what ever happended during his life. One can only hope that the astounding post mortem record sales will go towards his estate and help diminish his debt so that his kids are taken care of.. his family seems to be clueless and keep adding to the circus..they should know better but then again who knows especially as Joe is the designated spokesman.

    Savannah, GA

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  55. John New York

    Everything about Michael Jackson was and is bizarre. He was a musical genius and that is the only thing that should be admired. The rest is like the freak show at a circus, drawing in thousands with morbid curiousity. I feel for those who live near Neverland who are afraid it will turn into another Graceland. My advise is that it is probably time to move because that is exactly what will happen with Neverland. Or stick around for awhile then sell when their property values soar.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  56. Judi FL

    Just think...It's only been 6 days and look at this circus already. It can only get worse from here. It looks like this story will be a major event for quite some time to come..Who knows...it might even make the hoopla/coverage of OJ, a NON event. *We aint seen nothing yet*!!
    NOTE: This comparison is in no way to diminsh th tragedy of the OJ saga.
    I'm feeling myself being sucked back into this just as I did with OJ,,,Somebody help me turn this TV off before I'm hooked again, please.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  57. Becky L.

    Has anyone thought what Michael may have wanted? I would think his Mom would know. I guess, it always comes down to $$$. Let Michael rest in peace.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  58. Cathey Thomas of Austin

    I don't know about that, but the more coverage I watch, the more I am filled with sympathy for Michael Jackson. I mean, bless his heart, it's obvious that his own father views him as an investment, not as a person, much less as his own child. No wonder Michael kept having plastic surgery to erase all traces of his father from his own face.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  59. dakoroma

    NO... Jack, while MJ was alive he was demonized and stigmatized and essentially banished for having psychological problems. As for his father, he is a money-grabbing psychopath and I don't think MJ ever forgave him. As for Reverend Sharpton, he and MJ were friends and I don't think MJ would mind the Apollo theater making money in remembrance of his LEGACY.

    R.I.P. King MJ

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  60. Miguel E. from San Leandro, CA

    In the words of Michael Jackson "They Say I'm Different, They Don't Understand, But There's A Bigger Problem"

    Yeah Michael, we don't really understand any of it but there are bigger problems and we seem to be focusing on you.

    And the last word to Michael

    "And Let The Truth Unfurl
    No One Can Hurt You Now"

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  61. Kim DFW, TX

    Jack, unfortunately you are absolutely correct. I do not understand why there isn't an official public celebration (excluding his body) of his life, his music. Or just let the BET awards show stand as the public celebration. But absolutely a PRIVATE funeral in Gary, IN. This man need to be laid to rest so he can rest in peace. His father is the ultimate pimp. He pimped his kids all their lives, now he's pimping MJ in his death. Horrible man..

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  62. james in anaheim california

    Yes they unfortunately are and it is indeed a shame. The man was not dead 48 hours and his own father was still living off of his own son,his blood and teliing everyone of his record label he was starting and wishing his son could see the outpouring of love that Michael's fans had for him.Excuse me Jack but did Michael not see that when his mega hit albums such as thriller, dangerous and bad topped the charts for what seemed like weeks if not months in the late 80's and early 90's?The fans had so much love for him then and will continue to do so. It's unfortunate that those who pretend to care for him left him when he really needed them the most and I for one fell so sorry for the Jackson family

    July 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  63. Steve

    Anytime you get Rev AL Sharpton who's a spotlight leech grinding on stage and Joe Jackson who's looking to get the same amount of spotlight time Michael did in the same room NOTHING GOOD can come of that. It's a media circus and Sharpton is loving every minute of it not to mention Joe who's promoting his recording business that he can't even remember the name of. He had to ask someone in his group the name of it for god sake !!!! I only hope when all is said and done, Joe gets nothing but a $10.00 gift certificate to chuck cheese, Reverand Al crawls back in his hole and Michaels children can live well and happy

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  64. Cathie

    I really, really HOPE AND PRAY that the execs of Michael Jackson's will or not money hungry leeches. If so, Michael Jackson's children or family will never see a dime of Michael Jakcons fortune!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  65. Richard Virchow

    Jack Cafferty,
    This resembles more the circus after Anna Nicole Smith's death and the relentless media coverage. I loved your line back then when Wolf tried keeping viewers tuned in by claiming new information and you shot back words to the effect, "she's still dead, isn't she?" I love your wit & cyncism. Keep up the good work, Jack.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  66. Marla

    Yes Michael Jackson's life seemed to be troubled at times, but I don't think his life was anymore troubled than any other human being in the world. Unfortunately in his industry, his life is under a microscope and is published to all of the world to see and mock. Remember he was a human being as we all are, and life gives you ups and downs. What about all the great times he had in his life? There does seem to be some weird reaction from his father which is ridiculous, but I think all of the events following his death, just goes to show how much of an impact he had on the world, and how big of a star he was in people's eyes. When you are loved by the world that much and you die too soon, there is bound to be some sort of hoopla surrounding the event.

