The World Says Farewell to Michael Jackson

BATD ON Jul 08, 2009 AT 11:20 am

Michael Jackson's brothers carry his coffin

Michael Jackson's brothers carry his coffin

Thousands of people said goodbye to Michael Jackson last night at the Staples Center in LA and millions more from their living rooms. The hour and a half long televised memorial service hosted a variety of celebrities including Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, and John Mayer.  

The most heartwrenching moments came from Jackson’s own children. His daughter, Paris, 11 years old, told the millions watching, “I just want to say… ever since I was born…. daddy has been the best father you can imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much.”

Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris

Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris

 However Michael Jackson’s siblings reportedly argued about his daughter speaking at his memorial service. Sources claim that not everyone in the family approved of her  public address. An insider said: ‘‘It obviously wasn’t a good idea to end that way. The good Reverend Lucious Smith tied up the loose ends nicely. Gave the service the proper coda.’’

The Chicago Sun Times newspaper reported: “At the end of the service, there was a bit of a disagreement within the assembled Jackson siblings on stage. While Janet, LaToya and Marlon felt it important for Michael’s only  daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, to say a few words, some of the others – including Randy and Jermaine – weren’t so sure.”

The entire Jackson family paid their respects while Jackson’s gold-plated $20,000 casket adorned with red roses sat center stage.

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