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Michael Jackson's family agrees to Staples Center memorial Tuesday morning [Updated]

July 2, 2009 |  6:14 pm

Michael Jackson's family has agreed to hold a memorial for the singer at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles..

The decision, announced by family spokesman Ken Sunshine, caps days of discussions about how to honor Jackson. [Updated at 6:15 p.m.: Few details were immediately available. But in a statement, Sunshine said that 11,000 tickets will be distributed to the general public free of charge. There will be a registration system to get tickets. More details will be announced Friday.]

At a news conference this afternoon, AEG Live's chief executive, Randy Phillips, said he had been conferring with the family and that its desire was to hold a memorial service at Staples Center, the scene of the singer's final rehearsal.

Phillips said the ultimate decision about the timing and format of such a program lay with Jackson's mother, Katherine. “It’s all up to Katherine,” Phillips said.

—Maria Elena Fernandez

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