Thousands of Michael Jackson’s most faithful fans are expected to converge on his beloved Neverland Ranch this weekend, as the pop superstar returns home for the last time.
A public memorial is planned over the upcoming holiday weekend to allow Jackson’s fans to pay their final respects. The family is still finalizing plans for the gathering. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department revealed to E! News, “Our guys are meeting as we speak with the California Highway Patrol to discuss the security issues.” The singer’s body will be transported up the coast from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on Thursday, with a public viewing set for Friday and a private funeral on Sunday.
There’s certain to be an outpouring of grief which will rival that of the days following the death of Elvis Presley 32 years ago, as another legend is laid to rest.
UPDATE: The Jackson family has issued a statement refuting reports of memorials for Michael. “Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private viewing at Neverland. Plans are underway regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly.”
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