No one thought it’d actually happen, but 71 days after Michael Jackson’s death, he was finally buried.
The service took place Thursday night at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale. 200 guests comprised of close friends and family including Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin were in attendance. The Jackson estate will reportedly foot the bill for the “extraordinary” ceremony.
Among the mourners were many of the touchstones of his life: Elizabeth Taylor, who arrived in a Maybach; former child star Macauley Culkin; lawyer Thomas A. Mesereau Jr., who successfully defended Jackson from child molestation charges; and choreographer-director Kenny Ortega, who was directing Jackson’s planned London concerts. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, baseball player Barry Bonds, Marlon Brando’s son Miko and comic Chris Tucker were also there.
The Glendale police established a security cordon, blocking off streets around the 300-acre cemetery and relegating the sprinkling of fans who showed up to positions behind barricades a couple of blocks away. A dozen fans held up a banner reading “King of Pop Michael Jackson Gone Too Soon.” Police said no arrests were made in relation to the private service, which was not televised. (A limited satellite video feed showed guests as they arrived.) [LAT]
The most surprising thing, however, was Michael’s casket wasn’t even shot out of a cannon amidst a shower of fireworks. Nor was there an admission charge. Joe Jackson must have been pissed.