Michael Jackson's family is planning to put his body on display at the site of his former fantasy playground, Neverland, on Friday, for a potentially bizarre and chaotic public farewell, Guardian reported.
The body is to be taken in a 30-car motocade on Thursday the 130 miles from his home in Los Angeles to the Neverland ranch.
His family intend to have a private memorial at the site at the weekend.
Jackson's father, Joe, said yesterday he would not be buried at the site
Police in California were working out how to avoid major traffic problems.
Neverland was set up two decades ago by Jackson as a playground for children but many of the attractions, such as a ferris wheel, railway and various amusement rides, have long since fallen into disrepair.
Documents obtained by the Associated Press today show Jackson had $567.6m in assets, including his Neverland Ranch and rights to songs by the Beatles, but had debts of $331m, leaving him with a net worth of $236.6m. The documents were dated 2007.
In New York today, long lines of Jackson fans formed from early morning to pay homage at Harlem's Apollo theatre, where the singer's career took off at the age of 9 when he won a talent contest.
Fans were to be allowed into the theatre in batches of 600 to lay flowers and memorabilia on the fabled stage, from which the careers of many African Americans have been launched down the decades.
As part of the two-day tribute, eulogies will be delivered by, among others, Jonelle Procope, president of the Apollo Theatre Foundation, and the Reverend Al Sharpton, a friend of the Jacksons. There will be a minute's silence in the theatre at 5.26 pm (EST), the time that Jackson was pronounced dead on Thursday.
The singer, as part of the Jackson Five, won the theatre's amateur night in 1967. Amateur night tomorrow will go ahead as usual but dedicated to Jackson.
Although Jackson's family have not yet decided on the details of a tribute to the singer, impromptu ones like the one at the Apollo are already being held across the US.
As part of the investigation into his mystery death, police returned to his home in Los Angeles yesterday to pick up more medication. The police said today that the move was a normal part of such an investigation.
The police have widened the circle of doctors they want to question about what medication he was taking. His regular doctor who found Jackson on Thursday and tried to resuscitate him, Conrad Murray, was interviewed by police at the weekend and, according to his lawyer, denied administering drugs that could have contributed his death.
Police are not treating the case as foul play. As part of trying to establish the cause of death, they are trying to find out what medication he was on. The results of toxicology tests may take several weeks.
The Jackson family lawyer said yesterday they did not know how many wills the singer had made. No will has yet emerged more recent than one in 2002. That has not been made public, but the Wall Street Journal reported that it proposed dividing his estate between his mother, Katherine, his children and charities, with nothing for his father, Joe.
The singer had a poor relationship with his father, whom he claimed had beaten him as a child as he pushed him as a singer and dancer.
Katherine Jackson yesterday was granted temporary custody by a Los Angeles court of the singer's three children.
The concert promoters for Jackson's planned shows in London, AEG Live, will tomorrow offer ticket-holders a full refund or a special souvenir ticket. The company said it would not be possible to have both.
Jackson had been rehearsing for 50 sold-out concerts due to begin in London on July 13. Fans who want the souvenir tickets instead of the refund will be able to see them on a website - MichaelJacksonLive.com - from today, the company said.
Randy Phillips, the president and chief executive of AEG Live, said: "The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known. Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death