January 27, 2012 - 11:00 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Late pop star Michael Jackson was immortalized in cement on Thursday, Jan 26, when his three children stamped the "Thriller" singer's glove and shoe prints in the hallowed concrete courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, according to Reuters.
The event, hosted by the late singer's estate, showcased dancers from Cirque du Soleil's Jackson tribute show and featured "Glee" cast member Harry Shum, Jr. ahead of the show's Jackson tribute episode next week.
Well over a hundred fans of the King of Pop and celebrities including Justin Bieber and Jackson family members watched the song and dance spectacle and listened to the three children talk about the legacy of their father.
The hour-long ceremony included spoken tributes and musical performances from Jackson's friends and family, including his brothers Tito and Jackie, who were part of the Jackson 5, and mother Katherine who called the event "a very solemn occasion for my son."
Jackson's glove and shoe imprints will be placed alongside Hollywood screen legends such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Sidney Poitier outside the iconic Hollywood theater that has been a tourist attraction for decades.
Michael Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 at his rented Los Angeles home while under the care of doctor Conrad Murray, who was in November sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter. The singer's children live with Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, who spoke to the audience before the handprint and footprint ceremony.