The King of Pop’s wax figure has been residing at Madame Tussauds at The Venetian in Las Vegas since the museum opened 10 years ago. Now, with news of the pop icon’s death on Thursday, his likeness has been moved to outside the museum, where it will remain for the next few days to allow throngs of mourners and passers-by to pay their last respects, leave flowers and sign the guest book.
Many smiled as family members snapped photos from a few feet away. Some cried. One grabbed his crotch, in an exaggerated imitation of one of Jackson’s signature dance moves.
“It seems very surreal,” said Carolyn Boyle, a 47-year-old visiting from Scotland, who hadn’t heard the news of his death until she passed the exhibit. An employee of Madame Tussauds broke the news to her and she broke down in tears.
After fighting to contain herself while here husband snapped a photo of her next to the figure, Boyle said, “It’s such a shame.”