Gary plans King of Pop birthday tribute

August 26, 2010 4:42:00 AM PDT
A birthday fit for a king! Michael Jackson's native Gary, Ind., will hold a tribute outside the pop star's boyhood home Saturday.Jackson, who died last year after overdosing on sedatives, would have turned 52 on Sunday.

He grew up in Gary, Ind. before he and his family struck it big as the Jackson 5. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1969.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, will be in attendance at a tree planting outside the family's home at 2 p.m., according to a press release. She also particpated in an event marking the one-year anniversary of her son's death in Gary, Ind.

August 26-29 also marks the first MJFanvention, www.mjfanvention.com , which will be held the Radisson Hotel and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind. Members of Jackson's family are expected to attend the four-day event. Tickets start at $78 and packages range into $2,000.

Jackson's niece and first cousin will be performing.


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