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Michael Jackson 1958-2009: 'King of Pop' collapsed at home


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  • what
    Feb. 10, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    what he was good but he was like charged for stuff
    i mean come on but he is a good singer love his music was sad when he died and look on you tube and see his ghost just sayn

    Dec. 18, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    Michael Jackson was an amazing person and musician who was loved by many including myself he will be greatly missed and deserves to be remebered by his music and his work and love for others not by the horrible rumors that destroyed him!!

  • Too bad
    Sept. 1, 2009 12:55 a.m.

    he couldn't take his music and his fans with him...let the rest of the world RIP! Ha!

  • Eric Moutsos
    Aug. 14, 2009 4:49 p.m.

    Eric Moutsos said: “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”

  • alh
    July 8, 2009 7:01 a.m.

    Truly, you people who are mourning and taking berevement days from work--why has his death affected your life? I don't understand! Aside fron influencing some of my musical taste in the 80's MJ has served no purpose in my education, my life, my career, my family, my kids, my friends--the things that really determine my personal happiness. He was a mentally sick man who made great music -- that's it. Get over it. Focus on your lives, your families and this country!

  • lht
    July 4, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    He was an evil, twisted being. I honestly was happy when I heard about his death. I hope a millstone is around his rotten neck.

  • mp
    June 30, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    Yes, but if those "feel good lyrics" can reach millions of people, then some good came of this man's life.

  • To mp | 3:30
    June 30, 2009 1:33 p.m.

    Anyone can sing some feel good lyrics. Doesn't make them a good person.

  • Re: The MAN Michael Jackson
    June 30, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    "Conservative = FORCE everyone to be just like you!"
    "Liberal = Accept those that are different than you."

    That's a good one. You have it backwards. Liberals are very accepting as long as you don't question their beliefs. If you do question their beliefs then they can be the most hateful vindictive people on the planet.

    MJ knew what it was like to live?? Live in misery maybe. I feel very bad for him, he was obviously a very confused person.

  • People, PLEASE
    June 29, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    Go back to watching your "American Idol" TV show and call in your judgements THERE!!!

  • mp
    June 29, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    "There comes a time
    When we head a certain call
    When the world must come together as one
    There are people dying
    And it's time to lend a hand to life
    The greatest gift of all

    We can't go on
    Pretneding day by day
    That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
    We are all a part of
    God's great big family
    And the truth, you know love is all we need"

    -Michael Jackson from the song "We Are The World"

    Set your judgments aside for one day and listen to the lyrics of this song, I think we can all learn something from this man.

  • The MAN Michael Jackson
    June 29, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    I have no problems with the man that Michael became. He lived his life under the focus of the entire world. Everyone had an opinion about him and very few really had any compassion for his ghosts and the torments in his life. I for one deeply respect the man he was, both his nobel side, and his savage side. He is an excellent example of the Nobel Savageof what it means to be humanand what it means to LIVE!

    Conservative = FORCE everyone to be just like you!
    Liberal = Accept those that are different than you.

  • nursesally
    June 29, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    I am sorry to hear about MJ---however I am getting really tired of hearing about him on every station I turn to. Other prominent Americans and entertainers have dies and news coverage has been appropriate---ie---a documentary, or story that is covered for 2-3 days. Nothing like this. He was no God, he was a good entertainer who liked to sleep with children, lived in his own little world, held his own child over a balconey, and seemed to enjoy being a black man who looked white. He was no hero. Where are our American values. Enough is enough. May he rest in peace. Now get on with it.

  • Momo
    June 29, 2009 4:21 a.m.

    Too bad that his life style was not in harmony with gospel concepts.

  • awsomeron
    June 27, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    This is America. Strange Is legal. If Strange where not legal the you cold Not Build enough Prisons to hold the Strange.

    A lot of Stuff is way Stranger then Michael Jackson would ever get to be.

    This Tragic Death has brought about some "lets walk down memory lane moments and photos. The one I like best is of Mama Case, dressed in a very colorful very cute outfit. The picture shows her more pleasant looking then I remember her.

    I remember a really cute, colored boy (we where colored in those days), with a huge Afro. On Eds Show. I remember hearing him on the Radio "live form the Apollo" That sweet high Falsetto Voice that penetrated to your Soul. Someone Special, Very Special.

    He lived in his head, and there was a lot going on in his head. There was No Box that he would fit in or be held in. He could make the Boxes want to Dance.

    In Hawaii when the Island loses a friend it cries (Rains).

    We also say Aloha (Hello, Love and Goodbye). We say Mahalo which means Thank You. We say Mahalo Nau Loa. We also say PAU, which means its finished.

  • re:re:judging
    June 27, 2009 1:40 p.m.

    as are you...which seems to be the point he was making

  • Jean Baudrillard
    June 27, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    Welcome to hyperreality.

