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Michael Jackson to be laid to rest today
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Michael Jackson will finally be laid to rest tonight, 10 long drama-filled weeks after his death on June 25.
Unlike his star-studded memorial which was broadcast to millions and the subsequent homicide investigation that’s been followed feverishly by fans around the globe, his final burial will be a private affair for family and close friends only.
The King of Pop will be interred in a hidden monument in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale, about 13 kilometres north of downtown Los Angeles. Known for being strict with security, they also actively discourage sightseers.
The exact location of the “Thriller” star’s final resting place hasn’t been revealed, but the mausoleum contains the bodies of Hollywood royalty, including Jean Harlow, Clark Cable, George Burns and Walt Disney.
The funeral was originally set to take place on Aug. 29, which would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday, but it was pushed back until today at the request of family members.
While the city of Los Angeles was largely responsible for the $1.4 million it cost for security and other services for Jackson’s memorial service, a judge ruled yesterday the late star’s estate may go ahead with the “extraordinary” expenses planned for the funeral and interment. A police official told the “Los Angeles Times” that today’s service would run upwards of $150,000.
It comes a week after the Los Angeles medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide, caused primarily by acute propofol intoxication.
Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been at the centre of the ongoing investigation into his famous patient’s death, has yet to be formally charged. A police affidavit alleges the doctor waited 82 minutes before eventually calling 911 after he noticed Jackson wasn’t breathing.
Murray has denied any wrongdoing and even took to YouTube to proclaim his innocence.
“I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith that truth will prevail. God bless you and thank you,” he said.
While today’s burial will close a big chapter in Jackson’s story, there are plenty of others still left to be written. Between the ongoing investigation into this death, lingering questions about the paternity of his children and the endless tributes (Oprah Winfrey is dedicating her Sept. 16 show to the pop legend) no doubt it will be a while before Jackson fades from the headlines.
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