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Michael Jackson Laid To Rest. 04-09-'09
Michael Jackson was laid to rest at a private burial service attended by his family and a number of famous friends in Glendale, California on Thursday evening (Septermber 3) more than two months after his shocking death.
Jackson's parents, brothers, sisters, and his three children joined fellow mourners including Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis, Al Sharpton, Quincy Jones, and Chris Tucker at the outdoor service in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. According to People, Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley was also in attendance to pay her respects.
The large crowd of mourners gathered before Jackson's coffin and a portrait of the late icon. Gladys Knight sang a song in tribute to her late friend.
Jackson's remains will be entombed in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum, which is also the final resting place of deceased stars such as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and W.C. Fields. The section of the mausoleum the King of Pop calls home is closed to the public and protected by security. Visitors will be able to visit "The Last Supper Window," which is a stained-glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's famous work of art. Presentations about the window are given everyday year-round. This display is in another section of The Great Mausoleum.
Source: TMZ / MTV / Billie Jean
Motown Fans Have Their Own Burial For Michael Jackson. 19-07-'09
Since no final resting place for Michael Jackson has been chosen yet by the Jackson family, the fans of Detroit, Michigan took it upon themselves to create their own burial for Michael Jackson. In the absence of a body, the Motown community filled two casket-shaped vaults with memorial items such as toys, flowers and other mementos donated by fans in memory of Michael Jackson.
Two hearses carried the vaults to Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit where a granite tombstone stands above two donated cemetery plots. The following is engraved on the tombstone:
"Motown Remembers the King of Pop Michael J. Jackson Aug. 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009, Songwriter, Singer, Producer, Dancer, Choreographer, Humanitarian, Jackson 5 member, Soloist, 13 #1 Singles, 13 Grammy's, 197 Awards & 37 Top 40 hits. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Motown Legend, Gone Too Soon"
The Motown Historical Museum organized the burial to help bring closure to the Michael Jackson fans who created a shrine on the steps of the museum after Jackson died.
Museum CEO Audley Smith and radio personality John Mason spoke to fans in front of the Motown Historical Museum on Friday, July 17 as the vaults were filled with stuffed animals and other items and then loaded into the hearses. The two hearses that transported the vaults were led by a police escort and were donated by The James H. Cole Funeral Home.
Audley Smith said that some of the tribute items, like storybooks and drawings, will be kept by the museum for use in a future exhibit honouring Michael Jackson.
The two cemetery plots were donated by Woodlawn Cemetery which is the final resting place for Rosa Parks and many famous musicians.
Source: examiner / Billie Jean
MJ Memorial Items Laid To Rest In Woodlawn Cemetery. 18-07-'09
Flowers, letters and other mementos that were placed outside of Detroit's Motown Historical Museum in memory of Michael Jackson have been buried at a high profile cemetery.
Two hearses carried the items on Friday morning from the museum to the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit where they were buried. A vault, granite headstone and two plots were donated to the Jackson memorial. A brief remembrance and prayer service was also held at the cemetery.
Woodlawn is the final place of rest for several musicians and public figures, including members of the Four Tops, the Temptations and Rosa Parks.
Source: MJFC / AP / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson's Body Moved After Fears Fans May Break Into The Crypt. 14-07-'09
Michael Jackson’s body has been moved because of fears ghoulish fans would break into the crypt in which it was hidden.His coffin was put inside the tomb belonging to Motown founder Berry Gordy after last week’s memorial service.
His family hoped to keep its location at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Cemetery a secret until a final burial place was chosen. But word leaked out over the weekend and thousands of fans and tourists flocked to the spot.
Yesterday it was reported the decision was taken to move Jacko’s coffin from the crypt to the basement of the cemetery’s main building because some “ghoulish” fans’ devotion might respect no boundaries.
Jackon burial has been put back while tests are made on his brain.
His brothers want to bury the star at his fairytale Neverland former home in central California.
But Jackon mum Katherine, 79, said he hated the ranch after it was raided by police in 2003.