  • Michelle
    June 27, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    It makes me so sad that some people do not respect the deceased. I am sure none of us personally know him so we shouldn't judge. He was an amazingly talented musician. He came out and did things no one had ever done before. His style of dance was very unique and no one can top it. His songs were great. I pray for his family and children. Rest in Peace.

  • Wake up,
    June 26, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    It must be Judgement Day.
    And so many Judges!!!

    Micahel Jackson is not even cold and buried and there is all this judgement flying on this page.

    We ALL do good and evil in this world.

    Like my Grandmother taught me: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

  • To JS.
    June 26, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    We get attached to celebrities because we link them to times of our lives. I grew up listening to the Jackson 5.

    Micheal Jackson was so talented. I could watch the video Thriller over and over.

    It's too bad he couldn't overcome his demons. There would be more music to love.

  • RE:judging
    June 26, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    weird your the one that's judging. No one cares if you liked Jackson's music or not, obviously you are in the minority.

  • DMH
    June 26, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    I am only 10 years younger than Michael Jackson and I have grown up listening to his music my whole life. It is difficult to come up with a favorite song from an extraordinary artist and performer. I think that the real lesson that we can learn from his life is that fame can really damage a very sensitive and kind person at the deepest personal levels and perhaps change to the point that they don't even know who they are anymore. I will always remember Michael Jackson as the man with a voice and talent that can always bring a smile to my face. He has the most danceable music out there and I will miss him. I am grateful that he is in a place that he can work on his challenges and rise above them. I surely want that chance when my time comes.

  • wierd military uniforms
    June 26, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    what's with all the weird military uniforms that Jackson wore?

  • re:Michael who
    June 26, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    right on

  • judging
    June 26, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    is a tricky thing...what is it when we hear someone sing and decide that we know what kind of a person they are? What is it when we decide a person is bad because they disagree with us? I never liked a single piece of Jackson's work...not one, and everyone treated me as if I am the guy who killed Santa Claus. I don't wish for anyone to die but let's don't go canonizing the guy for dying...he was never so great when he was alive.

  • Haters
    June 26, 2009 3:14 p.m.

    Haters are abundant here in Utah, don't be surprised by these peoples comments, its part of the culture here in the land of the perfect.

  • Naruto
    June 26, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Michael Jackson was a good person who suffered from two horrible diseases: Lupus and Vitiligo.
    He will forever live on in our hearts and souls.
    His death, however sad, should be a celebration of life and music.
    Already reatilers are selling out of his albums, who knows, maybe this one tragedy could play a part in turning around the economy?
    Don't believe me? His record sales are through the roof and his legend will live on for eternity.
    RIP MJ!

  • to thou shalt not judge
    June 26, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    We judge every single day. It is normal behavior. You make judgments as to whom you will or will not allow your children to play with and what toys they are permitted to play with. Would you want a 3 year old to play with a knife? Well, your judgment and action determines that. You judge whether you will do or not do a many number of given things again every single day. We have court trials in which we judge or we would have complete anarchy. Heck you even judge the posts that don't agree with yours and then post to state so. Again, what does your scripture state about millstones and children? Would you idly sit by if you knew a child was being molested because you "don't want to judge because God is the only one that will judge righteously?" Of course not, hopefully, because such is nonsense. Christ's example showed that he did not ignore sin, nor did he expect us to instead teaching us to sin no more over abdicating all reason to "god will eventually judge."

  • CP
    June 26, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Have any of you heard the song he did for the movie "Free Willy"? Remember that show? The song is titled "Will You Be There". Those of you who are being so judgemental should listen to it. Nobody is perfect. And if I recall it says in the Bible "He who is free from sin let him cast the first stone" I see alot of you casting a bunch of stones at Michael, are you perfect?? I hardly doubt it. I for one will remember Michael Jackson for who he was an awesome performer and he had a kind heart. I read the article in the deseret news about what Jimmy Osmond had to say about Michael..now there's a great tribute! From a friend to a friend. So who's to say that Michael didn't have friends like I read from somebody's comment. Looks to me he did.

  • az
    June 26, 2009 2:37 p.m.

    Look people can die from a heart problems at any age. There are many more important things happening out in this world today. I feel bab for the jackson family, but let's move on people....

  • JS
    June 26, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    While it's sad to see anyone die prematurely, life goes on. My question is, why do we get so emotionally attached to celebrities who don't even know or care about any of us individually? The way some people talk, you think a close member of their own family had just died. How many others die prematurely and never get recognized for their lifes works?

    Grow up people and stop living in the past.

  • roe
    June 26, 2009 1:30 p.m.

    The problem is that you folks do not like to here the truth regarding your people judging others.What's up with that?Let's talk about who take advantage of children;this cannot be hiding at all.Your allowing these people to make comments about the king of pop,but do not want to post what I am saying.Why is that because the truth hurts!

