West: Michael Jackson's Burial Date & Location Announced
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 5:14PM
Iconic singer Michael Jackson will be buried on the date marking his 51st birthday later this month in California after weeks of speculation and rumors.
The late singer's final resting location was announced Tuesday (August 18) afternoon.
In its release, the publicity firm Sunshine, Sachs & Associates said that Michael Jackson would be buried on August 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The release said the burial ceremony would be private and limited to the Jackson family and close friends, but that there would be nearby accommodations for the news media. (New York Times)
An official statement was released by the Jackson family thanking the public for their concern.
Spokesman Ken Sunshine said in a statement, "The Jackson family once again wishes to express its gratitude to Michael's fans around the world for their support during these difficult times." Sunshine said Jackson will be buried on the Holly Terrace at the cemetery's Great Mausoleum. The cemetery's Web site describes the mausoleum as featuring replicas of works by Michelangelo. It also features a stained glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper." (Hollywood Reporter)
Aside from the burial, a Los Angeles judge recently approved Sony Pictures Entertainment's request to use over 80 hours of Michael Jackson footage for an upcoming movie slated to be released this fall.
Sony Pictures Entertainment received court approval to bring Michael Jackson to the big screen. The court's authorization, announced Monday in Probate Court by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, allows them to edit more than 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. The deal was negotiated last month by Sony Pictures and its sibling unit, Sony Music Entertainment, with the Michael Jackson Estate and AEG Live, producer of the late singer's planned London concert series. The film, like the concerts, will be called This Is It. (Los Angeles Times)
According to the studio, the film will also feature 3-D segments.
"People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing quality of Michael Jackson's performance," said Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound." (Associated Press)
Check out a compilation of Michael Jackson's best dances below: