04
Jul
09

public memorial service announced for michael


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17,500 tickets were available for the public memorial serviced for Michael Jackson.

The service is to be held Tuesday at the Staples Center Arena in Los  Angeles.

An online lottery was held to issue the free tickets to fans who will either attend the service or watch the proceedings on a big screen at the nearby Nokia Theater.

By the Saturday 6pm deadline, the Staplescenter.com website had officially crashed because of the multitude of fans attempting to enter for tickets.

“You might want to consider watching this from the comfort of your own home,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is doubling as the city’s acting mayor.

The memorial service will also be streamed online.

The area surrounding the downtown Los Angeles venue will be blocked off for the 10 am service with local and state law officials present.

So far, 9000 officers have volunteered to work the service, but in total, 14000 are needed.

A Jackson family spokesperson was confirmed that Jackson’s body will not be present at the memorial and there will be no funeral procession.

Private funeral arrangements have still not been confirmed. Security at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills mortuary (where Michael’s body is rumored to be) have increased.

Winners of the tickets for the service will be announced on Sunday and directed to pick up wristbands on Monday.

Jackson’s last performance was at the Staples Center. The night before he died of sudden cardiac arrest last Thursday, he rehearsed for the tour at the venue.

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