It’s not just about pretty sunflowers at Michael Jackson‘s mausoleum. If his brother Randy Jackson has his way, then the site is going to become the epicenter of a battle royale. He’s trying to get permission to let MJ fans go “beyond the gates of Forest Lawn” to pay their respects up close and personal on the King Of Pop’s one year death anniversary (on June 25th).
Here’s the problem: it’s an extremely private cemetery, and normally non-family members can’t access the inner sanctum. Other celebrities like Clark Gable are buried there and and his grandson, Clark Gable III, isn’t happy at all saying that the area “wouldn’t be as sacred” if anyone off the street could waltz in. It would get messy too, with hoards of hardcore fans cramming in. Randy has someone on his side, though. Author Ronald J. Fields, who is the grandson of the legendary comedian, actor and writer, W.C. Fields, is okay with the plan. He thinks fans should get a shot because the experience would be “moving to them.”
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That was quick! Lisa Marie Presley JUST wrote a letter on MySpace asking fans to send sunflowers to Michael Jackson’s grave site. We just wrote how fans disagree with LMP’s claims that MJ’s final resting place isn’t getting big love.
Well, TMZ is reporting that a flower company has responded to Presley’s wish and is going to deliver a truckload of sunflowers – MJ’s favorite flower – to surround him. Jason Levin fromÃ‚Â sunflowerguy.com says he’s shipping several thousands of the happy flower to the King of Pop’s mausoleum ASAP. And it’s all because of Lisa Marie’s letter. Wow….wishes really do come true.
A series of notes scribbled by Michael Jackson and stuck to his bathroom mirror have been uncovered. The News of the World claims to have obtained the Post-its and sheets of paper kept in his bathroom as the late superstar readied himself for his comeback shows at London’s O2 Arena. A couple are ordinary scribbles – one saying “Call Temperton” – a reference to his onetime music co-writer Rod Temperton – and the other reading “Do We Are the World in show” – assumed to be a reminder to include the track in his repertoire.
The other two notes appear more revealing, with one reading “I am so glad that I am a magnet for miracles.” This is assumed to be a reference to the term used by recovering alcoholics in self-help programs, and could be related to Jackson’s dependency on prescription drugs and his desire to get off them. The other says, “Love, no violence ever. Remember a beautiful future promise of tomorrow,” which feels just too poignant now. [Photo: Getty Images]
Kelly Osbourne just can’t keep firing out those verbal disses. Just a few weeks after she apparently laid into Lady Gaga (although she denied making those quotes), Kel’s been reported as slating the late Michael Jackson when her boyfriend Luke Worrall was asked to play some Jackson tracks during his DJ set at London’s Whisky Mist (ah, so that’s what he does, then).
“Can people just get over Michael Jackson. He’s dead!” she said.
Zoinks! We’re all for free speech, but surely Kelly should know by now that Showbiz Etiquette dictates that you are always devastated by any deaths, and would shy away from expressing any irritation with the deceased AT ALL COSTS. Get to the back of the class!
As if you could ever have thought it possible, the Michael Jackson saga just got a whole lot weirder. Jackson’s long-time friend, former child actor Mark Lester, has sensationally claimed that he believes he is Michael’s daughter Paris‘ biological father. Lester says he donated sperm to Jackson in the mid-1990’s when his friend told him he was desperate for children, but was unwilling to have intercourse himself.
“In one of our regular phone conversations he said he realised [sic] having kids was a natural thing but that he just couldn’t do it. I mentioned the fact there are alternative ways of going about it. We even joked that you can use a turkey baster, referring to artificial insemination. “I think he’d already tried using his own sperm but it hadn’t worked for him, so I made an off-the-cuff comment saying: ‘Try mine!'” he said.
Mark, a Brit who took the starring role in children’s classic musical Oliver!, says that although he then donated sperm in a London clinic for Jackson, the two never talked of the incident again. Mark and his family of four children continued to spend much of their free time with the Jackson family, and are godparents to each others’ children: “Our families often holidayed together and staff, especially nannies, watching the children play together would say how similar the two girls looked,” he added.
Despite keeping the sperm donation secret from even his own wife, Mark says he is only speaking out now as he’s been cut off from the Jackson children since the superstar passed away this June.
“Now I’m not able to have any communication with the children. My repeated phone calls aren’t returned and emails go unanswered. This isn’t what Michael would have wanted. I feel I have to come forward, as my only way of saying, ‘Please don’t shut me out!'” he says. The 51-year-old acupuncturist says he’s willing to take a paternity test to prove his suspicions – which will be the only way of seeing if there’s any truth to this incredible claim, which has already been denied by sources close to the Jackson family.Ã‚Â
Despite recent claims that neither she nor Michael Jackson are biologically related to them, Debbie Rowe is to seek custody of her children Prince Michael and Paris. The former nurse, who gave up custody of the children to Jackson a number of years ago, said that she was “stepping up” to take charge of the kids, which also could include youngest child Blanket.
“She is going to be pursuing custody of the children. Frankly, she won’t have to fight for them. She is the children’s biological mother. She loves her children,” her former attorney Ivan Finsilver said.
Rowe will have to contest Jackson’s will, which stated that his mother Katherine, or friend Diana Ross, should take care of his three children. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans all over the globe are releasing their emotions through tears, vigils, and perhaps most appropriately, dancing. While many reacted to the shocking news with weeping and prayers, others took to the streets, blasting his music and showcasing what Jackson taught them.
Memorials were not limited to UCLA Medical Center, the Apollo Theater, and his childhood home in Gary, Indiana. Fans in Hong Kong lit candles and Bulgarians brought roses to their respective spontaneous gatherings. Londoners created a memorial outside the Lyric Theatre, where “Thriller Live” has been showing. In Paris, a ceremony is planned for tonight at Notre Dame Cathedral and there will be a memorial moonwalk at the Eiffel Tower on Sunday. Prisoners in the Phillipines made famous by their choreographed “Thriller” video are planning a tribute performance.
Michael Jackson’s death has brought together fans worldwide to mourn, remember, and celebrate his legacy as the King of Pop. [Source: NY Times; Photo: Getty Images]
With the passing of Michael Jackson, we lose one of the most beloved pop culture stars in history. Take a look back at some of the King Of Pop’s most memorable moments in music, fashion, and in his controversial personal life. [Photo: Getty Images]