After an endless waiting game which has the nearly 2-month-old body of Michael Jackson awaiting burial, his family confirmed the King of Pop will take his final curtain call at a super-secure funeral in a mausoleum on what would have been his 51st birthday. The announcement follows nearly two months of speculation since his death from a suspected heart attack on June 25.
The legendary singer will buried on August 29 in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale. The burial ground is a different location from the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery where Jackson’s family was seen gathering days after his death. The family had delayed burying Jackson for weeks, fearing that ghouls could try to desecrate the gravesite. But Forest Lawn officials have convinced the Jacksons he’ll be safe in their Glendale graveyard because the mausoleum is loaded with security cameras, a family friend said.
Jackson will be interred at the Terrace in its Great Mausoleum. The cemetery’s website describes the mausoleum as featuring replicas of works by Michelangelo. It also features a stained glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Forest Lawn Cemetery is the burial ground of a host of Hollywood greats, including Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Nat King Cole and Jean Harlow.
The family’s spokesman Ken Sunshine said: ‘The Jackson family once again wishes to express its gratitude to Michael’s fans around the world for their support during these difficult times.’ Details about the ceremony and the whereabouts of the so-called King of Pop’s body, though to be under refrigeration, have been tightly guarded. “The private ceremony will be limited to family and close friends.”
Meanwhile, the singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is considering suing her son’s personal doctor Conrad Murray. Her lawyer, Burt Levitch, said: ‘The possibility of a wrongful death action has been floated,’ Levitch said. ‘In that regard, no decision has been finalized… Dr Murray’s name has been floated because he is under investigation.’
Authorities investigating Jackson’s death have been focusing on Dr Murray, who they believe administered a powerful anesthetic to the pop singer the day he died. In a rare twist, Dr Murray denied his role in the star’s death in a bizarre YouTube video. He protested his innocence in the one-minute clip, insisting: ‘I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith that the truth will prevail. Dr Murray goes on to say in the video: ‘I want to thank all of my patients and friends who have sent such kind emails, letters and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family.’ He explains that is the reason why he has posted the video on YouTube – to reach out to them because he can’t call or email them personally. The video was later taken down.
Britney Spears Pitch for President…in a bikini
The pop princess appeared on David Letterman’s Late Show last night as a guest presenter of the Top Ten List. Clad in an eye-popping bikini and a red flower in her hair, Spears appeared flirtatious as she pouts and bats her eyelashes. I’d vote for Britney!
10. I’d be the first President to wear eye shadow since Nixon
9. We would only invade fun places like [Mexican holiday resort town] Cabo.
8. Free pie for everybody.
7. My situation room would be a cabana at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
6. I’d lure Osama out of hiding with the irresistible scent of my new fragrance ‘Circus Fantasy.’
5. Every Presidential news conference would feature costume changes.
4. America might have a more coherent fiscal strategy.
3. Challenge U.S. to put a nightclub on the moon by the end of the decade.
2. Three words: Vice President Diddy.
1. Finally the media would pay some attention to me.