Michael Jackson Remembered by Fans Around the World

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LOS ANGELES -- Fans around the world on Friday were marking the solemn one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson with musical tributes, graveside memorials, candlelight vigils and special ceremonies.

In Los Angeles, devotees have been gathering at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale where Jackson is buried.

Some lined up as early as 3 a.m. Friday, traveling cross-country to pay tribute.

Dozens of fans walked through the gates of the cemetery, which opened at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. They were allowed to leave flowers and other tributes in a designated area and were asked to quickly exit the park.

Some complained about the limited access, but others were just happy to pay their respects.

"We want to let the world know that we still love him and we will always remember him," Washington, DC resident "Aya" told KTLA.

"It's just a little bit more closure because he seems so far away and to come to his resting place is just so comforting," said Carlo Riley, who made the trip from Colorado and had an eerily striking resemblance to Jackson.

Only family and special guests are being allowed into the vast mausoleum containing Jackson's body. Balloons, doves, radios, video cameras and candles have been banned in what officials hope will be a quiet and uneventful occasion.

Commercial or professional photography would only be allowed "without the express written consent of Forest Lawn," officials said.

The gates were expected to close at 6:00 p.m.

In Hollywood, fans placed flowers and other items on Jackson's star along the Walk of Fame.

Police resources, including motorcycle officers, were being deployed in the vicinity of the Jackson family compound in Encino. A mobile command center was also being set up across the street from the Jackson residence. Family members were not expected to be at the compound.

Temporary "no parking" signs were installed, and police prepared to close off streets in the event of an extraordinarily large influx of fans.

In the family hometown of Gary, Indiana, Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, was to unveil a monument to the singer outside the house where the legendary Jackson 5 began their singing career. A memorial and candlelight vigil was expected to follow, ending with the song "We are the World."

Jackson's children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, were expected to mark Friday's anniversary privately in Gary.

There are no major tributes planned by the official Michael Jackson estate. But Jackson's estranged father Joe has helped organize a "Forever Michael" tribute at a Beverly Hills hotel on June 26.

Katherine Jackson has given the fund-raising dinner her blessing, and her self-published book of personal family photographs -- "Never Can Say Good-bye" -- will be sold there. But Michael Jackson's estate is not part of the event.

Fans were also gathering at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where the Jackson 5 launched their careers, and Madame Tussaud in New York was installing an exhibit as part of a global wax celebration of Jackson's career.

Some of the more unusual events were taking place in Asia where fans selected at random planned to pay $1,000 for an opportunity to spend the night inside the Neverland Collection at Japan's Tokyo Tower. Some of the singer's clothes, furniture and awards from his famed Neverland Valley Ranch in central California have been on display there since May.

The airwaves were also being filled with Michael Jackson hits. MTV, and other TV and radio networks were planning wall-to-wall videos, retrospectives and documentaries throughout the weekend looking at the singer's influence, and key developments of the past year.

Jackson died June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 after suffering a 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 that Jackson died from "acute Propofol intoxication" in combination with the use of sedatives. Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was charged in February with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop star's death.


KTLA's Michael Jackson Tribute Page: http://www.ktla.com/entertainment/michael-jackson/

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