The world gathered to bid goodbye to Michael Jackson on 7th July at Staples Centre. Jackson had expired on 25th June at Los Angeles in the US due to cardiac arrest. With MJâ€™s death, the pop world is hit by an irreparable damage.
Jacksonâ€™s 11 year old daughter Paris came forward to pay tribute to her legendary father. She was quoted saying â€œDaddy has been the best father you could ever imagineâ€. This was the first time Paris spoke in public in front of millions of people across the world. Dressed in a black costume, Paris said that she wished to tell her father how much she love him before tears rolled down her cheeks.
The ceremony included two hours of music and many celebrities. The first performance was given by Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz for the song â€œIâ€™ll be thereâ€, a hit for both Jackson and her. Mariah, dressed in black, started the song alone but was soon joined by Trey. Photographs of the king of pop were constantly being flashed on a huge screen.
Usher, a close associate of MJ sang â€œGone too soonâ€. Usher started the song sitting on a chair, but later rose and walked through the stage to Jacksonâ€™s family. He stopped in front of Jacksonâ€™s coffin placing his hand over it. He became emotional before he could complete the song, his voice quivering, and finally completed the song with tearful eyes.
Hudson paid tribute by singing â€œWill you be thereâ€, a gospel inspired song of Michael, surrounded by dancers in white.
The youngest singer of the memorial ceremony was 12 year old Shaheen Jafargholi. He competed for â€œBritainâ€™s got talentâ€ in the UK. He sang â€œWhoâ€™s lovinâ€™ youâ€. MJ had invited him for his upcoming concerts at Londonâ€™s O2 Arena. Before Shaheenâ€™s performance, Robinson told Jackson â€œI love you, my brother. I celebrate your life, and I am glad I had the pleasure to know youâ€.
Brooke Shields, a good friend of Jackson, remembered him with tearful eyes. She spoke of the days when Michael and she were kids. She had met Jackson at the age of 13. She said that for them their friendship was â€œthe most natural and easiest of allâ€. Shields recalled some doting memories of Jackson and their friendship of decades. She mentioned that Michaelâ€™s favorite song was â€œSmileâ€ by Charlie Chaplin. She concluded by saying â€œMichael saw everything with his heart. Today, although our hearts are aching, we need to look up where he is undoubtedly perched in a crescent moon, and we need to smileâ€.
Dressed in dark suit, Michaelâ€™s brother Jermaine Jackson sang the song â€œSmileâ€. His voice trembled at the beginning, but grew stronger later on. Michaelâ€™s fans rose to their feet.
Homer once said â€œLife and death are balanced on the edge of a razorâ€. People who love deeply have no fear of death. Michael didnâ€™t have. He was a king, king of the pop world. He lived like a king and died like a king. The world mourns over the death of this legendary personality.