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Michael Jackson is finally interred

Michael Jackson was finally interred in a crypt in Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale shortly before 10 tonight -- exactly 10 weeks after he was found dead. The outdoor service, which was scheduled for sunset but crept into the night, was attended by about 200 family members and close friends. 

Jackson’s five brothers, who served as pallbearers, filed past a portrait of a smiling Michael as they arrived at the service. A bespectacled Paris, the singer's young daughter, wearing a dark dress and her long hair pulled back in a ponytail, watched soberly. 

Jackson’s three children placed a crown on their father’s coffin, a nod to the King of Pop, as the service began. Gladys Knight sang the gospel hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and songwriter Clifton Davis crooned a song that he wrote for the Jackson 5 that became one of their signature tunes -- “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

The guests gathered in a tree-lined clearing near the Great Mausoleum where Jackson was interred. A stage was adorned with white lilies, white roses and green topiaries.

Among the mourners were many of the touchstones of his life: music producer Quincy Jones, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and music executive Suzanne de Passe.

Also attending were Elizabeth Taylor; former child star Macaulay Culkin; lawyer Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., who successfully defended Jackson from child molestation charges; and choreographer-director Kenny Ortega, who was working on Jackson’s planned London shows. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, former child actor Corey Feldman, Lisa Marie Presley -- Jackson’s former wife -- Marlon Brando’s son Miko and comic Chris Tucker were among the guests.

-- Chris Lee and Carla Hall

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OMG, it was so sad... I watched it on german TV. Thanks to the Jackson family! They gave us the chance to say goodbye to Michael. Germany loves you Michael! Rest in Peace! Someday we will meet in heaven... Susi, Germany

Saw the funeral on CNN. So sad that he's gone. Many tears for Michael, children and family. Now he can finally rest in peace.

Yet the circus rages on...

Does this mean the media feeding frenzy will finally stop as well? If so, then I say "Rest In Peace" MJ.

Hopefully the kids will get some closure now. It's dragged on endlessly and the emotional toll must have been huge. There's a site where you can send a message to Paris http://dearparisjackson.com and if ever those kids needed support it's now.

Poor babies. My heart breaks.

What was the story behind the ushers at the service dressed in West Point Cadet uniforms?

MICHAEL JACKSONS HERE!!!!!!!, with Me, looking at you all suffer! so he's got a message/FREE PRESS RELEASE.COM...N.Y. TIMES.. L.A. SENTINEL...OKLAHOMA CHRONICLE

Watched the coverage last night on CNN, the only cable news channel to cover it live. They did a respectful job of covering Michael's funeral. I hope the family is finally able to find some closure after his death. I am still so sad after his death, never thought I'd miss this man so much. I listen to his music daily. He really touched my heart over the past 30 years or so that I listened to his music and saw him on tv specials, the Superbowl, etc. I'm heartbroken that the end of his life was such a tragedy. Michael, may you find peace in death that you never seemed to have during your life. You will never be forgotten, your music will live on forever.

It is too bad that this case has had to be dragged out so long. I hope that his interment will bring peace to his family. Hopefully now the public can let it rest.


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