June 25th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/25/09

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Tonight on 360°, remembering the King of Pop. Family, friends and fans are shocked by the death of Michael Jackson. He collapsed at his home in Los Angeles, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to his brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center. Michael Jackson was 50.

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  1. Jocarie

    rest in paradise Michael Jackson.
    I guess Heaven couldnt wait after all.
    you & your music will live on forever.

    *now rockin to butterflies, break of dawn & heaven can wait*

    40 years of nothing but awesome music.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  2. Mustafa Khan

    Today marks a sad day in history. Michael you were the best at what you did, your music and dance moves are legendary. And there is no words to describe the great joy you brought this world. You will always be the greatest performer to ever lived, you will be missed dearly. R.I.P Michael.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  3. Djayla

    it is extremely sad that michael jackson passed away! im only 13yrs. old but i loved his music an i learned alot of dance moves from him. People have talked about him in good and bad ways but overall michael was a warm hearted person. i think alot of his problems were emotional an he was very lonely. i lost my icon today but his dance moves will always be with me!!!!!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  4. kathy brooks

    I grew up on long island and remember the jackson 5 from right on magazine. I'm 51 and when i heard michael had died, i was very sad. i feel like i lost a childhood friend. I called my friends from highschool tonight and we are all mourning. I'll always remember him and love him. He was a big part of my life!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  5. david h grubb

    this has been a real heart breaker for me. i grew up with michael. it really is a great loss for the whole world. rest in peace my brother. dave

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  6. Vanessa

    The world has lost a very talented man. Some people wanted to give him a hard time because he was different but he was magical. His music was amazing and intriguing. It's shocking to hear of this loss

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  7. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That was beautiful, Anderson!

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  8. Jody Todd

    Totally shocked is all that I can say. I grew up listening to Michael born the same year as he, I followed him from childhood until today. My first 45 record was "I'll be there". I loved each and everyone of his songs. He was there for all of us for over 45 years. God Bless You Michael......you will be forever missed.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  9. Nattada, Houston TX

    Thank you AC360 for the second hour love blog.

    I wish everyone a good night and sleep tight in a sad night like this.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  10. Ivan

    Hello Everybody,

    I'm from Costa RIca(Central America). Every person is very shocked here about Jackson's death.

    I have not seen so much sadness about a person's death since John Paul I's death.

    Definitely very sad news.

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  11. Ron Stevens

    I just want to say that today the world lost one of it's greatest sons. Michael was the bright and shinning star in the sky that we all aimed to reach for whether you were an artist or not. He had an unparalleled and infectious way of making us dance. He leaves us with his memories of music, dance and his warmth for people and the world. Michael we will always Rock With You! God Bless!

    Toronto, Canada

    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  12. Lena Franklin

    No one will be able to put everything Micheal Jackson has accomplished in his life time into words. His life will not be remembered by the scandals and negitive moments because he has always lived through his music. It's sad to see someone taken from this earth as such a young person.But we see people all across the globe celebrating the life of a man who was saw the potential in the world and brought out the potential in himself. I grew up in what will hopefully not be the last generation to listen and love his music but one of many . Although not long lived his legacy will be eternal because no one will ever top of Micheal Jackson he was the greatest.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  13. Sharon S

    Thanks for the great show tonight on Michael it was wonderful that you guys pulled all this together on such short notice!!
    Great show!

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |

    Can't believe MJ is dead, I mean, he had his own share of contraversies, but when it comes to the stage, no one will ever match him.

    R.I.P MJ

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  15. Genelle

    I'm truley saden by what happen to micheal jackson but even though he may be gone physically he will be missed by many mentally and he will stay in our hearts for years to come I miss you micheal and we love you!!!!!!!! R.I.P Genelle

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  16. Kathy, CO

    The world will always remember what they were doing when they heard about the loss of Michael Jackson! I am so devastated by his passing and my thoughts go out to his family. All of us will feel the loss of this amazing person. We will miss you, Michael!!

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  17. Joylin

    Hello Anderson, I am in Guyana South America. today began a very happy day for me, my mom became 56 and we cooked a wonderful meal together, then we turned on our television and almost immediately we both began to cry, at this point it was not yet confired, but we were fearful that it could be true. We said a prayer and hoped for the best. i grew up with Michael, he was and will always be a part of our family.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  18. Patty S

    Michael Jackson a true legend he will forever be missed but we should thank you for leaving us such great and unforgetable music that we can continue to enjoy! R.I.P Michael.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  19. Donna

    Farrah Fawcett deserves the tributes tonight. She fought a very tough fight and remained positive until the end. She made her fight very public to help those suffering as she was. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
    I'm sad that her passing is being overshadowed.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  20. Karyn

    Michael Jackson is a legend and can never be replaced. The only good that can come out of this loss is that he will finally be at peace and he will no longer need to defend himself on a daily basis. I hope his children can tell the world what a great father he was to them someday and his greatness will out-shine the controversy.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  21. Dodie ~ California

    Thanks Anderson! Great News Cast tonight!

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  22. Carol Johnson, Columbus,Ga

    I grew up loving Michael Jackson's music and videos, Michael Jackson was a true entertainer and music icon, I send prayers and thoughts to the family , he will be missed around the world. May he rest in peace

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  23. Danna Wessels

    I too was born in 1958 and grew up listening to the Jackson 5 and followed Michael Jackson's Career every step of the way. One particulairly early fond memory I have is reading Archie Comic Books at my mother's hair salon while waiting with my sister, and listening to the Jackson 5 on a staticky radio nearby. I loved him then and will never stop loving his music!

