September 2nd, 2009
02:33 PM ET

Judge orders estate to pay for Michael Jackson's funeral

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/21/jackson.burial/art.jackson.dancing.gi.jpg caption="Michael Jackson's burial will be at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday, September 3."]
Alan Duke

A Los Angeles judge Wednesday approved Katherine Jackson's request that the Michael Jackson estate be sent the bill for the cost of this week's funeral for her son.

The pop singer is to finally be interred more than two months after his death in a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, Thursday evening, the Jackson family said.

A short hearing was held Wednesday morning before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff to consider Katherine Jackson's petition.

The special administrators of his estate - in control of the purse strings until the will is probated - did not object to the Jackson family's request.

The cost of the burial is a secret - kept under court seal by the order of Judge Beckloff - but it is believed to include paying Glendale police to handle traffic and security around the cemetery.

The ceremony, which will be closed to the public and news media, is set for 7 p.m. at the cemetery's Holly Terrace in The Great Mausoleum, a family spokesman said.

Jackson's family and friends gathered at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn cemetery for a short service just before the July 7 public tribute to the singer in downtown Los Angeles.

The whereabouts of Jackson's body have been a closely guarded secret, with widespread speculation about exactly where it is.

Jackson's siblings and parents have been divided over where to bury him, several family members have said.

Older brother Jermaine Jackson has publicly said he wanted the singer to be buried at his former Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, California, while others have objected.

The burial comes just days after the Los Angeles County coroner made public his conclusion that Jackson's death was a homicide, and that the anesthetic drug propofol and the sedative lorazepam were the primary drugs responsible for his death.

Los Angeles police detectives have not concluded their criminal investigation into the singer's June 25 death and no one has been charged.

Filed under: Michael Jackson
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Karen P

    Why don't we care as much about the soldiers dying for us? Really, if MJ was alive would people be wrapped up in his busieness? Grow up America! Rapists are being released to re- offend. If the news service put up the pictures of the dangerous creeps walking the streets maybe people would intervene.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:46 am |
  2. Karen P

    The Jackson estate needs to pay. I think CA has enough going on with the wildfires. Just lay the man to rest for Gods sake. Enough MJ please

    September 3, 2009 at 1:39 am |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Why wouldn't it be this way. Why should taxpayers foot the bill?

    September 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Glenn Couldwell

    It's just the right time for all of us to rest,and let Michael rest in peace.
    The truth will come out in time but we must give the right people all the time they need to come to a conclusion that will satisfy everyone who has a vested intrest in the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    September 2, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  5. Linda B., Ga

    and the problem with this is? Isn't that what "estate" for the deceased is all about?

    September 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  6. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    I don't blame Kathrine Jackson for her decision one bit because that particular funeral had to have been outrageously expensive because, after all it also had to be shared with MJ's fans, which was done. As for the whereabouts of MJ's body, I think only the family needs to know that. I for one sure don't want to know!

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    September 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm |