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Michael Jackson’s Burial Delayed by Money Row

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Obituaries,

Michael Jackson's funeral

Michael Jackson's burial was delayed for three months in a row over money. The "Thriller" singer died in June 2009 from acute Propofol intoxication but wasn't laid to rest in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles until September 3 because his sister Janet Jackson paid a $40,000 deposit to secure the spot but wouldn't let the burial go ahead until she was paid back.

In his new book Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, author Randall Sullivan writes, "Michael's burial had been delayed by wrangling between Janet and the estate, on the one hand and Janet and her family on the other hand. As the only living Jackson with money of her own, Janet had put up the $40,000 deposit at Forest Lawn to secure the burial spot for Michael in the marble Sanctuary of the Ascension. She had refused to let the funeral take place until the money was repaid."

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Michael Jackson’s Burial Service Details

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Michael JacksonUPDATE: You can see some video from the service after the jump.

was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park last night in a ceremony attended by his family and a host of celebrity friends.

Among the stars who paid their last respects were Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin and girlfriend Mila Kunis, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Rev. Al Sharpton, , Kenny Ortega and Michael’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

The service was due to start at 7pm, but guests were kept waiting by Michael’s family. Their cars did not start the journey to the service until 7.30pm, with the ceremony finally getting underway around two hours later than planned.

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Last Request: Bury Me With My iPhone

GravestoneNoelle Potvin, a counselor for the Hollywood Forever Funeral Home and Cemetery, claims that there are many who want to take their cell phones and BlackBerrys with them when they are buried. Countries such as the UK, Australia and South Africa report the same findings. One incident involved a man who wanted his Bluetooth headset in his ear. Others involve families who put iPod earphones on their deceased loved ones and played a tune when the casket closed. We hope they used some decent batteries.

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