September 3rd, 2009
04:54 PM ET

Invitation to Jackson's private service

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/03/michael.jackson.burial/art.jackson.afp.gi.jpg caption="A private funeral for Michael Jackson will be held today at 7pm PST in Glendale, California."]

Tonight Michael Jackson will be buried during a private service at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. Only his family and closest friends will attend the burial, but we'll have live coverage of the event outside of the cemetery starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Click here to see the invitation to Jackson's funeral.

Filed under: Michael Jackson
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. MarianSVK


    Marian from Slovakia

    September 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  2. Laetitia Meyo

    Bye! Michael. How can i forget you my bro? I am so sad that you left us. Who will keep us entertained. The way you did it no one can because you are the King of Pop. Rest in peace Michael I cant stop crying. I miss you so much already

    September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  3. Dean

    Over? It took ten years and the begging of an Archbishop for the world to finally get "over" Diana. Besides, for the next five years, people will be arguing about "which" Michael will go on the postage stamp.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Praying that Michael will find the peace in death that eluded him in life. Michael was a legend, humanitarian, and a wonderfully gifted entertainer. There will never be another like him to walk this earth and he will be remembered forever. I will always be thankful for the joy that MJ brought to my life. RIP my friend...you are loved and missed.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  5. layla

    Cooper – you have become a joke. What is wrong with you?
    For the past 2 weeks, all you've been covering is MJ' death for at least half your program or talking about the 11 girl that was kidnapped, and now you're devoting your stupid hard-edged hour, yeah right, on illegal organ donors? What's wrong, trying to distract aren't you? Taking orders from higher-ups I see. CNN is now worse than MSNBC – at least they talk about a few hard issues.

    You don't want to cover the health care debate, or the stupid war in Afganistan – and 2 nite you'll probably devote the entire hour to this internment of this guy that should have been buried weeks ago.
    And the family is doing it in prime time to make sure it will be televised

    Journalish is dead – I've lost all respect for you!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  6. Marwa

    iam Marwa from Egypt and i just wanted to say that Michael will be always in our hearts and we will never forget him, every time we hear his songs we`ll say that he is still alive through his art which he left to us and his art will never die...i love u king of pop

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  7. rashell


    September 3, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  8. elisa

    may god bless you michael,, may your soul rest in peace. i will keep you in my heart forever.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  9. A.

    I love You, and have fun wherever You are 🙂

    September 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  10. chrissy yo,ohio

    Michael, you can finally be at peace. Rest In Peace. Love you, gone way too soon!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Cheryl

    I am really very sad for such a great loss – but now may he finally have the privacy he deserves..

    September 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  12. Liliana Juarez

    You were gone too soon! So sad my daughter was not able to see you perform live, like when I went ot see you at the Azteca Stadium in 1993 in Mexico City. Now, she has joined me as a fan, love your music, videos and everything that has to do with you. I'm too sad for all that you had to endure in order to give all of us your very best. Your music, talent, everything will be here for generations. You will be the only and trully KING of pop. Now FINALLY!!!, you are at a place that nobody will label you as a freak. You are with the real King, God. May God bless your kids and be always with them.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  13. Elizabeth McCabe

    stop this burial right now and try to bring Michael Jackson back to life please i want him to be bought back to life please i am begging you bring Michael Jackson back to life he was so young and dont do this to him ok

    September 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  14. Michelle

    May our Father God and Lord Jesus allow us to meet each other in His Kingdom, I am looking so foward to that after my earthly life. Michael, I bet the Lord has an awesome "Wonderland" for you.
    Luv You, Miss You!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  15. Elisa, Arizona

    Hoping MJ can find peace he never found in life and that people realize he was a good person, but human like us all. Like his song says, "Gone too soon". RIP Michael and the angels guide you now!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  16. cheryl

    My sincere sympathy's to the Jackson Family and Michael's three children.. I will miss him terribly,and know that he will never be forgotten;he lives in my heart.FOREVER!!! I also pray that God will see to it that he has a peaceful and private funeral...AND TO ALL THE MEDIA,AND REPORTERS-RESPECT THEM;DON'T SHOW YOUR UGLY SIDES>>>>>AND IF YOU SEE ANYONE DOING SO--REPREMAND THEM FOR IT[[BACK UP MICHAEL FOR HIS FANS ]PLEASE,,,,......

    September 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  17. celia




    September 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  18. Andrea

    I am truly going to miss MJ. His music helped me through some difficult times in my life, and I cherish the gift he was able to give us while on this earth. All entertainers should take this day to celebrate their fallen comrade, as he was truly an entertainer that gave so many happiness with his gift. I will always carry him in my heart and my Ipod for ever and ever. God Bless his family and his children.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  19. enne

    i think 'private sources' who divulge such personal information are digusting.
    RIP MJ

    September 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  20. Gman

    Micheal, rest in peace brother.....Though I have never met you – I love you....I wish they could have left you alone......We had a musical genius with us and now he is gone.....So much do we look on the outside instead of the inside....Feel............G

    September 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  21. Matthew Kaf

    how sad is it to lose a hero whose mind, heart, thoughts and life is all about CARE OF THE WORLD..... May his soul rest in the bossom of the ANGELS, (RIP).

    September 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  22. Marie

    I LOVE YOU MJ ! REST IN PEACE .........


    September 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  23. Angela Licchelli

    Two months later i still cant stop crying, i am crying while writing this message. i can not believe such a beautiful man had to go through so much trauma and sadness in his short life. if someone as good as michael has been so misjudged what chance do any of us have.

    I love you and god be with you, my beautiful michael, Rest in Peace. wish i could visit your resting place, i think this would help me accept you not being in this world anymore, but be assured my thoughts are with you all day, every day. I play your music everyday whenever i can.
    Angela Licchelli, Peterborough, England

    September 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  24. Dalibor

    rest in peace Michael.......

    September 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  25. Patrick Kenge

    I am from Africa and remember growing up with no english whatoever but still trying to sing "beat it" from M.J.
    We will never have another Michael ever because God only crated ONE Michael Jackson.

    Miss you brother.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  26. glenn

    You have got to be kidding me....It's OVER folks...let's move on.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  27. Linda B., Ga

    Anybody who didn't already know who else is buried at Forest Lawn, must've had their head in the sand all these years....It's not Like MJ is the "only" famous person who will be buried there.....

    Can we now let this man RIP?

    September 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  28. PrincessMABS

    I love you heaps MJ and May you finally rest in peace

    September 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Jessica

    To the Jackson Family,
    I can only imagine the pain and grief you must be feeling at this time and over the recent passing of your beloved son,brother ,friend and to us the fans the greatest entertainer the world has ever known.....In this time of your grieving i offer my comforting words and silent prayers to all of us Michael was and always will be remember for his unique impact he had on the world not only through his music but through the books which he wrote.
    Michaels compassion and love will forever live on in our hearts he might be dead physically but he is very much alive in our hearts and will always be remembered and loved. The world has lost one of the greatest icons of our time but this is not the end for him he has gone on to a better place to continue his eternal rest.
    The lord needed a compassionate,understanding angel so he chose michael although it was hard to lose him he's in a much better place away from any allegations and any one that could of contributed a great deal of pain on his life.

    Love & Comfort,
    A True MJ Fan Jessica.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  30. carol kesling

    god bless you michael, i have and will allways be a fan... hope you can now trully rest in peace !!!! i love you very much...gone to soon !!!

    September 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  31. Jim A. Stivers

    So sad it is. A young man that polished his talent, worked hard, but his own insecurites drew him toward sleeping and mind altering.
    Happens too often with people of fame.

    Michael Jackson had great talent and was a magent for concerts and mtv videos. His work will endure, and it should.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |