July 1st, 2009
03:37 PM ET

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Fans across the globe continued to mourn Jackson today, six days after the 50-year-old singer went into cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson’s will from 2002 was filed in a Los Angeles court this morning. His mother, Katherine Jackson is named as legal guardian of his three children. Debbie Rowe, the mother of his two older kids was “intentionally omitted.”

What does it all mean? Do you have questions about what happens to Michael Jackson’s estate – valued at more than $500 million?

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  1. Kathy Maxwell

    No more, no more please on MJ. Just Bury already! Why is this still a lead story? Our daughter age 22, Whitney was scheduled to be a long term Volunteer at Mission Honduras in Las Flores, Honduras from July-December 2009. All Volunteer Activity has been suspended by Mission Honduras until further notice. More please! We are hurriedly attempting to get Whit into a local graduate program. What else are we missing in World News, as CNN is only following a "pedophile drug addict has been" who should have been jailed years ago,I am tired of be ing the money trail and stupidity trail, get it together, please

    July 2, 2009 at 5:00 am |


    July 2, 2009 at 2:38 am |
  3. Barbara da Graca

    First and foremost, MJ's honor as an entertainer is the priority.. he did give to us lots of joy with his presence and unique style.

    Personally I felt bad when _ for the first time I spotted his kids _ the first thing that came to my mouth was _ these are not his kids! My mom is brazilian mulatta, my father, French, Spanish, Brazilian white. I am olive skin for Americans but 'Ariel white' for brazilian standards with thick curly hair. Far from a 100 caucasian look, that's for sure! We are seven kids, none has a 100% caucasian neither 100% black ...

    Still, I agree::: Those kids are his, MJ's kids, regardless if he opted to have a surrogate mother, surrogate father or whatever,, just a pit that he didn't opt to have his own gorgeous native look _ what a beautiful kid he was! At first I thought the kids masks were to disguise the media attention but now I figure that it was actually a way to disguise the speculation in regard to the kids real paternity... sad that he didn't choose his own and also so many kids already born throught the world willing to be taken care of !!! Well, his choice !!!

    Somebody in a previous message somebody highlighted that MJ's hit the jackpot if he had three 'fair skin white kids'.. sorry, I missed that? What type of jackpot is that? I am half everything (as a Latin woman) and very proud of it.. there is no jackpot hidden or clear in being 100% Whatever ... unless you meant in terms of probabilities...

    In respect to his kids, I would just refrain from any comments,,, for sure they will hear about it at some point in their lives but I believe the Love And Affection they received from icon MJ was far bigger than the one many biological father ever gave to their own kids.. so true,,, Who Cares??? As we say in Brazil,,, it is not enough to be just 'a father', one needs to 'take part in fatherhood' roles... and apparently MD did it with as much of a style as he did in his pro career... Let's give chances for the 'If' word,, speculations are good but doesn't bring reality,,, maybe he did have vitiligo,, maybe he never died his skin white??? Hard to believe, I agree? But nowadays I find myself very much into the 'I know nothing'! rule...

    July 2, 2009 at 1:53 am |
  4. Blease Washington

    Hello Mr. Anderson,

    I find this interesting that when you interviewed the nurse that said Jackson asked her for drugs to help him sleep; that you and Larry King never asked her about (HIPPAA). Its my understanding that you can't talk about a patient's medical information leaving or dead. Now can this woman be charged and if so by who?

    July 2, 2009 at 1:51 am |
  5. jack

    anderson– even you have to be getting tired of reporting on jackson– and you actually look like you hate reporting on it. A one day tribute is fine, but this may go on for weeks on your guard. CNN used to be a leader. You and CNN are a joke right now.

    July 2, 2009 at 1:21 am |
  6. mary johnson

    Like him or not – I am still very sorry for the Jackson family's loss.
    He made a huge impact in crossing lines and bringing people
    together in the music industry. Needless to say, he led a very
    strange and unusual personal life which mostly consisted
    of relationships with very young children. It doesn't mean
    that he did anything inappropriate with them despite the
    previous charges against him in the past. There are always
    plenty of opportunists and gold diggers around a famous
    person looking for ways to cash in. However, when I saw
    the recent birthday party picture of his children I began to
    wonder if these children were ever exploited since they have
    never had any real contact with the outside world. How
    would they know what is considered normal or not with regard
    to physical contact? I have to admit it was a bit strange to see
    his fair haired son topless at the birthday party. Before any
    permanent custody arrangements are made, I think the court
    system should order Jackson's children to be fully examined and interviewed by outside expert top child psychologists to see if there is any evidence of emotional & physical damage due past child sexual abuse within the home. If they find any evidence of sexual abuse
    among those children, I believe they should become a ward of the State of California and adopted out with new names to another state to start a new life. Otherwise, there should be joint custody between their white and black grandmothers or grandfathers. It is high time that these children become acquainted with their biological relatives.
    And so be it...

    July 2, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  7. Dale

    I would like to know what difference it makes who the 3 children's biological parents are. Michael Jackson was their father just as would be if he adopted them from an adoption agency. I was under the impression that private invitro and surrogate issues are confidential. When Joe Smith has a child by invitro and dies would his childs biological being come into question???

    I feel that these children have suffered a great loss and have a lot to deal with in the day and weeks to come. Why cause them further pain.

    July 2, 2009 at 12:59 am |
  8. Ponle

    Death is not a Karma every body is expected to die at one point..... it is just MJ turn and we all have to deal with it ... and those saying the negative stuff.... how will u feel if people focus on the negative u did instead of the good.... What goes around comes around....so be careful of what you say about the dead.

    July 2, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  9. Kathleen Lovelady

    Re: Katherine Jackson being made guardian of the children. Michael had long ago made accusations of child abuse against his father. Since his parents are still legally married, would that not give Joe Jackson access to Michael's kids? I am also concerned about her age. Those children just lost their only parent. With their new guardian being 79 years old, I am concerned that Katherine will not live long enough to see Michael's youngest child reach his majority. It seems to me that one of Michael's siblings would have been a better choice, with the added benefit that Michael's kids would still have access to their grandmother.

    July 2, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  10. Amaiya

    I know Michael Jackson loved and trusted his mother enough to entrust his children with her, but how come Michael did not leave his children to Janet as a back up instead of Diana Ross? She's the youngest of the children and is financially stable, she also seems mentally stable as a Jackson is going to be...how come Janet did not get the kids?

    July 2, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  11. Terri

    Let's stop trashing the man. He died. too soon. He was a father, son, brother, friend to many people. The same thing happened to Elvis. Everyone was just waiting to hear the next piece of dirty gossip. Let him rest. Hopefully his family will find the answers to all their questions of what happened that dark Thursday afternoon. We don't need to know, nor are entitled to know. Sit down, put on one of his many CD's and enjoy his music. It's pretty amazing!

    July 2, 2009 at 12:34 am |
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