LOS ANGELES -- An emotional 2 hour public memorial service for Michael Jackson ended Tuesday with a simple but heartbreaking goodbye from his daughter.
Michael's daughter, 11-year-old Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, stood at the microphone, choking back tears and said, "I just wanted to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him so much." She then collapsed crying into the arms of family members.
It was the first public statement by Paris, who like her brothers, Prince Michael and Blanket have rarely been seen without veils or masks.
Her appearance was the most moving moment of the public memorial, which featured performances and eulogies by some of the world's biggest stars.
The service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles began with Smokey Robinson reading aloud condolence letters sent to the Jackson family by Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela.
Ross wrote that Jackson was "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 they ever need me. I hope today brings closure for all of 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."
In his letter, Mandela wrote, "It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Michael Jackson. Michael became close to us after he started visiting and performing in South Africa regularly. We grew fond of him and he became a close member of our family. We had great admiration for his talent and that he was able to triumph over tragedy on so many occasions in his life. Michael was a giant and a legend in the music industry and we mourn with the millions of fans worldwide. We also mourn with his family and his friends over the loss of our dear friend. He will be missed and memories about him cherished for a very long time. My wife and I, our family, our friends send you our condolences during this time of mourning. Be strong."
A long moment of silence followed.
Jackson's flower-draped casket was then carried onstage as the Andrae Crouch Choir sang "Soon and Very Soon."
Family friend and pastor Lucious Smith then shared heartfelt words about Jackson.
Mariah Carey then sang "I'll Be There" along with Trey Lorenz.
Queen Latifa then spoke about Michael Jackson's influence on her own life and career. She also read aloud a poem written in Jackson's honor by famed poet Maya Angelou.
A performance by singer Lionel Richie then followed.
Mowtown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. spent several minutes talking about Jackson's outstanding talent as a young boy, and through his adult years. "Michael, thank you for the joy; thank you for the love; you will live in my heart forever. I love you," he said in closing.
After a video tribute to Jackson, Stevie Wonder sang "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave Me in Summer."
Basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson took the podium to share some thoughts on Michael. Cameras panned to the audience during Johnson's speech, showing the Jackson brothers dressed alike, wearing Michael's famous white glove.
Shortly after, Jennifer Hudson sang Jackson's "Will You Be There."
Rev. Al Sharpton addressed the crowd saying Michael 'broke down the color curtain.'
Singer-songwriter John Mayer then played a guitar version of Jackson's "Human Nature."
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