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Michael Jackson’s Private Memorial Service Has Concluded
Michael Jackson’s body is on its way to the singer’s memorial service.
late Thriller singer’s solid bronze coffin was wheeled out of
Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Cemetery and into a waiting black hearse
following a private funeral for the singer.
The casket was accompanied by the
star’s siblings and parents Joe and Katherine, who had attended this
morning’s service and got into waiting limousines to follow
the hearse to Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where thousands of fans have
gathered for the tribute to the pop icon, whose coffin will be
displayed on stage.
Michael’s three children, Prince Michael,
12, Paris, 11 and Prince Michael II, seven, were not seen but it is
believed they were at the service.
Earlier, Los Angeles was
driven to a standstill when police shut a five-lane freeway to escort
the 18-car funeral procession from Joe and Katherine’s home to the
cemetery for the funeral service.
Fans at the Staples Center cheered as video footage of his coffin was shown on big screens.
the venue, the stage is adorned with the star’s image, alongside a
mural carrying the words "In Loving Memory. Michael Jackson King of Pop
It is not known where the singer’s body will be
taken following his star-studded memorial service, but it is expected
to return to Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Photos by INF and Wenn.com
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Mariah Carey To Sing At Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service
According to TMZ, "multiple sources" are reporting that Mariah Carey will sing at Michael Jackson’s memorial service tomorrow.
She will reportedly be singing the Jackson 5 song, I’ll Be There.
I had never considered they might have popular singers perform at the service, although it makes perfect sense.
I wonder who else (if anyone else) will sing?
Did you apply for tickets to attend the service?
Photos by Wenn.com
37 Comments » 1415 days ago
Debbie Rowe Has Not Reached A Final Decision About Custody
Debbie Rowe’s attorney said that Debbie is still trying to decide if she wants to seek custody of the two children she had with Michael Jackson.
"Debbie Rowe has not reached a final decision concerning the custody
proceedings," attorney Eric M. George told reporters during a press
conference Thursday. "As many of you know, my belief is that the
pending custody proceedings are the most private and the most sensitive
of matters as they impact the lives and the fates of young children. To
that end, I’ve endeavored out of respect for Michael’s children and
family, especially in this time of grieving, to keep silence on these
matters, to deny all interview requests and to share only that
information involving upcoming public court proceedings."
A reporter for an LA news station reported that Debbie had told him she "want[s] my children," but Debbie’s attorney maintained she has not made a final decision.
"I have no reason to doubt that what was reported from that conversation
was accurately and ethically reported, but that said, it would be a
distortion of the truth to allow that single snapshot of a single
conversation, to stand as the truth on Debbie’s position on this
When the couple divorced in 1999, Debbie reportedly relinquished her parental rights, according to TMZ, although the judge reportedly later reversed the decision to terminate Debbie’s parental rights.
Debbie is also said to be willing to take a DNA test to prove she is the older two children’s biological mother and she is willing to take all three children to keep them together and would consider obtaining a restraining order against Joe Jackson.
The Jacksons reportedly plan to fight this.
Hopefully this will be resolved before it gets too nasty.
Photos by INF
28 Comments » 1418 days ago
Michael Jackson Memorial Plans Announced
CNN.com is reporting that a Michael Jackson’s memorial service will be heldat 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, according to a person who was reportedly briefed by a family representative. The Staples Center seats 20,000 people.
Contrary to earlier reports, there will be no public viewing at the Neverland Ranch.
Also, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has joined the investigation into Michael’s death. TMZ reports that Michael allegedly used aliases to obtain prescription drugs.
Photos by INF
16 Comments » 1419 days ago
Michael Jackson’s Will Filed In Court
An attorney for Michael Jackson filed his will in Los Angeles Superior Court this morning, according to CNN. Here are some of the details that have been made public.
Michael placed his entire estate into the Michael Jackson Family Trust, which is another document that will also be filed with the court today. He asked that his mother, Katherine Jackson, be legal guardian of his three children.
If she was unable, then he asked that Diana Ross serve as his children’s legal guardian.
And as for the mother of his two oldest children, Debbie Rowe?
I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife, Deborah Rowe Jackson," Jackson’s will said.
Well, that’s crystal-clear, isn’t it?
Hopefully any disagreements will be resolved amicably rather than this turning into a protracted legal battle over custody and assets.
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Michael Jackson’s Autopsy Says No Foul Play
Michael Jackson’s second autopsy reportedly confirms there was no "foul
The late singer’s grieving mother Katherine Jackson was allegedly reeling
last night as she was told the independent autopsy confirmed the
findings of the first examination and found "unique and significant marks
and injuries" on his body.
The Jackson family had insisted on a second examination of the 50-year-old
star’s body, following his death from an alleged cardiac arrest on Thursday, after his father Joe Jackson admitted:
"I’m suspecting foul play
However, family lawyer Brian Oxman says the second results – which were
reportedly broken to Katherine at her home by the coroner who conducted the
private examination – were allegedly consistent with the original report.
Brian told Britain’s The Sun newspaper:
"The second autopsy is done and the
coroner came to see Katherine.
"Any autopsy report would note a number of unique and significant marks and
injuries on the body of Michael Jackson."
"Firstly the four puncture
marks on his chest from the needle. Well I’ve seen those marks on his chest
- I’ve seen his body – so I know they’re there.
"His weight – we know he was incredibly lean. Regarding baldness, Michael
does have a distinctive patch on the side of his head. I know that his
brother, who is only six years older, has a similar fuzz from losing his
hair and has to dye it.
"Regarding the tablets in his stomach – well we know he was taking a lot of
prescription drugs. That hasn’t been denied."
Hopefully, this will start the closure process for his family.
36 Comments » 1420 days ago