LOS ANGELES – With his love of old-time Hollywood glamour and spectacular if sometimes inauthentic artwork, Michael Jackson would likely have welcomed his family’s announcement Tuesday that his remains will be interred in the star-laden, sculpture-speckled confines of Glendale’s Forest Lawn cemetery.
Jackson will be interred Aug. 29 in an intimate morning service for family and friends in the expansive cemetery’s Grand Mausoleum, according to a statement from the family.
The pop singer’s remains will be placed in a crypt in the Holly Terrace section of the mausoleum, a massive building that is the final resting place for famous names from film’s golden age such as Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable.
The funeral announcement capped two months of rumors about Jackson’s grave that began even before his gold-plated casket was rolled into Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles for a televised July 7 memorial.
Jackson’s family, led by his 79-year-old mother, Katherine, selected Forest Lawn, a 20-minute trip across the San Fernando Valley from their Encino compound.