Michael Jackson concert promoters pay up as anniversary nears

Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:58pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The promoter behind Michael Jackson's ill-fated concert tour on Friday contributed more than $1 million toward the costs of the singer's memorial service last year, one week ahead of the 1-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death.

AEG and the executors of the Jackson estate said they have given $1.3 million to the city of Los Angeles to help cover the $3.2 million cost of policing and other measures for the July 2009 public memorial at AEG's Staples Center venue.

Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, just days before a planned series of comeback concerts in London organized by AEG.

His death of an overdose of powerful sedatives, painkillers and the anesthetic propofol triggered grief around the world and sent sales of his records soaring.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio is among groups organizing special tributes to Jackson next weekend and fans are expected to visit the Jackson family hometown of Gary, Indiana.

But the anniversary this coming Friday is expected to be largely low-key and there are no known official plans by the Jackson family to publicly mark the day.

Discussions have been held between the family, local police and cemetery officials with a view to allowing limited fan access to Jackson's burial site outside Los Angeles, but no plans have yet been announced.

Michael Jackson's mother Katherine was reported on Friday to be planning to publish a book next week of personal photographs of her son.

Showbiz411.com's Roger Friedman reported that the coffee table style book would be called "Never Can Say Goodbye" and would be self-published by the 80 year-old matriarch of the Jackson 5 singing family.   Continued...