Michael Jackson finally laid to rest

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  • The King of Pop receives final farewell from close friends and family at private funeral

    Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest yesterday at a private funeral service for close family and friends.


    The congregation of 200 guests included famous faces from Dame Elizabeth Taylor to actor Macaulay Culkin, who all came to pay their last respects to the King of Pop.

    Music producer Quincy Jones was also among the star-studded guest list, while Gladys Knight sang at the ceremony.

    Held at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the service began an hour late after guests waited in 32 degree heat for the Jackson clan to arrive in a motorcade of 31 vehicles.

    Jacko’s brothers, Randy, Jackie, Tito, Jermain and Marion were pallbearers, carrying his ornate gold-plated coffin from the hearse. All five wore identical black suits and in a nod of respect to their sibling, wore a single white glove – made famous by their brother.

    Jackson’s three children also attended the service and laid a crown on their father’s coffin, marking his place in history as the King of Pop.

    It is thought Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11 and Blanket, 7, have each written letters to their father which were buried with the singer, along with a single white glove.

    Following the ceremony, the Jackson brothers carried his coffin to the Grand Mausoleum yesterday evening, where the singer was finally laid to rest.

    The singer lies among other entertainment greats of the 20th century who are also buried at Glendale’s, including Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Nat King Cole.

    After the service, Jackson’s family issued a statement saying: ‘Once again thank all of Michael Jackson’s fans around the world for their generous outpouring of support during this terribly difficult time. Their expressions of love for Michael and his music have sustained the Jackson Family.’


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