Tuesday, 7 July 2009


Shaheen Jafargholi

LA is braced for Jackson's farewell

The stage is set for Michael Jackson's final act - as Los Angeles braces itself for what could be the biggest, most spectacular celebrity send-off of all time.

Ecstatic fans - many of them Britons who won the lottery for seats at the memorial service - received their tickets and spangly wristbands which will get them into the 20,000-seat Staples Centre.

Welsh schoolboy Shaheen Jafargholi, a finalist on the Britain's Got Talent TV show, will feature alongside worldwide music icons Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III in the eagerly-awaited tribute, the Jackson family said.

Later, a Los Angeles TV station reported activity at Forest Lawn cemetery which appeared to involve Jackson's family.

KCAL-TV showed helicopter footage taken at sunset (LA time) of a hearse backing up to a building inside the grounds. It also showed footage of a woman in sunglasses and a hat who appeared to be LaToya Jackson entering the cemetery at around 7pm (3am BST Tuesday)

Police had shut the main road to the entrance and were screening drivers, letting a few in and turning others away.

Meanwhile, the legal manoeuvring that marked Jackson's extraordinary and troubled life also continues, with his mother losing a bid to control his enormous, but tangled estate.


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