    San Francisco, California

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  67. mary stewart,arlington texas

    i could not believe my ears when joe jackson started promoting a record label.....shameful...now i see why michael hated his father...the other children need to intervene there and tell daddy to put a sock in it....and al sharpton ,why anyone takes him seriously is crazy..he is a joke and why the black community embraces him is beyond me...everytime i see rev jackson and sharpton show up i lose all respect for the event they are representing...doent sharpton a bout 10 kids and when does he spend time with his wife and kids???

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  68. pat reed

    Yes it does ! Michael was a sweet person who had a lot of love for the world but there where people out there who wanted to make a quick buck off of him and they are still doing it ! I hope that he gets the final laugh and that his children will be okay they are going to need our prays right now because of what may come in the future.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  69. Dan in Florida

    I have been willing to give the benefit of the doubt in the death of MJ but enough is enough. This has become a family freak show. I got fed up with Anna Nicole Smith's saga and the phonies who were upstaged in that chaos but I somehow knew that would eventually be outdone. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Joe Jackson just can't seem to miss an opportunity to be in front of the media spotlight. I hope the media turns them off and the Jackson circus continues on some other stage. On second thought, they may be over qualified for the Jerry Springer Show.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  70. Susan L.

    It certainly is becoming a media circus and a money grab with regards to the people who surrounded Michael Jackson.It was disgusting to watch his own father,Joe Jackson enjoying the spotlight and plugging his own music production enterprise.May Michael Jackson rest in peace.He has proven to be the most talented,creative person of our time and we love him for that.Thank you Michael Jackson,you will be forever in our hearts!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  71. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Some of the same sharks that were feeding on Michael Jackson while he was alive are feeding on him in death. They too will become prey in this feeding frenzy.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  72. Sheri in Tennessee

    Jack: Yes. Fame and money was his life, and now his death has become a commodity. I'm glad he isn't around to see it, although I doubt he'd be surprised. The circus that surrounds his death makes me feel guilty about any wisecrack I ever made about him. Go gentle into that good night, Mr. Jackson, and accept my humble apologies. No one deserves this.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  73. Susan

    The fact that Joe Jackson could stand there, two days after his son's death, and discuss a new record label is really a new low. It just validates all of the stories we have heard about him over the years. Even in Michael's death, Joe wants to pimp his son. It's disgusting and very sad!!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  74. maria Danville Ca

    every day more people come out of the woodwork with different views and opinions on his death.It would appear that there is a definite surge to cash in on knowing him or knowing someone who knew him .I also feel that the family have not tried to keep it as private as it should be.His death is DEFINITELY turning into a 3 ring circus.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes. I cringe to see any young person shoot to mega stardom. There’s the ensuing circus, replete with leeches, followed by abuses of every type, then an untimely death. Why not focus more on our elected officials and what they’re pulling while we chase after the latest celebrity. Is that too much to ask?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  76. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    If you mean chaos and insanity then yes.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  77. Fred Stock

    Yes, Michael Jackson's death resembles his life – weird. But wasn't he supposed to be "Cryogenically frozen"? Or sealed up in that tube he slept in?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Andre Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Yes it does, because Joe Jackson is still an embarrassment to him, and continues to prove why Michael may have disliked him so much. I was shocked when he proceeded to promote a record company while being asked about his son's tragic and shocking passing that the whole world is distraught about. It shows that, similarly to when Michael was alive, Joe was more concerned about making money than actually being there for his family. What kind of a father is he?
    Al Sharpton (REVEREND) looked disgraceful grinding with that woman.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  79. frankie

    "Thriller" is even better than I remembered,.Michael Jackson's work has stood the test of time and that will never change either. R.I.P.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  80. Kim Berg

