Dancing, exhibits, grave visit mark Jackson anniversary

Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:32pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In Tokyo, fans are planning a sleepover surrounded by his possessions; in Los Angeles, devotees will visit his grave; and on TV and radio stations around the world, lovers of the King of Pop's music won't stop 'til they get enough.

Fans, museums and some members of Michael Jackson's family will mark Friday's one-year anniversary of the singer's death with special exhibits, tributes and flash mob dances from Manila to Manhattan.

In the family hometown of Gary, Indiana, matriarch Katherine Jackson will unveil a monument to the singer outside the humble house where the legendary Jackson 5 began their singing career half a century ago. A memorial and candlelight vigil will follow, ending with the song "We are the World."

Jackson's children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket -- are expected to mark Friday's anniversary privately in Gary.

By contrast, in the Philippines prisoners who danced their way to fame with their "Thriller" YouTube video in 2007, will pay homage to the singer with some more fancy footwork.

Jackson's sudden death at age 50 on June 25, last year in Los Angeles sparked an outpouring of grief around the world for the former child star, who was rehearsing for a series of London concerts aimed at reviving a career shattered by bizarre events as an adult and allegations of molesting children.

A year on, with Jackson's personal doctor awaiting trial on a criminal charge of causing the singer's death by giving him a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid, memories are focused on the artist who won 13 Grammys and whose dancing rocked the world.

NO MAJOR TRIBUTES   Continued...

<p>Artist Morfy Gikas touches up the Michael Jackson tribute exhibit at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York June 23, 2010 ahead of the one year anniversary of Jackson's death on June 25. REUTERS/Lily Bowers</p>