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Live or via screen, millions bid idol adieu

Jackson tribute lovingly recalls only his virtues

The memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles included a rendition of Jackson's 'Gone Too Soon' performed by the recording artist Usher. The memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles included a rendition of Jackson's "Gone Too Soon" performed by the recording artist Usher. (Wally Skalij/ Associated Press/ Pool)
By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / July 8, 2009

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Yesterday’s Michael Jackson memorial in Los Angeles was like a royal funeral, with Jackson’s gold casket looming before his grieving family and several of his brothers wearing a single sequined glove in homage. The self-titled King of Pop was given the kind of dignified farewell - and wall-to-wall media coverage - usually reserved for nobility. (Full article: 715 words)

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