    What's bizarre is the invasive nature of the media. In life and death, Michael Jackson has never had control over his own life in ways the rest of us take for granted. I'm sad for his family and children, and all those he held dear. It's more newsy to find people who knew him and provided service to him. However, we can see how he was unable to trust those close to him and understandably so. I respect those like Diana Ross who aren't giving in to the media pressure and are supporting the Jackson family quietly. We could all do more of that.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  81. Larry

    Is Joe Jackson blind or def?? Seriously, the man has shown ZERO remorse for not only his son being dead, but the fact the he is one of the REASONS his son is dead!
    Watch ANY interview Michael Jackson has ever done, and the truth comes out about what kind of person (father) Joe Jackson was, and is. The truth comes out about how Joe Jackson's actions as a father effected Michaels entire life! And it's very sad. But hey?? Should we be expecting anything less from Joe Jackson now? I mean, he treated Michael that way in life, why would he treat him any different in death? I really feel bad for Michael Jacksons mother.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  82. susan spring texas

    "good grief charlie brown"!! have we not heard enough of michael jackson already!! he was quite a performer an at his peak in the 80's..since that time his star has fallen for many reasons,yet many people are treating his demise like the second coming of the messiah!t possibly this is because the circus takes people away from the reality of our economic woes and problems in the middle east??.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  83. Chuck, Shelton CT.

    It certainly is Jack, especially when you add Joe Jackson to the mix. While on camera he was asked about his son’s death, he chose to use his few seconds in the limelight to promote his new record company. Meanwhile the media is running around the whole state of California like a squirrel in traffic trying to keep up with the viewing location. You can bet that parasite Joe Jackson will get money out of his dead son one way or another, will or no will. This has become all about the death of an icon rather than the death of a man.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  84. steve tepper

    as soon as the two revs arrived with 30 year old pix of them with mj you knew this would be a circus shoeless joe jackson say hello to clueless joe jackson,two of a kind

    July 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  85. johnchristopher saskatchewan

    Yes they are. And the media is going to beat this story to death for another week or so. The bloodsuckers and zealots will get their fill. Then they will go on to sucking the life out of their next victim. It's all about short term emotional and financial gratification. As he did in life, Michael deserves better. The human journey continues to produce these horrendous twisted wrecks that, us salivating consumers, can't seem to get enough of.

    On a brighter note, Jack...by the way, Wolf is lookin gorgeous today. You lucky guy!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  86. Donna Downing

    I just heard plans for a public viewings at Neverland are in transition. A motorcade of MJ mourners from LA to Santa Ynez over the July 4th weekend is a terrible idea. The scenic pass can be treacherous in bad weather and even under optimum conditions the narrow road can't easily accommodate the huge numbers expected to make the pilgrimage.

    Jackson abandoned the ranch, its upkeep, his menagerie and his staff after the last trial. Neverland morphed into Never Again. Why would the family resurrect bad memories, overburden holiday traffic and anger privacy-loving neighbors? Los Angeles is better suited to stage this circus. The family and its minions won't even have to pay for the fireworks.

    Major events are unfolding all over the world, and we're fixated on a pop star's death. What is the matter with us?

    Seattle, Washington (formerly of Santa Barbara)

    July 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  87. Emma F in Rockville Centre

    Micheal made bad decisions while alive and because he did't update his Will they will follow him in death.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  88. Vic

    Joe Jackson should stop taking credit for Michael Jackson; the Superstar. Is he REALLY that arrogant to believe that if he had not been around to be the abusive torturer that he was, that Michael Jackson would be 'nothing'?? NO WAY!! Michael Jackson was destined for stardom PERIOD. He was going to be a star with, or without, Joe Jackson!! It was in Michaels bones, skin and soul to be a superstar....Joesph, it WASN'T you that made him who he was...that was between him and God & what was meant to be!!!
    (**It's really disgusting to watch Joe Jackson in these days after his sons death. It's clearer then ever that he truly does not 'care' anything about his son, Michael Jackson. Only the dallor...sad.**)

    July 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  89. Brittany

    I think that everyone is shocked by Michael's death and will continue to
    mourn his loss, but I think it's sad that his father would promote such a thing at a time like this. You look at ebay people are trying to make money off of him now that he's gone. I think it's sad that it took Michael's death for him to really be seen for the great artist that he was. May he rest in peace.


