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Michael Jackson remembered in Boston, elsewhere

Posted by David Beard, Globe Staff  June 25, 2009 11:51 PM

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Minutes after word that Michael Jackson had died, tributes poured in -- and radio stations in Boston and elsewhere switched to playing wall-to-wall Jackson songs and mining memories of the boy idol of the Jackson 5 who became the King of Pop.

The morning DJs at Boston's WODS -- Oldies 103.3 -- rushed in to join regular programmers for a special Thursday evening show, with evening DJ JJ noting the bizarre final chapters of Jackson's life but also his talent for infectious, danceable music that crossed genres.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the station played "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough,'' the first single off Jackson's wildly successful 1979 solo "Off The Wall'' album. It followed that up with "Thriller,'' the theme of his followup -- and best-selling-ever -- album. Then it went deep into the singer's past, playing "I'll Be There.'' Other songs it played were The Jacksons' "Dancing Machine'' and Michael's creepy but syrupy solo debut, "Ben,'' from a 1970s movie about a rat.

He's an artist who will be forever remembered for his music, morning DJ Zito told listeners.

Over at Mix 98.5 FM, Lady D held her own tribute to Jackson, playing songs like "Man in the Mirror'' and "I Want You Back'' and reminiscing about growing up with his music.

Similar programs took place in Philadelphia and New York. By 7:30 p.m., all but one of the Top 10 Twitter trending topics were about Michael Jackson. Boston media critic Dan Kennedy Tweeted that Jackson, embroiled in legal financial troubles in later years, was the biggest wasted talent since Elvis.

MSNBC quoted Quincy Jones, a longtime friend and producer of Jackson's "Thiller'' album, as saying: "I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words. ...... I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

Jackson was preparing to embark on a sold-out 50-concert tour that would represent a long-awaited comeback. Here's a look at Jackson throughout his career.

In May, The Times had reported that Jackson had rented a home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles and was rehearsing for the series of shows in London's O2 Arena. Jackson had won the backing of two billionaires to get the so-called "King of Pop" back on stage.

According to the Times:

His backers envisioned the shows at AEG's O2 as an audition for a career rebirth that could ultimately encompass a three-year world tour, a new album, movies, a Graceland-like museum, musical revues in Las Vegas and Macau, and even a "Thriller" casino. Such a rebound could wipe out Jackson's massive debt.

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171 comments so far...
  1. The real Michael Jackson died years ago.

    Posted by Aaron June 25, 09 06:51 PM
  1. A good example that you can have everything, yet nothing. RIP

    Posted by Mike June 25, 09 06:58 PM
  1. right on

    Posted by Potato June 25, 09 06:59 PM
  1. Wow this is a very sad day. He was not like most people but an awesome performer and to young to die. Thank you Michael for all that you gave to us. RIP! My heart goes out to his family.

    Posted by EM June 25, 09 06:59 PM
  1. whoa

    Posted by Noorain June 25, 09 07:00 PM
  1. If you can't say anything nice...

    Posted by PETAgirl June 25, 09 07:00 PM
  1. RIP

    Posted by </3 June 25, 09 07:00 PM
  1. you are a good caring and sympathetic individual bernard

    Posted by mak June 25, 09 07:00 PM
  1. Michael Jackson was tortured by the same public that loved him when he was making hits. May his soul rest in peace.

    Posted by You! June 25, 09 07:01 PM
  1. MichaelJackson is the man!!!

    His music will liveon

    Posted by Elleabi June 25, 09 07:02 PM
  1. Hate-filled, nasty, negative people of Massachusetts.... wait until you pass, hopefully there will be a blog where someone can write nasty stuff about you when you're gone.

    REST IN PEACE MIKE.
    I may not have agreed with some of the choices you made later in life, but you were one hell of an entertainer and will be greatly missed.
    Goodbye to the greatest entertainer of all time!

    ps - don't bother to respond to my post, I won't be checking this again since I already have a sampling of what people will write.

    Posted by Amazed June 25, 09 07:03 PM
  1. Michael will be missed, at least his music will live on.

    Posted by Terry June 25, 09 07:03 PM
  1. ABC It's easy as 1 2 3 Rest in peace Michael you were an outstanding performer. He will have to answer to any charges on this earth and all three prior posters are perfect angels in God's judgment, Aaron,bil318 and bernard

    Posted by sophie08 June 25, 09 07:04 PM
  1. One can look on the negative side of Michael's life, but what will that accomplish. If we view the positive aspects of his life, we see a musical genius who entertained us for years and kept us amused and amazed at his skills. We should appreciate his artistry and memorialize him as a musical giant - unequaled by few and a musical prototype for many.

    Posted by Greg Selby June 25, 09 07:05 PM
  1. So much for innocent until proven guilty, eh guys?

    RIP Michael Jackson

    Posted by bizona June 25, 09 07:05 PM
  1. I am not a crazed fan, however I think that it is ridiculous that you people would say such horrible things about a man who was acquitted of all charges. Did it ever cross your minds that maybe the families were money hungry immoral people trying to make a quick buck?

    Posted by piston51 June 25, 09 07:05 PM
  1. NO !! WHY DID HE DIE ! D:

    Posted by ya ya ya adrr June 25, 09 07:05 PM
  1. I'm happy he won't suffer any longer. He had a great talent that was ruined by his mental illness, but that sad fact is now history. He gave us good music for a long time, and I thank him for that.