  • Roshanda C. Bishop
    June 26, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    Haters will never gain anything, and remember when you haters die we will be looking down on you to judge badly, Creating judgment on information that the media hypes, lies, and destroy people .Do not hide behind your hate because you haters are seen an viewed as hating someone better than you all. Commenting out of jealousy as a lot of you, folks do. Nobody dances or bring it like Michael, so I would appreciate if people would stop comparing him to other stars because there are no comparisons in talent. Moreover, rhythm and soul can never be mistaken, or forgotten where it have originally come from! I wonder did someone possibly overdose him to get rid of him because of his outstanding talent, that was going to be coming back as the final touch. Is it jealousy, that no one can bring it like he the king! Moreover, a certain set of people should not judge others when information is noticed on their set of people, for what they have been about,for decades regarding children and women of color.

  • Talent
    June 26, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    What a great talent. Who knows what kind of life he really lived? At least we are talking about him. For all those critics out there: who will say a word when you die?

    June 26, 2009 12:59 p.m.

    Apparently 'areyouforgettingthis' is unaware that his/her words and sentiments are fairly bristling with thistles.

    Yes...I am aware that many have lived through horrible abuses in their childhoods, and managed to emerge as relatively normal adults...and I say bully for them. They will receive the fruits of their own harvest.

    But I sincerely doubt that most people who endured such abuse were also forced into the magnifying glass of public scrutiny at a tender age, and endured this scrutiny throughout their lives, as well as being subjected to so many false rumors about every aspect of their lives.

    The Lord alone can righteously judge an individual...because only He can see into the soul.

    He will judge Michael Jackson righteously, because only He knows what truly happened, and why.

    Just as He will judge us all.

  • shawilli
    June 26, 2009 11:50 a.m.

    such a sad end to such a strange man who led such a strange life, he had talent but it is tragic that he lived so unsure and insecure with himself and everyone around him. I am sorry that he lived as he did so scared of himself and everyone, but children and animals he missed out on so much in this life because he was so insecure and closed off from the real world. Life is for living and not for hiding from, to die at 50 is so sad, all the fame and adoring fans and to be known for how weird his life was is pathetic. I liked his music and admired his talent but he could have done so much more if his life was normal and he had taken better care of himself. I guess the lesson for us all is to live life to the fullest and enjoy the journey and to make sure your life is known for more than what a weird and sad and strange person you have become over the years.

  • Roshanda C Bishop
    June 26, 2009 11:37 a.m.

    I will always love Michael and Janet for the talent they possess within their performances. No, entertainers have showed this type of talent in making videos in the fashion they do; how grateful we fans are to have had a legend with such unique creation, style, and beauty as an African in Amercia. Michael is the King of music period! The Jacksons move people instantly and this is what music is really about. I can dance all night long on their music. I love all Michael's performances. In addition, I am truly hurt and cannot comprehend that he is gone forever even though; Michael's music tells me that Michael is alive because his music is so lively and awakes the emotions inside of an individual. Moreover, my condolence goes out to the Jackson's family. I truly wish that Janet later on could continue Michael's concerts; it would really help many people's emotions. Perhaps Janet may work something out, on the behalf of Michael's fans regarding London /Atl. Michael will always be in memory for his unique greatness, please respect Michaels death!
    No more pressuring him rest in peace, Michael my black brother.

  • Thou Shalt Not Judge
    June 26, 2009 11:23 a.m.

    I understand all those people whom have hate in their hearts. It is not a easy task to grow up & live, to see what is in the world but we should all try and put our best thoughts to good use. It is easy to blame or judge someone. If you believe in GOD, then he will be the only one to pass Judgement...

  • tigerlily
    June 26, 2009 11:17 a.m.

    Juice: he was never charged with molestation. they were just allegations. we are not supposed to judge people. god will be the judge

  • Sad...
    June 26, 2009 11:11 a.m.

    It's a sad day in history. Yes he made HORRIBLE choices that he will be judged for and I'm not worried because yes I haven't molested any children but I have still done things that will always regret. He is still an icon. He is still someone that will always be remembered and I will still dance to Thriller every Halloween. He'll go down in history, no matter what is said. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

  • Aquitted?
    June 26, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    At least he loved children. Maybe a little too much though. Had he been a common folk, he would've been sent to prison. That is the sad reality of the "justice" system of this country. At least he is now going to be truly judged by God.

    If God can forgive him, I can also. I have already forgiven him for the aweful music he produced, it was better than rap though.

  • areyouforgettingthis
    June 26, 2009 10:35 a.m.

    Exactly! I haven't molested a child so I feel quite safe and comfortable judging, as per the scripture you quoted. You might want to note that the scripture also requires professional judges as well. Sad also that so much was suppressed as too inflammatory from the trial that jurors regretted their decision after the trial. Again, we judge in everyday life as is NECESSARY. The scripture doesn't suggest you not judge at all, but as you would want and in righteousness. Does it say anywhere in those scripture where you must ignore/not judge sexual predation especially against children? Of course not. Ever hear about millstones and children in those scriptures of yours? Do those scriptures of yours say anything about false idols? Or how about this line: 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. "Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" From 16. I only question that adoration be tempered with reality. Odd also, is that many most likely condemned Michael Vick over dogs. It seems our priorities have suffered when we don't protect our children (even calling them "money grubbing") but demand excessive justice for our dogs.