    Boulder, Colorado

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  24. Gillian Balasia

    It's really a shocking news for me. I grew up and MJ is part of my life...childhood to adulthood. I was a fan ever since I saw him and listened to his songs. Now I am so lucky for seeing his concert here in the Philippines. MJ is the best performer. The best singer,dancer and actor. He puts his heart and soul in everthing he does. No matter what other people say,and accuse him of negatives things, I love Michael Jackson! Rest in peace brother...you are in the safe hands of our Almighty now.- gillian from Philippines

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  25. Brenda McGimpsey

    My deepest condolences go out to the family of Michael.
    Wouldn't it be fitting if he was able to be laid to rest at his beloved Neverland Ranch.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  26. Regena Navidad (from Myrtle Beach,S.C.)

    I am so in shock of Michael Jackson's death I love him I have always been a fan.He was great I am sad for him and I am sad for his family.Michael has always stayed real even through all the hard times.Thats what makes him so wonderful and great.It makes my heart hurt to hear of his death.He will always be loved and missed. May he rest in the hands of God.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  27. Nadine Manjaro

    Can we celebrate the accomplishments of Michael Jackson instead of focusing on un-proven accusations? Let the man rest in peace. The crazy thing about this society is that we like to put people on pedastals and then tear them down. We dont need to hear from detractors who want to be in the spot light. If Michael Jackson did anything that he was accused of then God will judge him.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  28. Tina Reece

    Michael, I literally grew up with you. I was just born in 1968 when the Jacksons really began to perform. I will never forget how excited I was when the tickets to the Victory Tour were delivered to my home in the mid 80's. I thought I was going to pop. I still have that poster. You will truly be missed. There will never, ever be another Michael Jackson. The great music you blessed us with will live on. I pray that you now have the peace and acceptance you've always wanted.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  29. Brian Bennett - Little Rock, AR

    Hey, Anderson –

    Have you guys heard anything about word that Michael Jackson left his rights to the Beatles' back catalog to Paul McCartney?

    I read that a few minutes ago online, but haven't heard this mentioned in any respect in any of the coverage thus far.

    Assuming that's true, that would have to be the ultimate act of coolness ever. Then, again, we are talking about Michael Jackson here.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  30. kay

    first farrah and now i turn on cnn and i see that michael has left us. this is all so sad. I have followed michael jackso since he started out w/his brothers...it was the first album i bought ever! he was so talented yet lived a semi tourtered life.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  31. Daria

    The world has lost a great icon we are all saddened by Michael's passing......but we should not let Michael Jackson's death overshadow the life and legacy of Farrah Fawcett. She to was an icon in her own rite that suffered and made the public aware of her own struggle with CANCER....... She is a "real" hero to those who are figting the daily fight. God bless you, my you know you've helped many along a bumpy road....Thanks, Farrah

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  32. Lorena

    The world today has lost a great music legend. I could not believe the news when I heard it. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  33. Bleo

    I just cannot believe this.
    Im so sad help me baby

    June 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  34. Cliff

    No one wil reach the level of MJ and Thriller. Glad I was here to experience it first hand. Now the crazy stories will probably come out. I say, let him rest in peace. RIP

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  35. Sweet, Philippines

    i was shocked when i heard the news...i'm sad...i still couldn't believe it....my prayers go out to Michael's loved ones...

    a total performer...a great artist...you will be missed, Michael...Goodnight Michael....

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  36. J Barham

    I keep reading and hearing people say that MJ was "one of the greatest entertainers of all time". I am not a pop music fan. But I really cannot think of anyone that surpasses him in terms of pure performanceship on stage. I suppose it is never wise to say definitively that anyone was the "greatest" at anything. But I cannot imagine any musician or singer today would take offense at the comment, "MJ was the greatest performer of all time". He was. He just was. Perhaps someday, someone else will take over that title. But not today.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  37. Connie

    I am not surprised by the news, but I am still saddened by it. I appreciate the great music that Michael contributed, but I understand that he was a very complicated individual that was dealing with some very serious personal issues. He was after all...human. I only hope that he may now rest in peace.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  38. Debby

    God bless you Michael.. You were a treasure; a precious gift from God on loan for a short while. Your kindness, compassion and love inspired us all.. Rest in the arms of God

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  39. Tina

    I can't believe I'm typing this. I remember feeling this way after Princess Di died. Michael is and always will be the 'King of Pop'. I pray for his children and family during this very difficult time being played out, in a way, publicly. God speed.....

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  40. La

    Hi from Guyana, this truly is a sad day, Michael Jackson truly was the king of POP and a legend, I still can't believe the news, we will never forget MJ and he will live on in our hearts for many more generations to come, I'm so sadden, In Loving Memory, We will never forget you, Love Always.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  41. Sarah Samy

    I'm shocked. Micheal Jackson was such a legend and a big inspiration. May god bring peace on his soul. There will never be another micheal jackson in this world's history ever again. No doubt about that. I love you Micheal Jackson! you maybe gone but your music is still very much there.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  42. Errol Pilgrim, Journalist, Trinidad

    I not only benefitted from experiencing the early genius of Michael Jackson when he and his brothers gave a live performance at their first and only live concert in Port of Spain in the early seventies, I also had the pleasure of interviewing Michael during that historic visit to Trinidad. Even then, as a kid, his brilliant mind was already evident. Here in the Caribbean he will be sorely missed.

    June 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
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