Millions expected to descend on Neverland, to say final farewell to Michael Jackson
More than a millions fans are expected to descend on Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch this week, following news that a public wake will take place this Friday.
With a private memorial set to take place on Sunday for close family, a 30-strong motorcade will transport the singer’s body the 150 miles from Los Angeles tomorrow.
Although details remain unconfirmed, rumours are rife that Jackson’s body may then be placed in a glass casket for public viewing at Neverland, giving fans the chance to see the King of Pop for a final time.
Other reports suggest that the coffin may be placed in a white carriage, which will travel the funeral route.
The arrangements have apparently caused heated disagreements amongst the Jackson family, but the very public plans were apparently decided upon as it was believed that Michael would want his fans to have the opportunity to see him.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who has been assisting the family told USA Today, ‘They’ve not made the final decisions.
‘My recommendation is that they do whatever they want – private or for close associates – and then at a later date let the whole world have a celebration, maybe around his birthday at the end of August.’
Meanwhile, authorities are gearing up for a mass pilgrimage, as fans start their journey to Jackson’s former home. Speaking yesterday, a senior LAPD chief said: ‘We are preparing for an event of historic proportions.’
Details of Jackson’s final resting place remain firmly under wraps.