It looks like Michael Jackson will finally make it back to Neverland Ranch for a public viewing this Friday (July 3), as reports surface over the speculation of his cause of death.
According to CNN.com, more than two dozen news trucks have already lined up down the narrow, two-lane road leading to Neverland Ranch as of early Wednesday (June 30), trying to reserve space for a public viewing of Jackson, while fans have also begun to camp out, more than two days before.
The news site says Jackson’s body will be taken to the ranch, located north of Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday (July 2) in preparation for viewing Friday (July 3). The family, however, are planning their own private service on Sunday (July 5).
The viewing is expected to draw thousands of fans to the isolated Neverland Ranch. A 30-car motorcade reportedly plans to escort the body on Thursday to the 2,600-acre estate, which includes a fairground and a private zoo.
The estate was once on the verge of foreclosure before Jackson’s death as his extravagant lifestyle and mounting personal and legal problems took their toll on his finances.
He hadn’t lived in the home since his 2005 trial on child molestation charges. In recent years, Jackson had been renting a mansion in Holmby Hills.
All the viewing madness is all taking place while news spreads about the late pop star’s dependence on powerful prescription medication.
Citing unidentified sources, TMZ.com reported this week that the drug Propofol was found at Jackson’s rented mansion following his death on Thursday of cardiac arrest at the age of 50.
“There is no conceivable way this drug can be properly prescribed for home use,” a source said, which described it as an “extremely dangerous and potent” substance only available to medical personnel.
Earlier, a former nurse who cared for Jackson told CNN Tuesday the star pleaded with her to provide him with Diprivan — the brand name for Propofol in the last months of his life.
Although she claims she warned Jackson of the drug’s danger, he demanded he be given a dosage to help him sleep.
“I told him this medication is not safe,” Lee said. “He said, ‘I just want to get some sleep. You don’t understand. I just want to be able to be knocked out and go to sleep.’
“I told him — and it is so painful that I actually felt it in my whole spirit — ‘If you take this, you might not wake up.'”
Cherilyn Lee, a health practitioner with more than 20 years experience, said she had refused his request for the drugs.