    Posted by Deirdre M June 25, 09 07:05 PM
  1. i miss you jackson , u bring tears to my eye . . . . . . .

    Posted by brandon swoboda June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. it's spelled 'goodbye'.

    Posted by at least learn how to spell June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." John 8:7

    Posted by Joe Hertz June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. In the begining of my musical life there was Michael. So far your the best pop artist i've ever heard. Rest in piece. You've earned it.

    Posted by rzebro24 June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. : / hey at least he had some good songs bye bye michael

    Posted by Soul June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. He was a genius in the entertainment business. And his music transformed the culture of the world. May his soul rest in peace.

    Posted by Michael Damani June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. You people dont even know if your OPINIONS are true... I wasnt a fan of him but have a heart. RIP.

    Posted by amanda June 25, 09 07:06 PM
  1. True,the trial all but ended his life long ago. How could anybody take hearing what has been said of him year after year? He lived on painkillers,and they didnt kill the pain,but did kill him.

    Posted by ka June 25, 09 07:07 PM
  1. god bless his soul,king of pop

    Posted by trv June 25, 09 07:07 PM
  1. God speed Michael Jackson. A toast to you.

    Posted by Nelda June 25, 09 07:07 PM
  1. The creator of Music I love you michael Jackson you will always be my Favorite

    Posted by Alex June 25, 09 07:08 PM
  1. he will be missed. who was better than him. how can you hate on him?

    Posted by sal June 25, 09 07:08 PM
  1. hey that is rude what you are saying Michael was a legend and still is . . . sure he did bad things but everyone has. Give him a brake, show some sympothy you guys are pathetic. Its a tragedy what happend. He was a great performer im going to miss him.

    R.I.P Michael Jackson . . .

    Posted by Lauren June 25, 09 07:08 PM
  1. rip

    Posted by Skeip June 25, 09 07:08 PM
  1. his music was SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD
    his music will drift on forever

    Posted by brendan and izzy June 25, 09 07:09 PM
  1. You are unkind people. Your hatred is a reflection of your own failure as human beings. He was a father and a son and a brother to a family that loved him and forgave him for his faults and weaknesses and mistakes. When you don't show resepect for the dead, you reveal a lack of compassion in yourself that is very sad. I hope, if one day, when you beg for help or strength and find that your calls are answered by compassionate people who will forgive you for these words you have expressed today, you will find yourself wanting to emulate them.

    Posted by Tarn Falgren June 25, 09 07:10 PM
  1. may you haters clean your closets before you pass judgement and get called ...all you can see is what negative aspects media has brought you but not the love and good God has poured to so many through this one man....

    Posted by James June 25, 09 07:10 PM
  1. He died because he was bullied to death.
    I watched his trial he was innocent and he would not have looked so bad if he was not.
    He never did anything to deserve that,
    If anyone is to blame its all the people who thought he did it,
    I am a criminoligist and study behaviour,.
    It was all crap.
    Trust me when someone gets a rumor started about them they don't quit.
    It makes me sick.

    Herats

    Posted by Traci June 25, 09 07:11 PM
  1. Only God will and render justice, Michael Joseph Jackson, may he rest in peace.
    I grew up on his music . Ben is one of my favorites.

    Posted by J. D. Haynes June 25, 09 07:11 PM
  1. Good-bye Michael Jackson! You are loved..

    Posted by Destiny Mosqueda June 25, 09 07:12 PM
  1. He died because he was bullied to death.
    I watched his trial he was innocent and he would not have looked so bad if he was not.
    He never did anything to deserve that,
    If anyone is to blame its all the people who thought he did it,
    I am a criminoligist and study behaviour,.
    It was all crap.
    Trust me when someone gets a rumor started about them they don't quit.
    It makes me sick.

    Herats

    Posted by Traci June 25, 09 07:12 PM
  1. A gentle Star whose life was an indictment of American Racialism. He was born 30 years too early.

    Posted by Saloplad. Peter Wignall June 25, 09 07:12 PM
  1. I will pay tribute to Michael Jackson.

    Posted by Aurea June 25, 09 07:12 PM
  1. Jackson was acquitted of those charges. And in THIS country a person is innocent until proven guilty. And he wasn't.

    So if you want to judge a person based on rumors and sensationalistic media, then it's on you.

    For all his eccentricities, Michael Jackson made a huge impact on our culture. He was an amazing artist. And he accomplished more than any of you "haters" out there.

    Posted by Emerson June 25, 09 07:13 PM
  1. Irregardless of his flaws and mistakes he may have made in life, everyone at one time has seen a MJ video, heard a song or hummed his tune. Micheal was and will live on as a legend and refused to stay down based off of the charcter that the media built for him. He over came that part of his life and put it all behind him. He's a phenomenon, a myth and a part of a lot of peoples heart. R.I.P Micheal.

    Posted by Terrell June 25, 09 07:13 PM
  1. ya'll haters
    he brought a lot of gudd 2 this world
    R.I.P. mike

    Posted by jordan June 25, 09 07:13 PM
  1. He was a talented man, and a life that ended too soon, I will miss his music.

    Posted by Wilma June 25, 09 07:14 PM
  1. Every one who's bashing on michael is a damn loser Michael was the best!! RIP

    Posted by vicky June 25, 09 07:14 PM
  1. RIP Michael. These haters don't know.

