As the world watches on, Michael Jackson’s legacy is re-lived by the family, friends, and fans who stepped out on Tuesday to pay their respects to the man who inspired their careers, childhoods, and lives. RadarOnline.com will be giving you all the latest news, updates, and insider information about the official memorial being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
As the doors opened, ticket holders- who had been patiently waiting their turn to enter for hours- were greeted by a program to commemorate the moment. On the cover, a picture of Jackson at his finest graced a gold background with the words “King of Pop A Celebration of Michael Jackson 1958- 2009.” Inside are poignant comments from loved ones as well as photos of Jackson with dignitaries like Nelson Mandela and Ronald Reagan.
The fans filling the arena also cam prepared with their own tributes. "Thank you for the soundtrack of my childhood RIP forever" one memorial board said. On the stage, a spot for a casket stood empty an hour before the ceremony was originally slated to begin.
"I think Michael Jackson lived one of the most unique, tragic and triumphant lives," Omarosa told RadarOnline.com as she walked into the arena. While headliners like Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder among others were announced to take part in the memorial, countless other celebrities also filled the Staples Center. Chris Brown arrived with a group of people, the Kardashian sisters- Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney- paid respects to their friend with mom Kris Jenner, and Spike Lee took his seat with his wife.