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Family and friends gather tonight for Michael Jackson burial in Glendale

Jackson Friends and family will converge on Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale this evening for the burial of Michael Jackson.

Authorities will be out in force for the funeral, though they don't expect huge crowds of spectators. The funeral begins at 7 p.m.

Jackson will be interred in the expansive cemetery's Great Mausoleum. The pop singer's remains will be placed in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of the mausoleum, a massive building that is the final resting place for stars from film's golden age, such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.

The burial caps months of rumors about where he would be laid to rest. One report had his body stored in a crypt owned by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., and there was widespread speculation that an elaborate grave -- and ultimately, a Graceland-style museum -- would be constructed at the entertainer's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County.



But Jackson's family, led by his 79-year-old mother, Katherine, selected Forest Lawn, a 20-minute trip across the San Fernando Valley from their Encino home.

On Wednesday, it was decided that Jackson's estate will pay the undisclosed expenses for the singer's funeral today -- a sum one attorney called "extraordinary."

Probate Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the payment at a hearing Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles after an attorney for the estate's administrators assured him that the estate had the financial resources to pay for the funeral and that it would not affect its solvency.

"The expenses are extraordinary; however, Michael Jackson is extraordinary," said attorney Jeryll S. Cohen, who told the judge that the administrators did not object to the expenses. "They may not be appropriate for an ordinary person, but Michael Jackson was not ordinary."

Attorneys for the singer's mother filed papers under seal late Tuesday asking that the estate foot the bill for the funeral she has planned. Burt Levitch, Katherine Jackson's attorney, said outside of court that he did not find the expenses extraordinary.

The bulk of the cost was going to the fee for Jackson to be interred at the cemetery, Levitch said. There, Jackson will be laid to rest amid lavish decorations, including statues and stained glass windows.

Margaret G. Lodise, an attorney representing Jackson's children, said she had no concerns that the funeral costs would overburden the estate. The sum is "not going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back," Lodise said.

Glendale city officials have said the public costs associated with the burial, including traffic control and other police services, would be passed on to the family.

Police spokesman Tom Lorenz said the cost of police services for Jackson's funeral would be $150,000 at most. Under a contract with Forest Lawn, police will provide "elaborate" security, including dogs and air support, he said.

He declined to specify how many officers would be deployed for the funeral, but said it would not affect the department's ongoing fire efforts, which he said were now down a handful of officers dealing with street closures.

--Victoria Kim

Photo: Michael Jackson will be interred today in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, where stars such as Clark Gable have also been laid to rest.

Credit: Francine Orr /  Los Angeles Times

 
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why is this in the wildfires section? Put him in the ground (drawer) and move on already!

May your soul forever rest in peace with God... You were truly an angel and you were to special for this world.. I feel like apart of me has pass with you.. But you are definetly in heaven. Yor were to special for this world, and the world did not treat you right.. So God took you back home but I am so thankful that you were here for this long because you are truly an angel sent from God... We love you forever and may you forever rest in peace.

not dies in the land that left its melody of their songs and his poems and his message of love peace , I just wanted you to know that I love very much and always will be in my heart micahel jackson love you

MICHAEL JACKSON, MAY GOD OPEN ARMS TO YOU IN HEAVEN YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS EARTH YOUR LEGACY LIVES ON YOU DESERVE KING OF POP CROWN THE MUSIC YOU GAVE US WE WILL ENJOY FOR DECADES TO COME TODAY, YOU LAY AT REST 50 YEARS OF A GOOD MAN NAMED MICHAEL JACKSON WE WILL NEVER FORGET !!

SAL BARBATO

This cemetery is beautiful, my grandfather is buried there in the common area, my Mom and Dad got married there at the Little Church of the Flowers. I think it is very cool to have a special place fit for a "King" as Michael Jackson truly was.

Finally! May your soul finally rest. Your 'star' will forever shine bright within my heart.

Very sad. Rest in Peace Michael... My angel

Michael may you rest in peace finally my heart and soul is with you. I do believe you should have been buried in Neverland but this is your mother place to bury you were she wants and I respect her wishes. You will always be in my heart forever and you will forever be missed. Now I hope that everyone will leave you alone and let the angels take care of you as you were are angel on earth Love you Michael you will be missed LOVE MYRA

I hope Deborah Rowe attends since she did not go to the Staples memorial. Would be good for the kids to see her there. --- Rest in Peace, Michael. ---

Speechless at what u have given the word and what u have forever left behind for all to always remember......... I love u so much u have touched my heart and life in many ways Michael, just hearing ur beautiful music fills my day with joy. I will NEVER forget u and my heart goes out to your family and ur preciuos children. I will pray every night that u rest peacfully and that the lord has a very special place for u in heavin. Im very sure u look breath taking with your wings and now the night will shine even brighter because the biggest and brightest star has been put in the sky. I will miss you dearly, and the world and i will mourn but rejoyce as well, for you are now home Michael, be at peace always.