    Posted by Just Beatit June 25, 09 07:14 PM
  1. wonderful people...thou shalt not judge I'm sure all of you will be judged by god someday....

    Posted by cin June 25, 09 07:14 PM
  1. Leave him alone. I want him in heaven.

    The man had a beautiful gift.

    Posted by Kelly June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. Micheal Jackson was a great musician. May he rest in peace.

    Posted by Marie June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. No matter what he was in the last few years, it is still sad. I was a HUGE fan in the eighties. THRILLER. Rest in peace.

    Posted by Terri June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. You are a wonderful person, I loved your music. It is a shame that money hungry people decided to take advantage of your kindiness and put their kids up to such lies so they can make a buck. You are in God's hands and may your family and kids find the power to heal during these hard times

    Posted by danielle June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. ima miss you .. he's what music was all about :)

    Posted by deanna June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. No matter what he was in the last few years, it is still sad. I was a HUGE fan in the eighties. THRILLER. Rest in peace.

    Posted by Terri June 25, 09 07:15 PM
  1. He was a great performer. No one will ever know the truth about the abuse allegations. Give the guy a break in death and think about all the great music he contributed to the world.

    Posted by Kat June 25, 09 07:16 PM
  1. You people are sick! The man was a music legend and he is now dead-- at least have some sympathy towards his grieving family!

    Posted by SB June 25, 09 07:16 PM
  1. MJ was an extremely talented superstar and a role model to all musicians. He began a new era of music and always provided the world with an amazing new excitement in his music.

    Posted by colleen June 25, 09 07:16 PM
  1. I don't think we could ever understand what was really inside his mind, considering we were not thrust into stardom to avoid beatings at such a young age. Show some respect for the dead.

    Posted by dani June 25, 09 07:17 PM
  1. Some people need to learn to have respect for the deceased. Leave him alone finally and let the man rest in peace!!!!! He may have had personal problems but that definitely never changed the exquisite performer that he was.

    Posted by Lori June 25, 09 07:17 PM
  1. Michael Jackson was one of the greatest artist in the history of the universe.His greatness will live on he is my idol..... I Love You Michael Jackson...

    Posted by Taylor Osborne June 25, 09 07:17 PM
  1. No way, I still can't believe it. How can he be dead???

    Posted by Shirley June 25, 09 07:17 PM
  1. You guy's are so wrong I can't say what he did was right but he was still a person and he did have his problem's.So be the tough guy and talk trash when he's gone.You live the life he has then you have all the right to talk trash.My heart goes out to the Jackson family.

    Posted by Nora Schmidt June 25, 09 07:18 PM
  1. May God forgive all individuals who are ignorant in the world. May God bless the Jackson family for their loss.

    Posted by Carrie June 25, 09 07:18 PM
  1. people are quick to point fingers and tarnish others' images. Little do you know that we are all guilty of one thing or another and by law, we are all doomed because no one is righteous. So stop the hate crimes, stop the racism, stop the undue judgment and start to look to better your own lives!

    Posted by Dami June 25, 09 07:18 PM
  1. have some compasion people, human make mistakes.
    he didnt do that. you think if someone rapes your kid you gonna take money or jewerly. the people who are saying this are gonna burn in hell.
    stop troowing stones. open your closeths. what jesus said the one who hAS NO SIN TROW THE FIRST STONE.......
    I LOVE YOU MICHEAL RIP

    Posted by nafez wernet June 25, 09 07:18 PM
  1. God gave us life, so all of you that speak ill of people, I pray one day the same faith does not come to you. Life is precious and no one deserves to die. May God bless u Mike.

    Posted by keith June 25, 09 07:18 PM
  1. He will always be remembered as the "KING OF POP" and nobody could ever surpass his career! He will forever live in our minds as well as our hearts..many repects goes out to the entire Jackson family!

    Posted by Melynda Daly June 25, 09 07:19 PM
  1. He was the King... greater than Elvis !
    We will miss his music and breathtaking performances.
    He changed the Music Industry Forever... HE MADE HISTORY !

    Posted by Olga June 25, 09 07:19 PM
  1. He was and still the greatest show man ever. May his soul rest in peace. We'll miss you dearly.

    Posted by Charity kotoka addow June 25, 09 07:19 PM
  1. No one has the right to judge orcritsise micheal jackson only god can judge him if you've never sinned and are perfect than go ahead Just let him rest in peace at least his troubles are gone we are still here trying to make it god rest your soul micheal.

    Posted by msgee June 25, 09 07:19 PM
  1. I agree, the 'real' MIchael Jackson died years ago. But, let us not forget what he has brought to music, society, and our hearts. MIchael, you will forever be missed.

    Posted by Primo Cruz June 25, 09 07:20 PM
  1. Micheal jackson was a great person and idol. If you have nothing good to say then dont even bother posting it. He was a great legend and it was a depressing thing that he died. Long live the king of Pop!

    Posted by Annon June 25, 09 07:21 PM
  1. You know this man had incredible talent. It is sad that his life ended so soon. There were many allegations against him but as far as I know he was never proven guity/convicted of anything. He had so many people out to destroy him that I doubt he could have walked away without jail time if he was truly guilty. He was tried and convicted by the media who love a good scandal. Again it is sad that a talented man such as this had to die so soon on the verge of a major comeback.
    Rest in peace Michael. You will be missed!

