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

July 1, 2009
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Fans are beginning to gather outside Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch amid rumors that the late star's body will be put on public view there. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Thriller singer's body will be transported from LA to the expansive property – located approximately 150 miles northwest of the city – in a "white fairytale carriage" on Friday. Allegedly, his glass-topped coffin will then be displayed at Neverland until a private service on Sunday.

The Jackson family has met with police and the California Highway Patrol to discuss funeral arrangements, although no details have been finalized yet. The legality of burying Michael at Neverland remains uncertain. Despite not residing there since 2005, the 2,500-acre property has been bustling with activity since the singer's death, with workers and vehicles seen coming and going.

There are further reports indicating that Neverland might be transformed into a permanent tourist shrine, reminiscent of Elvis Presley's Graceland property in Memphis, where fans could pay their respects.

Amid funeral arrangements, the lawyer for Michael's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, responded to stories challenging her biological connection to the two elder children, Prince Michael (12) and Paris Katherine (11). Lawyer Eric George dismissed claims that she was a surrogate mother using donor eggs as "hurtful and insidious," asserting, "Ms. Rowe is the biological mother of the two eldest children." He mentioned that she would decide in the coming days whether to contest Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, for the right to care for them.

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