    July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Tim in Texas

    The behavior of those who have come out of the woodwork to 'mourn' this man's death and 'preserve his legacy' is disgusting. It's pretty clear why the poor guy had such a troubled, sad life - seems like even his father thought of him as a commodity.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  91. Benyam

    Jack, dead or alive michael jackson's father, Reverend Al Sharpton or anyone around their wanted to make money off him. These people are shamful and should be stoped.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Helen Fiorella

    I am extremely sorry that Michael Jackson died so young. However, I am totally appalled at the people who are milking his death for all it is worth. Most of all the lack of sorrow from his family. All this means is money in their pockets. My heart breaks for Michael as he was so abused and used like a fine tooth comb. HOW DARE HIS FAMILY USE HIM IN HIS DEATH TO GAIN EVEN MORE MOONEY. It is a shame that the human race will act in this manner in the sorrowful time of another human being's death. My prayers are for Michael and his children. I pray that the children will not be so used. This really hurts to see people behaving this way. Whatever happend to respect and honor and compassion? Anyway, I will pray for Michael's children and that there is someone out there who will love and care for them in a loving and God fearing manner. Thank you for your time.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  93. Vic

    It's not MJs fault that people are idiots.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  94. Amber D.

    I do believe that the events surrounding his death have some resemblance to his life. All of all of these characters coming out of the wood work making absurd claims have been trying to profit off of Michael's untimely death.
    It was distrubing to watch Joseph Jackson and Al Sharpton at the BET Awards on Sunday night enjoying themselves only 3 days after Michael's death. Especially, Joseph Jackson boasting about his record company.
    All of the people claiming that Michael was addicted to prescription drugs are also trying to gain some attention and fame. Why didn't they say something when he was alive? Where were all of these so called close friends and advisers before he died? It is truely a shame to see people trying to capitalize and profit off of Michael's death.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Ally

    Yes. Absolutely. But it's only a reflection of the leeches who surrounded him or tried to exploit him during his life, so it's not surprising. Also not surprising, and equally disrespectful to Michael Jackson, is the lack of attention the media is giving him for the tremendous amount of charity work and goodwill he gave throughout his life (and even in his death, through his will). For someone listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for his charity work, I'd like to see more of the many positive aspects of Michael, as would, I'm sure, his family, friends, and fans. Perhaps CNN can lead the way in granting us more of that coverage.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm |

    The Jackson family used Michael while alive and are going to continue doing so. I hate to see them raising his children as it might all be repeated. Strange family.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  97. James Spencer

    I think it's a shame how all of the leeches that attached themselves to him in life now refuse to let go until all the blood better known as money is all gone. It has been said that the loudest person after someones death has the most guilt for things done to that person while they were alive.

    Ocala, FL

    July 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  98. Linda in Florida

    Even in Michael's death, his father had to strike a final blow by hawking his new recording company - so sad. I was sorry to see Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the mix as well. Michael was so very talented and brought so much happiness to so many people. I know his children brought him happiness and I hope he finally finds peace in the hereafter.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  99. Nancy, Tennessee

    At least he's probably not aware of the exploitation and if so he probably doesn't give a hoot.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  100. Neil , Ontario Canada

    Michael Jackson died last Thursday, I feel that this man deserves all the attention that he getting, for once in 50 years, Michael Jackson is not doing anything to get the attention, he is not doing crazy things to attract the attention of the world....Michael Jackson is at peace- all Michael Jackson did was pass away and just as in life, whatever happens with Michael Jackson the media is all over it....the circus like atmosphere is not Michael Jackson's fault this time....Its the media, the first few days was almost 24 hour coverage, to alot of people, they ask why? its only Michael Jackson, the younger generation doesnt understand what or who Michael is, or what he has done in the world...yes there was alot of negative when it came to Jackson, however this time around, Michael Jackson isnt responsible for this circus like atmosphere......

    July 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  101. Wensy G. New York

    Unfortunately Michael was preyed upon while alive and now while dead. People have always tried to ride his coat tails. Family members and those closest to him will definitely try their best to mooch off all his life earnings and milk their 15 minutes of fame due to his death. The media is no better, as when alive, they will continue coverage and begin rumors to sell papers and attracted viewers. His life was troubled and no doubt his death will be as well. I'm disgusted with people.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  102. Gwen

    Shortly after learning about MJ's death, I told my niece that now the craziness will begin. About the cause of his death. The media hype. The fights over his estate, etc.. I admit I under estimated the degree of the craziness. From the inappropriate remarks of his father, and Sharpton's grating and unnecessary sermonizing, to the seesawing memorial arrangments. I think even MJ would find it appalling.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  103. Alexis

    Tragically, the events that are taking place after Michael Jackon's death ARE resembling his bizzare life. Instead of allowing him to rest in peace, the media is focusing on all the WRONG aspects surrounding his death. While I understand that how he died, his will, his burial, his family, his physician(s) and the fate of his three children are all part of this circus that started out as his death, I feel that at some point we should just let it go and instead enjoy the music he left behind. It saddens me so much that even after death, his reputation and character are being slandered by numerous media outlets (not CNN). The story just gets more and more bizzare...

    July 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  104. Caroline

    No, the events surrounding his death do not ressemble his life (I mean his real life, that side of him that the media never wanted to show us). The press, on the other hand, really hasn't changed! There's nothing bizarre about his death, but people can sure come up with crazy ideas! So who's the most bizarre? Michael Jackson or the rest of the world? Before revealing such shocking information as stomach pumping, please, PLEASE, make sure that it's 100% true! Don't you realize you keep destroying him just like when he was alive? How many people will see that statement about his nanny pumping his stomach, but not the one where the real nanny says it wasn't true? All those people will still believe it was true, because of you! Just like people keep calling him a pedophile, even though he was found not guilty!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  105. nancy

    Everyone who can make a buck from Michaels' death, will, just as they did in his life - He was a multi-talented man and a tragic figure - can we let him rest in peace and let his family and those closest to him take care of his business - we can celebrate his great contribution to the worldwide music community - we can learn from his tortured upbringing and excesses to help others from falling into such a sad existence and let his children and estate be taken care of by the appropriate people - that is none of our business! - There are much more important issues that have critical consequences to humanity that we can put our energy into than who gets Michael Jacksons money or who raises his children>

    July 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm |


    I'm a former Motown songwriter/producer (60's); and, like many others, I've chosen to keep silent (out of respect for Michael). As much as I admire you – and I watch your program often – I was hoping that you would say that YOU were NOT going to ask this question, out of respect for Michael. As you are so right about the multitude of people – not just around Michael but – around him who have looked (scrounged), and are now looking, to make money off him any way they can, I know in my heart that you are not one of them. Thank you for the thought.

    VER-BUL-ly yours,

    V O Bullock

    July 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  107. Stacie

    Jack maybe you should be asking his so called "friends" that are happily reporting their take on his "troubled life". What I get from these bozo's are their need for fame at whatever cost. Hopefully people will begin to see what a lonely man Michael Jackson was because of the people who surrounded him and be more forgiving of his "bizarre" behavior. Shame on these people!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  108. Denise

    Joe Jackson's interview on the red carpet was disturbing. e was more interested in plugging his business ventre in which he is making money off of his dead son than in mourning his son.

    The whole show looks like it came from a Ringling Bros performance. How difficult can it be to bury Jackson at Neverland? Presley, his mother and brother are buried at Graceland, Princess Diana at Althorp. What's the problem?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  109. Maureen

    Jack, if Michael Jackson is millions of dollars in debt as reported, will those (coming out of the wood work to claim his money) pay off all his bills with his and their own money when they find out MJ's debt is larger than his assets? or will they slip back into the woodwork like the woodwork slime they are! Yes, MJ' death is taking on the same character of his life, ie., Money is the root of all evil!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  110. M.L. Squier

    Michael Jackson is as alive now as he was when he was alive. But this is not too unusual. We often pay more homage and attention to the dead than to the living. Shakespeare. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes fame arrives only after death. But this is not true for? the King of Pop. But which pop? Pepsi? Mountain Dew? Coca-Cola?

    mad plato of El Paso

    July 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  111. Mitzie - Georgia

    Joe Jackson was asked how his son should be remembered. Mr. Jackson said his son should be remembered as the greatest entertainer of all time. Did that not sound more like a manager than a father? Sad that even his father does not think of Michael as a person and his son rather than a client, albeit a legendary one.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  112. Jack - Lancaster, OH


    Yes, because in the environment of hollywood and fantasy it is desireable that we are what we were, and we're worth it !

