July 7th, 2009
08:02 PM ET

Michael Jackson's memorial program cover

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Editor's Note: This is the program cover for Michael Jackson's memorial, earlier today. For the latest on the King of Pop’s death and for coverage of his memorial , tune in to AC360° tonight 10p ET.

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  1. spiderpoman

    Michael Jackson is the king of pop and lives forever in my heart

    July 9, 2009 at 1:11 am |
  2. meemee

    I am heartbroken about his death. All to soon. Wanted to see him in his old age. Never will have the chance to see him in concert. He was my first play boyfriend. Its all surreal. I am now waiting for his accusers to grow up and speak the truth. He's not guilty of the controversy. If he was guilty why take the money. Hog wash. Justice was not served for MJ. I know his concert/tour would have redeemed him. I pray for the children's sake that those boys will speak the truth about the plot to destroy MJ's image as a global icon. MJ was bigger than life. His legacy is that the world is diverse and beautiful, he proved that with his wives and children. MJ carried touch much, his love for humanity is up there with the pope. MJ pray for the world to move forward in love like you did. RIP.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  3. Juliet

    Thank you Michael for your music and for your love. Thank you to Michael’s parents for giving us Michael for 50 years.
    We are so sorry that he left us so soon but we are grateful for the time he spent with us.
    Long live Michael Jackson. Now that Michael is at rest please people LEAVE HIM ALONE. You know who you are.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  4. Diane

    With all the talk of how it cost 4 million dollars for the memorial. Why doesn't the city or ASE sell the memorial program to help pay for the cost. There are a lot of fans out there that would love to have one, including myself. I would not mind paying the city $100.00 for the program knowing that it help pay for the wonderful tribute for Micheal Jackson. I refuse to pay the prices that people who were privelged enough to attend the memorial are making selling them on ebay. I find this very distasteful and disrepectful. Why should they make a profit on Micheal's death.
    My heartful prayers go out to his children, they will have to grow up listening to the garbage said about their father. How very sad!

    July 8, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  5. abraham

    I just wish why anybody didnt publicise his charity contribution when he was alive especially during his bad times.the world didnt really know how much he has done for humanitarian causes.blessed be his soul

    July 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  6. K. Owens

    I really hope that AEG or whomever was responsible for producing the memorial book will open it up for sale to the public. Perhaps this will keep those who were blessed enough to receive one in attendance of this event free from the temptation of trying to profiting from the memories.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  7. kim

    Does AEG or the Jackson family plan to release the MJ Memorial program to the public, for sale. I hope that they decide to do so because many people would like to have this as a remembrance of Michael.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  8. crystal

    My family , and I are very saddened over the loss of Michael Jackson
    he was and still is the number one and unchallengable icon and king of pop. He and his music will live on forever .I feel really bad for the fact that there are so many supposed fans already selling their memorial programs ,That's really disrepectful I don't believe Michael
    Jackson would like that. His fan's are making profit on the FREE programs given out in his remembrance. I really wish I had that chance to be there with my 9 yr. old son who adored Michael Jackson
    and get the chance to get a memorial program a piece of the king's history. well it definitely won't be from ebay how sad!!!!

    July 8, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  9. Rebecca

    I've never blogged a day in my life. I have been a Michael Jackson fan for way over 30 yrs. I didn't jump on the band wagon when he died. Through his high and lows I've been a fan. Michael was a caring and sensative soul. He really cared about people and the issued that effect people. He really loved children and thought that every child should be happy. I truly loved his music. I'ts hard to image that this musical genius is really gone. The memorial was a wonderful tribute and I thank the Jackson Family for sharing there private moment with us. My prayer are with the Jackson family and especially the children. I pray thatt he children will finally be left alone.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  10. Suni

    Since I heard that MJ died I have been obcessed with this story. I watched his memorial service and suddenly MJ became a man not just a music icon. Although MJ spent his lifetime shielding his children from the public I think it was good for the children to be with their family to remember the good things about their father.

    The media/fan needs to understand that the children now need their space to adjust to whatever comes next. As we know ,what comes next will be difficult for the family and the children. There will be plenty of chances to see the family in the courts battling over the estate and the children.

    After I saw Paris speak, I felt that this man was a man and if this were my father I would need the time to grieve in private. For the sake of the children the media needs to give them space. My obcession is now cured after seeing Paris speak, I do not want to contibute the distruction of these children. I understand now how hard it may have been for MJ not to have a normal childhood and I can see the lenghths MJ went to give his children out of the media. I hope CNN can set the trend not to show more pictures of the children, their father was famous, not them, give them space to gieve and grow up normal.


