The body of Michael Jackson who passed away on 25-Jun-2009 was at staples center for a special memorial service. It kicked off with a tribute from Nelson Mandela, followed by a moment of silence. Millions of fans were following the proceedings on Televisions all over the world.
At 8:40pm (EAT) Maria Carey Performed I'll be there.
8:45pm - Actor and Singer Queen Latifah speaks out and reads a tribute to Michael.
8:50pm - Lionel Richie performed Jesus is Love.
8:55pm - Berry Gordy founder of Motown family Records read out his tribute and among others dubbed Michael the ''Undisputed King of Pop Ever'' However what sent the crowd into shouting was when he said that Michael is the greatest entertainer that ever lived.
9:07pm - Stevie Wonder a great friend to the Jackson's followed with his musical contribution.
9:15pm - Kobe Bryant a Basket player and Earvin Magic Johnson Retired Basket player who was served Kentucky Fried Chicken(KFC) at Michael's home said out their tributes.
9:20pm - group plays Will You be there (Hold Me)
9:25pm - Rev.Al. Sharpton the American Baptist Minister followed. ''It was Michael Jackson that brought the Blacks and Whites together, Asians and Latinos together".
9:35pm - Guitarist followed with Michael Jackson's Human Nature.
9:40pm - Actress Brooke Shield follows. She met Michael at 13 and from that time on their friendship grew. What moves her so deeply was Michael's loyalty to the flower. "Smile though your heart is aching" A line that is got from one of Michael's most loved songs were her closing remarks.
9:42pm - Jarmaine Jackson a brother to Michael Jackson does ''Smile Though Your Heart is Aching.''
9:50pm -Bernice King a daughter to Martin Luther King Jr reads out her tribute.
10:00pm - Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston Texas (United States Congress) got to the podium and among others said if you have to make a difference you need to look at the man or woman in the mirror. "Resolution 60 will be debated on the floor of the house as Michael Joseph Jackson to be honoured forever and forever and forever...." she said.
10:02pm Gone too Soon ....
10:12pm - Michael Jackson 1969 show highlights.
10:14pm - Singer Smokey Robinson gets to the podium.''I love you my brother, I celebrate the life that I had a chance to know you God Bless you"
10:20pm - Kevin who was rehearsing with Michael a week back saw the return of Michael as he rehearsed with the King of Pop ahead of the Jul 13 show.
10:25pm - Track ''We are the World" done by various artists.
10:27pm - Track "Heal the World"
10:41pm - It was a touchy moment when Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson said farewell to the dad.("Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine... I just wanted to say I love him so much.") The world was in tears at this moment.
- The body of Michael Jackson is lying in a 14 carat gold plated casket.
- 17.6million people applied for tickets but only 17,500 got a chance to attend the memorial service.
- Since the Olympics were hosted in Los Angeles there has never been a function of this magnitude.
- Jehovah's Witness is the faith the Jackson family follows.
- The casket bearing the remains of Michael Jackson is worth 25,000 US dollars.