Fans, museums and some members of Michael Jackson’s family will mark today’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 today’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.
There are no major tributes planned by the official Michael Jackson estate, which now controls rights to the Beat it singer’s music, likeness and other memorabilia.
But Jackson’s estranged father Joe has helped organise a “Forever Michael” tribute at a Beverly Hills hotel tomorrow, where 1970s band The Chi-Lites and a niece of the Jackson clan are expected to perform.
Elsewhere, The Ultimate Thriller tribute stage show makes its way from Europe and the Middle East across the Atlantic for the first time, kicking off a US tour on Friday near Boston. — Reuters.