Michael Jackson may finally rest in peace as his family members and 200 of his closest friends bade him farewell in a Hollywood hillside, at the famed Great Mausoleum at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California. The ceremony took place early Thursday evening with media cameras waiting respectfully for the family arrival, a change of pace from the media frenzy of the past decades of MJ’s life.
The service lasted 90-minutes with his five brothers acting as pallbearers, each wearing a single sequined white glove, a look made famous by MJ during his Thriller years. His three children, led by his 11-year old daughter Paris, deposited a crown on top of his coffin meant to represent according to a public statement “the King of Pop” “now and forever”.
Among the celebrities attending were Elizabeth Taylor, who MJ had called publicly the “true love” of his life, Macaulay Culkin who often visited Neverland Ranch as a child, his one-time wife Lisa Marie Presley,Corey Feldman and Chris Tucker. Also present were legendary music producer Quincy Jones who produced Thriller, and Motown founder Berry Gordy, who gave the Jackson Five their first record deal and made the family famous, and many more.
Michael Jackson will be in good company, since the massive mausoleum, known as the “Cadillac of Cemeteries” among cemetery hunters, is the resting place of many famed actors, artists and musicians, such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor and Nat King Cole.
The Forest Lawn architectural design drews its architectural inspiration from the Campo Santo in Italy, “has been called the ‘New World’s Westminster Abbey’ by Time Magazine. The camera-filled cemetery is usually opened to the public and with its newest resident is expected an influx of visitors and interest.
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body image: Forest Lawn Entrance Gate: Erected in 1932, the entrance gates are the largest wrought iron gates in the world.