MJ's body to arrive at Neverland Thursday
Michael Jackson is going home.
A 30-car motorcade will escort the King of Pop's body to his Neverland Ranch Thursday morning for a public viewing Friday, according to reports. Mobs are expected to descend on the mansion and its defunct zoo north of Santa Barbara, California.
A private memorial service is scheduled Sunday at Neverland, the Peter Pan inspired ranch that Jackson lost in 2005. Throngs of fans have set up makeshift memorials outside Neverland's gates since Jackson died last Thursday.
Family members had yet to decide on a final resting place for Jackson as of yesterday. But the mayor of Gary, Ind. is lobbying hard for Jackson to rest in his childhood city, pledging to build a museum and concert hall dedicated to Jackson.
If they can do it for Elvis Presley in Graceland, we can do it for Michael Jackson in Gary, Mayor Rudy Clay said.Meanwhile, startling news about Jackson's parenting arrangements surfaced, including:
Arnold Klein, the icon's dermatologist, was the biological father of Jackson's two oldest children, Michael Jr. and Paris, sources told Us Weekly. Klein was the former boss of Debbie Rowe, Jackson's ex-wife.
Michael Jr. and Paris were conceived in-vitro, and Rowe carried the children but is not their biological mother, TMZ reported. Jackson never formally adopted the children because he couldn't imagine a custody battle breaking out for them. Birth records obtained by the gossip Web site showed Jackson as the father of Prince Michael II, but no mother listed.
Jackson's 2002 will also turned up yesterday, with the document divvying the hotly contested estate between his children, mother and at least one charity. Jackson's father, Joe, was not named.
The singer's family said they would present the document in court. Jackson's mother had petitioned to administrator his estate, arguing that no will existed.
Jackson had $567.6 million in assets in 2007 that included Neverland, the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog, cars, antiques and collectibles. But his net worth shriveled to $236 million after accruing massive debts.
Also yesterday, the promoter who booked Jackson's sold-out comeback tour said a tribute show is likely.