LOS ANGELES, June 24 (Xinhua) -- A large amount of fans is expected to gather paying tribute to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson at his tomb in Forest Lawns Cemetery on Friday, one year after he died of propofol overdose, the authorities said Thursday.
|A Michael Jackson fan waits next to electronic posters at the Australian |
premiere of the documentary "This Is It", in Sydney October 28, 2009. The
documentary includes interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael
Jackson as he prepared for his shows in London. The film opens in Australia
on October 29. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
Police in Glendale, who have jurisdiction over the Forest Lawn Cemetery in which Jackson was buried, has instituted a ban on overnight camping, parking, and street vendor sales near the cemetery.
Fans will be allowed to walk by the front of the Holly Terrace area of the Great Mausoleum in Glendale, where Jackson is interred. They can leave flowers and other tributes in a designated area and then must leave the park, authorities said.
From 8:00 a.m. (1500 GMT) Friday morning, Jackson devotees are allowed to pay their tribute to the pop icon until the gates close at 6:00 p.m. (0100 GMT Saturday).
Only family and special guests, however, will be allowed into the vast mausoleum containing his body, officials said. In order to keep the event a quiet and uneventful one, no commercial or professional photography will be allowed "without the express written consent of Forest Lawn," officials said. Balloons, doves, radios, video cameras and candles have also been banned.
Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his rented Holmby Hills mansion on June 25 when he was preparing for his comeback London concerts.
He was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. His personal physician Conrad Murray had administered potent propofol and other sedatives to the singer shortly before his death.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined the cause of death to be "acute propofol intoxication." Murray is charged in February with involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, he faces a potential prison term of four years.
An increased police presence is also expected as security will be beefed up in the cemetery and in the vicinity of the Jackson family residence in Encino.
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