It’s been nearly two months since Michael Jackson died of as-yet-unannounced causes at the age of 50. According to the New York Daily News, Jackson will finally be buried next week, on what would have been the pop star’s 51st birthday, August 29. Quoting the singer’s father, Joseph Jackson, the paper reported that Jackson will be buried at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Cemetery in accordance with plans that were finalized over the past few days.
The Jackson family has not previously commented on what would become of the singer’s body, and there has reportedly been a split between those who want to inter the pop star at his former home, Neverland Ranch, and others who prefer Forest Lawn. Brother Jermaine is said to be pushing for turning Neverland into a tourist attraction similar to Graceland (the former home of Elvis Presley), while other family members are against the idea given Jackson’s distaste for his former home in light of a 2003 raid on the ranch tied to child molestation charges for which he was acquitted in 2005.
Joseph Jackson described the burial plans to the paper and also said he is supportive of the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation into his son’s death, which he has said he believes occurred under suspicious circumstances. A spokesperson for the Jackson family would not comment on the reported burial plans.
Meanwhile, rival paper the New York Post reported over the weekend that Jackson’s body has been stored in a freezer at Forest Lawn pending the decision on where his final resting place will be. The paper claimed that Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has made several visits to Forest Lawn to see her late son. The report also claims that one of the other things delaying the burial is an internal Jackson family dispute over whether Michael should be buried in an unmarked grave in order to avoid potential desecration or disturbance.
The results of Jackson’s autopsy are being withheld by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office pending completion of the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation into his death.