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Michael Jackson’s memorial at Staples Center to be free of ‘bells and whistles’

PEOPLE-JACKSON/His life was a circus. His farewell won’t be.  The producer of Michael Jackson’s public memorial insisted Saturday the event will bea restrained affair without “bells and whistles.” “It will be a celebration of Michael’s life [but] we’re not approaching it as a TV show,” Ken Ehrlich told the Daily News.  “Inthe future, there may be a tribute to Michael Jackson. This is really amemorial service. It’s not going to have all the bells and whistles. Wewant to keep it low-key.”  Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammy Awards, said the 90-minute farewell at the Staples Center islikely to feature performances, but no final decisions have been made.  Stargazers have no reason to fret: Plenty of celebrities will be on hand to pay homage to the fallen pop icon. “People who are watching it, both live and on TV, can expect to see people who have played a role in his life, who will both be reminiscing about himand speaking to the impact he’s made,” Ehrlich said.  Behind closed doors, Jackson’s family met with organizers Saturday to nail down final plans for the singer’s funeral rites.  Thismuch is known: His casket, reportedly the same $25,000 model used forhis idol James Brown, will not travel through the streets.  That’s a relief to Los Angeles authorities, who are already worried that a ticketless horde will show up for the memorial.  A whopping 1.6 million people registered for free tickets to Tuesday’s farewell.  Organizers will announce the 8,750 winners of a randomly drawn lottery Sunday -though that didn’t stop craigslist scammers from hawking tickets theydon’t possess to the desperate.  “If I can’t get the chance to getin, I just don’t know what I’ll do,” said Kate Ross, 31, a recentlyaxed financial adviser from Spain, who was among hundreds of fans whoconverged on the Staples Center.  “I lost my job for this.” Officialsestimated up to 750,000 Jackson fanatics could descend on the frozenzone around the 20,000-seat arena in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.  Jackson, 50, died June 25 after he was discovered in cardiac arrest inside his rented Bel Air mansion.  Inthe days since, investigators hauled prescription drugs from his home -including Propofol, a high-powered sedative used in hospital operatingrooms to induce unconsciousness.   The LAPD, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the state attorney general are probing Jackson’s doctors.

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