SIR ELTON JOHN sang Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me as the news of Michael Jacksons death emerged during his annual White Tie And Tiaras ball. The celebration was interrupted as word of the death spread among the hundreds of guests at the fundraising gala at his home in Old Windsor, Berkshire. Many of the guests left looking tearful or grim-faced, with Justin Timberlake looking as if he had been crying. Claire Danes looked grief-stricken as her boyfriend Hugh Dancy put a comforting hand on her lap as they were driven away early. Other guests at the bash included Liz Hurley and husband Arun Nayar, Lily Allen, Ronnie Wood and girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, Hugh Grant and Boris Becker. Also among the star- studded crowd were Rachel Stevens, Geri Halliwell, Kelly Osborne, Natalie Imbruglia, Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Kate Beckinsale, Tracey Emin and Lisa Snowdon. Today music promoter Harvey Goldsmith, who worked with Jackson on his last British tour in 1997, called him one of the great showmen of all time. He said: He was an extraordi- nary character, unique. He worked very hard and really wanted to be loved. Maybe he had a dif- ferent side to his life that none of us really understands. But I think people will hope- fully remember him for h i s i n c r e d i b l e performances. London Lite Friday, 26 June 2009 Subject to status and availability. Free Samsung S5600, unlimited texts and 200 minutes when you connect to Dolphin 20 on a 24 month contract which will be charged at 19.57 per month with the current VAT rate at 15%. Price subject to payment by Direct Debit and non-itemised billing. Unlimited texts are for standard person to person UK texts sent within the UK and are subject to a fair usage policy. Minutes and texts do not rollover. 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Full terms at visit your local Orange shop or only on Orange the Samsung S5600 Range for just 19.57 a month on Dolphin 20 get: free Samsung S5600 slim, stylish display easy to navigate touchscreen, ideal for browsing also available on pay as you go rocket man singer interrupts party to break tragic news to the stars Tributeselton sings Dont Let the sun go Down on me as ball ends in tears Funeralcouldbebiggesteverbut familymaywantMuslimburial THE Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, where a production based on his life story is playing, is likely to become a shrine in the next few days as the King of Pops devotional followers cling to any symbol that links them to their idol. In the coming days, fans from all over the world are expected to gather outside the Thriller -- Live venue, which will dim its outside lights at 7.30pm tonight in honour of the star. Early today Grey Lappin, a South African dancer now living in Battersea, south London, cried as he stuck a home-made tribute to the theatres doors. He said: I have been a fan my whole life, I had a really hard time growing up and he represented something magical. By BO WILSON Memories: dancer Gray Lapper weeps at the doors of the Lyric Shocked: Ronnie Wood and Ekaterina leaving at 2am Sombre: Liz Hurley at the Tiaras ball Guest: Boris Becker arriving at the gala THE King of Pops funeral could be one of the biggest in showbusiness history -- dwarfing those of Elvis Presley and James Brown. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets during any procession, making Princess Dianas death the closest comparison. No details have been announced but Jermaine Jacksons words, And Allah be with you Michael always, may indicate a Muslim burial. Jermaine, who converted to Islam in 1989, is fervent in his beliefs. Michael is reported to have converted to Islam last November in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. His family may opt for a private Muslim ceremony, but they will surely not be able to resist the publics need for a larger memorial. Lyric set to become a shrine I was lucky enough to know Michael Jackson in his prime. He was an extraordinary talent. He had a troubled life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. Thriller director John Landis Watching him perform on Thriller is amazing. He stays with the beat and never misses a semiquaver. Michael was pure genius. He should have had many more years ahead of him and we could have looked forward to more examples of his musical prowess. 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