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Public memorial set for Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, seen in a July 6, 2002 file photo in New York, died from a heart attack in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009. He was 50 years old. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/File)
Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop", seen in a July 6, 2002 file photo in New York, died from a heart attack in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009. He was 50 years old. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/File) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Tickets for a public memorial service for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles will be distributed through a random drawing, organizers said Friday.

Fans can register online at Staplescenter.com. Organizers plan to select 8,750 people at random, distributing two free tickets and wristbands to each person Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The memorial is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Staples Center where Jackson held his last rehearsal before his death.

City officials told the Times a massive police presence will be needed for the event, and it is unclear who should pay for it. They also questioned whether police had enough time for planning, given the number of officers already working overtime because of the three-day Fourth of July holiday.

Reports suggested as many as 1 million people could gather outside the Staples Center during the service.

Meanwhile, an attorney for Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two elder children, said she had not yet decided whether to seek custody, despite telling a television reporter that was her intention.

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