Jackson Awarded Star in Las Vegas

michael jackson honored with star on walk of fame

Michael Jackson was posthumously awarded a star on the Palms Casino Resort's Walk of Fame yesterday, on what would have been the pop icon's 51st birthday.

Joe Jackson, Michael's father, attended the star ceremony along with Michael's fans. "Thriller" played from speakers as a drum line played and the star was unveiled in front of the Brenden Theatres in Sin City.

Organizers of the event said that Jackson's star ceremony had been two years in the making -- and that Michael had planned on coordinating the event with his birthday. The King of Pop was scheduled to receive his star after performing a slew of shows in London.

Joe told "Extra" that the Jackson family was proud of Michael's accomplishment, and said that the family is still grieving but holding up well. Joe also commented on how Michael's death was ruled a homicide, and suggested that new details about Jackson's death would be revealed soon. When asked if he would elaborate, Joe replied, "No, not now."

Michael died on June 25.