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Poignant service says goodbye to M.J., the man


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They sang his songs among the stars and imagined him dancing across the moon.

And for a few hours, during this most public of memorials, all eyes were on Michael Jackson one last time.

Some 20,000 people gathered inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a somber, spiritual ceremony that was watched by untold millions more around the world.

They celebrated a man whose immense talents almost drowned beneath the spectacle of his life and fame.

Jackson's daughter, Paris-Michael, provided the only real surprise of the service: the first public statement of her 11 years. She tearfully told the crowd: "Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father I could imagine. I just want to say I love him so much."

It's not clear what will happen to Jackson's body. A private service was held earlier at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. But Jackson's brother Jermaine has expressed a desire to have him buried someday at Neverland, his estate in Southern California.

Online Reporter: Donnie Forti

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