Michael Jackson Laid To Rest In L.A.

FMQB Reports:

Michael Jackson Laid To Rest In L.A.
September 4, 2009

More than two months after his death, Michael Jackson was finally buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA last night. About 200 family members and friends attended the private, evening funeral, which concluded with Jackson being entombed in Forest Lawn’s Great Mausoleum. Some of those in attendance included Elizabeth Taylor, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Jackson’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Macaulay Culkin, Chris Tucker, Corey Feldman and Miko Brando, according to Rolling Stone. Michael’s five brothers - Tito, Jermaine, Randy, Marlon and Jackie - all served as pallbearers, and the brothers all wore black suits with red ties and one white glove.

A throng of media gathered outside the cemetery to catch a glimpse of the event, as did a smaller number of fans. The Jackson family had provided a live video feed to the media prior to the ceremony when guests were arriving, however the feed was abruptly cut as soon as the Jackson brothers went to take Michael’s gold-plated casket out of the hearse.

After Pastor Lucius Smith read the opening prayer and a portion of Ecclesiastes 3:7, Gladys Knight sang the gospel hymn “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” A handful of speakers took the podium to pay tribute to the singer, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael’s father Joe Jackson and other close friends and family members. Sharpton actually Twittered from the funeral, writing "What MJ went through was so unfair, yet he succeeded. In the end, he was the biggest artist ever. He faced the headwinds but he made it." He also wrote, "I just spoke at the conclusion of tributes. Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest."

After the service, the family released a statement saying, "Michael Jackson reached his final resting place tonight at 9:43 p.m. PST in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The pallbearers were Michael’s five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson. At the beginning of the ceremony, Michael’s children placed a crown on their father’s coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop."

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