Source: mirror / Billie Jean
MJ To Be Buried Wearing One White Glove. 09-07-'09
Michael Jackson will be laid to rest in pure MJ fashion -- as in he will be wearing one (and only one) of his favourite gloves.
Dorothy Gaspar -- who owns Gaspar Gloves in L.A. and designed gloves for the "This Is It" tour -- tells us La Toya Jackson wanted Michael to wear a glove inside the casket. Turns out La Toya chose a white leather glove Dorothy made for Michael 10-12 years ago -- a glove covered in Swarovski crystals.
Dorothy tells us she was informed of this yesterday by Michael's stylist -- Michael Bush -- when he picked up 20 green gloves she had made for Jackson's dancers.
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Celebrities Tweet Final Respects To MJ. 08-07-'09
Michael's Memorial Service of course was also a big topic on Twitter and many celebrities posted their final respects to the King Of Pop on their personal Twitter accounts. Some quotes can be found below:
Kim Kardashian: "Michael's children were so brave brave 2 stand there on stage & speak to the world about their father... I spoke at my dad's funeral & it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I was shaking & crying & what Paris did was sooo soooo brave!"
Nick Cannon: "A day of mourning. Here in the Staples Center, God is absolutely present."
Ryan Seacrest: "This makes the world feel so small...everyone connected right now."
Sherri Shepherd: "Loved what Al Sharpton said to MJ's kids 'wasn't nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what your daddy had to deal with.' Michael's kids needed to hear that said....'nothing strange about your daddy.' "
Serena Williams: "Today, we honour Michael Jackson for his love, music, & being a genius. I'm still shocked. Please, share your favourite songs. Thriller is great. Remember the Time is such a classic as well. Life is short, but his music will never die. MJ was subjected to harsh words, but I hope that people find understanding & stop judging."
Emmy Rossum: "Beautiful memorial. I cried when Paris spoke. I hope the family is able to grieve and their privacy will be respected during this time."
Paris Hilton: "In tears watching the MJ Memorial Service on TV, so touching. Everyone loves you Michael!"
Brandy: "Michael Jackson will forever inspire my soul and forever live in my heart. He is an angel that can now see his wings. R.I.P"
Nicky Hilton: "I was in awe of how respectful all of the media and fans were. I expected chaos. Despite what is shown on tv everyone was very gracious."
MC Hammer: "May the movement and message of The Dancer continue to move the Soul of the People to Joy, Peace, Restoration and Glory. God Bless MJ"
Kelly Osbourne: "MJ's children are so brave to stand up there and remember their father while the whole world is watching!"
Paula Abdul: "Remembering MJ and the true legend that he was and will live on to be..I'm taking some time to reflect today."
Larry King: "I was surprised MJ's body was there, but it was very touching. Al Sharpton gave such a commanding speech, so dramatic in tone & content. There was so much emotion when Usher & Brooke Shields took the stage. this has all been phenomenal but I hope the stories die down soon. Let's let him have some peace."
Source: MJFC / E! Online / Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Memorial At Staples Center. 08-07-'09
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - An 11-year-old girl who lost her father made the world cry with her on Tuesday.
"Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine," said Paris Katherine Jackson, the second of Michael Jackson's three children, as a massive memorial service for her father neared its end in downtown Los Angeles.
"And I just want to say that I love him so much," Paris added, before breaking down in tears and burying herself in the arms of her aunt, Janet Jackson.
Her aunts, uncles and two brothers who were on stage at the Staples Center arena reached over to console Paris. Thousands of mourners in the audience dabbed their eyes with tissues.
It was the first time they had heard from a girl who, along with her two siblings, have often been hidden by veils or blankets when seen with their father.
"Everybody just broke down," said Tracie Laymon, a filmmaker from Los Angeles, who was in the audience. "Wow, it was really powerful."
It was the same refrain from other fans as they left the star-studded service or watched the broadcast on their television sets or online.
The rest of the ceremony was filled with touching and sincere tributes (Stevie Wonder, Usher and Brooke Shildes as highlights) and odd moments with Jermaine Jackson "singing" a version of Michael Jackson's favourite song Smile - something the King of Pop may have not wanted at all.
