Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"Live Cast"Jackson Funeral:LAst Foot Before Reach Heaven Door

Michael Jackson's funeral will take place amid reports that his coffin will be taken to the Staples Center memorial service so that fans can say their final farewell.

A private funeral service attended only by close family and friends is scheduled to take place at 8am local time, before the public memorial which promises to be one of the biggest showbusiness spectacles ever witnessed. America is expected to grind to a standstill as the service is broadcast live on television, and the global audience is estimated to exceed 300 million.

Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie are among the stars scheduled to perform, along with 12-year-old Swansea schoolboy Shaheen Jafargholi, who performed a Jackson hit on the television show Britain's Got Talent. Jackson's family invited Shaheen to sing at the service.

Los Angeles is in lockdown after police pleas for non-ticket holders to stay away were ignored. Some 1.6 million people applied for 8,750 pairs of tickets to the event, which were allocated via a lottery system. The lucky recipients were given gold wristbands which will grant them entry, but some chose to sell their tickets on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars. The website has promised to remove the listings as soon as they appear.

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