Representatives for the Jackson Family as well as AEG (the company behind the "This Is It" tour have confirmed that Michael Jackson's memorial service will take place at 10am Tuesday morning at the Staples Center (where Michael was rehearsing for his final tour).
Despite rumors of the Jacksons charging for admission, 11,ooo tickets will be distributed free to the public. Additional information will be arriving via press conference tomorrow.
On a personal note, I'd like to urge everyone to be vigilant of what they read and hear the next week. As you know, there's no shortage of stale attempts at attention and ratings. Our rule of thumb is, "Just because it's on CNN doesn't mean it's true." More to come next week. Until then, peace, love, and everything in between.
Rest in peace, King of Pop, and healing to the Jackson family, their many friends, and adoring public. We've all lost a hero, and I'm grateful for such amazing inspiration and influence and strongly feel the work of Michael Jackson will live on in our minds and hearts forever.
I'd like to bid Michael my own farewell by posting a few of his lyrics, which sadly ring true this week:
"Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight...
Here one day, Gone one night.
Gone too soon..."
RIP Michael Jackson