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Last Updated: Wednesday July 08 2009 06:24 GMT

Stars and fans' final farewell to Michael Jackson

Jackson family on stage

'The best father you could ever imagine'

Michael Jackson's family and fans have said their final farewells to the star during an emotional memorial service.

His 11-year-old daughter Paris fought back tears as she told the thousands of people at the Staples Center in Los Angeles how much she loved her dad.

"Ever since I was born Daddy has been the best father you could imagine," she said. "I love him so much."

The singer's golden coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event, after an earlier private funeral.

Usher performing next to Michael Jackson's coffin during the memorial service
Usher performed while standing next to Michael Jackson's gold-plated coffin

Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder and Usher were among the artists who sang, while other celebrities spoke about their memories of the pop star.

The huge audience cheered as clips of the King of Pop's life and music were played during the service.

And Jermaine Jackson also took to the stage to perform the song Smile, which was said to be his brother Michael's favourite track.

The memorial finished with the Jackson family joining performers on stage to sing his hit, Heal The World, before making their own personal tributes.

Ticket lottery

Michael Jackson's children appeared on stage with the Jackson family for the end of the memorial service
Michael Jackson's children appeared on stage at the end of the memorial service

The Staples Center is where Michael Jackson had been rehearsing his comeback shows before his sudden death on 25 June.

Inside, the stage was decorated with photos of the pop star, alongside a mural with the words "In Loving Memory. Michael Jackson King of Pop - 1958 - 2009."

Thousands of fans won a ticket lottery to get the chance to attend the show.

Millions more watched the service on TV all around the world.