Michael Jackson Private Funeral Held Today

forestlawn.jpgMore than two months after his death, Michael Jackson will be laid to rest during a private ceremony Thursday evening. The ceremony will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. The pop singer will be interred in the cemetery’s Great Mausoleum, which also houses the remains of iconic stars such as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Red Skelton, and Jean Harlow.

And this time, the mayor’s office won’t be asking for handouts to cover the costs of the service. Jackson’s estate will be responsible for the expenses, according to the LA Times:

Probate Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the payment at a hearing Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles after an attorney for the estate’s administrators assured him that the estate had the financial resources to pay for the funeral and that it would not affect its solvency.

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Glendale city officials have said the public costs associated with the burial, including traffic control and other police services, would be passed on to the family.

Police spokesman Tom Lorenz said the cost of police services for Jackson’s funeral would be $150,000 at most. Under a contract with Forest Lawn, police will provide “elaborate” security, including dogs and air support, he said.

photo by P David Eastburn