  • Not a Fan
    June 26, 2009 10:24 a.m.

    I guess dying is one way to get out of bankruptcy and pending lawsuits. Do lawsuits already filed continue against his estate? Maybe he faked his death to avoid his financial problems....

    Never was a fan, never bought into they hype even though I was a product of the 80's.

  • Excuse
    June 26, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    You don't excuse someone's bad or illegal behavior simply because they had a bad childhood. What nonsense. Many of us have had dysfunctional families to do better perhaps because of it. I looked to successful families for my role models and noted from my own what I would not do in my own home.

    It wasn't one instance that was questioned but multiple ones. Would you have let him babysit your own children? I certainly wouldn't have.

    June 26, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    Re: areyouforgettingthis | 6:22 a.m. June 26, 2009

    Matthew 7: 1-5

    1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
    2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

    The Ancient of Days shall judge us all.

  • Go Ahead With Judgements
    June 26, 2009 9:48 a.m.

    He was a talent! End of story! He was not an icon. He was not a role model! He was not an upstanding individual! Yes he was successful in one area of his life but what else is there-------********?

  • Jurors
    June 26, 2009 9:37 a.m.

    Two months after the trial, some jurors regretted their decision. You must remember that some information/facts/evidence, deemed too inflammatory, was not permitted in the trial.

    Yes, he touched alot of lives. Unfortunately some of those lives he touched were little boys.

    June 26, 2009 9:20 a.m.

    Re: Linda:

    Donny Osmond also received the kind of love and nurturing from his parents, PARTICULARLY from his father...that Michael Jackson never did.

    I can't imagine George Osmond picking out one of his son's facial features to mock.

    (Reference...Michael's father calling him 'Big Nose' every time he goofed up during rehearsal.

    June 26, 2009 9:12 a.m.


    Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges of child molestation.

    Do you have proof regarding your conspiracy theory that he purchased the acquittal?

    I'm sure we'd all be interested in seeing it.

    June 26, 2009 9:09 a.m.

    Re: AZMom...they are his children. He fathered two with his second wife, Deborah Jeanne Rowe. These children are Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. (also known as "Prince"), and a daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.

    He fathered an additional child, another son whom he named Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed Blanket) via artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm cells.

    It is possible that his first two children will return to the custody of their mother, while the third child might be raised by family.

  • He Didn't Do His Race Any Favors
    June 26, 2009 9:05 a.m.

    By surgically reshaping his nose to make it look like a white person's. That's an unforgivable slap to his own race.

  • Why?
    June 26, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    Why is there so much worship of Michael Jackson on this and other comment boards? You would think he was on track to be granted sainthood by the pope himself the way people are talking about him. He got paid to sing. Woo-hoo. Millions of people who led more meaningful lives die every year without this much fanfare. STOP WORSHIPING HIM. I am sick of people trying to make a weirdo tabloid icon into some kind of angelic figure.

  • Great music
    June 26, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    from an extraordinarily talented, once-in-a-century kind of entertainer. Unfortunately, like most people who achieve stardom at an early age, he grew up to be a total fruitcake.

  • JJ
    June 26, 2009 8:52 a.m.

    I'm not sure how people can idolize Jackson. Sure, he had some good songs but I don't think that is reason to idolize someone. The people I look up too are positive role models. Jackson was hardly a positive role model. However I did feel sorry for him. He was a very confused and messed up person.

  • Hey!
    June 26, 2009 8:50 a.m.

    Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Oprah Winfrey, and Obama in all this turmoil?

  • tigerlily
    June 26, 2009 8:49 a.m.

    re: and::: Michael was never charged with molesting anyone. i believe those people only wanted his money

  • Anonymous
    June 26, 2009 8:37 a.m.

    "I bet he had a really messed up child hood."

    Its a known fact that he had a messed up childhood. Go look up the kind of stuff his father subjected him (and his siblings) to when he was a kid. It was cruel, its no wonder he was so screwed up.

  • simmer down
    June 26, 2009 8:24 a.m.

    People, the man was found innocent of any crimes by the law of the land. It's not your place to judge.

    I hope that, when each of you die, all your neighbors go over to your house, and tell your children about all the mistakes you made in life.

    The man is dead, so it's time to let go. Whether or not he did bad things is moot at this point. He needs salvation just as much as any poster here does. He was a great musician, and deserves, for just one day, to be praised for the good he contributed to the planet.

    The only fitting punishment for the callous attitudes of so many here is that you are judged by the same standard by which you judge.