Among the persons who did not attend the ceremony were Chris Tucker, Liz Taylor, Quincy Jones and Diana Ross.
They are part of those who prefer to pay more private tributes to their friend, Michael Jackson, and not showcase it in front of millions of people. You can call it decency.
Rest In Peace, Michael Jackson.
We will all miss you so much.
Andrae Crouch Choir, "Soon and Very Soon"
Mariah Carey & Trey Lorenz, "I'll Be There"
Lionel Richie, "Jesus Is Love"
Stevie Wonder, "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer"
Jennifer Hudson, "Will You Be There"
John Mayer, "Human Nature"
Jermaine Jackson, "Smile"
Usher, "Gone Too Soon"
Shaheen Jafargholi, "Who's Loving You"
Various, "We Are the World" + "Heal the World"
Source: CNN / Billie Jean
Bill Clinton Praises Michael. 07-07-'09
Former US president Bill Clinton paused during an aid mission to Haiti today to honor Michael Jackson.
Clinton, now a special U.N. envoy to Haiti, recalled Michael's performance at a 2002 fundraiser at New York's Apollo theater and helping the Democratic Party raise cash at a crucial time.
"He basically helped save my party from terrible financial distress, so he was very kind to me personally," Clinton said during a stop on his tour of a still-struggling northern Haiti, where floods killed several hundred people last year.
Clinton spoke fondly of Michael, recalling that the singer performed at his first inauguration in 1993. He also said Michael had struggled with the burden of early fame.
"He was an immensely gifted man and I think he basically meant well. I know about all the trouble he had in his life and I hope he will be remembered for his contribution as an artist. I hope his children turn out well. That would be the greatest tribute you could have."
Source: MJFC / AP
Diana Ross Statement. 07-07-'09
Singer Diana Ross, that Michael Jackson has chosen to look after his three children in case his mother Katherine is not able to, has released the following statement:
"I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center. I am there in my heart. I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me.
Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can't seem to find words to express. Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me. I hope, today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me. I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family."
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Dame Elizabeth Taylor Statement. 07-07-'09
"I will always love Michael from the depth of my being and nothing can separate us. I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word. I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others.
How I feel is between us. Not a public event. I said I wouldn't go to the Staples Center and I certainly don't want to become a part of it.
I love him too much. My love goes out to Katherine and Michael's beloved children."
Source: Twitter / Billie Jean
Memorial Participants Announced. 07-07-'09
The Jackson family just announced everyone who will participate in tomorrow's memorial service:
Ron Boyd (family friend), Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain's Got Talent), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend), Usher, and Stevie Wonder.
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Debbie Decides Not To Attend Memorial. 07-07-'09
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe decided not to attend the memorial service at the Staples Center tomorrow although she would have received a VIP seat and was planning to attend:
Her attorney Marta Almli released the following statement:
"The onslaught of media attention has made it clear her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction to an event that should focus exclusively on Michael's legacy. Debbie will continue to celebrate Michael's memory privately."
Source: TMZ / Billie Jean
Memorial Service Broadcast. 06-07-'09
TV station CNN has announced that they will broadcast the Michael Jackson Memorial Service next Tuesday starting at 6 am.
We hope we can establish a complete list of broadcasting in various countries so all fans worldwide have a chance to view the event.
