July 7, 2009

July7On this day in 2009, Michael Jackson’s funeral was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Brooke Shields and Smokey Robinson gave eulogies, Queen Latifah read a poem and Rev. Al Sharpton received a standing ovation when he looked at Jackson’s children and said, “Wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with.”

Jackson’s brothers, sitting in the front row, each wore a single white sequined glove in tribute of their brother.

Celebrity friends in attendance included Liz Taylor, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Usher, Macaulay Culkin, and Stevie Wonder, each of whom participated in the service.

The event was preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Hall of Liberty in the Hollywood Hills, and was followed by a gathering in Beverly Hills for Jackson’s family and close friends.

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