Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

The world is still reeling from the unexpected death of pop icon Michael Jackson, but his fans around the world had one last chance to say goodbye to the artist during a touching ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Center on July 7.

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TV.com's transcript of the Michael Jackson memorial service live blog
9:45 a.m. Welcome to TV.com's live coverage of the Michael Jackson memorial service! We're tuned in to CNN, and they've reported that the service has been pushed back to 1:30 ET/10:30PT.

9:49 a.m. Looks like people are already being seated! And there are bootleggers outside ... weird.

9:53 a.m. Where are you watching the memorial?

9:57 a.m. Now they're reporting that the service is about to begin at its scheduled time. Less than five minutes away!

10:00 a.m. Staples Center is packed! It's pretty beautiful to see everyone turn out for the event, despite work schedules, travel issues and personal beliefs. It's a celebration of Michael Jackson's life, after all.

10:05 a.m. Who was Michael Jackson to you?

10:07 a.m. Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson and others are scheduled to perform -- what better way to celebrate the King of Pop than with more music?

10:10 a.m. Do you know anyone who's attending the service? How far did they travel to be there?

10:13 a.m. Smokey Robinson is the first speaker. What a quote: "Thank you, Katherine and Joe, for sharing your son with the world."

10:16 a.m. 1.5 million tried to get 11,000 tickets. That's a tribute in itself.

10:20 a.m. There's a pause in the service, but it'll be back on soon. The anticipation builds -- just like it did during his concerts.

10:23 a.m. How much do you think the yearbook-style programs will go for on eBay?

10:26 a.m. How will the performers honor Michael Jackson? We're betting that Mariah Carey sings "I'll Be There" and that Usher moonwalks.

10:31 a.m. Did you know that residents of New York, Florida and Rhode Island were not allowed to participate in the online ticket lottery? It had to do with state-specific sweepstakes rules.

10:35 a.m. Michael Jackson would have loved that gospel choir -- he featured voices like theirs in "Will You Be There."

10:37 a.m. Rev. Lucious Smith speaking now.

10:40 a.m. Mariah does her beautiful rendition of "I'll Be There," as predicted, with Trey Lorenz, who's doing some solid justice to the falsetto notes in the song.

10:45 a.m. Queen Latifah now, speaking on behalf of fans, adds her smile to the somber but respectful mood.

10:47 a.m. Quoting Maya Angelou: "He gave us all he had been given."

10:50 a.m. Lionel Richie now, singing "Jesus is Love" with more soul than he's had in quite awhile. Here's a throwback to the "We Are The World" days.

10:55 a.m. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records: "He was the consummate student. He studied the greats and then became greater."

10:59 a.m. What was your favorite Jackson 5 #1? "I'll Be There," "ABC," "I Want You Back" or "The Love You Save"?

11:02 a.m. What do you think of the ambiance in the Staples Center? Is it respectful? Subdued? Flashy? Not flashy enough?

11:03 a.m.Gordy, again: "He was the greatest entertainer that ever lived."

11:05 a.m. Watching this dance-moves montage is like being at a dozen concerts -- it covers everything!

11:07 a.m. Stevie Wonder: "This is a moment that I wished I didn't live to see come."

11:10 a.m. Stevie Wonder, wonderful as usual, sings "Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer."

11:13 a.m. Do you think that Michael Jackson would have liked costume tributes? We expected a few fedoras and white gloves ...

11:16 a.m. Kobe Bryant & Magic Johnson, two Laker greats, now talking about Michael Jackson's philanthropy. Remember the time Magic Johnson was in a Michael Jackson video?

11:21 a.m. Jennifer Hudson sings "Will You Be There," one of Michael Jackson's most powerful songs.

11:24 a.m. But Michael's voice remains at the end of the song, as in the original version.

11:26 a.m. Rev. Al Sharpton speaking now about the strength of the Jackson family. He definitely puts the "rev" -- as in "rev up" -- in Reverend. What a powerful speaker.

11:27 a.m. Check out the Jackson family's fashion coordination -- sunglasses, yellow ties and black suits.

11:31 a.m. Sharpton to Jackson's children: "There wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what he had to deal with."

11:34 a.m. John Mayer gets the crowd clapping with an instrumental version of "Human Nature," backed by a few singers. Nice song choice.

11:38 a.m. Brooke Shields now addressing her relationship with Michael: "It was the most natural and easiest of friendships."