  • walk in his shoes
    June 26, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    nobody really knows what/why jackson did, what he did. I bet he had a really messed up child hood. lets not judge! I dont think we will ever know unless we have walked in his shoes. He was pure talent so lets just say we wil miss his music. he inspired all with it!!

  • Sad life
    June 26, 2009 8:10 a.m.

    It seems, in an odd way, a fitting end to a troubled existence. I was never a fan, but could not deny his talent. He was never seen with friends. Elizabeth Taylor? Please. A grandmotherly figure, at best.
    I never saw him in the company of guys his age. In every interview he seemed distant and apart from reality. He was the richest guy around, and one could assume one of the unhappiest as well.
    All kinds of allegations, UNPROVEN, to be sure, of questionable contact with kids. Just a weird scene all the way around. I hope his soul rests in peace, because it sure seemed like his worldly existence was anything but peaceful.

  • Re: just keep pointing the finge
    June 26, 2009 8:02 a.m.

    thanks for the right perspective. Everyone is quick to throw stones. If he was a molestor God will judge him. No one is praising him but music is important in peoples lives. I remeber when Billie Jean was popular about the time my son was born. It was a good time in my life. Music is a powerful tool and can take us to a places we've long forgotten.

  • Elvis
    June 26, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    The King &
    The King of Pop

    The sad untimely death of an Icon -
    the birth of a new industry:

    Michael Jackson Impersonators!!!

    Viva Las Vegas....

  • Talent for a generation
    June 26, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    He was the talent of a generation. There was no one better. He was also disturbed and damaged.

    I will miss him.

  • Mark
    June 26, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Good riddance.

  • He Was Talented
    June 26, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    Yes he was but just like all the other talents out there in our world many of them have issues in their lives that just seem to be overlooked only because they have the "big bucks". It's sad to me that the "almighty dollar" rules and is the measuring stick in someones life as to what kind of a person they really are! I will just leave the whole "Drug" thing alone for now but that and other lifestyle choices do determine your life longevity.

  • ask yourself this
    June 26, 2009 7:23 a.m.

    would i let my child sleep over? Case closed!

  • Waste
    June 26, 2009 7:21 a.m.

    What a waste of talent and money. He had everything going for him, had great opportunities to help others, but because he was so self absorbed he wasted it all on drugs, weird obsessions, all about himself. Three kids without a father, those three kids never had a father.

  • RR
    June 26, 2009 7:20 a.m.

    I love how people say,"He will be missed." Oh please! Few people truly were friends with him and everyone else knows him for his music and questionable morals with children. If he died and no one knew, his music would live on, and no one would give a hoot if he was dead or not.

    People are so funny when they pretend to care about a "celebrity."

  • why
    June 26, 2009 7:17 a.m.

    he was a pillar of the community..why not every else getting felonies in utah is held up to be. Forget about his pedophelia why that is what made him Michael.

  • areyouforgettingthis
    June 26, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    I am sick of seeing things like "the man had flaws" and equally ridiculous statements. Is pedophilia a "flaw"? This is the same group of people going ape-nuts over gay marriage. Go figure.

  • areyouforgettingthis
    June 26, 2009 6:22 a.m.

    Matthew 18:6
    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

    Sorry, as a mother, I just can't praise a man who harmed little children, even if a pop idol. While found not guilty, some of the jurors allegedly regretted that decision soon after the trial. Hmm, I wonder if there is a scripture about false idols too?
    It amazes me how our current society turns a blind eye to horrific crime so long as a celebrity commits it.

  • Need the T-Shirt
    June 26, 2009 5:50 a.m.

    I want a T-Shirt that says, "I out lived Michael Jackson".

    Never thought I'd live longer than the guy who could afford those special life pods he used to sleep in every night. All that money and fame must be good for something in preserving long life, right?

    Oh wait. I guess not.


  • CP
    June 26, 2009 5:47 a.m.

    I grew up on the music of the Jackson 5 and I really enjoyed the albums of Michael Jackson. I was saddened to hear of his passing, hopefully now he will be able to have some rest and peace that he didn't feel while during his mortal life.

  • awsomeron
    June 26, 2009 5:11 a.m.

    I Love Rock and Roll, Michael Jackson could Rock and Roll.

    I never cared what a Star said or did, who they Voted for or what caused they supported or did not support.

    All the Stars that have died in the last few days have done some good for their fellow man.

    I am sad for all their families. Ryan O Neal most of all.

    I like Michael Jackson for his Music and for his Dancing Ability. His ability to bring people of different Races and Cultures Together. Helping US all to be Americans.

    Michael Jackson had issues, Picasso had issues, Psycho Babblers have massive issues. The Statue Of David is Anatomically Correct and some of you have an issue with that. We all have issues, but does it take away from our Talent.

    If our issue is all we are Judged on then we are Judged to harshly. Sometimes We are good at Beating Our Selfs up badly, along with others.

  • Tony.
    June 26, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    He is gone too soon.He was once maaried to Elvis' daughter.Elvis went away so young.Any coinsedence.

