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    Michael Jackson's Second Life Memorial Service


    Michael Jackson's music "made me laugh, smile, tease, cry, his music soothed a lot of pain in my life," Morgane Batista eulogized at the memorial service that took place last night in Second Life simultaneously with the performer's burial service in California.  Batista, a Quebec resident whose first language is French, went on to say that the performer "helped me go through my life. His heart is true and was felt. He was stronger that any person I know, I can't imagine what it would've been to walk in his shoes, to see all what through he had to go through, the pain, struggles, the pure joy..."


    The Second Life service may have lacked the well known names of mourners such as Reverend Al Sharpton and Elizabeth Taylor, but made up for it in the passion of its mourners, with frequent sobs and shouts of "I love you Michael!". It also had a mixed reality component that the California service did not: while their avatars sat in the Second Life service, many of the people behind the avatars simultaneously watched the California service on CNN.


    The Second Life service opened with host MichaelJacksonWasA Wonder reading from "Magical Child'", written by Michael Jacksong and a prayer led by Genghis Roux.  One mourner, Elite Runner, spoke of the powerfully mixed emotions he felt when, on his daughter's birthday, he learned of Michael Jackson's death and he switched between BBC, CNN, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook trying to learn more.


    The service ended with a celebration of Michael Jackson's life as avatars of his Second Life fans danced to the music of DJSaitin Ansome.


    Second Life members can visit the memorial site by teleporting to Paradise/139/238/21.

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