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Fulham to unveil Michael Jackson statue

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Premier League club Fulham have announced that they will unveil a commemorative statue of Michael Jackson before their next home game.

The club's chairman and owner Mohamed Al-Fayed was a friend of the legendary performer and commissioned the statue after the singer's death in 2009.

Al-Fayed had originally planned to erect the statue outside Harrods in Knightsbridge, but as he has since sold the iconic department store, he now plans to host it outside Fulham's Craven Cottage ground instead.

"Michael Jackson was truly a legend, a term used too often in this modern world saturated in the hyperbole surrounding celebrity," Al-Fayed told the Fulham website.

"He was my friend, a man with whom I shared many happy memories and who died a tragic and untimely death.

"He left behind a legacy of music so vast it takes one's breath away; from a precocious talent to an ingenuity and groundbreaking modernity that shall never be repeated.

"It shall often be imitated, but it will never be replicated, Michael Jackson was, and shall always remain, one of a kind.

"I hope that many fans of his will visit the statue at the Cottage from far and wide, and that Fulham fans will appreciate seeing the finest performer in the world, in and amongst them - the finest fans in the world."

The statue will be situated on the banks of the River Thames, adjacent to the Riverside and Hammersmith stands at the club.

The club will unveil the statue at 12 o'clock noon before their next home match against Blackpool on April 3 and say it will show Jackson in one of his "most iconic poses".

 

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