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Jackson will lie in state; FANS CAN SEE STAR'S BODY AT NEVERLAND.

MICHAEL Jackson's body will go on public view at his Neverland ranch, it was reported today. Although the family are yet to confirm any details of the 50year-old's funeral, reports in the US media suggest his body will be taken to the ranch about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The complex was where Jackson kept his personal fairground and where he often entertained fans.

Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in for the artist with Stevie Wonder performing a rewritten version of one of his biggest hits in honour of the late entertainer.

It is understood a public viewing of the King of Pop's body has been scheduled for Friday and a private funeral will be held on Sunday. Meanwhile a Jackson family lawyer confirmed the singer - who suffered a cardiac arrest last Thursday - had left a will.

Londell McMillan said: "My clients are now aware after filings that a will has been presented. His various advisers are looking for additional documents."

In documents filed in court when Jackson's mother won temporary custody of her son's three children and the family moved to become administrators of his estate, it was stated the singer died without a valid will.

If Jackson named a executor in his will they are likely to become the estate administrators.

Reports in the US suggest the will names Jackson's mother as guardian to his children while his assets will be placed in a trust fund.

The King of Pop's tour promoter Randy Phillips, president of AEG Live, said he hoped there could be tribute concerts to Jackson.

The singer was booked to play 50 gigs at the O2 arena in London starting later this month.

Mr Phillips denied Jackson was suffering from stage fright, saying AEG Live would at "some point" be releasing footage of the rehearsals.

Mr Phillips said the show was going to be "beyond anything", adding: "At some point the world needs to see this production and I would imagine it could be done as a tribute with the family, with the brothers performing, some sisters, and the stars that were influenced by him.

"The world needs to see this production. It would have been, which is the tragedy here, one of the most amazing shows ever, so at some point we want the world to see that."

He added the family wanted the public to share in grief at the funeral but plans had not yet been finalised.

In Montreal, Canada, Wonder remembered Jackson with an adapted rendition of I Just Called To Say I Love You.

"Michael knows that I'm here and I love you," Wonder crooned, his voice wavering slightly.

"We're all here and we'll never show how much we care," he sang.

Wonder, 59, described Jackson as "someone very, very special to the world, his family and his friends."

Dad cut out of will

MICHAEL Jackson cut his father out of his last will in a move that would deprive him of a share in the singer's fortune, it was reported last night.

The Wall Street Journal said the document, which was drafted in 2002, divides the pop star's estate between his mother, three children and a number of charities.

It also emerged today that Jackson was worth a net $236m (pounds 143m) as of March 2007.

Financial documents showed the singer held $567.6m (pounds 345m) in assets and $331m (pounds 201m) in debt at that time.

The apparent emergence of a will contradicts earlier statements from Jackson's family implying there wasn't one.

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