11:41 a.m. Shields is really showing the human side of Michael Jackson: "Both of us needed to be adults very early. But when we were together, we were two little kids, having fun."

11:46 a.m. Michael's favorite song was "Smile," from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times: Jermaine performs it for him.

11:48 a.m. ... wearing a white sequined glove.

11:53 a.m. Martin Luther King III speaking now with his sister Bernice by his side.

11:57 a.m. Bernice King: "He was indeed a shining light, like our father Martin ... May we all be inspired to go and let our lights shine."

12:02 p.m. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee talking now about Michael Jackson's leadership in the fight against AIDS and his devotion to people in need.

12:06 p.m. Lee: "Michael Jackson never stopped giving" -- and they're going to debate Resolution 600 on the House floor. A very cool tribute. Here's a link to it.

12:09 p.m. Usher singing "Gone Too Soon" -- sadly, too appropriate.

12:12 p.m. Usher looking at the casket -- a powerful image.

12:14 p.m. Smokey Robinson admiring Michael Jackson's maturity in his age 10 performance of "Who's Lovin' You."

12:17 p.m. Robinson: "I'm glad I lived in this era."

12:19 p.m. Child prodigy Shaheen Jafargholi (from Britain's Got Talent!) really belts out "Who's Lovin' You" -- the best performance of the memorial thus far. Michael Jackson would have been proud.

12:22 p.m. Kenny Ortega now speaking about the "This Is It" tour -- it would have been his "triumphant return."

12:25 p.m. "We Are The World" medley: Robinson, Ortega, Hudson, Richie, Michael's kids and many others onstage for the ultimate tribute.

12:29 p.m. Straight into "Heal the World," led by the First black Miss Indiana, Kellee Patterson.

12:37 p.m. Jermaine and Marlon represent the family in sharing their emotions and anecdotes -- even in his disguises, Michael Jackson was recognized by his shoes.

12:39 p.m. Paris speaks. No words from us here.

12:39 p.m. The memorial ends as it started -- peppered with shouts of love from the audience.

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His funeral must have cost a fortune. I just lost a loved one and the cost of a funeral these days is ridiculous. I did some shopping around for caskets and found the best deals on http://www.starlegacynetwork.com
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I like this
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RIP MJ.
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may god bless the jackson family forever.
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It was so sad :( i love you michael
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The service was brilliant! It wasn't too over the top but yet it wasn't so informal either. I think Michael would've loved it!



I'm sorry Michael for not believing you about your innocence before it was too late! I can't say i'm sorry enough times & I hope you forgive me! I've been watching a lot of Michael Jackson documentaries since his death and there is absoluetly no way that Michael was guilty of anything except being too kind & generous to everyone around him!



Don't worry about your 3 lovely children Michael because they are surrounded by family who love them more than anything.



Good on little Paris Jackson for speaking so well about your Dad! Michael would've been so,so proud of how well she & her brothers handled everything.



God Bless You Michael! RIP!
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The celebration had taken on a strange tone, because the Staples Center is not an ideal place for a memorial, and millions of people watching on television made it more of a media event than a remembrance of a life lost too early.



The television news coverage continues, a day after the end of the memorial, to pay tribute to Jackson. Most television stations are going back to other news, but tributes are still scheduled by most of the stations, and coverage continues as new details emerge. The news vans are still camped out at the Jackson home in Encino. Neverland Ranch is swarming with media. Reports are coming from fans all over the world. It doesn't seem to end. In this era of 24-hour news, even this is unprecedented.