USA: CNN at 6 am; HLN; CNN en Espanol; E! Entertainment at 1 pm (ET); ABC; MSNBC; NBC; tvOne
Canada: CTV (online); GlobalNational.com at 1pm (ET); CTV News Channel
Italy: Italia 1 starting at 7pm
Australia: Sunrise on Channel 7 at 3am (EST) on July 8
The Netherlands: Nederland 3 (NOS) at 7 -8:30pm, sbs6 6-8:30 pm
UK: Sky Arts 1 (Channel 256) at 6pm; Sky News (Channel 501) at 5.30pm (GMT); Channel Five at 6.30pm
Russia: MTV Russia at 9:30 (Moscow time)
Germany: NTV at 6.30 pm; N24 at 6 pm
Ireland: TV 3 News at 5.30 pm
Romania: MTV Romania; Pro TV at 8 pm (EET)
France: TF1, M6, LCI, BFMTV, i-Télé, NRJ 12 at 7 pm
Austria: ORF at 6:05 pm
Croatia: RTL Hrvatska 6:55 - 9:15 pm (CET)
China: phoenixtv (online) at 1 am on July 8; http://ent.sina.com.cn/y/mjdead/index.shtml (online) at 10 pm on July 7
Sweden: TV4+ at 7 pm; Tv4 at 7.28 pm
Portugal: RTP 1 at 6pm; maybe also SIC
Slovakia: TA3 at 7 pm
World: CNN International
Internet: E! Online at 1 p.m. (ET), Yahoo 7
Please check your national tv listings for details as some of the broadcasts have only been announced on tv so far so we haven't been able to confirm all.
Source: MJFC / CNN / timesleader.com / Billie Jean
Investigation Focuses On Doctors. 05-07-'09
Investigators are focusing on at least five doctors who prescribed drugs to Michael Jackson as they try to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death, according to law enforcement sources.
Authorities removed drugs and other medical evidence from the Holmby Hills mansion where Jackson was stricken and are trying to determine whether the medications were properly prescribed and whether they played any role in his death.
One of the most tantalizing clues so far is the discovery of what one source described as “numerous bottles” of the powerful sedative Diprivan at the home. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it was an ongoing investigation, said some of the bottles were full and others were empty.
None had prescription labels, and investigators are trying to determine how Jackson got the drugs.
Diprivan is an extremely potent drug that is supposed to be administered by an anaesthesiologist, typically in a hospital. Experts expressed alarm that it would be used at a private home.
“It’s a very dangerous drug if self-administered or administered by someone not trained in airway management and cardiac life support,” said Ethan Bryson, an assistant professor of anaesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. “You need to have someone who knows what they are doing when they administer it.”
Diprivan, the market name for propofol, is one of the most widely used IV drugs for general anaesthesia. The product label from the Food and Drug Administration says a patient being given the drug should be monitored at all times for early signs of abnormally low blood pressure, low oxygen levels and stopped breathing. Problems with the heart or breathing are more likely to occur following rapid administration of the drug. The label states that equipment to provide artificial ventilation, supplemental oxygen and CPR “must be immediately available.”
It’s unclear whether any of this equipment was found at Jackson’s home.
Abuse of Diprivan is a growing problem, said Paul Wischmeyer, an anaesthesiologist at the University of Colorado. Wischmeyer coauthored a 2007 study of Diprivan abuse in the journal Anaesthesia & Analgesia. The study found that in an e-mail survey of 126 academic anaesthesiology training programs nationwide, 18% of departments reported one or more incidents of propofol abuse in the previous 10 years. Of the 25 individuals who abused propofol, seven died as a result of the abuse, including six who were residents, according to the study.
“A lot of people do it because it makes you completely blotto. It totally takes away all anxiety, all fear,” he said. “It’s incredibly relieving of pain anxiety and stress. People do it to escape.”
He said he has seen people take the drug to relieve anxiety -- and that many people he has interviewed at rehab centers who are trying to kick an addiction to propofol “experienced trauma earlier in their life, and are using it to escape.”
It remains unknown whether prescription drugs played any role in Jackson’s death. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is awaiting the results of toxicology tests before listing a cause of death. The coroner and the Los Angeles Police Department are being aided in their probe by the Drug Enforcement Administration and California attorney general’s office.
Both agencies have expertise in investigating doctors suspect of improperly prescribing drugs. The attorney general’s office investigated two doctors who were charged this year with repeatedly supplying model Anna Nicole Smith with addictive prescription drugs in the years before she died.
The DEA is expected to investigate whether doctors who prescribed medication to Jackson had a “face to face” relationship with the singer and provided a proper diagnosis, which is required by law.
Source: MJFC / LA Times / Billie Jean
1.6 Million Apply For Tickets. 05-07-'09
According to a representative of the Jackson Family, 1.6 million fans applied for tickets for the Michael Jackson Memorial Service next Tuesday.
