In a statement released early this morning, the Jackson family confirmed the burial of pop superstar Michael Jackson. “Michael Jackson reached his final resting place tonight at 9:43 p.m. PST in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park,” said the statement. “The ceremony was held outdoors, adjacent to The Great Mausoleum. The stage was adorned with six large bouquets of white lilies and white roses, along with green topiaries. The service was attended by approximately 200 family and close friends.”
All of Jackson’s immediate family attended the funeral, and his five brothers were the pallbearers. The singer’s three children – Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 – placed a crown on their father’s coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop.
Celebrity guests included Macaulay Culkin, Corey Feldman, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Mila Kunis, choreographer Kenny Ortega, Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Chris Tucker. Pastor Lucius Smith gave the opening prayer, legend Gladys Knight sang gospel hymn “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and songwriter Clifton Davis sang the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Speakers included Rev. Al Sharpton and Jackson’s father, Joseph.