July 7th, 2009
04:47 PM ET

Fans worldwide watch Jackson memorial service

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/07/michael.jackson.international.reaction/art.jackson.impersonator2.cnn.jpg caption="An eerily similar Michael Jackson impersonator performs for devotees in China Tuesday."]


As the funeral for Michael Jackson got under way in California Tuesday, fans of the King of Pop gathered in locations across the globe to pay homage to their idol.

Thousands of fans poured in to Los Angeles en route to the public memorial service at the Staples Center arena, while Jackson's family and closest friends attended a private gathering at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn cemetery before going on to the memorial downtown.

In Germany, thousands of Jackson fans have been offered the chance to watch events in Los Angeles live at Berlin's O2 World arena.

Organizers of the event dubbed "Trauerfeier," (translated as Sadness Party) said the screening is free but with a limited number of tickets available.

British fans will be given a similar opportunity in London, with a giant screen scheduled to show the event outside the city's O2 Arena. Jackson was scheduled to play a series of 50 concerts at the arena from July 13 - hundreds of fans are expected to converge on the venue next week to mark the date.

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  1. Roneel

    Michael Jackson i am a fan for u and i care bout u alot and i know u didn't do child melestations. Just one thing though i am thinking that you'r death may have been fixed and that you wan't everyone to find out, like for the only rehearsal song was nobody cares about us and he did the rehearsal jus before his death. I really liked the i think it was his plastic surgen who didn't want to talk about him untill he was burried was the best person ever. I really admired him for what he said. Michael Jackson you will always be in my heart and stay close to me I'm going to buy all ur albums.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:00 am |
  2. Mandy White

    Michael was very open to the world. His body should have been displayed so that fans could seek closure and a realization of his death. Not fair, the world mad him the king of po (his fans) not his family.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:31 am |
  3. Prozacwierd ( Tony )

    Rev. Al Sharpton made this into a Race thing all week.
    I never heard MJ talk about Race so why now.
    MJ's dad also would have been better if he just had kept his mouth shut.He might even be a great guy but he just does not come across as one.
    Someone should tell Rev. Al Sharpton That Elvis was dissected by the Press much more then MJ was in life and death.I thought the memorial would have had more stars from Hollywood and bigger crowds outside.
    It looked to me that all of white people stayed away.
    The Children thing but I can not see ( and I am not a MJ fan)
    a Man with so much Heart and Love in his Soul doing anything like what they say.
    No Way. May God take you in his arms.
    God Bless You

    July 8, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  4. Linda Andrews

    Michael Jackson was a great entertainer and icon. I cannot believe the family did not display his body at the funeral. There are rumors that his body was not even in the casket. His fans should have been able to see him one last time, to add closure and realization of his death.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  5. Julie

    I just want to say to the Whole Jackson family and Michaels children, my heart goes out to all of you and you are all in my prayers. Michaels passing was so sudden, but on the day of his passing, that is, Michaels first birthday in eternity, and he will live on forever, Michael has just started his life. I love you all!

    July 8, 2009 at 1:19 am |
  6. juliet santinlo

    hi anderson,

    its a sad moments for all of us losing an icon that stay for a short period of time, i cried for days just seeing him mj but god love him more and may he rest in peace in god's hand. just brief statement from shakespaere

    Good night my prince.....fly away with angles

    good night my sweet price.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:46 am |
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