Source: MJFC / Billie Jean
MJ Burial Will Precede Memorial Service. 05-07-'09
Roger Friedman published the following information on his column Showbiz411.com:
"All weekend, friends and family of Michael Jackson have been busy putting the finishing touches on Michael Jackson’s memorial service set for next Tuesday.
Ken Ehrlich, who produces the Grammy Awards, is in charge, guaranteeing that the show will be a classy event. He’s been working with Randy Phillips of AEG Live. The latter is the company that was producing Jackson’s London shows and also owns Ehrlich’s production company.
Ehrlich, by the way, was negotiating to produce a Halloween TV special for NBC with Jackson the night before he died.
Sources say Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at the service, and Jesse Jackson may as well. It’s still undecided who the musical acts will be on the bill. I wouldn’t be surprised if Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and none other than Little Richard are asked to participate. There’s also a chance that the 3T’s—Michael’s nephews, sons of Tito Jackson, who were included in Michael’s will—would do something as well. Jackson was their mentor.
But Michael’s body will not be at the Staples Center, after all. Insiders tell me that the Jackson family will have a burial service at 8 a.m., two hours before the memorial. The private internment will be at Forest Lawn, the celebrity cemetery in Hollywood. Hopefully, Michael will rest peacefully there with the many dozens of stars including, most recently, David Carradine."
Source: Showbiz411.com / Billie Jean
Colin Powell: Celebrate Michael Jackson's Art. 04-07-'09
Colin Powell says Michael Jackson had controversy in his life, but in death his art should be celebrated.
The retired general and former secretary of state said he was in Vietnam, Korea or stationed elsewhere during Jackson's heyday.
"So he's not quite of my generation but his art spanned three generations and is worthy of all the tribute that he is receiving for his art," Powell said in a television interview set to air Sunday.
Luis Aldama, 17, of Salinas, Calif., holds a portrait of Micheal Jackson near the gates of the late Michael Jackson's former residence, Neverland Ranch, in Los Olivos, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Powell said his most vivid memory of Jackson is of the young boy performing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. He said the Jacksons were "fresh, exciting kids with the 'fros in the early '70s and singing those wonderful songs."
Jackson, who died June 25, had been plagued with heavy debts, allegations of child abuse and use of prescription drugs.
"Yes, there were some challenges in his life," Powell told CNN's "State of the Union," which released excerpts of the interview ahead of the broadcast. "Yes, there was a great deal of controversy about him. But he's now passed on. Let's celebrate his art."
Source: AP / Billie Jean
Photographer On Jackson Rehearsals. 04-07-'09
Kevin Mazur was the photographer who took the shots of the rehearsals for the ‘This Is It’ concerts which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
His pictures appeared all over the world were taken on June 23rd and now the BBC is reporting on an interview with him.
To read the interview, please click here.
Source: BBC / Billie Jean
Only Few Details On Memorial Service. 04-07-'09
Despite the interest surrounding the service, only few details emerged so far. Organizers would only say there would not be a funeral processional to the arena, indicating Michael's body would not be brought to the public memorial.
Ken Ehrlich, known for producing the Grammy Awards, is producing the memorial show, his company said. Kenny Ortega, who was to have co-directed the series of concerts in London (UK) will direct it.
Source: CNN / Billie Jean
Statue Installed In Switzerland. 04-07-'09
A giant statue of Michael Jackson was installed nearby Zurich (Switzerland) to celebrate the King of Pop during a ceremony this weekend.
The 12-meters high statue weights four tons and it is located in the north-west of Zurich, specifically in the village of Regensdorf. It represents Michael "HIStory" style with golden belts wrapped around his body.
"Only 19 specimen of these statues exist around the world and only 2 of these are in Europe", said event organiser Andreas Grassmann. "We are going to organise a week-end long celebration starting tonight (Friday)."
The organisers, who are expecting thousands of admirers to show up, will sell candles and roses. A book of condolescences will also be at hand for the public.
Source: AFP / Billie Jean
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