    July 1, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  113. Maureen - Orland Park, IL

    Correct Comment:

    Jack, if Michael Jackson is millions of dollars in debt as reported, will those (coming out of the wood work to claim his money) pay off all his bills with his and their own money when they find out MJ’s debt is larger than his assets? or will they slip back into the woodwork like the woodwork slime they are! Yes, MJ’ death is taking on the same character of his life, ie., Money CONTINUES TO BE the root of all evil!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  114. nora CC TXAS

    BIZZARE is a word that comes to mind. His father is acting like a jack ass, and I think I am in more pain about his sons death then he is. I guess it is too late for Joe Jackson to act like a good father, but darn he could atleast do this for the sake of appearances. In answer to your question yes, things are very confused,strange and down right weird just like his life.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  115. Shirley

    This is way too much for me Jack, I think I just want to love Michael jackson's music and try my best to ignore this media circus of events surrounding his death. His dad is a nut i'm sorry he is crazy and the other Jackson's are not to far behind him.

    Very SAD!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  116. Kim - Blair, NE

    Yeah & now I think it will be his kids who suffer instead of Michael. I hope it is not at the hands of Joe Jackson this time, though.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  117. Janet - Phoenix, AZ

    Yeah, only it is worse now. Shame on them!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  118. Channon from Washington, DC

    Like many great artists, Michael Jackson's life was surrounded by mystery, compounded by his eccentric behavior. Its no surprise that his death would follow that same path.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  119. Judy, Wisconsin

    Jack, Michael Jackson's life was a circus. Why would anyone expect his death to be any different? It's incredibly sad and inexcusable. The only one who seems to be showing any dignity and class is Michael's mom. She quietly grieves for her lost child. But what really scares me is the fate of his children. If Joe Jackson is already pushing his new record label, are Michael's children destined to become the "New Jackson Three"?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  120. Renee from Palmsprings

    Of Course, The Media is keeping so much of this going, the family has been quiet, his dad is the one who keep popping up and saying things, plugging his record label, which was so inappropriate to do that! .. That's why I believe when he said his father abused him because his dad seem to be a MEDIA HOG, I wish they would'nt focus on the negative and just on the good, but that's too much like right, it's like where are they getting all this info, they have not officially came out the family and told Exactly where the service will be, it's all speculation, Since have you known a entertainer put all his assests, out there??? Come on people This man is Hardly BROKE!!! All we know is what the MEDIA is speculating!! pure gossip.. Only report when his actual service is and That's it... and stop with all about the Kids, his money, eventually they will get to the Bottom of what killed him, But That's for his family to know, they can't even Mourn in Peace.. enough is enough!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  121. Stacie

    His trainer coming on to plug his desire to be on "Dancing with the Stars', the Rabbi needing more than his Oprah airtime, his "close" spiritual advisor blasting his personal character, these people are pathetic. What is becoming too clear are the type of people he had in his life and now in death. I think I would have displayed bizzare behavior just to fit into the circus created around him.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  122. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    I find all of this very sad. Here was a talented young boy thrust into the spotlight too soon by a father who was, and still is, only thinking about what Michael could do for him. It is clear that MJ never had a chance to grow up in some semblence of normalcy. As a result, he was often unable to separate his unfulfilled childhood dreams and the adult thoughts and behavior that is expected when one is grown up. His father, family, and handlers did a grave disservice to this man child. While he made millions for others and gave us such musical joy, he clearly died lonely, unhappy and misunderstood.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  123. lcarlo

    This poor man was exploited as a child by his father and his entire life by blood suckers and leeches. Yes, now he is being exploited by people who want to make money from his unfortunate death. Even the mayor of Gary wants to make revenue for his town. His father plugs a company while his son lays in a mortuary is despicable. I hope the kids help build his legacy in the long run and are raised in a normal manner. This poor soul, MJ, was forced to be secluded due to his fame and fortune. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie, so who can you trust? Many people around the world loved Michael, it's a shame Michael did not love himself enough. I thank him for giving the world beautiful music that will last forever.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  124. nancy from california

    Everyone who can make a buck from Michaels' death, will, just as they did in his life - - can we let him rest in peace and let his family and those closest to him take care of his business - we can celebrate his great contribution to the worldwide music community - we can learn from his tortured upbringing and excesses to help others from falling into such a sad existence - let his children and estate be taken care of by the appropriate people - that is none of our business! - There are many more important issues that have critical consequences to humanity tojworry about.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  125. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Michael Jackson alive or dead will be a "cash cow" for family, associates, and various hangers on. Just like Elvis, he will be milked forever.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  126. LKR

    Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Edgar A Poe were all bizarre, yet talented. Their legacies live on. Had it been the same technology then that exists today, they would have received the same publicity. The only difference between them and Michael Jackson is that MJ is African American. To: the racists’ who are complaining about Michael Jackson's acknowledgement-please stop the hate.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  127. Chris D.