    Posted by Dr. Jonathan June 25, 09 07:22 PM
  1. Now the haters of success can withdraw their bloody daggers... Michael Jackson will no longer be your victim... I feel sorry for the poor guy who really had no childhood... May his soul rest in peace.

    Posted by Peter Akajiuba June 25, 09 07:22 PM
  1. He was an awesome singer one of the greatest ever. He will be greatly missed by millions.

    Posted by NMN June 25, 09 07:23 PM
  1. would had been a good tour/comeback....SIGH
    all you other dudes need to learn to respect the music.

    Posted by THA BEAST June 25, 09 07:24 PM
  1. I'd much rather that they switch to an all-Farrah format.

    Posted by Richard June 25, 09 07:25 PM
  1. Type your comment here... Regardless to the ACCUSATIONS!!! He was still someone's child, father, brother, and uncle. My prayers are with the family, and may he rest in peace. Haters keep on hating.

    Posted by keysha J June 25, 09 07:25 PM
  1. awww, well aren't you guys nice.
    he may have been a child molester or what not,
    but he's dead now, so . can't we just be respectfull .

    Posted by Jennifer June 25, 09 07:26 PM
  1. As person he was hated for the things he did. As a musician we can't forget the contributions he gave to music as a whole. I can't condone the activities he chose to partake of, and quite frankly I do believe he did not get the justice so deserved. But to claim this as an act of god is appalling. I'm no christian by any stretch of the term, but to speak of a god that would punish a man in such a manner is hypocritical at the least.

    Michael Jackson revolutionized the pop music industry, and served as an inspiriation for many of the pop music icons you blindly follow and worship. I understand if you still feel the need to hate him, but everyone deserves some modicum of respect upon their passing. the dead are here to teach us of our mistakes, not to be ridiculed for theirs.

    Posted by Richard Lane June 25, 09 07:27 PM
  1. HE'S A LEGEND. HE HAD TALENT. STOP BEING SO DISRESPECTFUL. HE CHANGED THE WORLD - THAT WAS HIS ULTIMATE GOAL. R. I . P MICHAEL

    Posted by JENNIFER June 25, 09 07:28 PM
  1. Wow forever and always THEE KING OF POP

    Posted by bryanna June 25, 09 07:28 PM
  1. The world has lost a very very talented artist and one of the most charismatic of all time. It's shocking news since he entertained a lot of people from different generations. Thank you Michael for giving the world your gift and passion for music. I always wanted to watch him perform, but I was a poor kid and always hoped to see him in concert; now, I definitely never will.

    Posted by Hector June 25, 09 07:30 PM
  1. The music industry lost a giant today. Very sad. Mike had his demons to be sure. Still, as weird and twisted as he was, his talent was incredible and undeniable. Nasty comments notwithstanding, he will be missed.
    RIP MJ.

    Posted by Dehler June 25, 09 07:38 PM
  1. It is a shock because I though he was healthly with his eating regimine but
    we all have our time I guess. Some how I must agree with anot\her poster and feel
    that Micheal died years ago..but his family still feels pain along with his children and for that I am sorry.
    50 is still pretty young to die and death has no respect of persons.

    www.tiptopwebsite.com/mny4u

    Posted by ginger June 25, 09 07:39 PM
  1. This is such a strange and sad day. It's like the day pop culture died for some of us.

    Posted by LittleEthel June 25, 09 07:50 PM
  1. IT WAS SO SUDDEN. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. AT LEAST MOST OF THE JACKSON FAMILY CAN SING. HE LOOKED SO YOUNG FOR 50 YEARS OLD. I LOVED HIS SONGS. I AGREE WITH HECTOR. WE LOST A VERY TALENTED MAN. YES HE HAD DIFFICULTIES IN HIS LIFE BUT DON'T LAUGH AT IT OR ANYTHING. IT DOEN'T MATTER. WHAT MATTERS IS THAT WE HAVE LOST ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PERSON ON EARTH. HIS WHOLE LIFE WAS MUSIC. HE STARTED WHEN HE WAS I THINK TWELVE IN A BAND WITH 4 OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS CALLED THE JACKSON 5. AND HE HAS BEEN SINGING ALL THE WAY UP TO THE AGE OF 50. HE HAS BEEN SINGING FOR ABOUT 38 YEARS. SO JACKSON FAMILY, PASS ON MICHAEL'S SONGS. PEOPLE LIKE THEM NOW, PEOPLE WILL LIKE THEM IN THE FUTURE. BUT HE IS STILL ALIVE. NOT ON EARTH BUT WHEN YOU LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC, HE IS ALIVE.

    Posted by ANNA June 25, 09 07:52 PM
  1. Stop calling him Jacko!!

    R.I.P. Michael Jackson

    Posted by tomjones June 25, 09 07:54 PM
  1. Peace bro.

    Posted by james June 25, 09 07:56 PM
  1. MICHAEL YOU WILL BE MISSED. THANKS FOR THE GREAT MUSIC AND DANCE.
    YOU LIVENED UP A PARTY AND FILLED THE DANCE FLOORS.
    IF WE DID NOT HAVE MEDIA AND INTERNET TODAY YOUR LEGACY WOULD BE GREAT.PEOPLE WERE INFLUENCED BY TRASH TALK
    HEAVEN CANT WAIT TO GREET YOU.

