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Michael Jackson Memorial-Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey to Attend

Following a private funeral service for Michael Jackson ended Tuesday morning, the family moved onto the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a huge public memorial. One surprise at the memorial -- Jackson's casket will be on hand.

The private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills took about an hour. While the public was kept out, MSNBC reports there were some fans gathered "about a football field away" from the proceedings. The family and a hearse then made its way downtown to the Staples Center.

Thousands of people are gathered at the arena, even though they don't have tickets to get in. An estimated 8,750 people were awarded two tickets each -- that's from the 1.6 million people who registered online to get them. Among the stars expected are Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III. The memorial will be broadcast by most major networks.

The media coverage has been intense since Michael Jackson died on June 25. Everything from the cause of death to the future of his children to his will has been heavily scrutinized. Some say the coverage is appropriate -- after all, he was one of the most famous people in the world. Others say it is overkill, and say an accused -- but never convicted -- child molster should not be celebrated in such a way.


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