Michael Jackson in death is even bigger than he was in life. But the image of little Paris crying and saying how much she loved her "daddy" will be remembered for the fact that it put a human face on the pop superstar, who had multiple plastic surgeries and wore makeup to cover his own face.
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I have a feeling that young Paris Jackson is going to be credited with saving Michael's legacy. She showed us he was human, and special, when he was off camera. We only know his public persona. But I couldn't help but be very impressed by the class and dignity of that service yesterday. I've tried not to watch the media coverage out of a desire to preserve my adoration for MJ. It's easy to see how hard life must have been for him, as much as it was an amazing opportunity to share his incredible gifts with the world. I still get a rush of joy when I see the clips of him singing "I Want You Back" with his brothers. He made me giddy as a little girl, inspired me as a teen, and impressed me as an adult with his talent. There has never been a phase in my life where Michael's music was absent. I will always love his songs and music videos, love hearing about his legacy and how many people he touched and helped on a global level. The negative, unexplained, and possibly unjustified issues that he had in his private life are none of our business. Rest in Peace, Michael!
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He makes history and break the records in the platform of humanity, I never forget him until my home in this world. Very sad to say him farewell from this mankind, He lives eternal all ways live in the peoples mind.
May God may keep with him......JACKY
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*** I would have loved to be there but in my head and heart i was....... I was and will forever be your fan thru the good and the bad times...
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Like many of old Michael Jackson fans, We felt it... We felt from the time it was mentioned about him dying its not true, so not true.I will wait for the news its not true.. But when it come over the news i felt gutted but it still wasnt true... I cried i went to bed that night i cried, i heard it the next day i cried... I watched the memorial and i cried... I cried for the life he had seen me thru the good times and the Bad the happy times and the tears iof what was happening in my life growing up... I am now 35 and i still feel for him the way i did when i was 15...........A man i will remember for his songs that touched Me the dance moves i loved and tried... A most of all the joy his songs added to my life... Your a miracle in my eyes to have enlightened my life in so many ways Michael you helped save me at a time i that i needed saving..... I owe my life to you in SO MANY WAYS...

You are MY MAN IN THE MIRROR... And now Arohanui From Nami.....
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Like many of old Michael Jackson fans, We felt it... We felt from the time it was mentioned about him dying its not true, so not true.I will wait for the news its not true.. But when it come over the news i felt gutted but it still wasnt true... I cried i went to bed that night i cried, i heard it the next day i cried... I watched the memorial and i cried... I cried for the life he had seen me thru the good times and the Bad the happy times and the tears iof what was happening in my life growing up... I am now 35 and i still feel for him the way i did when i was 15...........A man i will remember for his songs that touched Me the dance moves i loved and tried... A most of all the joy his songs added to my life... Your a miracle in my eyes to have enlightened my life in so many ways Michael you helped save me at a time i that i needed saving..... I owe my life to you in SO MANY WAYS...

You are MY MAN IN THE MIRROR... And now Arohanui From Nami.....
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michael is amazing. I am sad he left so soon. he IS the king of pop and will be forever. RIP MJ!
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very nice memorial. miss youu mj.
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I really enjoyed the beautiful Memorial service for Michael Jackson. I really have no favorite of all who performed because I enjoyed all of them. And what Paris said about her Daddy was so beautiful. May God Bless her and her brothers and the rest of the Jackson family. As Elvis was the King of Rock and Roll, so Michael was the King of Pop.
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I just wanted to say that I feel like a part of my childhood died.I love n miss you michael. Goodbye to my very first crush ever I always wanted to marry u. I will always and forever love u michael. Sally Taylor
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goodbye to my first crush, and one of the purest humantarian and entertainer of all times. good bye my peter pan
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michael, I will miss you, love Deb Piro
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LOVE U MICHAEL