Amanda Sanchez
One out of millions of fans

Sounds a little extravagent to me! But Michael was no ordincary entertainer!!!

I was at Forest Lawn this past Sunday with my Son who lives in Hollywood. I was so impressed by the grounds and the serene feeling. The statues were amazing and the church buildings beautiful. I am glad I was able to experience it before MJ is buried there. It will now probably be a spectacle for days and years to come.

I was totally blown away about MJ's death. Finally, it has been accepted with assurance of great comfort. MJ has worked very hard since age 5? In the video /music entertainment industry upon my research, it has been discovered, that in spite of his troubled life, he was a very talented, giving person. I was in awe in discovering that he went global in financial support as well as entertainment. The gift had to have been from above. As fans and concerned ones accept his final resting place, let us celebrate his good( there in none perfect, no not one ) and keep praying for his family ,our families an our world, to become a better place. There is a season , MJ 's season is to finally rest in Him which is a journey we all are subject to travel. It is felt that noone will ever break accomplishments.Truly , he was a man of passion in whatever he did ie. performing , giving.He has taken his restand knows that he is truly loved without conditions.What a legacy!!!!

I love you Michael. Thank you for the many wonderful years you have given us. You will be in our hearts. Your music will live forever. You have united the world in music. It was so touching to see people from around the world dancing in the streets to celebrate your birthday. No artist has so much global impact as you have. Love you so much.

Sleep well dear one, your work on earth is done. My selfishness wants you here with us, but God knows best and always picks the most beautiful flowers for Himself. The world will miss everything you had yet to give us, for you were overflowing with talent and graciousness, yet we will cherish forever, everything you have given us. My heart is still grieving for you, for your family and the world, and I feel that a part of me, my childhood and my life has been taken away, but I believe you are at peace now, may God bless your soul and may we see you again in a better place. I love you Michael Jackson, you will forever be in my heart, rest in peace.

Micheal finaly U rest,but one thing Micheal keep the Angles Smilling en teach them how to MOONWALK.Finaly the wil leave U alone I miss en Love U hoping to see that one day.

Thanks God!!! finally!!! Michael, rest in peace!

p.s.: i hope that now they will stop talking about him.

Martina

At last, the King of Pop can truly R.I.P.

We love and miss you, M.J.

MAY YOUR SOUL FINALLY REST IN PEACE. YOU HAVE LEFT US A TREMENDOUS LEGACY TO LIVE WITH. YOU WILL ALWAYS HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. LOVED YOU FROM THE BEGINNING LOVED YOU TO THE END.

RIP MICHAEL...
WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.

With your children and family and the world losing you, Michael. You make me feel like I can't wait until Heaven because you are there.

I live in London. I hope one day to visit this place and be close to Michael.

They should have given him the proper respect to have buried him already. Its too bad that Michael felt so violated to never have gone back to Neverland. He loved it there, but after all that went down with the legal garb, the humiliation, the injustice and "rape" if you will, I can understand the pain and grief he felt. Neverland was his refuge, and when your safety zone gets violated... well... you never do want to ever go back. I guess Neverland has become its namesake.
RIP Michael Jackson. I know the good Lord wrapped his loving arms around him and said "well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into my rest. Jesus is merciful. he looks upon the heart of the person. His deeds were for good.

So is Forest Lawn still a temp burial place for Michael or this now his permanent resting place?

Loving you loads, Michael. Still keep talking about you to friends in the present tense. Can't believe you've gone, but I know you have. Peace at last for you.

MICHAEL I LOVE YOU IT'S SO HARD TO SEE SOMEBODY PUT YOU IN THE GROUND AT 50 WHY MICHAEL WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO DRUGS YOU MADE ALL OF US SAD AND I BET YOUR FAMILY TOO YOUR WITH GOD NOW SO DON'T WORRIE ABOUT NOTHING AT LEAST YOU GOT TO SEE THE BLACK PRESADENT! PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! THE WORLD IS STILL THE SAME THE MOMENT YOU LEFT HERE I WILL ALWAYS REMEWMBER THE MAN IN THE MIRROW MICHAEL JACKSON THE LITTLE BOY FROM GARY,INDIANA WE LOVE YOU! NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE
YOU LIVE TROUGH MUSIC LIKE YOUR SONG CAN YOU FEEL IT LIKE YOU SAID MJ THE BLOOD INSIDE MY VINES ARE IN SIDE OF YOU I LOVE YOU BYE!!

 
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