  • he was innocent
    June 26, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    michael was a good man and that his how he should be rememembered.rest in peace with your heavenly father.you will be missed.my thoughts are with your children they have lost a loving father.

  • Lamar Cole
    June 26, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    The passing of Michael Jackson is like a star being plucked from the sky. The sky becomes a little dimmer.

  • Anonymous
    June 26, 2009 1:29 a.m.

    He and Elvis can continue their long relationship now

  • surprised
    June 26, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    I was angry at the injustice of Jackson being acquitted of the charges of molestation. Other than that, I've had no emotion regarding him since I was 11 years old and obsessed with his dance moves. So, I was quite surprised that I felt so sad when I heard the news. He was a huge part of my upbringing and that of all my star-struck girlfriends, even though he didn't know us personally. I'm not sure that this fact was a good thing. It is a crying shame what he did with his life and his talent. Many people who had tough childhoods do not become sexual perverts. Let's miss him, but not idolize him. He was just a human being like the rest of us. He let all of his supporters down, but he owed no responsibilty to them. We all have the freedom of living out our private lives and dysfunctions, but we get to do so without world-wide knowledge. That being said, those who preach that he's up there singing with Jesus are as bad as those who say that he's rotting in hell already.

  • Bruno
    June 25, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    "he will be missed deeply, he was still a loving father and had a family and fans that loved and stood by him, let them have their privacy with no"

    Oh, ok, let's just talk about the good stuff shall we? The man had flaws and when you are a public figure you get both sides of fame.

  • What I think is sad.
    June 25, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    I think it is sad that Ed McMann died broke. He was having to do cheesy commercials the last year of his life, and he was 86.

    I think it is sad that Farrah's son is in jail, that she never knew that he was in jail. How sad that this boy and his father were busted a while back for drugs and their son ended up being behind bars the day his mother died.

    I think it is sad that Michael Jackson had gotten into financial problems. I also think it is sad that fame destroyed this young man, look at the progressive pictures. To start out, he was a cute charming little boy at the end, his eyes are so sad and I would bet that he suffered from a few mental illnesses.

    But from these three people, we can see that fame is not all it is cracked up to be.

  • rdha
    June 25, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    What can I say? Michael Jackson was a musical revolution. "Thriller" was arguably his very best effort. The music video for "Thriller" is still the best music video ever made. It's unfortunate that he struggled with many issues for many years and that he died before making the big comeback. Even though I'm not his greatest fan, I'll remember alot of Michael Jackson's stuff with fondness. Thank you, Michael Jackson, for the memories, We'll miss you here on earth, and be at peace. You too, Farrah Faccett. May The Good Lord with with all of their families and loved ones in this challenging time.

  • Dara Lynn
    June 25, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    NO ONE really knows the truth around the alleged
    molestation charges, so it is ignorant of anyone to even bring it up at such a devasting time , he will be missed deeply, he was still a loving father and had a family and fans that loved and stood by him, let them have their privacy with no
    talk of the past allegations......in our hearts forever, may your soul find peace as you reside with our heavenly father....God Bless you Michael

  • RIP
    June 25, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Michael Jackson:

    Tons of talent.

    Some really, REALLY weird ideas of "normal".

    Personally, I wish he would have worked more dilligently at staying what really was "normal". All that plastic surgery where his nose got narrower and more pointy and his skin got whiter and whiter. And the facial makeup. Then there's the whole fantasy land thing (or whatever he called his home) and having kids sleep over at his house, and reportedly, in his bed.

    Not normal, people, not normal.

    I sometimes felt bad for the guy because he had, through his own choices, put himself so "out there" it was hard for himself to shed the image of "weird former superstar."

    Well, Mr. Jackson, I hope you are more at peace....

  • Off The Wall
    June 25, 2009 8:56 p.m.

    For my generation, we won't remember Michael for Thriller or MTV, we will remember him for Off The Wall (1979). That was a GREAT album. I don't think there was anyone in my High School (class of 1981) that didn't have that record.

    Thank goodness we can remember Michael when he was young, innocent, and immensely talented--before he became the King of Pop.

  • Husker Fan
    June 25, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    No need to tromp on the mans grave, he's a real american ICON who gave so much for his country and the entertainment world. Somewhere between heavan and paradise is a rockin party going on!!!

  • Anonymous
    June 25, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    He was king of pop at his time. Rest you troubled soul. You music will be forever remembered. RIP Mike.

  • Cindy
    June 25, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. This came out of nowhere. Michael was the first artist I can remember liking. I had a poster of him that I kissed every morning before school and every day after. He may have had his struggles but he was a talented human being. My prayers are with his children at this difficult time. And I hope he is finally able to find peace.

