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World says farewell to Michael Jackson


LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- This morning marks the beginning of what could be the biggest celebrity send-off of all time, starting with a private funeral for music legend Michael Jackson, followed by a public memorial service broadcast for the entire world.

Jackson's family and close friends are scheduled to attend the private event at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

But the public spectacle will take place at Los Angeles' Staples Center, where 20,000 people were given tickets through a tightly-secured lottery system.

The Jackson family has announced a star-studded roster of celebrities who intend to participate in the memorial, including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Hudson.

ABC will air a live special during the memorial on WKOW-TV/Channel 27, beginning at 12 noon with Charles Gibson.

You can also watch the memorial live online right here on, where the news is always on. Link to our live streaming player

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