Jackson Family Stunned Diana Ross Didn't Attend Memorial

July 8, 2009 By:
Jackson Family Stunned Diana Ross Didn't Attend Memorial

Michael Jackson's family members were stunned that his close friend Diana Ross didn't attend his memorial, and instead had someone else speak on her behalf.

Ross, who was appointed guardian of Michael's three children in the event of his mother Katherine’s death, decided not to attend his public memorial and instead sent a letter, which was read out by Smokey Robinson.

In her defense Diana said it just felt "right" not to attend but “When Smokey read out Diana’s letter, there were a lot of people’s heads turning and shrugging in those front rows,” said a source.

The letter that Smokey was asked to read said, "I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center, I am there in my heart. I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can't seem to find words to express.

"Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if ever they need me. I hope today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me, I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family."

Her letter to Michael did seem very genuine and heartfelt, but do you think she should have put her personal feelings aside and made it out to the memorial to pay her last respects?

Michael's longtime friend Elizabeth Taylor also skipped out on the memorial claiming she didn't want to be involved in the "hoopla." What are your thoughts on his closest friends being a no-show?