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Michael Jackson fans to have cemetery access on 1st anniversary of his death


Fans of pop singer Michael Jackson are expected to receive limited access to Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale later this month on the first anniversary of his death, authorities said Tuesday.

Under the arrangement expected to be finalized this week, fans of the King of Pop will be allowed to pay their respects on the cemetery grounds but not at the Great Mausoleum, where Jackson's body was interred in September, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

"We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration," Lorenz said. "We will be working closely with Forest Lawn to ensure the safety of those who want to pay their respects to Michael Jackson while ensuring the safety of others who are coming to the cemetery to pay respects to their loved ones."

Lorenz said fans will not be allowed to enter the Great Mausoleum, although discussions are continuing about how close fans will be able to get to the structure.

"Basically, they will be viewing it from a distance," Lorenz said.

The city has no plans for now to issue special permits for the event, which means streets would not be closed and street vendors would not be allowed to sell memorabilia.

Jackson died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest at his rented Holmby Hills mansion. He was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office later ruled Jackson died from "acute Propofol intoxication" in combination with the use of sedatives. Coroner's officials also found that the setup in Jackson's bedroom did not include proper monitoring or precise dosing equipment, and an oxygen tank at his bedside was empty.

Authorities claim cardiologist Conrad Murray, who was hired to care for Jackson during the pop star's ambitious comeback attempt last year, administered a lethal dose of the drugs. Murray was charged in February with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death.

Murray told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on Propofol -- a white liquid the singer called "milk" -- to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court.

--Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Fan shows ticket to Michael Jackson memorial last year. L.A. Times file.

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I was surprised to hear they were expecting any increase in the size of the crowd at all, since many fans go there all the time. I thought it was a little too optomistic to think fans could actually go into the Mausoleum, but what was with Randy Jackson and all his promises? Last I heard was, fans would be "able to walk right up to the Mausoluem." well, yeah, we could always do that! He essentially was saying nothing new. Just wanted publicity I guess:(

Wow, talking about beating a dead horse.

These poor, simple people....They just do not have a life...

Geez, even in death we're not rid of "him". Let the "man" rest already!

Why is it that there is even a question of Murray's guilt, he (and I quote from above) "told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on Propofol -- a white liquid the singer called "milk" -- to sleep" and didn't do anything to stop this addiction but instead continued to use it as a method to treat MJ's illness? Not to reopen a mute subject, because MJ is no longer, but didn't anyone think to take Michael to a sleeping disorder clinic so that those that are specialized in this problem can assist him? If that is not reason to declare malpractice, neglect, risk of injury, recklessness, and a complete lack of appreciation for life than I don't know what can be. OH HOW SAD IT STILL IS AND WILL BE IF THIS WRONG IS NOT RIGHTED! And all those that think that these people who want to see MJ's grave is simple what are you when your reading this post. You obviously have some secret attraction for MJ that is obviously not so secret. :) And besides how many people go to see Shakespeare's grave, John Lennon's grave, Jim Morrison's grave, all the President's graves, and Elvis' grave every year? Many right? So are these people simple? I doubt it. So, please, all of you who have something negative and judgmental to say about others, please, don't comment and stop judging others.

We have a life..Would you talk like that to Elvis fans? Graceland is generating serious money for Elvis's family..thousandths of people visit his site each year...Yet, nobody says anything about that.What's your life like? We all have our idols, and people we honor..it is a normal human need..How much money do you think the sports world makes from fans? Tons, it is a multi-million dollar industry-maybe billions. People paint there homes according to team colors, people name their children after sport giants present and past..people collect marketing merchandises such as jackets, hats, etc..Me personally i chose to honor a man of exceptional human character, the most compassionate, of extraordinary courage to stand up against the haters, prejudice, money hunger, and envious people for the past 15 years of his life.. and not ONE Time-did he physical hurt anybody, nor did anything to dishonor anybody--they did it to themselves..And not once did he stopped what God called upon him to do. Spread love and peace and share his creative genius.. to the WORLD. Call me strange, Michael Jackson embodies all that is beautiful about humanity. He inspires me to become a better person. I will HONOR and DEFEND HIM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.. Don't fear or hate what you cannot understand...maybe you all haters should read and research..well then again maybe not..it take a little bit of intelligence and wisdom to think for one's shelf. And because the worst human trait is ego...maybe your egos cannot handle the truth..I guess it is true IGNORANCE IS BLISS.....RIP King of Pop, King of Hearts, LOVE NEVER DIES

You Suckafools!...do you really think he's at Forest Lawn? He's probably frozen inside a tube somewehere in the world. People Think.

I cannot get over it has been a year. Did they ever settle if the family paid for the MJ Memorial Service? I never heard. I cannot imagine they would let fans near his resting place. If I had family members there, I would be furious.
I heard TV Guide is doing a special this month on the 26th - I just read it is called Gone Too Soon. I heard they interviewed people who had never been interviewed by the press before. What a surprise- I heard there was a great deal of things the public has not heard before. Should be interesting. Sooo sad.

I wish I could be there for the tribute rememberance of Michael!
I cannot believe it's almost a year ago that the world was so saddened, and shocked by his sudden departure from us!!!
I still feel sad to this day, remembering what an incredible person he really was!!
and still lives on in our thoughts.
He truely will always be a legend!! and always loved!
to you Michael !!! we love you forever!!!!!!

If MJ's fans want to visit his final resting place on the first anniversary of his death no one should have a problem with that, I am sure Elvis' fans visit Graceland on the anniversary of his death as well as on his birthday and on every other day of the year as well.

John Lennon and Jim Morrison's fans also visit their memorials and gravesites. So what's the problem?

Do their fans also not have a life? Personally if I was in LA visiting I would make a point of at least driving past Forest Lawn cemetary. Along with visiting some of the stars homes. That's what tourists do when they are in LA.

Any other MJ fans plan to skip the cemetery crowd and watch the TV Guide Michael Jackson special, Gone Too Soon, instead? I'm really excited to see it!

Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3b9oXa9v8c



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