Michael Jackson’s burial delayed

Jackson's coffin was on stage during his memorial gig in Los AngelesMichael Jackson’s remains will be buried in Los Angeles on 3 September – not 29 August as had been announced, a Jackson family spokesman has said.

In a statement, Ken Sunshine did not say why the date had been changed.

He said the “King of Pop” would be interred in the Forest-Lawn memorial park in Glendale at a private ceremony.

The Jackson family said earlier he would buried on 29 August on what would have been his 51st birthday. The

cause of his death in June remains unclear.

The Great Mausoleum at the Forest Lawn memorial park is protected with security cameras and access is carefully regulated.


The mausoleum contains a stained-glass replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper and also copies of statues by Michelangelo.

A different Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles provided the setting for the memorial service held by the family in the hours leading up to the globally televised tribute concert on 7 July.

His coffin was taken to the concert and remained on stage while family members and celebrities paid tribute to the star.

Meanwhile, a court has approved a deal allowing a tour of the pop star’s memorabilia.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said the agreement between Jackson’s estate and a company owned by AEG Live is “in the best interest of the estate”.

The touring exhibition is expected to start at London’s O2 arena at the end of October, to coincide with the release of a film based around the singer’s final concert rehearsals.

It is not yet known what will be included in the exhibition, which could visit three cities and stay up to six months in each.