Michael Jackson's Body Heads to Neverland for Public Viewing

June 30, 2009 2:35 PM ET

>Michael Jackson's body will be transported Thursday, July 2nd to the singer's Neverland Ranch for a public viewing, CNN reports. The viewing will be held Friday morning, with a private memorial service planned for Sunday, July 5th. Law enforcements officials told TMZ that Jackson's body would be transported in a 30-car motorcade. Security and traffic control are being discussed, TMZ notes.

Despite rumors that Jackson will be laid to rest at Neverland, no official confirmation regarding where the singer will be buried has been announced. According to the Huffington Post, Mayor Rudy Clay of Gary, Indiana is lobbying hard to convince the Jackson family that Michael should be laid to rest in the singer's boyhood city. The plan would call for the downtrodden city to reportedly erect an entire museum and performing center dedicated to the Jacksons, with Michael's grave the heart of the attraction. "If they can do it for Elvis Presley in Graceland, we can do it for Michael Jackson in Gary," Clay told the AP.

According to CNN, Clay expects Jackson's body will be present when the city holds a memorial to the singer next week. "I believe that his body will lie in state in Gary, Indiana," Clay told CNN. "Now, it may not happen, but I believe it will." The Gary, Indiana memorial is just one of the many Michael Jackson tributes reportedly planned in the coming months. As Rock Daily reported, the singer's planned This Is It! concert may become an all-star tribute in the coming weeks.

In other Jackson news, CNN reports that Jackson family lawyer Londell McMillan said that they've located a Michael Jackson will dating back to 2002. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, it is unclear if the unearthed will is the latest version. According to the WSJ, the 2002 will leaves Jackson's assets to his three children, his mother Katherine and various charities, but nothing to his father Joe Jackson.

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Michael Jackson's "This Is It!" Show May Become All-Star Tribute
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Michael Jackson: Inside His Final Concert Rehearsals

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