No clues yet on MJ’s burial site

No clues yet on MJ’s burial site
July 11, 2009 Print Ready Email Article

MYSTERY surrounds where Michael Jackson will be buried.

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By law, the golden casket is supposed to be where the death certificate says its location should be before burial – Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills cemetery.

But as that is not the case, speculation and rumour is rife over where he is to be buried.

Will he be interred at Forest Lawn? Is Neverland Ranch still a possibility? What if he’s not buried at all, but cremated?

The family isn’t talking – and may not even have decided yet.

Forest Lawn is one likely possibility.

If Jackson is buried there, he would join other celebrities such as Liberace, Gene Autry, Bette Davis, Andy Gibb and recently, actor David Carradine.

The Jackson family seems divided over whether the body should go to Neverland, which would surely turn the Santa Barbara County ranch into a West-coast version of Graceland – Elvis Presley’s estate.

But Jackson abandoned the 1,000 ha estate after going into seclusion following his acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005, and many of the things that made it unique – the merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and zoo – are gone.

Funeral experts said the delay in Jackson’s funeral may be due to the fact that such celebrity deaths create logistical, security and legal headaches.

‘One of the issues you’re going to run into with any high-profile name, whether it be a former president of the US or somebody of Michael Jackson’s stature, is what does the cemetery… do to establish security, to protect the remains, to protect the privacy of the family during the service, to protect remains afterward…’ said Mr Paul Elvig, former president of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.

Experts said even a two-week delay between death and funeral is not unusual. The body of singer James Brown was kept in a sealed gold casket inside his South Carolina home for more than two months before being interred in 2007 at the home of one of his daughters.



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