Fans all over the world recently sent flowers to remember Michael Jackson's third death anniversary. Almost 11,000 roses flooded the Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Great Mausoleum in Glendale, the location where the pop icon was buried.
Additional bouquets, posters, flower stands and teddy bears were sent to decorate the area. Some still came from faraway places like Italy, Russia and Japan. All these covered the temporary memorial to once again become a yearly event for Jackson's avid fans.
The Great Mausoleum is not opened for the general public but there was a crowd gathered outside. However, they were thrilled in the middle of the day when Rand, the pop star's brother came out for picture taking and autograph signing.
Carlo Riley belonged to one of the group of fans. He was a popular impersonator of Michael Jackson who said that he is planning to take the yearly trip all the way from Denver in the coming years.
Riley said that even though his idol is gone, what he is doing is still his passion.
The 50-year old Michael Jackson died on the 25th of June in 2009 after he suffered from heart attack at a rented mansion in Holmby Hills. Later on, Conrad Murray, his cardiologist was charged guilty of involuntary manslaughter for giving the pop superstar a deadly dosage of propofol, a powerful anesthetic used during surgeries.
According to Robyn Starkand, a resident from Los Angeles, who helped plan the massive delivery of roses via her PayPal supported, online campaign entitled "One Rose for Michael Jackson," the roses let more fans who cannot travel and commemorate their idol and feel like they are also part of the memorial.
When asked of the reason why she picked roses for flowers, Starkland explained that it is an easy choice because the rose is the flowers' crème de la crème and Michael Jackson was also classified as that kind of star.