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Last Updated: Wednesday July 08 2009 11:54 GMT

In pictures: Michael Jackson's memorial service

Thousands of fans gathered outside the Staples Centre in Los Angeles before the memorial service

Thousands of Michael Jackson fans joined his family and friends for a memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to celebrate his life and music.

Michael Jackson's brothers carrying his coffin out of the Staples Center concert hall after his memorial service in Los Angeles

The King of Pop's gold-plated coffin was carried into the concert hall by his brothers and placed in front of the stage as the service began.

Jennifer Hudson performing during Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles

More than a billion people around the world are thought to have watched on TV as performers, including Jennifer Hudson, sang or spoke about their memories of Michael.

Jermaine Jackson singing his brother's favourite song, Smile, during a memorial service to celebrate his life and music

Jermaine Jackson sung a version of Smile, which was said to be his brother's favourite song.

Michael Jackson's brothers each wearing a single sequined glove in honour of the King of Pop during his memorial service

And all of his brothers wore a single white jewelled glove in honour of Michael's distinctive style during his pop career.

Usher performing during Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles

R'n'B singer Usher is one of countless artists who have been influenced by Michael Jackson's music over the years.

Britain's Got Talent finalist Shaheen Jafargholi performing during Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles

After singing Who's Lovin You?, Britain's Got Talent finalist Shaheen Jafargholi said: "I feel so happy I did it and I got to say goodbye to Michael Jackson in a way nobody else could."

Michael Jackson's family and friends gathered on stage for the finale of his memorial service

At the end of the service, Michael's family joined his friends on stage to sing a chorus of We Are The World and Heal The World, before making their own tributes to him.

Paris Jackson is comforted by her aunts and uncles after breaking down in tears while paying tribute to her dad

His 11-year-old daughter Paris broke down in tears as she described her dad as "the best father you could ever imagine".

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris and two sons Prince Michael Jackson II (front) and Prince Michael Jackson I (right) at the end of the memorial service for their dad in Los Angeles

It's the first time Paris and her brothers, Prince Michael I and Prince Michael II, have made a public appearance as their dad was keen to keep them out of the public eye.