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Reports emerge Michael's body will go on display at Neverland

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Fans of the late singer have begun to gather outside his sprawling Neverland ranch in Santa Barbara, where Michael's body will reportedly be displayed to the public before his private funeral
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Meanwhile the lawyer of the king of pop's former wife Debbie Rowe has responded to claims she is not the biological mother of Michael's eldest children, calling stories she was a surrogate using donor eggs "hurtful and insidious"
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01 JULY 2009

Fans have begun to gather outside Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch after claims the late star's body will go on view to the public there.

Unconfirmed reports have stated the Thriller singer will be transported from LA to the sprawling property - located about 150 miles northwest of the city – by a "white fairytale carriage" on Friday.

His glass-topped coffin will then apparently be displayed there until a private service on Sunday.

The Jackson family have met with police and the California Highway Patrol to discuss funeral arrangements, though no details have yet been finalised.

Although iIt is not known whether Michael can legally be buried at Neverland,  it has been a hive of activity since the singer's death. Workers and vehicles have been spotted going in and out of the 2,500-acre property, which Michael bought in 1987 but had not lived at since 2005.

Further reports suggest it may be turned into a permanent tourist shrine where fans could come to pay their respects, just like Elvis Presley's Graceland property in Memphis.

As funeral arrangements were being drawn out, the lawyer of Michael's ex wife Debbie Rowe responded to stories saying she is not the biological mother of the two elder of the children, Prince Michael, 12, and 11-year-old Paris Katherine.

Laywer Eric George called the claims she was a surrogate mother using donor eggs "hurtful and insidious", adding: "Ms Rowe is the biological mother of the two eldest children."

He said she would decide during the next few days whether she would contest Michael's mother Katherine Jackson for the right to care for them

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