U ARE THE BEST
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That rendtion of Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" still makes me cry. But I like Usher's "Gone Too Soon" as he caressed Jackson's casket. And I sometimes cried at Jermaine's "Smile". Michael's voice in "Will You Be There" is so authentic. And I was like, "Poor Paris," when his daughter started sobbing about Jackson being a wonderful father and entertainer. Rest in peace, Michael. You will not be forgotten. :cry:
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THE WORLD TRULY LOST SOME1SPECIAL
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Sorry but' dont hold back now prettykitty...(giggles)Aheem Anyways...We will Miss Michale Jackson...Im so glad my kids know of him...Our Hearts go out to the family, friends and specially the kids...***RIP MICHALE JACKSON***THANK YOU FOR THE LOVELY MEMORIES SPECIALLY THE 80'S**AWESOME**Mmwwaahh! and biggest ((((HUG'S))))xxx@}=%====
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I will miss MJ he was and still is the best singer in my book. My heart goes out to his family and most of all his children.
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he wrote something on the world.
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I have to bring this to lite and I didnt want to at this time out of respect of Michael Jackson but I have to know do you all know who Diane Diomond is on court tv and If I may say she back then during his worst moment in his life in court she tour him down right down to his socks and now that he has sadly passed away she has a video here saying on the insider about his funeral when it was going to happen and who would pay for it ,She is a 2 faced B#tch when it comes to being honest how she clearly said on the interview that he was the best pop singer and on and on when I know that is beyond the truth I dont understand how she can sit there and lie,lie about her true feeling .She even wrote a not so nice book on Michael and was down right nasty in everyway.GO TO THE INTERVIEW AND LISTEN TO HER,The same with Nancy Grace is doing the very same thing and all week till today .What a bunch of morons and they must have memory loss .I remember all of what was said up to this point!Why hes gone! Its on here HD VIDEO'S LOOK FOR DIANE DIAMOND INTERVIEW ABOUT MJ JULY 7,09! WHAT DO YOU THINK? THINK BACK TO THE TRIAL AND OTHER TIMES!My whole point is it makes me sick that these idiots do that for ratings at the expense of hurting someone else! I still think that some of the media took Michael away from us and the stupid trial and he was innocent so what happened to there big old crow sandwhich thatnancy grace ate about 1 week ago.It will continue and his kids will here this stuff and he certainly didnt deserve what happened to him! I think the family later should get a gag order of somekind to stop the media from doing this to him or any other human being!RIGHT?
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I agree. I mourned today. At home with no phone and no internet. It was fitting.
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I also think that the media needs to stop trying to ruin how we as a world and fans,friends,family ect see Michael Jackson !Most of them need to report this mans life the right way ,right down to the end they have made Michael Jackson look like a monster and hasnt shown all the things that he did for the world.All they want is to put everyone down in the media they thrive on that and to me they are sick!!! My thoughts and my heart goes out to his kids,family,friends and many,many fans around the world so to the media who keeps doing what there doing to michael and havent a care so get real will Ya! Stop and let him be in peice this is the very thing that brought Michael down as well as other things!R.I.P MICHAEL JACKSON!WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOUR HEART!!!!
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I thought everyone did a great job in honoring our king of pop Michael Jackson! He will be missed all over the world.I have been so saddened by his death it has effected me so much.He will always be our Icon and the words from many is to cherish,to love,someone and not to accuse him or anyone that was proven innocent 2 times and need to just leave him alone now let this man rest in peice.I could never judge him for the rumors of the media that wernt true as they killed our princess Diana they also killed our great Michael Jackson!We miss you so much my friend thankyou for all you shared with the world its been great!!DONT POST RUDE COMMENTS!!! Miss you always! Say hi to Dale E,and ELVIS for us!LOVE YOU Michale! R.I.P
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I feel really bad and shocked that he died i couldn't believe it! It must be really hard for his kids how sad.. :(
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They're re-streaming it over at http://jjpeg.com/watch28015.html and there's a download available at http://jjpeg.com/file2018451.html so you can keep a memory of it. All free of course.
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I haven't stop crying.......It broke my heart Brooke Shield's speech but it was Paris Jackson, Michael's daughter, what shattered me in million pieces....The man was one of a kind. Today I mourned and cry like I have never ever done before....I love you Michael, thanks for the joy you brought to us, God bless your children and the rest of your family
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I haven't seen the memorial service on TV, but i cried just reading the live blog. Michael Jackson is truly one of a kind, and he will always be loved and missed by fans all around the world.
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The suggestion of negativity that hovers over Michael Jackson’s legacy and reputation needs to be permanently expunged. He was found innocent by a jury. The man was guilty only of being too kind,innocent,naïve,and generous. He was raised in a relatively protected bubble himself and had no opportunity to experience the “normal” life that we all take for granted; an unimaginable isolation he openly lamented. It is highly likely that he did not realize that especially as a mega-wealthy superstar he should never open himself up to potential financial extortion in this litigious American culture by being alone with other people’s kids any more than an examining male physician should ever be alone with any female patient. People make stupid stuff up!



Michael’s music was overwhelmingly about love, brotherhood and making a better world for all of God’s children…young and old regardless of our physical distinctions. He was an advocate for all children, a unifier of all peoples. Neverland was a fun-filled candy land, free to all the children lucky enough to experience it. Why is American culture so sex-focused that it does not see that when Michael spoke of sharing love with children he was speaking of brotherly love. There is nothing magical about a bed. You can pile on the floor with a bunch of kids just like you can pile on a bed with a bunch of kids, in either case it is innocent. Settlement was not an “admission of guilt." If you had an obnoxious headache that could be cured by the application of money and you had an endless supply of money, would you not apply money to that headache to have some peace? Whatever he did to make that obnoxious woman and her kid go away was nothing compared the pain she was causing. And he surgically altered his face just like all of Hollywood surgically alters their faces. Complications to surgery happen. Sometimes it does not turn out the way you planned. Ooops! You live with it. Case in point, handsome Kenny Rodgers and his goofy-looking new eyes. Whatever! I still love Kenny and I love Michael, whatever his face looks like. I will forever love his heart. Michael Jackson was a beautiful loving spirit, used by entirely too many greedy people. He gave freely of his heart and soul to the entire world. May he sing gloriously with God’s angels now, and may God bless and protect his precious children from the money vultures of this world!
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The media coverage is a bit much, and I hope it doesn't hurt the family and friends in any way. He was, however, important to so many people in the world so it would be crazy to expect anything less from the media. I'm sure his family knows that. This memorial was for us fans who loved and defended him against all the nay-sayers and will continue to do so until the day we die, it was a beautiful service that showed how much of an impact he had on the World and I'll never forget it. RIP MJ.

In the words of Dave Chappelle: "He made Thriller...Thriller."
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Never has will there be an artist / performer like Micheal Jackson. He was in a class of his own. His intentions were to break down the barriers of class and race through his music. Never has any other singer done so much for charity than him. I pray that time will strengthen his children, and that they can continue to carry on what their Father bagan to do. He must be looking down on us all. I miss u to Micheal for the struggles you had, yet never gave up on loving to share your gifts, to give us joy. We will remember him for this, and thank his family for an exceptional son. Who gave so much, to reach out to others. God bless J. Roberts
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I feel bad for his family and friends, everyone else needs to get a grip.
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Enough already!
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The woman that led Heal The World was not Kellee Patterson, but Judith Hill of Pasadena, California, who was selected to be the single female backup singer for the Jackson O2 shows in London.
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we love love in australia from michael& carmen
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I am with sunshinelizzy on this --- this is not news! Show some respect and quit turning this into a media circus. He died and it should be a personal & private interment not a "pay for view". With due respect - enough is enough! Demonstrate his entertainment accomplishments in a documetary where his fans can see his history & his performances -- not a view of his lifeless body lying on a slab of marble. The man was not a president or a saint - stop canonising him!
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There will NEVER be another Michael Jackson,He was an icon to us but to some alot more.He impcted us all in some way or another and touched the lives of many,I wish i had of gotten the chance to meet him to talk to understand him better.His love for people was amazing and he was so misunderstood is his actions.He was just to much of a child at heart and for that was criticized.One person can only take so much.Not enough ppl stood by him in his weekest moment and i think more of himself giot lost when he left his home in nevrland.I prey for his family,his children and Michael always.

To his kids:Your father was truly the greatest man on earth and loed you more than life.Cherish your memories of him always and stay strong.Donht let the media destroy you as they have your dad.

To the Catherine and Joe and the entire Jackson family..Thank you for giving the world such a great man,father,entertainer an icon , a friend he was well loved and will be cherished adn remembered for ever n ever.
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Im so very sad,i dont have any words to express :( ThankS for being you:) The King of Music will live for ever and ever.
kISSES from PORTUGAL ***
THANK YOU MICHAEL!!!
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To believe such crap about Michael is just appauling.He was a true hero a legend he cared for everyone and gave his all to help sick children and was very much abused by the media for his difference.Like it was said at his memorial "There was nothing strange about your Michael. It was strange what he had to go through."Its a crime that he was potrayed as he was in the end,i didnt believe it then and i dont believe it now.He was very muich misunderstood as a person and his undying love for children.Children truly are the eyes of god and are very innocent and through them Michael seen.I love you Michael and forever you will remian innocent and in my heart♥May you find all you were looking for in life and be at toatl peace and solice with no pain and hurt.
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i love u micheallllllllllllllllll
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The Memorial was so touching. When I saw the casket coming out of the Liberty Hall, I was shocked. When I saw MJ's brothers carrying his casket into the centre and there was the choir singin, I felt my heart beating so hard and loud. I couldn't hold my tears. My tears for Michael. Now I want to listen to all of his songs... In loving memory. May you rest in peace
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Beautiful Memorial! When Paris spoke about her daddy I lost it. :( RIP MJ!!
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always in my heart
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I GREW UP ON MICHAELS MUSIC, I LOVE EVERY SONG HE HAS EVER DONE. TO THE JACKSON FAMILY, I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. HE WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER. HE WILL BE MISSED ALWAYS.
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