No Jackson Neverland body viewing - family

Other News Materials 2 July 2009 00:37 (UTC +04:00)

The family of Michael Jackson have confirmed that there will be no "public or private" viewing of the singer's body at his Neverland ranch, BBC reported.

The confirmation ends speculation that his body would lie in state for fans to view at the ranch 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Fans had gathered outside Neverland amid reports there would be a viewing.

The family said plans were under way regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, due to be announced shortly.

"Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private viewing at Neverland," a family statement said.

According to the Associated Press news agency, Jackson's will has now been filed in a Los Angeles court.

Dated 7 July 2002, the document reveals that the star chose not to provide for his former wife, Debbie Rowe, and gives his entire estate to the "Michael Jackson Family Trust", AP said.

The documents estimated his estate at that time at more than $500m (£303m).