Michael Jackson's memorial started in Los Angeles's Staples Center by reading the condolences message by South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, and singer Diana Ross.
Michael who died on 25th June, had met withe Nelson Mandela on several occasions was very close to Ross, even naming her as a back-up guardian for his children.
"Michael was a giant and a legend in the music industry. And we mourn with the millions of fans worldwide," read the message from Mandela.
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