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September 3rd, 2009
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 09/03/09

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We have special coverage tonight of Michael Jackson's funeral. 70 days after his death the singer is finally being laid to rest. Family and friends are gathering at a cemetery in Glendale, California. We'll take you there.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Margie

    He is no longer in pain. Has anyone suffered from severe pain at all it is so difficult to control. I don't blame him for trying to find something to help him tolerate it.
    Look at his concerts: falling on knees, jumping on to the stage, the dancing. I waatched these shows in amazement.
    There were great shows but he paid a great price for them.
    His life 🙁
    Now we are celebrating it.
    Peace to you Michael, no longer in pain but filled with love,

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Catherine

    Yeah im still wondering who else besides the family will show up. He had so many friends.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  3. Angella

    Thank you for the MJ coverage. It is a sad story that those of us in this generation will remember for a long time. It will be interesting to see and hear from MJ's children 10 years from now. I believe they had a very loving father whom they will forever cherish.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Mike

    the family is finally headed to forest lawn cemetary

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Annie, Beijing, China,
    Yup! I agree!!!!!! Everywhere are so huge fan of Michael Jackson! 🙂

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. sally

    I wish he was still here just having his presence in this world was enough for me he was talented and had a good heart some people that didn't appreciate him and got close to him I wish you never got close to him because you destroyed him out of greed and you killed him and please Dr Drew stop defending doctor murray

    September 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. ericacnn

    there are still a large number of empty seats. curious who – in addition to the family – is en route.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  8. Alan Carton

    will cnn beable to pick up any audio during the ceremony?

    September 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Farewell, Michael!"

    September 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. Pauline Ont Canada

    Good Evening everyone,
    I am happy that they are finally putting Michael to rest even though I miss him so much already, the Jackson 5 was the first record I ever listened to and kept up to date on everything Michael...God Bless

    September 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. Barbara, Long Island NY

    Its good to get Dr Drew's insight

    September 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Ngoc Thao Nguyen

    evening anderson.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  13. Catherine

    Oh it is a light everyone, he just said it was a capsule light, because people might perform and talk, and it will go dark pretty soon here on the pacific coast.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  14. Vicki

    Hi Erica
    I'm so glad CNN is sharing this with us.

    RIP MJ

    September 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  15. dorothy

    Hi Anderson

    So glad you are covering this. It is now cooling off here in CA so it will be much better for those sitting outside.

    MJ will be missed tremendously. Such talent ended so soon.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Jesse Sioux Falls , SD

    I do feel so bad for his kids. It's so hard to lose a parent, but how can they cope when your father was one of most famous people in the world. RIP Michael.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    myrtle macdougall....
    Welcome to AC 360 live blog tonight, Enjoy blogging! 🙂

    September 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Kathy Priscilla

    We love Michael Jackson all around the world! I miss you,love you forever and always and I can't wait to meet you in heaven – Peru

    September 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Diane Ford

    Good evening Anderson and all. Finally the "King of Pop" will be laid to rest. His music and his enormous talents and generosity will be forever remembered. RIP MJ!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Barbara, Long Island NY

    Hi Erica

    September 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    I am watching from germany, Its 4.25 here in the morning,but i whant to show my respect to a great legand .is sombody in germany or even europan watching.too?please tell me.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  22. Anthony

    thanks AC

    September 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    This was long overdue. Was the delay due to the legal proceedings?

    September 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Sean Lintner

    I believe Michael Jackson will always be remebered for his true genius!!! I have had the chance to see him and his brothers live!!! WOW!!! His ability to write music and his live performances was magic!! I'll miss that about him. Sean

    September 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Michael Jackson looked so fragile. It really was hard to imagine him in a marathon of shows!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  26. Rania

    At 4:18 a.m from Cairo, Egypt; my condolences to MJ's family& fans. will never forget MJ the real humanitarian and the greatest & the only entertainer the world has ever known.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  27. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. thanks for blogging with us tonight

    September 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  28. Jesse Sioux Falls , SD

    Hi Anderson, Thanks for the great coverage. It's to bad we lost Michael in the way we did. He will be laid to rest in a safe and secure area of Forest Lawn. I think we wil be talking about him for a long long time.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  29. Vicki

    Hi AC

    September 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Patty A Banks, Palmdale, Ca
    Yes, Elizabeth is really wonderful lady actress, I love her so much....... She is my favorite actress.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  31. obed

    i hope michael has the peace and instority in that area i hope they give mj justice too.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Sarah

    June 25, 2009 will forever be engraved in my mind. The world has lost an icon, legend and musical mastermind! May you rest in peace Michael Jackson. May you forever sing to the angels in heaven. Anderson, I'm so glad that your team is covering MJ's funeral. It gives us the chance to process that he is actually gone and offers the closure that many of us needed!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Carol and Annie

    Thanks CNN....Can we get info about who the guests are?

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  34. Sheralyn

    Is Brooke Shields there or expected to be there?

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  35. Sue

    So glad that CNN is covering this, RIP Michael

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  36. Karen, Texas

    As a fellow medical professional, I am appalled that a physician would willingly and knowingly administer this medication (propofol) outside of the hospital setting.

    I guess I live in a world where I still believe that medical professionals are true and would never knowingly harm someone. I hope they prosecute every physician or nurse involved in MJ's addiction and then his death.

    Rest in peace now, Michael.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  37. Sharon Hastings

    In looking for the good that can come of all this, I really hope it does change prescribing practices by these physicians and that just the huge media coverage has shown a spotlight on these abuses of prescribing. And CNN has played a huge positive part in this.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Anthony

    @vicki...i believe its a clip being looped so it appears the woman is always talking to Liz.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Barbara, Long Island NY

    Hi Anderson

    September 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Erica, Joneboro,GA

    Good Evening Anderson and fellow friends. I'm ready to see Michael Jackson be laid to rest. I'm so happy that he finally has peace and will be recognized for the good in him by so many. He was a great humanitarian and sweet, loving person. It is sad the way it happened but he will live forever in our hearts. God bless his family, friends and children. Keep the music alive!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Jeff D. - Prince Edward Island, Canada

    The world was a better place because Michael Jackson was a part of it. He was a loving man who did so much good for others. His passing has saddened me greatly. May he find eternal peace and may he watch over us as we remember him and know how much we love and miss him. Thank you, Micheal.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. Annie, Beijing, China

    Hey~Megan Dresslar, MJ's fans everywhere.
    I think, for all fans, Michael Jackson (1958-FOREVER)

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  43. Anthony

    @maria- i was wondering the same thing!!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    @ Patty A Banks, Palmdale, Ca

    Patty, It's very good to see you in live blog and I agree with you... Liz Taylor looks gorgeous! She looks so sweet and delicate!

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  45. obed

    we miss you michael please be safe i love you're show cooper

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Once again I have to congratulate CNN for an amazing coverage

    September 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Dr. Drew and Depak Chopra have discussed a side of the entertainment industry that I guess only insiders know about. Everything looks so good on the outside for so many in that world. Until they don't.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  48. andersoncnn

    evening everyone...

    September 3, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. JesseFSD

    I am glad that he is being laid to rest. In a secure area, such a wonderful place, Forest Lawn.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  50. Gloria Watson

    My heart and soul goes out to MJ"s kids and family.We lost our beloved son and future daughter in law in a double homicide in 2004.Losing one's child hollows out a parents soul.Keep God in your hearts and soul doing this is the only way to get through such pain.The Watson family,St Joseph Mo We love you all.

    September 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
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