  • just keep pointing the finger
    June 25, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Michael Jackson made some of the best pop music I have ever heard. Everything that his music was about promoted peace and love. It's easy to say that he was a child molestor and that's all he'll be remembered for. I don't know whether he actually molested a child or not, I wasn't in the room (although he does fit the profile of a pedophile). We may never know what really happened. But to everyone pointing a finger and proclaiming him guilty, I say he among you without sin should first cast a stone.

  • Michael WHO??
    June 25, 2009 7:13 p.m.

    One last WHO RAH for Michael. His name will soon be for gotten like it has been for the past ten plus years. Sorry to say but pedophiles don't desire praise!

  • Grover
    June 25, 2009 7:12 p.m.

    As they used to say in Washington: Elvis has left the building! Or was that just another impersonator?

  • rightascension
    June 25, 2009 6:59 p.m.

    A few days ago, the 40th anniversary of the death of Judy Garland -- and now this shocking development.

    Mr. Jackson possessed enormous talent, and most people do not understand where that sort of creativity comes. Thus he had to endure the insults and the sniping of the little talents and the jealous wannabes.

    I remember something that Bernard Shaw wrote in the notes to "Caesar and Cleopatra" He compared-contrasted Caesar, and Charles XII, and Joan of Arc, and Admiral Nelson "who were like most modern self made millionaires half witted geniuses, enjoying the worship according by all races certain forms of insanity." The adulation that the public heaped on Jackson seems today to validate Shaw's assessment --

    but we didn't realize how insane Jackson really could get. For example

    He settled the 1993 pedofile accusations out of court, and the 2005 jury found him not guilty of child sexual abuse by getting kids drunk -- yet somehow he never quite shook off the image.

  • Grumpy
    June 25, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    Whats really sad is so many people place such value on these entertainers. There are plenty of people just as talented as MJ & Farrah, they were lucky enough to be discovered. Just look at Susan Boyle.

    It was a very sad day when my mother died but it didn't make the news. Their was never any speculation that she was a drug abuser or pedophile either. Maybe that's why it did'nt make the news.

    To me, June 25 will always be the day after my birthday.

    Our sympathy should be for their families.

  • s
    June 25, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Maybe he can rest now. RIP.

  • sad commentary on DN posters
    June 25, 2009 6:36 p.m.

    such boorish childish behaviors from so many posters, truly sad.

  • Anonymous
    June 25, 2009 6:27 p.m.


  • Anon 808
    June 25, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    What you need to understand, while you are being Judgmental, sitting behind your little Anon user name. Is that this Man is Revered The World Over by Billions of People. Who are now in Tears because he died.

    You can make No Friends slamming Michael Jackson today or any time in the near future.

    If you do, people will hate you other Singles will not date you.

    We all know Michael Jackson, was a little different and had some issues. WE ARE FANS, HUGE FANS, AND WE DO NOT CARE.

    Michael Jackson is with Jesus they are most likely singing his Top Ten Greatest Hits. If you do not like that then get over it.

    God will judge Michael Jackson and fairly.

    Michael Jackson was 50. I at 63 stopped remembered, had a Prayer and Cried, My Wife is 47 she called me crying. Our Grandson 14 had his Tonsils Out Today, He Cried. My Daughter 19 Cried.

    We Love Him we are Sad, for his kids, his family and us.

    We will remember where we where when we heard that Michael Jackson Died. Peace.

    This could be we used as a Great Teaching Moment, Handled with Love and Care.

  • zd
    June 25, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    The world will suffer a massive loss of the kind of talent it takes to grab one's crotch and ream out loud.

  • Mossback George
    June 25, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    I'm sorry that both Farrah and Michael are gone. My regret for Farrah is that her death today is now going to be completely overshadowed by Michael's.

  • Art
    June 25, 2009 6:08 p.m.

    Michael Jackson Tickets for Sale!

  • Tragic
    June 25, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    What an amazing talent. But too bad his life was as tragic as his death.

  • awesomeron
    June 25, 2009 5:53 p.m.

    Thank you DN for the News, Fair and Balanced. Some of the Posters will not be.

    My family and my prayers go out to his family during this time of extreme sadness.

    I have always been and remain to this day a huge fan. I had Thriller playing on my Car CD just a couple of days ago.

    I have several of his Albums on my, My Music.

    In our house when someone musical dies, we play their songs. We have a lot of Michael Jackso,

    I remember a young boy that Sang Gospel and Loved Jesus.

    I also remember a fine entertainer, singer, song writer and person. THE MAN BYOUND ROCKED.

    In the later years I have ignored the weirdness and stuck to the artist. Michael was Michael simple as that.

    I do not believe he was a child molester in the strict sense of the word. He did love kids, perhaps a little to much.

    What he did do was create thousands of Jobs, Union Scale, Family Wage Jobs.

    What he did was create Music that we could dance to and have fun listening to.

    Three Kids are without their Father.


  • Linda
    June 25, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    I am two years younger than both Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond and have watched both their careers wax and wan for years.

    And while Donny Osmond never reached the pinnacle of success professionally that Michael did, overall, his whole life is far more of an example to the world.

    May Michael find peace in the next life, and his children comfort in this.

  • Jason
    June 25, 2009 5:43 p.m.

    He certainly had a troubled personal life, but he also made some really great music - music that still holds up extremely well today. RIP Michael.

  • Anonymous
    June 25, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    No more neverland, never again...thank goodness. Too bad he was so interesting in a weird way...child stardom strikes again.

  • Hey, Amazed...
    June 25, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    He ADMITTED "sharing his bed" with other people's young sons, and he paid an out-of-court settlement of $25 million to one of his victims. Remember that O.J. was "exonerated," too. You only give Michael Jackson a pass for his obvious and self-admitted crimes because you're a fan.

  • STOP!
    June 25, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    Can we stop with the celeb worship already?

  • Sorry for the fans...
    June 25, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    ...but I have trouble mourning the passing of a man who admitted to "sharing his love and bed" with pre-teen boys, and who paid one of those boys $25 million for his silence. Why anyone would give even a dollar for the talents of this disturbed individual is beyond me.

  • Amazed
    June 25, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    Interesting that people with no personal connection to Mr. Jackson's life are willing to draw strong conclusions about allegations regarding molestation, despite the fact that he was exonerated in a court of law.

    I feel sad that someone who was obviously so talented was destroyed by his father and others who were willing to exploit him throughout his life to make money with no one ever seemingly willing to do what would actually have been best for him. It's not that surprising that he ended up as strange as he did.

    Too bad, it would have been great to see him make a comeback someday.

  • Capt. EO
    June 25, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    My wife and I met the night MTV played the new "Thriller" music-video.


  • oh no
    June 25, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    here come all the michael jackson music and then the tabloids will say he's been seen at Mc Donalds ..I'm going down there right now so i can be the crowd.

  • jojofrommaryland
    June 25, 2009 5:21 p.m.


  • rip
    June 25, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    june 25 will always be MJ day in my heart

  • Pity
    June 25, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Never cared for him. Is that bad?

  • Rita
    June 25, 2009 5:11 p.m.

    Mark in Draper | 4:39 p.m. June 25, 2009

    A pop icon has passed away. He'll be remembered as an Elvis Presley to many in the world.
    Remember he was married to Elvis's daughter.

  • Screen Age
    June 25, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    Wow, we are watching the icons of an era pass before our eyes.

    Let's hope he'll find more peace where he is than where he was.

  • Dave from Midvale
    June 25, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    I am devastated and will be taking a bereavement day tomorrow from work.

  • Dead
    June 25, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    I'll miss that guy.

  • dmac
    June 25, 2009 5:05 p.m.

    I know he had his moments of controversy but the music industry and world has lost a great talent.

  • @Billie Jean
    June 25, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    "but hey who am I to judge" I think you already did.

  • and...
    June 25, 2009 4:56 p.m.

    Walter Cronkite is in bad shape, too. They must be in need of entertainment in heaven.

  • BobH
    June 25, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    What's happening DN?? First there is 4 comments then 12 comments and when clicking on see comments I get "There are no comments for this story. You can be the first to comment on this story."

    What's happening DN??

  • Run Forrest Run
    June 25, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    "he should be remembered as a very talented and gifted musician."

    Yes, let's just ignore the pedophilia and multimillion dollar hush payments.

  • Staci
    June 25, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson... RIP...

  • Wow
    June 25, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    What a weird day. First Farrah and now Michael. Two icons who will be sadly missed.

  • A
    June 25, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    although michael went through quite a rough patch, he should be remembered as a very talented and gifted musician. his music was amazing! condolences to his family and friends!

  • AZMom
    June 25, 2009 4:43 p.m.

    Now what happens to those poor little kids that are supposedly his children?

  • Billie Jean
    June 25, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    Boy, it's been a bad day for crazy entertainers. First Farrah now Michael. Who's next? Rosie O'Donnel? Perhaps Rosanne Barr.
    Too bad too, I liked MJ's music, not to sure about his personal life but hey who am I to judge.
    May they both rest in peace.

  • Mark in Draper
    June 25, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    A pop icon has passed away. Another Elvis Presley to be remembered.

  • SAD
    June 25, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    It is sad to hear that, just after he was trying to get back into giving concerts and maybe being a little bit more normal.

  • Mark in Draper
    June 25, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    A pop icon has passed away. He'll be remembered as an Elvis Presley to many in the world.

  • Jared
    June 25, 2009 4:39 p.m.

    Has this been publicly confirmed?

  • Mike
    June 25, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    A sad disturbed man, yet still an icon that changed modern music. Rest in peace.

  • You beat
    June 25, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    both CNN and Fox with the official confirmation. Way to be on top of things, DN.

  • Frank Azaria
    June 25, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    He was a strange man but I grew up on his music, this is a sad day overall.

  • James
    June 25, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    Thanks Deseret News for the insightful story.