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Jacksons Negotiating Fan Access to Michael's Grave

Forest Lawn Memorial Park working with King of Pop's family on plan for first anniversary of King of Pop's death

June 9, 2010 11:03 AM ET

Michael Jackson fans hoping to visit the King of Pop's resting place on the one-year anniversary of his death June 25th received some encouraging news this morning. A Glendale, California police sergeant revealed that the Jackson family and the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Jackson's body rests in the Great Mausoleum, are working on a deal that would allow fans limited access to the cemetery, MTV reports. "We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration," said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. "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."

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson's youngest brother Randy said he hoped to allow fans to visit Michael's final resting place, but due to the likely surge of fans, Forest Lawn officials were reluctant to grant permission. Fans will definitely not be permitted to enter the Great Mausoleum, the resting place of Hollywood legends Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Carole Lombard. "[Fans] will be viewing it from a distance," Lorenz said.

In other Jackson tribute news, Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre, where Michael Jackson and his brothers won Amateur Night in 1967, will induct the King of Pop into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony on June 14th. Soul legend Aretha Franklin will also join the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame, while Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will be honored with the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award, Billboard reports. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall include James Brown, Quincy Jones and Smokey Robinson. Jamie Foxx will host the ceremony.

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