    July 8, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  11. Laura NYC

    I watched your coverage yesterday...thank you for not interrupting the memorial with commentary and commercials. Like any human, MJ was a complex person and it was nice not to have him psychoanalyzed by the media during the service. Well, at least by CNN.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  12. Marva Curtain

    I grew up listening to the Jackson 5, am only two years older than MJ. Those were some great times and even when he went solo were greater. I just wished that his brothers could have shared the greatest with him. There was a statement his brother Jermaine made and I feel that it was so true, I felted that MJ and Jermaine were so close, that when Jermaine left the group it truly broke MJ heart. Keeping making that electrifiying music up in heaven MJ for you are now their King of Pop, and you will forever be our King of Pop here on earth. RIP DADDY Love and Honor Marva 1

    July 8, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  13. Patrice Wullschleger

    I am so thankful for the networks for showing Michael Jackson's memorial. Most of the time we are shut out of sharing in these events for the people we all have grown up with and loved. This memorial let us all share in saying our goodbyes. It was a wonderful moving service. Thank You.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  14. Regina

    Anderson, I loved when you said "A fatherless child thinks all things possible and nothing is safe." I lost my father at 13 yrs old, so I understand how Michael's daughter feels. To the world he was MJ, Jacko, The King of Pop, etc. but to her he was just "Dad" and Dads make you feel safe and she's lost that now.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  15. K Douce

    I am a huge Michael fan, and watched the memorial and couldn't stop crying..I learned things about Michael I didn't even know...and love him even more for that.....I feel that he may have suffered allot of pain, but this pain was in his heart from everything this man has had to go through......This is a man who spent most of his life trying to defend himself...And for the people who made millions off of him, they should be ashamed of themselves....He will be forever missed, but NEVER forgotten, by people who truly love him from all over the world.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  16. Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada

    Is it possible to get a copy of the memorial program ???

    July 8, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  17. Wes Singleton

    To the Jackson family, we pray that you find resolution and acceptance of Michael’s death. A beautiful man indeed. We pray your memories of him stay etched in your souls forever and ever and you share some of them for it too will help others heal and smile and let it be known Michael is at peace with God. He will be truly missed love and take care of each other. Stay Blessed. Our Love Wes, Lyia, Hailey & Monte’ Singleton

    July 8, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  18. Wes Singleton

    I've been trying too find out if Michael's program will be released to the public and where can I purchase one.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  19. Milani

    Thanks Michael for your music, We will miss you........

    July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  20. David

    As I sat and watched the memorial for Michael Jackson – I felt a hole in my heart and yet joy in my soul. I saw who was speaking....I heard what they were saying....and I felt their words touch me deeply. I never knew this man personally and yet I felt a loss, a true

    I never realized how much I really am linked to Michael.
    As he grew up – I grew up.
    As he sang – I sang along with him.
    As he wrote the words to his many songs ...I internalized many of those messages.
    And as he danced – I stood by and watched as we all have done all these years...... in amazement.

    Michael reminded us that we should all ask ourselves.... "Have you seen my childhood?" remembering to capture the joy and innocence of our early years.

    Let's celebrate Michael's life in a small way by liberating our own inner child.

    I think among the many lessons from today is for all of us to really :
    "LOOK" at the MAN IN THE MIRROR.......
    See how he can , in some way help to HEAL THE WORLD -...
    and remember that, together, we can overcome almost anything if we just set our minds to BEAT IT.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  21. jeremy rotterdam

    MJ was more then icon, he was the other word for music. I had so much joy in watching his videoclips, he was the reincarnation from someone that lived his life too short.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  22. kertisha tonge

    Michael im going to pay more tribute to you I might go back to the apoollo theater just to see you and write more things down no matter what ill always love you michael jackson.
    You mean the whole world to me love you may god rest your gental soul.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  23. james from DAR ES SALAAM

    It was the most memorable moment to join fellow citizens of the world pay Tribute to one of thier own. I was deeply touched by the splendid show, song after song ,speech after speech and finally the message from his daughter Paris , may God give them courage at this difficult time and may MJ's soul rest in eternal peace Amen.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  24. T. C.

