Thousands Remember Jackson at Apollo Theatre

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Lines wrapped around Harlem's famous Apollo Theatre, Tuesday, as thousands of fans waited their turn to pay respects to Michael Jackson.

The public tribute was set to start at 2 p.m., with the theatre letting people in 600 at a time to watch a video tribute, listen to music and leave flowers and other memorabilia.  Lines were already beginning to form Tuesday morning, and were well down 125th Street as doors were opened.

A wall of rememberance was also set up outside the theatre for fans to sign.

"God bless and be with you M. Jackson," one person wrote.  "We all share your grief. Love always," said another.

Funeral, Last Will Speculation

CNN reported Tuesday afternoon preliminary plans for Jackson's body to be displayed to the public, Friday, at his Neverland Ranch in California.  Santa Barbara police confirmed they will escort his remains to the 2,500-acre property Thursday morning.

It's believed a private funeral will be held Sunday.  Burial plans are still uncertain, but Jackson's father, Joe, said Monday there are no plans to bury his son at the ranch.

Word also surfaced, Tuesday, of a possible will and testament the singer drafted in 2002.  Unnamed sources close to the family told reporters that a lawyer is supposed to present the will as early as Thursday to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The will supposedly divides Jackson's estate between his mother, children and charities.

Future of Jackson's Children

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's parents were given temporary custody of his three children, Monday.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted 79-year-old Katherine Jackson temporary guardianship of the children, who range in age from 7-12.

Mrs. Jackson was also given limited control over some of her son's personal property.  In court documents, she said there is no knowledge that her son had a will.

Hearings begin next month to consider issues with Jackson's estate.

Jackson's Relationship with God

There are reports that in the last weeks of his life, Jackson prayed with Gospel recording artists Andre and Sandra Crouch.

According to an assistant of one of the singers, Jackson reportedly sought out Crouch for his assistance on a music project.  He ended up having a discussion on spiritual matters, followed by a time of prayer.

It is not known whether Jackson, who grew up as a Jehovah's Witness, had converted to Christianity.

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