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Debbie Rowe won't attend Michael Jackson's memorial

July 6, 2009 | 12:50 pm

Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson and mother of his two eldest children, will not attend his memorial service because her presence would be a distraction, her lawyers said today.

In a brief statement, the law firm representing Rowe said she had intended to attend Tuesday's service at the Staples Center but concluded after conferring with her lawyers that she should not go.

"The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction to an event that should focus exclusively on Michael's legacy," said a statement from Browne, Woods & George, the law firm representing her. "Debbie will continue to celebrate Michael's memory privately."

-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco