June 29th, 2009
02:28 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Michael Jackson at one of his last rehearsals

Editor's Note: In these handout photos provided by AEG/Concerts West choreographer/director Michael Jackson rehearses for his 'This Is It' tour. See images from some of his final rehearsals at the Staples Center on June 24th, and May 6, 2009 in Burbank, California with choreographer/director Kenny Ortega. Tune in tonight to see more from Michael Jackson's final rehearsals.

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  1. Anita Lott

    Wouldn't it have been great if we had told him how much we loved him and how great an artist we think he was while he was still alive? Everyone has an opinion about how strange he might have been but before you judge him or his actions, put yourself in his life. He didn't get to be a normal kid, or have normal friends, or live a normal life. Of course any of us would want his money but would we want to give up our freedom for it. There was no where on earth he could go that he wasn't recognized, so where was he supposed to go to get a break from the stress. Without a frame of reference similar to his, didn't we judge him a bit harshly? Try to remember to walk a mile in someone's shoes before you condemn them for being different.

    June 30, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  2. kavana

    It makes me more depressed everytime i see Michael's photos. It's indeed a massive lost. This will not be seen/watched anymore. I hope that they filmed or recorded Michael's last rehearsal and release it on DVD.

    Michael, even you were not able to perform once again, you've already done your part. You already proved to the world that you really have God given Talents. you're one of the greatest Performers.You've served your purpose already. Thank you so much for the Music. Where ever you are right now i want you to know that you were Loved by Millions. We will continue your Legacy. Your Music will live forever. Thank you and May you finally found peace with the LORD.

    June 30, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  3. hoboduke

    It was amazing to see him perform in concert back in 1980's. You could tell he was doing what he loved in these pictures. We loved Luther Vandros, and we loved Michael Jackson.

    June 30, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  4. courtney

    awww, great pictures.
    we all grew up with MJ and his music, it's weird and unfair that he's gone at 50. i will miss him.

    June 30, 2009 at 3:33 am |
  5. nic

    do they have videos of his last days?

    June 30, 2009 at 3:12 am |
  6. Marie Forrest

    Michael, you can be Peter Pan now…. XOXO

    June 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  7. yee

    thanks for sharing those last few pictures of Michael.

    June 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  8. betti

    There is one picture here that shows the true deterioration of MJ health: it is the picture where the dancers have their right arm extended and reaching for the sky at a 180 degree, MJ is not able to extend his arm so;also , he is not using his right arm. The other thing I noticed is that the left hip is higher than the right.

    June 29, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  9. Isabel, Brazil

    Beautiful picutures of the Michael Jackson!

    It is only sad that in the midst of so many beautiful tributes, there are so many stories sensationalist and speculations.

    June 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    Its too bad that concert tour will never happen now. It looks like from these pictures that Michael was really into the concert and that it was going to be exciting.

    June 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  11. Marie Forrest

    Michael, means he who is like God. He was like a child in so many ways... and also... THE MAN IN THE MIRROR. In that, he was a reflection of our society's eagerness to tear someone down, just because we fail to understand them. Jesus was also, like god, child-like... will we learn.

    One of my first thoughts after he died was... well, Michael, you can be Peter Pan now....

    My heart goes out to the children Michael cherished, and his family and friends. Just as someone who grew up with his magic, music, image, spirit.... I miss him already.

    In another life, Michael....


    June 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  12. Broken

    To the part of you that brought us your talented singing, writing, dancing as never before known, RIP, Michael Jackson.

    June 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  13. Janine from PA.

    Much better then seeing the photo of him lying on the guerney probably dead. Send my sympathy to his family and I hope all the fans can remember his call for peace and love and follow that for the rest of their lives.

    June 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  14. Vickey

    He looked good in pics did not observe anything unusual.

    June 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  15. Ed Hubble Somewhere in Ca.

    Being a Grdpa of 11, it saddens me to see a father self destruct.[ like self ] However America media, and comedians have spent 10+yrs eatin Michael up Now we will get 10 yrs of his selfdestruction and anything else that sells. A Legend ? All due respect to the Jackson family at the worse times of their lifes.but Was that Jessie J. gettin his 10 min.

    June 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  16. marlsunshine

    I remember 2 Michael Jacksons' .the fiest one was an amazing singer, dancer, performer,philanthropist. The 2nd. was a sick and debilitated man. Drugs, allegations, arrests,too many plastic surguries. It's a damn shame. I truly do believe he was exploited as a child.They do say children that were molested as children ,become molesters in adulthood. It's almost a given. I still lved all his music,and performances. I hope that know he may rest in peace.All that fame at such a young age can kill a man and now we know it's true.

    June 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
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