    Posted by DUXBURY 1983 June 25, 09 08:01 PM
  1. No, One should have anything to say about this man He is the Greater man that could have mad music. He has truely changed lots of peoples lives with the music he made. I do believe that he did anything that people said he did. Michael R.I.P, you will truely be missed it hard 2 believe that you are gone at such a young age you were only 50. My prayers are with the family.....If u have nothing nice 2 say about the King of Pop dont say anything at all let him R.I.P. God does everything for a reason. It was just his time 2 go home 2 his father he did what he had to do and made a change in everyones life..........

    Posted by Shannon (Shay) June 25, 09 08:09 PM
  1. I look forward to his resurrection - and hopefully he'll accept Jehovah as his Sovereign Lord.

    Posted by Adc June 25, 09 08:16 PM
  1. NO MATTER what people say they cant take away the joy he brought us!!!

    Posted by Passion June 25, 09 08:28 PM
  1. My first love. Never stopped loving you, Michael. From 1969 until today, and ever. We don't have to worry about you now. May the good Lord/Allah hold your children close and give your family strength. Thank you and see you later.

    Posted by Iris M. Gross June 25, 09 08:30 PM
  1. Michael Jackson-there will never be another star as great as you! It is with great sorrow that all the way from India I write this--our deepest condolences to someone who was maligned and never respected but continued to be a creator of such astounding music. We wanted to see him on the London stage...it will never be.... Peace to you Micheal Jackson and know that people in South Asia, Africa, Japan, China loved your music ....

    Posted by Indian June 25, 09 08:34 PM
  1. Another one of those, "where were you when . . . " moments. Shocker.

    Posted by Jane X Jones June 25, 09 08:41 PM
  1. I grew up in Illinois (Indiana's neighbor) and was 11/12 when the Jackson 5 were hugely popular. My best friend Janice & I would put on all the Motown 45rpm records and dance our socks off in her bedroom. ABC, Got to Be There, Rockin' Robin...I could go on and on. Despite his personal issues and trials, who didn't think that "Beat It" and "Billie Jean" were THE best dance tunes EVER when they came out?! And then there was the amazing Motown 25th Anniversary TV special and I don't think that I was alone being absolutely blown away at his moonwalk! And how about the "Thriller" MTV video? Nothing's ever topped it!! I am truly sad at the loss of someone who loved his family and his fans with all his heart. RIP MJ!

    Posted by Cindy June 25, 09 08:43 PM
  1. I'm only 13 years old and I loved micheal jackson. He might have made many mistakes, we all do, but no one can take away the fact that he was absolutely amazing and talented. I danced to his music along w/ my family and we will continue to. It's a sad loss but his memory and music will last forever. R.I.P micheal jackson, u will truly be missed.

    Posted by justyce June 25, 09 08:50 PM
  1. When I was growing up nobody was cooler than him. That's how I'll remember him. Take care, MJ.

    Posted by Prink June 25, 09 08:51 PM
  1. RIP Mike. This is very sad. LOVE

    Posted by Latasha June 25, 09 08:52 PM
  1. A great talent was lost today. It's a very sad time. Michael, you will forever be remembered. Rest in peace. God bless you.

    Posted by Linda June 25, 09 08:52 PM
  1. I LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON I WAS GOING TO SEE YOU IN LONDON BUT NOW I AM SADDENED.

    YOU WILL BE THE ONLY KING OF POP I LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON REST IN HEAVEN THOUGHTS AND PRAYER FOR YOU

    Posted by e June 25, 09 08:55 PM
  1. My friends and I are all lamenting that we were so in love with him back in the 70's- my first wall poster of him was when I was 10 & he was 11. We are so heartbroken. Micheal was innocent. He was a gentle soul. They ripped him to shreds and I was looking forward to his comeback. He is loved and missed and mourned. My deepest condolences to his children and family.

    Posted by RedSoxFan June 25, 09 08:56 PM
  1. RIP Micheal. He was a genius! What is a world without MJ ? Those at the top are always misunderstood. We are all privileged to have known his work and lucky to have been moved at some point by his music. No matter what critics might say, everyone knows thriller is IMPOSSIBLE not to dance to .....few artists have that claim to fame. He will be missed and to leave your footprint on the earth by doing more good than bad is all any of us can really hope for. May heaven await you MJ!

    Posted by Andrea June 25, 09 09:11 PM
  1. Didn't see anything bad in any of the posts so I assume this is being edited but I agree with all the positive statements. We cannot judge anyone. That's for God to do. He was a musical genius from an early age and a flawless soul singer. RiP.

    Posted by Rodger Alford June 25, 09 09:13 PM
  1. alrite yall hater he wad da best man in the world. He brought music back to da hood
    RIP MIKE RIP

    Posted by bRIANNA June 25, 09 09:13 PM
  1. God Bless you MJ! Your songs will live forever in our hearts...

    cwood

    Posted by cwood June 25, 09 09:22 PM
  1. Genius ...Shear Genius...May you be free from suffering. LIfe is so short...we need to look at how we live our lives...

