[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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