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Year after death, fans still can't get enough Michael Jackson memories

A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was marked Friday on a quieter scale, as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music.

The electric, enigmatic and troubled icon died on June 25, 2009, at age 50, as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London.

At Jackson's final resting place at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif., about 500 fans filed past barricades Friday to get close to the mausoleum where Jackson is interred. Some wept, while some carried bouquets; others were armed with cameras to document the moment.

Several of Jackson's relatives visited the mausoleum — off limits to the public — where his body is entombed. Brother Tito shook hands with fans as he arrived, and brother Jermaine rolled down a window and waved as the family left in a fleet of luxury vehicles.

In Gary, Ind., Jackson's hometown, hundreds of fans gathered for a tribute at the family home; Jackson's mother, Katherine, was in the city for the event.

In Harlem, pictures of Jackson hung on a wall outside New York's Apollo Theater, where Jackson and his brothers won amateur night in the late 1960s. A sidewalk plaque honored the singer alongside such other legends as James Brown and Smokey Robinson.

In Japan, hundreds of fans met at Tokyo Tower to honor Jackson with a candlelight vigil, a gospel concert and more. About 50 guests paid $1,100 each to sleep overnight at the Tokyo landmark, where they had catered food, watched a gospel choir, looked at Jackson memorabilia and danced to Michael Jackson's music before observing a period of silence as the sun rose.

On Twitter, "RIPMJ" was one of the most popular topics. Mariah Carey said she was marking the day by watching the video to You Are Not Alone.

"Love and prayers to MJ 'King of Pop,' " Carey tweeted. "You will be remembered forever. We miss you."

JACKSON'S CHILDREN: Not everything went smoothly with the Jackson family's visit to M.J.s' mausoleum.

According to TMZ, Randy Jackson fired off a Twitter message on Friday about the singers's kids not being able to attend. His message: "Sorry Big Bro, for not getting ur children there on the anniversary of ur last day. I tried."

According to TMZ, Prince, Paris and Blanket were last seen in Hawaii on Thursday.

WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT: Michael's father Joe Jackson on Friday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray at the federal court in downtown Los Angeles, TMZ also reported.

In the complaint, Joe Jackson alleges that Murray "withheld vital information from the doctors and EMTs who were trying to save Michael's life — specifically, information that he had administered Propofol," TMZ said.

This report contains material from the Associated Press and TMZ.

Year after death, fans still can't get enough Michael Jackson memories 06/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:56pm]

    

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