    My family and I was very pleased of everything AC360 has done on Michael Jackson and his family. Thank you for being a great program. We will miss Michael Jackson and all of his wonderful work on this earth. We are praying for his kids, mother, father, sister, brother and everyone else in his family. R.I.P. Michael Jackson

    July 8, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  25. Abimbola

    Michael Jackson...Star of stars. The Beautiful Soul. Earth's loss, Heaven's gain. He came, he CHANGED, he conquered! Rest in true love Michael.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  26. Maria

    For Michael, I will always love your songs and the dance moves that you do, especially the caring and loving for the people arround the wold. Rest and peace . I will pray for his family . My family love Michael. Anderson good job by the way.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:55 am |
  27. Juanita From Arizona

    This is the way i remember Michael and when he was a small child with his brothers on thr Ed Sullivan Show. I will always love Michael's music and all he shared with the world. RIP Michael

    July 8, 2009 at 6:46 am |
  28. Revathi

    Michael Jackson is a messenger from god to open everyone's eye by spreading his love, care and devotion to his family, his children and fans as an entertainer which made him to be a King Of Pop.
    MJ gave his joy to the world but no to himself.
    MJ is the History in the entertainment world which will be remembered forever....who had Gone Too Soon........

    July 8, 2009 at 6:16 am |
  29. judy

    I recently lost my husband. He was a prominent photographer within our community. So I can deeply understand the loss the family is feeling.
    BUT, the coverage of someone that says himself on tape to have had children in his bed puts in my mind the elemination of "King" of anything. Payoffs...make it go away and go on with living it up.

    The drugs I can get over, it's not easy being in the public eye every living moment, and trying to wind down when alone. I get that. But the immense coverage of a petafile??? Come on get real. I need to know. Is it just show business as usual? If so why so much coverage on national news shows.
    So sorry but I need to know.
    Thank you very much.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:08 am |
  30. chantsee

    Michael Jackson was truly a wonder. In this world of so much distruction,chaos, wars, hunger and pain it is rare to find someone of such global popularity who seems to care from his true being about his fellow man. I also struggle to understand why, for all of the good he accomplished and all that he helped feed, entertain,comfort and care for, it seems a sad tale told that one so giving was treated and handled so roughly by so many. He was truly an extraordinary being, with a special kind of love that does not come around very often in ones lifetime. It is amazing to me how the the love he felt and longed to share was and is complete in his music and how his true passion comes through.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:41 am |
  31. Ramon

    Michael is an icon, he is alive and he is forever in our hearts.
    We love you Michael.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:37 am |
  32. hzlidhny

    I thought the coverage was Great..I really liked what Al Sharpton said,Also the quote Anderson said about Fathers..I lost my dad 12 yrs ago seems like yesterday.Michael Jackson is and will always be the King of Pop.We loved him but God loved him more..RIP Michael, you are Amazing.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:00 am |
  33. Wanda Snell

    My prayers goes out to the Jackson Family ,may God keep you and his peace Comfort you for ever, Mr. Jackson is in a much better place. God is waiting at the Gates for him and there it will be no crying or suffering he will for ever be in my heart. It was a beauitful Memorial and i know he would have love it so much. Micheal I love you and thanks for your unfailing love for everone.

    Peace Wanda

    July 8, 2009 at 4:56 am |
  34. Stacey White

    Michael Jackson definitely has a huge fanbase. As a kid Michael's songs were landmarks in my life. I met my best friend listening to his music. I never met him & I wish I could have, but because of how his music made me feel, I felt that I had already met him. Not just trying to imitate his moves, I felt like I was him in a way. When he passed on, I felt this kind of hurt like something was missing from me. I love you Mike! You'll always get play in my ride!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:51 am |
  35. anthony

    Let us give those that deserve their roses while they live to that we do appreciate them

    July 8, 2009 at 4:45 am |
  36. Terry

    The memorial for Michael Jackson was very appropriate. The only detractor was Al Sharpton. Give him a camera to put his ugly mug in front of and he will embarrass himself. He is one person no intelligent person will miss when he is gone.

    July 8, 2009 at 4:26 am |
  37. rachelle

    We waited this live memorial, me and my sister, were from Philippines. It started @ 1:00 in the morning. We cried in the first part up to the last part, our heart is aching. I couldn't still believe he left us.. Thank you because without this coverage, we missed the most important person in our life. WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL.. YOU'RE REMAIN IN OUR HEART!!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:20 am |
  38. Richard Carter from Minnesota

    I just can stop thinking why is it that good things don’t last? Since I heard of Micheal’s death, to me, it not real. Till now I can’t believe he’s dead. If god could be question or ask for a favor this is one thing I would ask Him(God) to do.Bring Micheal back please.

    July 8, 2009 at 4:18 am |
  39. Cody

    Me and my family are deeply sadden by the loss of the King of Pop Michael Jackson. He was an amazing artist and made amazing music. It was very noticeable that he always put 110% in all of his performances. I had a hard time watching the memorial service and I recorded the service. I bow my head in a moment of silence and celebrate the life of a true legend Michael Jackson.

