Tuesday, July 7, 2009

World Will Watch Jackson Memorial

Thousands from around the world are expected to swamp Los Angeles, California, to mourn Michael Jackson today at the Staples Center.

Fans gather at the Holmby Hills home to remember Michael Jackson.

Some fans found themselves at Staples Center because of the unexpected generosity of others.

Michelle Mann and Basra Arte, both 18, flew in from Vancouver, British Columbia, to honor Jackson.

"It's overwhelming," Mann said. "We can't believe that we're here."

The two had appeared on Canadian television and said they planned to fly to Los Angeles for the memorial service -- even though they had no tickets. Six hours before their flight, 15-year-old Karlo Karanan, who'd seen them on TV, tracked them down and gave them his.

"I'm looking forward to being in the presence of other fans," Arte said.

Jackson's family and closest friends attended a gathering at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills this morning before going to the public memorial. The gold casket is currently being driven in a procession from Forest Lawn to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The Staples event is expected to feature singers Mariah Carey, Usher and Stevie Wonder. Also participating will be basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson; singers Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Smokey Robinson; and activists Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to an announcement released on behalf of the Jackson family. A Grammy producer will produce today's MJ Tribute.

Jackson memorial lineup

Watch live coverage on CNN.com

R.I.P Michael!

Source: CNN.com

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