The leading auction website EBay said Monday that it is cracking down on those trying to sell tickets for Michael Jackson's memorial service.
Any tickets for the memorial service (trading on the website) will be taken down, a spokesman said from eBay.
Free tickets to Michael Jackson's memorial service have been distributed to 8,750 people. Altogether 17,500 tickets were made available online for the event and over 1.6 million people applied to receive them.
The recipients were determined randomly and were notified by email on Sunday. Each person selected received two tickets. While some of the tickets appeared on eBay by touts who were attempting to sell for up to $20,000 on the website.
The memorial service is being held tomorrow, the tickets will admit 11,000 people to the Staples Center plus 6,500 in the Nokia Theater. The streets around the stadium will be closed to prevent those without tickets from trying to attend, police said on Sunday.
Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at 50 in Los Angeles. The cause of his death has not been determined. Autopsy results are not expected for several weeks.
Jackson’s family was planning a private ceremony at the Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills, LAPD Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said. He did not provide further details.
The memorial service will be broadcast on five television networks: NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! Entertainment.