    July 8, 2009 at 4:18 am |
  40. pradnya

    I worshipped and adored Michael Jackson.........Life without him is devastating and unimaginable!!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:23 am |
  41. Edith Duarte

    I wonder, was Michael Jordan among the guest at Michael Jackson's memorial? I didn't see any comment from Jordan in CNN. I love their video, Jam. It's just superb, the way Jackson teach Jordan the moves.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:21 am |
  42. brenda

    he had a killer smile,it was infectious,i couldnt stop sobbing,i cried through out the service,thanx anderson for the wonderful coverage.i cant believe he is gone.love yo michael and our prayers are with the kids

    July 8, 2009 at 3:00 am |
  43. Jeffrey Bryant

    I grew up in Southern Louisiana when I first started listening to Micheal. The first song I ever heard was "Ben'. I then followed his music all of my life. I also moved to Southern California (North Hollywood). I grew up listening to all his music. His brothers and him were and still are great. Today we celebrate his life, some sadness but more smiles and happiness. That's the influence he left on us. He was good at that. I believe when a person puts them self out into this life we live in this way, it plants a seed in us and it grows and puts growth in whatever its meaning is and gives us hope and inspiration. We cling to it and it puts something inside of us to strive in, to have hope in, to believe in something. He did this to and for a lot of us. Not just here where we live in the United States, but throughout the world. His ability to do and be this way is a gift that God gives to certain people that He can use to bring hope to others in something. Whatever it may be, it gives others that feeling. He planted that seed in so many people around the world. This means he is special and has a special gift that produces fruit to many. He is still here in someway. He is happier now than he will ever will be. His continues his walk in his life in Christ. He will make it there. Another part of his spiritual life has just begun. We love you Micheal. We always will. Thank You for the music, the hope and inspiration that you brought to all of us all of our lives. May God Bless You & Forever Keep You. Thank You Again...Jeff Bryant

    July 8, 2009 at 2:37 am |
  44. Linda Gutierrez

    Loved the memorial. What a great way to Honor The King of Pop. USHER was awesome, love the song – Gone Too Soon! Paris, she was brave and I know she will be a strong young lady along with her brothers. Looking at them, they just seem so close and they need eachother at this time. When my husband passed away, my daughter was the same age as Paris, and my 3 kids have shown to be strong and he would be proud of them, just as Michael will be proud of his 3 kids. Great tribute, will never forget it.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:36 am |
  45. John

    Thank you Jackson family for allowing Michael's fans the chance to share in the memorial with the live feeds. Shame on all attendees that ran home to place memorial programs on ebay and craigslist attempting to profit from Michael's death.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:30 am |
  46. Lori

    I'm watching the late version of the show. It's beautiful. Thank you.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:30 am |
  47. Antony Butukaine Kamukama

    Bye Micheal....your springboarding to heaven, was emotional to humanity. But i think animals too felt twiches. I held tears in between, until your beautiful PARIS, a gift left to us, teared the whole world....Antony Kamukama. Boston MA USA.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  48. lola

    i think memorial was awonderful going home service. god bless the jackson family . this service showed the world that jesus is soon to come back to the world to take all those that believe in him to heaven. those who do not believe will be left behind here on earth. god is real . the devil is real. god loves us the devil hates us.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:27 am |
  49. Kay

    It was the summer of 1970 when I first heard the Jackson 5 on the am radio. I was 11 going on 12 years old. Brings back a lot of memories. Michael is only two weeks young than I. He is like a part of my family, like a brother. We are all devastated by his untimely death. He is in our hearts because he was a large part of our lives. My oldest son is 30 and I have a picture of my son when he was 5 wearing a "beat it" shirt. I remember him telling me when he was 9 years old that he wanted to be Michael Jackson when he grew up!! lol. My son is a song writer and musician. Michael was such an inspiration with his God given talents. We will miss him and also, remember him. Only people with the evilest of minds could think of Michael in a bad way. He was and will always be the best!! RIP Michael. We love and will miss you so much.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  50. Sabrina

    Today I like to express my sincere condolences to the entire Jackson Family, his Children and friends. Today Michaels Memorial Service proved that although some say in many parts of the world love has waxed cold and what little love is left is becoming so scarce and or comes with a price to obtain it, that it doesn't exist. That unity is a thing solely related to obtaining selfish goals, or some violent movement to get a point across. But to anyone who watched his service should have realised that when real unconditional love and unity is put together it can free, heal, deliver and move anything. Love is not a thing of the past but of the now. We as people need to reach out to one another not just in celebration of a life lost, but to ensure the continuation of it. If we can only believe in more than just the tangible and reach to a God who,loves each one of us with our differences and faults we can rid the world of its evil power and truly Heal the World making it a better place. God Bless You Micheal, his Children, family, fans and friends. May the Peace of God rule in your hearts...

    July 8, 2009 at 2:23 am |
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