“King of Pop” funeral set for Thursday

LOS ANGELES [PeterPaul.ca] — Michael Jackson will be laid to rest on Thursday surrounded by his family and close friends in a private ceremony, his brother Marlon has announced.

Following a sunset funeral with a graveside performance by Aretha Franklin, Jackson will be encased in deep concrete to deter grave robbers, Marlon Jackson told The Mirror.

Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7, will place hand-written notes saying “Daddy we love you, we miss you,” in the casket prior to burial. Jackson will be buried at the Holly Terrace Grand Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, nearby other big stars like Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, according to a briefing obtained by PeterPaul.ca on Wednesday.

Jackson will wear his trademark white glove and has had hair and makeup artists prepare his body for the funeral, the family said. The 45-minute service will not be available to the public or media and is expected to start at about 7 p.m. local time.

On Wednesday, Jackson’s family said his estate will cover the costs of the funeral service. Glendale city officials said that any public costs, such as traffic control and security, would be paid for by the Jackson family.

Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide by Los Angeles Coroner officials on Friday. “The drugs Propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death,” an LA county coroner department news release said Friday.

Authorities are now focusing their investigation on Dr. Conrad Murray, the last person to see the pop-star alive. Dr. Murray injected Jackson with Propofol minutes before his death, legal documents show.

Jackson died on June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest at his rented home in Los Angeles at the age of 50.

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