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Michael Jackson interred in California

Sept. 4, 2009 at 11:27 AM   |   Comments

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GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Pop icon Michael Jackson was entombed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Great Mausoleum Thursday night -- 70 days after his death at the age of 50.

Jackson died of cardiac arrest due to propofol intoxication and his personal physician is under investigation for administering the powerful anesthesia to help the singer sleep. No criminal charges have yet been filed.

Jackson's interment followed a private 90-minute outdoor ceremony attended by about 200 people, including the recording artist's parents, famous siblings, three children, ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley and celebrity friends Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Corey Feldman and Chris Tucker.

"Michael Jackson reached his final resting place tonight at 9:43 p.m. PST in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park," The New York Times quoted a statement released by the family after the service as saying.

"The pallbearers were Michael's five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson," the statement added. "At the beginning of the ceremony, Michael's children placed a crown on their father's coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop."

Gladys Knight sang a gospel song at the service and Clifton Davis performed the Jackson 5 song he penned, "Never Can Say Goodbye," People.com reported.

The magazine's Web site also quoted Jackson's brother Marlon as saying Michael's children each wrote a letter that was to be entombed with their father along with one of his trademark white gloves.

Jackson's final resting place is in the same building where the remains of Hollywood icons Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow and Red Skelton are interred. The Great Mausoleum is not open to the general public.

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