Michael Jackson Fans Granted Access to Cemetery on Anniversary of Death
As the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death approaches, police officials in Los Angeles have revealed that the public will be granted limited access to the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, in order to pay their respects to the late King of Pop.
Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Los Angeles Times, that on June 25, fans will be able allowed to enter the cemetery grounds, as per the wishes of the Jackson clan. "We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration," Lorenz explained. "We will be working closely with Forest Lawn to ensure the safety of those who want to pay their respects to Michael Jackson while ensuring the safety of others who are coming to the cemetery to pay respects to their loved ones."
Arrangements for the June 25 date will be finalized this week, but police officials made it clear than fans will only be able to pay their respects from a distance. The public will not be allowed to enter the Great Mausoleum where Jackson's body was laid to rest in September. Currently, the city of Los Angeles does not plan on issuing any special permits for the event, which would mandate the closing of nearby streets.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, last year after suffering from cardiac arrest in his Holmby Hills mansion. In February, Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter over the singer's death.