Michael Jackson’s estate paid tribute to his artistry and charity today as fans make final preparations for gatherings to celebrate his memory on the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop’s death.
The estate has doggedly worked to protect and enhance Jackson’s legacy, a task made more challenging this year when two men accused Jackson of molesting them as boys in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” sparking new scrutiny of years-old claims that Jackson preyed on children.
Jackson was acquitted of abuse allegations in 2005 and always vehemently denied such allegations, and the estate and his family angrily refuted the men’s claims when the documentary was released in March, noting the men had at one time been among Jackson’s biggest defenders and testified on his behalf at his criminal trial.
The estate is using the anniversary of Jackson’s death to celebrate and accentuate Jackson’s vast humanitarian work.
Fans plan to gather at Jackson’s last home in Los Angeles, where the singer received a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol on the afternoon of June 25, 2009 from his doctor.
Jackson was declared dead at a hospital at age 50.
They also plan a vigil at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where Jackson was laid to rest two months later.