Fans Flock to L.A. for Michael Jackson's Memorial

July 7, 2009 By:
Fans Flock to L.A. for Michael Jackson's Memorial

Millions of fans are expected to flock to Los Angeles this morning to either attend or witness Michael Jackson's memorial service held at Staples Center in downtown L.A.

The memorial is expected to begin at 10 a.m. 8,750 lucky fans got two free tickets to the memorial service at Staples Center, but the rest of Michael's fans will have to view the event on a big screen at the Nokia Theatre, which is located across from Staples.

Hollyscoop is at the memorial speaking to fans, who came out to celebrate the life of Michael Jackson. One lucky fan from Africa flew all the way to Los Angeles with the hopes that she could score one ticket to the memorial. Her wish came true when a stranger, who was touched by her story, handed her a ticket to the memorial.

Media outlets from all over the world have set up in front of the Nokia theater, for what's said to be the largest celebrity send-off in entertainment history.

All major networks are going to broadcast the event live. Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. has also arranged to broadcast the service live at 88 movie theaters across the country, including in Los Angeles, Monrovia and Tulare. Click HERE to view a list of the theaters.

A private funeral service will be held for Jackson at Forest Lawn prior to the public service at 8am. Michael's body is currently being held there.

Also on Monday, the Jackson family announced the participants for the public memorial:

The list includes, family friend Ron Boyd; Kobe Bryant; Mariah Carey; Andrae Crouch Choir; Berry Gordy; Jennifer Hudson; British singer Shaheen Jafargholi; Magic Johnson; Martin Luther King III; Bernice A. King; John Mayer; Lionel Richie; Smokey Robinson; Rev. Al Sharpton; Brooke Shields; family friend Pastor Lucious Smith; Usher; and Stevie Wonder.

We also just got word that Justin Timberlake was added to the list of performers, which includes Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson. More details coming soon!