Will Michael Jackson ever be laid to rest? With many questions still unanswered surrounding his untimely death, and the family wanting to know exactly what happened, the funeral and burial plans are still sketchy.
*Update* A public service has been confirmed:
The service will take place on Tuesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the Staples Center.
The program also will be simulcast at LA’s nearby Nokia Theatre.
According to E!:
E! News has exclusively learned that the King of Pop’s body is currently being held at the Hollywood Hills location of Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuaries, where it is expected to ultimately be interred.
While a source told E! News that, as of this morning, Jackson’s body was “in the freezer” at the Forest Lawn mortuary, no official decision has yet been made on his burial. While the location is believed to be the most feasible for the family, the Jacksons are still weighing their options on potential sites.
A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman has confirmed that the Jackson family met with LAPD and California Highway Patrol representatives Tuesday afternoon to discuss possible funeral scenarios.
The involvement of the LAPD would be needed to handle the inevitable crush of mourners at a public memorial, or to augment the CHP as Jackson’s body is transported.
The Jackson family itself was floating the idea of holding a public ceremony at L.A.’s Staples Center, per the Los Angeles Times, with a procession from there to Neverland Ranch for a private funeral for friends, family and music industry heavies.
However, Michael Roth, a spokesman for AEG, which owns the venue, told E! News this morning that the arena has not yet been booked for any Jackson-related event.
“Nothing is scheduled at Staples at this time,” he said.
The family has not announced a timetable for any memorial, though sources have suggested it could occur Friday.
The Jackson family issued a statement regarding the reports of a Neverland public viewing of Michael’s body, but that is not something they have planned at this time.
Let’s hope the Jacksons get the answers they want and need so they can lay Michael to rest. It must be so hard on his three children, not being to able to say their goodbyes properly until everything is settled.