Jackson Memorial Concludes

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An emotional public memorial for Michael Jackson has concluded in Los Angeles.
The ceremony attended by thousands in the downtown Staples Center and watched by millions around the world had a spiritual tone punctuated by performances and remembrances.
Jackson's three children joined his siblings and celebrities on stage for the finale Tuesday.
His daughter Paris-Michael Katherine, in the arms of her aunt Janet, tearfully told the audience that she loves her father.
The Michael Jackson memorial service in Los Angeles was attended by some 20,000 fans and watched by millions around the world.
With his golden casket resting in front of the stage, Jackson has been saluted by music mogul Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, and by basketball greats Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryan.
Jennifer Hudson sang Jackson's hit "Will You Be There." John Mayer played guitar on a rendition of "Human Nature." And Lionel Richie delivered a performance infused with gospel.
Members of the Jackson family sat in the front row, including his brothers and his three children.
Jackson's brothers, acting as pallbearers, each wore a gold necktie, a single spangly white glove and sunglasses.
Brother Jermaine Jackson took the stage and sang the standard "Smile" as he fought back tears.
The city of Los Angeles set up a Web site Tuesday to allow fans to contribute money to help the city pay for his Staples Center memorial service. Mayoral spokesman Matt Szabo estimated the service will cost $1.5 million to $4 million.
It was not clear what will happen to Jackson's body. The Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills cemetery is the final resting place for such stars as Bette Davis, Andy Gibb, Freddie Prinze, Liberace and recently deceased David Carradine and Ed McMahon.
But Jackson's brother Jermaine has expressed a desire to have him buried someday at Neverland, his estate in Southern California.


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