Yesterday afternoon TMZ reported that plans were underway to move Michael Jackson‘s body from LA to his former home at Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, CA and CNN reported that a public memorial service would be held at Neverland on Friday July 3. Today the Jackson family has issued an official statement denying that any such public or private memorial services will be held at Neverland this weekend and that NO plans are finalized yet for any public memorial service for the late Michael Jackson. Since word broke of the supposed memorial service at Neverland this weekend, fans have flocked to Los Olivos to leave flowers and tributes to MJ at the ranch and countless media outlets have set up on the grounds to cover what was believed to be MJ‘s public memorial service. Here are a few photos from Neverland Ranch yesterday and today, including a letter sent to residents of Santa Barbara, CA warning of the influx of mourners to the area in addition to the full text of the just released official statement on memorial plans from the Jackson family:
“Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private viewing at Neverland. Plans are underway regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly.”
I’m hearing that the Jackson family is working on a plan for a public memorial service for Michael Jackson but that it will take place here in Los Angeles, CA. MJ will absolutely NOT be buried at Neverland Ranch and will most likely be interred here in the LA area at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills. I will update with more info as it becomes available but it looks like any plans to head up to Los Olivos for Michael Jackson‘s public memorial service are now unnecessary.