    Well it's Micheal Jackson......sensationalism has followed him for his entire life......and just like the Hollywood of old, you only get to hear the tabloid express on a mega star, after the individuals death.......

    July 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  128. Larry

    Jack, it's a fact every scumbag within the knowledge of michael Jackson's death will be coming out of the woodworks to make an attempt to suck this guy's estate dry. It's a shame that they want let him rest in peace. But wait! There's 250 million reasons to hang in there. It's the American way. Let's think only of ourselves and what ever cash we can get, "the old fashion way" by stealing it one way or another! Doesn't surprise me a bit. They all want to get as much as they can with as little effort as possible. The question should be, why do we as Americans function in this manner? Why do we have to do whatever within our means to get ahead? Where in the hell are we going?

    July 1, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  129. nancy from california

    Everyone who can make a buck from Michaels' death, will, just as they did in his life - - can we let him rest in peace and let his family and those closest to him take care of his business - we can celebrate his great contribution to the worldwide music community - we can learn from his tortured upbringing and excesses to help others from falling into such a sad existence - let his children and estate be taken care of by the appropriate people - that is none of our business! - There are many more important issues that have critical consequences to humanity to worry about.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  130. Joe Santori

    If the children are not his boilogical offspring do you think the mother has a shot at custody? I think he may have offered his confession in the song "Billie Jean"

    July 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  131. Damon - Texas

    Gone too soon.....R.I.P. Michael......We miss you.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  132. Melissa

    All of this isn't Michael's fault. Its everyone else thats the problem.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  133. Katt

    Yes, his death is mirroring his life. Since the time he opened his mouth and blurted out his ABCs, he's had someone putting a dollar sign on him. And through the years and controversy of his life, he's been befriended by people with hidden agendas and hands wide open.
    It's sickening. And now, in his death – the cockroaches that are pouring out of the woodwork looking for any scraps that may be left behind.. it's even more telling of just how tragic the life was of someone who reached for the stars and left the galaxy!

    July 1, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  134. Chuck, Shelton CT.

    Jack, Joe Jackson has turned his son's death into a circus just like he has with everything else in his life. At least he took 5 minutes to morn Michael's death before plugging his new record company on national television.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  135. Marrett Green

    The only bizarre thing about Michael was his ability to retain his innocence even though spending a lifetime surrounded by the epitome of greed by those surrounding him – including his family members. So his death provides yet another arena, sadly not for us to hear his voice or music, but for the same self-serving leaches to unabashedly show-off their talent of degrading our faith in compassion. BTW-the only thing sensible Joe has said so far is that it would be good for Michael to see all this for himself; although I am certain he would not be too surprised by this new level of voracity, eh Joe.

    Marrett Green

    July 1, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  136. Gina in Racine, Wi

    I am disgusted with his fathers especially.

    Michael Jackson was tormented a a child and twisted into the man/child he became.

    Hating his appearance and conatantly trying to change it, because his father mde fun of it.

    Becoming an anorexic perfectionist who worked tirelessly to be better and better because his father beat him if even one dance step was not perfect. Even when he was 8 years old.

    What Michael became is what his father made him.

    And Joe, the Monster won't even allow poor Michael peace in death.

    RIP Michael, you are gone from our lives but not our memories or hearts.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  137. Andrew in Nova Scotia

    Yes. strange, erratic and surrounded by the basement of humanity.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  138. Esther massillon ohio

    as a child he was my idol he is just one year younger than me. He was my Frank or Dean his songs made me happy and feel good and boy did I dance to beat it and Billie Jean and all those other disco hits he had. I feel more for his passing than any political figure even more Reagan. He spoke to our generation more about responsibility than any other singer, man in the mirror, we are the world, and others. He deserves a Kings farewell in my book and that is what I am giving him.

    July 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  139. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, you'll never know what it's like to live the life of a "Rock Star". Surrounded by yes people and groupies. This guy was one of the richest and most talented entertainers of all time. We all know the life Elvis lived and how strange he acted from time to time. Remember when Elvis shot out his TV? So what makes The King of Pop any different?

    July 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm |