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June 26th, 2009
05:51 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Friday June 26, 2009

Crowds are still gathered across the country this morning – mourning the loss of  Michael Jackson.  An autopsy today will determine what caused his apparent cardiac arrest. We are remembering the life and legacy of the man who was born to perform like no one else.  Close family friends and spiritual advisers to the “King of Pop” will join us from around the globe.  We’ll look at what happens now to his three children and the global obsession with him, even after his reputation took some major hits.

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  1. nancy

    "Joe Richthammer June 26th, 2009 6:31 am ET

    PLEASE! Stop with the Jackson thing. Leave it for the History channel!"

    THANK-YOU Joe!! Enough is enough..

    June 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  2. shardi stapleton

    I can't believe the king of pop is gone I send all my love to his family. I love every song he made and he did a great job as the scared crow in the wiz with Ms.Diana Ross I remember when me and my bother would act like we was michael and janet the media should be ashamed of themselbes for abusing michael all these years. Michael is now with the lord and the angles

    June 26, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  3. Maria Vizcarrondo

    This is just so sad and upsetting! Michael Jackson, the one and only "true" King of pop, gone! I don't want to believe it! I tried to intake this trajic situation over night & I actually woke up this morning in hope that it was all a dream. Well, It wasn't. I didn't know him personally, but I knew him in heart, mind and soul. I grew up with his music and the vision of a boy with a dream. A dream that was torn to sreads by the public. What an outrage! Could no one feel his pain! Could no one understand or at least try to see, that all the choices he made were based on his life that was poisoned with hate! Of course Michael was adored by people nationwide, but he was also dispized and steriotyped by many. I sit back emotion filled, and all I can do is think and feel his pain and loneliness; "Here was a Man, whom as a child lived an adult life. A child, whose childhood could never be regained! He grew, and with his pain, saw that of the world. In which he felt that this talent that was forced upon him, his music and most inner feelings could help heal the world and with that, himself. We all saw that even as an adult, Michael craved his youth. He shouldn't have been judged, for many of us including myself, wish that we could go back and be young again. This world is just a big bully! So cruel!!! When are we going to learn! People have falsely accused him of things that his real fans, "know" arent true. All this due to greed! The hate in this world helped to create the Michael that he became. This man, sang to the world in hope of change. Like Michael said as a child, " I only sing what I feel".
    I myself, live my life based on music, and Michael played a big role. His music helped me to express my deapest emotions. The advantage that Michael had was what many wish for,"The chance to voice their opinion". Michael is a hero, and will live on through his music for generation to come. My family and I loved and always will love Michael and his music dearly. We send our condolences to the Jackson family and wish nothing but the best!

    Michael... You will be missed but will live within our hearts forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  4. SOKO


    June 26, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  5. GARY B

    Yes MJ was never convicted,but that just shows what MONEY and FAME can get you out of,(REMEMBER A GUY CALLED O.J) I mean why would anyone pay out undisclosed amounts of money if you did not do it? I sure wouldnt do it. He was just a man no better than anyone else,plus he was a jehovahs witness so i doubt if he is in Heaven right now anyway. I really dont think that God likes pedifiles. I have had problems with CNN posting my stuff so we will see if this goes through or if CNN just censors out everything except for the bleeding heart mush that a bunch of his dipsy fans write.

    June 26, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  6. Jekia

    I had to have been two yrs old when I learned who Micheal Jackson was. I Listened to him as a child, still listen to him as a young adult, and will continue to listen to him until I am dead and gone. He is truely an extraordinary,SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!,and TALENTED man. 🙂 I think he is such sexy man. He will always be missed and his legacy will always be with us. May God bless his family and friends. May God bless us all. R.I.P sweetheart,with all the love to give.

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  7. Tolu

    Isn't it amazing the way we make and break our celebrities???

    June 26, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  8. katrina williams


    June 26, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  9. Felicia Moore-Soleyn

    This is the 3rd most sad day in my life. The 1st the death of my 1yr old sister.
    The 2nd the death of singer/actress Aaliyah, and now The King Of Pop Micheal Jackson.

    I'm smiling and crying at the same time.

    Micheal was amazing! I really loved him and the way he was able to have so much fame yet remain very private, but also able to share so much with the public. Micheal Jackson will always be loved and remembered. Micheal was not clearly understood, so people made up stories and rumors to try and understand him. Micheal Jackson Had a right to live free and do what ever it was to make himself happy, as long as it wasn't hurting anyone. God bless you Micheal Jackson.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  10. Linda Jabren

    I Am so saddened by Michaels passing. I am 50 and remember when the jackson 5 performed
    On Dick Clark. I had followed michael his whole life. Unfortunately Michael was A child in a mans body
    He did not have the tools to live as an adult in this world. His odd behavior was that of a victum. I think
    Everyone that abused him including the media should be A shamed. Michael u Are now at peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  11. Linda C. Johnson

    I grew up listening to the Jackson Five, and listening to "I Want You Back!" The Right On Magazine always provided great pictures, so I had Michael's picture in a frame right next to my bed, in my school books, inside my school books. His music made me dance no matter where I heard it. Every song recorded was perfect! His positive entertainment energy was high and contagious! When he danced, I danced, and I've dancing and crying all night listing to his music, and video's on YouTube. We Are the World, and Michael Jackson touched the World. It was Diana Ross that recorded the song, Reach Out and Touch...Diana Ross and Michael Reached Out and Touched so many people. The King of Pop, will now RIP to meet the King of Glory! RIP Michael Jackson, RIP.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  12. Larry

    I remember when the Thriller album cam out, I was in Germany in the early 80's. The German disco's (clubs), would paly Billie Jean over and over at least 4 or 5 times. They loved it, so did I and still do.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  13. Torrey

    I am an American living abroad in Holland and I woke up this morning to the sad news. Michael Jackson music was playing in my gym today. The entire world is definitely mourning this great loss.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  14. Michael Taylor

    Mike was the best i will truely miss him i remember when i first saw thriller i was scared to watch. i was shocked when i found out

    June 26, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  15. Paul

    what else is going on in the world now?

    June 26, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  16. Linda

    Come on now, I am very saddend about the loss of Michael Jackson, but there have been other deaths in the past few days, Ed Mc Mahan, Farrah Fawcett, LETS HEAR ABOUT THEM. I watch CNN news all the time, but right about now I feel unsure. You have your favorite people and that is all you force us to hear.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  17. LaShun

    Everytime I think of Michael Jackson it takes me back to a place of memories– the Pepsi commercials with Alfonso Ribeiro, curling up to my speakers trying to make out the words to Human Nature, and best of all, his performance on Motown's 25th anniversary! Michael I will miss you and my sincerest prayers for the entire family.

    June 26, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  18. Tonya Lockhart

    I want to acknowledge the love and compassion Micheal Jackson had for all people of the world. Micheal was brilliant as the finest diamond. We, the fans loved him and will never forget what his talents transient. He was larger than life!

    June 26, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  19. Kevin Kratsch

    Jackson, Astaire were the 2 best dancers in the 20th century. He has paid the ultimate price. Let's remember him for who he was, one of the 2 greatest entertainers in history, and let GOD deal with the rest.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  20. Larry

    Hey CNN,

    Are you planning on covering any real news today? Like the tragedy in Iran?

    June 26, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  21. king jack

    Tj is right that J.T. said it best "We lost a genious." His discography will be playing in my ipod for some time.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  22. khan,

    I am very sad about the death of World Singer 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson. I think we all at one time enjoyed his concerts and music and we are deeply going to miss him. THE MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD LOVE THE MUSIC. Plz Every One, Pray For Him. Allah (God) Bless to Him.

    Khan, R
    Bangladeshi & New York.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  23. Roz

    He truly was a legend and a pop star . Rest in Peace Micheal

    June 26, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  24. Susan

    Unbelieveable! I'm the same age as Micheal Jackson, he was as always will be a big part of my life as well as millions of others all over the world.He was bigger than life, a true genious in the art of his music, and his style of dance was like no other. I watched his cartoons, had coloring books of The Jackson Five, in grade school at recess we begged our teacher to let us play his albums and would have a dance party everyday. His heart was as big as the world, he was bigger than life! His family wasn't only his emediate family, they were his fans all over the world, "I love you Micheal, you"ll never be forgotten, your music lives on in all of us and for generations to come. An icon, a legend and will always be the "only" King of Pop"! Rest in peace my brother, for you are finally home*

    June 26, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  25. r. mcclain

    CNN has now devoted almost 15 hours of continuous coverage on the death of Michael Jackson. While I can understand that this would be a "newsworthy" subject, the exhaustive coverage, including every known celebrities feelings on his death, is over the top.

    Having watched, with many others around the world, the uprising in Iran for the past few weeks, I fail to understand the lack of coverage provided on that subject, since early last evening. No word of Khamenei's morning prayers, the tone of which could give us a better feeling for the future of the burgeoning pro democracy movement. Hopefully, the brief mention this morning of Moussavi now being unable to leave the country will not be the extent of CNN'c coverage of developments in Iran.

    I understand the celebrity culture in this country is always at the forefront in the news cycle, but the excessive coverage, while other, more important news is ignored is inexcusable.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:15 am |
  26. Stacy Parris

    I can tell you, folks are greiving in the Caribbean as well.

    I just could not believe my eyes when i went on the internet last night. I went to sleep hoping that it was just some type of sick joke someone planned to degrade him. But waking up this morning to still see his face plastered all over the internet and television has cause me to shed tears.
    I love is music, i grew up hearing them and trying to dance like him.

    Cant believe Michael Jackson is DEAD. But you know what? Is might be dead in body but not in soul and not in MUSIC.

    Great musical icon.

    Signed: Miss Stacy Parris

    June 26, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  27. jess

    Michael Jackson our Icon ... I

    t is unfortunate that we capitalized on his genius and only wanted his talent. It seems we forget all he gave but remember his faults, pain and legal problems. We must also remember there were so many who gained financially while they abused his trust.

    Michael Jackson's enormous talent, craft and generous nature benefit so many. Much of America's talent gain financially from all the doors he opened.

    His voice will live in our hearts because in truth, which GOD only knows, carried the pain of the world. 45 years is a long time to be constantly giving and he gave up his youth so America could cross culture barriers around the world. May you rest in peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  28. Paul

    I am shocked and saddened by Michael's death, I grew up with the Jackson 5 I remember when they first came out, I was 13 at the time, I really don't have to much to say except that now is speculation time and it really is unfortunate that people can't wait to get the official word on what happened, Rest in Peace.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  29. natalie

    michael was a one-of-a-kind artist, and i highly doubt there will be another one like him. im 25 and grew up with his music, so its surreal to know that he wont be performing anymore, or creating new music. i cant even begin to say what contributions he made to the music industry.

    June 26, 2009 at 7:02 am |
  30. Daniel Nelson

    Michael was always a child at heart. He never had a childhood and has done all he could for other children to enjoy their lives. It is a shame that he got too close with some children and began a fetish with them,letting them sleep with him and doing who knows what with them. It has always bothered me that he had to settle with at least one of their parents because it has shown the world that he possibly had some kind of sexual relations with young boys but God and the children he had befriended only know and maybe the truth will come out some day when these children are grown and want to tell the truth about Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:57 am |
  31. jb in the wisconsin

    Enough already – I've turned it off. Non stop coverage of this whacko is sickening while real news barely rates a mention.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:57 am |
  32. Gigi Dixon

    The entertainment world has had a huge blow this week losing 3 of its greatest icons especially losing two of them in the same day on June 25, 2009 just hours away from each other, first Ed McMahon died, then Farrah Fawcett then Michael Jackson and the world has also lost Sky Saxon the singer of the 1960's band The Seeds who made the song Your Pushin To Hard into a hit, he also died on June 25th. To find out this week about Ed McMahons death was a shock but it was to be expected because he was getting up there in age and if I am correct he has not been well lately either. When Ed died I said to my family well everytime someone famous dies it sadly always comes in threes so I wonder who is next and God knows that I was hoping that there would be no others to follow but sadly I found out yesterday that there was three more to follow. Yesterday I arrived at work at 5:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. somebody came up to me and said did you hear that Farrah Fawcett died today and I said no then I said to this person first there was Ed McMahon who just died and now Farrah Fawcett which means one more is to sadly follow. But again I was hoping I would be wrong but sadly I wasn't. And again Farrahs death was also to be expected since she has been battling cancer for several years. Then at 6:10 p.m. last night at work somebody else came up to me and said did you hear that Michael Jackson just suffered a heart attack and died today and again I said no in total shock. I later found out about Sky Saxon when I got home from work from a friend of mine but this very sad news about Michaels death just knocked me for a loop and put myself and all of my other fellow employees in total shock. I could not help but feel very sad for the rest of the night because I have always been a fan of Michael Jackson as an entertainer. Michael may have grown up to be an adult that did some things that others view as strange but to me Michael was always and will always be one of the most talented and greatest entertainers, singers and dancers to ever grace this earth along with Elvis and The Beatles who I feel are the worlds other greatest entertainer to ever live and for that I have respect for Michael as an entertainer and I am so glad that he left all of the great music he sang with his brothers as The Jackson 5 and also as a solo artist for this world to remember him by. I can also remember watching the Jackson 5 cartoons when I was growing up and they were great also. My son 24 year old son is also a fan of his and is very sad from this news. He and I have been listening to Michaels music all night and I have been in tears crying while listening to it. I for one will miss Michael being on this earth and being here to entertain us with all of his wonderful music. Yes Michael may have led a strange life as an adult but there is no way that you can deny the fact that Michael was a true icon in the music world and that he had a tremendous talent and he definitely left his mark on the world. Michael was 50 years old and I am 49 years old soon to be 50 in October. Michael and I grew up in the same era and I can remember listening to him singing with his brothers as The Jackson 5 when I was growing up and I later went on to listen to his solo career and he was great throughout his entire career. As a kid growing up in the same era he did I would think to myself here is this young kid with so much talent, he will surely make a huge mark on this world as he grows up and that he sure did and you can't deny him that or his legacy he is leaving behind. So I say to those who do not like Michael and want to put him down right now, God knows how much he has been knocked down in the past years but everyone needs to have some respect now for Michaels family and his children as they grieve the loss of their beloved family member who was a beloved son, sibling and father and everyone needs to refrain from saying nasty things about him and calling him Wacko Jacko. We all need to give the family their privacy at this time and lets just please have respect for his passing and have respect for his families grieving and say a prayer that he will rest in peace and also keep his family in your prayers at what is probably the toughest and saddest time in their lives. I only hope that now that Michael is gone that he is in Heaven and that he will find the peace now that he was not able to find on earth in the past few years. I for one will miss him and will always regret never seeing him perform live in concert both with his brothers and as a solo artist because I know that I missed seeing one incredible talent and for that I will always have a deep regret. I never got to see my other musical idols in concert, Elvis or The Beatles and now I will never get to see Michael either and for this I am very sad. I am just glad that in the past few years I have been able to see some of my other all time favorite entertainers in concert. I just wish I could have added Michael and his brothers to this list. So in closing on this subject I say May God Bless You Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and Sky Saxon. May You All Rest In Peace With God And The Angels In Heaven Above. Thanks For The Memories. You Will All Be Missed And You Will Never Be Forgotten So Rest In Peace!

    Gigi Dixon
    South Florida

    June 26, 2009 at 6:49 am |
  33. Emmie

    today was like any other normal day, until i turned on the tv, and michael jackson's face was plastered on every news channel. once i realized he was near death, i just kinda sat there. i think the whole world knows that nobody really saw this coming so soon, and it's just a tradgedy that has changed so many people. michael jackson changed an enormous amount of people with his amazing voice and music. all we can think now is, "why did he die? why did he leave so soon?" i guess we'll never find out.....i just hope and pray that after all those problems, and accusations, that he got to say "i'm sorry."

    June 26, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  34. nigel

    a sad day in history june 25 2009.
    his music was so emotional at all levels you could dance, cry or laugh depending on the song, he wrote.all of it came from his heart.

    many of you are asking would micheal jacksons come back tour have been successful.
    i personally think that micheals comeback tour started june 25th, and it will be the greatest come back tour in music history.
    his music will sell out at every store around the world.
    if the world thought he was a musical icon before his greatness will be astionishing now.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  35. Jacqui

    I remember growing up with the songs & dance moves of MJ & it was just last week my co-workers & I were listening to a radio station playing songs of yester year & for some strange reason quite a few of MJ's songs were being played & I remember saying to my co-workers " you know no one can ever be like MJ inspite of his down side...such a gifted guy that his songs were able to span more than just our generation but generations after us"'s just so sad to hear of his passing & the tears are flowing

    June 26, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  36. Cals

    You SUCK. We do NOT need to hear about Michael Jackson's problems. We loved his music, and always will. It's a shame that he had to die with the horrible press he received in the US... it you guys are trying your best to "justify" your cruel coverage even now. Shame on YOU!

    Report on the amazing artist that was Michael Jackson... who was NEVER convicted of anything.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  37. Andrew Z

    Michael's artistry will forever be remembered. Just as how the Beatles still influence generations, Michael Jackson will forever influence new artists, and not just in music. He was more than a singer and dancer; he was a choreographer, filmmaker, actor, he wrote a lot of his own lyrics, and THE GREATEST performer in the world. Even if you had negative opinions on his personal life, people would still want to watch him perform and listen to his music. We love Michael. We will miss him until our own time passes. R.I.P. Michael Joseph Jackson. The world has already changed with your passing.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:37 am |
  38. Nathan Immanuel

    May you finally find the peace, tranquility, and love that you have always been searching for. I grew up watching you and dancing to your music. You have taught me how to never let go of my innocence and the child within. I will pray fervently for your children Michael, Paris, and Prince. I want you to know... where ever you are... that you will live on eternally and perpetually in our hearts and souls. May God... the Lord Jesus Christ grant you the Blessings you have so long been yearning for. I love you from the bottom of my heart and soul. RIP Michael...
    Forever Your Friend and Fan,
    Nathan Immanuel

    June 26, 2009 at 6:35 am |
  39. Vanessa

    That Rabbi you just had on is a huge FRAUD. He was shamelessly charging for interviews concerning Michael Jackson's Heal the Kids foundation, and pocketing that money. It was MICHAEL who distanced himself from that shameless man, not the other way around. He was not a good friend in any way- he does not deserve to be interviewed by any respected establishment.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:32 am |
  40. Joe Richthammer

    PLEASE! Stop with the Jackson thing. Leave it for the History channel!

    June 26, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  41. Ernest

    I grew up with the music of Michael and his brothers, however as a survivor of child abuse, his actions with young boys ruined his music for me. Maybe now that he is gone, I can once again listen to his music without it dragging up all the negative connotations to his bad behavior. I hope those who he abused can now find some peace, and I hope his children can begin to live a normal life.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:30 am |
  42. Diahann

    It is extremely hard for me to express my sincere feelings of loss; losing Michael was so very much like losing a family member. He was such a sincere and innocent soul. This being said, I never believed that Michael was guilty of those alleged molestation charges and thanked the God in heaven for setting him free then...and now. Michael was a child prodigy,...and in many ways even today, still just that....a child prodigy...Though there were many reasons to envy him...perhaps there were many more reasons to not wish that type of success on anyone...some things are simply too much to bear. Michael along with all of your millions or perhaps billions of fans...I grew up with you and your music...You transcended so much in this are missed, but I'm sure finally resting in peace. God Bless.

    June 26, 2009 at 6:28 am |
  43. maggie

    hey i may be a kiddo [13] but i know what micheal jackson has done bad..But he was my isperation..To Many people and its really tragic he died but he will all be in our hearts..he was and is the king of pop...We love And Miss You..!!

    In Memory Of Micheal jackson
    May You R.I.P
    1958-2009 <333

    June 26, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  44. rosemarie wetmore

    michael & I are the same; so I listened to ALL his music & have always adored him. When I was stationed in Germany, "Thriller" was released and my 18 month old adored that record and was constantly bopping to him in her diapers- just to prove his music is universal & ALL generations have and will continue to love & enjoy him

    June 26, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  45. peep

    I hope everyone that made Mickael a monter years ago is happy now that he's gone. Michael died years ago after all the bogus allegations of child molestation and people like diane diamond and nancy grace whom made him a monster. He probably started taking pills to numb the pain, and that made him a drug addict. We all have our check out Micheal has no more worries.
    He will be the best forever!

    June 26, 2009 at 6:03 am |