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Public Memorial for Jackson today amid tight security

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 09:28:41 AM, Agencies

Jackson family spokesperson Ken Sunshine speaks at a news conference announcing details of the Michael Jackson public memorial service in Los Angeles July 3, 2009.

(REUTERS/Phil McCarten)

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Los Angeles: Michael Jackson's Public Memorial would finally been taking place today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


The life and music of the self-proclaimed "king of pop," who died of sudden cardiac arrest last Thursday, will be celebrated on Tuesday at the Staples Center, a basketball arena in downtown Los Angeles, informed the family sources.


Jackson's public memorial is scheduled for today at Staples Centre after the plan to hold a grand public viewing at the pop star's fantasy-themed Neverland was cancelled.

More than half a million fans from around the world applied for 17,500 free tickets to Michael Jackson's public memorial service, organizers said on Friday. The venue has a capacity of 20,000 people.


The security has been beefed up around Staples Center for today's Public Memorial and Officials are warning fans to stay away from the star's memorial service as they can face a hard response from police if found without a ticket.


Fans who try to enter the venue without a ticket will be dealt with strictly, police said on Monday.


"Anybody who does not hold proper credentials, tickets to get in to the event, will not be allowed inside the security zone. So for those who are thinking about coming out and maybe getting a shot to get in, that won't happen", Jim McDonell, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant chief has been quoted as saying.


"You will be standing in the hot sun on a city street with a lot of other people and you probably will not even be within eyeshot of the Staples,"  he added.


The security officers are also urging mourners to stay home and watch the event on television as there will be no screens erected outside the venue as was announced earlier. They even plan to cordon off the arena to make sure no one gets anywhere near the building without the requisite authorisation.


Meanwhile it is also reported that the pop star would be buried in a solid bronze, gold-plated coffin worth $25,0000 and without brain as the brain was taken out to conduct neuropathology tests to seek clues to his sudden collapse and demise.


The casket, called a Promethean, will feature a blue velvet interior and a hand-polished, mirror finish. It is the same type of coffin which soul singer James Brown was buried in. Jackson saw the casket first hand when he paid tribute to the singer as he lay in state in New York City’s Apollo Theatre.




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