On the day Michael Jackson's fans rewarded their respects with tears, tributes, songs and dance, Jackson's father filed a wrongful casualty grievance against the surgeon emotional with bountiful his son a lethal dose of drugs.
Joe Jackson's visit to a national courtroom in Los Angeles, while thousands of people were filing through the gates of a near graveyard to bewail the man they call the King of Pop, punctuated once again just how brilliantly the star that was Michael Jackson's life had burned, and how swiftly it had been extinguished.
"The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Gone Too Soon," proclaimed a 100-foot banner mushroom out near the enthrall to Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale on Friday to score the first anniversary of Jackson's demise.
"He's been my star all my life since I can evoke. I feel like I harbor't had closure," said Erick Dominguez, who traveled more than 80 miles from his home in Victorville to the Los Angeles village to pay his respects. As he beam, the 37-year-old sales representative, his eyes unknown by sunglasses, began to wail. He was together by mourners from Italy, France, Spain, Norway and copious other parts of the world.
Several of Jackson's relatives also visited the cemetery, vacant to its catacomb, where Jackson's body is entombed and which is off confines to the shared. Brother Tito shook hands with fans as he arrived, and brother Jermaine rolled down a gamble and waved as the family left in a fleet of luxury vehicles. As they belated, fans free an assemble of white doves.
"It was a scenic vista," said one of the mourners, Courtland Llauger.
In Jackson's hometown of Gary, Ind. hundreds cheered as the entertainer's mother, Katherine Jackson, unveiled a monument to her son in the front yard of the modest home where he grew up.
"This earlier year has been very hard on the family," she told the crowd. "If it wasn't for the help of all you, we wouldn't have made it through."
Jackson died June 25, 2009 at age 50, just before he was to create a return tour. Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to offense involuntary manslaughter. Authorities say Murray provided the entertainer with a mix of sedatives - including the pungent anesthetic propofol - that killed him.
Jackson's father filed a wrongful downfall grievance against the surgeon Friday, seeking more than $75,000. The moan accuses Murray of professional negligence and contends he tried to conceal his administration of propofol after Jackson's fall. Propofol is typically administered only in sickbay settings. Murray had been providing it in the bedroom of Jackson's borrowed hall in Los Angeles to help him catnap after the physically hard rehearsals the actor had been putting himself through to get in affect for his revisit.
Murray attorney Charles Peckham said in a receipt he likely his client's innocence to be "proven in a patio of law."
Away from the courtroom, many tributes to Jackson, both tender and brilliant, open throughout the day.
In Japan, hundreds met at Tokyo Tower to tribute Jackson with a candlelight vigil, a gospel concert and more. Some got a chance to see some of his possessions, including costumes from his tours and even a 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom that he used to force around Los Angeles.
"I don't know what to say. Seeing all his stuff makes it all come back to me," said Yumiko Sasaki, a 48-year-old Tokyo agency hand who said she has been a Jackson fan since she was 12. "It makes me so sad to think that he is left. He was wonderful."
In New York City, crowds gathered at Harlem's mythical Apollo Theater, where Jackson and his brothers rocketed to fame as the Jackson 5, pleasing amateur night in the late 1960s. His films were hung exterior and a walkway tablet honored the soloist alongside such other Apollo myths as James Brown and Smokey Robinson.
In Santa Barbara's lilac country, people showed up throughout the day at Neverland, the playland home where Jackson once lived with his own zoo and amusement park. There, by the front gates, they danced, listened to music and exchanged hugs and tears.
In cyberspace, people also paused to recollect Jackson. Among them was Mariah Carey who said via Twitter that she was marking the day by watching the film "You Are Not Alone."
"Love and prayers to MJ 'King of Pop,'" she tweeted. "You will be remembered eternally. We miss you."