    Posted by Nancy June 25, 09 09:23 PM
  1. micheal jackson is the greatest performer of all time and he will be truly missed. RIP micheal jackson. my prayers and love go out to him and his family. love Mrs. Sykes

    Posted by Mrs. D Sykes June 25, 09 09:27 PM
  1. Th world has lost one it's greatest entertainers, his legacy will be long remembered and the joy his music brought us all RIP the King of Pop

    Posted by Mike V June 25, 09 09:29 PM
  1. The world has lost one it's greatest entertainers, his legacy will be long remembered and the joy his music brought us all RIP the King of Pop

    Posted by Mike V June 25, 09 09:29 PM
  1. What a sad day and tragic end to one of the best performers of our time. Its even sadder that this man was so ridiculed and mistreated by the public--as if there werent more important things to be concerned about. The true fans would say, "leave Michael alone". Michael Jackson was a creative genius, a living musical legend and a gift to the entertainment world, a treasure to us all. If only more people appreciated this rather than make his life miserable. It pains me to think of all the sadness and discomfort he must have endured throughout his life in rue of such cruelty.
    Still, the fans are numerous and we will never, ever forget him.

    Rest in Peace Michael Jackson. You will be sorely missed.

    Posted by Micha June 25, 09 09:30 PM
  1. No one will EVER, EVER even come close to achieveing what Michael achieved...his contributions to the world are unfounded. He will forever be missed and the world will never be quite the same without him. Michael, I'll miss you, always. Rest in peace.

    Posted by Allison K. June 25, 09 09:32 PM
  1. I wish Michael's father had kept his hands to himself.

    Posted by B. Howard June 25, 09 09:34 PM
  1. The world has lost a true talent. Rest in Peace Michael.

    Posted by Arkyvz June 25, 09 09:39 PM
  1. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! What a very sad day!!!

    Posted by Candace Breen June 25, 09 09:46 PM
  1. A supremely talented American icon. All the best to his family. Thanks, Michael, for bringing so much joy to my life. May you rest in peace.

    Posted by BobbyO June 25, 09 09:47 PM
  1. Seriously, a truly tragic figure, but this guy was the MAN
    in the 80s. Growing up the suburbs were full of kids in
    fake leather jackets with three zippers on each breast.

    Honestly if there was one artist to see live in his prime
    he would have been it... with the latest tour I was hoping
    he'd come to the US so I could say I saw Michael Jackson
    live. He created some of the best pop songs of all time...
    sad stuff, but you pray that after the tortured troubled
    past decade or so, that he's in a better place.

    Posted by HarryHasIt June 25, 09 09:48 PM
  1. WOW! What a shock. He was a true musical genuis whos music will live forever!!!! RIP Michael xxxxxxxxx

    Posted by tammy June 25, 09 09:50 PM
  1. i was never a follower of MJ. However, he was the most talented performer of our time and he influenced a great many of performers who followed after him. He lead a sad and tragic life but desrves to be respected despite the negative stories around him. MJ RIP. You were a genius.

    Posted by Stephen Stille June 25, 09 09:50 PM
  1. he will be remembered by many. He come like a next James Brown a big legend my they both rest in peice and i hope there will be more people following in there foot step. And i hope everyone will rest his soul cause no one knows what we individuals have to go through on a daily base. PS LATOYA REST IN PIECE GODS FINE ARTS YOU BOTH WILL BE REMEMEBERED AND ON BEHALF OF ALL YOUR FANS MY LOVE.

    Posted by LATOYA June 25, 09 09:52 PM
  1. RIP MICHEAL MY BIRTHDAY IS THE SAME DAY AS YOURS 28TH AUGUST I WILL STILL CELEBRATE IT AS I DO EVERY YEAR! ROCK ON 4 EVA IN MY HEART PEACE BROTHER

    Posted by NANCY WICKLIFFE June 25, 09 09:58 PM
  1. to:michael jackson family and friends, we will all miss him dearly rest in peace michael and thank you so much for your music. (rip michael)

    Posted by Dominick A. June 25, 09 10:02 PM
  1. King of POP Mr. Michael J. Jackson go up in heaven with the good lord up above if no one else will forgive you on earth for False allegations (or ones not truly ever proven) GOD will he is forgiving.
    We love you and will miss you, you are truly, truly the greatest entertainer EVER!!!!!
    Peace, Luv & Blessings to you, your family & mostly your childen
    One of your biggest fans
    P.s. Farrah You fly to heaven you beautiful Angel
    RIP , you to Ed McMahon

    Posted by GG June 25, 09 10:04 PM
  1. It's sad I remember him when i was in India. I was about 7 years old. He was the #1 break dancer. He was the best of the best. I will miss you . rest in peace.

    Posted by devika bustillos June 25, 09 10:22 PM
  1. no more pain no more sorrow may you rest in peace. may your loving family find comfort faith and strength in god's love .may you rest in peace micheal
    and all you bashers and condemners out there before you say something unkind about the dead look in the mirror real hard and then pass judgement on the dead think of all the music that he gave us, and remember if you can't say good then don't say bad or maybe you all are perfect if you are i apologize to each and everyone of you.please say a prayer for his soul
    and allow him to rest in peace

    Posted by trinigal June 25, 09 10:23 PM
  1. i will miss you im your biggest fan and i love how micheal jackson dance i dnot care what anybody says

    Posted by ERIKA MARIA ROESCK DELGADO June 25, 09 10:29 PM
  1. Michael Jackson was a musical genius. The dancing...oh...the dancing. So, so talented and creative. He gave us so much and unfortunately it meant the end of a normal life for him. His first single was released the year of my birth....so his music has been with me my entire life. So many wonderful memories of hearing his music through the years from rollerskating, playing records, hearing on the car radio, catching it wafting in the air from other homes, watching him perform on the AMA's and many videos....woven in so much fabric of our lives. His music will last forever. RIP Michael.

