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Elizabeth Taylor Will Not Attend Public Memorial for Michael Jackson

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Elizabeth Taylor ended days of rampant speculation with the announcement that she would not attend the public memorial service for her longtime friend and confidant Michael Jackson Tuesday morning at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

FOXNews.com learned of Taylor's decision through her publicist as the film star posted her announcement on her Twitter page.

She wrote: "My love goes out to Katherine and Michael's beloved children... I said I wouldn't go to the Staples Center and I certainly don't want to become a part of it. I love him too much... I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word.

"I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla."

PHOTOS: Click for pics of Michael Jackson and Liz Taylor through the years.

Since Jackson’s death on June 25, rumors swirled around Taylor's mental and physical health.

After a spate of serious health problems in recent years the 77-year-old has been seen recently using a wheelchair. Shortly after the death of her friend, reports emerged that her health was in further decline — concerns only perpetuated by the silver screen icon’s online outpouring of emotion over the loss of her friend on Twitter last Friday.

She wrote then: "My heart…my mind…are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him.

"It can’t be so. He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I’ve ever known. Oh god! I’m going to miss him."

By the weekend, rumors turned into tabloid fodder with reports that Taylor was on suicide watch.

But by Sunday, the reports of her rapid decline changed into reports that she would be delivering the eulogy at Jackson's public memorial escorted by Barry Manilow.

Manilow's rep told FOXNews.com he had a prior engagement and was not planning on attending the memorial.

FULL COVERAGE: Click for FOX News coverage of Michael Jackson's death.

The film legend who first called Jackson the “King of Pop” waited until Monday evening, just hours before the event that is expected to attract tens of thousands, to quash the rumors.

Her decision follows the announcement that Debbie Rowe — Jackon's ex-wife and mother of the singer's two eldest children — would not be attending the memorial.

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