    Posted by bklynmom June 25, 09 10:32 PM
  1. LET'S SAY A PRAYER FOR MICHEAL JACKSON'S SOUL INSTEAD OF BASHING AND CONDEMNING THE DEAD . HIS NAME AND MUSIC WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON.AND WHILE PRAYING LET'S REMEMBER THE KIDS AND ASK OUR HEAVENLY FATHER TO GUIDE THEM ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW PATH, AND STEER THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND FENCE THEM IN AND FENCE THEM AROUND. LET'S SAY SOMETHING NICE FOR A CHANGE
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL !

    Posted by TRINIGAL June 25, 09 10:34 PM
  1. I grew up listening to MJ. I was so in love with him. How strange its my birthday today and MJ passed away.

    Posted by Arna June 25, 09 10:51 PM
  1. i loved his music and he deserved to live! rest in peace michael. bless his familly.

    Posted by ang June 25, 09 11:03 PM
  1. Truly a candidate for one of God's angels. Micahel Joseph Jackson, may his soul rest in peace. If a judge proved him not guilty, then who are u measly reporters to judge him, and the other low-life degenerate people, who never thought of seeing the good in him. Didn't you love his music? Didn't you feel the genuineness of the love he said he had for his fans? I surley did. Michael Jackson has been my idol, since I had acknowledged his talent. This is surely a star that will go on shining after it has shot out of the dark blue sky and fallen to the bottom of the cool soothing ocean. I LOVE U MICHAEL.....ALWAYS AND FOREVER UR BIGGEST FAN.

    Posted by Jere June 25, 09 11:06 PM
  1. There will never be another Michael Jackson. I hate that the country he was born and raised in, and gave so much of his life to, refused to show thier love for him.

    RIP, you are in a much better place.

    Posted by Shaunda C June 25, 09 11:19 PM
  1. I was a four year old boy in 1969 when the Jackson 5 began. Despite all the backlash, he changed the face of music with his style and grace. We all make mistakes but it is God's judgement not ours. He will be truly missed by those who knew how positive an impact he was to us. He will be miss by all you loved him.

    Posted by Darryl Eley June 25, 09 11:25 PM
  1. Micheal Jackson is one of a kind, a legend regardless what media has pinned on him recently. He made his mark on the world, and the world will now be mourning for his loss. What a sad tragedy it is to lose such a talented and magnificant performer...
    RIP

    Posted by Mary June 25, 09 11:33 PM
  1. Goodbye to the greatest entertainer ... God bless his soul!

    Posted by Neesh June 26, 09 12:08 AM
  1. "HE's BLACK AND WHITE...... HE's DANGEROUS..... HE's A SMOOTH CRIMINAL.... He’s THRILLER…. His vocal cord is among us.... He's the EMPEROR of POPZZ... 'MJ' tears rolling on my cheeks....!!! A King who died young"

    Posted by Binoy Mukkandath June 26, 09 12:21 AM
  1. does anybody know if there will be a memorial walk or something here in Boston???
    a tribute to this wonderful star???

    Posted by pipito June 26, 09 12:33 AM
  1. wow....not too much to say....R.I.P.

    Posted by cw June 26, 09 12:53 AM
  1. Rest in peace, Michael Jackson. You will live forever in our dreams... Forever the King of Pop! WE ALL LOVE YOU MICHAEL JACKSON.. !!! You've inspired the world with your music and your caring and everything....U will be missed M.J
    cant believe he's gone... :(God Bless Your Soul, Michael.
    FromAlbania

    Posted by Arlinda June 26, 09 12:55 AM
  1. i will miss you,michael, you are a true legend. your music will live in me forever.
    may God bless your soul.

    love and prayers from san diego,ca

    Posted by marian June 26, 09 12:57 AM
  1. man poor micheal jackson jeezzzz people juss make fun of him i used to make funn of him to but man now i regreat it with all my heart i hope he forgive's me

    Posted by nah June 26, 09 12:57 AM
  1. i believe him

    Posted by leona June 26, 09 01:19 AM
  1. michael jackson the best performer ever. growing up on your music and admiring your talent will always be a part of my life, and the happiness you gave us all on earth. i will always miss you michael. but i am happy to have the privilege to live my life at the same time you lived yours. history in so many ways was made today. forgive those for they dont know what they say.

    Posted by ed June 26, 09 01:25 AM
  1. peace love Michael, RIP

    Posted by femmeflower June 26, 09 01:28 AM
  1. He was a great one, but like many who rise so fast, he fell hard.
    True genius usually does that to people who go above the rest.
    VanGogh defaced himself, Jerry Lee Lewis had a dubious history.
    Even the greatest classical stars were tormented by mental illness and problems bigger than most of ours. After the hub-bub dies, he will be a legend without all the hating. It is human nature to acknowledge his failures- you would if he were your neighbor or your child's teacher. Quit the judgement of others who are simply trying to reconcile their mixed feelings of loss and summing up the paradox of someone who gave the world so much, but caused confusion and pain as well.

    Posted by aimee June 26, 09 01:45 AM
  1. To the family of Micheal Jackson, the world will be with you all through the greiving of your husband, father and uncle. Your music will live on forever Micheal, your memories will never fade. KIA KAHA TE WHANAU
    R.I.P Micheal

    Posted by Katarina (NZ) June 26, 09 01:58 AM
  1. May God bless your soul you where a true legend to my children rest in peace .

    Posted by denise June 26, 09 03:09 AM
  1. REST IN PEACE MICHEAL

    Posted by PAUL June 26, 09 03:12 AM
  1. WOWW DUDE IF YOU CANT SAY ANYTHING NICE ABOUT HIM DONT SAY IT AT ALL HE WAS A GOOD MAN .. AND A WONDERFUL ROLE MODEL FOR ME I WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH R.I.P MICHEAL JACKSON KING OF POP ..... WE LOVE YOU ....

    Posted by MELODY OF NYC June 26, 09 03:19 AM
  1. Love you Mike! You'll live in our hearts forever. This world didn't deserve you. You are in a much better place.

    Love
    Amina

    Posted by Amina Agha June 26, 09 03:33 AM
  1. MJ was never convicted of doing anything. Then the parents let the kid go back with MJ! Isn't it obvious it was BS?? He did so many things to HELP the children of the world. He had a beautiful heart and sole. I honestly think that the unusual things he did in the later years came from personal and spiritual torment that he went through and being heart-broken over how he was treated and publicly turned into a child molester unjustly. I think it hurt him so badly that he had a mental breakdown over the years due to it. Think about it people. He was a good man, and he was so amazingly talented. I wanted to go see him on this next tour. I cried when I heard he had passed away. We love you Michael, and we know the truth!

    Posted by Jess June 26, 09 03:45 AM
  1. Rest in peace, Michael Jackson. You will live forever in our dreams... Forever the King of Pop! Your Music lives on............. WE ALL LOVE YOU MICHAEL JACKSON..

    Posted by JENNY ARJUNAN June 26, 09 04:31 AM
  1. he was a King
    rest in peace

    Posted by briton gudhlanga June 26, 09 04:35 AM
  1. long live MJ.....

    Posted by muthesh dharma June 26, 09 04:41 AM
  1. michael was a star,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a real bless to man kind,,................the was the real telent...........................................................we will miss you till last moment of our life ....................

    Posted by PANKAJ June 26, 09 07:14 AM
  1. Bring me just one person in the world without a problem, weakness or shortcoming that they try to fix. Name just one. Bet you that you can't

    Posted by Dave June 26, 09 07:28 AM
  1. The world is full of hypocrites...

    I agree, the real Michael Jackson died years ago...

    You hate them when they live, yet you love them when they die? It brings a smile to watch the majority of this worlds 'morons' mourn his death... the same sheep are following again!

    Rest in peace. Atleast you don't have to live with these idiots anymore.

    Posted by Morality. June 26, 09 08:57 AM
  1. you are not lone i am here with you

    Posted by 3 June 26, 09 09:14 AM
  1. He was a troubled soul, who grew up without knowing what a normal childhood was. He made many mistakes and may well be guilty of some pretty bad things, but he was a person that died at too early an age.
    I just feel sorry for his kids.

    Posted by DrK June 26, 09 09:37 AM
  1. GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL JACKSON! I am still working on the moon walk...you are a part of my dancing soul!

    Posted by marie June 26, 09 10:23 AM
  1. Eccentric though he was, Michael Jackson was instrumental in cross-over music and at the forefront of groundbreaking dance moves. As someone said of him; he was forced to be an adult in his childhood and became a child in his adulthood. All the odd behavior aside, It must have been very difficult to be Michael Jackson.
    There is often a fine line between genius and insanity. I'd like to remember the Michael Jackson from before everything in his life went so wrong. His Off The Wall album remains my personal favorite and listening to the songs today, they are current and timeless. May he find the peace that evaded him in life.

    Posted by A Dingo Ate My Baby June 26, 09 10:42 AM
  1. The world is a lonier place without you in it. May God bless you and keep you Michael.

    Posted by Michele June 26, 09 10:51 AM
  1. Michael: Thank You.

    Posted by Albert June 26, 09 11:24 AM
  1. I'm sad he died but he looked like a girl and Elvis Presley is still my favorite.

    Posted by Megan June 26, 09 11:28 AM
  1. Poor Farrah Fawcett, she suffered from cancer and Michael Jackson's death gets all the attention. The first 17 minutes of the Today Show was about Michael Jackson and then 4 minutes about Farrah and then back to MJ. I feel bad he passed away so suddenly,but I think they deserve equal time

    Posted by Anthonya1962 June 26, 09 11:40 AM
  1. so sad

    Posted by jj June 26, 09 12:11 PM
  1. The last album I bought (about 3 weeks ago) was Michaels first solo album "Off the Wall". What a soild, excellent debute album. It was the first MJ music I've owned. I planned on picking up Thriller next but I just hadn't gotten around to it. Ironic how after many year I've (finally) began to explore past his popular hits and begain enjoy his entire albums for the first time. And just like that ....he's gone. R.I.P Michael

    Posted by DJ June 26, 09 12:56 PM
  1. One word: Thriller. He was and will always be. A unique American artist. God Bless, Michael.

    Posted by BBabe June 26, 09 01:19 PM
  1. I expect to see the Michael Jackson plate come out within the next week.

    Posted by Mike Bus June 26, 09 01:24 PM
  1. MICHAEL HAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A GREAT ENTERTAINER. STOP TRYING TO SURPASS THINGS WITH FARRAH. I LOVED HER AS WELL, BUT MICHAEL WAS AN ECCENTRIC ICON TO SAY THE LEAST

    Posted by EMEPRESS June 26, 09 02:29 PM
 

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